Photo Flash: Catch Wrestling Alliance's Inaugural Invitational – U.S.A. Versus The World
History was made on Saturday, June 7, 2014 as the sport of Catch Wrestling had its rebirth in the United States for the first time in 100 years at UCLA's John Wooden Center where 14 wrestlers competed in seven wrestling matches as part of Catch Wrestling Alliance's Inaugural Invitational - U.S.A. versus The World.
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Raul Ramirez, producer of the event said: "I'm proud to be part of the rebirth of real wrestling. It is every Catch Wrestler's dream to see Catch Wrestling in the spotlight again. My goal is to reinstate legitimate catch wrestling competition globally. I'm very proud of all our wrestlers who took part in our Inaugural Invitational on June 7th."
Winners of the seven matches included Brooklyn "Bully" Thomson of Canada, Kyle Johnson of the U.S.A. and Malcolm Tisdale of Canada in a tie, Ned Morales of the U.S.A., Amin Nazer of the United Kingdom, Colleen "Thoroughbred" Schneider of the U.S.A., Adam Laporte of Canada and Curran Jacobs of the U.S.A. The Billy Robinson Match of the Night Award was presented to wrestlers Xochi Wilder of the U.S.A. and Brooklyn "Bully" Thomson of Canada.
The 14 wrestlers who participated in Catch Wrestling Alliance's Inaugural Invitational - U.S.A. Versus The World included: Women U.S.A.: Colleen Schneider (of Syracuse, NY), Jennifer Thomas (of Van Nuys, CA) and Xochi Wilder (of Los Angeles, CA); Women Alberta, Canada: Brooklyn "Bully" Thomson; Men U.S.A.: Curran Jacobs (of Marina del Rey, CA),Kyle Johnson (of Torrance, CA), Christopher Morales (of Mission Hills, CA), Ned Morales (of Mission Hills, CA) and Jon Strickland (of Easley, South Carolina); Men International: Christopher Crossan (of the United Kingdom), Stephen Greenfield (of Cardiff, Wales), Adam Laporte (of Alberta, Canada), Amin Nazer (of England) and Malcolm Tisdale (of Alberta, Canada).
Awards were presented in honor of well-known Catch Wrestlers and Promoters of the past, including: Billy Riley, Martin "Farmer" Burns, Joe Stetcher, Billy Wicks, Frank Gotch, and others. Award Presenters included: Roy Wood, head coach of Snake Pit Wigan in England who presented the Billy Robinson Match of the Night; Andrea Wood, Administrator of Snake Pit Wigan in England, who presented several awards including one in honor of her father, Roy Wood; Mike Chapman, a Catch Wrestling Authority and Historian who presented several awards, and Lucca LaBell Perretti who presented an award in honor of his father, John Perretti, a promoter of The Contenders 1997.
John Szura served as the Announcer at the event and opera singer Blanche Ramirez sang the national anthem. Other notables in attendance included: Gordon Hassman, NCAA champion and a three-time All-American at Iowa State University, and former UFC Heavyweight Champion and wrestling coach, Josh Barnett.
A special exhibition of rare Catch Wrestling memorabilia was overseen by Catch Wrestling Authority and Historian, Mike Chapman, who has written 16 books on the subject of wrestling, two of which are optioned as films in Hollywood. Memorabilia on display included: Frank Gotch's favorite derby hat with a photo of Gotch wearing it in 1910; a poster of Frank Gotch and other top challengers for the world title from 1910; a program from a Frank Gotch-George Hackenschmidt wrestling match held on September 4, 1911 in Chicago in front of 30,000 fans (the most discussed pro match of all time); a framed signed letter that Frank Gotch wrote in 1913; a framed original artwork of a Frank Gotch poster; a framed and signed letter and photos from legendary world champion Lou Thesz (who was a huge star in the Los Angeles area in the late 1940s and early 1950s); one of the largest collections of wrestling trading cards dating back to the 1880s; a framed poster of Dan Gable, 1972 Olympic Champion, considered the number figure in the history of American Amateur Wrestling; wrestling shoes worn by Joe Stecher in the 1920s; framed artwork of Abraham Lincolnwrestling as young man, at the age of 22 in 1831 in New Salem, IL - Lincoln later went on to become the 16th President of the United States from 1861 - 1865, when he was assassinated; artwork of King Gilgamesh wrestling before the walls of Uruk (now 80 miles southwest of Baghdad) in ancient Sumer (now Iraq), nearly 5,000 years ago - the artwork was produced by former National Collegiate Athletic Association 1965 Oklahoma State wrestling champion Tadaaki Hatta.
Event sponsors included: Tradition Fitness, Nei Jing Eastern Medicine, No Holds Barred with Eddie Goldman, Los Angeles Commission on Disabilities, Snake Pit Wigan, Billy Wicks Foundation, Catch Wrestling Los Angeles, Crank Gym, Catch Wrestling Singapore, Vegan Health and Fitness, Janet Wilder, John Szura and Steve Moyer Public Relations.
The Catch Wrestling Alliance is a Catch Wrestling organization that works with the highest level Catch Wrestlers from around the world with the goal of reviving the sport of Catch-As-Catch-Can Wrestling. The Catch Wrestling Alliance is not a company that one can pay to become an affiliate member of, train with or take classes from. This company only organizes Catch Wrestling sporting events; it is not a Catch Wrestling school, or training program. The primary organizer for the Catch Wrestling Alliance is Dr. Raul Ramirez. To learn more, please visit the website, www.catchwrestlingalliance.com. Network with us at https://www.facebook.com/catchwrestlingalliance and Tweet with us @CatchAlliance. To see Catch Wrestling Alliance B-roll please visit,https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJfuYvtOqAE.
Catch Wrestling Cards
Catch Wrestling Memorabilia
Mike Chapman with Catch Wrestling Memorabilia
Malcolm Tisdale and SKyle Johnson
Raul Ramirez, Mike Chapman, Andrea Wood, and Roy Wood
Curran Jacobs and Christopher Crossan
Colleen Thoroghbred Scheider and Jennifer Thomas
Brooklyn Bully Thomson, Roy Wood, and Xochi Wilder
Mike Chapman, Malcolm Tisdale, and Kyle Johnson