Lehigh's storied wrestling history began with a man who was recognized by many as the finest wrestler of the Billy Sheridan era (1912-1952). Ben Bishop concluded a brilliant career by winning the NCAA 155-pound championship in 1934, while voted the Most Outstanding Wrestler in the tournament.
A two-time EIWA title winner in both 1932 and 1934, Bishop served as an alternate on the 1936 United States Olympic team. He was 36-4 for his career record and his 23-1 mark in dual meets ranks third, behind only Mike Caruso and Kirk Pendleton, with a .958 winning percentage. Bishop was a powerful wrestler as he won 17 of his 24 dual matches by fall. His career performance is equally impressive, winning 26 of 40 matches by fall, second highest pin per cent in Lehigh history.
Bishop pinned eight straight opponents in the 1933-34 season for a Lehigh record equalled only by Mark Lieberman in the 1978-79 campaign.
At Lehigh, Bishop also played soccer and football. In addition, he served as a member and officer in numerous campus clubs and societies including the National Honor Society. He was also president of his class in both his junior and senior year.
Upon graduation from Lehigh with a B.A. degree in Chemistry, Bishop joined Bethlehem Steel where he spent 42 years until retiring in 1976 as Vice President, Sales. He received the Keystone Award presented by the Boys Club and the Distinguished Service Award presented by Lehigh University's Home Club.
Bishop and his wife Wilma, have seven grand-children.