Olympian Maurice Vachon dies

MONTREAL -- Maurice "Mad Dog" Vachon, who wrestled for Canada in the 1948 Olympics before participating in more than 13,000 bouts as a professional, has died at 84.

His death was confirmed by Yves Theriault, who made a documentary about the gravelly voiced, tough-talking wrestler a few years ago. Vachon died in his sleep Thursday at his home in Nebraska.

Vachon started his career as an amateur, taking part in the 1948 London Games at 18. He competed as a middleweight and finished seventh.

He later became an international star as a pro, earning 30 titles. He joined the World Wrestling Federation in 1984, but it was a short-lived stay with the organization. His last pro bout was in his native Montreal on Oct. 13, 1986.

He entered the Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2004 with brother Paul, his tag-team partner in the 1970s.