Daniel Allen HODGE

United States of America USA

  • Olympic Medals
    1 S
  • Games participations
    2
  • First Olympic Games
    Helsinki 1952
  • Year of Birth
    1932
Olympic Results

Biography

Daniel Allen HODGE

Dan Hodge was the first wrestler to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated. Renowned for his strength, he was wrestling's big attraction while a student at Oklahoma in the mid-50s, but he never managed to win the gold medal that was expected of him. He won three AAU freestyle titles, three NCAA titles, and one AAU Greco-Roman championships. In 1956 he won all three, recording 14 pins in 14 matches en route, but at the Olympic Trials, he was beaten by the 1952 gold medalist, Bill Smith. Hodge was taken to Melbourne as the Greco representative but was moved back to freestyle when Smith was declared ineligible because he had briefly been a coach, which was then against the rules of amateur status. At the Olympics, Hodge lost the gold medal when he was pinned by Bulgaria's Nikola Stanchev with only two seconds left in the match. In 1958, Hodge embarked on a career in a new sport – boxing. He had 17 amateur bouts, culminating with a victory in the 1959 Natonal Golden Gloves Heavyweight division. He turned professional and had nine fights as a heavyweight, winning seven before retiring in 1961. He then became a professional wrestler, fighting Lou Thesz for the NWA Heavyweight title in 1963, with each winning one match. Hodge later became chairman of the Oklahoma Professional Boxing Commission which regulates boxing, wrestling, and mixed martial arts.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Melbourne 1956

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Middleweight, Freestyle (≤79 kilograms)
Middleweight, Freestyle (≤79 kilograms) Wrestling
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Helsinki 1952

#AC
Middleweight, Freestyle (≤79 kilograms)
Middleweight, Freestyle (≤79 kilograms) Wrestling