Ex-Duck Wrestler Inducted into Hall of Fame

EUGENE – Former University of Oregon All-American Greg Gibson will be formally inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame Saturday in Stillwater, Okla., as part of festivities at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum's annual Honors Weekend Banquet and Induction Ceremony.

Gibson, who finished second for the Ducks in the NCAA championships at heavyweight in both 1975 and 1976 before winning a silver medal in the 1984 Olympic Games, is one of four inductees entering the hall of fame as Distinguished Members — the National Wrestling Hall of Fame's highest honor.

The former Redding, Calif., standout was considered one of the sport's most versatile wrestlers at the international level after completing his three-year collegiate career with a 58-14-1 record. He remains fourth on Oregon's career list for best winning percentage (80.1%) and helped lead the school to a Pacific-8 Conference team title as a junior.

As a post-collegian, Gibson won World medals in all three styles of international wrestling — Greco-Roman, Sombo and freestyle. Gibson won three World Championships medals in freestyle, capturing World silver medals in 1981 and 1983 and a bronze in 1982. Gibson was a member of the 1981, 1982 and 1985 U.S. Greco-Roman World Teams. He was a Pan American Games champion in 1983 in freestyle, and won three World Cup titles, with a freestyle title in 1980 and Greco-Roman titles in 1984 and 1985.

He won his Sombo World title in 1981. Sombo is a form of wrestling with submission holds originally developed in the former Soviet Union as a form of unarmed self-defense.

Competing in the 100 kg./220 lbs. weight class In the 1984 Olympic Games, he became one of four U.S. Greco-Roman wrestlers to win a medal in Los Angeles after the United States had previously been shut out of the medal count in Greco-Roman competition.

Gibson continued to compete on the Senior national level through 2001, when, at the age of 48, he was sixth in Greco-Roman at the World team trials.

He served in the U.S. Marines for more than 20 years and is considered one of the most successful U.S. military wrestlers, winning 19 Armed Forces titles in two styles. He also won seven Senior national titles during his career, including both freestyle and Greco-Roman national tournaments hosted by the U.S. Wrestling Federation or the Amateur Athletic Union.

His military career included a tour of duty during the first Gulf War.

Gibson, who now resides in Fontana, Calif., will be joined for hall-of-fame induction by Barry Davis (Madison, Wis.), Larry Kristoff (Anna, Ill.) and William J. Weick (Chicago Ridge, Ill.).

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