Ben Peterson has the rare distinction of being a member of three different Olympic wrestling teams. In 1972 Peterson won a gold medal in Munich. Four years later, at the 1976 Olympics, he turned in a silver medal performance. Peterson made his third Olympic team in 1980 but was denied a chance at another medal when the United States boycotted the Games because of the Soviet Union’s invasion into Afghanistan.
Peterson’s college career was equally impressive. Wrestling for Iowa State, Peterson was a three-time All-American and won two NCAA titles in 1971 and 1972. The former Cyclone star won his last 52 matches in college.
A native of Wisconsin, Peterson currently runs wrestling camps in his home state.
Did you know?
Ben Peterson’s brother, John, won a silver medal at the 1972 Olympics and a gold medal at the 1976 Olympics.