By the turn of the century, African Americans did find sports success in some disciplines. But in the sport of wrestling, another 80 years would pass before a black athlete stood atop the podium in Seoul with the gleaming gold medal around his neck. It wasn’t until 1949 that a black athlete is known to have wrestled in the NCAA championships.
Art Baker of Erie Academy becomes first African-American to win a Pennsylvania state high school championship.
Bobby Douglas of Bridgeport becomes first African-American to win an Ohio state high school championship.
Ken Moore and Houston Antwine of SIU-Carbondale become first African-Americans to win NAIA championships.
Hallow Wilson wins first AAU championship at heavyweight in Greco-Roman.
Rudy Williams and Hallow Wilson wrestle for the United States at the world championships.
Don Benning becomes the head coach at Nebraska-Omaha.
Don Benning coaches Nebraska-Omaha to an NAIA team championship.
Fletcher Carr of Kentucky becomes the first coach with a Division I All-American.
T.J. and Joe Williams become the first brothers to win NCAA championships.
Leroy Kemp, who won 3 World Championships, is inducted into the United World Wrestling Hall of Fame.