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Jim Grosert

Not every good wrestler was made famous by television. If you’re a regular reader of Wrestling Heritage you’ll have heard that mantra a good few times before; which brings us to Yorkshireman Jim Grosert.

Born on 19th April, 1934 in the village of Great Ousburn, and moving to York shortly afterwards, Jim Grosert is a man fondly remembered by those who watched wrestling in the north of England during the 1960s.

Living in York the north East was naturally his main stamping ground, but Jim would regularly make the hundreds of miles round trip to the Scottish venues of Relwyskow & Green, and at other time would be tempted across the Pennines to work for Norman Morrell and Ted Beresford. 

He was a very accomplished wrestler and welcomed by fans on any bill. He had a good trainer. Ernest Baldwin was a one time British heavyweight champion, and it was he that prepared young Jim for his exploits in the professional wrestling ring. Not that Jim was a novice where combat sports were concerned. He already had a judo background, having learned the sport whilst in the army. 

Jim signed up for three years in the army in 1951 when he was seventeen years old. When he was discharged from  Jim was undecided what to do with his life. A  wrestler from York, George Adams,  suggested that his athletic credentials could be put to good (and valuable) use in the wrestling ring, as the sport in Britain was enjoying a boom period at the time. Jim joined an amateur club and took  time to ensure he had good wrestling skills before even contemplating the professional side of the business.  

It was only when the time was right that Ernest Baldwin took over the reigns and prepared Jim for his professional debut in 1961. Jim hit the ground running; opponents in  those first few months including Alan Dennison, Tommy Mann and a contest at his local venue, the SS Empire, against Al Nicol. For two years Jim was a busy worker for Joint Promotions. 

By 1963 a tidal wave of wrestlers were on the move from Joint Promotions to the independents in search of better pay and conditions. Jim joined the admittedly more well known names of Mike Marino, Al Hayes and George Kidd, and  made the move to the opposition. Jim continued working mostly for the opposition promoters, our final sighting being a match against Tony Kaye for promoter Cyril Knowles at Pudsey in January 1972.