The WAWLI Papers #
OCTOBER 20, 1915: THE BEGINNING??
For the heck of it, let's say that Wrestling As We Liked It (WAWLI) began reaching fruition during the World War I years. Specifically, let's pick a date which points to the rise of Ed (Strangler) Lewis as the premier drawing card of the WAWLI era, a position he only relinquished through the handicaps of strong drink, diminishing eyesight and that other great equalizer, advancing years. One of his "proteges," Lou Thesz, then took over on top and was the dominant figure in the game until finally bowing out from the "world championship" just before his 50th birthday.
Both Lewis and Thesz were remarkable athletes, who achieved great wrestling skill as well as the ingredients of the hippodrome art. Lewis, and an old running mate of his, Joe (Toots) Mondt, are often credited with bringing "rassling" into its modern era. If that is so, something was lost when Thesz gave up the National Wrestling Alliance belt and gradually began removing himself from the elite group of headliners who then ruled the mat box offices. The game drew rapidly away from any pretense at wrestling skill, tag-team "mayhem" was the prevailing desire of the fans and the exhibition of anything resembling a pure wrestling hold rapidly became a rare item, indeed.
Interestingly, in The WAWLI Papers, we're talking about a period in time ranging just over 50 years. Lewis, 25 in 1915, was about to take New York by storm in that winter's "world championship" tournament. Thesz wasn't even in swaddling clothes, having only been conceived days after Joe Stecher stopped Charles Cutler at Omaha in July. Frank Gotch, 38 in the summer of 1915, was mulling big-dollar offers to come out of retirement; when he finally did launch an aborted comeback, he suffered the broken leg that ended his fabled career. A year and a half later, he would be dead. (Ironically, the opponent he broke the leg against in a circus exhibition--Bob Managoff--was the father of a future world champion, Bobby Managoff.)
And so it came to pass that Lewis and Stecher, he of the dreaded leg scissors, were signed to clash for the latter's version (generally accepted) of the world title belt. The Evansville Press relates the saga surrounding that Wednesday, October 20, 1915 match at the Wells-Bijou Theater: _______________________________________
CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING MATCH Ed "Strangler" Lewis --vs.-- Joe Stecher WELLS BIJOU, WED. NIGHT, OCT. 20 Tickets on Sale at Theater Box Office Prices $1, $1.50, $2, $3, $5 ________________________________________
WORLD'S CHAMPION WRESTLER AND CONTESTANT WHO MEET FOR TITLE IN EVANSVILLE TONIGHT...(10-20-15)
When Joe Stecher, the champion wrestler of the world, came into the Press editorial rooms Wednesday to say howdy-do to the sporting editor he appeared to be a big farm boy just come to town to look for work in one of the local factories.
Nobody would take the Nebraska wrestler to be the man who will take more than $1,500 out of Evansville tonight after his match with Ed Lewis.
Stecher has never met Lewis on the mat. He has never seen Lewis wrestle. Lewis, however, trained (Charles) Cutler for his match with Stecher at Omaha July 4.
Stecher is very bashful and retiring. He does not talk. He was in the Press editorial room 15 minutes and he spoke exactly three words. When he left the Press he went into hiding again. He dislikes to be the cynosure of all eyes.
Lewis, the Kentucky youngster who wants to be the next holder of the world title, is heavier and apparently a stronger man than Stecher. He is broader, more compactly built and apparently holds a wonderful lot of endurance.
Stecher, however, has the record of having never been thrown for a fall in 44 matches. He is a mother's boy and promised his mother when he went into the wrestling game that he would never do a crooked thing. Promoters say that he is the one man who will do his best and do it as quick as he can, regardless of how the crowd may feel about the brevity of the contest.
Stecher is the only world's champion who ever came to Evansville to meet a contender.
Stecher is the favorite in tonight's match. There isn't
much betting but what has been done has been on the basis that Lewis will not get a fall.
JOE STECHER IS WINNER OF MATCH (10-21-15)
Joe Stecher, who wrestled Ed Lewis at the Wells-Bijou Theater Wednesday night, is still the undefeated champion heavyweight wrestler of the world. Fans were disappointed because they did not get to see Stecher apply his deadly scissors hold and because Lewis would not take the role of aggressor.
In the two hours and three minutes of wrestling, Lewis did not give Stecher an opportunity to put his famous scissors hold on him. Lewis wrestled on the defensive. Apparently, he was afraid to try offensive work.
The end came when, after the two hours and three minutes, Stecher -- mad because Lewis would not mix -- began rushing the Kentuckian fiercely and drove him over the ropes, Lewis falling and striking his head on the rim of a chair seat. He did not rise. His managed said he was injured. Dr. Phil Warter, who was the first physician to reach his side, said he was not injured much. Later Drs. Greenleaf and Louis Fritsch made the same statement.
Lewis was taken to his dressing room. Physicians examined him and said he was not injured to any extent. Later Lewis was taken to the Walker hospital. Dr. Will Davidson, who worked with Lewis during the night, said Thursday morning that Lewis was injured in the groin.
Referee Bert Sisson gave Stecher the first fall and announced that unless Lewis came back into the ring within 15 minutes that Stecher would be awarded the second fall. During the wait Mayor Bosse took the opportunity to get into the limelight and announced from the stage that, in view of the doctors' finding, he saw no reason why Lewis should not come back and finish the match.
Bosse, who had seven passes to the match, and who had General Manager Blinn of the Public Utilities Co. in his party, made a speech from the stage when Lewis was carried out. Throughout the match Bosse managed to be a counter-attraction by his actions in the box.
Had Lewis come back there could have been no doubt of the outcome. Sooner or later Stecher would have gotten his deadly hold on him. With that Lewis might have been injured for life. Only last week Stecher got it on Paul Sass, French wrestler, in seven minutes and left him bleeding from the ears, nose and mouth. Several wrestlers have been ruptured by Stecher with that hold.
Lewis went on the mat to wrestle on the defensive. For the two hours and three minutes he put up a wonderful exhibition of defensive work. He was able to do just what he had planned. He did not please the fans. They wanted to see him mix in with the champion. Even Stecher's manager, at the end of one hour and 60 minutes, asked Referee Sisson to force Lewis to wrestle and not run. Lewis' manager replied that the floor was roped and that it was Stecher's task to throw Lewis. Not once did Stecher get behind the Kentuckian. Lewis, however, got Stecher on the mat and on top of him three times but confined his efforts to keeping away from Stecher's toe hook, which is always the first stage of his famous scissors hold.
Lewis was behind Stecher four times. Stecher admitted that Lewis was the hardest man to get behind he had ever met. Stecher has no other hold which he uses successfully. He has won practically every match with his scissors hold which must be made from behind.
In staying with Stecher over two hours, Lewis did what he went on the mat to do. Stecher defeated Cutler, the world's champion, in 27 minutes. No other man within the last two years has stayed on the mat with Stecher as long as has Lewis. George Turner stayed with him three hours to a draw two years ago.
Before Lewis went on the mat he got a telegram from Cutler which advised him to stay on his feet and break quick. He did this. The fans did not like his style of wrestling. They yelled for him to wrestle and not run. But (Billy) Sandow, his manager, instructed him by signals to wear Stecher out by letting the champion do the offensive work.
When the end came it was evident that Stecher was determined to force Lewis to wrestle vigorously. Had Stecher got the scissors hold in the mood he had then, Lewis would have suffered. His manager realized this.
"Our game was to stay with Stecher and let him do all the aggressive work," said Sandow, Lewis' manager, Thursday. "This Stecher is deadly. Lewis did not get in there and let Stecher get this scissors just to let the fans see it done. That might have meant the end of Lewis' wrestling career. Our game was to wear Stecher out. That is the way Gotch got the championship from Hackenschmidt.
"Any wrestler will tell you that a man who can wrestle defensively successfully is as scientific as the man who rushes his opponent, though the fans do not like a defensive wrestler. They want spectacular work. We did not care to sacrifice Lewis merely to make a show."
The match was perhaps too scientific for the Evansville fans who have been witnessing exhibitions of the second-raters, and have never before seen a "blood" match.
The match might be compared to a ball game in which there was no hitting and consequently no scoring for 17 innings.
After the match Mayor Bosse and Chief of Police Ed Schmitt took the receipts, and Thursday Bosse said that he was going to give a part of the receipts to charity because he thought the match was not on the square. He said he would let the wrestlers have what they would get if regular prices had been charged.
Mayor Bosse, Sheriff Habbe and Joe Stecher between them received four anonymous messages preceding the wrestling match. Two were by telephone and two by telegraph. An unknown man, signing himself R.M. Kerr, wired Mayor Bosse and Sheriff Habbe from Indianapolis, saying: "Stop fake wrestling match tonight." Upon inquiry of manager Eckler of the local Western Union office, the Indianapolis W.U. manager said that his telegram, printed with a lead pencil and with the signature likewise printed, was handed in over the counter of the Indianapolis main office and paid for in cash. The same mysterious Indianapolis person called Mayor Bosse up by phone.
A man who did not give his name called Joe Stecher up, by phone from Cincinnati. "You will be double-crossed, watch out," said the strange voice. Before the match Stecher and his brother voiced their fears to Referee Sisson. The referee told Stecher that he need not be afraid of getting any raw deal in Evansville. The conduct of the referee in over-stepping the rules and giving Stecher two falls when he was entitled to but one showed how groundless was the fear of a bad deal raised in Stecher's mind by the anonymous telephone call.
To Promoter Barton, after the match, Stecher said: "Lewis is the best man I ever met. He is stronger than I am and we might have gone on for an hour more before I got him. He is the fastest big man I ever saw."
The first Gotch-Hackenschmidt match in Chicago was won
by Gotch by the use of the identical tactics pursued by Lewis last night. Hackenschmidt
chased Gotch all over the ring for almost two hours and then quit. "You can have it,
Mr. Gotch," he said, and walked out of the ring. Last night when Lewis run for two
hours, Stecher became only the more desperate in his desire to get Lewis to the mat where
he could pin him.
MAYOR UNDERTAKES TO MAKE SETTLEMENTS; SAYS HE WILL DISTRIBUTE PART OF PROCEEDS TO THE POOR OF THE CITY (10-21-15)
By grabbing the receipts of the Stecher-Lewis wrestling match, amounting to $2,765, Mayor Bosse Thursday had the eyes of the sporting world on Evansville.
Bosse asked Promoter Barton Wednesday night for the money after the management of the Wells-Bijou had refused his request. Barton turned the money over to him without a protest.
Thursday Bosse announced that he intended to pay the participants on the basis of prices of admission for ordinary wrestling matches and deposit the rest of the money to his credit in a bank against which he will draw for relief of the poor. The mayor claimed that because Lewis did not make an aggressive move the match was not satisfactory. He announced there would be no more wrestling matches in Evansville.
Stecher had not gotten his part of the receipts Thursday and when this news was flashed over the wire there was a stir in the sporting world.
"Never will there be another champion of any sort come to Evansville," said one prominent sporting man who took exception to Mayor Bosse's action in the matter. "If anybody wanted to attach the receipts a court was the proper place to do it," said another. ________________________________________
DOCTORS DECLARE LEWIS' LEG WAS HURT BY STECHER (10-21-15)
At noon Thursday, Dr. W.R. Davidson of the Walker Hospital where Ed Lewis, the wrestler, is a patient made this statement:
"Dr. Walker and I have made a partial examination of Lewis and find that he has torn muscle in the inner side of his right leg sufficient to disable him. At this point there is a hemorrhage under the skin. We have not been able to examine him to find out if any bones are broken, because of the great pain that any effort of this nature causes him."
The foregoing statement established the fact that Lewis was injured as he claimed. ______________________________________
PROMOTER LEFT WITH INSUFFICIENT MONEY TO RETURN HOME (10-22-15)
Promoter William F. Barton, who staged the Lewis-Stecher match at the Wells-Bijou Wednesday night, left Evansville Friday morning with $13 in his pocket.
This was enough to take him and his wife as far as Indianapolis in their journey to their home at Three Rivers, Mich. He owed $400 to the wrestlers.
Six hundred dollars of Barton's money had been donated to Evansville charities by Mayor Bosse, and $100 Barton had to give to Paul Schmidt, his lawyer, in getting what he did out of the box-office receipts which Mayor Bosse had seized.
Somehow Barton couldn't see that it was quite square. "It wasn't my fault that Lewis didn't put up the kind of game the fans wanted to see," he said.
Only $13 in cash, with a debt of $400, was left to Promoter Barton after he paid the bills out of the $2,165 which Mayor Bosse let him have. While Barton doubted the legal right of the mayor to seize the receipts, he was not disposed to enter into a legal fight which would have put him deeper into debt than he now is.
The charities among which the $600 taken from Barton has been equally divided are: St. Mary's Hospital, Deaconess Hospital, Boehne Camp, Babies' Milk Fund, the Associated Charities and the Little Sisters of the Poor.
With a full house, and no enforced sharing of the proceeds with charity, the most that Barton could have made for all his work in staging the championship match would have been $375. _________________________________________
LET'S BE FAIR SPORTS, ANYWAY! Yes, By Gum, No Matter If Style of Play Isn't to Our Liking, Give the Devil His Due (10-22-15)
It is easy enough to denounce as a coward the man who "fights and runs away" as Ed Lewis did in his wrestling match with Joe Stecher, world champion, in Evansville Wednesday night. But if games of sport have any deeper purpose than to amuse it is to instill into the minds of sport fans a spirit of fair play.
Fairness demands that every imputation of cowardice be removed from Lewis because of his tactics in his encounter with the man who for the moment is the world's greatest wrestler.
Lewis did not put up the kind of a bout that wrestling fans went to the Wells-Bijou to see. Had he permitted Stecher to have his own way as he has had with all opponents in the squared circle the match would probably not have lasted one-fifth of the time it did.
Lewis knew the danger of Stecher's powerful legs and for two hours and three minutes he kept out of the famous scissors hold which is Stecher's masterpiece and which has won him every victory he has had. Lewis' successful getaways did not make the match interesting at all times to the audience, but they did furnish a remarkable exhibition of high science in wrestling.
Had Stecher been a more powerfully built man above his waist line there is little doubt but that he could have brought Lewis to the mat early. But he could not get Lewis to a position where he could use his legs on him and that was Stecher's disadvantage in contending with a man far more powerful in the upper body.
The fans went to the match expecting to see the contestants down on the mat most of the time and were disappointed when the bout failed to develop along usual lines. But their disappointment is no warrant for denouncing Lewis as a coward -- as many in the audience did or for calling the bout a fake.
This is not the popular view as evidenced by the approval given Mayor Bosse when, in the excitement of the moment, he took the stage and called "fake." As mayor of the city and in the light of the facts he had no business doing that.
He had no more business doing it than he would have in butting in and denouncing a hitless ballgame as a fake. Baseball, had it remained as it originally was, would today be a game of slugging the ball but it has developed into a highly skilled and scientific contest of stalling in bunt hits and endeavor to prevent batting by curve pitching. Why doesn't Mayor Bosse appoint himself a committee of one to denounce all ball games in which there is no hitting?
Baseball instead of being a battling game has become merely a game to prevent successful batting. By the same token wrestling as demonstrated Wednesday night may become a contest to see which man can stay on his feet the longest instead of a game of catch as catch can. As a spectacle of home runs and flying legs we would rather see the old-fashioned baseball game than the highly developed scientic sort and we would rather see wrestlers at grips than hopping about to get out of each other's way. But we are not denouncing as fakers the ball teams or wrestlers who think differently about it. Neither are we prepared to say that Jim Corbett was a coward when he kept out of John L. Sullivan's way long enough to wear Sullivan down and take the championship belt away from him.
Referee Sisson was absolutely right in refusing to require Lewis to abandon his own tactics of evasion and pursue a course that would have permitted Stecher to take him to the mat.
On the other hand Mayor Bosse was absolutely out of place when he took the stage and, accepting the hasty examination given Lewis by two physicians, denounced the match as a fake. More careful examination by physicians has shown that Bosse's snapshot judgment was unwarranted by the facts.
As mayor, Bosse had absolutely no authority to sezie the box office receipts for the simple reason that this is not Russia. Had he dreamed such seizure necessary, he should have directed the chief of police to to it or taken other legal methods. As mayor, Bosse usurped as much authority as any private citizen would in taking possession of the box office.
Somewhat less of political grandstanding by city office holders in connection with sporting events will do about as much to make games of sport honest as the elimination of other sorts of faking.
Joe Stecher defended his title ably, and in as gentlemanly a fashion as any man could. But the treatment accorded Stecher and the seizure of the receipts is not such as to do credit to Evansville and not what might be rightfully expected by a world champion who came here to put his best endeavors into the match and did so. Had the bout gone some time longer the chances are that he would have worn Lewis out sufficiently to win anyway.
There is no good reason for refusing to either Stecher or his opponent their just dues. __________________________________________
THE LAST YEARS OF FRANK GOTCH (1911-1917), BEGINNING WITH THE SECOND BOUT WITH HACKENSCHMIDT IN CHICAGO
(Gotch trains nearly seven weeks at Humboldt, Iowa, for return match with Hackenschmidt; Emil Klank is his manager and Farmer Burns his trainer.)
9-4 Chicago George Hackenschmidt won
Gotch was guaranteed $21,000 for this bout; Hackenschmidt $11,000. Gotch was a 3 to 5 choice, but all bets were called off. Chief of Police McWeens and President Charles Comiskey (the match was staged in the White Sox ballpark) did the calling off just before the match. Gotch won the first fall with crotch and neck hold at 14:18 and "the second by mere suggestion" at 5:32. At least 25,000 were present, largest crowd ever to see a wrestling match.
The Chicago Tribune said: "The official declaration (of bets off) was the first intimation of the existence of something queer about the match, but its signficance got through only to the sophisticated sporting element, which was not in the majority. The public had no intimation that Hackenschmidt would lie down at the first plausible opportunity but that, as since discovered, was exactly what he intended to do -- and did."
Gotch left the day afterward for Des Moines as Klank prepared to launch another theatrical tour of the West. Hackenschmidt took the Twentieth Century train to New York, claiming a swollen left knee which was covered with heavy bandages.
10-13 Kansas City MO George Padoubny won 10-14 St. Joseph Fred Beell won 10-17 Des Moines Emile Pietro won 10-28 Denver Jess Westergaard won 10-30 Salt Lake City William Demetral won 11-1 Portland OR George Roeber won 11-2 Tacoma Jim Asbell won 11-3 Seattle Jack Leon won 11-4 Bellingham ??? ??? 11-6 Vancouver BC Chet McIntyre won 11-23 Buffalo Leon Robalski won 12-1 Minneapolis Charles Hackenschmidt won 12-27 Kansas City Alec Munro won
12-28 (GOTCH ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT...AGAIN)
(The Seattle Times observes in January: "Gotch defeated Alec Munroe, British title holder, saying it was his last appearance. He said Roller was the only American he would meet and that he would pin him six times in an hour . . . the usual handicap match is arranged on a basis of two falls in an hour, so it reduces down to the mathematical proposition that Gotch thinks Roller is less than a decimal point."
