Wrestlers (George Bothner & John Perelli)

This vintage action shot captures wrestlers George Bothner and John Perelli (standing) grappling circa 1908-1910, probably at the New York Athletic Club.

According to the Pro Wrestling Historical Society, Bothner was one of the most respected wrestlers of the late 19th and early 20th century. He was trained by Gus Bogus, and placed second in his first amateur tournament in 1884. On April 2, 1903, he became the World Lightweight Champion. Later in life, he worked as a trainer and referee. During World War II he traveled with other performers to entertain American troops. He died in 1954 at the age of 87.

Photographer: Bain News Service
Date: 1908-1910
Location: New York
Print: Black & White
Image reimagined & enhanced by Rebel Seed Studio