A product of Oklahoma culture, Kenny Monday represents the authenticity of the American Wrestler. Monday’s ethos set him apart as a competitor and coach in the National Wrestling Community.
Monday set a standard of success in the state of Oklahoma. A National Champion at Oklahoma State University, Monday had 3 Olympic appearances, highlighted with a gold medal in 1988 and a World Gold Medal in 1989. In addition to Monday’s international success, he made elite wrestling history as he became the first African-American wrestling gold medalist.
Kenny Monday continues to impact the sport daily as a National Wrestling Hall of Fame member and head coach of UNC’s Tar Heel Wrestling Club. Monday’s ambition, desire, and passion for the sport and culture of wrestling reflect the founding elements of RUDIS. For Kenny Monday, Wrestling is A WAY OF LIFE.
National Wrestling Hall of Fame Distinguished Member (2001)