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A Wild and Wooly Look at the Early Days of Pro Wrestling in America
by Mark S Hewitt
296 pages, 5.5" x 8.5"
- Author Bio
Anything-goes catch wrestling from England merged with the rough-and-tumble fighting of the American frontier to spawn one of the most lethal fighting arts ever - North American catch-as-catch-can wrestling. Catch Wrestling chronicles the exploits of an elite group of wrestlers who took on all comers in packed arenas, carnivals and dirt lots all across America. Includes matches featuring wrestler, boxers and jiu-jitsu practitioners and a superb collection of old photos, posters and ads.
Mark Hewitt is a lifelong history buff with a great interest in old-time wrestling and boxing. Among his ongoing projects are studying the carnival athletic shows and detailing the matches of the legendary Helio Gracie in Brazil vs. pro wrestlers Fred Ebert, Wladek Zbyszko and Taro Miyake.