2-3 Chicago Marin Plestina won 3-12 Chicago Joe Geshtout won Paul Martinson won 3-13 Minneapolis Henry Ordemann lost (handicap, failed to throw) 3-14 St. Paul Marin Plestina won 3-15 Chicago Henry Ordemann lost (handicap, failed to throw) 3-17 Milwaukee Marin Plestina won&127; 3-22 Omaha Henry Ordemann lost (handicap, failed to throw) 6-13 Baltimore "Americus" (Gus Schoenlein) won 8-22 Kansas City Jess Westergaard won
11-7 (GOTCH ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT...AGAIN, SAYS JESS WESTERGAARD DESERVING OF TITLE)
1-7 (Gotch referees Jess Westergaard-Henry Ordemann match in Minneapolis) 2-7 (Gotch referees Stanislaus Zbyszko-Raymond Cazeaux match in Chicago)
4-1 Kansas City George Lurich won
(In addition to the above, said Joseph B. Bowles in the 1913 "Frank A. Gotch: World's Champion Wrestler," Gotch wrestled in more than 200 fifteen-minute handicap matches and participated in hundreds of exhibitions, impromptu and benefit encounters over the years)
(In this year, Gotch formed an automobile dealership with Albert Wittman and P.F. Saul, in Humboldt)
11-7 (GOTCH ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT...AGAIN)
1-29 (GOTCH ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT...AGAIN...SAYS: "Please announce positively that I am through with wrestling forever. My wife and myself have gone over the matter thoroughly and nothing will induce me to change my mind. The call of the foreigners and the offer of of the big New York purses...$25,000 for three bouts...will never make me leave the farm again. I would suggest that Beell and Americus get together and then let the winner of this match defend the title. I will willingly waive my rights to the title in favor of the winner of the Beell-Americus match"...quoted in letter to Emil Klank, published in New York Times)
(Gotch's son was born in this year; curiously, he was given the name Robert Frederick Gotch -- remarkably close to the real name of Ed "Strangler" Lewis.)
7-3 Humboldt IA Henry Ordemann won
11-18 Kansas City Mo (Promoter W.D. Scoville says Gotch will come out of retirement and meet Joe Stecher in the spring "after wrestling two or three men in the West." New York promoters have offered $25,000 for the match.)
(In May, Gotch says, outside of Stecher, there are no great wrestlers and there are few good wrestlers -- Cutler is the class")
6-13 (Gotch signs contract with owners of Sells-Floto Circus, which includes a scheduled autumn match with Joe Stecher, to be held either in Omaha, Kansas City or Chicago, and for which Gotch will receive $15,000 -- the same amount for which he came out of "retirement" to wrestle European champion George Lurich in 1913)
7-18 Kenosha WI Bob Managoff draw (no contest, Gotch breaks leg)
(ED. NOTE -- Although most agree this was the end of Gotch's career, some accounts say he later "wrestled" Jim Essen as part of a role in a silent movie)
12-16 (Gotch dies of uremic poisoning, age 39)
(Just before his death, Gotch had sold 1,065 acres in Hamilton County at an average price of $100 per acre, and still retained a 470-acre farm 3 1/2 miles south of Humboldt valued at $200 per acre, plus additional land in the Dakotas and Canada and some city lots in Seattle, Wash. He was a bank director, president of a street railway and electric light company and still part owner of Gotch & Saul Auto Company, which sold Mitchell automobiles. He had a cigar named for him, and he was a personal friend of Gov. W.L. Harding. Fully two thousand people attended his funeral, which was held at the Congregational Church in Humboldt, Dec. 19, 1917, at 2:30 p.m. Governor Harding delivered the eulogy. Gotch's body was buried in Union Cemetary in an imposing mausoleum.) _________________________________________
1915 EVENTS THAT LIFT STECHER TO THE TOP
New York--WLADEK ZBYSZKO def Alex Aberg 3:40:00 (ROLLER second for Zibby, age 23, who collapses and is in sanatarium until June 30; Samuel Rachmann, director, intl tourney, Aberg claims to have thrown Stan Zbyszko five times in Europe)
JACK CURLEY EYES GOTCH-STECHER MATCH, OFFERED GOTCH 20GEES FOR OMAHA OR KANSAS CITY STAN ZBYSZKO SAID IN LIMBO AT PETROGRAD, EMIL KLANK TO MANAGE MAHMOUT THE BULGARIAN WHO IS NOT DEAD AFTER ALL, SEZ E.R. HUGHES IN JULY 30 SEATTLE TIMES COLUMN
Omaha--JOE STECHER def Charles Cutler 2-0 (att: 15,000) (GAINS RECOGNITION AS WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMP)
Buffalo--WLADEK ZBYSZKO def George Sanders 2-0;
Evansville--JOE STECHER def ED LEWIS 2:05:00 cor (Bert Sisson referee) __________________________________________________
THE 1915-1916 CAREER SUMMARY OF ED LEWIS
10-20 Evansville Joe Stecher LOST (COR, 2:05:00)
11-22 New York City Loren Z. Christiansen won 11-23 New York City Fritz Mohl won 11-25 New York City Al Maskut won 11-26 New York City Ivan Linow won 11-27 New York City Harry Litofsky won 11-30 New York City Wladek Zbyszko draw 12-1 New York City Pierre LeColosse won 12-2 New York City Sulo Hevonpaa draw 12-3 New York City Wilhelm Ernest won 12-7 New York City Charles Cutler draw 12-10 New York City Wladek Zbyskzo draw 12-11 New York City Wladek Zbyszko draw 12-13 New York City Wilhelm Ernest won 12-14 New York City Demetrius Tofalos draw 12-15 New York City Hjalmar Johnson won 12-16 New York City Herman Schilling won 12-18 New York City Demetrius Tofalos draw 12-20 New York City "Masked Marvel" (Mort Henderson) 12-21 New York City Sulo Hevonpaa won 12-22 New York City "Masked Marvel" (Mort Henderson) won 12-23 New York City Jack McGrath draw 12-24 New York City Albert Vogel won 12-25 New York City Jack McGrath draw 12-28 New York City Fritz Muller won 12-29 New York City Alex Aberg LOST
1-3 New York City "Masked Marvel" (Mort Henderson) draw 1-7 New York City Wladek Zbyszko draw 1-12 New York City Dr. B.F. Roller draw 1-17 New York City Wladek Zbyszko won 1-18 New York City Vanka Zelesniak won 1-19 New York City Dr. B.F. Roller won 1-26 Springfield MA Dr. B.F. Roller won 1-29 New York City George Bayley won 2-18 New Haven "Masked Marvel" (Mort Henderson) won 3-8 Hartford Tom Draak won 3-22 Hartford Soldier Leavitt won 4-10 Hartford "Masked Marvel" (Mort Henderson) won 5-2 New York City "Masked Marvel" (Mort Henderson) won 7-5 Omaha Joe Stecher draw (4:51:33)
(On July 12, Billy Sandow posted $1,000 to bind a match with Frank Gotch) ____________________________________
1966: THE YEAR LOU THESZ LAST RULED MATS
1-2 Topeka Bob Geigel won 1-3 Wichita The Viking (Bob Morse) won 1-4 Kansas City Bobo Brazil won 1-5 Des Moines Bob Geigel won 1-6 Kansas City w/Bob Ellis vs. Bob Brown-Bob Geigel lost
1-7 ST. LOUIS GENE KINISKI LOST WORLD TITLE
1-27 Kansas City w/Bob Ellis vs. Bob Brown-Bob Geigel won 2-4 Dothan Don Carson won 2-14 Vancouver BC Gene Kiniski LOST 2-16 Honolulu Dick the Bruiser 2-24 Nagoya w/Joe Scarpa vs. Shohei Baba-Michiaki Yoshimura won 2-25 Osaka Shohei Baba draw (NC) 2-26 Tsu w/Dale Lewis-Joe Scarpa vs. Shohei Baba-Michiaki Yoshimura-Yoshinosato draw (NC) 2-27 Shizuoka w/Jack Bence-Dale Lewis vs. Shohei Baba-Mr. Moto-Michiaki Yoshimura lost 2-28 Tokyo Shohei Baba LOST 3-18 St. Louis Johnny Powers won 3-21 Memphis Gene Kiniski draw 5-6 St. Louis w/Pat O'Connor vs. Dick the Bruiser-Gene Kiniski won 5-9 Orlando Tarzan Tyler won 5-10 Tampa Larry Hamilton won DQ 5-12 Jacksonville w/Jose Lothario vs. Sputnik Monroe-Tarzan Tyler 6-3 St. Louis Gene Kiniski draw 6-20 Ft. Myers Don McClarty 6-21 Tampa Les Welch won 6-23 Jacksonville Gene Kiniski draw 6-24 Ft. Lauderdale Don McClarty won 6-25 Miami Beach w/Wahoo McDaniel vs. Karl & Skull Von Stroheim 6-26 Tampa TV Matt Jewell (Bearcat Brown) won 7-6 Los Angeles El Mongol won 7-8 Los Angeles "The Destroyer" (Dick Beyer) draw (NC) 7-9 Phoenix Buddy Austin 7-19 Raleigh w/Abe Jacobs vs. Rip Hawk-Swede Hanson won 7-21 Greensboro w/George Becker-Johnny Weaver vs. Aldo Bogni-Bronco Lubich-Homer O'Dell won 7-23 Tampa TV Pedro Amessa won 7-23 West Palm Beach Mike Paidousis won 7-25 Orlando Don McClarty won 7-26 Tampa Tarzan Tyler won 7-28 Jacksonville Larry Hamilton won 7-29 Ft. Lauderdale w/Don Curtis vs. Karl & Skull Von Stroheim won 8-2 Tampa Gene Kiniski 8-4 Jacksonville w/Eddie Graham vs. Gene Kiniski-Boris Malenko won 8-6 Tampa TV Al Alexander won 8-13 San Francisco Frank Shields won 8-15 Memphis Al Costello 8-17 Nashville Ron Etchison won 8-20 St. Louis Reggie Lisowski won 8-24 Nashville Tojo Yamamoto won DQ 8-25 Kansas City w/Pat O'Connor vs. Jack Donovan-The Viking (Bob Morse) lost 8-30 Raleigh Larry Hamilton won 9-1 Greensboro Gene Kiniski draw 9-13 Seattle Roy McClarty & Jerry Miller (workout) 9-17 Seattle Gene Kiniski draw 9-20 Tampa w/Les Welch vs. Karl & Skull Von Stroheim won 9-22 Jacksonville Gene Kiniski LOST 9-23 Tallahassee w/Dick Steinborn vs. Karl & Skull Von Stroheim 9-27 Tampa "The Mummy" (Benji Ramirez) won 9-29 Jacksonville Joe Walcott won 10-5 Los Angeles Frank Marconi won
10-14 LOS ANGELES BUDDY AUSTIN WON WWA TITLE
10-28 LOS ANGELES MARK LEWIN LOST WWA TITLE
11-10 Kansas City Jack Donovan won 11-11 St. Louis Moose
Cholak & Waldo Von Erich (handicap) lost 11-15 Kansas City Mike DiBiase won 11-16
Lubbock Gene Kiniski 11-24 Kansas City Luke Graham won 11-25 St. Louis Bobby Graham won
11-26 Seattle Wladek Kowalski won 12-8 Kansas City Pat O'Connor won 12-9 St. Louis Waldo
Von Erich won 12-10 Atlanta Gene Kiniski draw 12-12 Tulsa w/Jack Brisco vs. The
Assassin-Danny Hodge 12-14 Lubbock Tor Kamata won 12-17 Seattle w/Dom DeNucci vs. Don
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STECHER HERE TO MEET LEWIS ON MAT
Reprinted from the Evansville Press, 10-20-15
Joe Stecher, the Nebraskan farmer, and the undefeated wrestler of the world, who will wrestle "Strangler" Ed Lewis at the Bijou theater Wednesday night, did not wish to be annoyed by curious Evansville fans who desired to catch a glimpse of him so on his way here from Dodge, Neb., he dropped off at Vincenne, Ind.
He slipped quietly into the city at 8:40 p.m. Tuesday and registered at the Vendome hotel. His brother Antone and his manager, Ex-Postmaster Jos. Hetmanek of Dodge, are with him.
The wrestlers met Wednesday morning to select a man to referee the match. The orginal Chas. Olson and Ed Smith of Chicago will have to be wired before 11 a.m. Wednesday in order to reach the city in time for the match. Two local men, Young Jourdon and Bert Sisson, have been suggested.
The match will be the only world championship match ever pulled off in Evansville. Already $3,000 worth of tickets have been sold and fans from all parts of the United States began pouring into the city Tuesday night and Wednesday.
Wednesday night the peer of all other wrestlers, a Nebraskan of 22, and a Kentuckian of 23, will clash for the title of champion the world over.
Stecher, besides meeting Lewis and Billy Sandow, Lewis' manager, Wednesday morning, remained in his rooms at the Vendome hotel. The young farmer is said to be very bashful and does not like the icy stare of curious people.
With the exception of taking a short walk Wednesday morning Lewis rested. Should he win, buttermilk will come in for its share of the glory. He has been drinking three quarts daily. Lewis is confident of carrying off the spoils as is his manager Sandow. He has trained hard and says he feels strong and fine. He is truly in the pink of condition. The index finger on his left hand is still swollen but it will not seriously hinder him he says.
Stecher has the bearing of a world champion. He relies on his deadly scissors hold and his powerful legs have never failed him.
Preliminary to the match and at 8:30 p.m. sharp, Joe
Gestout, a big Austrian, will grapple with "Buck" Weaver of Columbia, S.C.
STRANGLER IS TOSSED BY FRENCH VERBS
By United Press
PARIS, Dec. 22, 1934 -- Ed "Strangler" Lewis, many times world's wrestling champion, is having the struggle of his career these days against French cooking and French verbs.
"I'm not worried about any of the grapplers in France," confided Lewis. "It's the waiters that are causing me all the trouble.
"These waiters think that because I'm a husky fellow they've got to bring me great piles of food," he continued. "And when they do, I just naturally have to eat it. That's why I'm studying French, so that I can tell them in advance not to bring me such rich stuff. So far I've managed to keep nice and light around 250 pounds."
The "Strangler" admitted that French cooking was hard to beat as a general rule, but he confessed that he knows more about a charcoal broiled steak than any chef in Paris.
"That's another reason why I've got to get a grip on these French verbs. I want to be able to tell a waiter how a charcoal broiled steak should be prepared."
Asked what he thinks about when he is being thrown around on the square mat, or is doing the throwing himself, the "Strangler" replied, "When we get in a clinch we aren't sleeping, as some of the sports writers like to make out. We're thinking all the time. What hold to try next and what tricks the opponent may pull."
Lewis said that he plans to remain in France until spring. _________________________________________
MISSOURI BARS A LONDOS HOLD
By United Press
ST. LOUIS, Feb. 2, 1935 -- A protest of Ed (Strangler) Lewis, four-time heavyweight wrestling champion, that he be awarded the match he lost to Champion Jim Londos here Thursday was denied by the State Athletic Commission in a hearing Saturday.
Lewis had demanded he be awarded the match on the ground that Londos fouled him by using a strangle hold.
The commission also ruled that hereafter the so-called
"unconscious hold," a Londos weapon, will be prohibited in Missouri. Lewis'
request for a return bout with the champion in this state was approved.
EVANSVILLE, INDIANA WRESTLING 1934-1935
Promoter: Francis A. Stagg Venue: Agoga Tabernacle Usual Night: Tuesdays
Sept. 11 -- Abe Coleman def Lou Plummer, George Zaharias drew Jack Smith (att: 1,237)
Sept. 18 -- George Zaharias drew Jack Smith , Pat McKay def Paul Harper
Sept. 25 -- Jack Smith drew Jim McMillen, Pat McKay def Pat Reilly 2-0
Oct. 2 -- Karl Davis def Cliff (Swede) Olson, Jack Smith def Pat Reilly 2-0 (att: 900)
Oct. 9 -- Pat McKay def Abe Coleman, George Tragos def LaVerne Baxter (att: 1,000)
Oct. 23 -- Karl Sarpolis def Jim McMillen, Cliff (Swede) Olson drew Jack Smith (att: 1,438)
Oct. 30 -- Jack Smith def Karl Davis DQ, Pat O'Shocker def Frenchie LaRue 2-0 (att: 709)
Nov. 20 -- Paul Jones def Karl Davis DQ, Dick Raines drew Orville Brown (att: 900)
Dec. 4-- Ernie Dusek def Karl Davis, Jack League def Casey Berger
Dec. 11 -- Ernie Dusek def Lou Plummer 2-0, Dick Raines def Jack League (att: 1,200)
Dec. 18 -- Ray Steele drew Paul Jones, Tom Marvin def Dick Raines DQ
Jan. 8 -- Dick Raines def Karl Davis, Mehmet Yousoff def Tom Marvin
Jan. 15 -- Mehmet Yousoff drew Dick Raines, Bronko Nagurski def Lou Plummer
Jan. 22 -- Dick Raines def Paul Jones, Lou Plummer def Hans Von Buesing
Jan. 29 -- Mehmet Yousoff def Orville Brown DQ, Dan O'Conner vs. Tom Marvin
Feb. 5 -- Mehmet Yousoff def Jack Smith, Orville Brown drew Dick Raines
Feb. 12 -- Dick Raines def Bobby Stewart, Sol Slagel def Charlie Strack
Feb. 19 -- Ed (Strangler) Lewis def Dick Raines, Orville Brown def Willie Davis (att: 3,000)
Feb. 26 -- Orville Brown def Paul Harper, Babe Zaharias def Bobby Stewart
Mar. 5 -- Dick Raines drew Orville Brown, Masked Marvel def Babe Zaharias
Mar. 12 -- Jim Londos def Dick Raines, Jack Warner def Tom Marvin (att: 3,000)
Mar. 19 -- Mehmet Yousoff def Masked Marvel, Billy Edwards drew Jack Warner, Billy Edwards def Sam Carter
(Masked Marvel may have been Tom Marvin; he also had a masked manager in his corner at times)
Mar. 27 -- Gus Sonnenberg def Masked Marvel, Jack Warner drew Jim Coffield
SONNENBERG VICTOR OVER THE MARVEL
Evansville Press, March 28, 1935 -- Timekeeper Marion Stevens clanged the starting bell and Gus Sonnenberg came flying out of his corner to introduce himself to the Masked Marvel and the Evansville mat public.
Ten seconds later the red-clad Marvel was aflat of his back with the short but powerful Sonnenberg holding him fast. Referee Chris Huber patted his shoulders in token of victory and the crowd let out a collective "ah."
Leaving his feet near the center of the ring, Gus hit the Marvel amidships. Down he went and as he struggled to his feet the 200 pounds of Dartmouth lineman that used to send ball carriers spinning hit him again. It was curtains in one of the fastest falls on record.
As the men came out for the second fall, the Marvel was watching. Sonnenberg came shooting across the ring and let fly with his tackle. The masked performer dropped to the canvas, caught Gus with his feet and sent him spinning overhead. As he came to rest on his head and shoulders, the Marvel flattened him and once again Referee Huber did his stuff. This time it was Gus on the bottom and the time was 29 seconds. Again the crowd gaped.
The third fall went 21 minutes with Sonnenberg taking it for the match.
The Marvel was primed for the tackles and Gus did not take any chances. With his masked manager sitting at the corner of the ring, the Marvel waded in with all the rough stuff at his command and he seemed well supplied. But science triumphed over all and Gus hung on until his opportunity came and then it was over.
