Henry Cejudo Is American Wrestler

August 19, 2008

Meet Henry Cejudo, an American Olympic gold medal wrestler. See photos, video and a biography of Henry below.

Congratulations to Henry Cejudo for winning the gold medal in freestyle wrestling in the men’s 55kg (121 lbs) category Tuesday. He beat out Japan’s Tomohiro Matsunaga, and his win makes him the youngest gold medal winner in U.S. wrestling history.

As a biography, Henry Cejudo was born on February 9, 1987 in Los Angeles, California. He is 21 years old. He moved with his family from Los Angeles to Las Cruces, New Mexico to get away from Henry’s father, Jorge Cejudo, who was in and out of prison. His mother, Nelly Rico, and Jorge divorced when Henry was 4 years old. They ended up moving to Phoenix, Arizona, where Henry was a standout wrestler at Maryvale High School. He became the first high school athlete to win a U.S. Nationals.

He became a resident at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, along with his older brother, Angel, who was a wrestler at Arizona State University. He is a two time U.S. Nationals champion in 2006 and 2007. In 2006, he took second place at the U.S. World Team Trials and that same year placed second at the Junior World Championships. He was the 2007 Pan American Games champ and the 2007 U.S. World Team Trials champion as well. He was the 2008 Olympic Trials champ in the 55kg/121 lbs category.

More photos and video of Henry Cejudo can be found below.

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