Kendall Cross (@kendallcross1) has impacted my life in a way few others ever had. I first met Kendall when I was around 10 years old and he became my coach. Over the years he taught me so many things about wrestling that I carried with me through my whole career. Andmany lessons off the mat as well.
Kendall won the Olympics in wrestling in 1996 in Atlanta, Georgia. He was on the Olympic team in 1992 in Barcelona. He was an NCAA champion for Oklahoma State. And he’s a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. He is currently the coach of the New York City Regional Training Center. He’s done just about everything there is to do in the sport of wrestling.
In this episode of the podcast, I peeled back some of the layers to some of the stories he’s told me over the years and really dig into the strategies that he used to become the best in the world, an Olympic champion.
Kendall talks about his roots in the sport of wrestling, following his older brother’s footsteps when he started wrestling in Montana. And then moving to Mustang, Oklahoma and being immersed in the next level of wrestling. At the time he was inspired by wrestling legend Dave Schultz.
At Oklahoma State, he witnessed his teammates Kenny Monday and John Smith become Olympic champions right before his eyes and realized that winning the Olympics was a dream he could pursue.
In this episode we break down the strategies and mentalities that he honed in order to reach that next level. And to get through guys like Brad Penrith in 1992 and Terry Brands in 1996.
It was so great to get into some of the deeper stories that Kendall has to share from his many years in the sport of wrestling and learn more about a wrestling mentor of mine.