Is Lebell a Catch Wrestler/hooker

Thanks to anyone who can answer this for me. I've been studying/reshearching alot on Catch Wrestling and came across the legendary(?) Gene Lebell. As far as I have discovered, he never claims to be a Catch Wrestling Hooker but seems to know how to hook. Could anyone verify this for me? Was/wasn't he a hooker and if so then who instructed him in Catch?

Ed Lewis among others.

He does not consider himself a "hooker" but then neither did alot of the folks we now consider famous "hookers". Most simply considered themselves wrestlers. Gene calls himself a grappler. Labels are a bit like colored belts, those who can get it done often don't give a damn.

Though to be fair I believe that Gene has said that the way he enters into his holds (Judo base) is the reason he isn't catch. He is also a wise man.

Thanks again Scuffler

you always seem to come through for me