Ithaca College Athletics Hall of Fame Committee inducted Syosset High School Physical Education teacher and coach Mike Murtha into the 49th Hall of Fame class.
A two-sport athlete from 1990-94 in football and wrestling, Mike Murtha is one of just 12 three-time All-Americans in program history as a grappler. Murtha also played an integral role on the 1994 national championship wrestling team and was a running back for the 1991 national championship football program. At the time of his graduation, Murtha was just one of six student-athletes at Ithaca College to play on two national championship teams.
On the mat, Murtha compiled an overall record of 52-25 and won three ECWC championships. During the 1992-93 season, he went 25-4 and posted a perfect 12-0 regular season record in dual matches en route to a third place finish at the NCAA Championships. In his final season, Murtha was 10-3 overall and placed fifth in the country despite battling through a significant injury in Ithaca's national championship run. That 1994 wrestling squad edged Wartburg by 2.75 points (77.75 to 75) for the program's third national title. His third All-American performance came during the 1991-92 year, where he went 15-8 and placed seventh.
On the gridiron, Murtha was a captain and finished his career with 732 yards rushing and six touchdowns on 154 carries in 22 games. He also scored one receiving touchdown in his career. In 1991, Murtha rushed for 157 yards on 33 attempts in nine games and then amassed 402 yards and four scores in 1992. He would score two more touchdowns with 173 yards in his final season.
Congratulations to Coach Murtha!