ISU National Champion and Olympic wrestler to speak in Clear Lake
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 12:54
Two-time Iowa State National Champion and Olympic gold medalist wrestler, Ben Peterson, will speak at the Evangelical Free Church of Clear Lake on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Peterson will share his personal story, highlights and Q&A time. He will also speak at the 8 and 10:45 a.m. services.
Sunday afternoon, Peterson will attend the ISU Wrestlers Reunion at the Cy-Hawk wrestling dual at Iowa State. On Monday, Dec. 5, he will speak at an assembly at Clear Lake Middle School, assist at a wrestling practice with the middle and high school wrestlers, then wrap up his day with the Parks and Rec wrestling program.
Peterson began his wrestling career as a freshman at Cumberland (WI) High School. He lost his first seven matches but persevered and was given a partial scholarship to Iowa State University. His wrestling success caught national attention when he won back to back NCAA championships at 190 pounds.
His success continued throughout the next eight years as he achieved both Olympic gold and silver medals. In 1980 Peterson became only the fourth American wrestler - Read More Via e-Edition