John Peterson (wrestler)

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John Peterson
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BornOctober 22, 1948 (1948-10-22) (age 70)
Cumberland, Wisconsin, U.S.

John Allan Peterson (born October 22, 1948 in Cumberland, Wisconsin) is an American wrestler and Olympic champion in Freestyle wrestling.[1]


Peterson competed at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich where he received a silver medal in Freestyle wrestling, the middleweight class.[2] He won a gold medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec.[3]

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.[4][5]


  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "John Peterson". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on August 2, 2015. Retrieved June 21, 2015.
  2. ^ "1972 Summer Olympics – München, Germany – Wrestling". Archived from the original on September 19, 2008. Retrieved September 13, 2008.
  3. ^ "1976 Summer Olympics – Montreal, Canada – Wrestling". Archived from the original on September 17, 2008. Retrieved September 13, 2008.
  4. ^ Bill Stokes "Comstock Salutes Its Heroes" Milwaukee Journal Sentinel September 14, 1972.
  5. ^ "1978 Inductees. UW-Stout Athletic Hall of Fame". University of Wisconsin – Stout.