In 2010, following a historic wrestling career, Mark Ironside was elected to the Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame. As a Hawkeye, Ironside was the Big Ten champion at 134 pounds as a red-shirt freshman while placing sixth in the nation with a 27-8 record. The following year (1996) he defended his Big Ten title and placed third in the nation with a 35-2 record. As a junior Ironside was the national title holder at 134 pounds with a 30-0 record. His senior year Ironside wrestled at 141 pounds and won his fourth Big Ten title and second NCAA title with a 35-0 record. He received the Dan Hodge Award (considered the Heisman Trophy of wrestling) his senior year. Ironside was 127-10 in college and ended his collegiate career with a 67-match winning streak that spanned three seasons.
Very few wrestlers in modern history have accomplished as much as Mark Ironside did during his tenure at the University of Iowa, but honors and titles don’t tell the entire story. Mark Ironside’s very aggressive wrestling style meant that he didn’t just win for the Hawkeyes, he dominated his opponents. The list of honors is almost unheard of. Mark was a 2-Time National Champion, 4-Time Big Ten Champion, 3-Time Big Ten Wrestler of the Year, Dan Hodge Award Winner, 4-Time Midlands Open Champion and 2-Time MVW team award winner.