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Wrestling With The Past: The Toughest Of Them All, Tom Jenkins

Wrestling With the Past: Cageside Features Guest Columnist, John S. Nash brings us a series of articles in which he chronicles professional wrestling's origins and legends.

"When the legend becomes fact, print the legend." - John Ford

"Professional wrestling... has no history, only a past." - The Phantom of the Ring

In this edition, posted right here on Cageside Seats, on August 3, 2012, for those unfamiliar with the 'Toughest of Them All', one Mr. Tom Jenkins, we will learn what kind of wrestling coach this Tom fellow was. Memories of him could apparently provide such inspiration as to refuse surrender in the Battle of the Bulge. Not only was inspiration from Jenkins as exhibited by one Col. John Corley, but also by such illustrious fellow West Point wrestling alumni as Gen. Omar Bradley, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Gen. George S. Patton. "Wrestling with the Past" returns...

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In addition to delving into wrestling's past for Cageside Seats, John Nash regularly chronicles the forgotten history of mixed martial arts over at our fellow SBNation Blog: To read more fascinating articles from Mr. Nash, simply bookmark this link and be sure to check back frequently for new content and archival features.