1980s1984 L A OlympicsOlympicsOther SportsWrestling

1984 Olympics – Men’s Freestyle Wrestling – USA Bruce Baumgardner & USA Joe Gonzalez


Bruce Robert Baumgartner (born November 2, 1960) is a retired American amateur wrestler….who ranked as one of the top super-heavyweight freestyle wrestlers for more than a decade. Winning his first World Championship medal, a bronze, in 1983….he won the World Championship in Los Angeles. He confirmed his status with the Communist Bloc (Eastern European) wrestlers by winning in 1986, clinching his first of his three world titles.  Baumgartner won his 1st of two Olympic gold medals at the L A Games….and his second in Barcelona in 1992.  In addition to his World (3) and Olympic titles (2)….Baumgartner amassed three golds at the Pan American Games….17 American titles….and eight World Cup wins…..and an NCAA National Championship.  

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