Kenny Monday

Kenny Monday, a Booker T. Washington High School graduate, won an Olympic gold medal in 1988 and a silver in 1992.

Tulsa World file

Long before beating the Soviet Union’s top wrestler to claim Olympic gold, Kenny Monday got his start at his family’s north Tulsa home, tussling with his older brothers.

That led to the Hutcherson YMCA down the street, where he’d go every day after school for the wrestling program.

After starring at Booker T. Washington High School, where he was undefeated in more than 140 matches, and Oklahoma State University, Monday found himself on the world’s biggest stage.

At the 1988 Olympics, Monday went on to upset Russian Adlan Varaev in sudden-death. He was back in 1992 to earn a silver medal.

Monday, a National Wrestling Hall of Famer, is well remembered today at the Hutcherson YMCA, where a street sign out front bears his name.

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