Jim Kalin was born in Columbus, Ohio and grew up in the Cleveland area. He wrestled at Strongsville High School and is a member of their Athletic Hall of Fame. At Ohio State University, he won a varsity wrestling letter as a freshman. 

Jim began writing after college, penning short stories for magazines and writing a novel, One Worm, that was published by Russian Hill Press.

​Jim is Co Editor of Amateur Wrestling News, the oldest wrestling publication in the nation, and received the Dellinger Award in 2008 for the nation's best wrestling writer.

Currently residing in Los Angeles, California, now that this story has been told, Jim will now have a lot more time to practice banjo.  

Mike Milkovich, Jr.



Mike Milkovich, Jr., wrestled for Maple Heights, where he was the Ohio State Champion at 112 pounds in 1966. He attended Kent State University and was an All-American in Wrestling.

Currently, Mike produces and directs documentaries on local histories.


Jamie Milkovich wrestled for his uncle, National Wrestling Hall of Fame Distinguished Member, Mike Milkovich, Sr. Jamie was the Ohio State Champion at 145 pounds in 1977. He attended Auburn University where he was an All-American in Wrestling.

Jamie is currently the head wrestling coach at Maple Heights High School.