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Dan Hodge

Full name: Daniel Allen "Dan" Hodge
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0.5 (185 cm)
Weight: 185 lbs (84 kg)
Born: May 13, 1932 in Perry, Oklahoma, United States
Affiliations: Oklahoma Sooners, Norman (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Dan Hodge was the first wrestler to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated. Renowned for his strength, he was wrestling’s big attraction while a student at Oklahoma in the mid-50s, but he never managed to win the gold medal that was expected of him. He won three AAU freestyle titles, three NCAA titles, and one AAU Greco-Roman championships. In 1956 he won all three, recording 14 pins in 14 matches en route, but at the Olympic Trials, he was beaten by the 1952 gold medalist, Bill Smith. Hodge was taken to Melbourne as the Greco representative but was moved back to freestyle when Smith was declared ineligible because he had briefly been a coach, which was then against the rules of amateur status. At the Olympics, Hodge lost the gold medal when he was pinned by Bulgaria’s Nikola Stanchev with only two seconds left in the match. In 1958, Hodge embarked on a career in a new sport – boxing. He had 17 amateur bouts, culminating with a victory in the 1959 Natonal Golden Gloves Heavyweight division. He turned professional and had nine fights as a heavyweight, winning seven before retiring in 1961. He then became a professional wrestler, fighting Lou Thesz for the NWA Heavyweight title in 1963, with each winning one match. Hodge later became chairman of the Oklahoma Professional Boxing Commission which regulates boxing, wrestling, and mixed martial arts.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Wrestling Men's Middleweight, Freestyle United States USA AC
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Wrestling Men's Middleweight, Freestyle United States USA 2 Silver

Men's Middleweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MMR/RE BP MR
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Wrestling United States USA Final Standings AC 1952-07-20 Eliminated r3/7 5
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Wrestling United States USA Round Three 9T 1952-07-22 6
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Wrestling United States USA Round Three Match #5 2 1952-07-22 Lindblad (SWE) decision (2-1), Hodge (USA) 3
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Wrestling United States USA Round Two 8T 1952-07-21 3
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Wrestling United States USA Round Two Match #7 2 1952-07-21 Tsimak'uridze (URS) fall (5:58), Hodge (USA) 3
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Wrestling United States USA Round One 1T 1952-07-20 0
1952 Summer 20 Helsinki Wrestling United States USA Round One Match #6 1 1952-07-20 Hodge (USA) fall (9:01), Hussain (EGY) 0
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Wrestling United States USA Final Standings 2 1956-11-28
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Wrestling United States USA Final Round Match #1 1 1956-12-01 Hodge (USA) fall (11:00), Skhirt'ladze (URS)
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Wrestling United States USA Round Five 1T 1956-12-01 4
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Wrestling United States USA Round Five Match #2 2 1956-12-01 Stanchev (BUL) fall (11:00), Hodge (USA) 3
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Wrestling United States USA Round Four 1 1956-12-01 1
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Wrestling United States USA Round Four Match #2 1 1956-12-01 Hodge (USA) fall (13:15), Zandi (IRI) 0
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Wrestling United States USA Round Three 1T 1956-11-30 1
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Wrestling United States USA Round Three Match #2 1 1956-11-30 Hodge (USA) fall (4:45), Davies (AUS) 0
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Wrestling United States USA Round Two 3T 1956-11-29 1
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Wrestling United States USA Round Two Match #2 1 1956-11-29 Hodge (USA) decision (3-0), Punkari (FIN) 1
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Wrestling United States USA Round One 1T 1956-11-28 0
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Wrestling United States USA Round One Match #2 1 1956-11-28 Hodge (USA) fall (4:15), Farquhar (GBR) 0
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