Kendall Cross (wrestler)

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Kendall Cross
Personal information
Full name Kendall Duane Cross
Born February 24, 1968 (1968-02-24) (age 49)
Hardin, Montana, U.S.

Kendall Duane Cross (born February 24, 1968 in Hardin, Montana) is an American Olympic gold medalist in wrestling. He won the gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, where he wrestled in the 57 kilogram (125.5 pounds) weight class. He defeated Guivi Sissaouri of Canada 5-3 in the final match.[1] Cross also competed at the 1992 Summer Olympics where he placed sixth.

Early career[edit]

In high school, he wrestled for Mustang High School in Oklahoma where he won a state title. He wrestled for Oklahoma State University where he was a three time All-American and won the NCAA Championship in 1989.[2] Kendall graduated from OSU with a major in political science and economics.[3]

Other achievements[edit]

  • Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, inducted 2002[4]
  • Three time US National Champion
  • Outstanding Freestyle Wrestler at the U. S. Nationals, 1992 and 1995
  • 1997 USA Wrestling Athlete of the Year[5]
  • Espoir National and Espoir World Cup Champion, 1988
  • Bronze medal at Junior World Championships, 1986
  • World Cup Champion, 1997


After college he served as an assistant coach at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, NC while training for the Olympics. He also served as a coach for the Sunkist Kids and the Dave Schultz Wrestling Clubs. Kendall went on to become an assistant coach at Harvard University and worked at Merrill Lynch in Boston. While in Boston, he founded the Kendall Cross Gold Medal Wrestling Club, which developed young athletes. Then After Moving to Dallas, helped coach at Dallas Dynamite, with other Olympians Brandon Slay and Jamill Kelly. In addition to help Head coach at Dallas Dynamite (Brandon and Jamill both coach for the US National team currently) with former Oklahoma wrestler, Melvin Lofton, he also coaches at Trinity Christian Academy high school wrestling team.


Kendall has two children: Kennedy and London Cross.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Americans Angle, Cross Capture Wrestling Golds". The Washington Post. 2000-08-13. Retrieved 2008-07-05. 
  2. ^ "Kendall Cross Home Page". Archived from the original on 2010-05-24. Retrieved 2008-07-05. 
  3. ^ "Kendall Cross". 
  4. ^ "National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum". Archived from the original on July 28, 2003. Retrieved 2006-09-23. 
  5. ^ "Kendall Cross's Bio: Olympic Champion". 

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