Class of ’02 – George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame
Baron Von Raschke aka Jim Raschke
Jim Raschke won a high school state title for Omaha Central High School and moved on the University of Nebraska , where he was Big 8 Conference champion. He also won two AAU national titles and in 1963 placed third in the world championships in the Greco-Roman style of wrestling.
He spent two years in the Army and taught high school one year in Omaha before starting a professional career. Joe Dusek got him started, and he began working for Verne Gagne. As a professional, he was a huge attraction as Baron Von Raschke, stomping into the ring and using the feared claw hold. He was a top box-office draw for two decades and won many titles, including half of the world tag team championship with Mad Dog Vachon.
Class of 2014 – Alan & Gloria Rice Greco-Roman Hall of Champions
Jim Raschke placed third at the 1963 World Championships in the heavyweight division, becoming only the second American wrestler to win a medal in the Greco-Roman at the Worlds. After winning a state wrestling championship for Omaha North High School, Raschke went on to wrestle for Nebraska where he was a Big Eight champion in 1962. He was also a worldwide interservice wrestling champion for the United States Army in 1965.
Size: 8 1/2″ x 11″