Anton Koolmann

Anton Koolmann
Personal information
Born (1899-09-11)11 September 1899
Kasispea, Estonia
Died 29 June 1953(1953-06-29) (aged 53)
Wellington, New Zealand

Anton Koolmann (11 September 1899 – 29 June 1953) was a wrestler and coach from Kuusalu Parish, Estonia who took part at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris, France.[1]


1924 after winning Estonian Greco-Roman wrestling championships he participated at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris, France:

Men's Greco-Roman bantamweight (-58 kg)

Men's freestyle featherweight (-61 kg)

After Olympics he didn't return to home, but arrived, according to The Estonian Archives in Australia (EAA), 16 February 1925 from Campbeltown to Adelaide, Australia on the four-masted Barque "Carthpool" (Sister ship of Lawhill).

In Australia within the first fortnight of his career as a professional wrestler Koolmann won in seven successive championship matches, two state championships, three Victorian and two Australasian amateur championships.[2] He won Australian middleweight championstitle from Hughie Whitman.[3]

15 October 1928 he moved to New Zealand and got citizenship in 1933.

1934 he wrestled against former NWA World Heavyweight Champion Gus "The Goat" Sonnenberg.

In the late 1930s, he trained many New Zealand wrestling champions in his Koolman's Gym in Wellington. Among them Ernie "Kiwi" Kingston and from 1951 Maori professional heavyweight wrestler Keita Meretana of Wairoa.

He died suddenly in his home at age 53 in Wellington, New Zealand.

Sport achievements

Year Tournament Venue Result Event
1924 Estonian National Championships Tallinn, Estonia 1st Greco-Roman wrestling / -57 kg
1924 Olympic Games Paris, France 10th Men's freestyle featherweight -61 kg
1924 Olympic Games Paris, France 13-16th Men's Greco-Roman bantamweight -58 kg


  • Kuningas, Tiit; Tiit Lääne (2005). Olümpiamängude ajalugu II, suvemängud 1920-1944 (en: History of the Olympic Games II Summer Games 1920-1944) (in Estonian). Tallinn: Maalehe Raamat. ISBN 9985-64-255-4.
  • A little piece of San Francisco in Wellington! - former Koolman's Wrestling Gym in 171 Cuba Street, Wellington
  1. ^ "Anton Koolmann Olympic Results". Retrieved 8 September 2013.
  2. ^ WORLD'S RECORD ESTABLISHED. Seven Successive Championships. ...conceded by the visiting American wrestlers to be unique in wrestling history., The Argus, Monday 14 June 1926 p.6
  3. ^ The Argus., Saturday 26 June 1926 p.20

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