Larry Hayes

1981 Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame Inductee

Larry Hayes’ outstanding record was capped with the unique accomplishment of being Iowa State’s first three-time NCAA champion.

Larry is from Des Moines and started hes wrestling career at Lincoln High School. He qualified for the state tournament three years with a first place finish in the districts, and winning the state championship at 138 pounds his senior year. His high school record was 55-7-2 and he also lettered in football and tennis.

Next came a career at Iowa State. He won two Big Eight Championships and three NCAA championships with a college record of 51-4-1. Larry was also named by the Iowa AAU as the state’s outstanding athlete in 1961.

After graduation from Iowa State, Larry was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps and served for three years.

Larry started his coaching career at Jesup and in 1971 was named the wrestling coach at his alma mater-Lincoln High School in Des Moines. He held this position until 1982.

Some of Hayes’ honors include: being inducted into the Helms Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame in 1971; inducted in the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1981, and the Iowa High School Hall of Fame in 1985.

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High School
Lincoln High School, Des Moines

CoachDonald Korock


  • 3 Time Qualifier State Tournament
  • State Champion Senior Year

Iowa State University

CoachHarold Nichols



  • 2 Big Eight Championships
  • 3 NCAA Championships




  • Jesup High School 1967-71
  • Lincoln High School 1971-82