Benjamin Lee "Ben" Peterson (born June 27, 1950) is a retired American freestyle wrestler. He competed at the 1972 and 1976 Olympics and won a gold and a silver medal, respectively. As a college wrestler, Peterson was a two-time NCAA champion at Iowa State. He founded the "Camp of Champs," which brought in Olympic wrestlers to train with high schoolers. Peterson also coached wrestling at Maranatha Baptist Bible College for 28 years.
Peterson (bottom) at the 1976 Olympics
|Full name||Benjamin Lee Peterson|
June 27, 1950 |
Barron County, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Height||187 cm (6 ft 2 in)|
|Club||Iowa State Wrestling Club|
Peterson was born in Barron County, Wisconsin but grew up on a dairy farm in nearby Comstock. While attending Cumberland High School, Peterson competed in both football and wrestling. As a senior, he finished 2nd in the state wrestling tournament.
Peterson continued his wrestling career at Iowa State University where he competed in the 190 pound weight class and studied architecture. Peterson continued his success capturing three Big Eight championships and back-to-back NCAA titles in 1971 and 1972.
International career and coachingEdit
After his prep career came to an end, Peterson continued competing at the international level with great success. At the 1972 Munich Olympics Peterson won gold in the 90 kg division. He followed that up with Bronze at the '73 World Championships in Tehran and Gold at the Mexico City hosted '75 Pan American Games. At the 1976 Montreal Olympics, Peterson would once again return to the podium with Silver in the 90 kg weight class. at the conclusion of the Montreal Olympic games, Peterson would retire from competitive wrestling to focus on coaching.
In 1973 Peterson began his coaching career as head coach at Maranatha Baptist Bible College in Watertown, WI. A position he would hold for the next 28 years. In 1977 Ben along with his brother John would start the Camp of Champs Wrestling Camps. The camp is a faith based wrestling skills camp.
Olympic game matchesEdit
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