All-American and World Medalist Lindsey Durlacher Passes Away

Former Illini All-American and World medalist Lindsey Durlacher passed away Saturday.
Former Illini All-American and World medalist Lindsey Durlacher passed away Saturday.

June 8, 2011

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Former Illini two-time All-American and 2006 Greco-Roman World bronze medalist Lindsey Durlacher passed away unexpectedly in his sleep the morning of June 4 in Denver, Colo. Durlacher was at home recovering from a surgery on Wednesday. He had suffered a broken sternum in a snowmobile accident in February. No details were available on the cause of his death.

The funeral will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 8, at the Shalom Memorial Cemetery, 1700 W. Rand Rd., Arlington Heights, Ill., 60004. The memorial service will be held in the auditorium at Buffalo Grove High School, where Durlacher attended and won an Illinois state wrestling title. Visitation will begin at 1 p.m., with the service scheduled for 2:30 p.m. The high school is located at 1100 W. Dundee Rd., Buffalo Grove, Ill., 60089. Another memorial service will be held in Colorado in a few weeks but has not yet been finalized.

Durlacher was a two-time All-American at Illinois, placing fourth at 118 pounds in 1996 and second at 118 in 1997. He also qualified for the NCAA Championships in 1994 and 1995.

He was a member of three different U.S. World Championships teams from 2005-07, winning a World Greco-Roman bronze medal at 55 kg/121 lbs at the 2006 World Championships in Guangzhou, China. He also placed fifth at the 2007 World Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, helping lead the U.S. to its first-ever World Team Title in Greco-Roman wrestling.

Durlacher won numerous gold medals at the Maccabiah Games, wrestling in the event in 1993, 1997, 2001 and 2005 in both Greco-Roman and freestyle. He also has competed profesionally in mixed martial arts.

He won the 2006 U.S. Open and was a runner-up in the event five times. Durlacher was a 2003 Pan American Championships silver medalist and won a silver medal in the 2007 Pan American Games despite wrestling up a weight class.

Among the major events he won were the Dave Schultz Memorial International, the New York AC International, the Sunkist Kids International, the Slovenia Grand Prix and others. For many years, Durlacher was a U.S. Olympic Training Center resident athlete in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Durlacher served as an assistant coach on the Division I college level at four universities: the University of Illinois, the U.S. Naval Academy, Northwestern University and Northern Illinois University. In 2007, he was inducted into the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association Hall of Fame.

Information from USA Wrestling's press release used in this report.