Marvel had a headlock on Sonnenberg. Bracing himself, he hurled the Marvel into the ropes, dropped to all fours as his opponent came flying off the ropes and tripped him with his body, sending him sprawling. He had him pinned before the crowd knew what had happened.
Sonnenberg is short, with small legs and ankles. His chest is Samson size and he is smart and tricky. He knows the game from ring post to ring post.
In the warm-up Jack Warner and Jim Coffield wrestled to a draw. _______________________________________
Apr. 9 -- Jim McMillen def Dan O'Connor 1-0 90:00, Bronko Nagurski def Pat Murphy 23:00
Apr. 23 -- Orville Brown def Dan O'Connor DQ, Jim McMillen drew Karl Davis 60:00
Apr. 30 -- Orville Brown def Chief Chewacki, Tom Marvin drew Warren Bock(winkle)
May 7 -- Jack Smith drew Tom Marvin, Jack Warner def Warren Bockwinkle
May 14 -- Jim McMillen drew Orville Brown 90:00, Bob Wagner def Luigi Bacigalupi
May 21 -- Orville Brown def Dick Raines, Roland Kirchmeyer def Sol Slagel
May 28 -- Dick Raines def Mehmet Yousoff, Jim McMillen def Abe Coleman
June 4 -- Ray Steele def Dick Raines DQ, Jack Warner def Ray Richards
June 11 -- Chief Chewacki def Dick Raines, Lou Thesz drew Bob Wagner
June 8 -- Lou Thesz def Dan O'Connor, Bob Wagner drew Jack Smith 60:00
June 25 -- Orville Brown def Bob Wagner, Lou Thesz def Tom Marvin (2-1)
(Thesz is "managed" by Emilio "Satan" Costello, aka Bill Nelson, during some of these early Evansville appearances.)
July 2 -- George Zaharias def Dick Raines, Lou Thesz drew Pete Schuh 60:00
July 9 -- George Zaharias def Dick Raines, Bob Wagner def Richard Stahl, Joe Cox def Sam Carter
July 16 -- Dick Raines def Lou Thesz 2-0, Pete Schuh def Paul Harper
July 23 -- Dick Raines def Chief Chewacki, Lou Thesz drew Pete Schuh 60:00
July 30 -- Chief Chewacki def Karl Davis, Frank Speer def Sol Slagel
Aug. 13 -- (outdoors, Bosse Field) -- Danno O'Mahoney def Dick Raines 2-0 (title match), Bob Wagner def Chief Chewacki, Joe Heim drew Sam Carter (att: 2,500) ____________________________________
LEWIS TO QUIT MAT GAME: Strangler Will Spend His Time Training Young Vincent Lopez
By Henry McLemore, United Press Staff Writer
NEW YORK, July 31, 1935 -- Strangler Lewis, after 27 years on the mat, has quit, and will devote his time to teaching young Vince Lopez how to wrestle . . . It was Lopez who surprised everybody, including himself, by throwing Chief Little Wolf recently . . . ________________________________________
25,000 SEE LEWIS DEFEAT SHIKAT IN BOUT OPENING NEW GARDEN BOWL - Kentuckian Scores With a Headlock - Brings Grueling Contest to a Finish After 1:06:07 in Long Island City Arena
(reprinted from New York Times, June 10, 1932)
By James P. Dawson
Ed (Strangler) Lewis, burly Kentuckian, demonstrated last night the punishing power of his famous headlock when he pinned the shoulders of the powerful Dick Shikat, German heavyweight, to the mat in 1 hour 6 minutes 7 seconds at Madison Square Garden's new sport bowl in Long Island City.
At about the half-century mark in life and hero of more than 3,000 mat skirmishes, Lewis scored perhaps his greatest triumph when he downed Shikat with three applications of the headlock.
It climaxed eighteen long years of wrestling activity for Lewis, who has been defeated only thirteen times and who boasts fourteen victories over Jim Londos, the champion.
The exhibition was scheduled to a finish as the feature of a wrestling carnival staged in the interests of the Free Milk Fund for Babies, Inc., of which Mrs. William Randolph Hearst is chairman. Promoter Jack Curley estimated that 25,000 persons attended and that the receipts amounted to about $65,000.
It was a gala opening of the bowl. Northern Boulevard, one of the main traffic arteries of Queens, on which the bowl is located, between Forty-fifth and Forty-eighth Streets, was choked from early evening with congested traffic moving at a snail-like pace.
Crowds poured steadily into the arena, the completion of which was rushed for the occasion. The fans were guided outside by some 373 members of New York's Police Department under command of Deputy Chief Inspector Thomas Kelly.
As for the wrestling exhibition, it proved thoroughly satisfactory to the onlookers. Lewis, thought past his peak, earned the right to tackle Londos for the title in September as a result of the triumph. The State Athletic Commission has ordered this struggle.
None would deny Lewis this distinction after witnessing his exhibition. The burly Kentuckian, with surprising resistance and amazing strength, survived the steady offensive of the powerful Shikat, and turned what looked like impending defeat into victory.
At times it was rough going for Lewis. He was cuffed about by Shikat on more than one occasion. But this meeting of two former wrestling champions who had never before clashed in the arena was no child's play and neither asked nor gave quarter.
Half a dozen times before applying the finishing series of holds, Lewis had experimented with his famed headlock, only to have it broken. It was, as it has always been, Lewis' principal, almost his only, weapon of attack. But Shikat had the power in resistance and strength to escape from its clutch until near the finish.
In return, Shikat, the master of a thousand holds, introduced his wide repertoire in a spectacular, steady, consistent offensive, time and again lifting Lewis bodily and flinging him down and with tremendous force. But Lewis withstood every hold.
As they rounded the first hour, Shikat twice lifted Lewis and tossed him solidly with a crotch hold. Then Lewis grabbed his famous headlock. Shikat went sailing through the air and down. Gamely, Shikat arose, but Lewis still held the headlock, and again the German went down.
Again Shikat came erect and again Lewis flopped him down, and this time the Kentuckian applied the weight of his body and the strength of his arm at the same time and pinned the German's shoulders to the mat.
Lewis weighed 236 pounds and Shikat 218.
Leon Pinetzki, Polish giant, and Fritz Kley of Germany went twenty minutes to a draw in the semi-final. Kley's contortionist tactics, in addition to giving the onlookers numerous laughs, confounded Pinetzki, nullifying every hold the giant Pole applied. Pinetzki weighed 260, Kley 212.
Sandor Szabo, Hungarian, threw Norton B. Jackson, New York A.C. grappler, in 10 minutes 51 seconds of their scheduled twenty-minute-limit exhibition, with an arm and headlock. Each weighed 205 pounds.
Ivan Leskinovich, 248, Russian, threw George Hagen, 210, former marine, in 10 minutes 21 seconds of a scheduled twenty-minute-limit match, with a reverse body hold.
In another match, scheduled for twenty minutes, Roland Kirschmeyer, Oklahoman, pinned the shoulders of Joe de Vito, Italian, in 6 minutes 17 seconds with a body scissors. Kirschmeyer weighed 228, de Vito 205.
In a match limited to ten minutes Jack Washburn, 235,
and Matros Kirilenkos, 218, wrestled to a draw. The opening event found Herbie Freeman,
Bronx heavyweight, 225, in a twenty-minute draw with George Calza, Italian, 220.
A GLIMPSE OF STRANGLER LEWIS' CAREER RECORD FROM 1932 THROUGH 1935, OR CLOSE TO THE TIME OF HIS FIRST RING RETIREMENT
1-4 Seattle Ira Dern won 1-5 Tacoma Roland Kirchmeyer won 1-6 Portland OR Abe Kaplan won 1-7 Vancouver BC Bob Kruse won 1-11 Seattle Karl Sarpolis won 1-12 Tacoma Roland Kirchmeyer won 1-13 Portland OR Abe Kaplan won 1-18 Sacramento Pete Visser won 1-22 Vancouver BC Tiger Daula draw
(Billy Sandow announces he's split with Ed Lewis, takes up with Everett Marshall)
1-23 Seattle Karl Sarpolis won 1-25 Los Angeles Michael Gettsonoff won 1-27 Boston Pat O'Shocker won 1-28 Toronto Jim Clinstock won
(Ed Lewis is suspended February 1 by the Missouri Athletic Commission for failure to meet John Pesek)
2-2 Portland ME Taro Myake won 2-5 Ottawa George Vassell won 2-9 Cleveland George Zaharias won 2-10 Boston Gino Garibaldi won 2-12 Philadelphia Sandor Szabo won 2-16 New Haven Matros Kirilenko won 2-18 St. Louis Rudy Dusek won 2-23 Baltimore Cy Williams won 2-24 Boston Ray Steele won 2-25 Pittsburgh John Maxos won
(Ed Lewis was arrested for breaking Maxos' neck, posted $500 bail)
2-26 Philadelphia Jim McMillen won 3-3 St. Louis Hans Kampfer won 3-4 Buffalo Frank Speer won 3-7 Wilkes-Barre Sandor Szabo won 3-8 Jersey City George Hagen won 3-9 Newark Renato Gardini won 3-11 Detroit Frank Brunowicz won 3-17 St. Louis Pat O'Shocker won 3-22 Baltimore Fred Grubmeier won 3-23 Newark Renato Gardini won 3-24 Philadelphia Jim McMillen won 3-29 San Diego Vic Christy lost (handicap, failed to throw) 3-30 Los Angeles Jack Smith won 4-4 Seattle John Freberg won 4-5 Tacoma Tom Alley won (2-0) 4-6 Portland OR Abe Kaplan won 4-7 Vancouver BC Tiger Daula won 4-9 Seattle Jack Taylor won (2-1) 4-12 San Francisco Nick Velcoff won 4-13 San Jose Richard Stahl won 4-29 Cincinnati Milo Steinborn won 5-5 Detroit Jim Clinstock won 5-10 Boston Leo Pinetzki won 5-11 Montreal Tiny Roebuck won 5-13 Philadelphia George Zaharias won 5-16 Norfolk Benny Ginsberg won 5-17 Baltimore Howard Cantonwine won (30:15) 5-18 Boston Kola Kwariani won
(Lewis working for Bowser-Herman combine at this point; Jack Curley runs rival promotion)
5-19 Toronto Earl McCready won (2-0) 5-24 New Haven Leo Pinetzki won 5-31 Harrisburg Herb Freeman won 6-1 Montreal Tiny Roebuck won 6-2 New York City Leo Pinetzki won 6-3 Philadelphia Sam Stein won 6-4 New York City Ralph Wilson won 6-5 New York City Fritz Kley won 6-9 Long Island City Dick Shikat won (1:06:07) 6-13 Staten Island Sandor Szabo won (46:38) 6-14 Bronx NY Sam Stein won (47:05) 6-15 Brooklyn Fritz Kley won (34:05) 6-17 Philadelphia Roland Kirchmeyer won 6-20 Buffalo Leo Pinetzki won (23:26) 6-21 New Haven Earl McCready won 6-22 Hempstead Vanka Zelesniak won 6-24 Philadelphia Roland Kirchmeyer won 6-27 Staten Island Sandor Szabo won 6-28 Bronx NY Leo Pinetzki won (16:51)
(Jim Londos ordered by New York State Athletic Commission to sign Lewis bout by October 31)
6-29 Hempstead Vanka Zelesniak won 6-30 Freeport NY Cy Williams won 7-1 Babylon NY Tiny Roebuck won 7-2 Long Beach NY Benny Ginsberg won 7-3 Brooklyn Fred Donaiff won 7-4 Staten Island Ralph Wilson won 7-5 New York City Sam Stein won (36:32) 7-6 Long Beach NY George Manich won 7-7 Albany George McLeod won 7-8 Babylon Steve Znosky won 7-11 Staten Island Herb Freeman won 7-12 New Haven Earl McCready won 7-14 Long Beach NYHerb Freeman won 7-15 Montreal Tiger Daula won 7-16 Toronto Sam Stein won 7-19 New York City Sandor Szabo won 7-20 New York City Bill Middlekauf won 7-21 Paterson Mike Romano won 7-22 Philadelphia Tiger Daula won 7-23 Long Beach NY Herb Freeman won 7-25 Washington DC George McLeod won
(Lewis heads into woods of Wisconsin for six-week training session)
9-8 Toronto Howard Cantonwine won 9-9 Philadelphia Roland Kirchmeyer won (19:48) 9-12 Staten Island "Masked Marvel" (Joe Cox?) won 9-15 Montreal Sam Stein won 9-29 Des Moines Earl McCready won 10-3 New York City Sam Stein won (28:42) 10-4 New Haven Steve Znosky won 10-5 Montreal Jack Washburn won 10-7 Ottawa Howard Cantonwine won 10-10 New York City Jack Sherry won (1:24:15) (NY title recognition) (MSG) (Att: 5,000) 10-18 Bronx NY Roland Kirchmeyer won (19:57) 10-19 Brooklyn Mike Mazurki won (20:10) 10-24 New York City Bruno Gorrasini won (15:50) 10-25 New Haven Pat McClary won (44:53) 10-28 Troy Bill Bartush won 11-2 Philadelphia Earl McCready won 11-10 New York City George Calza won 11-21 New York City George Calza won (MSG) 11-23 Philadelphia Glenn Munn won 12-4 New York City Ray Steele won DQ (MSG) 12-6 New Haven Pat McClary won (23:57) 12-7 Buffalo Frank Speer won 12-8 Toronto Howard Cantonwine won 12-9 Ottawa Al Getz won 12-12 Staten Island Mike Romano won (22:15) 12-13 Bronx NY Sid Westrich won (24:23) 12-14 Detroit Steve Znosky won 12-15 St. Louis Sandor Szabo won 12-19 New York City Leo Pinetzki won (28:13) Sam Stein won (32:41) (MSG) 12-21 Philadelphia Charlie Strack won
1-5 Stockton Rudy LaDitzi won (35:00, cnc) 1-6 Fresno Jake Patterson won 1-10 Tacoma Bob Kruse won 1-11 Portland OR Abe Kaplan won 1-12 Vancouver BC Tiger Daula won 1-17 San Francisco Bob Kruse won 1-23 New York City Jim Browning won (34:52) (MSG) 1-25 Boston Charlie Strack won 1-27 Holyoke Matros Kirilenko won 1-31 Bronx NY Sam Stein won (39:31) 2-1 Brooklyn Marin Plestina won (33:30) 2-6 New York City Fred Meyers won (25:27) (MSG) 2-7 Portland ME Pat McGill won 2-9 Lowell Gene LeDoux won (2-0) 2-13 New York City Nick Lutze won (39:15) 2-14 Bronx NY Sam Stein won (47:11) 2-15 Philadelphia Stan Pinto won 2-16 Camden Mike Mazurki won 2-18 Wilmington Marin Plestina won
2-20 NEW YORK CITY JIM BROWNING LOST WORLD TITLE (57:50) (Att: 5,000, MSG)
2-21 White Plains Fred Meyers won 2-22 Worcester Tiny Roebuck won 2-25 Schenectady George Hagen won 3-1 New York City Matros Kirilenko won (22:19) 3-2 Camden Sam Stein draw (90:00) 3-3 Buffalo Earl McCready LOST (decision) 3-4 New York City Hans Kampfer won 3-6 New York City Dick Shikat draw ((MSG) 3-7 Bronx NY Sam Stein won (46:32) 3-20 New York City Jim Browning LOST (MSG) 3-21 Bronx NY Joe Malcewicz draw 3-22 Brooklyn Al Getz won 3-24 Buffalo Earl McCready won 3-27 Chicago Leo Pinetzki won 4-4 San Francisco George Hagen won (2-1) 4-5 Fresno Glen Wade won 4-6 San Jose Richard Stahl won 4-7 Oakland Dan Koloff won (1-1, cnc) 4-11 Chicago Jim Browning LOST ( 4-17 Seattle Nore Jerlstrom won (1-0, cnc) 4-18 Spokane Bob Kruse won 4-20 Portland OR Ira Dern won (1-1, cnc) 4-25 San Francisco George Hagen won 4-28 Oakland Ad Santel won (2-1) 5-3 Los Angeles Tiny Roebuck won 5-9 San Diego Oki Shikina won 5-15 New York City Joe Savoldi won (44:32) (MSG) 5-17 Boston Ed Don George LOST 5-22 New York City Joe Savoldi LOST (43:07) (MSG) 5-23 Chicago Sam Stein won (2-1) 5-24 Milwaukee Gus Sonnenberg LOST 6-7 Los Angeles Jim Browning LOST 6-8 Long Beach Glen Wade won 6-12 Sacramento Dan Koloff won 6-13 San Diego Rudy Skarda won 6-21 Los Angeles Gus Sonnenberg LOST (1-2) 6-28 Portland OR Bob Kruse won 6-29 Vancouver BC Richard Stahl won 6-30 Seattle Oki Shikina won 7-6 Portland OR Dan Koloff won 7-7 Vancouver BC Tiny Roebuck won (2-1) 7-12 Los Angeles Sam Stein LOST 7-18 San Diego George Hagen won 7-19 Bakersfield Glen Wade won 7-20 San Francisco Ted Cox won 7-26 Los Angeles Luigi Bacigalupi won 7-27 San Francisco Marin Plestina won 7-28 Fresno Jack Ganson won 8-3 Vancouver BC Jim Browning LOST (1-2) 8-4 Portland OR George Nelson won (1-1, cnc) 8-8 San Diego Luigi Bacigalupi won 8-28 Los Angeles Marin Plestina won 8-29 San Diego Jim Browning draw 8-31 San Francisco Charlie Santen won (26:00) 9-6 Los Angeles Ole Anderson won 9-12 PortlandOR Howard Cantonwine won DQ
(This Multnomah County Stadium bout was originally to be with Gus Sonnenberg, a no-show)
9-14 Denver Marin Plestina won (2-1) 9-15 Salt Lake City Nick Lutze LOST (1-1, cnc, knee injury) 9-19 San Diego Sam Stein draw (1-1, 60:00) 9-20 Los Angeles Dale Raines won Tor Johnson won Luigi Bacigalupi draw 9-21 Stockton Tiny Roebuck won 9-26 San Diego Sam Stein won 9-28 Long Beach Luigi Bacigalupi won 10-3 San Diego Pat O'Hara won 10-4 Los Angeles Luigi Bacigalupi won 10-6 Salt Lake City Sam Stein won 10-9 Pasadena Tor Johnson won 10-10 San Diego Vic Christy draw (60:00) 10-13 Houston Steve Znosky won 10-19 New Orleans Mike Romano won 10-20 Houston Steve Znosky won 11-20 New York City Sandor Szabo draw (MSG) 11-21 Albany Richard Stahl won 11-22 Newark Bill Middlekauf won 11-23 Camden Stan Pinto won 11-25 New York City Jim Clinstock won 11-27 St. Louis Roland Kirchmeyer won 11-29 Newark Man Mountain Dean won 11-30 Camden Jim Browning LOST 12-4 New York City Vic Christy won (MSG) 12-5 Reading Jim Clinstock won 12-6 Newark Wladek Zbyszko won 12-7 Staten Island Frank Brunowicz won (19:37) 12-8 Syracuse Tiny Roebuck won 12-13 St. Louis Mayes McLain won 12-15 Washington DCJim Clinstock won 12-18 New York City Gus Sonnenberg draw (20:00) (MSG) 12-20 St. Louis Ray Steele LOST (36:38) 12-29 Philadelphia Jim Browning LOST
