Leo Costello
Hall of Fame Enshrinee Information
Leo Costello
Inducted: 2008
Years at Loras: 1989-92
Sport: Wrestling


Leo was a member of the first Loras College wrestling team to finish in the top ten at the NCAA Championships (8th) in his junior season and helped the Duhawks jump two spots (up to third) in the IIAC and one spot in the NCAA (7th) as a senior. Individually, Leo's top performance came during his junior season when he posted a career high in wins (33), finished second in the IIAC and was runner up at the NCAA Championships at 167 pounds. He followed with another dominant season in 1991-92 (also at 167 pounds), his final campaign with the Duhawks, going 32-6 and finishing fourth at the NCAA Championships. His two finishes at the NCAA Championships earned him two-time All-American status.

A member of the graduating class of 1992, Leo earned his degree in Economics. He was also a member of the IIAC's All-Academic team and an Academic All-American during his wrestling career. His academic success, service to the community, and leadership also vaulted Costello onto the "National Outstanding Leaders" list in Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges in 1992. During his time at Loras he also contributed to the Loras Players production of "Winnie the Pooh".

Under Dan Neff and Larry Reynolds, Leo compiled a 95-35-2 career record on the wrestling mat. He also met his wife, Lori, while an undergraduate at Loras. The Eldridge, Iowa native and North Scott High School alum ('88) now works for Dupaco Community Credit Union in Dubuque and regularly attends Loras College wrestling events. Leo and Lori are the proud parents of three children - Emily, Aaron, and Ashley and reside in Dubuque.