Tribble and Bobby Douglas were the first two African-Americans to compete for the US in wrestling at any Olympic event, wrestling at the 1964 Tokyo Games, competing in freestyle at 77 kg (170 pounds).
In 1965, Tribble won the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) title at 177 pounds, then, placed third at the NCAAs that year, earning All-American honors… giving the Indio, California native the distinction of being the first African-American in Sun Devil history to become a conference champion and an All-American. Tribble is also the only Arizona State wrestler to ever earn the Gorrarian Award for the most pins in the least amount of time. At the 1965 NCAAs, Tribble scored three falls in just 4:28.
A one-time coach at South Mountain High School in Phoenix, Tribble was enshrined in the Arizona Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Member in 2007; in 1993, he was welcomed into Arizona State University Hall of Fame.
This is an article from Mark Palmer that appeared in the eaximer.com on Oct 21, 2009.