Friday, April 19th, 2013 | Books, Wrestling | No Comments
“How much do you know about Mankind’s Oldest Sport?”
That is the question posed on the cover of the new wrestling book written by the sport’s most prolific writer. Mike Chapman’s Super Book of Wrestling Trivia brings to the reader some of the most memorable events in the history of Mankind’s Oldest Sport.
“The three main goals of the book are to educate young people about the grand heritage of the sport and to entertain older readers with a nostalgic trip into the past,” said Chapman. “And to have a little fun along the way.”
Wrestling has been around for at least 5,000 years. The book has separate chapters on wrestling in antiquity, in early America, in the NCAAs, and international wrestling, including the Olympics. There are also sections on professional wrestling, wrestling as a part of mixed martial arts, wrestling in the military, and wrestling in pop culture.
The 176-page book features nearly 50 photos. Included are a classic sketch of the Hebrew patriarch Jacob wrestling the angel of the Lord, as described in the Bible in Genesis; photos of Kirk Douglas wrestling in the 1955 movie “Ulysses,” about the Greek hero during the time of the Trojan War, and Tom Cruise wrestling in the 1989 film “Born on the 4th of July.”
Friday, May 27th, 2011 | Newspaper, Wrestling | No Comments
A story ran in the Humboldt Independent this week detailing the fundraising efforts of the committee formed to raise a statue in Gotch’s home town. Mike was the emcee at the event.
Gotch event raises funds and spirits
Frank Gotch open house puts group halfway to goal
By Kent Thompson
Frank Gotch would have been humbled by last Thursday’s outpouring of support.
Members of the Frank Gotch Project Committee were proud.
About 140 people turned out Thursday, May 19, at Rustix Restaurant and Reception for a Frank Gotch Open House.
The event brought out wrestling stars from the past, as well as University of Iowa head wrestling coach Tom Brands, for autographs, mingling and photographs.
Gotch Committee member Tonya Harklau reported that $4,000 in memorial brick pavers were sold along with $6,706 in glass mugs, souvenirs and silent auction items, making for a very successful kickoff fundraiser.
Upcoming Speeches and Appearances
- February 9, 2016 – Gov. Branstad Book Signing - Sullivan Brothers Museum
- April 30, 2016 – Charles City Excellence in Education Fundraiser and Awards Banquet
- July 3, 2016 – Frank Gotch Catch World Championships