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Danny Hodge

“America’s Great Legend” to all wrestling fans.....

This man, Danny Hodge is truly a legend in wrestling, but he means so much more to me... He and Delores are true friends to Bev and I as well as to the World of Wrestling. He is everybody’s grandpa and sets a spotless image of a true American Hero! We are proud to have him represent W.O.W. and hope the association will continue for ever. - Jack Roller

Danny Hodge's career covered 30 years of wrestling championships - from Junior High to World's Professional Champion. One of the strongest wrestlers ever to step on a mat, the stories of Danny Hodge's strength sound like fiction. Walking into a hardware store and bending pliers with his grip. His laurels would cover several pages, but the following lists the highlights of an outstanding career.

  1951 Oklahoma State Champ

  4 Time National AAU Champion

  Outstanding Wrestler National AAU in 1956 in both free-style and  

     Greco-Roman Divisions Pinned all opponents.

  3 Time National NCAA Champion

  2 Time Outstanding Wrestler NCAA Nationals

  Collegiate Record 46 wins 0 losses

  Won 3 consecutive Big Seven (now Big 8) Championships, pinning

     all opponents, with an average mat time of 1:33

  Twice a member of U.S. Olympic Team

     5th Place - 1952 Olympics

     2nd Place - 1956 Olympics

  


•  24 Consecutive pins in College

  National Golden Gloves Champion

  Only man to ever hold two national championships (Wrestling & Boxing) 1958

  Only wrestler to ever appear on cover of SPORTS ILLUSTRATED

  Member of Helms Wrestling Hall of Fame

  Charter member of Wrestling Hall of Fame - Stillwater, Oklahoma

  Junior Heavyweight Professional Champion

  Charter member of Oklahoma Hall of Fame

  Member of Professional Hall of Fame

  Member of Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame (only wrestler to hold this honor)

  Co-Star of "One More Shot" the wrestling movie


OKLAHOMA WRESTLING &

BOXING STATE COMMISSIONER

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