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Okla. Olympians: Frank Lewis claims welterweight gold in Berlin's 1936 Olympic games

Posted at 6:00 AM, Aug 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-12 07:00:18-04

Today's Oklahoma Olympian is Frank Lewis. Lewis is said to have looked more like a minister than a wrestler.

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

A natural pinner, Lewis' style was actually better suited to the Olympic than the collegiate.

At the 1936 Berlin games, Lewis claimed the welterweight gold medal, becoming America's only wrestling champion at the 1936 games.

After his wrestling career, Lewis became an oil and gas operation and rancher who lived in the Claremore area.

Lewis died in 1988 at the age of 85.

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