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The Jeff Blatnick Award
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Jeff Blatnick Award

The three-time All-American at Springfield College, who wrestled in high school at Niskayuna High School in New York, made the 1980 Olympic Team, but didn’t compete because of the United States boycott of the Games.

The most amazing part of Blatnick’s Olympic Gold story is the fact that in 1982 he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma that resulted in his spleen and appendix being removed. During the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, Blatnick and teammate Steve Fraser were the first American’s to ever win Gold Medals in Greco-Roman Olympic wrestling history. Blatnick carried the USA flag at the closing ceremonies of the 1984 Games.

In 1999, Blatnick, was inducted as a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

The Jeff Blatnick award is presented to a wrestler that displays outstanding sportsmanship
both on and off the mat.

Please fill out the information below to nominate a wrestler who will be competing at the 2015 NHSCA National High School Wrestling Championships.


Deadline for entries is Wednesday, March 25th.

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