Lincoln McIlravy is one of the greatest wrestlers in the world, a three-time NCAA champion at Iowa in the mid-90s, and now considered likely to win an Olympic gold medal.
Lee Young III spoke to McIlravy at the 1995 National Championships and had his picture taken with him -- a picture that became a cherished possession and sat by his bedside until the day Young died -- last Fourth of July, at the age of 15. The 80-pound Hammond freshman, who had wrestled eight years in junior leagues but was too small ever to wrestle for Hammond, was struck by a vehicle and killed while jogging.
McIlravy showed his heart is as big as his wrestling talent at the USA Wrestling National Championships April 22 in Las Vegas.
Young's father, an assistant wrestling coach at Hammond, had taken Hammond wrestler Ryan Mackin to the championships and got a chance to talk to McIlravy, telling him of his son's death and thanking him for having spent extra time coaching him during a wrestling camp at Iowa that the boy had attended.
"I told him about the picture and about how much he meant to Lee," said the elder Young.
After McIlravy won his national championship at 68 kilograms, and after doing an interview with ESPN, he walked off the stage and handed his championship plaque to Young and his wife, Bonnie.
"He said that this was in honor of your son," Young said. "I can't think of the words to describe how deeply that touched us. It showed that the entire USA Wrestling family is a family."
Hawks upset Glenelg
River Hill played spoiler Thursday in upsetting Glenelg, 6-4, in baseball.
The Hawks had struggled to a 4-11 record before facing Glenelg, which was then tied for first in the county at 9-2.
Weak pitching had plagued River Hill.
But Matt Cornelius, making just his third start, combined with Arin Gelletly to pitch a two-hitter. Cornelius lost 3-2 to Mt. Hebron and 6-5 to Long Reach in his previous starts.
"He's sneaky fast and has good location," Hawks coach Rick Lloyd said.
Boarman a medalist
Adam Boarman of Mount Hebron was the medalist by shooting 35 during Howard County High School Golf Club play at Turf Valley Wednesday.
Mount Hebron leads the eight-team league with a 13-2 record followed by Oakland Mills at 11-4, Mount Hebron No. 2 at 11-4, Centennial at 9-6, River Hill at 7-8, Glenelg at 5-10, Howard at 3-12 and Wilde Lake at 1-14.