1-9 San Diego Mike Mazurki draw 1-10 Los Angeles Cy Williams won 1-12 Salt Lake City Ira Dern LOST 1-16 San Diego Sam Stein won 1-22 Sioux Falls Pat McGill won 1-24 Des Moines Sam Leathers won 1-25 Marshalltown IA Mike Markoff won 1-26 Council Bluffs Jack O'Dell won 1-29 Kansas City MO Matros Kirilenko won 1-31 Indianapolis Chief Chewacki won 2-1 New Orleans Joe Cox won 2-2 Knoxville Dick Daviscourt won 2-6 New York City Rudy Dusek LOST (30:00, decision) 2-8 Camden Dick Raines won 2-13 Wichita Abe Kashey won 2-14 Kansas City MO "Red Devil" (Jack Lewis or Joe Cox) won 2-15 St. Louis Joe Malcewicz draw 2-19 New York City Mike Romano won (6:58) 2-21 Hartford Rudy Dusek won 2-23 Richmond Tiny Roebuck won 2-26 Omaha Joe DeVito won 2-28 Des Moines Jake Patterson won 3-1 St. Louis Dick Shikat LOST 3-2 Kansas City MO "Red Devil" won 3-5 New York City Hans Kampfer won (17:14) 3-7 Brooklyn Eddie Civil (Leo Daniel Boone Savage) won 3-8 Kansas City MO Joe DeVito won 3-15 St. Louis Dick Shikat LOST 3-18 Brooklyn Eddie Civil won 3-19 Buffalo Gene LeDoux won 3-22 Erie Gene LeDoux won (17:32) 3-23 Boston Firpo Wilcox won 3-26 New York City George Calza won ((MSG) 3-29 Camden Hans Steinke draw 4-2 Buffalo Ed Don George LOST (54:05) 4-3 New York City Scotty Macdougall won (23:27) 4-6 Houston Chief Chewacki won 4-11 Los Angeles Mike Mazurki won 4-15 Mexico City Jim Browning LOST 4-18 Los Angeles Jack Ray won 4-20 Houston Chief Chewacki won 4-23 New York City Rudy Dusek won (17:56) 4-26 Toronto George Hagen won 5-2 Newark Sandor Szabo won 5-3 New York City Hans Kampfer won 5-14 New York City Ray Steele won (11:07) 5-15 New York City Harry Fields won (13:12) 5-17 Hempstead Sam Cordovano won 5-22 Albany Rudy Dusek won 5-23 Brooklyn Hans Steinke won 5-28 Montreal Henri DeGlane won 6-1 Cedar Rapids Ole Olson won 6-12 Marshalltown IA Jack Wagner won 6-13 Des Moines Roland Kirchmeyer won 6-15 Detroit Charlie Strack won 6-18 Cedar Rapids George Mack won 6-20 San Antonio Jack O'Dell won 6-21 Fort Worth Sol Slagel won 6-22 Houston Karl Davis won 6-25 Oklahoma City Earl Wade won 6-28 Fort Worth Tiny Roebuck won 6-29 Houston Joe Cox won 7-4 Atlanta Karl Davis won 7-5 New Orleans Joe Cox won 7-6 Houston Sol Slagel won 7-18 Topeka Billy Edwards won 7-19 Kansas City MO Steve Savage won 7-20 Denver Joe Savoldi won 7-21 Colorado Springs Roland Kirchmeyerwon (2-0) 7-27 Denver Karl Sarpolis won 7-30 San Antonio Billy Edwards won 8-3 Lincoln Vic Soldat won 8-13 Tacoma Joe Malcewicz draw 8-14 Everett Casey Colombo won 8-15 Portland OR "Masked Marvel" (Dick Daviscourt) won 8-16 Vancouver BC Ivan Managoff won (2-0) 8-17 Seattle Ted Cox won DQ (2-0) 8-22 Portland OR Dick Daviscourt won 8-23 Chicago George Mack won (9:59) 8-28 Three Rivers George Jenkins won (2-0) 8-29 Montreal Yvon Robert won (1:03:05) 9-20 Chicago Jim Londos LOST (49:27) (Att: 35,265, $96,302, Wrigley Field) 9-28 Salt Lake City Ira Dern won 9-30 St. Louis Ray Steele LOST 10-1 Montreal Ed Don George LOST (1-2) 11- Paris Charles Rigoulot won 11- Paris Ray St. Bernard won 11-19 Paris Henri DeGlane won 12-5 London, Eng. Danno O'Mahoney draw
1-2 Los Angeles Hans Steinke won (2-1) 1-4 St. Louis Ray Steele won 1-7 New York City Ed Don George LOST (43:48) 1-8 Albany Hans Kampfer won 1-9 Cleveland Gino Garibaldi won 1-14 Cincinnati Dick Raines won 1-15 Indianapolis Charlie Strack won 1-16 St. Louis George Zaharias won 1-22 San Francisco Joe Malcewicz draw 1-23 Los Angeles Jim McMillen won (2-1) 1-25 Oakland Fred Meyers won 1-31 St. Louis Jim Londos LOST 2-1 Peoria Karl Sarpolis won (34:44) 2-7 Camden Rudy Dusek won 2-12 Atlanta Orville Brown draw 2-14 St. Louis Jim Browning won 2-19 Evansville Dick Raines won 2-21 Los Angeles Willie Davis won 2-25 Phoenix Milo Steinborn won 2-26 San Diego Frank Speer won (2-1) 2-27 Los Angeles Willie Davis draw 3-6 St. Louis Jim Londos LOST 3-7 Chicago Danno O'Mahoney LOST 3-12 Atlanta Orville Brown draw (1-1) 3-15 Houston Karl Sarpolis won 3-18 Phoenix Hans Steinke won 3-26 San Francisco Joe Savoldi LOST 3-27 Bakersfield Hans Steinke LOST 3-29 Salt Lake City Mike Mazurki won 4-2 Minneapolis Ray Steele LOST 4-5 Des Moines Lou Plummer won (2-1) 4-9 Indianapolis Billy Edwards won 4-11 Chicago Jim Browning LOST 4-26 Boston Danno O'Mahoney LOST (0-1, 21:27 cnc) 4-29 Buffalo Ed Don George LOST 5-1 Trenton Joe Dusek won 5-2 Brooklyn Dick Daviscourt won (19:56) 5-3 Brooklyn Fred Grubmeier won (31:40) 5-6 Montreal Ed Don George LOST (1-2) 5-13 Memphis Dick Raines won 5-17 Salt Lake City Mike Romano won 5-22 Los Angeles Marin Plestina won 5-29 Los Angeles Pete Mehringer won (27:36) 6-4 San Francisco Milo Steinborn won 6-5 Los Angeles Hans Kampfer won (16:35) 6-10 Sacramento Milo Steinborn won 6-11 San Francisco Joe Malcewicz won 6-14 Houston Jim Londos LOST 6-18 San Francisco Jim Browning LOST DQ 6-19 Los Angeles Vincent Lopez LOST 6-21 Seattle (cancels, supposedly injured) 6-25 San Francisco Jim Browning won 6-26 Los Angeles Ernie Dusek LOST (7:27)
(Lewis suspended June 28 in Washington State for 6-21 no-show in Seattle)
7-3 Los Angeles Hans Kampfer won 7-9 San Francisco
Vincent Lopez LOST (1-2) 7-10 Los Angeles Mike Romano won 7-26 Seattle Man Mountain Dean
won DQ 7-31 Portland OR Hans Steinke LOST (1-2) 8-13 Minneapolis Hal Rumberg won 8-27
Indianapolis Joe Cox won 8-28 Detroit Carl Hansen won 9-3 Minneapolis Ray Steele LOST 9-11
Boston Dick Daviscourt won 9-13 Jamaica NY Fred Grubmeier won 9-16 Montreal Bibber McCoy
won 9-17 Quebec City Mike Romano won 9-23 Buffalo Leo Numa draw 10-11 Boston Danno
O'Mahoney LOST (1:04:00) 10-16 Evansville Joe Cox won 10-19 Fort Worth Billy Edwards won
10-22 Peoria Olaf Olsen won 10-26 Fort Worth Chief Chewacki won 11-5 San Diego Jack
Washburn won 11-7 St. Louis Man Mountain Dean draw 11-12 Indianapolis (opponent not known)
11-18 Kansas City MO Gus Sonnenberg won (2-1) 11-19 Indianapolis Jim McMillen draw 11-22
Philadelphia Tiny Roebuck won 12-5 Pittsburgh Sandor Szabo won 12-6 New York City Harry
Fields won 12-9 Montreal Danno O'Mahoney LOST 12-10 Albany Vic Christy won 12-12 Camden
Mike Mazurki won 12-14 Philadelphia Joe Janas won 12-17 Indianapolis Karl Davis won 12-19
St. Louis Man Mountain Dean won (7:27) 12-26 St. Louis Dick Raines won 12-31 Indianapolis
Henry Piers won
The WAWLI Papers # 003...
This edition encompasses what I like to refer to as my "mat notebooks." They are generally original research (mainly from old newspapers encountered in my travels across the country). In this resume, we will visit an entire year of Dallas wrestling results (1937), a variety of Florida items culled from the years 1931 to 1963, and a summary of important bouts and events from 1913. No particular theme here, just some items that should prove of interest to serious wrestling history scholars. (Never mind that some names are capitalized; that is a file code I employ for a number of particular favorites for which I maintain career records.)
Promoter Bertram Willoughby, matchmaker Charlie Wright, Sportatorium
Jan. 5 -- Cardiff Giant def Darna Ostapovich, Leo Savage def Alf Johnson, Juan Humberto def George Mansor, Sailor Barto drew Bob Blair
Jan. 12 -- Cardiff Giant def Ralph Hammonds-Marshall Blackstock (hdcp), Humberto def Alf Johnson, Ostapovich def Ernest Kelly, Hammonds def Blair, Mansor def Scotty Dawkins
Jan. 19 -- Cardiff Giant def Goon Henry DQ, Humberto def Doc Sarpolis, Savage def Mansor, Stan Myslajek def Jose Chicos, Alf Johnson drew Dawkins
Jan. 26 -- Cardiff Giant def Henry cnc, Hammonds def Sarpolis, Humberto def Jim Clinkstock, Myslajek def Dawkins DQ, Otto Kuss drew Alf Johnson
Feb. 2 -- Humberto def Sarpolis, Cardiff Giant def MARV WESTENBERG, Henry def Clinkstock, Frank Brown drew Myslajek, Kuss def Dawkins
Feb. 9 -- Humberto def Cardiff Giant, Savage drew Henry, Sarpolis def Clinkstock, Pat McCleary def Walter Podolak, Kuss drew Ellis Bashara
Feb. 16 -- EV MARSHALL def Juan Humberto (referee Sam Muchnick, Marshall has Illinois world title recognition, Billy Sandow traveling with him) 2-0, McCleary def Paul Shikat, Myslajek def Hammonds DQ, Cardiff Giant drew Sol Slagel, Reb Russell drew Podolak
Feb. 23 -- Cardiff Giant def Billy Edwards, Humberto drew Henry, Sarpolis def Hammonds, McCleary def Slagel, Russell drew Myslajek
Mar. 2 -- Humberto def Cardiff Giant, Edwards def Henry, McCleary def Sarpolis, Slagel def Dawkins, Hammonds drew Kuss
Mar. 9 -- Little Beaver def Humberto, Edwards def Tom Elliott (Los Angeles), Slagel drew Henry, Cardiff Giant def Kuss, Sailor Barto drew Myslajek
Mar. 16 -- Karl Davis def Humberto, Edwards drew Little Beaver, Cardiff Giant def Luigi Bacigalupi, Slagel def Hank Metheny, Sarpolis def Myslajek
Mar. 23 -- Ali Baba def Billy Edwards, Davis NC Little Beaver, Cardiff Giant def Kuss, Slagel def Sarpolis, Metheny drew Myslajek
Mar. 30 -- Cardiff Giant def Slagel (loser pushes the winner down Main Street in a wheelbarrow the next day), Davis drew Beaver, Metheny def Sarpolis, Angelo Cistoldi def Kuss, Ray Eckert drew Myslajek
Apr. 6 -- Davis def Little Beaver, John Grandovich drew Edwards, Cardiff Giant def Metheny, Cistoldi def Bashara, Jerry Burns (217, Cedar Rapids, Ia) def Myslajek, Otis Headrick drew Phil Horton (lightheavies)
Apr. 13 -- Little Beaver def Edwards DQ, Cardiff Giant def Clinkstock, Davis drew Grandovich, Cistoldi def Burns, Bashara def Podolak
Apr. 20 -- Slagel def Cardiff Giant, Edwards def Sarpolis, Davis drew Grandovich, Bashara def Metheny, Roland Kirchmeyer drew Tommy O'Toole
Apr. 27 -- Davis def Little Beaver (southern heavy defense), Edwards def Al Getz, Slagel def Grandovich cnc, Bashara def Burns, Kirchmeyer def Metheny, Horton def Jack Hendrix
May 4 -- Edwards def Davis (won southern title), Slagel drew Little Beaver, Cistoldi def Bashara DQ, Kirchmeyer def Grandovich, Lou Plummer drew Doug Wycoff
May 11 -- Slagel def Edwards, Davis def Henry, Plummer drew Kirchmeyer, Bashara def Cistoldi, Grandovich def Wycoff
May 18 -- EV MARSHALL def Sol Slagel (referee Sam Muchnick) 2-0, Plummer, Edwards def Tom Mahoney cnc, Bashara def Henry, Davis def Metheny
May 25 -- Plummer def Little Beaver, Gorilla Macias def Cistoldi, Chief Saunooke def Cardiff Giant, Davis drew Slagel, Bashara def Jack O'Brien
June 1 -- Macias def Little Beaver, Plummer def Kirchmeyer, Slagel drew Bashara, Schinachi Shikuma def Metheny, Hammonds drew Cistoldi
June 8 -- Macias def Slagel, Edwards def Little Beaver, Shikuma drew Bashara, Bill Lee def Plummer cnc, FRANK SEXTON def Cistoldi DQ
June 15 -- Edwards def Shikuma, Macias def Clinkstock DQ, Bashara drew Little Beaver, Lee def Cistoldi, FRANK SEXTON def Tom Mahoney (billed as O'Mahoney)
June 22 -- EV MARSHALL def Billy Edwards 35:50 cnc (Bill Lee referee), Macias drew Bashara, Little Beaver def Sarpolis, Frank Brown def Slagel, George Koverley def Cistoldi
June 29 -- Macias def Bashara, Lee def Chief Chewacki, Shikuma def O'Toole, Little Beaver def George Koverley DQ, Frank Brown def Jack O'Brien
July 6 -- Lee def Macias (won southern title), Little Beaver def Koverley, Sarpolis def Shikuma (judo jackets), Plummer def Bashara, Frank Brown drew O'Toole
July 13 -- Lee def Karl Davis DQ (southern defense), Bashara drew Rudy Strongberg, Little Beaver def O'Toole, Wycoff drew Paul Harper, Sailor Barto def Bob Blair
July 20 -- Lee def Little Beaver (southern defense), Davis def Strongberg, Wycoff def Metheny DQ, Harper def Bashara, Barto def O'Brien
July 27 -- Lee def Slagel (southern defense), Wycoff def Metheny cnc, Harper def Davis DQ, O'Toole drew Frank Brown
Aug. 3 -- Lee def Edwards DQ, Davis def Macias, Nick Elitch def Metheny DQ, O'Toole drew Wycoff
Aug. 10 -- Davis def Lee (won southern title), Edwards def Harper, Wycoff def Elitch, Frank Brown def Metheny
Aug. 17 -- Davis drew Edwards (southern defense), Paul Jones def Little Beaver, Wycoff drew Harper, Shikuma def Elitch
Aug. 24 -- Davis def Edwards (southern defense), Little Beaver drew Sarpolis, Jones def Metheny, Harper def Al Maynard
Aug. 31 -- Vincent Lopez def Sarpolis, Davis drew Little Beaver (southern defense), Edwards def Jones DQ, Shikuma NC Harper
Sept. 7 -- Little Beaver def Davis (won southern title), Jones def Al Billings cnc, Henry def Wycoff, Harper def Frank Schroll
Sept. 14 -- Edwards def Little Beaver (won southern title), Jones def Sarpolis, Harper def Mansor, Roland Meeker def Elitch
Sept. 21 -- Edwards def Little Beaver, Clara Mortensen def Estrella Gomez (1st ladies match in Dallas), Harper def Man Mountain Dean, Jones def Bill Lewis, Macias drew Meeker
Sept. 28 -- Edwards def Marshall Blackstock (southern defense), Mortensen def Gomez, Jones def Little Beaver DQ, Harper def Macias, Meeker def Leo Mortensen
Oct. 5 -- Humberto def Harper, Henry def Edwards, Little Beaver def Strongberg, Meeker def Blair
Oct. 12 -- Edwards def Henry (southern defense), Humberto drew Little Beaver, Kirchmeyer drew Jones, HARDY KRUSKAMP def Wycoff
Oct. 19 -- ED DON GEORGE def Jones, Humberto def Little Beaver cnc, Jim Wright drew Harper, HARDY KRUSKAMP def Henry
Oct. 26 -- ED DON GEORGE NC Edwards dcor, Humberto drew Jones, HARDY KRUSKAMP def Harper, Meeker def Eddie Newman DQ (227, New York)
Nov. 2 -- Humberto def Jones, Edwards def Pat McCleary, HARDY KRUSKAMP def Meeker, Rudy Kay def Newman
Nov. 9 -- Meeker def Red Ryan, Kay def Earl Wampler, Sarpolis def George Ligosky, Humberto def Wright, Kay def Meeker, Sarpolis def Humberto, Kay def Sarpolis (won one-night tournament to find challenger for Billy Edwards)
Nov. 16 -- Edwards def Kay (southern defense), Humberto def Eli Fischer, Sarpolis def Wycoff, Dutch Hefner def Red Ryan
Nov. 23 -- Sarpolis def Humberto, Jones drew Fischer, Hefner def Edwards, Pete Baltran def Kay
Nov. 30 -- Sarpolis def Edwards (won southern title), Humberto drew Hefner, Fischer def Kuss, Jones def Harper cor, Baltran def Harper cor
Dec. 7 -- Humberto def Sarpolis (won southern title), Hefner def Wright, Harper def Fischer, Kuss drew Jones, Baltran def Wycoff
Dec. 14 -- Humberto def Hefner (southern defense), Lee def Wright, Wycoff def Kuss, Harper def Alf Johnson, Baltran drew Ligosky
Dec. 21 -- Humberto def Sarpolis cnc (southern defense), Hefner def Fischer, Harper drew Wycoff, Jones def Alf Johnson DQ
Dec. 28 -- Hefner def Sarpolis, Harper drew Wright, Alf
Johnson def Ligorsky, Baltran def Ryan, Wycoff def Macias
THE FOLLOWING IS ANOTHER "NOTEBOOK" ENTRY...STUFF GLEANED FROM CASUAL SEARCHES OF FLORIDA PAPERS, 1931-1963 (not even really sorted out)
2-12 St. Petersburg Ed Don George def Joe Dominguez 2-27 Miami Jim Londos def Stanislaus Zbyszko
1-21 Tampa Jim Londos def Mike Romano 1-22 Coral Gables Jim Londos def Renato Gardini
1-13 Miami Everett Marshall def Johnny Plummer
Wrestling generally took place in the Tuttle Arena, a good crowd: 2,000...it was an open-air rooftop building at Fourth Street and South Miami Avenue
Wrestling also took place in Lake Worth, Fla., and Miami Beach (Beach Arena) and in West Palm Beach
Jackie Nichols, Fred Bruno, Carlos Rodriguez, Ed Don George, Billy Widener (Weidner), Rene LaBelle, Cyclone Burns, The Unknown (masked man eventually de-hooded by Jack Bloomfield and said to be "Steve Dusak" from Seattle), Jack Bloomfield, Angelo Martinelli, Gus Sonnenberg, and George Becker were headliners over the course of the year.
