Friday, July 2, 2021

Defending The Title: 1936: Who Did and Who Didn't Defend Their Titles

 While future Hollywood stuntman Wayne Martin of Oklahoma won his third NCAA title, all of the other champions crowned in 1936 tasted gold for the first time. 

1936 Champion 123
Ted Anderson of Central Oklahoma 

World War II veteran Ted Anderson was a junior the night he won the NCAA title.  He'd reach the finals again in 1937, but this time settle for runner-up honors. 

1936 Champion 145 
Harley "Doc" Strong of Oklahoma State 

Strong was a senior when he won an NCAA title for the Cowboys. 

1936 Champion 158 
Walter Jacob of Michigan State 

The Spartans first NCAA champion as a junior, he did not attend the NCAA championships in 1937. 

1936 Champion 174 
Harry Broadbent of Oklahoma 

The Sooner was a senior when he won the NCAA title here.  Broadbent would go on to coach for a short amount of time at Washington & Lee before being called to serve our country in World War II.  Also a coach of football and track, Broadbent would then take his coaching duties to San Diego State where he lead the Aztecs to 97 dual meet victories. 

1936 Champion 191
Ray "Duke" Clemons of Central Oklahoma 

Also a 1936 Olympian, Clemons was a senior when he won the NCAA title. 

1936 Champion UNL 
Howell Scobey of Lehigh 

Also a member of the Lehigh football team, it is said that between his strength, speed and gracefulness Scobey wrestled more like a middle-weight than he did a Heavyweight.  His forte was putting his opponents shoulders to the mat as in 34 matches, 28 of them were by fall.  Making the NCAA finals as a junior in 1935, he finished second.  Here in 1936, he finished first. 


Wayne Martin of Oklahoma the soul repeat champion 

Anderson coming up just a hair short as Walter Jacob did not attend the NCAA's as a senior in 1937. 

Strong, Broadbent, Clemons and Scobey all seniors  

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