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Brad Rheingans

Brad Rheingans
Birth name Brad Rheingans
Born (1953-12-13) December 13, 1953
Residence Appleton, Minnesota
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Brad Rheingans
Billed height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Billed weight 248 lb (112 kg)
Billed from Appleton, Minnesota
Debut 1980
Retired 2008

Brad Rheingans (born December 13, 1953) is an American former Greco-Roman and professional wrestler.


  • Career 1
  • In wrestling 2
  • Championships and accomplishments 3
    • Amateur wrestling 3.1
    • Professional wrestling 3.2
  • References 4


Originally from Appleton, Rheingans was an NCAA Division II[1] champion in 1975 for North Dakota State University and wrestled in the 1976 Olympics, placing fourth.[2][3] He qualified for the Olympic team in 1980, but did not compete due to the United States boycott.[2][4] Between Olympics, he placed third for a bronze medal at the 1979 World Wrestling Championships.[5] He was later inducted into the Tribune Hall of Fame.[6]

Rheingans entered professional wrestling with WWF as an enhancement talent in 1986, occasionally for New Japan Pro Wrestling from 1989–1991,[7] and for various independent promotions in the Minnesota area during the early half of the 1990s.

In addition to coaching amateur wrestlers throughout his career, Rheingans also trained numerous professional wrestlers.[8] Some of his well-known students include Big Van Vader, John Layfield, Brock Lesnar, The Nasty Boys, Jerry Lynn, Don Frye,[9] Tom Zenk,[10] Curtis Axel and Tori.

Rheingans was inducted into the George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2004.[4]

In wrestling

Championships and accomplishments

Amateur wrestling

Professional wrestling


  1. ^ NCAA Division II Records through 2011
  2. ^ a b Reynolds, Marge (December 24, 1998). "Olympian's story inspires wrestlers Gold medalist overcame cancer". Chicago Daily Herald. p. 1. 
  3. ^ Reusse, Patrick (March 13, 2009). "Gust missed his Olympic moment; Canby's Brian Gust, who died last weekend, was denied a shot at the Olympics by the 1980 U.S. boycott.". Star Tribune (Minneapolis). pp. 3C. 
  4. ^ a b "Kiniski, Rheingans entering Newton hall".  
  5. ^ FILA Database
  6. ^ Thoma, Scott (November 12, 2008). "Tribune Hall of Fame finalists named". West Central Tribune (Minnesota). 
  7. ^ Costa, Norman Da (February 22, 1990). "Lords of the ring face tough fights in weekend wars". The Toronto Star. pp. D8. 
  8. ^ Reinitz, Jeff (February 18, 2007). "Wrestling museum is as much about the future as the past". Waterloo Courier (Iowa). 
  9. ^ Meltzer, Dave (2001). Wrestling Observer's Tributes: Remembering Some of the World's Greatest Wrestlers. Winding Stair Press. p. 52.  
  10. ^ Kinney, Pat (February 11, 2007). "Wrestling greats will attend museum's grand opening". Waterloo Courier (Iowa). 
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