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George Mehnert

Full name: George Nicholas Mehnert
Gender: Male
Height: 5-2.5 (160 cm)
Weight: 119 lbs (54 kg)
Born: November 3, 1881 in Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: July 8, 1948 in Newark, New Jersey, United States
Affiliations: National Turnverein, Newark (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

George Mehnert was the first American to win two gold medals in Olympic wrestling. In addition, he won six AAU championships between 1902 and 1908. At the 1908 Olympics in London, it was said he "showed form quite above any other man in the whole contest, and undoubtedly was the most scientific, both in attack and defense, of any wrestler taking part in the Games". Throughout his career he lost only two matches, the only significant one being in the finals of the 1907 AAU meet when he was defeated by George Dole, who also won a gold medal in 1908. Mehnert was a vegetarian, which probably helped him keep his weight down to less than 130 lbs. Despite being small, he toured as a professional wrestler in 1909 and 1910. He later was active in sports administration, serving as president of his club, the National Turnverein in Newark, New Jersey, and acting as the chief clerk of the AAU wrestling committee.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1904 Summer 22 St. Louis Wrestling Men's Flyweight, Freestyle United States USA 1 Gold
1908 Summer 26 London Wrestling Men's Bantamweight, Freestyle United States USA 1 Gold

Men's Flyweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1904 Summer 22 St. Louis Wrestling United States USA Final Round Match 1/2 1 Mehnert (USA) decision (15:00), Bauer (USA)

Men's Bantamweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1908 Summer 26 London Wrestling United States USA Final Round Match 1/2 1 1908-07-20 Mehnert (USA) 2-0 (falls 11:45/3:57), Press (GBR)
1908 Summer 26 London Wrestling United States USA Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1908-07-20 Mehnert (USA) fall (6:40), Côté (CAN)
1908 Summer 26 London Wrestling United States USA Quarter-Finals Match #4 1 1908-07-20 Mehnert (USA) fall (4:01), Sprenger (GBR)
1908 Summer 26 London Wrestling United States USA Round One Match #7 AC 1908-07-20 Mehnert (USA)
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