Lee Kemp is known as one of the greatest middleweight wrestlers of all time! He has won titles at the high school level, winning a state title for Chadron High School in Ohio. At the University of Wisconsin, Lee was a four time NCAA finalist and three time NCAA champion. As an eighteen year old sophomore, he defeated the great Dan Gable in the finals of the Northern Open. While competing for the Badger Wrestling Club out of Madison, Wisconsin, Lee earned numerous freestyle national championships at 163 lbs. Moreover, his international record was just as impressive. A perennial world team and world cup team member, Lee earned three world championship gold medals to go along with a bronze medal finish. In 1980, in the prime of his career, Lee made the Olympic team only to suffer with the rest of the American athletes with the infamous boycott that ended their chances to compete. He was the top 163 lb. competitor in his weight and was a heavy favorite to earn the Olympic gold medal. Lee also earned gold medals at the Pan American Games, as well.
Lee has been inducted in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame for his attributes as a competitor. His contribution to our sport has been never ending. In 2008, Lee was part of the Beijing, China Olympics as a coach on the freestyle wrestling team. This was a fitting tribute to his foot print that has covered our sport for over forty years. To this day, Lee looks as fit as ever and could probably step on the mat with continued success. His commitment to health and wellness has led him to creating the nutritional supplement business Forza by Kemp, which provides healthy supplements for both athletes and non-athletes. Prior to entering the coaching and nutrition business, Lee was a successful business man becoming one of the top selling Cadillac dealers in the country. His success comes from hard work and dedication that never seems to wane. As we complete the month of February and Black history month we need to understand the value of Lee Kemp’s career. Without fanfare, he carved a career that will live in eternity.
Guest contributor, www.truewrestlinginsider.com