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Bruce Baumgartner

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Bruce Baumgartner

Team: Freestyle
Weight Class: 286 lbs.
1995-96 Team USA Ranking: No. 1
Years on Team USA: 8 (1988-96)
Residence: Cambridge Springs, Pa.
Club: New York AC
College: Indiana State Univ.
High School: Haledon, N.J. (Manchester Regional HS)
Born: November 2, 1960 in Haledon, N.J.
Height: 6' 2"

Career Highlights
International:

  • 1996 Cerro Pelado Tournament champion (Cuba)
  • 1986, 1993 and 1995 World champion
  • Second in 1995 World Cup
  • 1987, 1991 and 1995 Pan American Games champion
  • Second in 1989, 1990 and 1994 World Championships
  • Third in 1994 Goodwill Games
  • 1984 and 1992 Olympic Champion
  • 1992-93 U.S. Open Grand Prix champion
  • Seven-time World Cup gold medalist (1984-86, 1989-91, 1994)
  • Four-time World Cup silver medalist (1982-83, 1988, 1993)
  • Second in 1988 Olympics
  • Seventh in the 1991 World Championships
  • Second in 1990 Goodwill Games
  • 1989-90 Grand Masters champion
  • 1988-89 Pan American Championship titlist
  • Third in 1983, 1985 and 1987 World Championships
  • 1986 Goodwill Games champion
  • 1984 Tbilisi Tournament champion
  • 1983 Pan American Games silver medalist
  • 1981 World University Games champion

U.S.:

  • Fifteen-time U.S. Nationals champion (1981, 1983-96)
  • 1982-95 World Team Trials champion
  • 1983, 1985, 1987 & 1989 U.S. Olympic Festival champion
  • 1980 & 1982 AAU National champion
  • Second in 1980 U.S. Nationals
  • 1978 Junior National champion

College:
Competed for Fran McCann at Indiana State
1982 NCAA champion as senior
1980 & 1981 NCAA runner-up
Graduated with honors in 1982 with degree in Industrial Arts Education
1982 NCAA Top 5 award winner
Received masters in Industrial Arts Education in 1984 from Oklahoma State

High School:
Competed for Joe Forte at Manchester Regional High
Third in 1978 New Jersey state tournament as senior
Placed third in the state in shot put in track-and-field

Personal:
Works as head wrestling coach at Edinboro Univ
He and wife Linda have two sons - Bryan and Zachary
Hobbies include wordworking, stamp collecting, gardening and fishing
Community activities include the United Way and anti-drug programs at schools
Has a cat named Lutte, which is French for Wrestling

Awards:
1995 James E. Sullivan Award winner as Outstanding Amateur Athlete in the United States
Outstanding Wrestler at 1994 U.S. Nationals
1986, 1992 USA Wrestling Athlete of the Year
1992 USA Wrestling Man of the Year
1986, 1992-94 Sullivan Award Finalist
1992-94 USOC SportsMan of the Year finalist
1987 Amateur Wrestling News Man of the Year
USOC SportsMan of the Month for June '93 and March '95

Records:
Has the most Olympic medals in U.S. history (3)
Has most World medals in U.S. history (9)
Has most World and Olympic medals in U.S. history (12)
Has most U.S. Nationals titles in history (16)
Has Most World Cup gold medals in U.S. history (7)
Has most Pan American Games medals in U.S. history (4)

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