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Henry Wittenberg

Inducted March 21, 1993


Sport: Wrestling

Biography

One of the world´s all-time great wrestlers, amateur or professional, Henry Wittenberg won 400 consecutive matches from the 1939 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Championships to the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki.

During this time, Wittenberg won the Olympic Freestyle Light-Heavyweight gold medal in 1948, and a silver medal in the same weight at the 1952 Olympiad and won the United States Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Freestyle title eight times between 1940 and 1952; 174 pound crowns in 1940 and 1941, and 191 pound titles in 1943, 44,46,47,48, and 1952. He also captured gold medals as a Freestyle Heavyweight at both the 1950 and 1953 Maccabiah Games.

Wittenberg was captain of the 1952 United States Olympic Wrestling Team and coach of the first National (U.S.A.) team to compete in the Soviet Union (1959). He coached the U.S.A. wrestling team at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico, was wrestling coach at Yeshiva University (New York) from 1959-1967, and coached at City College of New York (CCNY) from 1967 to 1979. He is a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.


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