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Olympians who became Pro Wrestlers
After the IOC has decided NOT to have wrestling at the Olympics; I thought I'd put up a list of former Olympians who would become professional wrestlers:
Kurt Angle: Won gold at 1996 Olympics in freestyle wrestling. (I will probably call freestyle wrestling, "freestyling" because I won't be stuffed writing two words instead of one lol).
Dale Lewis: Competed for US in wrestling in 1956 and 1960 Olympics, but didn't place.
Naoya Ogawa: Won Silver Medal in Judo at the 1992 Olympics representing Japan. Unfortunately did not place in 1996.
Hiroshi Hase: Came 9th in Greco-Roman wrestling at Olympics in 1984.
Verne Gagne: Was selected for the 1948 US Olympic team, but unfortunately the US pulled out.
Joe Scarpello: Same as Verne.
Yoshi Yatsu: Did not place in 1976 or 1980 though he was a part of Japanese wrestling team.
'Jumbo' Tsuruta: Placed 7th in Greco-Roman wrestling in 1972, representing Japan.
Mr. Saito: Competed at 1964 Olympics in Freestyle wrestling, coming 7th.
Tosh Togo: Silver medal in weightlifting at 1948 games, representing US.
Ken Patera: Competed at 1972 Olympics in weightlifting but didn't place, representing US.
Brad Rheingans: In Greco-Roman, came 4th in 1976, and was a part of the US team who boycotted the 1980 Olympics. Repped USA.
Tamon Honda: Repped Japan in three Olympics for freestyling: 1984 he came 5th, 1988 and 1992 he didn't place.
Manabu Nakinishi: Failed to place in 1992 Olympics for freestlying. Repped Japan.
Riki Chosu: Repped Japan, didn't place in 1972 Olympics for freestyling.
Dick Hutton: Was in 1948 Olympics, came 7th in freestyling.
Ed Don George: Repped US in 1928 Olympics for freestyling, came 4th.
Jorge Gonzales: Repped Argentina in 1988 games for basketball. You may know him as Giant Gonzales.
Giant Silva: Repped Brazil in 1988 games for basketball. Didn't place.
Earl McCready: Repped Canada in freestyle in 1928, failed to place.
Mad Dog Vachon: Came 7th in 1948 Olympics in freestyling, repped Canada.
Danny Hodge: Repped USA in 1952, but didn't place in freestyling. He won silver at 1956 Olympics in freestyle, also competed in Greco-Roman.
Bob Roop: Repped USA, finished 7th in 1968 Olympics for freestyling.
Chris Taylor: Repped USA in freestyling in 1972 but won Bronze.
Bad News Brown: Repped USA, competed in judo and won a bronze in 1976.
Mark Henry: Came 10th in 1992 Olympics for weightlifting, didn't place in 1996.
Frank Andersson: Won bronze at 1984 Olympics in freestyling. Repped Sweden.
Karl Gotch: Freestyle & Greco in 1948 Olympics, didn't place, repped Belgium.
Bobby Pearce: Won gold in 1928 and 1932 at rowing, single sculls. Repped Australia.
Greg Wojciechowski: Repped US in freestyle in 1980, but didn't compete due to US boycotting.
Iron Sheik: Competed in wrestling for 1968 Olympics, representing Iran. Was assistant coach for US 1972 wrestling team.
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