West Virginia Wrestling


Book Review by Dr. Bill Welker, Wrestling Columnist

February 10, 2012

Recently, I had the privilege of previewing and proofreading the autobiography of Bobby Douglas entitled: Bobby Douglas - Life and Legacy of an American Wrestling Legend.

Folks, it's a book you won't be able to set down. Bobby Douglas overcame enormous obstacles to become a legendary figure in the mat sport.

He grew up as a poor, young black kid living with his grandparents in a small coal-mining community in eastern Ohio. The pressures he dealt with in what looked like a hopeless situation are hard for many to fathom. But in the end, he became a trailblazer for black athletes and coaches in the sport of wrestling.

Some of the best wrestlers in United States history - Dan Gable, Cael Sanderson, Dave Schultz, John Smith, Kevin Jackson, Bruce Baumgartner, Kenny Monday and Zeke Jones - were positively influenced by Douglas' coaching and guidance. And Bobby's book highlights them all.

You will learn how he built programs and his unique recruiting strategies. One recruit - Cael Sanderson - Douglas turned into the greatest collegiate wrestler of all time and an Olympic champion.

The story of Bobby Douglas truly is an American success saga. Bobby Douglas - Life and Legacy of an American Wrestling Legend book can be acquired at www.bobbydouglasbook.com or purchased at the WV HS and Youth state tournaments.
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