Kenny Monday

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Kenny Monday
Personal information
BornNovember 25, 1961 (1961-11-25) (age 59)
Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.

Kenny Dale Monday (born November 25, 1961 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is an Olympic gold medalist and three-time All-American wrestler from Oklahoma State University. He began wrestling at age six at a YMCA after-school program and grew up idolizing Olympic wrestler Wayne Wells. He is a 3X Olympian.

Monday attended Booker T. Washington High School (Tulsa, Oklahoma), where he won four state titles and the 1977 Junior National championship. He never lost a match from seventh grade through the end of high school and finished with a record of 140-0-1.

As an All-American at OSU, Monday won the NCAA title in 1984 at 150 pounds. His collegiate record of 121-12-2 contributed to the Cowboys winning two Big Eight titles. He won the 1989 World Championship and a series of USA Freestyle championships in 1985, 1988, 1991, and 1996. He won the Olympic Championship in 1988 in a 5-2 overtime win against the Soviet Union's Adlan Varaev.

Monday was a silver medalist in the 1992 Olympics and placed sixth in the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics. He is a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

On March 28, 1997 Monday competed in a mixed martial arts bout defeating John Lewis by TKO in round two at Extreme fighting 4, which was held in Des Moines, Iowa.

Monday has also worked as the wrestling coach with the Blackzilians, a mixed martial arts camp based in Boca Raton, Florida.[1][2] He is married to Sabrina Goodwin Monday (National Sales Director for Mary Kay Cosmetics) and has three children; his sons Kennedy currently wrestles for the University of North Carolina.[3] and, Quincy currently wrestles for Princeton University. Monday currently resides in North Carolina.

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
1 match 1 win 0 losses
By knockout 1 0
By submission 0 0
By decision 0 0
Draws 0
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 1–0 John Lewis TKO (punches) Extreme fighting 4 March 28, 1997 2 4:23 Des Moines, Iowa, USA

Submission grappling record[edit]

Result Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Notes
Loss United States Matt Hume Submission (ankle lock) The Contenders October 11, 1997 1 0:45

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Olympic wrestling legend, Kenny Monday joins the Blackzilian camp as wrestling coach". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved 2019-12-16.
  2. ^ "Wrestling coach Kenny Monday let go by 'Blackzilians'". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved 2019-12-16.
  3. ^ "Kennedy Monday". University of North Carolina Athletic Department. Retrieved 2019-12-16.

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