Wayne Wells (2000)

Induction Sponsored by
G.W. Schoenhals, MD and the University of Oklahoma
Athletic Department


Oklahoma City’s Wayne Wells had the most wins of any wrestler at the University of Oklahoma with a record of 69-4-2. At 152-pounds, he was a three time All-Big Eight, two-time All-American, runner-up in the 1967 NCAA championships and the 1968 NCAA champion. From 1968-1972, Wells went undefeated in his United States competitions. In 1970, he was the first person to win wrestling's "Triple Crown", winning the U.S. Federation and the U.S. Amateur Wrestling Foundation's National Championships and the World Championship in the 163-pound category. He took the gold medal in the 1972 Olympics, was named Amateur Athlete of the Southwest in 1974. Wayne Wells was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1982.