Lindsey Durlacher

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Lindsey Durlacher
Medal record
Men's Greco-Roman wrestling
Representing  United States
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Guangzhou 55 kg
Pan American Games
Silver medal – second place 2007 Rio de Janeiro 60 kg
Silver medal – second place 2003 Santo Domingo 55 kg
Maccabiah Games
Gold medal – first place 1993 Israel
Gold medal – first place 1997 Israel
Gold medal – first place 2001 Israel
Gold medal – first place 2005 Israel

Lindsey Durlacher (September 14, 1974 – June 4, 2011) was an American Greco-Roman wrestler whose career highlight was a bronze medal at the 2006 FILA Wrestling World Championships at 121 pounds.[1] He was among the most accomplished wrestlers in Illinois history.[2]

Early life[edit]

Durlacher was Jewish, and was born in Evanston, Illinois.[3][4] He attended Riley Elementary School in Arlington Heights, Illinois, and Cooper Middle School in Buffalo Grove.[5]

Wrestling career[edit]

He was a graduate of Buffalo Grove High School in Buffalo Grove, IL, going 44–0–1 in his senior year, where he later coached and mentored students.[6] He was a two-time All-American at the University of Illinois.[6]

His career highlight was a bronze medal at the 2006 FILA Wrestling World Championships at 121 pounds.[1] Durlacher was also the 1991 Wisconsin state champion, second in the 1991 Junior Nationals, 1992 Wisconsin high school champion (103 pounds), 1993 Maccabiah Games champion, third in the 1994–95 University Nationals, second in the 1996–97 University Nationals, second in the 1997 NCAA Championships, 1997 Maccabiah Games champion, 2001 Maccabiah Games champion, second in the 2002 and 2003 U.S. Nationals, silver medalist in the 2003 Pan American Games, second in the 2004 and 2005 U.S. Nationals, 2005 Maccabiah Games champion, second in the 2007 U.S. Nationals, silver medalist in the 2007 Pan American Games, a member of the 2007 American world team champions, second in the 2007 and 2008 U.S. Nationals, and third in the 2009 U.S. Nationals.[6][7][8]

Durlacher was also assistant coach at the University of Illinois, Northwestern, Northern Illinois University, and the U.S. Naval Academy.[6]

Death[edit]

Durlacher suffered a broken sternum in a snowmobile accident in February 2011.[9] Durlacher had surgery for the injury in June 2011.[5][9][10] He died at the age of 36 in his sleep on June 4, 2011, three days after his surgery, at his home in Denver, Colorado.[5]

Hall of Fame[edit]

He is a member of the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association Hall of Fame.[6][7] In October 2016, Lindsey was inducted into the Greco Roman Wrestling Hall of Fame in a ceremony in Minneapolis, MN.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Maccabiah Games –". Forward. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Lindsey Durlacher Obituary". Legacy.com. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Sports Shorts". Jewish Sports Review. July–August 2011. 
  4. ^ Bob Wechsler. Day by day in Jewish sports history. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c "World champion wrestler Lindsey Durlacher dies". Suntimes.com. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Wrestler dies: Lindsey Durlacher, decorated Illinois wrestler, dies at 36". Chicago Breaking Sports. June 4, 2011. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "The Official Website of USA Wrestling". TheMat.com. September 14, 1974. Archived from the original on April 25, 2012. Retrieved December 2, 2015. 
  8. ^ Post to Wall (November 3, 2011). "Former Illini wrestler Durlacher training for Maccabiah Games, 2012 Olympics". The Daily Illini. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b Abbott, Gary. "World medalist Lindsey Durlacher, 36, passed away unexpectedly today in Denver". TheMat.com. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Lindsey Durlacher, decorated Illinois wrestler, dies at 36". Chicagobreakingsports.com. June 4, 2011. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 

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