Wrestling in History
Wrestling is the world’s oldest and most universal sport. It appears in the bible (Jacob wrestling with the angel), Greek Philosophy (Socrates and Plato) and in the biographies of some of the most celebrated Americans in history.
George Washington participated in collar-and-elbow tournaments - a precursor to folkstyle wrestling - as a youth in Virginia. He is a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Lincoln was a renowned wrestler, county champion in Illinois and advertised his wrestling prowess during his campaign for the presidency in 1860. He is a member of The National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Theodore Roosevelt wrestled throughout his governorship of New York as well as during his time as President of the United States. He is a member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Wrestling can be very wide open as this match shows.
Wrestling requires not only strength and technique but endurance.
Never Give Up
Even if you have only 10 seconds left!
The greatest U.S. wrestler. Six consecutive world championships, including two Olympic Gold Medals.