Jimmy Carr

December 28, 1955 - August 15, 2013

Jimmy Carr competed in the 1972 Olympics in freestyle wrestling as a 17-year-old high school junior, becoming the youngest ever American Olympic wrestler.

Carr was Junior World Champion who had actually placed sixth at the 1971 World Championships as a 16-year-old

He biggest title came in 1973 when he became the first high school wrestler to win the prestigious Midlands Tournament, defeating NCAA champion Mark Massery of Northwestern 11-7 and being named Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament.

Carr also earned a tie and a 5-3 win over 1972 Olympic gold medalist Roman Dmitriyev of Russia.

He wrestled at the University of Kentucky for his brother Fletcher Carr, earning All-America honors with a fifth-place finish in 1977, and also at the University of Alabama.

Carr accomplished all this despite almost losing his right leg to a staph infection when he was a child.

Jimmy came from family of 16 siblings. Of his eight brothers, all became wrestlers, with five of them becoming college All-Americans, led by Nate Carr, a Distinguished Member of the National Hall of Fame who was a three-time NCAA champion for Iowa State and an Olympic bronze medalist.

He passed away at 57 years old in 2013 from injuries suffered in an automobile accident.

All American Awards:

Division I

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