(1908) Wrestling and How to Train- Frank Gotch

(1908) Wrestling and How to Train- Frank Gotch

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INTROCUCTION: Frank Gotch is, perhaps, the most famous (and controversial) Catch-as-Catch-Can Wrestler of all time. Born in 1877, Gotch began amateur wrestling a a teenager where he developed a reputation as an excellent athlete. It was here, in his wrestling formative years, that he acquired his taste, and notoriety, for using “Toe Holds.” Gotch began his Professional Wrestling Career in 1899 against none other than former American Heavyweight Champion, Dan McLeod. Though he lost, it was only after a two-hour battle, an impressive feat by a newcomer against a champion. Later that same year Gotch challenged, and again lost to, champion and wrestling legend Martin “Farmer” Burns, who was so impressed that he offered to coach Gotch. Gotch eventually took the title of American Heavyweight Champion in a 1904 match against Tom Jenkens. Undoubtedly Gotch’s most famous matches, and the source of much of the controversy, were his matches against wrestling great George Hackenschmidt for the title of World Heavyweight Champion. Gotch won the title in 1908 with one of his signature Toe Holds, and then defended it against Hackenschmidt in 1911. In both of these matches Hackenschmidt and fans claimed foul play by Gotch. However, nothing more than scandalous rumors ever came of the accusations. Retiring in 1913, Gotch held three wrestling titles in his career, “Champion of the Klondike,” “American Heavyweight,” and “World Heavyweight” and has been inducted into at least three wrestling halls of fame. This book, published in 1908 at the height of his career, documents, and purports to teach, Catch-as-Catch-Can wrestling of the time. Packed with photos of wrestling greats and techniques, including 4 of Gotch’s famous Toe Holds, this manual is truly a slice of grappling history.

WRESTLING AND

HOW TO TRAIN —―— BY

FRANK GOTCH CHAMPION OF THE WORLD

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ILLUSTRATED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS SPECIALLY POSED FOR BY FRANK GOTCH AND OSCAR SAMUELSON

RICHARD K. FOX, PUBLISHER FRANKLIN SQUARE, NEW YORK CITY

Copyright 1908 by RICHARD K. FOX

CAUTION—The photographs in this book, showing the different holds, taken by Newman, New York, have been especially posed for and reproduction either of them or the reading matter is positively prohibited.

CONTENTS ——— Introduction - - - Science of Wrestling - Hints on Training - - Instructions on Wrestling -

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ILLUSTRATIONS ——— Frank Gotch - - - - - - George Hackenschmidt - - - - Hackenschmidt’s Muscles - - - George Bothner - - - - - Farmer Burns - - - - - - Hjalmar Lundin - - - - - Dan McLeod - - - - - - Fred Beell - - - - - - - Henry Gehring - - - - - - John Piening - - - - - - Bill Brown and Hackenschmidt - - Charley Kaiser - - - - - - Leo Pardello - - - - - - Oscar Samuelson - - - - - Brown and Hackenschmidt - - - Gotch’s Muscles - - - - - H. Ha