Special visits by: Martin (Blimp) Levy...Jan. 9 (battle royal) and Jan. 12 (handicap match)
Ed Don George and Gus Sonnenberg would come, almost annually, for "vacations" in Florida
Johnny Risko came in and "boxed" Fred Bruno June 18
July 26--There was a battle royal where all entrants wore boxing gloves
Hooded Terror-Jack Steele vs. Cyclone Burns-Jack Bloomfield Aug. 30 said to be first team bout in Miami
Ginger the Bear, a regular throughout the south in those days, was in Sept. 10 versus "The Arkansas Angel"
The Hooded Terror may have been Don Martinez in late summer months
Daniel Boone Savage was in Oct. 15, 1940 versus Jack Steele
Before his Nov. 26 bout, "Ezra Yokum" was married to Evelyn Fern of Knoxville, Tenn.
A list of competitors:
Jackie Nichols Spike Hennessey Rex Bell Salvatore Balbo Count Otto Von Zuppe Maurice Boyer Ali Pasha Lil Abner Ketchell Prince Omar Fred Bruno Martin Levy Dale Haddock Carlos Rodriguez Jack Smith Jack Cortland (or Jim?) Ed Don George Pat O'Shea Bob Corby King Kong (said to be from West Palm Beach) Bill Hoolahan Billy Widener (Weidner) Sailor Jack Adams Mike Rogaski (also worked as Mike Nagurski) Tony Papalino Pablo Cortez Don Cortez Rene LaBelle Cyclone Burns Tiger Long Eddie (Popeye) Malone Karol Zbyszko Angelo Martinellie Frank Remille Red Corrigan John Melas Bob Arthur Baron Karl von Hoffman Mickey James Teddy Taylor (variously said to be from Chicago or Dallas) Steve Dusak (The Unknown) Ray Schwartz Jack Bloomfield Ronny Hicks Joe Schwartz (may have been Ray) Antonio Marino Pat McGill Hooded Terror Mike O'Hara Dan Korloff Cowboy O'Neil Roy Welch (traveled with Giner the Bear) Sailor Olsen Joe Buckingham Don Martinez Soldier Thomas Gorilla Poggi Nat Welch Walter (Chink) Pettley Daniel Boone Savage Ezra Yokum Elmer Yokum Red Peril Bill Ludwig Leo Jensen Kelly O'Mahoney Gale Byrd Gus Sonnenberg Betty LaBushey (female) Zashka Bursha (female) George Becker Sailor Jack Orr Joe Dempsey John Swenski
3-24 Lake Worth Primo Carnera def George Macricostas 3-25 Miami Primo Carnera def Babe Sharkey 12-7 Miami Primo Carnera def Strangler Lewis
1948 1-7 Jacksonville Primo Carnera def Pete Managoff 3-19 Miami Primo Carnera def Kola Kwariani
10-19 Miami Primo Carnera def Vic Christy
12- Miami Primo Carnera def Red Menace
3-21 Miami Beach Argentina Rocca NC Buddy Rogers
7-20 Tampa Primo Carnera def Fred Von Schacht 7-22 Jacksonville Primo Carnera def Clyde Steeves 7-23 Miami Primo Carnera def Clyde Steeves 11-1 Tampa Argentina Rocca def Mighty Atlas 11-5 Miami Argentina Rocca def Mighty Atlas
1-3 Tampa Danny McShain def Andre Drapp 1-5 Sarasota Danny McShain def Bobby Weaver 1-10 Tampa Danny McShain def Jack Vansky 1-26 Sarasota Danny McShain def Andre Drapp 2-4 Miami Danny McShain drew Wild Red Berry 2-5 Miami Argentina Rocca def Hans Schmidt 2-11 Miami Argentina Rocca def Hans Schmidt 2-14 Tampa Lou Thesz def Argentina Rocca, Gino Garibaldi def Danny McShain 2-16 Sarasota Argentina Rocca def Gino Garibaldi 2-17 Jacksonville Danny McShain def Steve Novak 2-18 Miami Lou Thesz def Argentina Rocca 2-21 Tampa Don Eagle def Danny McShain 2-25 Miami Lou Thesz def Michele Leone 3-28 Tampa Buddy Rogers vs. Primo Carnera (ppd, weather) 11-7 Tampa Argentina Rocca def John Smith 11-8 Lake Worth Argentina Rocca def Jack Wentworth 11-10 Ft. Lauderdale Argentina Rocca def Chris Zaharias 11-11 Miami Beach Argentina Rocca def John Smith
2-6 Tampa Argentina Rocca def Hans Schmidt 2-9 Ft. Lauderdale Argentica Rocca def Eduardo Perez 2-11 Daytona Beach Argentina Rocca def Jack Vansky 3-26 Tampa Buddy Rogers vs. Legs Langevin 4-6 Miami Beach Buddy Rogers def Billy Raeborn 6-18 Tampa Buddy Rogers vs. Harry Smith 7-2 Tampa Harry Smith def Benny Matta, China Mira def Jean Wright, Bob DeMarce-Red Vagnone-Whitey Whittler def Chuck Benson- Danny Nardico-Ray Villmer 7-26 Jacksonville Cowboy Bradley-Tito Infante def Ivan the Terrible-Tiny Roe 10-1 Tampa Buddy Rogers vs. Whitey Whittler 12-17 Tampa Argentina Rocca def Red Berry 12-18 Lake Worth Argentina Rocca def Jack Vansky 12-20 Ft. Lauderdale Argentina Rocca def Marco Polo (Steve Karas) 12-21 Miami Argentina Rocca def Red Berry 12-25 Tampa Argentina Rocca def Hans Schmidt 12-26 Miami Argentina Rocca def Jack Vansky
1-12 Clearwater Buddy Rogers def Wilbur Snyder 1-21 Tampa Buddy Rogers vs. John Smith 1-23 St. Petersburg Buddy Rogers def John Smith 1-24 Lake Worth Buddy Rogers def Ray Villmer 1-28 Tampa Buddy Rogers def John Smith 1-29 Lake Worth Buddy Rogers drew Ray Villmer 1-30 St. Petersburg Buddy Rogers def Dick the Bruiser 2-2 Key West Buddy Rogers def Al Smith 2-6 St. Pierre Buddy Rogers def Red Demon 2-12 Orlando Buddy Rogers def Karl Karlsson 12-2 Tampa Buddy Rogers def Karl Karlsson 12-9 Tampa Buddy Rogers vs. Ted Christy 12-11 St. Augustine Karl Karlsson def Buddy Rogers 12-12 Orlando Buddy Rogers def Karl Karlsson 12-14 Key West Buddy Rogers def Angelo Martinelli
1-2 Miami Beach Don Eagle-Ray Villmer def Eddie Graham-John Smith 1-13 Tampa Don Eagle def Dick the Bruiser DQ, Enrique Torres def Jerry Turenne, Corinne Cordero- Tito Infante def Irish Jackie-Kathy Starr 1-21 Orlando Dick the Bruiser def Chuck Benson 1-28 Orlando Betty Hawkins def Ruth Waters, Duke Keomuka def Ray Villmer, Mr. Moto def Jerry Turene 2-4 Orlando Eduardo Perez drew Enrique Torres 2-10 Sarasota Don Eagle def Pete Managoff, Billy Parks def Jerry Turenne, China Mira def Gerry Wright 2-10 Tampa Ed Carpenter def Dick the Bruiser, Duke Keomuka def Ray Villmer, Barbara Baker-Judy Glover def Betty Hawkins-Nell Stewart 2-12 Pensacola Bobby Fields-Les Welch def Don-Jackie Fargo, Yvon Roberts def Rocky Monroe 2-15 Bradenton Jerry-Ted Christy def Ernie Dusek-Pete Managoff, Betty Hawkins def Helen Hild 2-17 Sarasota Gorgeous George def Jack Vansky, Vincent Garibaldi def Brother Elmer, Angelo Martinelli drew Billy Parks 2-17 Tampa Ray Villmer def Duke Keomuka, Judy Glover- Cowboy Cassidy def Barbara Baker-Sir Robert Randall 3-1 Bradenton Don Eagle def Pete Managoff 3-3 Sarasota Billy Parks drew Harry Smith, Pete Managoff drew Nick Roberts 3-4 Pensacola Buddy Fuller vs. Butch Galento, Don-Jackie Fargo vs. Don Fields-Lester Welch 3-5 St. Petersburg Mona Baker-Betty Hawkins-Alma Mills-Frankie Moore-Gerry Wright in five-girl royal, Pete Managoff vs. Eduardo Perez 3-8 Bradenton Lady Angel def Barbara Baker, Lord Randall def Sonny Boy Cassidy, Nick Roberts def Pete Managoff 3-10 Tampa Argentina Rocca drew Don Eagle, Jerry Christy def Harry Lewis, Harry Smith def Eduardo Perez 3-10 Sarasota Dot Dotson def Lady Angel, Ted Christy def Jack Vansky, Don Whittler def Bill Wright 3-13 Jacksonville Don Eagle def Leo Wallick 3-14 Miami Don Eagle def Ike Eakins, Barbara Baker vs. Lady Angel, Pete Managoff vs. Ray Villmer 3-15 Bradenton Gorgeous George drew Nick Roberts, Chris Zaharias def Tony Martinelli, Judy Glover drew Nell Stewart 3-17 Tampa Jerry Christy-Harry Smith def Eduardo Perez- Leo Wallick, Ray Villmer def Gorgeous George, Chuck Benson def Ted Christy 3-18 Pensacola Don-Jack Fargo def Buddy Fuller-Les Welch, Ray Stevens def Red Roberts 4-4 Crestview Mario Galento-Buddy Fuller drew Jackie-Don Fargo 4-8 Pensacola Mario Galento def yvon Roberre, Bobby-Don Fields def Red Roberts-Pierre DeGlane 4-18 Crestview Buddy Fuller-Billy Wicks def Hercules McIntyre-Red Roberts 4-22 Pensacola Mario Galento-Rube Wright def Lester Welch- Scotty Williams, Great Shiroma drew Don Fields 4-24 Panama City Lester Welch-Bobby Fields def Baby Blimp- Red Roberts 4-25 Crestview Argentina Rocca def Ed Perez 4-29 Pensacola Argentina Rocca def Red Roberts, Mario Galento-Rube Wright vs. Bobby-Don Fields 5-20 Pensacola Ed Perez vs. Chris Belkas, Buddy Fuller vs. Sputnik Monroe, Malenko vs. Bobby Fields (rained out) 5-22 Panama City Great Shiroma-Rube Wright vs. Tom Drake- Yvon Roberre 5-27 Pensacola Rocko Colombo def Butch Galento, Great Malenko def Bobby Fields, Buddy Fuller def Baby Blimp 7-1 Pensacola Corsica Joe-Rube Wright def Eddie Davis- Bobby Fields, John Smith def Yvon Roberre 7-22 Pensacola John Smith drew Billy Wicks, Al-John Smith def Rocco Colombo-Billy Wicks, Butch Galento def Bobby Fields 7-29 Pensacola Buddy Fuller def Al Smith, Herb Welch def Great Mersjo, Al-John Smith def Tom Drake- Buddy Fuller 7-29 Tampa Don Eagle def Tommy O'Toole, Scotty Williams def Mark Starr DQ, Leo Newman def Ray Villmer 9-30 Pensacola Buddy Fuller-Mario Galento def Red Roberts- John Smith 9-30 Tampa Fabulous Moolah def Rita Cortez, Gypsy Joe- Chico Ortiz vs. Chris Belkas-Scotty Williams, Jerry Christy vs. Johnny Walker 10-4 Ft. Lauderdale Fabulous Moolah def Rita Cortez, Curt Steinke vs. Johnny Walker, Chris Belkas vs. Curt Steinke 10-14 Pensacola Buddy Fuller vs. Pancho Villa, The Scorpion vs. Billy Wicks, John Smith vs. Les Welch 10-21 Pensacola Mr-Mrs. Pancho Villa vs Buddy Fuller-Millie Stafford, Mario Galento vs. The Scorpion 10-27 Tampa Billy Two Rivers def Eduardo Perez
1-3 Orlando Don Eagle def Willie Davis 1-3? Jade City? Don Eagle def John Smith 1-6 Pensacola Count Brawner vs. Billy Wicks, Jack-Lester Welch vs. Rocky Monroe-Pancho Villa 1-7 St. Petersburg Don Eagle def Eddie Gossett (Graham) 1-8 Jacksonville The Giant vs. Ray Villmer, Rita Cortez-Tito Gomez vs. Jack Dillon-Dot Dotson 2-13 Miami Argentina Rocca-Don Eagle def Graham Bros. 2-24 Tampa Argentina Rocca-Don Eagle-Ray Villmer vs. Jerry & Eddie Graham-Jack Dillon 4-21 Pensacola Art Neilson vs. Pepi Pasquale, John Smith vs. Billy Wicks, Joe Scarpa vs. Pancho Villa 12-15 Tampa Argentina Rocca vs. El Diablo 12-25 Miami Beach Argentina Rocca def Hans Schmidt
1-1 Miami Beach Argentina Rocca-Don Curtis def Eddie Graham-Angelo Poffo 1-11 Orlando Eddie Graham def Danny McShain 2-5 Miami Beach Argentina Rocca def Eddie Graham 2-26 Miami Beach Paul Anderson def Danny McShain 11-16 Miami Beach Buddy Rogers vs. Eddie Graham
1-7 Miami Beach Buddy Rogers-Eddie Graham def Buddy Austin-Al Costello 1-14 Miami Argentina Rocca def Johnny Valentine 7-18 Orlando Buddy Rogers def Mike Paidousis (NWA title) 7-19 Jacksonville Buddy Rogers def Great Malenko (NWA title) 7-21 Tampa TV Buddy Rogers def Harry Smith
(with this summer series of bouts, Florida came into the National Wrestling Alliance as a full partner for the first time; from then on, Florida constituted a major circuit on the North American wrestling map)
6-24 Orlando Lou Thesz def Boris Malenko 6-25 Tampa Lou Thesz def Hiro Matsuda 6-27 Jacksonville Lou Thesz def Don Curtis 7-5 Miami Beach Lou Thesz def Boris Malenko 7-16 Pensacola Lou Thesz drew "The Outlaw" (Mike Paidousis) 7-29 Orlando Lou Thesz def Hiro Matsuda 7-30 Tampa Lou Thesz def Boris Malenko 8-1 Jacksonville Lou Thesz def Don Curtis 8-2 Miami Beach Lou Thesz def Eddie Graham 8-20 Miami Beach Lou Thesz def Boris Malenko 8-26 Orlando Lou Thesz def Ray Villmer 8-27 Tampa Lou Thesz def Assassin No. 1 DQ 8-29 Jacksonville Lou Thesz drew Eddie Graham (NC) 8-30 Miami Beach Lou Thesz def Hiro Matsuda DQ __________________________________________________
YET ANOTHER EARLY "NOTEBOOK" FOLLOWS, DETAILING VARIOUS MATCHES AND EVENTS FROM 1913...THE EMPHASIS IS ON ED (STRANGLER) LEWIS:
ACCORDING TO A NOV. 30, 1913 ARTICLE IN THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE, ED LEWIS' FIRST PRO BOUT OF ANY SIGNIFICANCE WAS A STRAIGHT FALL LOSS TO FRED BEELL IN GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., THE CITY IN WHICH LEWIS (ROBERT FRIEDRICH) GREW UP. BUT I DON'T KNOW THE DATE, NOR DO I KNOW THE DATES OF TWO, 15-MINUTE DRAWS LEWIS GOT IN MINNEAPOLIS AGAINST STANISLAUS ZBYSZKO WHICH WERE CLAIMED IN THE SAME ARTICLE. LEWIS ALSO IS SUPPOSED TO HAVE BEATEN HJALMAR LUNDIN IN RICHMOND SOMETIME DURING 1912. SOME ARE CONFUSED ABOUT THE BOB FREDERICKS WHO SHOWS UP AGAINST LEWIS IN EARLY 1913, BUT THAT WAS BOBBY MANAGOFF SR., ACCORDING TO AN INTERVIEW WITH MANAGOFF PRINTED NATIONWIDE IN APRIL, 1933, AFTER MANAGOFF GAVE SAVOLDI THE CONTROVERSIAL FALL (AND APPARENT WORLD TITLE) OVER JIM LONDOS IN CHICAGO.
Chicago--STANISLAUS ZBYSZKO def Charles Cutler 2-0;
Chicago--George Lurich def DR. B.F. ROLLER 2-0;
Louisville--ED LEWIS def Bob Fredericks;
Duluth--STANISLAUS ZBYSZKO def Jess Westergaard 2-0;
Louisville--William Demetral def ED LEWIS;
Lexington KY--ED LEWIS drew Bob Fredericks (hdcp conditions);
Chicago--STANISLAUS ZBYSZKO def Raymond Cazeau 2-0;
Lexington KY--ED LEWIS def Jack Stone;
Boston--George Lurich def STANISLAUS ZBYSZKO cnc;
Louisville--ED LEWIS def Doc Gomer;
Chicago--STANISLAUS ZBYSZKO def Constant Le Marin;
Detroit--STANISLAUS ZBYSZKO def William Demetral 2-0;
Lexington KY--ED LEWIS def Harry Faust;
Louisville--ED LEWIS drew Young Olsen;
Louisville--ED LEWIS def Young Olsen;
ROLLER DEFEATS LEWIS IN STRAIGHT FALLS SOMEWHERE SPRING OF 1913
New York--WLADEK ZBYSZKO, Tom Jenkins, others at 22nd Regiment Armory on flood relief show;
Chicago--STANISLAUS ZBYSZKO def Constant Le Marin 2-0, WLADEK ZBYSZKO def Paul Martinson 2-0;
May 19 or 25
???--STANISLAUS ZBYSZKO vs Raymond Cazeau, WLADEK ZBYSZKO vs Sandelli;
Montreal--Constant Le Marin def STANISLAUS ZBYSZKO cnc;
????--STANISLAUS ZBYSZKO vs George Lurich; WLADEK ZBYSZKO vs Sampson;
Lexington KY--ED LEWIS def B.F. ROLLER;
Chicago--ED LEWIS def Paul Martinson;
Chicago--ED LEWIS def Karl Schulz;
Chicago--ED LEWIS def Paul Raas;
Louisville--ED LEWIS def Young Olsen;
Chicago--Charles Cutler def ED LEWIS;
Chicago--ED LEWIS def Jack Sajatoric;
ED LEWIS TELLS CHICAGO TRIBUNE HE WAS BORN JUNE 30, 1891, IN SHEBOYGAN, MOVED TO GRAND RAPIDS AT AGE 13; SEZ HE BEAT FRED BEELL IN STRAIGHT FALLS THERE IN 1910, THEN MET STAN ZEE IN THOSE TWO HANDICAPS AT MINNEAPOLIS
Chicago--ED LEWIS vs. Andrea Anderson;
Lexington KY (date?)--ED LEWIS def Tom Jenkins;
Lexington KY (date?)--ED LEWIS def Gus Kervaros;
Chicago (Empire)--Gus Schoenlein def ED LEWIS 2-0, Gustav Fristensky def Max Miller, John Coleman, Mysterious Horseshoer; Ted Tonneman def Young Beell, John Meyers def George Dietz ($1,652.25, Lewis received check for $330.50);
J.M. WALLS MANAGING LEWIS AT THIS POINT, LEWIS ARRIVES
BACK IN CHICAGO DEC. 26 FOR THE AMERICUS MATCH, CLAIMING WINS OVER TOM JENKINS AND GUS
KERVAROS IN LEXINGTON SINCE HIS LAST CHICAGO BOUT...I GUESSED AT THE DATES.
