The CAC Says Good-Bye to Life Member and Honoree John Cozman

The CAC is sad to report that CAC Life Member and past honoree John Cozman (Principal Richard Pounds) passed away shortly after noon on November 28, 2016. John was a regular attendee of the CAC Reunions as health permitted and will be missed by everyone that knew him. Our condolences to his family and friends.

Greg Oliver wrote the following:

Saskatchewan’s gifts to wrestling were Leonard and Cozman
By GREG OLIVER – Producer, SLAM! Wrestling

Some names just go together. Abbott and Costello. Burns and Allen. Manning and Harrison. Bonnie and Clyde. When it comes to wrestling, there are plenty too, like Flair-Steamboat, Hogan-Piper, or Blanchard and Anderson. But if I go more specific, when I think of the wrestling scene in Saskatchewan, it was always Bob Leonard and John “Principal Pound” Cozman. With John’s death Monday, just months after we lost Bob, well, it hurts.

Based in Regina, they were best of friends. The best.

I always was in awe of their epic road trips, which barely seemed like anything to them, but to me, who has never owned a car, it was incomprehensible. Perched up high in Bob’s red van, seemingly straight out of the shag carpet era of the 1970s, they’d drive the 22-or-so hours from Regina down to Las Vegas for the annual Cauliflower Alley Club reunions. Their stops along the way were part of the journey, two buddies enjoying time together. They’d also make the trips to Iowa for the Tragos/Thesz Hall of Fame induction weekends on occasion too.

The wrestling accomplishments of both Bob Leonard and Principal Pound have been covered before here on SLAM! Wrestling, deservedly so, and both are a part of our Canadian Hall of Fame. They were both key contributors to professional wrestling in Saskatchewan and throughout the Prairies.

You won’t hear a bad word spoken about either man, though there will be some ribbing. Bob smoked too much, and his low, raspy voice took its time getting to the point … yep.

Photo courtesy of Rachel Paulhus Ling

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