Arthur Knott of Manhattan, Kans. is not easily intimidated. Despite the fact that his age is greater than that of any three of them put together, he has been matching muscles with the burly youths on the Kansas State College wrestling team for months. A Big Ten champion in the 135-pound class in 1914, Knott was inspired to return to the mat by four grandsons (ages 11 to 17) who have begun to show an interest in wrestling themselves. In order to bone up on some of the modern holds, Grandfather Knott last fall asked Kansas State Coach Fritz Knorr if he could work out with the team. Since then the septuagenarian wrestler has gone to the mat nearly every day. "He may think he's forgotten all he knew," says one Kansas State wrestler, "but he can still show me a thing or two."
Outside of limiting his bouts to short periods, Knott's only concession to his years has been to ask his opponents not to rough up his face. "My teeth are still all mine," he says, "and I'd hate to give any of them up."