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Jan 04 New wrestling book Bobby Douglas Life and Legacy of an American Wrestling Legend is now on sale

Jan. 04, 2011, 4:06 p.m. (ET)
The story of Bobby Douglas, chronicled in an upcoming book by USA Wrestling's Craig Sesker, truly is an American success story.

The book - "Bobby Douglas: Life and Legacy of an American Wrestling Legend" - is now on sale.

Douglas overcame enormous obstacles to become a legendary figure in the sport of wrestling.

He grew up as a poor, young black kid living with his grandparents in a coal-mining community in eastern Ohio. The pressures he dealt with in what looked like a hopeless situation are hard for many people to fathom.

He was a trailblazer for black athletes and coaches in the sport of wrestling.

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 impacted by his coaching and guidance. He has impacted countless others with the technique books he has authored.

You will learn about how he built the program at Arizona State, and how he led the Sun Devils to the only NCAA team title by a school west of the Rocky Mountains. You also will see how he recruited and coached Sanderson to the greatest career in NCAA history. You also will learn how he kept Sanderson on track to win an Olympic gold medal.

To order the book, visit the website:


"I love it when books are written about people who lived the sport. Of course, Bobby Douglas is one of those people. I love the book. Great read."
Dan Gable
Olympic and World champion
15-time NCAA championship coach, Iowa Hawkeyes

"This book is an excellent read. It provides great insight into the mind of a champion. Bobby Douglas is a legend in every sense of the word. His story is more than a wrestling story. It's an unbelievable life story of dedication, perseverance and toughness."
Kevin Jackson
Head Coach, Iowa State University
Olympic champion, 2-time World champion

"This book is a testament to the path of a wrestling hero. Bobby Douglas defined wrestling in America and around the World. Not only was he a great coach, but a visionary and a leader."
Zeke Jones
U.S. National Freestyle Coach
World champion, Olympic silver medalist