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Wheeling, WV Author Publishes Coming of Age Fiction Novel

By: PR Leap
( The Novel Wrestler, a new book by Bill Welker, EdD, has been released by RoseDog Books.

"The Novel Wrestler is a unique narrative about a very creative adolescent who faces the various aspects of growing up and the realities of life. It vividly demonstrates to the reader that one's true character is defined by how he responds to adversity, both on and off the wrestling mat." -Rob Koll, NCAA Champion, Head Wrestling Coach at Stanford University

Tommy St. Clair was a child prodigy in the literary field and a bestselling author before reaching high school. Tommy also loved the sport of wrestling. His father and older brother were state champions. A student of the game, Tommy strived to accomplish the same goal. It never happened. He lacked the mental and physical toughness his father and brother possessed. That all changed when Tommy's life was turned upside down.

The Novel Wrestler will capture the hearts and souls of those who have traveled similar paths in life. You will be amused, you will cry, and the ending will take you completely by surprise. Without question, readers will be intrigued with Tommy's "coming-of-age" decisions and how he handles life's disappointments.

About the Author
An award-winning educator and one of the country's foremost authorities on Folkstyle wrestling, Bill Welker, EdD. has published a national best-seller,The Wrestling Drill Book, a DVD, and hundreds of articles on the mat sport since 1974. Most recently, his memoirs, The Sparrow's Spirit, and his first novel, A Wrestler's Curse, were declared winners in the sports category by the Beverly Hills Book Awards judges. All his books can be viewed at

A former Pennsylvania State Champion, Welker is a member of five wrestling halls of fame, including the Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame (West Virginia Chapter), and the Ohio Valley Athletic Conference Hall of Fame. He has been selected twice as the National Wrestling Sportswriter of the Year by Wrestling USA Magazine.

The Novel Wrestler is a 146-page hardback with a retail price of $22.00 (paperback $14.00, eBook $9.00). The ISBN is 979-8-88527-934-5. It was published by RoseDog Books of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For more information, or to request a review copy, please go to our virtual pressroom at or our online bookstore at

Raquel Ponce
Dorrance Publishing

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