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Olympic wrestlers from Episode 11 of the Hall of Fame Legends podcast unearths a gem of audio from the late s. It's not confirmed when this was recorded, but noted wrestling historian Don Sayenga serves as a moderator for a special Olympians Breakfast that included wrestlers from all the way back in the s. This recording has problems with sound quality, but some of the conversations between the group of Olympians, had only been heard that one time.
Listen in amazement as names from the past resurface in their own voices to tell the stories of their respective Olympic Games.
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It'll be enough time to kick the tires and lights some fires. McDaniel passed away in , but archives unearthed at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame have given us his voice from that Honors Weekend. So Joe McDaniel had to settle merely for recognition as the outstanding wrestler of the world. Gallagher to the team trophy. As a pound junior, he was voted outstanding wrestler of the tournament, an honor won a year earlier by his roommate, Stanley Henson. Three times he reigned as National AAU champion, twice as a collegian when the Cowboys also won team honors, and again in , two years after graduation.
McDaniel's only serious exposure to international competition came at the close of his junior year, in a European tour climaxed by a tournament at Stockholm, Sweden, among the leading wrestling nations of the world. He was undefeated in 12 bouts and scored an overwhelming victory over Odon Zombori of Hungary, winner of the Olympic gold two years earlier. Despite a three-year hitch in the Air Corps and seven years as field representative for a major steel firm, McDaniel never has been far from the sport of wrestling.
After a year of high school coaching and another at Maryland, he returned from the war to coach 11 years at Syracuse University, leading the Orange to a fourth place national finish. In , he moved to Wyoming, coaching two years in high school and eight at the University. His career turned full circle in , when he returned to his home town of Sulphur, Oklahoma, to serve as high school coach.
In 30 years of coaching at all levels, his record was victories against defeats. In recognition of his great achievements as a wrestler and his long years of service to the sport, Joe Clark McDaniel is honored as a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Gizoni passed away just over a month after his induction.
He became the fourth wrestler in Pennsylvania prep history to win three state championships, claiming titles at , and pounds from to at Washington High School. In , wrestling at pounds, he won the title as the No. Trailing in the finals, Gizoni used hand control, back pressure and a hip heist to get a reversal and gain the upper hand in a tight match. The three losses and the tie occurred in his freshman year of high school. Following his competitive days on the mat, Gizoni served in the Korean War and earned a Bronze Star for bravery in combat.
In , he transferred to Pacific University to finish his wrestling career. He blended a professional career with wrestling throughout his life. Bennett coached high school teams from , holding positions as a volunteer, assistant coach, and head wrestling coach at five different high schools. He helped coach over 40 wrestlers to high school state championships in three states. Through Sunkist Kids, Bennett became involved in video scouting and technique analysis.
He has produced over 60 instructional and educational tapes for coaches, athletes, and officials, featuring some of the top athletes and coaches in the world.
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He also produced over 40 television shows for broadcast in the United States and abroad. In , he gave up his medical practice to become a full-time staff member of USA Wrestling. Three years later, he was named National Developmental Freestyle Coach. He is the only wrestling coach to ever receive this prestigious award. His career on the mat ended in high school where he helped John Marshall High School in Oklahoma City capture a state championship.
A high school youngster from Wisconsin, competing in the Olympic trials, caught the eye of veteran coach Harold Nichols. Ben Peterson would become one of Iowa State's greatest wrestlers, and then one of America's brightest stars. He won nearly collegiate matches, was a three-time Big Eight king and a three-time All-American.
He captured NCAA championships in and ' Encouraged--you might say pushed--by his friend and teammate, Dan Gable, Peterson blended athletic skills with determination and strong faith. Over the next decade, he won seven national Freestyle titles, placed twice in the World Championships with a bronze medal in '73 , and won gold in the Pan Am Games. During this era, he was joined by his brother, John, to forge one of wrestling's great family legends.
