Sam Hazewinkel

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Sam Hazewinkel (born March 4, 1983) of Norman, Oklahoma is an American wrestler who won the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials and competed at the 2012 Olympics in freestyle (55 kg).

High school[edit]

Sam completed a 140-0 record in Junior Varsity wrestling. Pensacola Christian Academy in Pensacola, Florida where he was a three time state champion. Sam was also a two time junior national Greco Roman Champion at the JV level.[1]


Sam was a four-time All-American at the University of Oklahoma with a best finish of 2nd place.[2]


Sam was a 2008 University World Champion in Greco Roman as well as a world team and World Cup team member.[3]

Sam defeated Nick Simmons 2 to 1 at the finals of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials with a final and deciding period victory of 3-0.[4]

At the 2012 Olympics, Sam lost to in his opening match to Daulet Niyazbekov of Kazakhstan.[5]


Sam's father Dave Hazewinkel and uncle Jim Hazewinkel were Olympic wrestlers.[6]