|Height||5 ft 8 in (1.73m)|
|Weight||158 lbs (72 kg)|
Henry Gehring (1883 - ???), was a German American Professional Catch Wrestler from Cleavland, Ohio.
Early Life & CareerEdit
Cleveland's middleweight wrestling legend, Henry Gehring was born around 1883 in Ohio, the son of German parents.
Gehring was sick during his youth, and his uncle took him to the "father" of Cleveland wrestling, Mark Lamb. He wanted Lamb to teach young Henry how to swing a club, and to develop his strength. Gehring was a quiet kid, and Lamb took a liking to him, putting him through a rigorous program that transformed him mentally and physically. It wasn't long before Lamb was teaching Gehring wrestling, and Henry demonstrated an innate ability on the mat, downing more experienced grapplers in the gym. Gehring gained his health through conditioning and wrestling, and was thankful for the help Lamb provided because it carried him to the top of the middleweight wrestling class.
On Tuesday, March 15, 1910 in Cleveland, Gehring beat Chris Jordan and won the World Middleweight Title, taking the match in two-straight falls.
There was major hype in Cleveland in December 1910 about an upcoming match between Gehring and Walter Willoughby. It was claimed that Gehring held "the middleweight championship ever since he defeated Dan McLeod at the Empire Theater two years ago." The match was going to be staged on December 28 at Grays Armory.
Gehring stood about 5'8" and weighed between 153 and 158 pounds. His manager was Tom Scanlon.
Upon returning to Cleveland after his trip west in January 1911, where he faced Mike Yokel in Salt Lake City, Gehring was suffering from an injured side and seeing a doctor. It was said that these pains were actually hindering him in his match with Yokel.
Gehring and Yokel were matched again on Tuesday, February 27, 1912 in Cleveland. At this time, Gehring claimed the middleweight championship. They had previously wrestled in Salt Lake City with neither winning a fall. Salt Lake promoters wanted the rematch, but Gehring reportedly refused to wrestle there again, citing the high altitude as one of his concerns. The winner would receive 75 percent of the $1,500 purse and the loser getting 25.
Gehring beat Yokel after three hours in Cleveland, winning the decision by three judges. He was the more aggressive wrestler in the match.
The feud continued on February 5, 1913 in Salt Lake City with Yokel taking a victory over Gehring in two-straight falls.