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Chertow, Ken

Kenneth Chertow


Country Represented:
United States

Years Competed:

Olympic Info:
Chertow was a member of the U.S. wrestling team at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, competing in the 114.5 pounds division (freestyle). In the first round, he lost a 5-1 decision to Thierry Boudin.

Career Highlights:
While at Huntington high school in West Virginia, Chertow was the U.S. Junior champion in the 123-pound freestyle and Greco-Roman competitions in 1984. In 1985, Chertow competed in the Maccabiah Games, and the following year, he was the World Junior champion in the both the freestyle and Greco-Roman classes. 1986 was also the year Chertow became a member of the U.S. National team; he was a member of the team until 1993.

While at Penn State University (class of 1989), Chertow excelled on and off the mat. A three-time All-America who finished third at the NCAA championships in 1987 (126-pounds) and 1988 (118-pounds), Chertow was World Espoir Champion and Pan American Games Champion while in college. He also graduated with a 3.6 GPA and was a three-time Academic All-America. Chertow is still ranked fifth all-time in school history in matches (154) and is eighth in victories (115).

After his competitive wrestling career ended, Chertow spent the next five years coaching the sport at Ohio State and Penn State. In 1994, he stopped coaching to concentrate on the development of his wrestling school and the Gold Medal Training Camp System, which he owns and directs. He has trained champions at all levels and is considered one of the top coaches in the United States.

Birth and Death Dates:

Huntington, West Virginia

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Washington Post, September 28, 1988