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Medalist Terry McCann and more

August 6, 2012 - Mike Donahey
One of the problems in making a list is overlooking something or someone.

Such was the case in Sunday’s Past Times, when, in my column, I inadvertently omitted a name of Terry McCann. The column’s theme was native Iowans, or those with Iowa ties, who medaled in Olympic wrestling.

McCann of Chicago, was a University of Iowa alum and won a gold medal in the bantam weight division of freestyle wrestling at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. While at Iowa, he only lost three matches in three years (freshman were ineligible then) while winning three Big Ten and two NCAA titles. McCann founded the United States Wrestling Federation (now USA Wrestling). He also distinguished himself as an executive director of Toastmasters International.

Space in the column did not allow me to thank the many people who contributed to the edition’s cover story on Marshalltown native Allie Morrison, a gold medal winner in wrestling at the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam. Times-Republican Publisher Mike Schlesinger suggested it after hearing a Marshalltown Rotary presentation by journalist and wrestling historian Mike Chapman of Newton. Chapman sent a picture of Morrison and suggested more pictures might be available from National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Dan Gable Museum in Waterloo. He was right. They promptly sent pictures. Locally, Marshalltown High School athletic director Tim Bell provided a picture of Morrison with Olympic teammates. Former MHS wrestling coaches Phil Henning and Dan Lovell provided insight and history.

However, Jeff Johnston of Marshalltown earned “most valuable resource” award. The former MHS wrestler and two-time Iowa bodybuilding champion provided many details on Morrison’s life not found in books or articles. His source — the late Guy Morrison — Allie’s brother. Johnston was friends with Guy years ago. It was not an ordinary friendship. Guy passed away many years ago, but Johnston said he will treasure Guy's friendship — and words of motivation and inspiration — the rest of his life.

 
 
 

 

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