Two-time Olympian Nazem Amine dead at age 90

Nazem Amine, two-time Olympic wrestler and father and grandfather of a handful of University of Michigan wrestlers, died in Dearborn, Mich. in mid-July. He was 90.

Nazem Amine
Born in Lebanon in 1927 as one of nine children, Nazem Amine took up wrestling at age 16. He qualified for the Lebanese Olympic wrestling team twice, competing at the 1956 Melbourne Games. Then, four years later at the 1960 Rome Olympics, Amine earned a bronze medal, according to the Dearborn Press and Guide. (InterMat was able to verify that Amine wrestled lightweight in Greco-Roman competition in Rome, but could not confirm from independent sources that he received a medal.)

Two of Nazem Amine's sons -- Mike and Sam Amine -- wrestled for the Michigan Wolverines, while three grandsons -- Malik, Jordan, and Myles -- also earned scholarships to wrestle at the Ann Arbor school.

The senior Amine left Lebanon, bringing his family to Dearborn in 1967 where he worked as a butcher. He later served as a driver for Spirit Airlines, working until he was 88.

"He wanted us to always be the best in everything we do regardless of the consequences," his daughter Hoda told the Press and Guide. "He loved us unconditionally and always paved the way by walking the walk and talking the talk."


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Bangarang (1) about 11 months ago
Grandsons Jordan Amine and Myles Amine also wrestle for UofM. Myles being an All-American last year. Good people and great family.
IdeaMark (1) about 11 months ago
Thank you for providing that additional information. Great to see multiple generations contribute to the sport. We have updated the article accordingly.
Mark Palmer
Senior Writer, InterMat