Peter Mehringe was called the “Kansas Whirlwind,” as the gold medal winner in men’s freestyle wrestling at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics.
He grew up on a farm near Kinsley.
Kinsley did not have a wrestling team, but Mehringer competed in two Kansas state high school championships, winning both.
Mehringer then went on to the University of Kansas, where he was a major player in football and wrestling. In wrestling, he was a three-time Missouri Valley Conference heavyweight champion.
He earned All-American mat honors, though he lost to Olympic teammate Jack Riley in the 1932 National Intercollegiate Meet heavyweight title match.
When Mehringer qualified for the Olympic Games, he hitchhiked to and from Los Angeles and lost 17 pounds while on the journey, qualifying him for the 192-pound weight class.
Question:? How did this Kansas farm boy learn to wrestle?
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