William Smith (wrestler)

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William Smith
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Born September 17, 1928 (1928-09-17) (age 88)
Portland, Oregon, U.S.

William T. Smith (born September 17, 1928) is an American wrestler and Olympic champion in Freestyle wrestling.

He was born in Portland, Oregon and graduated from Thomas Jefferson Senior High School in Council Bluffs, Iowa.[1] He then enrolled at Iowa State Teachers College (now the University of Northern Iowa), Smith won back-to-back NCAA wrestling titles at 165 pounds in 1949 and 1950. As a team, Iowa State Teachers College finished as NCAA Runners-Up in 1949 and NCAA Champions in 1950. He also won three Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) national titles.[2]


Smith competed at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki where he received a gold medal in Freestyle wrestling, the welterweight class.[3]


  1. ^ "Notable Oregonians". All-Oregon. Retrieved 2008-12-25. 
  2. ^ "Bill Smith, University of Northern Iowa". Des Moines Register. Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  3. ^ "1952 Summer Olympics – Helsinki, Finland – Wrestling" Archived 2007-06-10 at the Wayback Machine. databaseOlympics.com (Retrieved on 13 September 2008)