The WAWLI Papers # 004...
FIRST OFF, A GLIMPSE BACK TO WHEN NOONE SEEMED TO KNOW,
OR CARE, WHO WAS CHAMP --THE FORGOTTEN YEARS, 1936-48, OR BEFORE LOU THESZ CONSOLIDATED
MOST OF THE BELTS INTO HIS FAMOUS 'UNBEATEN' STREAK BETWEEN 1948 AND 1955...INCLUDING THE
'INTERIM' WARTIME CHAMPIONSHIP TOURS OF WILD BILL LONGSON. APPARENTLY, BECAUSE OF THE
BROKEN BACK THAT HE HAD SUFFERED SOME YEARS BEFORE IN THE RING, LONGSON WAS THE ONLY MAJOR
STAR WHO COULD AVOID EITHER THE SERVICE OR FULLTIME WAR INDUSTRY EMPLOYMENT AND THUS WAS
ABLE TO TRAVEL BACK AND FORTH ACROSS THE LAND. THE BOUTS BELOW ARE A PERFECT WAY TO LEARN
WHO WERE THE BOYS 'ON TOP' DURING THE PERIOD.
(1936 THRU 1948, TUMULTUOUS YEARS FOR THE OLD NATIONAL WRESTLING ASSOCIATION -- NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH THE NATIONAL WRESTLING 'ALLIANCE,' WHICH GREW OUT OF THE OLD MIDWEST WRESTLING ASSOCIATION WORLD TITLE. ALMOST EVERY BOY ON THIS LIST COULD EITHER WRESTLE, OR SHOWBOAT -- 'WORK' -- AND MANY COULD DO BOTH. ONE REASON IT WAS 'WRESTLING AS WE LIKED IT' AND, OH, TO RETURN TO THOSE GLORIOUS DAYS OF YESTERYEAR!!!)
Ali Baba's short reign as champion -- he had defeated Dick Shikat, who had double-crossed Danno O'Mahoney -- comes to an end in Ohio.
JUNE 29 COLUMBUS EV MARSHALL L
July 17 Cincinnati Dutch Hefner W July 22 Montreal Charlie Strack W Aug. 7 Columbus John Grandovich W Aug. 19 Cleveland Dutch Hefner W Sept. 7 Pennsauken George Dusette W Sept. 17 Toronto Pat McClary W Sept. 28 Detroit Ali Baba W Oct. 8 Toronto Ali Baba D Oct. 14 Columbus Bill Middlekauf W Oct. 23 Denver Dick Shikat -- Oct. 27 Kansas City Nanjo Singh W Oct. 29 St. Louis Dorve Roche W Nov. 11 Cleveland George Zaharias W Nov. 18 Cleveland George Zaharias W Nov. 20 Chicago Ali Baba W Nov. 23 Philadelphia George Zaharias W Nov. 25 St. Louis Ray Steele W Dec. 1 Louisville Bill Middlekauf W Dec. 2 Cleveland Ray Steele D Dec. 10 Columbus Paul Jones W
Jan. 1 Columbus Paul Jones W Jan. 5 Chicago Jim McMillen W Jan. 6 Cleveland Ray Steele W Jan. 13 Miami Johnny Plummer W Feb. 3 Cleveland Jim McMillen D Feb. 4 Chicago Oki Shikina W Feb. 5 Columbus Ray Steele W Feb. 10 St. Louis Ali Baba W Mar. 3 Cleveland Jim McMillen W Mar. 8 Chicago Oki Shikina W Mar. 11 Knoxville Lou Plummer W Mar. 24 Cleveland Bobby Bruns D Mar. 29 Kansas City Lee Wyckoff W Apr. 1 Chicago Chief Saunooke W Apr. 7 Cleveland Jim McMillen W Apr. 15 St. Louis Ali Baba W Apr. 20 Kansas City Jim McMillen W Apr. 22 Denver Babe Zaharias W Apr. 27 Indianapolis Dorve Roche W Apr. 28 Huntington Paul Jones W May 13 St. Louis Lou Thesz W May 26 Atlanta Chief Chewacki W June 1 Cleveland Bobby Bruns W June 3 Milwaukee Blimp Levy W June 10 Toronto Cliff Thiede W June 15 Indianapolis Juan Humberto W June 17 St. Louis Ali Baba W June 18 Kansas City Nanjo Singh W June 25 Houston Gino Garibaldi W June 28 Denver Jim McMillen W July 7 Indianapolis Walter Podolak W Aug. 18 Kansas City Nanjo Singh W Aug. 25 Kansas City George Zaharias W Aug. 31 Indianapolis Milo Steinborn W Sept. 1 Kansas City Sol Slagel W Sept. 13 Detroit Juan Humberto W Sept. 15 Cleveland Fred Grubmeier W Oct. 8 Houston Lou Thesz W Oct. 13 Cleveland Orville Brown W Oct. 15 Columbus Dorve Roche W Oct. 18 Milwaukee Fritz Von Mier W Oct. 28 Columbus Orville Brown W Nov. 2 Indianapolis George Zaharias W Nov. 3 Kansas City Lou Thesz D Nov. 15 Chicago Bobby Bruns D Nov. 17 Boston Marv Westenberg W Nov. 18 Hartford Bobby Bruns W Nov. 19 Philadelphia Yvon Robert D Nov. 24 Cleveland Orville Brown W Nov. 25 St. Louis Danno O'Mahoney W Dec. 8 Boston George Clark W Dec. 9 Toronto Sheik of Araby W Dec. 10 Cleveland Ali Baba D Dec. 12 Minneapolis Chief Saunooke W Dec. 14 Evansville Frank Sexton W Dec. 16 Columbus Orville Brown D Dec. 17 Rochester Ed Don George D Dec. 18 Cleveland (??)
DEC. 29 ST. LOUIS LOU THESZ L
Jan. 12 St. Louis Danno O'Mahoney W Jan. 13 Kansas City Frank Sexton W Jan. 14 St. Joseph Joe Corbett W Jan. 19 Hartford George Clark W Jan. 21 Boston Rudy Dusek W Jan. 26 St. Louis Ev Marshall W Jan. 28 St. Joseph Rudy LaDitzi W Feb. 1 Columbia, MO. Ed Powers W Feb. 8 St. Louis Ernie Dusek W
FEB. 11 BOSTON STEVE CASEY L
Feb. 22 Indianapolis Milo Steinborn W Feb. 23 St. Louis Rudy Dusek W Feb. 28 Memphis Dorve Roche W Mar. 1 Indianapolis Ed Don George W Mar. 5 Boston Lou Thesz W Mar. 9 St. Louis Ev Marshall W Mar. 11 Boston Seelie Samara W Mar. 16 Cleveland Hardy Kruskamp W Mar. 17 Camden Rudy Dusek W Mar. 18 Hartford George Koverly W Mar. 21 Wilmington George Koverly W Mar. 22 Albany George Clark W Mar. 25 Boston Ev Marshall W Mar. 29 Worcester Marv Westenberg W Mar. 30 New York City Danno O'Mahoney W Apr. 1 North Bergen Joe Cox W Apr. 6 St. Louis Lou Thesz W Apr. 8 Chicago Ed Don George W Apr. 12 Dallas Sol Slagel W Apr. 16 Houston Bill Lee W Apr. 18 Memphis Abe Coleman W Apr. 20 Cleveland Rudy Dusek W May 19 Boston Yvon Robert W May 25 St. Louis Ev Marshall W May 27 Buffalo Ed Don George W June 10 Buffalo Ed Don George D June 14 Boston Yvon Robert W June 23 St. Louis Ernie Dusek W July 7 Troy Wally Dusek W July 26 Boston Dick Shikat W
National Wrestling Association lifts heavyweight crown of Steve Casey for refusal to defend (Casey is temporarily out of the country) and awards it to Everett Marshall on September 14 . . . although Casey will return and defend the title in, among other places, Houston in the early part of 1939. Only when Lou Thesz defeats him St. Louis that winter does Casey's claim to this title end. However, a week earlier in Boston, he had been beaten by the Shadow (Marv Westenberg under a hood), losing the title, as far as the New England promotion was concerned. Gus Sonnenberg defeated Westenberg two weeks later, followed two weeks later by Casey defeating Sonnenberg. Casey then did not lose another match until May 15, 1940, when the French Angel beat him in Boston. The Angel, in turn, did not lose for nearly two years, finally falling to Casey in Boston May 13, 1942. Shortly thereafter, Casey entered the service -- he was stationed in northern California for most of the war and defended a world title in the Bay Area -- and didn't return home until 1945.
At that time, Frank Sexton was acclaimed champ, having won the strap from Sandor Szabo, who -- like Longson -- seemed available for traveling during much of the war. Casey beat Sexton and then lost a return match. So Sexton remained American Wrestling Association -- that's what the belt generally was called -- champ until 1950, when he lost to Don Eagle, who in turn quickly lost to Gorgeous George. Lou Thesz' win over Gorgeous George in Chicago of that same year solidified these two divergent title strains. At that time, about the only major "world" heavyweight title belt outside Thesz' grasp was Montreal title. Both that strap and Thesz' strap repeatedly were put on the line, and somehow the fans seemed to understand. After all, the Montreal-Boston offices had a long history of respected two "world" titles, dating back to when Henri DeGlane bit Strangler Lewis and split those two belts in the early '30s.
Sept. 28 Denver Lee Wyckoff W Oct. 11 Indianapolis Dorve Roche W Oct. 19 St. Louis Lee Wyckoff W Oct. 21 Denver Ivan Managoff W Nov. 1 Kansas City Joe Dusek W Nov. 7 Memphis Ralph Garibaldi W Nov. 8 Indianapolis John Grandovich W Nov. 15 Kansas City Lee Wyckoff W Nov. 22 Kansas City Young Joe Stecher W Nov. 29 Indianapolis John Grandovich W Dec. 1 St. Louis Tom Sawyer W Dec. 27 Indianapolis George Zaharias W
Jan. 3 Kansas City Lee Wyckoff W Jan. 12 St. Louis Lou Thesz W Jan. 13 Milwaukee Joe Dusek W Jan. 18 Denver Hans Schnabel D Feb. 2 Colorado Springs Chief Saunooke W
FEB. 23 ST. LOUIS LOU THESZ L
Mar. 7 Denver Hans Schnabel W Mar. 8 Houston Ernie Dusek D Mar. 9 St. Louis Steve Casey W Mar. 17 Houston Ev Marshall W Mar. 24 Houston Ev Marshall W Mar. 27 Wichita Roy Dunn W Apr. 3 Denver Ev Marshall D Apr. 14 Houston Rusty Wescoatt W Apr. 17 Wichita Roy Dunn W Apr. 25 Indianapolis Mike Mazurki W Apr. 27 St. Louis Ali Baba W May 1 Wichita Lee Wyckoff W May 5 Denver Ev Marshall W May 9 St. Louis Marv Westenberg W May 26 Houston Joe Cox W June 5 Wichita Ev Marshall W
JUNE 23 HOUSTON BRONKO NAGURSKI L
June 28 Minneapolis Dick Raines D Aug. 22 Indianapolis Hans Kampfer W Sept. 20 St. Louis Ben Morgan W Sept. 26 Dallas Ivan Managoff W Sept. 29 Houston Lou Thesz W Oct. 2 Denver Ev Marshall D Oct. 10 Minneapolis Chief Saunooke W Oct. 20 Canton Dutch Hefner W Oct. 30 Milwaukee Lou Plummer W Oct. 31 Minneapolis Dick Raines W Nov. 6 Cleveland Fred Von Schacht W Nov. 7 Canton Dutch Hefner W Nov. 9 Toronto Danno O'Mahoney W Nov. 10 Buffalo Hal Rumberg W Nov. 14 Minneapolis Don McIntyre W Nov. 20 St. Paul Chief Saunooke W Nov. 22 Chicago Danno O'Mahoney W Nov. 28 Canton Pat Kelly W Nov. 29 Pittsburgh Cy Williams W Nov. 30 Toronto Ernie Dusek W Dec. 4 Cleveland Joe Savoldi W Dec. 15 Chicago Ev Marshall --
Jan. 9 Minneapolis Ernie Dusek W Jan. 15 Cleveland George Zaharias W Jan. 17 Chicago Ev Marshall D Jan. 18 Houston Young Joe Stecher W Jan. 27 Houston Bill Lee W Jan. 31 Pittsburgh Rasputin W Feb. 1 Toronto Bill Longson W Feb. 6 Minneapolis Danno O'Mahoney W Feb. 8 St. Louis Len Macaluso W Feb. 9 Chicago Joe Savoldi W Feb. 21 St. Louis Lou Thesz W Feb. 27 Indianapolis Dorve Roche W Mar. 4 St. Paul Joe Savoldi W
MARCH 7 ST. LOUIS RAY STEELE L
Mar. 18 Cleveland Ted Cox W Apr. 4 St. Louis Hans Kampfer W May 31 Houston John Grandovich W June 11 Kansas City Joe Dusek W Sept. 6 Houston John Grandovich W Nov. 13 St. Louis Ernie Dusek W Dec. 13 St. Louis Bronko Nagurski W
Jan. 9 Kansas City Pat Fraley W Jan. 10 St. Louis Bronko Nagurski W Jan. 13 Duluth Rudy Strongberg W Jan. 14 Minneapolis Hans Kampfer W Jan. 27 St. Louis Lou Thesz W Feb. 3 St. Louis George Koverly W Feb. 11 St. Paul Hans Kampfer D Feb. 20 St. Louis Lou Thesz W Feb. 24 Camden Milo Steinborn W Feb. 26 Hempstead Paul Boesch W
MARCH 11 MINNEAPOLIS BRONKO NAGURSKI L
Mar. 12 St. Louis Ray Steele W Mar. 20 St. Louis Ray Villmer W Mar. 21 St. Paul Lou Thesz D Apr. 8 Minneapolis Lou Thesz W Apr. 22 Minneapolis Ray Steele W May 6 Minneapolis Wladislaw Talun W May 13 Minneapolis Ev Marshall D June 3 Louisville Lou Thesz W
JUNE 5 ST. LOUIS SANDOR SZABO L
June 19 St. Louis Bronko Nagurski W July 1 Minneapolis Clif Gustafson D July 17 East L.A. Vic Holbrook W July 24 East L.A. Abe Kashey W Aug. 1 Santa Monica Vic Holbrook W Aug. 5 Burbank Mike Mazurki W Aug. 6 Los Angeles Hans Schnabel W Aug. 14 East L.A. Alberto Corral W Aug. 20 Los Angeles Pantaleon Manlapig W Aug. 27 Los Angeles Pantaleon Manlapig W Sept. 2 San Francisco Jim Casey W Sept. 3 San Jose Bill Longson W Sept. 9 San Francisco Frank Sexton D Sept. 12 Santa Monica Juan Humberto W Sept. 18 East L.A. Dutch Hefner (ElDiablo)W Sept. 19 Santa Monica Juan Humberto W Sept. 24 Los Angeles Bronko Nagurski W Oct. 1 Los Angeles Bronko Nagurski -- Oct. 7 Minneapolis Joe Savoldi W Oct. 14 Minneapolis Joe Savoldi W Oct. 17 St. Paul Dick Raines W Oct. 21 Minneapolis Al Lovelock W Oct. 28 Indianapolis Joe Savoldi W Nov. 11 Indianapolis Joe Cox W Nov. 22 St. Louis Ray Steele W Nov. 25 Kansas City Lou Thesz D Dec. 8 Camden Ernie Dusek W Dec. 9 Baltimore Leo Numa W Dec. 11 Washington Jim Henry W Dec. 12 Philadelphia George Koverly W Dec. 13 Brooklyn Lou Plummer W Dec. 16 Indianapolis Ray Villmer W Dec. 18 St. Louis Ernie Dusek W
Jan. 8 East L.A. Hans Schnabel W Jan. 15 East L.A. Vic Holbrook W Jan. 29 Houston Ted Cox W
FEB. 19 ST. LOUIS BILL LONGSON L
Mar. 13 Houston Ted Cox W Mar. 20 St. Louis Sandor Szabo W Apr. 9 St. Louis Ed Lewis W May 8 St. Louis Lou Thesz W May 14 Kansas City Chief Little Wolf W May 15 Houston Ed Lewis W June 5 St. Louis Lou Thesz W June 11 Kansas City Dorve Roche W July 10 Houston Lou Thesz W Aug. 3 Memphis Ron Etchison W Sept. 11 St. Louis Danno O'Mahoney W Sept. 15 Dallas Lou Thesz D
OCT. 7 MONTREAL YVON ROBERT L
Nov. 6 St. Louis Ed Lewis W
NOV. 27 HOUSTON BOBBY MANAGOFF L
Dec. 14 Memphis Ed Lewis W
Jan. 12 Dallas Juan Humberto W Jan. 19 Dallas Juan Humberto W Jan. 22 Houston Lou Thesz W Feb. 8 Memphis Don Lee W Feb. 12 St. Joseph Orville Brown W Feb. 15 Memphis Roland Kirchmeyer(Mr. X)W
FEB. 19 ST. LOUIS BILL LONGSON L
Mar. 1 Memphis Roland Kirchmeyer (Mr. X)W Mar. 5 St. Louis Bobby Managoff W Mar. 8 Memphis Roland Kirchmeyer W Mar. 15 Memphis Dorve Roche W Mar. 19 St. Louis Yvon Robert W Apr. 2 St. Louis Bobby Managoff W Apr. 9 St. Joseph Ron Etchison W Apr. 19 St. Louis Vic Holbrook W Apr. 26 Memphis Al Mills W Apr. 30 St. Louis Leroy McGuirk W May 17 St. Louis George Koverly W May 21 Houston Lou Thesz D May 28 St. Louis Sandor Szabo W June 14 Memphis Roy Graham W June 25 St. Louis Sandor Szabo W July 9 St. Louis Warren Bockwinkle W July 13 Indianapolis Karl Davis W Aug. 6 Toronto Leo Numa (RedShadow)D Aug. 12 Toronto Leo Numa (RedShadow)W Sept. 14 Indianapolis Jack Reeder(Phantom)W Sept. 21 Dallas Lou Thesz W Oct. 7 Toronto Billy Watson D Oct. 14 Toronto Billy Watson W Oct. 18 Memphis Al Mills W Oct. 25 Memphis Paul Jones W Nov. 4 Toronto Billy Watson D Nov. 5 Buffalo Toar Morgan W Nov. 9 Cleveland Ernie Dusek W Nov. 14 St. Louis Swedish Angel W Nov. 23 Dallas Jack Kennedy W Dec. 10 St. Louis Vic Holbrook W
Jan. 11 Indianapolis Len Hall W Jan. 14 St. Louis George Koverly W Jan. 18 Dallas Swedish Angel W Jan. 19 San Antonio Ted Cox W Jan. 21 Houston Lou Thesz D Jan. 25 Indianapolis Sandor Szabo D Jan. 27 Toronto Ed Hannigan W Feb. 2 Rochester Frank Sexton D Feb. 4 Buffalo Karl Davis W Feb. 11 St. Louis Warren Bockwinkle W Feb. 15 Indianapolis George Koverly W Feb. 18 Houston Ted Cox W Feb. 25 St. Louis Sandor Szabo W Mar. 3 Houston George Koverly W Mar. 6 Fort Worth Jack Kennedy W Mar. 7 Dallas Ted Cox W Mar. 10 St. Louis Swedish Angel W Mar. 16 Toronto Vic Holbrook W Mar. 22 Rochester Billy Watson D Mar. 23 Toronto Vic Holbrook W Mar. 24 St. Louis Sandor Szabo W Mar. 28 Indianapolis Earl McCready W Mar. 31 Houston George Koverly W Apr. 4 Dallas Leroy McGuirk W Apr. 6 St. Louis Gino Garibaldi W Apr. 10 Memphis Dick Lever (RedAngel) W Apr. 11 New Orleans Al Massey W Apr. 15 Atlanta Red Devil (??) W Apr. 18 Indianapolis Swedish Angel W Apr. 21 St. Louis (??) May 5 St. Louis Billy Watson W May 10 Rochester Frank Sexton D May 11 Toronto Billy Watson D May 16 Indianapolis Lou Plummer W May 17 St. Louis Gino Garibaldi W May 22 Fort Worth Ellis Bashara W May 23 Dallas Bobby Managoff D May 24 San Antonio Dizzy Davis W May 26 Houston Earl McCready W June 1 Toronto Billy Watson D June 2 Buffalo Laverne Baxter W June 6 Indianapolis Gino Garibaldi W June 8 Toronto Billy Watson W June 12 St. Louis (referee?) June 16 Atlanta Duke Kapalani W June 20 Dallas Jack Kennedy W Aug. 11 St. Louis Earl McCready W Sept. 8 St. Louis Chief Saunooke W Sept. 21 Dallas Lou Thesz W Sept. 29 Houston Lou Thesz W Oct. 3 Dallas Pat Fraley W Oct. 6 St. Louis Earl McCready W Oct. 13 Atlanta Cherry Vallina W Oct. 16 Memphis Herb Freeman W Oct. 23 Memphis Chief Saunooke W Nov. 13 Memphis Pierre DeGlane W
