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Thread: Osamu Watanabe, 186-0, never taken down, never scored on also?

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    Default Osamu Watanabe, 186-0, never taken down, never scored on also?

    The below is from Wikipedia. A friend told me about this wrestler and I didn't believe him. He said Watanabe was never taken down in his 186-0 international career. The Wiki article says he was NEVER SCORED ON. Can that be real?

    Osamu Watanabe (渡辺 長武, Watanabe Osamu<SUP>?</SUP>) (born on October 21, 1940 in Hokkaido) is a Japanese Olympic gold medalist in freestyle wrestling and arguably the most successful freestyle wrestler from any nation. Born in 1940, he attended Chuo University during a time when they were viewed as one of Japan's dominant collegiate wrestling programs.
    In 1962, he took first at the freestyle world championships and followed with first place finishes at that year's Asia Games as well as the following year's world championship. Then, at age 24, before his home nation, he took a gold medal in the 1964 Olympics held in Tokyo. He gave up no points during the tournament, spending a total of 10 minutes on the mat altogether. Perhaps most importantly, he retired afterwards with an unbeaten record of 186-0 (without having given up any points through any of his matches), making him the only modern Olympian in any style of wrestling to go unbeaten throughout the entirety of his career.

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    Default Re: Osamu Watanabe, 186-0, never taken down, never scored on also?

    Found this on a more reliable source http://www.sports-reference.com/olym...atanabe-1.html

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