Jul 23, 2014
Lurich and Aberg: Wrestlers Who Lived and Died Together
Kalevipoeg at the Gates of Hell, and also for a statue entitled Champion.
There are two other statues of Lurich in Tallinn, and one in Väike-Maarja
But his long-term companion was wrestler Aleksander "Leks" Aberg (1881-1920, below). They toured together in America, China, Japan, and throughout Europe.
They were touring in southern Russia in 1917, when the Russian Revolution came. Troop movements trapped them in the village of Armavir, near the Caucasus Mountains, for three years.
Every year, Georg Lurich and Aleksander Aberg Graeco-Roman wrestling competitions are held in their honor.