Strange Trivia in Sports: Wrestling

Some strange trivia, facts, records, and events in the history of the sport of wrestling.


Japan's Osamu Watanabe set a record when he won the featherweight wrestling title in the 1964 Olympics. It was his 186th consecutive win and left him still undefeated in official contests.

In a match in Providence, R.I., Stanley Pinto entangled himself in the ropes and lost the event after he forced his own shoulders to the mat for 3 seconds.

William J. "Happy Humphrey" Cobb was the heaviest professional wrestler in history, weighing in at 802 lbs. Later, Cobb lost 570 lbs. in 3 years to get down to 232.

William Muldoon and Clarence Whistler wrestled in New York in 1880 for 9 hours 35 minutes straight without a fall. The contest was called a draw.

During the 1912 Olympic games in Stockholm, Max Klein of Russia and Alfred Asikainen of Finland engaged in a middleweight grappling contest that lasted nearly 11 hours.

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