COLIN KILRAIN, Lehigh ’82: in June, 2014 Navy Rear Admiral Colin Kilrain was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in the category of career achievement. He’s also one of the greatest wrestlers so inducted. Kilrain (NCAA 3,3,3) defeated three Olympic champions (John Peterson, Ed and Lou Banach), one future World Champion (Bill Scherr) plus NCAA titlist Pete Bush. He beat Bush, 11-1, in a dual at Iowa two months before an upset fall to the Hawkeye in the NCAA semi-finals. Kilrain was twice NCAA #1 seed and his last three years’ record was 70-4. One of four EIWA wrestlers who’ve won titles at three weights, Colin won four finals by 7-1; 9-0; 15-3 and WBF vs. rivals with 11 league finals. Kilrain was named OW as senior and claimed the Fletcher Award for career points.
As Navy SEAL and Admiral, Kilrain’s storied career includes serving as assistant commanding officer at Joint Special Operations Command for Afghanistan. He worked in The White House as U.S Director of Counter Terrorism during the successful Bin Laden mission. As of June, 2014 he’s stationed in Pearl Harbor overseeing the Special Operations Center, Pacific Command.