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Bob Pickens

Full name: Robert James "Bob" Pickens
Gender: Male
Height: 6-3.5 (192 cm)
Weight: 245 lbs (111 kg)
Born: February 2, 1943 in Chicago, Illinois, United States
Affiliations: Wisconsin Badgers, Madison (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Wrestling

Biography

In addition to wrestling Bob Pickens played football at the University of Wisconsin. He later transferred to the University of Nebraska, however, where in 1966 he was a third-round draft pick (44th overall) of the Chicago Bears and played tackle in the NFL from 1967-69. He then played one year in the Canadian league with the Edmonton Eskimos. As a senior at Nebraska, Pickens was runner-up in the NCAA heavyweight division wrestling. After his athletic career he stayed involved as a referee in the Big 10 from 1976-89, and officiating in the Rose Bowl, Peach Bowl, and Liberty Bowl.

Pickens began his business career as Director of Diversity and Minority Outreach at Foote, Cone and Belding, an advertising agency, but later worked as an executive for many years with Sears, where he became lead toy buyer and was National Sales Manager and a special assistant to the Chairman. Pickens left Sears to become owner and managing director of Rainbow Classics, a Hong Kong-based trading company dealing in toys and sundry items. He later formed Merrill Associates, a contract labor, janitorial and maintenance company. He served a long term on the Chicago Park District Board, retiring as Vice-President of the Board of Commissioners in December 2011. He has volunteered and served with numerous community and civic organizations. Pickens is a member of the History Makers Athletic Hall of Fame, the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame and the Nebraska Football Hall of Fame.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Summer 21 Tokyo Wrestling Men's Heavyweight, Greco-Roman United States USA 6

Men's Heavyweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BP MR
1964 Summer 21 Tokyo Wrestling United States USA Final Standings 6 1964-10-16
1964 Summer 21 Tokyo Wrestling United States USA Round Three 6 1964-10-18 7
1964 Summer 21 Tokyo Wrestling United States USA Round Three Match #4 2 1964-10-18 Kment (TCH) fall (6:54), Pickens (USA) 4
1964 Summer 21 Tokyo Wrestling United States USA Round Two 5 1964-10-17 3
1964 Summer 21 Tokyo Wrestling United States USA Round Two Match #2 1 1964-10-17 Pickens (USA) fall (2:57), Kangasniemi (FIN) 0
1964 Summer 21 Tokyo Wrestling United States USA Round One 8T 1964-10-16 3
1964 Summer 21 Tokyo Wrestling United States USA Round One Match #2 2 1964-10-16 Svensson (SWE) decision, Pickens (USA) 3
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