Troy Lakin
Troy Lakin

Inducted in 2017

Sport(s) Played: Men's Wrestling
Honor: NAIA National Champion

It was the end of a remarkable career for senior Troy Lakin at the National Tournament. Heading into the event there were two certainties. Lakin would have to beat someone he had not beaten yet this season, and he would have to do so in the semifinals. Check and check. After a flawless first day of competition, Lakin set out to get the proverbial monkey off his back as he faced off against 125 pound national #2 seed and West Region champion Matthew Nguyen of Eastern Oregon. Nguyen handled Lakin at the NAIA West Regional weeks ago, marking the second time this year he had defeated him. Despite the odds seemingly stacked against him, Lakin wrestled a fantastic match to kick off day two and earned an 8-6 victory in overtime to earn the right to wrestle for a national championship later that day. Momentum was clearly in the corner of Lakin at that point as he prepped for the nationals match against the #1 overall seed and fellow senior Adrian Camposano of Cambellsville (Ky.) Lakin was a man on a mission in the finals and dominated from the opening whistle, winning a 15-6 major decision to put the exclamation mark on his historical career. With the win, Lakin joins some elite company and becomes the seventh national champion in Menlo Wrestling history and the first since 2008. Lakin finished the season 32-6 overall.