WRESTLING HERITAGE

British wrestling history 

C: Bull Coleman & Vic Coleman

 

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Bull Coleman
Aubrey Coleman represented Britain at middleweight in the 1908 Olympic Games, placed 5th after losing to the eventual gold medal winner Stanley Bacon (George F DeRelwyskow took silver). As well as a Greco-Roman style champion Aubrey was also one of the country's best catch-as-catch-can wrestlers.  In the 1930s professional ring he was given the name Bull, a consequence of his aggressive style, wrestling top men such as Karl Pojello. Bull Coleman was the father of Vic Coleman.

Vic Coleman
One of the great post war middleweights, though his career spanned both sides of the war. Vic was trained by his father, Aubrey Coleman, who had wrestled in the 1908 Olympic Games and then wrestled professionally using the name Bull Coleman.  When Vic turned professional he was just fifteen and billed as the World’s youngest wrestler, Young Bull. Like most other wrestlers Vic’s career was interrupted by serving in the RAF during world war two but he returned to the ring to go on to greater success. In March, 1951, Vic won a knock out tournament at the Wimbledon Palais to win the Empire middleweight title. Others competing were  Dan Darby, Ken Joyce, Ken Wilson, Charles "College Boy" Law, Bob Russell, Russ Bishop,and  John  Lipman.