Uetake Obata and Kevin Jackson have been chosen for the International Hall of Fame,
located inside the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum in
1991, he won a gold medal at the World Championships of Freestyle Wrestling, in
won two freestyle Olympic gold medals for his native
"I don't know how good he was," said his collegiate coach, Myron Roderick, "because I never saw him challenged."
The two join an outstanding group to be honored by the FILA Hall of Fame.
Chosen for induction along with Uetake and Jackson for their freestyle accomplishments are: Eniu Valchev-Dimov of Bulgaria who has a collection of Olympic medals in every color, winning gold, silver and bronze; Makharbek Khadarzev of Uzbekistan, one of the world's all-time great wrestlers who, representing the Soviet Union, won two Olympic gold medals and a silver and five World golds, two silvers and a bronze; Kustaa Pihiajamaeki of Finland, winner of three Olympic medals, two golds and a silver; and Levan Tediashvili of Russia who won two Olympic golds, four World golds and one World silver.
Greco-Roman honorees include: Vincenzo Maenza of Italy who won two Olympic gold medals and one silver; Armen Mazarian of Bulgaria, winner of two Olympic golds and a silver and two World golds, two silvers and two bronzes; and Rudolf Svensson of Sweden who in three Olympic Games won two gold medals and one silver.
Legend Honoree is Olympic and World gold medalist Csaba Hegedues of
The FILA International
Hall of Fame was founded with its charter class in 2003. The 2005 induction is
scheduled for a banquet at the Parliament House in