Olympic Champions by College

By Taylor Miller, USA Wrestling | Aug. 07, 2020, 3:01 p.m. (ET)

To cap off what would be Olympic week for wrestling at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, today’s #FreestyleFriday looks at the past U.S. Olympic gold medalists in men’s freestyle and the schools they represented.

An athlete who attended more than one college is listed under each one. For example, you will find Dave Schultz under Oklahoma State, Univ. of Oklahoma and UCLA.

Most of the information was collected from the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s Olympians Made Here campaign. For any corrections, reach out to USA Wrestling Manager of Communications Taylor Miller via email (tmiller@usawrestling.org) or on Twitter (@taylormillerusa).

Brown University
1924 – John Spellman (87 kg)

City College of New York
1948 – Henry Wittenberg (87 kg)

Clarion
1996 – Kurt Angle (100 kg)

Cornell
1920 – Charles Ackerly

Kansas
1932 – Peter Mehringer (87 kg)

Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1928 – Allie Morrison (61 kg)

Indiana State (2)
1984 – Bruce Baumgartner (+100 kg)
1992 – Bruce Baumgartner (130 kg)

Iowa (5)
1960 – Terry McCann (57 kg)
1984 – Randy Lewis (62 kg)
1984 – Ed Banach (90 kg)
1984 – Lou Banach (100 kg)
1996 – Tom Brands (62 kg)

Iowa State (6)
1948 – Glen Brand (79 kg)
1972 – Dan Gable (68 kg)
1972 – Ben Peterson (90 kg)
1992 – Kevin Jackson (82 kg)
2004 – Cael Sanderson (84 kg)
2012 – Jake Varner (96 kg)

Nebraska
2012 – Jordan Burroughs (74 kg)

Northern Iowa
1952 – William Smith (73 kg)

Lehigh
1984 – Bobby Weaver (48 kg)

Louisiana State
1992 – Kevin Jackson (82 kg)

Ohio State (2)
1924 – Harry Steel (87 kg)
2016 – Kyle Snyder (97 kg)

Oklahoma State (10)
1932 – Robert Pearce (56 kg)
1932 – Jack Van Bebber (72 kg)
1936 – Frank Lewis (72 kg)
1960 – Doug Blubaugh (63 kg)
1960 – Shelby Wilson (67 kg)
1984 – Dave Schultz (74 kg)
1988 – John Smith (62 kg)
1988 – Kenny Monday (74 kg)
1992 – John Smith (62 kg)
1996 – Kendall Cross (57 kg)

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