Larry Hayes owns the distinction of being the first three-time NCAA champion in
As a sophomore in 1959, Hayes placed second at the Big Eight Championship to help
Hayes moved up to the 147-pound class in his junior campaign. He won another Big Eight Conference championship and another NCAA title to help ISU place third and second, respectively.
As a senior captain in 1961, the Amateur Athletic Union named Hayes
Hayes notched a 51-4-1 career mark. His teams finished in the top-three in the nation throughout his time at
For nearly two decades, Hayes held the distinction of being the only Cyclone to win three national titles. Hall of Famer Nate Carr became the second in 1983 and Cael Sanderson became the third after winning four consecutive from 1999-02.
Following his storied career, he was honored with induction into several halls of fame. He has been recognized as an inductee into the Helm’s Foundation Amateur Wrestling Hall of Fame, The Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame in