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Oklahoma State University & Jim Click
Yojiro Uetake Obata came to Oklahoma State University in 1963 to further his education and wrestle for the Cowboys. Uetake wrestled at OSU from 1963-1966, and won all 58 of his collegiate matches. He won three Big Eight Conference titles, three NCAA championships, and was twice voted outstanding wrestler of the national tournament. After his sophomore year in 1964, Uetake returned home to Japan. He won the Olympic gold medal in the freestyle bantamweight wrestling competition at the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games. Four years later, in Mexico City, he won another Olympic gold medal, and became the first Japanese wrestler ever to win two Olympic gold medals. He spent two years as an assistant coach at OSU. He served as coach for the Japanese wrestling team at the 1972 Munich Olympics, and as director in the 1976 Montreal Olympics.