John Peterson (wrestler)

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John Peterson
Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Men's Freestyle wrestling
Olympic Games
Gold 1976 Montreal 82 kg
Silver 1972 Munich 82 kg
World Championships
Silver 1971 82 kg
Bronze 1973 82 kg

John Peterson (born 22 October 1948) is an American wrestler and Olympic champion in Freestyle wrestling.


Peterson competed at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich where he received a silver medal in Freestyle wrestling, the middleweight class.[1] He won a gold medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal.[2]

Peterson's brother, Ben Peterson, also competed in both the 1972 and 1976 Summer Olympics, also winning gold (1972) and silver (1976) medals in Freestyle wrestling.

Peterson grew up in Comstock, Wisconsin, attending nearby Cumberland High School before graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in 1971.[3][4]


  1. ^ "1972 Summer Olympics – München, Germany – Wrestling". Retrieved 13 September 2008. 
  2. ^ "1976 Summer Olympics – Montreal, Canada – Wrestling". Retrieved 13 September 2008. 
  3. ^ Bill Stokes "Comstock Salutes Its Heroes" Milwaukee Journal Sentinel September 14, 1972.
  4. ^ "1978 Inductees. UW-Stout Athletic Hall of Fame". University of Wisconsin - Stout.