Born and bred in Stoughton, Wisconsin, Russ Hellickson embodies the ethos of American Wrestling. A late bloomer in his competitive wrestling career, Hellickson burst onto the international scene immediately after his collegiate wrestling career. 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. The United States, unfortunately, boycotted the event; and thus ended Hellickson’s illustrious career.
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. Additionally, Hellickson commentated for ABC and NBC in 6 Olympiads from 1984-2004. 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 one of the wrestling greats worldwide. For Russ Hellickson, wrestling is a way of life
- Athletic Cut: Lays close to skin, sleeve length falls above the elbow
- Ultra Lightweight Super Soft Fabric
- 65% polyester/35% ring-spun USA cotton