Wayne Wells

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameWayne Alton•Wells
Used nameWayne•Wells
Born29 September 1946 in Abilene, Texas (USA)
Measurements173 cm / 74 kg
AffiliationsOklahoma Sooners, Norman (USA)
NOC United States


The University of Oklahoma’s Wayne Wells wrestled at the 1968 Olympics and finished fourth. But in the next four years he became one of the world’s greatest wrestlers. In the interim he won a Pan-American Games gold medal, two AAU titles, three U.S. Wrestling Federation championships, finished second at the 1969 World Championships, and won the 1970 World Championship. Thus he was a favorite at the 1972 München Olympics and he came through as expected to win gold. Wells graduated from college in 1968 and accomplished most of the above while a law student at the University of Oklahoma. He later became a practicing attorney.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1968 Summer Olympics Wrestling USA Wayne Wells
Lightweight, Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 4
1972 Summer Olympics Wrestling USA Wayne Wells
Welterweight, Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold

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