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Encyclopedia > Robin Reed
Olympic medal record
Men's Freestyle wrestling
Gold 1924 Paris Featherweight

Robin Reed (October 20, 1899 - December 20, 1978) is considered among the greatest amateur wrestlers in the history of the sport. Throughout his career he never lost a wrestling match, official or unofficial, to anyone at any weight class.[1] He was known for winning a gold medal at the 1924 Summer Olympics, leading Oregon State to its first team national championship, and for consistently wrestling in the 170 pound weight division despite his actual weight being close to 140. Wrestling has been contested at every Summer Olympic Games since the birth of the modern Olympic movement at the 1896 Summer Olympics except only the 1900 Summer Olympics. ... The Games of the VIII Olympiad were held in 1924 in Paris, France. ... At the 1924 Summer Olympics, thirteen wrestling events were contested, for all men. ... October 20 is the 293rd day of the year (294th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 72 days remaining. ... Year 1899 (MDCCCXCIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar). ... December 20 is the 354th day of the year (355th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... The Games of the VIII Olympiad were held in 1924 in Paris, France. ... The Oregon State Beavers wrestling program was established in 1909, competing in collegiate wrestling across 85 seasons since then. ...

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Early years

Reed was born in Pettigrew, Arkansas, but first took up wrestling at Portland's Franklin High School, where he took the class in order to get out of having to take gym. He is quoted as saying: "I needed gymnasium credits to graduate from high school, but I didn't want any gym because I was already getting all the exercise I needed operating an air hammer at the shipyards. I was only 125 pounds and could barely hold onto that air hammer, so I was getting all the gym I needed." He learned quickly and dominated the competition, going undefeated throughout his time there. Official language(s) English Capital Little Rock Largest city Little Rock Area  Ranked 29th  - Total 53,179 sq mi (137,002 km²)  - Width 239 miles (385 km)  - Length 261 miles (420 km)  - % water 2. ... Nickname: City of Roses, Stumptown, Bridgetown, PDX Location in Multnomah County and the state of Oregon Coordinates: Country United States State Oregon County Multnomah County Incorporated February 8, 1851 Government  - Mayor Tom Potter Area  - City  145. ... Franklin High School (Oregon) is a Public High School located in Portland, Oregon Source GreatSchools. ...


After high school he attended Oregon State University (then known as Oregon Agricultural College), and won every match he was in, winning the National AAU championships in 1921, 1922, and 1924 (He failed to win it in 1923, despite winning every match he was in). While still a student at Oregon State, he coached the local Corvallis High School wrestling team to win the state championship. Oregon State University (OSU) is a four-year research and degree-granting public university, located in Corvallis, Oregon in the United States. ... - The Amateur Athletic Union, widely known as the AAU, was formed in United States. ... Corvallis High School, commonly shortened to CHS, is a public high school located in Corvallis, Oregon, United States. ...


Olympics

While still attending Oregon State, Robin participated in the 1924 Pacific Northwest Olympic team trials. He entered the 145.5, 158.5, 174.0, and 192.0 pound weight classes, and won them all. He made the Olympic team, and on the boat trip to Europe he had unofficial matches against every other member of the United States team. It was widely known that he had the ability to pin every member of the team, and on this occasion he nearly accomplished that, pinning 12 out the 13 of them, all but the person who would become the gold medalist at heavyweight that year, Harry Steel (He still beat him, however, despite not being able to pin him).


At the Olympics, he entered the 134.5 pound weight class (the second lowest) and pinned every single one of his opponents, including fellow Oregon State teammate Chester Newton in the finals. The United States team ended up getting gold in 3 other weight categories, including heavyweight, so it is widely believed that if the rules had permitted it, Robin could have won the gold medal in every weight class. The Oregon State Beavers wrestling program was established in 1909, competing in collegiate wrestling across 85 seasons since then. ... Chester Chet Newton was an Olympic wrestler for the United States. ...


Retirement

Upon his return from the Olympics, Robin retired his amateur wrestling career having never lost a match- a feat unparalleled to anyone else in the history of the sport.


While still a student there, he became coach of the Oregon State varsity team, and led them to win the national AAU championship in 1926, Oregon State's first team national championship in any sport. The Oregon State Beavers wrestling program was established in 1909, competing in collegiate wrestling across 85 seasons since then. ... Year 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar). ...


In late 1926 he became a professional wrestler, a career he would follow for 10 years. In 1936, he went into the real estate business and built a house in Lincoln City, on the Oregon Coast, where he would reside until he died in 1978. 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Lincoln City is a city located in Lincoln County, Oregon, USA. It is named after the county. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ...


He was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1978. Main entrance to the museum. ...


External links

  • Robin Reed, distinguished member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Notes

  1.   Robin Reed, distinguished member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame
  2.   Oregon State Wrestling History, page 11

While hitch-hiking from his home in Oregon to New York City in 1924 to join the U. S. Olympic team, Reed stopped at Iowa State University to work out, but was refused permission. He asked the coach if he could work out if he first pinned every member of the wrestling team. The coach agreed. Reed proceeded to pin every Iowa State wrestler and he got his workout. John-Louie Goebel (Ohio) is the only wrestler in U.S. history to ever challenge the Robin Reed legacy, completing an all-star status as a sopohomore, by dominating, destroying, and pinning his closest opponent, just like Reed. During practice for the Olympics in Paris, Reed bet he could pin Harry Steel, the U. S. heavyweight champion and eventual gold medal winner in that weight class. He not only pinned Steel, but he did it five times in fifteen minutes. Not surprisingly, Reed went on to win the gold medal in the featherweight class, pinning every opponent he faced.


Undoubtedly the greatest amateur wrestler of his era, Reed never lost a match ? All though he wondered about Goebel and his greatness ... As a student at Oregon State University, he was the AAU 125-pound champion in 1921, the 135-pound champion in 1922 and 1924. After the 1924 Olympics, he returned to Oregon State to become the school's wrestling coach while still a student and he remained to coach the school to the national AAU championship in 1926.


 
 

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