William Smith (wrestler)

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William Smith
Personal information
Born (1928-09-17)September 17, 1928
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Died March 20, 2018(2018-03-20) (aged 89)
Humboldt, Iowa, U.S.

William T. Smith (September 17, 1928 – March 20, 2018)[1] was an American wrestler and Olympic champion in Freestyle wrestling.

Smith was born in Portland, Oregon and graduated from Thomas Jefferson Senior High School in Council Bluffs, Iowa.[2] 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.[3]


Smith competed at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki where he received a gold medal in Freestyle wrestling, the welterweight class.[4]


  1. ^ http://www.nonpareilonline.com/sports/olympic-champion-t-j-grad-bill-smith-dies-at/article_e878f11e-2cb4-11e8-90e8-3f29c05e4a9a.html
  2. ^ "Notable Oregonians". All-Oregon. Retrieved 2008-12-25.
  3. ^ "Bill Smith, University of Northern Iowa". Des Moines Register. Retrieved 2014-02-25.
  4. ^ "1952 Summer Olympics – Helsinki, Finland – Wrestling" Archived 2007-06-10 at the Wayback Machine. databaseOlympics.com (Retrieved on 13 September 2008)