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Ben Peterson

Full name: Benjamin Lee "Ben" Peterson
Gender: Male
Height: 6'2" (187 cm)
Weight: 198 lbs (90 kg)
Born: June 27, 1950 in Cumberland, Wisconsin, United States
Affiliations: Iowa State Wrestling Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Wrestling

Related Olympians: Brother of John Peterson.

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Although Iowa State’s Ben Peterson was the 1971-72 NCAA titleist, he pulled a major upset when he defeated Russ Hellickson to win the light-heavyweight berth on the 1972 Olympic team. Peterson proved himself quite a worthy selection by sweeping the field to win the gold medal. Before the next Olympics, Peterson won two AAU titles and finished third at the 1973 World Championships. He managed another win at the 1975 Pan-American Games, but lost four times during that period to the Soviet great, Levan Tediashvili, who eventually defeated him in Montréal for the gold medal. After the 1976 Olympics, Peterson continued to wrestle, winning two more AAU championships and he made the ill-fated 1980 Olympic team. He made his career as an architect. Peterson’s brother, John, also won wrestling medals at the 1972 and 1976 Olympics.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 22 München Wrestling Men's Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle United States USA 1 Gold
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Wrestling Men's Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle United States USA 2 Silver

Men's Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BP MR
1972 Summer 22 München Wrestling United States USA Final Standings 1 1972-08-27
1972 Summer 22 München Wrestling United States USA Round Five 3 1972-08-30 4,0
1972 Summer 22 München Wrestling United States USA Round Five Match #2 1 1972-08-30 Peterson (USA) fall (5:24), Morgan (CUB) 0,0
1972 Summer 22 München Wrestling United States USA Round Four 4 1972-08-30 4,0
1972 Summer 22 München Wrestling United States USA Round Four Match #2 1 1972-08-30 Peterson (USA) decision, Khorrami (IRI) 1,0
1972 Summer 22 München Wrestling United States USA Round Three 6 1972-08-29 3,0
1972 Summer 22 München Wrestling United States USA Round Three Match #4 1T 1972-08-29 Peterson (USA) draw, Strakhov (URS) 2,0
1972 Summer 22 München Wrestling United States USA Round Two 2T 1972-08-28 1,0
1972 Summer 22 München Wrestling United States USA Round Two Match #4 1 1972-08-28 Peterson (USA) fall (8:09), García (MEX) 0,0
1972 Summer 22 München Wrestling United States USA Round One 9T 1972-08-27 1,0
1972 Summer 22 München Wrestling United States USA Round One Match #4 1 1972-08-27 Peterson (USA) decision, Kurczewski (POL) 1,0
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 #1 2 1976-07-31 Tediashvili (URS) decision (11-5), Peterson (USA)
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Wrestling United States USA Round Six 2 1976-07-31 3,5
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Wrestling United States USA Round Six Match #2 1 1976-07-31 Peterson (USA) decision (13-8), Stottmeister (GDR) 1,0
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Wrestling United States USA Round Five 2 1976-07-30 2,5
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Wrestling United States USA Round Five Match #3 1 1976-07-30 Peterson (USA) decision (13-4), Kurczewski (POL) 0,5
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Wrestling United States USA Round Four 2 1976-07-30 2,0
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Wrestling United States USA Round Four Match #4 1 1976-07-30 Peterson (USA) fall (7:39), Morgan (CUB) 0,0
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Wrestling United States USA Round Three 4 1976-07-29 2,0
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Wrestling United States USA Round Three Match #7 1 1976-07-29 Peterson (USA) decision (19-2), Yatsu (JPN) 0,0
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Wrestling United States USA Round Two 6 1976-07-28 2,0
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Wrestling United States USA Round Two Match #7 1 1976-07-28 Peterson (USA) decision (14-13), Lyutviev (BUL) 1,0
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Wrestling United States USA Round One 10T 1976-07-27 1,0
1976 Summer 26 Montréal Wrestling United States USA Round One Match #7 1 1976-07-27 Peterson (USA) decision (7-4), Morcov (ROU) 1,0