I think I met Bill at the Wrestling Hall of Fame dinner last month in Olympia. He was sitting with Mike Hascheck and I got to have a nice talk with both of them. Bill was at the UW when one of my high school teammates was there and he obviously remembered him. There were quite a few former Huskies in the room, including Larry Owings.
I would definitely bet on Bill being one of the toughest based on your story.