Jackson named TheMat com Wrestler of the Week

By John Fuller | Sept. 14, 2005, 12 a.m. (ET)
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Kevin Jackson (Colorado Springs, Colo.) has been named TheMat.com Wrestler of the Week for the week of September 6-12.

Each week, TheMat.com will select an Athlete of the Week, based upon performance within wrestling for that week. The selection committee will consider any level of wrestling, from youth programs through the Senior level. The announcement will be made each week on Wednesday.

It was announced this week that Jackson will be inducted into the International Wrestling Hall of Fame, located in Stillwater, Okla. He is currently the National Freestyle Coach for USA Wrestling.

Jackson is considered one of the greatest freestyle wrestlers in U.S. history, winning a gold medal at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain at 180.5 pounds, and claiming World Championship gold medals in both 1991 and 1995. Jackson is one of only five U.S. wrestlers to claim three career World-level titles.

He competed on five U.S. World or Olympic teams, also placing fourth in the 1993 World Championships. Jackson boasts three career World Cup titles, and won the Pan American Games two times. Jackson won three U.S. Nationals titles, and placed second five times. He was also a member of the 1993 and 1995 Freestyle World Championship Teams.

He won many major awards, including the 1995 John Smith Award as USA Wrestling Freestyle Wrestler of the Year. He was named Amateur Wrestling News Man of the Year in 1992, and was the USA Wrestling and USOC Wrestler of the Year in 1991.

Jackson is a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. He and his wife, Robin, have one son, Cole, and three daughters, Trinity, Bailee and Brynn.

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