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Rich Sanders

Full name: Richard Joseph "Rich" Sanders
Gender: Male
Height: 5'5" (166 cm)
Weight: 126 lbs (57 kg)
Born: January 20, 1945 in Lakeview, Oregon, United States
Died: October 18, 1972 in Skopje, Skopje, Macedonia
Affiliations: Multnomah AC, Portland (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 2 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Unlike many wrestlers, Rich Sanders was not a terribly dedicated conditioner, but he still managed to have a very long career at the top levels of the sport. This was due to his technical ability – he possessed some of the best moves of any wrestler in the world. Sanders went to Portland State where he twice NCAA 118 lb. champion in the university division and twice in the college division. He was the first American wrestler to really shine at the World Championships, finishing third in 1966, and second in 1967-69. He also won four AAU titles, the first, in 1965, while only a college freshman. His two Olympic appearances brought silver medals; both times he lost to a Japanese wrestler. Shortly after the München Olympics, he died in an auto accident while on vacation in Yugoslavia.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Wrestling Men's Flyweight, Freestyle United States USA 2 Silver
1972 Summer 27 München Wrestling Men's Bantamweight, Freestyle United States USA 2 Silver

Men's Flyweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BP MR
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Wrestling United States USA Final Standings 2 1968-10-17
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Wrestling United States USA Final Round One Match #1 2 1968-10-20 Nakata (JPN) decision, Sanders (USA)
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Wrestling United States USA Final Round Two Match #1 1 1968-10-20 Sanders (USA) decision, Chimedbazaryn (MGL)
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Wrestling United States USA Final Round Three Match #2 AC 1968-10-20 Sanders (USA)
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Wrestling United States USA Round Five 1 1968-10-20 0,0
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Wrestling United States USA Round Five Match #1 1 1968-10-20 Sanders (USA) fall (1:34), Kumar (IND) 0,0
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Wrestling United States USA Round Four 1 1968-10-20 0,0
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Wrestling United States USA Round Four Match #1 1 1968-10-20 Sanders (USA) fall (2:48), Ghorbani (IRI) 0,0
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Wrestling United States USA Round Three 1T 1968-10-19 0,0
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Wrestling United States USA Round Three Match #1 1 1968-10-19 Sanders (USA) fall (8:41), Dimovski (YUG) 0,0
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Wrestling United States USA Round Two 1T 1968-10-18 0,0
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Wrestling United States USA Round Two Match #1 1 1968-10-18 Sanders (USA) fall (1:11), Defran (DOM) 0,0
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Wrestling United States USA Round One 1T 1968-10-17 0,0
1968 Summer 23 Ciudad de México Wrestling United States USA Round One Match #12 AC 1968-10-17 Sanders (USA) 0,0

Men's Bantamweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BP
1972 Summer 27 München Wrestling United States USA Final Standings 2 1972-08-27
1972 Summer 27 München Wrestling United States USA Round Six 1T 1972-08-31 4,0
1972 Summer 27 München Wrestling United States USA Round Six Match #3 1 1972-08-31 Sanders (USA) decision, Shavov (BUL) 1,0
1972 Summer 27 München Wrestling United States USA Round Five 1T 1972-08-30 3,0
1972 Summer 27 München Wrestling United States USA Round Five Match #4 1 1972-08-30 Sanders (USA) fall (6:47), Nath (IND) 0,0
1972 Summer 27 München Wrestling United States USA Round Four 6T 1972-08-30 3,0
1972 Summer 27 München Wrestling United States USA Round Four Match #5 2 1972-08-30 Yanagida (JPN) decision, Sanders (USA) 3,0
1972 Summer 27 München Wrestling United States USA Round Three 1 1972-08-29 0,0
1972 Summer 27 München Wrestling United States USA Round Three Match #7 1 1972-08-29 Sanders (USA) fall (7:32), Maggiolo (ARG) 0,0
1972 Summer 27 München Wrestling United States USA Round Two 1 1972-08-28 0,0
1972 Summer 27 München Wrestling United States USA Round Two Match #10 1 1972-08-28 Sanders (USA) fall (5:34), Dumitru (ROU) 0,0
1972 Summer 27 München Wrestling United States USA Round One 1T 1972-08-27 0,0
1972 Summer 27 München Wrestling United States USA Round One Match #9 1 1972-08-27 Sanders (USA) fall (5:15), Khatziioannidis (GRE) 0,0