Jan. 16 Hamilton Rasputin W Jan. 18 Toronto Gino Garibaldi W Jan. 19 Buffalo Len Hall W Jan. 29 Memphis Al Massey W Feb. 15 Corpus Christi Marvin Jones W Apr. 12 Corpus Christi Olaf Olson W Apr. 23 Memphis Barto Hill W May 4 St. Louis George Koverly W May 7 Memphis Barto Hill W May 15 Indianapolis George Koverly W May 18 St. Louis Bob Wagner W May 24 Salt Lake City Leif Erickson W May 29 St. Louis Chief Thunderbird W June 15 St. Louis Barto Hill W June 26 Indianapolis Frank Marconi W June 29 St. Louis Chief Thunderbird W July 6 Atlanta Jack Singer(GreenHornet) W July 9 Memphis Frank Marconi W July 10 Indianapolis Chief Thunderbird W July 13 St. Louis Frank Marconi W July 27 St. Louis Gino Vagnone W July 31 Dallas Don Evans W Aug. 1 San Antonio Dizzy Davis W Aug. 2 Corpus Christi Ray Clements W Aug. 3 Houston Buddy Rogers D Aug. 7 Nashville John Cretoria(Turhan Bey) W Aug. 10 St. Louis Gino Vagnone W Aug. 13 Memphis Dan O'Connor W Aug. 17 Atlanta Barto Hill W Aug. 21 Indianapolis Ray Eckert W Aug. 31 Atlanta Barto Hill W Sept. 7 St. Louis Don Evans W Sept. 11 Dallas Ted Cox W Sept. 12 San Antonio Juan Humberto W Sept. 13 Corpus Christi Gorilla Macias W Sept. 14 Houston Buddy Rogers W Sept. 18 Dallas Jim Casey D Sept. 28 Atlanta Al Massey W Oct. 1 Savannah Nick Carter W Oct. 16 Dallas Jim Casey W Oct. 19 St. Louis Vic Christy W Oct. 23 Dallas Jim Casey W Oct. 24 San Antonio Gorilla Macias W Oct. 25 Corpus Christi Karl Davis W Oct. 26 Houston Buddy Rogers W Nov. 2 St. Louis Paul Boesch W Nov. 6 Hamilton John Katan W Nov. 8 Toronto Vic Christy W Nov. 9 Buffalo Ray Eckert (SandyO'Donnell) W Nov. 16 St. Louis Vic Christy W Dec. 10 Memphis Vic Christy W
Jan. 9 Rochester Billy Watson W Jan. 10 Toronto Frank Sexton D Feb. 8 Atlanta Laverne Baxter W Mar. 15 Houston Buddy Rogers D Apr. 3 Rochester Billy Watson W Apr. 4 Toronto Fred Von Schacht W Apr. 12 St. Louis Buddy Rogers W Apr. 26 St. Louis Bobby Bruns W May 2 Cleveland Kay Bell W May 10 Atlanta Nick Carter W May 24 Atlanta George Koverly W May 29 St. Louis Buddy Rogers W June 5 San Antonio Ernie Dusek W June 6 Corpus Christi Roy Graham W June 14 St. Louis Kay Bell W June 20 Cleveland Don Evans W July 12 St. Louis Kay Bell W July 31 Montreal Wladislaw Talun W Aug. 7 Montreal Felix Miquet W Sept. 25 Rochester Karl Davis W Sept. 26 Toronto Wladislaw Talun W Oct. 2 Rochester Natie Brown W Oct. 3 Toronto Billy Watson W Oct. 14 Memphis Ralph Garibaldi W Oct. 23 San Antonio Charro Azteca W Oct. 24 Corpus Christi Ray Clements W Oct. 30 Montreal Bobby Managoff D Nov. 15 St. Louis Felix Miquet W Dec. 4 San Antonio Dave Levin W Dec. 5 Corpus Christi Buddy Rogers W Dec. 12 Memphis Buddy Rogers W Dec. 13 St. Louis Jim Casey W Dec. 16 Memphis Buddy Rogers W
Jan. 3 Houston Jim Casey W Jan. 10 St. Louis Felix Miquet W Jan. 24 St. Louis Lou Thesz W Jan. 30 Toronto Danno O'Mahoney W
FEB. 21 ST. LOUIS BILLY WATSON L
Feb. 27 Toronto Ray Eckert (Sandy O'Donnell) W Mar. 6 Toronto Bill Longson W Mar. 13 Toronto Fred Von Schacht W Mar. 21 St. Louis Lou Thesz D Mar. 27 Toronto Ernie Dusek W Mar. 28 Buffalo Bob Wagner W Apr. 1 Cleveland Ray Eckert (Sandy O'Donnell) W Apr. 2 Rochester Bobby Bruns D Apr. 3 Toronto Emil-Ernie Dusek (hdcp) W Apr. 8 Dallas Leroy McGuirk W Apr. 10 Corpus Christi Lee Henning W Apr. 11 Houston Don Evans W Apr. 17 Toronto Willie Davis W
APR. 25 ST. LOUIS LOU THESZ L
May 2 Louisville Ed Meske W May 6 Dallas Lee Henning W May 7 San Antonio Don Evans W May 9 Houston Chief Thunderbird W May 14 Montreal Felix Miquet W May 15 Toronto Billy Watson D May 21 Montreal Bobby Managoff W May 23 St. Louis Bill Longson W May 29 Toronto Billy Watson W June 11 Montreal Yvon Robert D June 12 Toronto Sky Hi Lee W June 20 St. Louis Mike Sharpe W June 27 Houston Felix Miquet W July 9 Montreal Bobby Managoff W July 16 Montreal Larry Moquin W July 17 Toronto Sky Hi Lee W July 18 St. Louis Buddy Rogers W July 25 Atlanta Ray Villmer D Aug. 6 Montreal Mickey Gold W Aug. 13 St. Louis Buddy Rogers W Aug. 22 Atlanta Ray Villmer W Aug. 29 Atlanta Ray Villmer W Sept. 5 Houston Bill Longson W Sept. 10 St. Louis Buddy Rogers W Sept. 17 Montreal Mickey Gold W Sept. 26 Atlanta Jim Coffield W Sept. 29 Memphis Buddy Rogers W Oct. 10 St. Louis Sky Hi Lee W Oct. 15 Montreal Sky Hi Lee W Oct. 16 Toronto Billy Watson D Oct. 17 Houston Miguel Guzman D Oct. 20 Memphis Buddy Rogers W Oct. 24 St. Louis Bill Longson W Oct. 31 Atlanta Bill Longson W Nov. 5 Montreal Bobby Managoff W Nov. 6 Toronto Sky Hi Lee W Nov. 10 Memphis Ralph Garibaldi W Nov. 14 Houston Miguel Guzman W Nov. 18 Dallas Enrique Torres W
NOV. 21 ST. LOUIS BILL LONGSON L
Dec. 5 St. Louis Buddy Rogers W Dec. 12 Houston Lou Thesz W Dec. 15 Memphis Buddy Rogers W
Feb. 17 leveland Art Walge (Cardiff Giant)W Feb. 22 Memphis Lou Thesz D Mar. 22 Memphis Lou Thesz D Apr. 20 Cleveland Kay Bell W Apr. 22 Toronto Billy Watson D Apr. 23 St. Louis Terry McGinnis W Apr. 30 Houston Danny McShain W May 4 Dallas Mike Sharpe W May 7 St. Louis Bobby Bruns W May 21 St. Louis Buddy Rogers W June 4 St. Louis Buddy Rogers W June 18 St. Louis Billy Watson W June 21 Memphis Ralph Garibaldi W June 22 Indianapolis Joe Savoldi W June 23 Evansville Buddy Rogers D July 8 Toronto Billy Watson W July 13 Cleveland Billy Watson D July 15 Toronto Billy Watson W
JULY 20 INDIANAPOLIS LOU THESZ L
July 23 Atlanta Sky Hi Lee W July 30 St. Louis Bobby
Managoff W Aug. 13 St. Louis Bobby Managoff W Aug. 17 Indianapolis Sky Hi Lee W Aug. 19
London, Ont. Chief Lone Eagle W Sept. 1 Los Angeles Willie Davis W Sept. 3 Santa Monica
TAG TEAM MATCH Sept. 10 Atlanta Ray Villmer W Sept. 17 Houston Argentina Rocca D Sept. 24
St. Louis Enrique Torres W Sept. 28 Indianapolis Bill Longson W Oct. 1 Houston Argentina
Rocca W Oct. 5 Denver Olaf Olsen W Oct. 9 St. Louis Enrique Torres W Oct. 15 Houston
Argentina Rocca W Oct. 18 Pasadena Lord Blears W Oct. 20 Los Angeles Frank Sexton D Oct.
22 Santa Monica Lord Blears W Oct. 26 St. Louis Billy Watson W Nov. 1 Chicago Joe Millich
W Nov. 5 St. Louis Bill Longson W Nov. 9 Indianapolis Karl Davis W Nov. 15 Memphis Al
Lovelock W Nov. 19 Atlanta Don McIntyre W Nov. 26 Atlanta Don McIntyre W Dec. 2
Chattanooga Bill Longson W Dec. 8 Chicago Buddy Rogers W
The WAWLI Papers # 005...
STECHER VS. ZBYSZKO--LEWIS VS. GOBAR ON DOUBLE WRESTLING CARD: Wichita's First Double Grappling Card On Tonight (Wichita Eagle, 12-12-21)
Tonight's Wrestling Card--(Preliminary)--Joe Becker the "Rassling Umpire" vs. Ernie Lynn, Mulvane; (First Main Bout)--Joe Stecher, Nebraska, vs. Wladek Zbyszko; (Second Main Event)--Ed "Strangler" Lewis vs. Jatringa Gobar, India (with headlock barred). Ref, Paul Sickner.
Wichita's biggest wrestling card will take place at the Forum tonight. Four of the world's greatest grapplers are on the program with a fine preliminary to lead off with. In billing the doubleheader for the first time in Wichita, Tom Law, promoter of the match, is confident that he has secured one of the best all-around mat attractions ever staged in the middle west.
Both main bouts are bound to be hummers. With the headlock barred, Gobar, the Hinu champ, has an outside chance at least of winning from Lewis. the odds favor the Strangler, even with the famed headlock barred, but Gobar demonstrated in a previous bout by tossing Lewis in the first fall with a toe hold that he was a dangerous man and one not to be trifled with. In this bout Lewis came back and won two falls with a headlock.
Joe Stecher, who for years kept hold on the world's title by the use of an unbeatable scissors hold, will endeavor to toss Wladek Zbyszko, the massive Pole and brother of the world champion title holder, Stanislaus. Wladek is almost as strong as his brother, considered the strongest man in the world. This means that Joe Stecher will have to overcome weight and strength by science. Stecher has thrown Zbyszko before but the Pole holds one decision over Stecher and a couple of draws so that the outcome of this bout is very uncertain.
Stecher has always been a popular figure in Wichita. His lcean, deliberate, but scientific wrestling makes a hit everywhere. There are many fans in Wichita who are back of Joe in his campaign to win back a mat title.
The prelim is also an unusual attraction. Joe Becker, Western League umpire and a familiar and popular figure in Wichita, will make his wrestling debut here. Becker is a middleweight and said to be a very able grapplers. Ernie Lynn of Mulvane will be his opponent.
Becker has been wanting to come to Wichita to work for some time. He keeps in fine shape all winter and has written Tom Law that he is in fine shape and as strong as Everett Yaryan. Becker was always an admirer of Yaryan's and used to teach the home run slugger some points about wrestling
The card should be a fine all around bill and indications point to a record crowd for the season. It will be the first time a doubleheader wrestling match with top notch heavyweights on the card has ever been pulled off in Kansas.
Owing to the length of the card, the preliminary will
start early. It is probably that the first bout will be called at eight and the first main
bout by 8:45.
LEWIS AND SANDOW PLANNED THE COUPO WHICH BEAT POLE: Sandow Admits Lewis Saw Move and Took Chance on Pulling It (reprinted from The Wichita Eagle, March 4, 1922)
Ed Lewis with a wrestling crown on his head and Billy Sandow, his manager, with a diamond belt in his suit case, left town yesterday for parts in the east. When he arose Saturday morning Billy Sandow found a stack of telegrams a foot high waiting him, either congratulations of the victory or offers for matches for the new world's champ.
Sandow stated before he left that he intended to to reap a nice harvest after regaining the title. He stated that Herman and Zbyszko had cost him a lot of money last spring when they took the title away from Lewis in the bout in New York. "The Strangler" will now get the benefit of the popularity which always follows a champion.
Sandow explained his end of the dispute over Lewis' shove blow last night. He stated that it was a wise piece of ring strategy on the part of Lewis. Between falls Sandow had told Lewis that they must take a big chance as it looked like Zbyszko had the match won. The Pole was a little overconfident in the second fall. He began working on Lewis' arm again and expected to get another winglock and with it a scissors as he had used to beat the Strangler in the first fall. Lewis let him get the hold, then took a big chance by swinging around and catching the Pole off his guard with his counter to the face.
Had the Pole been a little more wary he could easily have avoided this blow and had Lewis in a favorable position to take to the mat for another fall. Lewis took his chance and pulled it over, is the way Sandow expressed it.
Sandow stated that he had worked for the match in Wichita because he knew he could get a square deal here and have pin falls only count. "We wanted to get back the title," stated Sandow, "and we didn't care so much about the receipts. We were disappointed in the small house as we could have gotten twice as much elsewhere, but Lewis has the belt again and that is what we wanted. Herman wanted to wrestle in the east where he could have obtained more money but it was Sandow and Lewis who insisted that the match come to Kansas, Sandow's own state.
Herman and Zbyszko left town early Saturday morning.
Before leaving, Herman issued a statement to The Eagle. "We were not beaten in a fair
manner," said Herman. "Neither of the last two falls were secured according to
the wrestling rules. I have $5,000 to post any time for a return bout with Lewis and will
insist that he give us a match soon. Zbyszko can beat Lewis and we'll prove it once and
for all in another match."
Straight Tips From The Sport Sheet by PAL
ECHOES OF THE BIG MATCH (Wichita Eagle, 3-5-22)
With the excitement of a world's title mat bout gone, the bugs spent yesterday talking it over. The wrestling bugs had a dozen theories on how it happened -- all of them the straight dope and all of them different.
The main subject of argument seems to have been whether Lewis actually fouled Zbyszko when he delivered the counter in the second fall that sent the Pole sprawling across the ring. Whatever may be the opinion of the fans on the subject, the fact remains that the referee allowed the foul and that ends the matter as far as the outcome of the match is concerned. It is just like a disputed decision in baseball. If the ump says 'tis so, it goes, no matter how much the players or fans rave or lament.
The regrettable feature of the match was the fact that it was the occasion of lots of betting. Naturally the losers put up a howl and the usual claim of "fixed" was put forth. Just why Zbyszko would come to Wichita and lose his title and a record of one defeat in 3,000 matches for the small amount of $7,000 isn't made clear to the wise ones. However, fans have been repeatedly warned about betting, especially betting on boxing, wrestling and horse racing. The bug who bets and loses is hardly deserving of sympathy.
The match made money but not nearly as much as some people suspected, as much as the promoters and wrestlers expected. Last night the count had shown that the receipts were below $17,000. Of this sum at least $13,000 went to the wrestlers so that Tom Law, promoter, made but a nominal sum after deducting all of his big expenses.
Bad weather conditions and poor handling of the selling end at various stages of the game cut down the sale. Hundreds of fans who had planned to see the bout could not make it because of the impassable roads and either cancelled their seat reservations or failed to come in. The storm the first of the week cost Tom Law at least $5,000 in seat sale.
Although the Forum had a fine crowd it was the cheaper seats that were packed and three blocks of eight and five-dollar seats were empty and later filled up by a rush of the fans to the closer seats after the match had started.
Some 4,928 wrestling fans saw the big match at the Forum Friday night. Saturday, 4,925 of them spent the day telling the "straight dope" on just how it happened. The other three were deaf mutes. ___________________________________________
Straight Tips From The Sport Sheet by PAL
MORE ECHOES OF THE BIG MATCH (reprinted from The Wichita Eagle, Saturday, March 11, 1922)
A match that can keep an entire state arguing for a week must have been above the ordinary as a ring attraction. The bugs are still discussing and cussing the late Zbyszko-Lewis affair with the honors even between the tongue lashers.
