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Lofty Blomfield and his famous octopus clamp, 1936

Lofty Blomfield and his famous octopus clamp, 1936

Lofty Blomfield was a high-profile New Zealand wrestler in the 1930s. He cut an impressive figure in the ring due to his height, weight and aggressive style of wrestling, which garnered him many fans. This is Blomfield demonstrating his well-known 'octopus clamp', a hold which he used to great success during his wrestling career.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Crown Studios Collection
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Joseph Romanos, 'Boxing and wrestling - Wrestling', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/37965/lofty-blomfield-and-his-famous-octopus-clamp-1936 (accessed 21 August 2019)

Story by Joseph Romanos, published 5 Sep 2013, updated 1 Jan 2015