When they emerged as the only survivors at pounds, Ben earned the gold with more falls. John's silver at The brothers returned to the Olympics in at Montreal, for equally rewarding but oddly reversed success. Levan Tediashvili, the superb Soviet who had blocked John's bid at Munich, limited Ben to a silver medal. But John captured the gold, and the Peterson brothers became the third and fourth two-time Olympic medalists in U.
Ben made a third Olympic team in , only the fifth American to do that, but was thwarted by the boycott.
Faith has been a hallmark of Ben Peterson's life. Since he has coached and taught at Maranatha Baptist Bible College in Wisconsin, and has directed a summer camp to teach his skills and his way of life to young wrestlers. As a wrestler of outstanding achievement and as a golden example of sportsmanship and leadership, Benjamin Lee Peterson is honored as a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. The goal of wrestling is to take an opponent off his feet and place him on the mat.
Perhaps no wrestler in collegiate wrestling has done it better—or more often—than Joe Gonzales. Gonzales perfected the takedown during his time as a pound wrestler at California State-Bakersfield.
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His wrestling season ranks among the finest in collegiate wrestling history. He notched takedowns that year too, also a national record. Then, just two weeks later, he won the Division I NCAA tourney, scoring 16 points or more in four of the six matches he won during his championship run. His junior season was almost as successful.
Gonzales went during the season, winning a Division II championship with a win in the finals. Many consider their exhilarating showdown as the most entertaining collegiate match ever. Gonzales carried his collegiate success into international competition. He was a five-time National Open freestyle wrestling champion at World Team member, a three-time World Cup champion, a bronze medalist at the World Championships, and champion at the Tbilisi tournament—considered by many as the toughest tournament in the world. He was a member of the Olympic freestyle team as well. After college, Gonzales served as an assistant wrestling coach at Arizona State from The Sun Devils won the Pac tournament all four seasons he was with the program, and they were crowned NCAA tournament champions in Thought to be the best wrestler ever to come from Tennessee and one of the greatest big men to wrestle at Oklahoma State University, William B.
Harlow was a state champion, a three-time NCAA finalist and a three-time national freestyle champion. With Distinguished Members Yojiro Uetake, Bobby Douglas, and Gene Davis as teammates during his collegiate career, learning opportunities were scattered throughout the wrestling room. He quickly gained a reputation as a slick and smooth wrestler, using technique rarely seen in a man of his size. Harlow finished second in his first trip to the NCAA finals as a sophomore in As a junior, he won the Big Eight Conference title, but again finished as runner-up in the national tournament.
Finally, as a senior, he moved up to pounds and compiled a record and won both the Big Eight and NCAA championships. Overall, he finished his collegiate career with a record of Harlow began his wrestling career as an eighth grader, competing for the high school team at St. Andrews School in Sewanee, Tenn. Over five years, he lost only one match and, as a senior in , won the national prep championship, the state championship and his fifth Mid-South championship, earning Outstanding Wrestler honors at all three tournaments.
For their accomplishments, all three schools this month earned the status of Blue Ribbon School, the highest honor the U. Education Department can bestow upon a school. Iowa High School Athletic Association. Retrieved February 18, Retrieved 3 December Retrieved November 21, The Gazette. Retrieved March 6, It was the fifth overall title for the Maroons and third in the last five seasons.
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The undefeated Dowling Maroons cruised to their straight state championship. Dowling Catholic is the first school in class 4A to 'three-peat'. Dowling jumped out to a quick first quarter lead on previously unbeaten Cedar Rapids Kennedy, and never really let the Cougars in the game. Dowling dominates, , the final. The Des Moines Register. Des Moines Register. Retrieved October 2, But one team swooped in late to grab him Friday. The former Dowling Catholic wide receiver was selected in the third round of the draft by the Seattle Seahawks, the th overall pick and second-to-last pick of the night.
College Football Hall of Fame. Football Foundation. Retrieved February 19, The New York Times. Retrieved November 6, The Des Moines native and West Des Moines Dowling Catholic graduate knows how it began, how it has grown into football legend and what it means to fans on both sides. USA Today. Retrieved October 3, Baseball America. Iowa Senate.