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.


I swear it upon Zeus an outstanding runner cannot be the equal of an average wrestler.
— Plato

George Washington


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.

Abraham Lincoln

I’m the big buck of this lick. If any of you want to try it, come on and whet your horns.
— Abraham Lincoln, after winning a wrestling match in Illinois

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

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena...
— Theodore Roosevelt

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.

Great Matches



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! 

Great Wrestlers


Dan Gable

A look into the life, victories and losses of wrestling legend Dan Gable.

John Smith

The greatest U.S. wrestler. Six consecutive world championships, including two Olympic Gold Medals.

Cael Sanderson

Greatest college wrestler, finishing 159-0. Olympic Gold Medalist.

Jordan Burroughs

Currently, best wrestler in the world. Trying to break John Smith’s records. Four  world titles, including one Olympic Gold Medal.