Doug Blubaugh

Assistant Army Wrestling Coach Late 50s – Early 60s

Doug was to say later “If it were not for Al Rushatz I would never have won my Olypmic Gold Medal”. Al was a Plebe & Yearling who Doug practiced against.

In the shadowed ruins of Rome’s ancient Basilica, Doug Blubaugh battled the world champion from Iran for the Olympic gold medal. Emamali Habibi had never known defeat.
Three times the Persian attacked, each time throwing the young American into danger. Then a swift counterattack from Blubaugh hurled his opponent to his back … suddenly the struggle was ended.
Thus did an Oklahoma farm boy reach the apex of a brilliant athletic career, earning the 1960 Olympic gold medal at 160.5 pounds, and with it recognition as the outstanding wrestler in the world.

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