Jeff McGinness

2006 Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame Inductee

Athletics is about testing oneself, learning both mental and physical disciplines, training hard and then being prepared for a loss should an even great effort comes up short.

Jeff McGinness, of Iowa City, must have mastered all his disciplines, training and tests because he is one of five wrestlers in Iowa High School history to ever go unbeaten. McGinness did that one better as he also is one of four wrestlers in the state to ever win four state titles in the process.

Jeff went an almost unbelievable 172-0 while in high school as he won the 103 pound title in 1990 and followed that up with a title at 112 pounds as a sophomore, a 125 pound title as a junior and a 130 pound title as a senior. While in high school McGinness also won Junior and Cadet National titles and was named to the Wrestling USA’s Dream Team at 130 pounds his senior year.

Jeff continued his winning ways at the University of Iowa as he went 127-16 during his collegiate career. During his years as Iowa, McGinness won national titles in 1995 and 1998. McGinness was a three-time All-American at Iowa and was a two-time Big Ten champion and a two-time runner-up.

McGinness was inducted into the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2006 along with two other unbeaten high school wrestlers, Dan Knight, and Eric Juergens.

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High School
Iowa City High


  • 1990 State Champion 103 lb.
  • 1991 State Champion 112 lb.
  • 1992 State Champion 125 lb.
  • 1993 State Champion 130 lb.

University of Iowa

CoachJim Zalesky


  • 1995 NCAA Champion
  • 1998 NCAA Champion
  • 1994, 1995, 1998 All-American
  • Two-time Big Ten Champion
  • Two-time Big Ten runner-up


  • Cadet and Junior National Champion
  • 1993 Wrestling USA’s Dream Team, 130 pounds