A product of Oklahoma culture, Kenny Monday represents the authenticity of the American Wrestler. Monday’s ethos set him apart as a competitor and coach in the National Wrestling Community.
Monday set a standard of success in the state of Oklahoma. A National Champion at Oklahoma State University, Monday had 3 Olympic appearances, highlighted with an Olympic Gold Medal in 1988 and a World Gold Medal in 1989. In addition to Monday’s international success, he made Olympic Wrestling history as he became the first African-American Olympic wrestling champion.
Kenny Monday continues to impact the sport daily as a National Wrestling Hall of Fame member and head coach of UNC’s Tar Heel Wrestling Club. Monday’s ambition, desire, and passion for the sport and culture of wrestling reflect the founding elements of RUDIS. For Kenny Monday, Wrestling is A WAY OF LIFE.
Born and bred in Stoughton, Wisconsin, Russ Hellickson embodies the ethos of American Wrestling. An 11x U.S. National Champion, Hellickson was a 3x World and Olympic medalist, highlighted by his silver medal at the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games. He also made the 1980 Olympic team and was named captain.
Perhaps Hellickson’s greatest wrestling accomplishment, however, was winning the world renowned Tbilisi Tournament. At the time, he was just the 4th, paving a path for all American wrestling legends to follow. Most scholarly wrestling enthusiasts throughout the world believe the Tbilisi Tournament to have been significantly more competitive and difficult to win than the World Championships or Olympic Games.
After Hellickson’s athletic career, he spent 30+ years as a highly successful collegiate wrestling coach at the University of Wisconsin, as well as The Ohio State University. As an esteemed National Wrestling Hall of fame inductee, Hellickson has made wrestling his life’s work.
RUDIS is proud to honor and pay homage to a legend of the sport. For Russ Hellickson, wrestling is a way of life.SHOP COLLECTION
Cary Kolat, the original prodigy, was born and raised in America’s wrestling heartland: Pennsylvania. No wrestler has ever gone through the youth ranks with a more nostalgic aura than Cary Kolat. Born for the sport, Cary went on to have a very successful collegiate and international career, capped by his 2 NCAA titles, World bronze medal, and participation in the 2000 Olympic Games.
To this day, his legend is known nationwide. His lifelong passion for the sport wrestling and ambition to reach his full potential is aligned with the founding elements of the Rudis brand. We are proud to present this limited-time offer to celebrate one of the most iconic and polarizing wrestlers the United States has ever known.SHOP COLLECTION
A competitor from a young age, Ben Askren silenced the doubt throughout his career. A product of Wisconsin wrestling, Askren was a two-time Wisconsin state champion. Askren dominated his collegiate competition becoming a four time National finalist, and two time National Champion at the University of Missouri. Ben took to the international stage representing our country at the 2008 Olympic games.
Following his international career, Askren began his professional MMA career, as well as, Askren Wrestling Academy in his home state of Wisconsin. A true man of the sport, Ben’s impact is felt daily as a coach.
Ben’s passion and drive to not only grow the sport, but simultaneously influence those within the community deeply align with the core values at RUDIS.SHOP COLLECTION
Born from the arbors of Oregon, Les Gutches personifies the American Wrestler. A champion at every age level, Les defeated the legendary Kevin Jackson to make the 1996 Olympic Team while in college. Les capped an amazing career by winning Gold at the 1997 World Championships in Mother Russia; running the gauntlet, including a heated battle with long time nemesis & Caribbean foe Yoel Romero of Cuba.
Les Gutches. American LegendSHOP COLLECTION
Raised in North Dakota, Troy and Terry Steiner exemplify the values of the American Heartland. Driven to outwork the competition, the Steiner twins became known for their relentless pursuit of excellence and clean lifestyle. Five state titles later, the brothers were a natural fit for Gable’s Hawkeyes. From Bismarck to Iowa City, they brought their legendary work ethic and the results followed. The twins terrorized opponents as they led the charge for Gables’ Hawks during the golden era of Iowa dominance. Following a collegiate career featuring NCAA titles for both and seven All-American awards, the twins enjoyed successful careers on the senior level cementing their status as Hall of Fame competitors.
Today the brothers continue to lead the charge on the forefront of growing our great sport. Troy has been chosen to revitalize NCAA wrestling in the hot bed of California, as head coach of the storied Fresno State Bulldogs as they make their return to competition. Terry is our longest tenured coach on the USA wrestling staff, leading a strong women’s team that has developed into a perennial world power. Raised in Bismarck, North Dakota, for Troy and Terry Steiner it has always been…… A WAY OF LIFE.SHOP COLLECTION