Hairless Boy: Koca Yusuf

 

Kel Alico was saying the following in the oil wrestling field: This place is the place of the brave. Wrestling continues here until the winner is known. Why are you not burning the tar barrels and firewood? Let them start burning.... How could you abandon a hot wrestling match? If it is in my destiny to be defeated by this boy, let it be so..., I'll also withdraw from these fields of the brave. How will Yusuf find the fortune again to defeat the Alico?

 

 

Koca Yusuf (Yusuf, the Great)

He was a great wrestler with a reputation spread all over the world. He was born in the Karalar Village of Şumnu in 1857. He began to wrestle with young bulls when he was a small child. Then, He put on the kispet (A special wrestling trouser made of buffalo leather) and began wrestling. His reputation firs spread over Ludogorie, then over Kirkpinar. He became the greatest wrestler of all times in Turkish wrestling. He won all the wrestling matches he participated in Europe and USA. He drowned in his return voyage from USA in 1898 when the ferry carrying him sank. He doesn't even own a grave.

Koca Yusuf is not only a climax in the Turkish wrestling, but also a climax in the wrestling world. The field of the brave met the Koca Yusuf for the first time when he opposed the famous Kel Alico who had remained the head wrestler of Kirkpinar for 26 years in a row. Kel Alico, who had come to Kirkpinar with the hope to become head wrestler of Kirkpinar for 27’Th time, were rivaled by a "rookie" boy called Yusuf of Ludoggorie. This boy had insisted on participating the match determining the head wrestler of Kirkpinar.

Everyone was expecting that the experienced wrestler of the field of the brave, Kel Alico would make this "hairless boy" regret his decision to oppose Alico. However, Yusuf of Ludogorie wrestled so powerfully that Alico was surprised and didn't even hesitate to put his ruthlessness famous among the world of wrestling.

However, as the hours pass by, the situation was worsening for Alico. Moreover, tiredness was being observed in the famous old wrestler. His title was in danger. No one wanted to see that a wrestler without defeat for 26 years lose his throne in this way. When the people who wanted to end the match by using the darkness as an opportunity, Alico's strong voice shook the entire field of the brave:

”Here is called Kirkpinar... This place is the place of the brave. Wrestling continues here until the winner is known. Why are you not burning the tar barrels and firewood? Let them start burning.... How could you abandon a hot wrestling match? If it is in my destiny to be defeated by this boy, let it be so..., I'll also withdraw from these fields of the brave. How will Yusuf find the fortune again to defeat the Alico?”

These words of Alico had touched so much to Yusuf that he could not help his tears, and hugged and kissed the hand of great master. He begged with a shivering voice:

"Master of the masters, the greatest wrestler of all wrestlers, my brave master! Come on, let’s quit this match. You defeated me with your own words. You made me lose my strength. I can't hold you after hearing your words. If you want, pls. hold me and hit my back to the ground..."

Alico was also touched by these words just like the crowd surrounding the field. Alico was about to cry. He put a warm kiss on the face of Yusuf of Ludogorie and said:

”This field is yours from now on. I would quit wrestling without any concern after seeing a pehlivan like you. The prize and the title of head wrestler is yours. Take both of them happily. Son, you deserved both of them."

After that day, the area of Koca Yusuf began in the Turkish Wrestling. Koca Yusuf, who emerged as an unrivalled force like a storm in the field of the brave, left no rival to be defeated by him. He was not only for his huge body, but also for his wrestling value nicknamed Koca (Great). Canny organizers took this as an opportunity and took him to Europe. Koca Yusuf won all the wrestling matches he participated in USA after winning all his matches in Europe. A millionaire woman in USA fell in love with Koca Yusuf who had defeated world famous wrestlers. She wanted to have a baby from this climax of strength. When Koca Yusuf heard this, He roared, “I didn't come here for breeding."

Koca Yusuf had won 800 pieces of gold from his matches in Europe and USA. Koca Yusuf placed this gold in his belt, and took the ship called La Buorgogne, a ferryboat carrying the French Flag, in his return voyage to his homeland. La Buorgone collided with the called Cromartyshre under Irish flag in Atlantic Ocean due to heavy fog. La Buorgogne carrying 721 passengers went under water in a few seconds.

A panic broke out in the sea. Survivors of the collision were seeking to save their lives by boarding on the lifeboats. Koca Yusuf had also caught the edge of a lifeboat. People on board the lifeboat were afraid of his huge body's capsizing their lifeboat. They first tried to hit his face and head with a row. However, this huge man's steel claws were seemed locked to the lifeboat. Blood was flowing from his head and face down over his moustache. Koca Yusuf's this state had terrified the people on board the lifeboat. A person with a savage and animal spirit among the people in the lifeboat grabbed a small ax used for cutting ropes in the lifeboat and began to hit randomly on Koca Yusuf's steel claws with a savage passion. Koca Yusuf's steel claws were cut from his wrists, and his huge body were buried under the Atlantic Ocean.

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