Paul Henry Prehn was a wrestler from Mason City, Iowa, in the early part of the 20th century. He served in the Iowa National Guard during the Border War (1910–19). In 1919, Prehn won the middleweight gold medal at the Inter-Allied Games held in Paris at the Pershing Stadium. From 1920 to 1928, Prehn was the head wrestling coach at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign winning 7 out of 9 Big 10 Championships, and ending with a Win/Loss record: 42-5-0. Prehn was a member of the Illinois State Athletic Commission and also Ring Commissioner for The Long Count Fight between Gene Tunney and Jack Dempsey at Soldier Field. On October 27, 1928, Prehn was elected President of the National Boxing Association. Prehn also authored Scientific Methods of Wrestling in 1925.
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