Friday, July 2, 2021

Defending The Title: 1934: Those Who Did and Those Who Didn't Defend The Title

 A series of repeat champions happened in 1934 as Rex Peery & Ross Flood of Oklahoma State won their second of what would eventually be three titles along with teammate Alan Kelley who won his second title and Ralph Teague of Southwest Oklahoma State who also won his second title. 

Of the new champions crowned that night. 

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Wayne Martin of Oklahoma 

Success followed Sooner Wayne Martin around like a dog.  Winning his first title here as a sophomore, Martin would add two more titles in 1935 and 1936.  Post college, he found himself as a Hollywood stuntman for years before becoming a personal trainer for celebrities.  Some of his clientele included John Wayne, Jack Benny and Bob Hope. 

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Ben Bishop of Lehigh 

Whenever Bishop stepped on the mat, it rarely went the distance as he usually ended it early by fall.  Also a member of the Lehigh football and soccer squads, Bishop was a senior when he won the NCAA title. 

1934 Champion 
Marion Foreman of Oklahoma 

Foreman won the title for the Sooners as a senior. 

1934 Champion 
Dick Voliva of Indiana 

Making the NCAA finals in 1933, Voliva bettered himself here in 1934, ending his career as an NCAA champion.  Also a member of the Hoosier football team, Voliva took a silver medal at the 1936 Olympic games.  A World War II veteran, Voliva was instrumental in starting the program at Montclair State, which enjoyed tremendous success at the NCAA Division III level before being discontinued.  He also coached at Rutgers for 25 seasons. 


1934 was a great year for upperclassmen as five of the champions crowned that night were seniors.  Kelley and Teague won their second titles as Bishop, Foreman and Voliva all won their first. 

Peery and Flood as mentioned won 2/3 

Martin won his first of what would eventually be three. 


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