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William Kerslake

Full name: William Roy Kerslake
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2.5 (190 cm)
Weight: 291 lbs (132 kg)
Born: December 27, 1929 in Euclid, Ohio, United States
Affiliations: Case Reserve University
Country: USA United States
Sport: Wrestling

Biography

William Kerslake competed at the 1952, 1956, and 1960 Olympics, always in freestyle. He was AAU heavyweight champion in freestyle from 1953-60 and in Greco-Roman from 1953-59. He was gold medalist in heavyweight freestyle at the 1955 Pan American Games. Kerslake attended Case Institute of Technology (later Case Western Reserve University), where he wrestled, played football, and put the shot on the track team. He earned a degree in industrial chemistry in 1951 and a masters’ in chemical engineering in 1955. Kerslake then had a long career with NASA, working with chemical rockets, intercontinental missile combustion, ion propulsion and rail accelerators. He was co-inventor of the first ion thruster for space propulsion and served as chairman of the technical committee of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Kerslake retired from NASA after a 35-year career. He is a member of the Case Reserve Athletic Club Hall of Fame, the Cleveland Sports Hall of Fame and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Wrestling Men's Heavyweight, Freestyle United States USA 5
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Wrestling Men's Heavyweight, Freestyle United States USA AC
1960 Summer 30 Roma Wrestling Men's Heavyweight, Freestyle United States USA 8

Men's Heavyweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BP MR RE
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Wrestling United States USA Final Standings 5 1952-07-20
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Wrestling United States USA Round Four 5 1952-07-23 6
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Wrestling United States USA Round Four Match #3 2 1952-07-23 Antonsson (SWE) decision (2-1), Kerslake (USA) 3
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Wrestling United States USA Round Three 3T 1952-07-22 3
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Wrestling United States USA Round Three Match #4 1 1952-07-22 Kerslake (USA) fall (2:38), Kangasniemi (FIN) 0
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Wrestling United States USA Round Two 7T 1952-07-21 3
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Wrestling United States USA Round Two Match #6 1 1952-07-21 Kerslake (USA) fall (10:23), Baarendse (BEL) 0
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Wrestling United States USA Round One 8T 1952-07-20 3
1952 Summer 22 Helsinki Wrestling United States USA Round One Match #5 2 1952-07-20 Atan (TUR) fall (10:11), Kerslake (USA) 3
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Wrestling United States USA Final Standings AC 1956-11-28 5 Eliminated r3/6
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Wrestling United States USA Round Three 6T 1956-11-30 5
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Wrestling United States USA Round Three Match #4 2 1956-11-30 Richmond (GBR) fall (3:45), Kerslake (USA) 3
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Wrestling United States USA Round Two 3T 1956-11-29 2
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Wrestling United States USA Round Two Match #5 1 1956-11-29 Kerslake (USA) fall (3:00), Mitchell (AUS) 0
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Wrestling United States USA Round One 7T 1956-11-28 2
1956 Summer 26 Melbourne Wrestling United States USA Round One Match #4 2 1956-11-28 Kaplan (TUR) decision (2-1), Kerslake (USA) 2
1960 Summer 30 Roma Wrestling United States USA Round Four 8 1960-09-05 8
1960 Summer 30 Roma Wrestling United States USA Round Four Match #4 2 1960-09-05 Kaplan (TUR) decision, Kerslake (USA) 3
1960 Summer 30 Roma Wrestling United States USA Round Three 8 1960-09-03 5
1960 Summer 30 Roma Wrestling United States USA Round Three Match #5 1T 1960-09-03 Kerslake (USA) draw, Akhmedov (BUL) 2
1960 Summer 30 Roma Wrestling United States USA Round Two 7T 1960-09-02 3
1960 Summer 30 Roma Wrestling United States USA Round Two Match #6 1 1960-09-02 Kerslake (USA) fall (0:56), Richmond (GBR) 0
1960 Summer 30 Roma Wrestling United States USA Round One 10 1960-09-01 3
1960 Summer 30 Roma Wrestling United States USA Round One Match #5 2 1960-09-01 Reznák (HUN) decision, Kerslake (USA) 3
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