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Oldest wrestling gold medalist to be honored

Bill Smith of Bode is pictured with the gold medal he won at the Helsinki games in 1952. Smith is being honored Jan. 18, at the UNI men's wrestling meet with Oklahoma. Courtesy photo.

The accolades accorded one William T. “Bill” Smith of Bode could fill several pages of sports journals and would make quite an impressive trophy display, but the one being bestowed upon him this week is special.
From a collegiate and international standpoint, being honored at his alma mater in the gym where he trained 65 years ago will be a special moment.
For the undefeated NCAA two-time champ and Olympic gold medalist, it’s where it all began.
This Friday night, the 84-year-old Smith will be honored as the United States oldest living Olympic wrestling gold medalist and the only gold medalist in the history of University of Northern Iowa.
To read about Smith's accomplishments on the mat and as a coach, read the article in this week's Humboldt Independent. Subscribe today by calling 515-332-2514, or clicking on the link above.