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Last updated on 2015/08/21


(picture of Santel here)
Ad Santel

Martin "Farmer" Burns * 1890s  
Said to have held the title before winning American Heavyweight Title on 1895/04/20.

Jack Dodd * 1906  
Said to be recognized in California until retiring as champion in 13.

William Demetral 1906 London, ENG *
Wins a 2-week tournament.
Yussif Hussane 1909/09/02 Dallas, TX, USA
William Demetral [2] 1909/11/04<
Ad Santel (Adolph Ernst) 1913/01/14 Woodward, OK, USA
Jack Harbertson defeats John Berg, who disputes Santel's claim for not making the 170lb limit, on 18/05/21 in Ogden, UT; Santel defeats Harbertson on 19/01/08 in Ogden, UT; also defeats Jim Londos on 20/08/17 in San Francisco, CA and Peter Sauer on 22/03/14 in San Francisco, CA; loses to Clarence Eklund in a tournament on 28/11/20 in Melbourne, AUS (see below); may continue to claim the title in Northern California until 31 or 32.

Fred Beell 1908/01/04<  
Billed as champion in Chicago, IL and most likely other territories.
Martin "Farmer" Burns 1908/03/17 Omaha, NE, USA
Fred Beell [2] 1911  
Still champion as of 13/01/04..

Americus (Gus Schoenlein) 1909/03/17Baltimore, MD, USA
American champion, defeats European champion Bob Monogoff to be recognized as world champion; still champion as of 10/12/06; may be vacant when Americus wins World Heavyweight Title on 14/03/13 in Kansas City, MO.

Jim Londos 1917/02/21<
Billed as champion in Sioux Falls, SD and later in other territories.
Earl Caddock 1921/02/14 New York, NY, USA
Still billed as champion in Wichita, KS as of 22/03/19 and in Ohio as of 22/06/03; officially retires in 23.
Jim Londos [2] 1921/03/24<  
Billed as champion in Burlington, IA; also recognized in Reading, PA as of 22/02/22; Londos and Caddock wrestle to a draw on 22/07/04 in Moberly, MO; Caddock officially retires in 23; Londos is still recognized in Missouri as of 23/02/24.

Clarence Eklund 1917/04/26 Charles City, IA, USA
Defeats Helmer Myer.
Helmer Myre 1918/03/14 Charles City, IA, USA
Clarence Eklund [2] 1919/02/17 Charles City, IA, USA
Also defeats title claimant George Kotsonaros on 20/02/27 in Houston, TX.
Helmer Myre [2] 1922/04/04 Abert Lea, MN, USA
Clarence Eklund [3] 1922/10/20 Sheridan, WY, USA
Charlie Rentrop 1923/01/04 Sheridan, WY, USA
Clarence Eklund [4] 1923/01/26 Sheridan, WY, USA
Ted Thye 1926/02/10 Columbus, OH, USA
Clarence Eklund [5] 1926/05/12 Portland, OR, USA
Thye continues to claim the title in Ohio but loses to Eklund on 26/06/02 in Columbus, OH; Thye also continues to be recognized in Australia, loses to Sam Clapham sometime in 26, and regains on 27/08/20 in W. Melbourne, AUS.
Ira Dern 1927/01/01 Columbus, OH, USA
Eklund may continue to claim the title outside Ohio; vacant in Ohio sometime after 27/07/20 when Dern's weight exceeds the division limit.
Pinky Gardner 1927/08/24 Columbus, OH, USA
Defeats Clarence Eklund for the local recognition.
Clarence Eklund [6] 1927/12/14 Columbus, OH, USA
John Shimkus 1928/01/24 Dallas, TX, USA
Clarence Eklund [7] 1928/02/14 Dallas, TX, USA
Wins tournament on 28/11/20 in Melbourne, AUS to become the undisputed champion (see below).

Pete Sauer 1922/10/09 Santa Paula, CA, USA
Defeats Clarence Eklund.
Ted Thye 1923/01/24 Portland, OR, USA
Billy Edwards 1924/04/02 Portland, OR, USA
Charlie Fischer 1929/12/05 Kansas City, KS, USA
Or "fall of 1929", according to various newspapers; still/again billed as champion as of 31/09/30 in Dubuque, IA, 32/01/26 in Kansas City, KS, 35/04/24 in Springfield, OH, and 38/10/11 in Illinois.

Clarence Eklund 1928/11/20 Melbourne, AUS
Wins tournament to become the undisputed champion, defeating Ted Thye in the final and Ad Santel in earlier round; declared vacant by the National Wrestling Association when Eklund declines invitation to participate in tournament in 30; continue to claim the title in Montana but retires in 31 (or 32?).
Hugh Nichols 1930/04/04 Cincinnati, OH, USA
Defeats Joe Banaski in NBA World Light Heavyweight Wrestling Championship tournament final.

* See National Wrestling Association World Light Heavyweight Title.

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