Two-time NCAA champion Campbell selected to wrestling hall of fame

Thursday, January 13th 2005, 10:31 am
By: News On 6

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) _ Two-time NCAA champion and Olympic bronze medalist Chris Campbell and three others will be inducted to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in June, the hall announced.

Campbell, who won NCAA titles while wrestling for Iowa in 1976 and 1977, will join Olympic silver medalist Zeke Jones and coaches J Robinson and Bob Bubb during the hall's induction ceremony June 4.

Campbell won the bronze medal in freestyle wrestling at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. Wrestling at age 37, he lost his opening match before fighting back to win the bronze. He's believed to be the oldest U.S. Olympic wrestling medalist.

Jones, a lightweight freestyle wrestler, won the silver medal at the 1992 Olympics, when he lost the gold-medal match to North Korea's Li-Hak son.

A year earlier, he defeated superstar Valentin Jordanov on his home mats in Varna, Bulgaria to become the world champion. Jones was also a member of the U.S. teams that won the world championship in 1993 and 1995 and Arizona State's NCAA championship team in 1988.

Last year, Jones coached the U.S. Olympic freestyle team. He's currently an assistant wrestling coach at West Virginia.

Robinson, who has a 269-92-3 record in 19 seasons at Minnesota, led the Golden Gophers to back-to-back NCAA championships in 2002 and 2003. He was also interim head coach for Iowa when the Hawkeyes won the NCAA title in 1984. He's been named the national coach of the year three times.

Robinson, who wrestled at Oklahoma State from 1968 to 1969, also competed in Greco-Roman wrestling in the 1972 Munich Olympics.

Bubb, who amassed a 322-121-4 record in 25 years at Clarion University, coached two-time NCAA champions Kurt Angle and Wade Schalles and numerous other individual champions. He was named national coach of the year in 1986.

Before his coaching career, Bubb wrestled at Pittsburgh and finished fourth at the 1959 NCAA championships.