TrueWrestlingInsider.com has wrapped up its Black History Month series honoring great African-American wrestlers by posting tributes to a number of legends, including 2012 Olympic gold medalist Jordan Burroughs on Thursday, and NCAA pioneers Harold Henson and Simon Roberts on Wednesday.
Burroughs, a two-time NCAA champ for the University of Nebraska, is considered to be one of the great freestyle wrestlers of this generation. San Diego State wrestler Henson broke down barriers at the 1949 NCAAs by becoming the first wrestler of color to compete at the collegiate national championships; eight years later, University of Iowa’s Roberts made history as the first black to win a national title at the 1957 NCAAs.
Others who have been featured this week in individual tributes at the amateur wrestling website include Ashlee Simpson, All-American at Laney College and San Francisco State who has coached at Oakland Technical since 1972… Joe Williams, three-time NCAA champ for the University of Iowa… and Curley Culp, 1967 NCAA heavyweight champ for Arizona State who was honored for his long and successful NFL career by being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio last summer.
In all, TrueWrestlingInsider.com profiled nearly two dozen blacks who made significant contributions to the sport over the past 65 years, including athletes such as Burroughs and Victoria Anthony who are still competing today.
Among the writers who are contributing to the TrueWrestlingInsider.com Black History Month series include Josh Conrad, Mike Houston, Mark Palmer, Michael Porcelli, and Keith Richards.
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