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Adrian Brian

Full name: Adrian Robert Brian
Gender: Male
Born: March 16, 1892 in Columbus, Nebraska, United States
Died: September 8, 1978 in Tucson, Arizona, United States
Affiliations: US Army, (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Wrestling


Adrian Brian was in the US Army when he wrestled Greco-Roman at the 1920 Antwerpen Olympics. He attended Fremont College in Nebraska, before transferring to the University of Nebraska. Brian became a career Army officer. When he was stationed in Panama, he and his wife, Ruth, began a lifelong friendship with Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower, often playing bridge together. Brian remained in the Army through World War II, retiring as a colonel.

For many years Brian was not considered an Olympic competitor as many wire service stories listed the US featherweight Greco-Roman wrestler as John Vorres. However, research by wrestling historian Don Sayenga showed conclusively that it was Brian who actually competed and this was later confirmed in interviews with his sons.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 28 Antwerpen Wrestling Men's Featherweight, Greco-Roman United States USA AC r2/5

Men's Featherweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1920 Summer 28 Antwerpen Wrestling United States USA Round Two Match #7 2 1920-08-17 Kähkönen (FIN) fall (7:00), Brian (USA)
1920 Summer 28 Antwerpen Wrestling United States USA Round One Match #4 1 1920-08-16 Brian (USA) fall (18:22), Dialetis (GRE)
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