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World bronze medalist made big impact in Greco

By Gary Abbott 2006 Greco-Roman World bronze medalist Lindsey Durlacher, 36, passed away unexpectedly in his sleep early on the morning of June 4 in Denver, Colo. Durlacher was at home recovering

from a surgery he had three days before. He had suffered a broken sternum in a snowmobile accident in February. “The wrestling community is extremely shocked and saddened by the loss of Lindsey Durlacher,” said USA Wrestling Executive Director Rich Bender. “We lost a true champion. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time.” For the last year, Durlacher has served

as a resident coach at the RiNo Sport Galleri in Denver. "Lindsey was a close friend that I have

known for over 15 years and the recent news was tragic. His loss was sudden and unexpected and not only was he a friend but he was also a cherished part of the RiNo Team. We will miss his pres- ence on a daily basis and offer our deep- est sympathy to those closest to him. We will cherish his life and success both on and off the mat,” said Ryan Tobin of RiNo Sport Galleri. Durlacher won his World Greco-Roman

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

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Lindsey Durlacher won a World bronze medal in 2006 and was a member of the World championship team in 2007. Larry Slater photo.

Springs, Colo. Durlacher won numerous gold medals

at the Maccabiah Games, wrestling in the event in 1993, 1997, 2001 and 2005, competing in both Greco-Roman and freestyle. He has also competed profes- sionally in Mixed Martial Arts. He was a two-time All-American at the University of Illinois, placing second in the 1997 NCAA Championships and fourth in the 1996 NCAA Championships. Durlacher was a four-time NCAA national qualifier. Durlacher earned a degree in sports management in 1997. He attended Buffalo Grove High

School in Buffalo Grove, Illinois where he was a state champion in 1992. He also attended Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, where he won a Wisconsin state title in 1991. He was a 1992 ASICS All-American. Durlacher served as an assistant

coach at Illinois, Navy, Northwestern and Northern Illinois. In 2007, he was induct- ed into the Illinois Wrestling Coaches and Officials Association Hall of Fame.

Remembering Lindsey

“Lindsey was a true war- rior and a great member of our U.S. Greco- Roman wrestling squad. He was also a dear friend to all of his team- mates and coaches. He will be greatly missed.” - Steve Fraser

U.S. National Coach

“Lindsey was a very special guy. He let you know exactly what he thought. You have to respect a little 121- pound guy who is like that. I truly miss him, I truly miss him.” - Dremiel Byers World champion

“It was so sudden and so unexpected. I have a lot of good memories of Lindsey. He was full of fire. He was a great competitor, and he will be greatly missed.” - Justin Ruiz

World bronze medalist

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