Mike Chapman was born and raised in Waterloo, Iowa. He retired from a 35-year newspaper career in 2002 to run the Dan Gable International Wrestling Institute and Museum (I.W.I.M.). He and his wife, Bev, created I.W.I.M. in order to preserve a unique part of world cultural history.
Mike is the author of 19 books, 13 on wrestling. His latest books are “The Life and Legacy of Frank Gotch,” “Achilles: Son of Peleus, Scourge of Troy”, a historical novel about the Trojan War and “Legends of the Mat.”
In 1993, Mike created WIN magazine, the nation’s No. 1 wrestling newspaper. He has since sold it but is still a columnist for the paper. He also created the WIN Memorabilia Show, and the Dan Hodge Trophy, given each year to the top collegiate wrestler in the nation. The Hodge Trophy has been called “the Heisman Trophy of wrestling.”
As a journalist, Mike has met such people as Ronald Reagan, Muhammad Ali, Robert Redford and Lou Ferrigno (who played “The Incredible Hulk” on TV). As a sports writer he has attended 35 NCAA Wrestling Championships, two Olympic Games and four world heavyweight boxing championship fights.