One of only eight four-time champions in the 103-year history of the EIWA, Colin Kilrain is one of just three wrestlers to win a championship at three different weight classes (167, 177, 190). A two-time captain and three-time third place NCAA finisher, Kilrain won over 90 percent (87-8) of his matches while at Lehigh, which ranks in the top-ten in school annals. During the last three years of his career in the Brown and White, Kilrain compiled an astounding 70-4 record with 23 wins-by-fall and 26 bonus wins. Four of those wins came versus NCAA Champions.
Its an honor to be inducted into the Lehigh Hall of Fame, Kilrain said. There were a number of folks who came before me that served as role models and sterling examples of what a Hall of Famer should be and Im proud to be among this high caliber group.
During Kilrains sophomore season, he pushed three time NCAA Champion Ed Banach of Iowa to the brink of elimination before suffering an injury and losing by just a single point. The next year, Kilrain exacted revenge on Banach, defeating him 9-5 at Stabler Arena in front of a raucous crowd of over 4,500 people. Kilrain was ranked first in the nation at 190 pounds as a junior, and later went onto earn the number-one seed for that years national tournament at 177 pounds.
Two time NCAA Champion Mark Lieberman 79 was a teammate of Kilrains during one of the programs most successful eras. Colin was so gifted and so powerful and explosive. His technique was excellent and we really went after one another inside the wrestling room. There were very few matches where we faced better competition than we faced every day from one another.
He continued, Colin worked very hard to become the best wrestler he could. He had great technique and was really a student of the game.
As a senior, Kilrain defeated eventual NCAA Champion Pete Bush of Iowa by major decision in their regular season dual in Iowa City by a score of 11-1. He again earned the countrys top seed for NCAAs, this time at 190 pounds, and finished his final season on the mat with a record of 23-1.
Colin was an outstanding wrestler and a really good guy; he was one of the most popular guys on the team Lehigh Hall of Famer and Kilrains coach Thad Turner said. He was a good athlete, particularly for someone as big as he is and a great competitor. This is one of the most justifiable things weve done by electing Colin into the Hall of Fame.
Kilrains accomplishments post-graduation have been even more impressive than his work on the mats. He currently serves as Captain of Special Forces for the Navy Seals, having completed countless assignments globally, including in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The sport itself taught me a lot about how to set goals and accountability, Kilrain said. I had an unbelievably positive experience wrestling at Lehigh. Everything about the program including the tradition to the support from the University, student body and surrounding community all contributed to the whole cultural experience.
He added, We were all privileged to wrestle for Lehigh University, but also for Thad Turner. His efforts to build the complete individual for life after graduation speaks volumes on the type of people that Lehigh and its wrestling program develops.
Im not surprised one bit at what Colin has accomplished since hes left Lehigh, Turner added. I always knew he would be successful no matter what he chose to do.
Kilrain and his wife Susan have four children: Quinn Marie, Sean Joseph, Liam Porter and Maura Ann.