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Medal record

Bruce Baumgartner
Men's Wrestling
Competitor for the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold 1984 Los Angeles Freestyle (130 kg)
Silver 1988 Seoul Freestyle (130 kg)
Gold 1992 Barcelona Freestyle (130 kg)
Bronze 1996 Atlanta Freestyle (130 kg)
World Championships
Bronze 1983 Kiev +100 kg
Bronze 1985 Budapest 130 kg
Gold 1986 Budapest 130 kg
Bronze 1987 Clermont-Ferrand 130 kg
Silver 1989 Martigny 130 kg
Silver 1990 Tokyo 130 kg
Gold 1993 Toronto 130 kg
Silver 1994 Istanbul 130 kg
Gold 1995 Atlanta 130 kg
Pan American Games
Gold 1991 Havana Freestyle (130 kg)

Bruce Robert Baumgartner (born November 2, 1960, in Haledon, New Jersey) is a retired American amateur wrestler and current Director of Athletics for the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

During High school, Baumgartner excelled on the wrestling team, going 23-0, but was defeated in the NJ State Championship match. During the off-season he threw shot put and discus on the track team, setting several records in the shot put. Baumgartner is a four-time Olympian and owns four Olympic Medals: two gold, one silver and one bronze. He holds a Bachelors degree in education from Indiana State University in Terre Haute, IN where he competed collegiately for 4 years. He frequently worked out alongside Kurt Thomas, the Olympic Gymnast. During his collegiate career he finished runner-up at Nationals his sophomore and junior years, and was the 1982 National Champion his senior year completing an undefeated season of 44-0. His collegiate record was 134-12 with 73 falls. In 1995, he was presented the James E. Sullivan Award by the Amateur Athletic Union as the outstanding amateur athlete in the U.S. He was sponsored through the New York Athletic Club. Baumgartner attended Manchester Regional High School in Haledon, New Jersey.[1]

In 2008, Baumgartner was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.

He is noted for his huge dislike of professional wrestling.


  1. ^ Bruce Baumgartner profile, The Washington Post, accessed April 26, 2007.

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Olympic Games
Preceded by
Francie Larrieu-Smith
Flagbearer for  United States
Atlanta 1996
Succeeded by
Cliff Meidl
Preceded by
Par J. Arvidsson
Rowdy Gaines
Oliver Luck
Kenneth W. Sims
Lynette Woodard
NCAA Top Five Award
Class of 1983
Bruce Baumgartner
John Elway
Richard J. Giusto
Charles F. Kiraly
David R. Rimington
Succeeded by
John E. Frank
Beth Heiden
Terrell L. Hoage
Stefan G. Humphries
Steve Young


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