Future Chelsea owner Todd Boehly was on the college wrestling team when he was a teenager.
The 46-year-old American is the main face of the consortium who have agreed a deal worth up to £4billion to buy the European champions. Although it was agreed, the purchase is still subject to government approval, and it would be the biggest sports takeover in history.
It has now been revealed that the billionaire businessman flourished in a number of sports during his time at private Landon School in Maryland. The co-owner of the LA Dodgers baseball team and the USA women’s basketball team, the Los Angeles Sparks, was even destined for big things in the sports world during his time in college, naming him the one of the “future leaders of the United States”, according to The sun.
The teenager is said to have juggled the baseball and American football teams alongside his studies, but it was his wrestling exploits that caught the attention of those around him. He would have led the school to back-to-back Athletic Conference championships in 1990 and 1991.
The accomplishments have not been forgotten in the history books, with the private college even naming their gymnasium the Boehly Family Wrestling Room in his honor in 2014. Boehly returned to the school to open the wrestling room in 2014 with his family and former classmates. .
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Boehly’s former teacher, Steve Sorkin, said at the wrestling room unveiling in 2014, “Todd spent as much energy on the sidelines cheering on his teammates as he did on the mat. How fitting that so many of his classmates traveled great distances to attend the dedication, exemplifying the spirit of brotherhood that is Todd’s trademark.
Thirty years after his time on the wrestling mat, Boehly is now ready to take charge of the club after Roman Abramovich was sanctioned earlier this year.
A statement on Chelsea’s official website said: “The proposed new owners will commit £1.75 billion in additional investment to benefit the club.
“This includes investments in Stamford Bridge, the Academy, the women’s team and Kingsmeadow and continued funding for the Chelsea Foundation. The sale is expected to be completed at the end of May subject to all necessary regulatory approvals. Further details will be provided at that time.”