Frank Alvin Gotch (April 27, 1877 – December 16, 1917) was an American professional wrestler. Gotch was the first American professional wrestler to win the world heavyweight free style championship, He is credited for popularizing professional wrestling in the United States. He competed back when the contests at championship level were largely legitimate, and his reign as World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion (from 1908 to 1913) is one of the ten longest in the history of professional wrestling. He became one of the most popular athletes in America from the 1900s to the 1910s. Wrestling historians have described Gotch as “arguably the best North American professional wrestler of the 20th century”.