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Butch Keaser

Full name: Lloyd Weldon "Butch" Keaser
Gender: Male
Height: 5-6.5 (170 cm)
Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
Born: February 9, 1950 in Pumphrey, Maryland, United States
Affiliations: US Marine Corps, (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Annapolis’s Butch Keaser first came to national prominence with his AAU Championship in 1973. In 1975 he performed the unusual feat of winning the U.S. Greco-Roman title and the Pan-American Games freestyle championship. Before the Montréal Olympics he won the AAU title again and was thought to be a favorite for the gold medal. At the Olympics Keaser established himself early as the best wrestler in his class. Going in to his final match with arch-rival Pavel Pinigin of the Soviet Union, Keaser was leading the competition. International wrestling was then scored by a demerit system, known as “bad points.” When a wrestler accumulated six bad points, they were eliminated. Going into the final match, Keaser’s coaches determined that he could lose to Pinigin and still win the title, he merely had to avoid being pinned. Keaser wrestling with that end in mind and was beaten decisively on points. The Soviets were jubilant because the American officials had mis-calculated and Pinigin’s victory by “majority decision” handed him the gold – a medal that should have belonged to Butch Keaser.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Wrestling Men's Lightweight, Freestyle United States USA 2 Silver

Men's Lightweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BP MR
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Wrestling United States USA Final Standings 2 1976-07-27
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Wrestling United States USA Final Round Match #2 1 1976-07-31 Keaser (USA) decision (9-5), Zhekov (BUL)
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Wrestling United States USA Final Round Match #3 2 1976-07-31 Pinigin (URS) decision (12-1), Keaser (USA)
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Wrestling United States USA Round Five 1 1976-07-30 0,0
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Wrestling United States USA Round Five Match #3 1 1976-07-30 Keaser (USA) DQ (7:47), Ramos (CUB) 0,0
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Wrestling United States USA Round Four 1 1976-07-29 0,0
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Wrestling United States USA Round Four Match #5 1 1976-07-29 Keaser (USA) fall (1:55), Weisenberger (FRG) 0,0
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Wrestling United States USA Round Three 1 1976-07-29 0,0
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Wrestling United States USA Round Three Match #8 1 1976-07-29 Keaser (USA) DQ (4:21), Sugawara (JPN) 0,0
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Wrestling United States USA Round Two 1T 1976-07-28 0,0
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Wrestling United States USA Round Two Match #10 1 1976-07-28 Keaser (USA) fall (6:40), Navaie (IRI) 0,0
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Wrestling United States USA Round One 1T 1976-07-27 0,0
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Wrestling United States USA Round One Match #10 1 1976-07-27 Keaser (USA) decision (20-4), Övermark (FIN) 0,0
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