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Ed Don George

Full name: Edward Nicholas "Ed Don" George, Jr.
Gender: Male
Born: June 3, 1905 in North Java, New York, United States
Died: September 18, 1985 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States
Affiliations: Michigan Wolverines, Ann Arbor (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Wrestling

Biography

In addition to his 1928 Olympic performance, where he just missed winning a medal, Ed George was AAU Champion in 1928-29 as a heavyweight wrestler. During college he wrestled for the University of Michigan and St. Bonaventure University, graduating from St. Bonnie’s in 1929 with an engineering degree. He turned professional in 1929 and quickly became one of the top pro wrestlers, usually using the name Ed Don George. He won the National Wrestling Association (NWA) professional title in 1930, but then lost it in 1931 to Ed “Strangler” Lewis. George regained the title, however, and held in thru 1935, losing it to Danno O’Mahony. In 1937 George won a European version of the world professional title.

George joined the US Navy in March 1942, where he taught hand-to-hand combat to naval air cadets. He retired from the Navy in December 1945 with the rank of Commander. After the war he became a wrestling promoter, mostly in the United States, but also in Havana, Cuba through the 1950s, until Fidel Castro came into power. He was later inducted into both the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame in 1996 and the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2006.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Wrestling Men's Heavyweight, Freestyle United States USA 4

Men's Heavyweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Wrestling United States USA Final Round Match #1 2 1928-08-01 Richthoff (SWE) , George (USA)
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Wrestling United States USA Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1928-07-31 George (USA) , Wernli (SUI)
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Wrestling United States USA Round One Match #1 1 1928-07-30 George (USA) , McCready (CAN)
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Wrestling United States USA 3rd-Place Tournament Match #1 2 1928-08-01 Dame (FRA) , George (USA)
1928 Summer 22 Amsterdam Wrestling United States USA 2nd-Place Tournament Match #1 2 1928-08-01 Sihvola (FIN) , George (USA)
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