Sunday, July 26, 2020

Gone, Lost & Forgotten: Their Best = Livingstone

Located in Salisbury, North Carolina the Blue Bears of Livingstone College mark yet another Historically Black college that at one time had a wrestling program, that no longer does. 

John Bryant

Bryant was a two time NAIA All American for the Blue Bears.  He captured back to back third place finishes at the 1979 & 1980 championships. 

Rod Hampton
190 lbs 

Also a member of the Blue Bear football team as a punter who averaged 42 yards per punt, Rod Hampton was the best wrestler to ever come out of Livingstone.  He won four Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) titles & four regional titles during his career.  He was also a four time NAIA All American placing fifth in 1976 & sixth in 1977 before taking back to back fourth place finishes in 1978 & 1979. 

Post his collegiate football & wrestling career, Hampton had a career in Clinical Research.  He was a member of a team that developed the first H.I.V. A.I.D.S. diagnostic kit in 1984. 

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