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Mike McCready
MCCREADY, Mike. (Dubuque, IA-Fayette, IA, Dec. 16, 1999). McCready, a standout athlete at DUBUQUE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, enrolled at the University of Northern Iowa in the fall of 1968. As a heavyweight, he was a three time North Central Conference Champion and a three time NCAA All-American. He placed third in the 1970 NCAA College Division National Championships and first in the 1972 Championships. He also placed third in the 1972 NCAA University Division Nationals.

McCready competed in track and field. He was a four time All American and an eight time NCC Champion. He won four titles each in the shot put and the discus throw. McCready was the first athlete in the history of the University of Northern Iowa to be a NCAA National Champion in two different sports. He was an NCAA National Champion Shot Putter.

Following graduation in 1972, McCready competed in Freestyle and Greco-Roman competition. From 1972-74 he wrestled for the Athletes in Action wrestling team and from 1975-1984 represented the Hawkeye Wrestling Club of Iowa City, Iowa. During that time he won fourteen different National Championships and represented the United States in world championships in 1973, 1974, 1975, and 1977. He won the 1975 Pan American Games as a heavyweight in freestyle wrestling. McCready represented the United States as a wrestler in Iran, Poland, the Soviet Union, Turkey, Bulgaria, Mexico, Switzerland, and Canada.

McCready coached wrestling for twenty-five years. At Upper Iowa University in Fayette, IA, he helped develop twelve NCAA III All Americans, three NCAA III National Champions and Four NCAA Scholar All Americans. Every wrestler at Upper Iowa who competed for four years also graduated. He was the Athletic Director at Upper Iowa University for ten years.

McCready served as the Tournament Director of The USA Wrestling Open Freestyle Championships in 1985 and the NCAA Division III National Championships in 1999. He was been inducted into the Dubuque Senior High School Hall of Fame, the University of Northern Iowa Hall of Fame and the NCAA Division III Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame.