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Joe Henson

Full name: Josiah "Joe" Henson
Gender: Male
Born: February 24, 1922 in Bristow, Oklahoma, United States
Died: April 4, 2012 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Affiliations: US Navy, (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Undefeated in dual meets while at the US Naval Academy ('44), Joe Henson won two Eastern Intercollegiate (EIWA) titles (1943-44), but never managed an NCAA Championship. In 1952, however, he won an AAU crown at 135 lbs., being named the tournament’s outstanding wrestler. Later in the year he became the second oldest American wrestler to win an Olympic medal, to that date. Henson later served as a Naval officer, serving with F Division for the Leyte Invasion and the Battle of Surigao Straits, and with the 7th Division for the Lingayen Gulf and Okinawa Campaigns in World War II. He eventually retired as a Captain in September 1969, and then became active in sports administration. For several years he was on the wrestling committee of the U.S. Olympic Committee, chairing the committee in 1964-68. He later served as the President of the AAU.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 30 Helsinki Wrestling Men's Featherweight, Freestyle United States USA 3 Bronze

Men's Featherweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MMR/RE BP MR
1952 Summer 30 Helsinki Wrestling United States USA Final Standings 3 1952-07-20 0-2
1952 Summer 30 Helsinki Wrestling United States USA Final Round Match #1 2 1952-07-23 Givehchi (IRI) decision (2-1), Henson (USA)
1952 Summer 30 Helsinki Wrestling United States USA Round Seven 3 1952-07-23 8
1952 Summer 30 Helsinki Wrestling United States USA Round Seven Match #1 2 1952-07-23 Şit (TUR) fall (9:20), Henson (USA) 3
1952 Summer 30 Helsinki Wrestling United States USA Round Six 2 1952-07-23 5
1952 Summer 30 Helsinki Wrestling United States USA Round Six Match #2 AC 1952-07-23 Henson (USA) 0
1952 Summer 30 Helsinki Wrestling United States USA Round Five 3 1952-07-23 5
1952 Summer 30 Helsinki Wrestling United States USA Round Five Match #2 1 1952-07-23 Henson (USA) decision (3-0), Mangave (IND) 1
1952 Summer 30 Helsinki Wrestling United States USA Round Four 4T 1952-07-22 4
1952 Summer 30 Helsinki Wrestling United States USA Round Four Match #5 1 1952-07-22 Henson (USA) decision (2-1), Dadashov (URS) 1
1952 Summer 30 Helsinki Wrestling United States USA Round Three 4T 1952-07-22 3
1952 Summer 30 Helsinki Wrestling United States USA Round Three Match #4 1 1952-07-22 Henson (USA) fall (3:30), Hoffmann (HUN) 0
1952 Summer 30 Helsinki Wrestling United States USA Round Two 8T 1952-07-21 3
1952 Summer 30 Helsinki Wrestling United States USA Round Two Match #6 1 1952-07-21 Henson (USA) fall (1:52), Elliott (AUS) 0
1952 Summer 30 Helsinki Wrestling United States USA Round One 12T 1952-07-20 3
1952 Summer 30 Helsinki Wrestling United States USA Round One Match #6 2 1952-07-20 Randi (ITA) fall (4:52), Henson (USA) 3
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