Elgin High School Class of 1989
Mirabella, an Elgin High graduate, won three state wrestling titles: the Class AA 98-pound title in 1988, the 112-pound title in 1989, and the 119-pound title in 1990. As a freshman, he finished fourth in the state at 98 pounds in 1987. His career record at EHS was 154-5. He holds the state record for most career technical falls. In 1990, Jeff was named "Outstanding Wrestler of the Year" by both the Chicago Tribune and The Illinois Wrestling Coaches' and Officials' Association. He was 1st team All-American for Amateur Wrestling News and was honored as the March of Dimes Amateur Athlete of the Year. Jeff graduated from Northwestern University where he was a four-time national qualifier. In 1991, at the University Division National Championships, he was a double-champion, winning in both the Greco-Roman and freestyle divisions. Mirabella went on to win two more national Greco-Roman titles and qualified to compete in the Pan-Am championships and U. S. Olympic Festival.