National Wrestling Hall of Fame

Inductee: Ed Banach

Ed Banach won an Olympic gold medal at the 1984 Olympics in dominating fashion. The Port Jervis, NY, native went 4-0 and won in the finals 15-3 over Akira Ohta from Japan.

Banach’s career at the University of Iowa was equally impressive. From 1980-1983 the Hawkeyes star made it to the finals of the NCAA tournament all four years and won titles in 1980, ’81, & ’83. Banach finished his career at Iowa with a 141-9-1 record. He also holds the school record for most pins in a career (73) and ranks second in season pins (22).

Did you know?
Banach was named the Big Ten Athlete of the Year in 1983.