Mark Schultz, Olympic Gold Medalist

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Mark Schultz

About Mark

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Mark Schultz, Olympic Gold Medalist, was ranked the number one college wrestler of the 1980s in the book The Golden Era of Wrestling: 1980s. Some consider Mark the greatest pure athlete to wrestle. Having been a part of the martial art Tang Soo Do, Mark had discovered the utility that wrestling had after sparring with his brother. From then on, he worked hard to gain weight and practice his technique, counters, and more. Though it took plenty of time and practice, Mark eventually won a tournament in the 143 lb. weight bracket and ended up winning the league, the section, and the state in the 159 lb. weight bracket. Mark continued to wrestle, gaining skill and recognition along the way.


After rising to the pinnacle of the wrestling world with three NCAA, four US Open, two World, and Olympic gold medals, Mark's world crashed after his brother Dave was murdered by the man who destroyed Mark's Olympic wrestling career. He came back however and went out a winner in the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC IX) by TKO in 12 minutes through a no-holds-barred cage fight in Detroit's Cobo Arena. Mark continued to push his body to the limit, earning his Gracie Jiu-Jitsu black belt under Pedro Sauer. The Schultz brothers are distinguished members of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame, the California Wrestling Hall of Fame, and the San Mateo Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame.

Pedro earned his Black Belt from Helio and Rickson in 1985. Long recognized for the superior technical efficiency of his Jiu-Jitsu, he then began his career as an instructor in 1986. When asked to teach with an organization known in Brazil as Corpo/Quatro (Body of Four), he taught and continued his training under renowned Jiu-Jitsu instructors Alvaro Barreto.

After moving to Utah in December of 1990, he taught as one of only two non-Gracie black belts under the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy (run by Rorion and Royce Gracie). In October of 1996, he became an official representative black belt instructor under the Rickson Gracie American Jiu-Jitsu Association.

Mike Schultz Wrestling

Coaching & Administration

  • Head Coach Brigham Young University — (During this time, BYU teams had the highest GPA in the nation 3 times and 2nd highest 3 times.)
  • Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year
  • Coach of the University World Team
  • Head Coach for the State of Queretaro, Mexico
  • Assistant Coach Brigham Young University
  • Assistant Coach United States Air Force Academy
  • Assistant Coach Villanova University
  • Assistant Coach Stanford University

Education

  • Masters of Science Degree, Exercise Science with a 3.6 GPA
  • Bachelors of Science, Exercise Science
  • Oklahoma University Big 8 Medallion Winner for "Outstanding Senior Male Scholar-Athlete"
  • Post-Grad Courses in Accounting, Law, & Blue-Print Reading


View Mark's Athletics Resume