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Shelby Wilson

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameShelby Autrie•Wilson
Used nameShelby•Wilson
Born14 July 1937 in Ponca City, Oklahoma (USA)
Measurements170 cm / 67 kg
AffiliationsOklahoma State Cowboys, Stillwater (USA)
NOC United States


When Shelby Wilson first started school at Oklahoma State, he had trouble making the wrestling team as they already had a national champion in his weight class. His college career was less than distinguished; twice an NCAA runner-up, his only title of consequence was a Big Eight championship. Wilson persevered, however, and continued to train after graduation. At Rome in 1960, it paid off when he defeated the Soviet, Vladimir Sinyavsky, to win the gold. Wilson then spent a brief time as a clergyman, and then returned to wrestling as a coach.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1960 Summer Olympics Wrestling USA Shelby Wilson
Lightweight, Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold