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Marshall Esteppe
Birth nameMarshall W. Esteppe[1]
Born(1909-03-01)March 1, 1909
Centralia, Missouri, United States
DiedJanuary 18, 1989(1989-01-18) (aged 79)[1]
Missouri
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Marshall Esteppe, Marshall Carter, Marshall Estep, Marshall Estepp, the Masked Marvel[2]
Billed fromCentralia, Missouri
Debut1932

Marshall W. Esteppe (March 1, 1909 - January 18, 1989) was an American amateur and professional wrestler. He wrestled primarily throughout the National Wrestling Alliance where he became a three-time World Junior Heavyweight Champion. Following his retirement from professional wrestling, Esteppe became wrestling coach at the University of Missouri.[3] He coached four years voluntarily and is remembered by the university through their "Marshall Esteppe Most Outstanding Freshman" wrestler award,[4] for his role in relaunching M.U.'s wrestling program.[5]

Early life and professional wrestling career

Esteppe was born March 1, 1909 to Bourbon and Mary Esteppe. He played basketball at Centralia High School and was a member of the 1926-27 team that finished 26-1. Following a successful high school wrestling tenure in the late 1920s, Esteppe was invited to watch professional wrestlers George Tragos, Lloyd Carter and World Middleweight Champion Chris Jordan at Carter's Globe Hotel in Centralia. He would eventually join in the workouts, training under their tutelage. Carter arranged for Esteppe to compete in shoot matches at carnivals. He had his first professional bout, under the ring name Marshall Carter in 1933 and married his wife Ruth one year later. He would wrestle for the following 21 years, relocating several times throughout the United States. He won his first title by defeating Gus Kallios for the NWA Middleweight title in 1935 and went on to win the 175-pound title three years later by defeating Jesse James. In 1945 he again moved weight class and won the NWA World Junior Heavyweight Championship from Ken Fenelon in Des Moines, Iowa. Although he did not capture World Heavyweight Championship, he had notable victories over Heavyweight Champions Lou Thesz, Orville Brown, Leroy McGuirk and Ed "Strangler" Lewis. He retired in 1953, having wrestle approximately 3,000 matches throughout the USA.

Retirement and University of Missouri tenure

Esteppe returned to wrestling in 1959, accepting a role as wrestling coach at the University of Missouri and playing a pivotal role in the re-creation of the college's wrestling programme, which had been discontinued in the mid-1930s. He coached four years without pay, starting the University of Missouri's journey to prominence in collegiate wrestling. He retired from this role in 1964. In his retirement, he became President of the Centralia Country Club and the club champion in 1956. He also became President of the Missouri Sand Greens Golf Association and continued to attend M.U. wrestling events until his passing in 1989. He is remembered by the University of Missouri through their "Marshall Esteppe Most Outstanding Freshman" wrestler award,[6] for his role in relaunching M.U.'s wrestling program.

Championships and accomplishments

Amateur Wrestling
Professional Wrestling

References

  1. ^ a b "Marshall W. Esteppe (1909-1989) - Find A Grave..." www.findagrave.com.
  2. ^ Saalbach, Axel. "Wrestlingdata.com - The World's Largest Wrestling Database". wrestlingdata.com.
  3. ^ a b "MU wrestlers make Columbia proud".
  4. ^ "College Wrestler of the Year". www.usawks.com.
  5. ^ "Missouri announces year-end awards".
  6. ^ "Missouri Tigers". www.mutigers.com.
  7. ^ Hoops, Brian (May 30, 2015). "ON THIS DAY IN PRO WRESTLING HISTORY (MAY 30): INOKI BEATS ANDRE TO WIN MSG LEAGUE, GAREA & CALHOUN WIN WWWF TAG TITLES, GAGNE VS. FUNK JR., UFC BOOKER WINS TITLE". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Retrieved March 21, 2020.
  8. ^ Saalbach, Axel. "Wrestlingdata.com - The World's Largest Wrestling Database". wrestlingdata.com.