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Olympic Champion Dave Schultz To Be Posthumously Inducted Into World Wrestling Hall Of Fame

By Craig Bohnert | May 31, 2016, 11:29 p.m. (ET)

Dave Schultz is declared the winner of a match during the U.S. national wrestling competition on May 6, 1995 in Las Vegas.


Olympic and world freestyle wresting champion Dave Schultz is one of four Americans who comprise the 15-member 2016 United World Wrestling Hall of Fame class.

Referee Rick Tucci, coach William “Bill” Farrell and administrator Joe Scalzo are the other three Americans selected as part of the class, which will be honored at an induction ceremony Aug. 12 in Rio de Janeiro, prior to the start of the Olympic wrestling competition.

A 10-time national champion across three different weight divisions, Schultz won the 74 kg. world title in 1983, followed by a gold medal at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games. His brother Mark also won in Los Angeles, making them Team USA’s first brothers to win wrestling golds at the same Olympic Games.

In addition to the 1983 world title, Schultz earned a total of five other medals at the world championships: silvers in 1985, 1987 and 1993, and bronzes in 1982 and 1986. He won gold at the Indianapolis 1987 Pan American Games, which was followed by a bronze medal at the 1995 Pan Ams. He also took gold (1986) and silver (1994) at the Goodwill Games and earned four golds and a silver in world cup competition. In January 1996, Schultz was preparing for another Olympic bid and coaching a wrestling club in eastern Pennsylvania when he was shot to death by the club’s owner.

Tucci officiated at eight Olympic Games as well as 75 world championships at the senior, junior and cadet levels. The president of the USA Wrestling Officials Association since 1986, he was presented the FILA Golden Whistle in 1988 and also received two FILA Gold Stars.

Farrell was the coach of the U.S. freestyle team at the Munich 1972 Olympic Games, a squad that included Olympic champions Dan Gable, Wayne Wells and Ben Peterson. President and coach of the New York Athletic Club, Farrell coached Bruce Baumgartner to 13 Olympic and world championship medals, including two Olympic titles (1984, 1992) and three world titles (1986, 1993, 1995). Farrell passed away in 2012.

Scalzo is being inducted under the “Leadership” category. A former FILA vice president, he was founder and organizer of the FILA World Cup in 1973 and hosted the first 13 world cup events held in the United States. He also organized the 1962 and 1966 world championships. Scalzo passed away in 1986.

Other members of the 2016 UWW Hall of Fame Class are:

Coaching: Manuel Andrade y Rodriguez of Mexico

Female Wrestlers: Ine Barlie of Norway and Martine Dugrenier of Canada.

Greco-Roman Wrestlers: Anatoli Kolessov of Russia, Hector Milian of Cuba, Stefan Rusu of Romania and Janos Varga of Hungary

Men’s Freestyle Wrestlers: David Goedishvilli of Georgia and Jang-soon Park of South Korea.

The UWW also will present its inaugural Order of Merit award to Dr. Harold Tunneman of Germany, who has made numerous contributions to the science of wrestling for more than 50 years.