Hairless Boy: Koca
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?
(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 27Th 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
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, lets 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
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