Douglas Blubaugh

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Douglas Blubaugh
Medal record
Men's wrestling
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1960 Rome Freestyle, welterweight
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 1959 Chicago Freestyle, welterweight

Douglas Morlan Blubaugh (December 31, 1934 – May 16, 2011) was an American wrestler and Olympic champion. He competed at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, where he received a gold medal in freestyle welterweight, defeating the five-time world champion, the legendary Iranian Wrestler Emam-Ali Habibi.[1]

Blubaugh, born in Ponca City, Oklahoma, was a two-time AAU Champion at Oklahoma State University before he made the 1960 Olympic team. While a student at OSU, Blubaugh was initiated as a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity; in January 2011, he was inducted into the TKE Oklahoma Hall of Fame.[citation needed]

For his efforts in Rome, Blubaugh was named the World’s Outstanding Wrestler in 1960.[2] Blubaugh later became wrestling coach at Indiana University.[1]

He resided in Tonkawa, Oklahoma, until his death in a traffic accident while riding his motorcycle.[1] He was struck by a pickup truck, which ran a stop sign.[3]

Blubaugh continued to be an ambassador for the sport of wrestling until his death on May 16, 2011 at the age of 76.


  1. ^ a b c Klingman, Kyle (May 17, 2011). "FLASH: Olympic Champion Doug Blubaugh passes away at 76". USA Wrestling. Retrieved May 18, 2011.
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  3. ^ "Doug Blubaugh was tougher than he was good," NewsOK, Barry Tramel, 10 August 2017