Distinguished wrestling author and historian Mike Chapman will be on hand at the first Catch Wrestling Alliance event being held on Saturday, June 7, at Collins Court in the John Wooden Center on the UCLA campus, 221 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, California 90095. He will also be displaying many artifacts from the early days of Catch-as-Catch-Can Wrestling.
Mike Chapman's background includes attending 44 NCAA wrestling tournaments, two Olympics and two Wrestling World Championships as a media person. He created the International Wrestling Institute and Museum in Newton, Iowa (now called the Dan Gable National Wrestling Museum, located in Waterloo, Iowa, the hometown of both Dan Gable and Mike). He created WIN magazine, and the Dan Hodge Trophy, often called "the Heisman Trophy of Wrestling."
Mike has also put on dozens of events. He ran the Dan Gable Classic for 5 years, bringing in the best U.S. wrestlers to face a top foreign team.