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Doug Blubaugh

Full name: Douglas Morlan "Doug" Blubaugh
Gender: Male
Height: 5-6.5 (170 cm)
Weight: 161 lbs (73 kg)
Born: December 31, 1934 in Ponca City, Oklahoma, United States
Died: May 16, 2011 in Tonkawa, Oklahoma, United States
Affiliations: US Army, (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Doug Blubaugh, winner of the gold medal in the welterweight class at the 1959 Pan American Games following his brother Jack, who won gold in the bantamweight class at the 1955 Pan American Games, was also a two-time AAU Champion (1957/59) and 1957 NCAA Champion before he made the 1960 Olympic team. Blubaugh had been third at the 1955 NCAAs and second in 1956 before winning the 1957 title. At Rome he beat the supposedly unbeatable Iranian, Emam Ali Habibi, and then had a clear road to the gold medal. For his efforts, Blubaugh was named the World's Outstanding Wrestler in 1960.

Blubaugh later became wrestling coach at Indiana University, and assistant coach at Michigan State, in addition to coaching the US teams at the 1971 World Championships and Pan-American Games. His son followed him as a top high school wrestler in Indiana. In the late 70s, Habibi became embroiled in the political turmoil in Iran and, although he remained there, he arranged for his family to emigrate to the United States, where they settled in Indiana. In a high school wrestling match in 1980, the sons of Blubaugh and Habibi competed for opposing teams, although they did not face each other directly.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 25 Roma Wrestling Men's Welterweight, Freestyle United States USA 1 Gold

Men's Welterweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BP MR
1960 Summer 25 Roma Wrestling United States USA Final Round Match #2 1 1960-09-06 Blubaugh (USA) decision, Oğan (TUR)
1960 Summer 25 Roma Wrestling United States USA Final Round Match #3 1 1960-09-06 Blubaugh (USA) fall (---), Bashir (PAK)
1960 Summer 25 Roma Wrestling United States USA Round Five 1 1960-09-06 0
1960 Summer 25 Roma Wrestling United States USA Round Five Match #3 1 1960-09-06 Blubaugh (USA) fall (2:37), Habibi (IRI) 0
1960 Summer 25 Roma Wrestling United States USA Round Four 1 1960-09-05 0
1960 Summer 25 Roma Wrestling United States USA Round Four Match #4 1 1960-09-05 Blubaugh (USA) fall (6:12), Carlsson (SWE) 0
1960 Summer 25 Roma Wrestling United States USA Round Three 1 1960-09-03 0
1960 Summer 25 Roma Wrestling United States USA Round Three Match #7 AC 1960-09-03 Blubaugh (USA) 0
1960 Summer 25 Roma Wrestling United States USA Round Two 1T 1960-09-02 0
1960 Summer 25 Roma Wrestling United States USA Round Two Match #10 1 1960-09-02 Blubaugh (USA) fall (3:35), Bruggmann (SUI) 0
1960 Summer 25 Roma Wrestling United States USA Round One 1T 1960-09-01 0
1960 Summer 25 Roma Wrestling United States USA Round One Match #10 1 1960-09-01 Blubaugh (USA) fall (2:21), Boese (CAN) 0
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