Kenny Monday, Oklahoma Olympian: Tulsa wrestler made three USA Olympics teams, 1988, 1992, 1996

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

Kenny Monday was born in Tulsa and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1980.

He won four state titles and the 1977 Junior National Championship while compiling a 140-0-1 record in high school.

Monday went on to Oklahoma State University where his career included a record of 121-12-2, three All-America selections, two Big Eight conference titles, second place finishes at the NCAA championships in 1982 and 1983, and a national title as a senior in 1984.

He was a three-time Olympian having competed in the 1988, 1992 and 1996 Olympics. In the 1988 Seoul games, Monday became the first African American to win Olympic gold in freestyle wrestling.

He won silver in Barcelona in 1992.

Monday was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.

After being an assistant coach on the Oklahoma State wrestling team, he is now a wrestling coach for the Blackzilians in Boca Raton, Florida.

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