OU wrestling: Hazewinkels are first father-son Olympians

Sam Hazewinkel will compete for the U.S., just like his father did in 1968 and 1972.
BY RJ YOUNG Staff Writer ryoung@opubco.com Published: July 20, 2012
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photo - Former University of Oklahoma (OU) wrestler Sam Hazewinkel speaks to the press inside the Cox Convention Center before the U.S. National Wrestling Trials on Thursday, June 9, 2011. Photo by Zach Gray, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD
Former University of Oklahoma (OU) wrestler Sam Hazewinkel speaks to the press inside the Cox Convention Center before the U.S. National Wrestling Trials on Thursday, June 9, 2011. Photo by Zach Gray, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD

Former Oklahoma wrestler Sam Hazewinkel and his father Dave Hazewinkel are the first father and son to each make the U.S. Olympic team.

But Dave didn't know it until he picked up the June issue of USA Wrestler. Sam is featured on the cover of the magazine and will wrestle for his country Aug. 10.

Dave and his twin brother, Jim Hazewinkel, coach wrestling at Marion Military Institute and receive the magazine at the Alabama college.

“After we saw what was on it, my wife called them up and told them we wanted to order 20 magazines,” Dave said.

Dave and Jim were members of the 1968 and 1972 Olympic teams. Sam will become the third Hazewinkel to compete at the Olympics.

Sam said he always believed he could become an Olympian.

“Growing up, I used to play with his Olympic ring and put on his jacket and run around the house,” Sam said of his father's Olympic memorabilia. “So it was always something I thought was attainable, something I thought was reachable.”

Since Sam's career began at age 5, Dave's goal was to make sure his son enjoyed wrestling.

“I never put any unbelievable pressure on him,” Dave said.

Sam recalled how his father helped shape his philosophy and love for the sport.

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