Wrestling Champion Tries Boxing

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     On Tuesday, January 19, 1909, Dr. Benjamin Roller, a Seattle physician and pro wrestler who was good enough to win the American Heavyweight Championship, inexplicably decided to try his hand at professional boxing.  His opponent was friend and sparring partner, “Denver” Ed Martin, who would win the Colored World Heavyweight Boxing Championship.      Dr. Benjamin Franklin Roller

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Gotch Beats Lurich in His Last Match

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Frank Gotch was famous for defeating George Hackenschmidt, the world champion wrestler and weightlifter in 1908 and the 1911 rematch.  Gotch held the title for five years and defeated all comers.  At the relatively young age of 35, Gotch decided to retire.  For his last match, he would take on another famous European wrestler and weightlifter, George Lurich. George Lurich

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Paul Pons, Maker of Wrestling Stars

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     Paul Pons was the Greco-Roman Wrestling Champion of France in the 1890s.  He won a tournament at the Folies-Bergeres before winning a tournament in Russia in 1898.  This victory allowed him to claim the World Greco-Roman Wrestling Championship.  Pons capitalized on this notoriety by opening a gym to train wrestlers and strong men.      Pons’ victory was particularly remarkable

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William Muldoon Uses Long Copy to Sell Olympia

     How often have you heard it best to use short copy or long copy for Internet marketing.  Some proponents advocate short copy, some advocate long and some try to strike a middle ground.  It seems everyone has an opinion though.  One person who believed in the use of long copy for selling his services was William Muldoon.  

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William Muldoon and His Health Farm, Olympia

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     William Muldoon, a former New York City detective, won the World Greco-Roman Wrestling Championship by defeating Thiebaud Bauer.  Muldoon reigned for ten years before retiring as champion.  After retiring, he began to make a living as a personal trainer.      Muldoon trained many wrestlers but really came to prominence after getting a woefully out of shape John

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New York Wrestling Tournament in 1915

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The International Wrestling Tournament occurred in two phases between May 19, 1915 and December 31, 1915.  Fifty wrestlers would compete in the first phase of the tournament including World Greco-Roman Champion Aleksander “Alex” Aberg.  The second installment had 40 wrestlers including up and coming star Ed “Strangler” Lewis, who joined a month into the tournament on November 22, 1915.  The

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