As you know, from our prior postings, the US Army sent 11 soldiers to the 2012 London Olympics! We've looked at Dremiel Byers and Keith Sanderson. This time we'll talk about an Army soldier and Greco-Roman wrestler, Spenser Mango.
Spenser wrestles in the 55 kg category (to save you the calculation, 55 kg = 121 lbs). Going into these Olympics, Spenser is Team USA's #1 ranked wrestler in his weight class.
After being a two-time All American wrestler for Stanford, he transferred to Northern Michigan University where he enrolled in the US Olympic Education Center. He graduated from Northern Michigan and has been wrestling for Team USA for 6 years. He has also served in the US Army for 2 years.
Spenser's wrestling career includes:
- 2006 World Championship, Bronze
- 2006 University World Championship, 1st Place
- 2008 National Championship, 1st Place
- 2008 Olympics, 8th Place
- 2009 World Championship, 9th Place
- 2010, 2011 and 2012 US Open Championship, 1st Place
So given his dominance of the American field, let's cheer Spenser on to dominate the International field at these London Olympics!
Go Spenser and Team USA Wrestling!!
The Olympic Wrestling competition starts Sunday, Aug 5th
Here's a video of Spenser wrestling at the New York Athletic Club...