Frank Lewis, Oklahoma Olympian: From Cushing, he won wrestling gold at 1936 Berlin Olympics

TULSA - Oklahoma Olympians is a series about athletes who were born here, lived here or went to school here.

It was said that Frank Lewis looked more like a minister, than a wrestler.

The Cushing native was a state champion in high school and despite a minor heart condition, he won the NCAA championship in 1935.

Lewis was a 'natural pinner' whose style was actually better suited to the Olympic system than collegiate.

At the 1936 games in Berlin, he claimed the welterweight gold medal. He was the U.S.'s only wrestling champion at those games.

After his wrestling career, Lewis became an oil and gas operator and rancher.

He lived in the Claremore area. Lewis died in 1988, at the age of 85.

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