Douglas Blubaugh

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Douglas Morlan "Doug" Blubaugh (born December 31, 1934 in Ponca City , Kay / Osage County , Oklahoma , † May 16, 2011 in Toncawa , Kay County , Oklahoma) was an American freestyle wrestler and coach . He was an Olympic champion in 1960.


Doug Blubaugh was from Oklahoma and the son of a farmer. He came into contact with wrestling in high school. There he has already had many successes. These continued when he attended Oklahoma State University - Stillwater . He won several medals at NCAA championships from 1956 and was American NCAA champion in 1957. In 1957 he also won the USA welterweight championship. He achieved all successes in free style. In 1959 he also won the Pan-American Championships in Chicago . In 1960 he prevailed against his rival Phil Kinyon in the Olympic qualification and represented the USA at the Olympic Games in Rome . There he won the gold medal with seven wins, six of them shoulder wins. Only the Turk İsmail Ogan gave him only one point win. The win against the Iranian defending champion Imam-Ali Habibi was a sensation.

Doug Blubaugh was a typical American college wrestler. World championships didn't interest him. After his Olympic victory, he ended his career as a wrestler. He had fought over 400 fights and lost only 17 of them. He was initially an assistant coach at various universities before he was head coach at Indiana State University in 1972 . He was also the head coach of the US national team of freestyle wrestlers. In 1979 he was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame for his services to wrestling .

International success

(OS = Olympic Games, F = freestyle, We = welterweight, back then up to 73 kg body weight)

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Individual evidence

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  • Documentation of FILA's International Wrestling Championships, 1976
  • various issues of the specialist magazine "Athletik" from the years 1959 and 1960