Mark Schultz is an Olympic and two-time World champion freestyle wrestler and a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame, and the California Wrestling Hall of Fame. Born into a family of scientists and entertainers, Mark Schultz was the younger brother of Dave Schultz. Dave, born with dyslexia, was Mark’s role model and the greatest high school wrestler in history. Mark was a great all around athlete as a kid setting 20 of 25 school records but didn’t excel in any one sport. Mark was the Northern California All-Around Gymnastics Champion then switched to wrestling in the 11th grade. After a miserable junior year record of 4-6, and a senior year winning no local tournaments. At the end of the year Mark intensely focused and won the California State title.
Dave and Mark eventually teamed up and became training partners through college and beyond. They both went on the win Olympic Gold in 1984. The Schultz brothers are the only brothers in US wrestling history to win Olympic and World titles. The Schultz brothers won more NCAA, US Open, World, and Olympic titles than any American brother combination in wrestling history. On January 26, 1996 Dave Schultz was murdered by multimillionaire paranoid schizophrenic John E. du Pont, the founder of “Team Foxcatcher.” Four months after Dave’s murder Mark competed in UFC 9 and won. Mark was in the 1991 Guinness Book of World Records for most US World and Olympic Titles.
The Mark Schultz story is one of pain and a seemingly cursed existence turned into triumph and blessings. His remarkable story caught the attention of Academy Award Nominated Director Bennett Miller, who turned it into a major motion picture called Foxcatcher (2014) starring Channing Tatum as Mark Schultz, Mark Ruffalo as Dave Schultz, and Steve Carell as John E. du Pont. The film earned 5 Oscar nominations. Schultz’s memoir, Foxcatcher: The True Story of My Brother’s Murder, John du Pont’s Madness, and the Quest for Olympic Gold is a New York Times best-seller.