John Olin

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John Olin
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John Olin in Chicago, c. 1917.
Born March 15, 1886
Boston, Massachusetts
Died October 8, 1920(1920-10-08) (aged 34)
Kansas City, Kansas
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) John Olin
Billed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Billed weight 245 lb (111 kg)
Trained by Tom Cannon
Debut July 14, 1904

John Olin (March 15, 1886 - October 8, 1920) was an American professional wrestler. He was a one-time World Heavyweight Champion.


John Olin was born in 1886. He started wrestling in 1904 at the age of 18. He was trained by the former European Greco-Roman Heavyweight Champion Tom Cannon. He wrestled his first match on July 14, 1904 against Ernest Roeber.

World Heavyweight Champion[edit]

Olin was one of the earliest wrestlers in professional wrestling history and he was also one of the earliest wrestlers in the 20th century. He defeated Joe Stecher on December 11, 1916 in Springfield, Massachusetts to become the World Heavyweight Champion. He briefly held the World Heavyweight Championship. His reign ended on May 2, 1917 in Chicago, Illinois when he lost the title to Ed "Strangler" Lewis.


John Olin died on October 8, 1920 as a result of heart failure. He was aged 34 at the time of his death.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]