By Tiffany Clark
National Wrestling Hall of Fame
STILLWATER, Okla. – Just in time for the first official day of collegiate wrestling practice, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum has released an updated digital version of The History of Collegiate Wrestling, a book by the late wrestling historian Jairus “Jay” Hammond.
The ebook builds upon the original hardback version, which included information through the 2005 season. The second edition is current through the 2014 collegiate wrestling season. It relives the glory of college wrestling through stunning photos and timeless stories and serves not only as a reference source, but also an inspirational book for future generations. It provides season-by-season highlights and features those who have impacted college wrestling along with a recap of U.S. wrestlers’ achievements in each of the Summer Olympic Games dating back to the 1904 Olympic Games.
“This book is the most comprehensive and colorful study on the 111-year history of collegiate wrestling in the United States,” said Lee Roy Smith, Executive Director of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. “Never have I seen a book of this magnitude which so fully showcases the wrestlers, coaches and teams that have made their mark on the NCAA DI Wrestling Championships.”
Unfortunately, author Jay Hammond succumbed to cancer in November 2013. Hammond was able to complete all but the final chapter of the book, at which time his friend and fellow wrestling historian Jamie Moffatt assisted the Hall of Fame in spearheading the completion of the book. Moffatt says, “This ebook will serve as the most convenient yet comprehensive historical bible for all fans of D1 college wrestling. It’s an economical ‘must buy’ for your latest electronic gadget.”
The ebook sells for $14.99 on Amazon, iTunes, and Barnes & Noble. Proceeds from the book will help the non-profit National Wrestling Hall of Fame & Museum achieve its mission of preserving the history of the sport, recognizing extraordinary individual achievements and inspiring future generations.