Former Wrestler of the World in 1960 and my coach at IU , Doug Blubaugh < passed away May 17,2011 from an aotomobile/ bike wreck .
Douglas Morlan Blubaugh (December 31, 1934 - May 16, 2011) , was an American wrestler and Olympic champion. He competed at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, where he received a gold medal in freestyle welterweight, defeating the five-time world champion Emam-Ali Habibi.
Blubaugh, born in Ponca City, Oklahoma, was a two-time AAU Champion at Oklahoma State University before he made the 1960 Olympic team. While a student at OSU, Blubaugh was initiated as a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity; in January 2011, he was inducted into the TKE Oklahoma Hall of Fame.
For his efforts in Rome, Blubaugh was named the World?s Outstanding Wrestler in 1960. Blubuagh later became wrestling coach at Indiana University, and his son followed him as a top high school wrestler.
He resided in Tonkawa, Oklahoma until his death in an accident while riding his motorcycle.
Blubaugh continued to be an ambassador for the sport of wrestling until his passing May 16, 2011. He was 76.