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College Boy ..... Tony Pastor
College Boy ..... Charlie Law
College Boy ..... The Masked
College Boy ..... Peter Collins

                              

Tony Pastor (The College Boy of Cambridge)

Tony Pastor is usually acknowledged as the first of numerous “College Boy” wrestlers, though we did find Bob Gregory described as “A college boy” a year earlier. 

We go back to December, 1933 for our first sighting of The College Boy, losing over five rounds to Tony Mancelli in Plymouth. Weighing around 11 – 12 stones there are numerous reports that Pastor was a skilled and scientific wrestler who did not use the rough-house tactics often associated with 1930s wrestling. 

Our last definite sighting of Tony Pastor is in January, 1944. The name College Boy (minus the Cambridge) lived on post war courtesy of Londoner Charlie Law. Please get in touch if you can add to our knowledge of Tony Pastor.

College Boy Charlie Law
When thinking of the College Boy we guess that most post war fans, certainly those of the pre 1970s, will think of Charlie Law.  Charlie Law started out as a lightweight, (he wrestled Harry Rabin for the British lightweight title in1943) put on the pounds to entertain the fans as a heavyweight on Paul Lincoln shows in the early 1960s. That made a career spanning the best part of some thirty years. Born in Dulwich, living in Peckham and later Surrey, Law worked mostly in the south, and was especially popular at Wimbledon Palais.In March, 1951 he fought in a knock out tournament for the British Empire Middleweight tournament, which was won by Vic Coleman. 

Wrestling Heritage reader Palais Fan remembers, "When we used to walk between South Wimbledon station and the Wimbledon Palais on a Thursday evening, he would tell me what a treat we were in for if The College Boy was on the bill. My dad would say 'now he can really wrestle' meaning, like Cappelli, Joyce, Kidd etc., he had all the basic skills and wasn't just a showman. He wrestled in a confident and clever (but not flashy) way, with great counter moves. He was immaculated turned out with a neet haircut and I assume this was part of the 'clean cut' Dulwich College Boy image he presented."

Palais Fan father's opinions weren't entirely shared by his son, who went on to tell us. "Generally, he was well supported at the Palais especially against a villian, but had a habit that regular surfaced of kicking his opponents on the back of the legs to bring them down to the mat. The crowd sometimes got annoyed at this, especially when he deployed this tactic against well liked opponents like Eddie Capelli, Ken Joyce etc. This negative crowd reaction seemed to be a signal for him to keep repeating the move and to upset the crowd even further. By the time I saw him he had become one of those wrestlers who made up the card rather than hadlined it but, no doubt, he had been a much more respected wrestler earlier in his career."

Charlie  Law died far too early, aged just 55, in 1969.


The Masked College Boy (Masked)
Memories and discussion of the College Boy almost always revolve around Charlie Law. It was a surprise to just about everyone when Heritage member Johnmac2007UK recalled a masked College Boy who appeared in Newcastle; "There was a name just came to mind from the 60's, a young masked wrestler who often appeared at Newcastle St James Hall, not many appearances, but seemed to fade out of the limelight faster than he came in. He was a masked wrestler possible lightweight by the name of College Boy, I believe he was billed as from Newcastle. Entered the ring in a Black Mask, and if my memory is not playing tricks on me a black leather jacket"

Whilst everyone was perplexed by the memory, Dave Sutherland came to the rescue, "I remember The College Boy to whom John refers as he came on the scene in the autumn of 1964 just after I had started to work at St James and he won a lightweight knock out competition staged at that time. He was billed as coming from Newcastle and his autograph (not that that gives much away) is in my collection published elsewhere on this site. He made a couple of appearances after winning the tournament both of which, I believe, he won but at the expense of a fair bit of blood as his nose appeared to be rather weak. Then, as has been said, he just disappeared."

Ian Pringle added, "I was told by someone behind the scenes that he was a very young Steve Best as his Parents did not take to kindly to their sons activities as it  interfered with him studying to become a teacher."

The masked College Boy remains a mystery. If he's reading this, do put us out of our misery.
College Boy Pete Collins 
We have yet another College Boy for you.Though this one did make his way under his own name also. The younger brother of Danny Collins was not content with living in the shadows of his illustrious brother and chose to develop a style unlike the big brother who brought him into the wrestling business. At times Pete tagged with his brother Danny, but their contrasting styles led to a parting of their ways.   Unlike good guy Danny the younger Peter became “Mr Vain” and upset the fans not only with his rule bending and antics, but also by frequently taunting and arguing with them. 

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