Very few wrestlers in the history of the sport have had as successful a career as Mike Caruso. His list of accomplishments is phenomenal. Voted into the National Collegiate Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1991, Caruso also is a member of the U.S. Amateur Wrestling Hall of Fame. He is Lehigh's only 3-time NCAA champion, winning titles in 1965, 1966 and 1967 at 123 pounds.
A three-time EIWA champion, Caruso won his last 50 bouts in a row and his career mark of 57-1 (.982) is the best in school history. His 32-1 dual record is second only to Kirk Pendleton, who was 35-0. Caruso never lost a tournament bout in high school or college. He was a three-time All American and recipient in 1967 of both the Most Outstanding Wrestler Award and John Fletcher Memorial Trophy (most career points) at the EIWA meet.
In 1967 Caruso was voted as the top collegiate athlete from New Jersey, winner of the Lehigh University Leadership Trophy, and recipient of the ECAC Award for top scholar athlete.
A frequent speaker at local community affairs, Caruso is a member of the St. Benedict's Preparatory School Board of Trustees and a member of the Small Business Development Center Advisory Board at Lehigh.
Caruso is a graduate of St. Benedict's Preparatory School in Newark, New Jersey. He and his late wife Sandra enjoyed more than 30 years of marriage living in Bethlehem.