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ASU's 50 Best Professional Athletes No. 46: Olympic Wrestler Zeke Jones

Checking in next on our list of Top 50 professional athletes is one of the school's top wrestlers and their current wrestling coach.

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Coming in at No. 46 in our countdown of the 50 best professional athletes to attend ASU is a legend in the world of wrestling and the current Arizona State wrestling head coach, Zeke Jones.

At every single level of wrestling, Jones excelled. He was a three-time All-America selection while in high school in Michigan. Jones then went on to star at ASU as a part of its 1988 NCAA Championship squad. During his time in Tempe, Jones was a three-time All-American and stands at No. 4 in ASU history in overall wins and dual wins.

Following his distinguished college career, Jones went on to dominate international competitions. He became the World Champion in 1991, won silver at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. He also won the National Championship six times and won the World Cup another four times. FILA named him "World's Most Technical Wrestler" just to top things off.

In other words, Zeke Jones was awesome, and his accomplishments kept rolling after he finished his wrestling career.

He's been named to the Michigan Wrestling Hall of Fame, the Arizona State University Hall of Fame and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Jones is also on the US Olympic Committee Board of Directors, USA Wrestling Board of Directors and the Chairman on USA Wrelsting's Athlete Advisory Council.

Oh, and he's a good coach too. In his first season at University of Pennsylvania, Jones was named Amateur Wrestling's Rookie Head Coach of the Year after he coached a NCAA Champion and two All-Americans during the 2006-07 season.

As the US coach during the 2012 Olympics, Jones coached two gold medals and one bronze.

The list of his accomplishments go on and on, and he's a surefire lock to continue to add to them as his coaching career progresses.