Obituary: Former Olympic Wrestler, CVHS Graduate Buck Deadrich Dies | Print |  E-mail
Tuesday, 04 December 2012 16:49


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Former Olympic wrestler Buck Deadrich, a 1962 graduate of Castro Valley High and a member of the Castro Valley Sports Hall of Fame, died of natural causes, Nov. 18, in Vallejo.

Deadrich was a seven-time national champion in wrestling (five in freestyle, two in Greco-Roman) and in World Championship competition won two silver and three bronze models.

 

He represented the United States in the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.

 

After earning 10 varsity high school letters in football, wrestling and track, Deadrich attended Chabot College where he won two Golden Gate Conference titles in wrestling and was undefeated in dual meets.  He also served as Chabot student body president in 1965. He was elected to the Chabot Hall of Fame in 2000.

 

Deadrich completed his college career at Southern Illinois University, earning Academic All-American honors both his years there. He continued to wrestle in national and international competition and is a member of both the National Freestyle and International Freestyle Halls of Fame.

 

Deadrich worked many years as a fund raiser for several national foundations and ran a counseling firm for non-profit organizations. He is survived by his wife, Carol, and his daughter, July, and was preceded in death by his son, McKenzie. He will be remembered by his family and friends for his loyalty to friends and dedication to wrestling.

 

There are no plans for a memorial at this time.



 

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