Many fans have roasted Lewis for his means of winning the match, even though most of them recognize it as legitimate under the rules. Others roast Jack Herman just as strongly for his stand against Lewis. The writer has received several letters and many calls about the subject with the fans about evenly divided in sentiments. One bug says, in part:
"Several hundred of us were there, close up, and we were not blind. We saw all about the 'shove' that the referee tells about that lost the great Pole his title . . . This match was no bush affair and we should feel grateful to Mr. Law for having done so much for Wichita along these lines, but what a pity the championship should change hands under such a cloud, for Lewis, although champion, could not throw this Pole in the form he was in last night in forty years."
Another fan from Newton defends Lewis in the following statement:
"Sometimes the 'ifs' won't stay down. It seems to me that it shows the poor sport in a loser of a contest to have a series of reasons for ifs when they are beaten. Jack Herman seems to think that Lewis fouled Zbyszko at Wichita. Even so, don't you think it would have set better with the public if he had taken it like a man?
"When Zbyszko threw Eustace in Convention Hall in March, 1911, after Zbyszko had lain on the ropes and wouldn't go to the center of the ring, we didn't see any ifs on Eustace's part. If the referee of that match had been Bates, Zbyszko probably would have had to find some other way of throwing Eustace than the way he did. It is my opinion that Bates would have sent Zbyszko to the center, and not let him lie on the ropes until he recuperated from Eustace's headlock.
"We didn't see any ifs from Lewis or his manager when Zbyszko won two different times from him by flukes. Wouldn't it have been better for Herman to have put it that he believes his man is the best, and given another chance he would prove it?"--A FAN.
Again another bug writes:
"Mr. Tom Law, Wichita, Kansas. Dear Sir: We are sending you this open letter in care of The Wichita Eagle because we feel that the fans who paid to see a wrestling match last night have some rights in deciding what is a sportsmanlike match and whether they want to give it their support.
"Both matches were fine up to the time where Mr. Lewis, in desperation, resorted to brutal tactics and downed his opponent, not by science of wrestling or cleverness, but by simply putting him out just as a prize fighter would do. Prize fighting seems to be unpopular in Kansas, but if a prize fighter hit his opponent on the jaw the effect would be no different than the effect of what Mr. Lewis chooses to call his headlock.
"As a headlock there would be no objection, but it is plain that he watches for his opportunity to crush the head of his opponent and that way put him out of commission. Yours truly."--A BUNCH OF FANS.
While a man who states he has seen all the big matches all over the country, a traveling salesman from New York, again defends Lewis:
"Sickner's decision was perfectly right. I have seen nearly all the good wrestlers in the world and follow the game closely. I want to say that Paul Sickner is as good a referee as I have seen. Will tell you why Ed Lewis won the championship from Zbyszko. First, he was in the best of condition; second, he outgeneraled Zbyszko; third, he has the smartest manager in the business. Had the pleasure to watch Lewis train all week and never saw him in such good condition but once, when he wrestled Joe Stecher five hours in Omaha some time ago."
The fans who watch wrestling closely, and have followed it elsewhere, as a rule stand up for Lewis, while the fans who have been away from the game for a time and not up to the modern style of "trick" wrestling condemn it. The close followers of the game state that Zbyszko won his title from Lewis on just such a fluke that beat the Pole here, and then retained it by means of rolling falls, which New York critics unanimously condemn. Lewis won the only legitimate fall from the Pole the last time the men wrestled in New York, state all the mat followers who saw that bout.
Of course the question isn't settled, with all the argument, as to which is the better wrestler. It wasn't settled either when Gotch took an advantage of Zbyszko in 1911 and threw the Pole, when Zbyszko innocently walked to the center of the ring to shake hands. Yet Gotch is now declared to be the greatest wrestling hero America or the world has ever produced.
Tom Law explains his side of the wrestling controversy this way:
"Some of the fans condemn Lewis' headlock, yet Lewis is the greatest drawing card of the game. The headlock, to my notion, isn't as bad as Gotch's toe hold was, or Stecher's scissors. Yet the fans themselves have been responsible for the headlock because it has proved to be the biggest box office attraction in the game.
"Had Zbyszko thrown Lewis for the second fall the fans would have gone away and said it was a rotten match. The headlock, the scissors and all of these so-called trick holds have livened up the game. It gives the underdog a better chance. It may not be as good for real sport as the old fashioned stuff, but it gets the fans interested, and that's the big thing." ______________________________________________
TURK PROVES EASY FOR ED LEWIS: Wrestling Champion Puts Mahmout Out with Headlocks in Less Than Hour (reprinted from Wichita Eagle, 3-27-22)
KANSAS CITY -- Ed (Strangler) Lewis retained the heavyweight wrestling championship title, throwing his opponent, Yousiff Mahmout, Hungarian challenger, two falls, both by use of the headlock. The first fall came in 44 minutes and two seconds, the second in one minute and two seconds.
Lewis was at no time in danger, slipping in and out of holds, with Mahmout on the aggressive for the first thrity minutes of the bout. After thirty-five minutes of grappling Mahmout slipped a body scissors on the champion which apparently punished him severely. Lewis bounced out of it, however, and clamped on the headlock. Mahmout slipped loose and tried the headlock himself with no other result than making the Californian angry. He thereupon dropped the challenger to the mat, slipped a wristlock and a crotch hold on Mahmout, bringing his shoulders very close to the mat. The Turk rolled over and threw Lewis four or five feet across the mat. The champion retaliated with a headlock that ended the bout.
The challenger was groggy as he left the arena.
The second go started with a rush and was soon over.
Lewis clamped his favorite head squeezer on the representative of the sultan and after one
minute and two seconds of squeezing, forced the Turk's shoulder to the mat. The challenger
was in such condition that his handlers had to assist him from the ring.
MELADY OBJECTS TO TERMS OF BOUT: Caddock's Manager Wants to Hold Bout Later and Get More Money (reprinted from the Wichita Eagle, March 27, 1922)
Things are still a little unsettled concerning the title wrestling match between Ed Lewis and Earl Caddock to be held here within the next two or three weeks. Everything seemed to be lovely until Tom Law received a telegram yesterday from Gene Melady, manager of Caddock, objecting to two things in the proposed contract.
Melady wants the bout to be held a few days later than April 13 when Lewis and his manager, Billy Sandow, want it put on. This date would come in Holy Week and it was thought better by Melady to put it off until the next week. The second objection Melady seemed to have was in the terms of the contract which gave Lewis a big guarantee and left Caddock to gamble on the date.
Promoter Law thinks that he can iron out both of these difficulties. While he would prefer to put on the match a week later it would be out of the question because grand opera will interefere. Melady has also promised to come at what terms Law could offer.
It appears that the match which has been hanging fire since March 9, when it was first announced in The Eagle as certain to take place here, will go through with all right and probably on April 13. Tom Law is so confident of it that he is getting out his advertisements for the big bout. ______________________________________________
ED LEWIS ON MISSOURI COMMISSION BLACKLIST
(Associated Press, March 2, 1934)
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Ed "Strangler" Lewis, heavyweight wrestling champion in the days before there were several of them, is on the blacklist of the Missouri Athletic Commission.
Lewis, now nearing the end of the grunt and groan trail, knocked down referee Charley Rentrop of Memphis twice at the Arena last night after he had been disqualified for slugging his opponent, Dick Shikat. The first Arena guards to reach the ring also got punched, but police restored order.
Old Ed's display of "temperament," said
Commissioner Seneca Taylor, will cost him $100 of his purse and "indefinite
ED LEWIS TO SHOW MONDAY (reprinted from The Daily Olympian, Olympia, Wash., Nov. 9, 1936)
Ed (Strangler) Lewis, former heavyweight wrestling champion, has returned from a trip east and will appear on tonight's mat bill at Legion Hall, reports promoter Jimmy Craig. He is scheduled to meet Pat Fraley in the two-hour time limit main event.
Lewis was scheduled to appear here a short time ago but was called east unexpectedly. At that time he promised to show here "first thing" upon his return.
Sam Leathers meets Don McIntyre, California, in the semifinal event, five 10-minute rounds. Glen Stone takes of Steve Savage of Canada in the preliminary, over four eight-minute rounds. Two falls decide any match of the evening.
Fraley looms as an excellent opponent for Lewis, as the husky grappler has shown that he can dish out and absorb quantities of rough stuff or he can really wrestle if need be. Of course, how he will look against the old master remains to be seen.
Craig is making plans to accomodate a capacity crowd in
view of the interest shown in the local appearance of the former champion.
The WAWLI Papers # 006...
FORMER CHAMPIONS MAKE DOPE RUN TRUE AND WIN IN WRESTLING CARD: Stecher Beats Zbyszko; Lewis Tosses Gobar (Wichita Eagle, Dec. 13, 1921)
Ed Lewis and Joe Stecher were victors in the double mat card at the Forum last night. Lewis with his favorite headlock barred was able to win a fall from Jatrinda Gobar, the Hindu, in 58 minutes and 30 seconds while Stecher tossed Wladek Zbyszko in 46 minutes. Both bouts were one-fall affairs.
The Lewis-Gobar match provided a little more action than the Stecher-Zbyszko affair but the latter bout was by far the more scientific and brought out better grappling. Stecher used his big weapon, the scissors, to win the fall from the Pole. Lewis tossed Gobar with a grapevine, a combination hold with arms and legs.
The finish of the Stecher-Zbyszko bout came so suddenly that none of the wise ones were prepared for it. Stecher had been working the entire time for an opportunity to clamp on his celebrated scissors. But the Pole knew how to block the hold and managed to keep out of the dangerous squeeze. Stecher had to resort to strategy and won by a clever bit of wrestling.
Zbyszko had tried for a flying mare. Stecher slipped out of the hold just as the Pole was on the point of tossing Joe over his head. Before anyone knew what had happened the men were on the mat and Stecher as usual took advantage of the situation.
As they went down he wrapped his legs around Zbyszko and the Pole was pinned in a couple of seconds in as firm a hold as a grappler ever got.
The bout up to the time of the sudden fall had been an evenly fought affair. Stecher displayed most of his old-time prowess which made him a champion. The Pole, however, knew Stecher's tricks and was exceedingly wary. The men did not stall or take chances. Both wanted to get a fall and get it as soon as possible.
Zbyszko wrestled Stecher on his feet as much as possible, knowing that Stecher is dangerous on the mat. Stecher's favorite trick of leaping on his opponent's back to get a scissors did not work on the Pole, but it livened up the bout. There was little of the sensational in this match. It was mostly good, hard, straight wrestling.
In the first main go of the evening, Ed Lewis had to wrestle without his famed headlock. This may have been one reason why it took the Strangler 58 minutes to win. Gobar certainly put a game fight. But he couldn't beat Lewis and probably never will. Remembering the fall he secured off Lewis here in a previous meeting with a toe hold, Gobar worked on Lewis' pedal extremities. He got a couple of fairly bad toe holds on the former champ. But as usually happens in a case of this kind, Lewis thrashed around awhile, groaned and made a lot of agonizing faces and then got out of them.
Lewis worked around with the Hindu, trying one hold and then another and plainly wishing that he could use a trusty headlock. In fact, Lewis did forget himself once and slipped it on the Hindu, but dropped it as soon as he remembered the terms of the bout. Lewis was permitted to use one arm on a head hold, but of course could not apply enough pressure with the one arm to win a fall.
He finally caught the Hindu squarely in the grapevine, a hold which when properly secured means a sure fall. Gobar struggled a short while, but succumbed after 58 and a half minutes of wrestling.
The "rasslin' umpire," Joe Becker, well known as a Western League arbiter, won the preliminary. He tossed Ernie Lynn of Mulvane in 24 minutes with a reverse body hold. Becker showed plenty of speed and science and should give any of the middleweights a tussle.
Dick Daviscourt was introduced between the main bouts and challenged Ed Lewis for another bout. Daviscourt was greeted with a big outburst of applause. It was announced that he would wrestle Stanislaus Zbyszko, world's champion, in Boston Christmas Day. ______________________________________________
FARMER BURNS HAS ANOTHER GRAPPLER 'GOOD AS GOTCH': Young Farmer Boy Being Trained By Veteran To Win Mat Laurels of World (reprinted from the Wichita Eagle, Monday, Dec. 26, 1921)
OMAHA -- Old Farmer Burns, the famous old wrestler who has wrestled 6,000 times and lost but seven matches, has discovered a new world's champion -- or, rather, Farmer Burns is developing a new world's champion.
Farmer Burns picked up Frank Gotch, an unknown Iowa farm hand, and made him the champion wrestler of the world. Now the Farmer has gotten another farm hand and says he is going to develop a new champion.
The Farmer's new find is Charley Hansen. Burns found him working in a lumber camp in Pouce Coupe, British Columbia, 90 miles from a railroad. That was something over two years ago. Burns has been training and developing him off and on ever since he discovered him making railroad cross ties with an adz. December 10, Hansen went up against Stanislaus Zbyszko, the world's champion, at Nashville, Tenn., and stayed in the ring with Zbyszko for three hours until the referee called off the match because it was midnight.
"Next time Hansen goes up against Zbyszko, he's going to throw that champion," says Farmer Burns.
"Hansen is the only man, with the exception of Frank Gotch, to whom I ever gave the 'inside' stuff I developed in my half-century of wrestling," says Burns. "I taught those things to Frank Gotch and they made him world champion. I have taught them to Charley Hansen and they are going to make Hansen the world's champion.
"In some ways, Hansen is stronger than Gotch was.
"Stanislaus Zbyszko was never thrown on his two shoulders but once in all his career and that was by Frank Gotch. But in three hours at Nashville he was unable to throw Hansen. Yet Zbyszko has thrown Joe Stecher twice, Strangler Lewis twice, Pesek, Earl Caddock and all the rest of the big fellows."
Hansen is a real farm hand. He was born on a farm near Crookston, Minn. He is 20 years old, 5 feet 10 1/2 inches tall and weighs 195 pounds now, and Farmer Burns says he will weight 200 pounds shortly. He moved to British Columbia some years ago and secured a homestead. To keep things going until his homestead became productive, Hansen went to work in the lumber camps of the northwest and is a regular lumberjack.
As a wrestler Hansen gained considerable success among the other lumberjacks. then he wrote Farmer Burns in Omaha and asked the Farmer about training him. Later, Hansen came to Omaha to see Burns.
Burns was delighted with Hansen. But Hansen had no money from which to live while he was being made into a professional wrestler. So he got a job as an ordinary day laborer and for two years or so has worked as carpenter, painter, cook, or anything else he could get to do.
And all the time old Farmer Burns was driving his tricks into the younger fellow's head. He was training his muscles, his brain and his heart.
"Hansen is on the level, he don't chew, smoke, drink, nor swear," says Farmer Burns. "He is the coming American champion. I am going to continue to train him and I will make him throw Zbyszko and all the rest of the champions before I'll say he is the finished article." ______________________________________________
JIM LONDOS IN WIN OVER PAUL JONES (reprinted from Houston Post-Dispatch, Saturday, Oct. 25, 1930)
By Bruce Layer
The Jones-Londos battle at the City Auditorium Friday came to a rather abrupt ending when the little "Jeem" applied his leg-breaker on Paul, and some of the spectators decided to carry on the second and third falls -- resulting in a few flying fists and some rather hard wallops. The climax of the free contest of fisticuffs came on Texas avenue, a few yards away from the auditorium. A battered eye and a cut face resulted before some of "Houston's finest" ended the melee, much to the regret of a half-hundred or so onlookers.
The wrestling card, which was one of the best Sigel has booked this year, Saw Londos outrace and outcrawl Jones during the 51 minutes in the ring.
Instead of putting up his muchly announced offensive battle, Londos continued to be the world's best 10-miler and outstepped the Houstonian for a long time. When Paul finally caught up and applied the hook scissor Londos employed a crawl that would rival "Trudy" Ederle and went to the ropes for protection.
Catching Jones off guard, Londos flopped the Houston grappler around the ring a couple of times with head twists and then came up with the leg-breaker, the hold that broke up the show and caused referee Al Feld a little worry. Feld, working his first match in Houston, turned in one of the best third-man performances seen here and it was a shame the bout had to end to the dissatisfaction of the fans.
Before the start of the bout, both Londos and Jones agreed that the referee was to ignore all pats of the mat and would have to consult the fallen grappler before rendering a decision on a conceded fall.
When Jones went down under the leg-breaker, the fans sensed the end and were on edge to have Feld concede the fall. Jones was hammering the mat when he hit and continued to hammer it. Feld crossed to where Jones was fighting the hold. When he got there he leaned down to ask Paul if he wanted to concede the fall. Just as Feld was about to pat the champion, a spectator crashed through the ropes and knocked Londos loose from the hold.
But for the agreement before the match, the hold would have been broken a few seconds sooner, but it is doubtful if the time would have made much difference. Jones may have gotten by without the pulled tendon in his left ankle, but it is a well known fact that it does not take Londos long to put a foot out of commission once the leg-breaker is applied.
Londos received the well known berries of the razzbush as he tried to bow his way out of the ring after the fall and also came in for some boos when he returned for the second fall.
In the semi-windup Gino Garibaldi proved a little too much for Bill Middlekauf, the former football star and reformed fighter. Gino won the one fall contest in 25 minutes with a series of flying mares. The popular Italian was too swift for Middlekauf and the flying tackle failed to hit its mark.
Charley Lehman, the Flying Dutchman, pinned Red Lyons of
Beaumont in 27 minutes of the opener, using a double arm strangle. Both boys went at it at
top speed, giving a packed house plenty of action.
TOM MARVIN TO WRESTLE HERE FRIDAY (reprinted from Houston Post-Dispatch, Thursday, Oct. 2, 1930)
When Tommy Marvin, mighty little Indian chief, steps into the ring against Gino Garibaldi, the powerful Italian title contender, Friday night at the City Auditorium, his one aim will be to wipe out the memory of a defeat at the hands of Dick Daviscourt here. When he lost to Daviscourt, Marvin refused to sign with Promoter Morris Sigel for any future bouts.
Now, however, the Indian believes that he is back on top, and he is clamoring for a chance to re-establish himself as a local favorite. He still has plenty of supporters here who believe that Marvin's chin lock is every bit as great a hold as Ed Lewis' headlock, Joe Stecher's scissor and Dick Shikat's body slam.
Fans have not had an opportunity to see Garibaldi meet as rough and ready a grappler as Marvin, and it will be doubly interesting to see how the popular Italian counters Marvin's firfst-swinging attack. Marvin is still wearing the tape around his right fist, it is reported. This little white band of tape has been the cause of many a row in the local ring, but the Indian has always refused to come in without his hand tightly wrapped.
Paul Jones, Houston favorite, is in great condition once again for his match on the same card Friday night with Boris Dematroff, big Hungarian heavyweight, who Promoter Sigel predicts will make a big hit with Houston fans. The Houston promoter rarely recommends a grappler before he has been seen in action here, but he believes that Dematroff will catch on quickly.
Tickets will be back on sale at the Auditorium Friday morning, today's sale having been suspended owing to a Jewish holiday. The seats are priced at $1, $1.50 and $2. _______________________________________________
LONDOS AND RUDY DUSEK IN DEADLOCK (reprinted from Houston Post-Dispatch, Saturday, Dec. 6, 1930)
By Bruce Layer
Houston mat followers -- thousands of them -- Friday night at the City Auditorium saw two of the game's foremost heavyweights battle two hours to a deadlock when Jim Londos, world's heavyweight champion, could manage but one fall on Rudy Dusek, Nebraska's finest, in a two-hour time limit struggle.
During the two hours the men were on the canvas -- and every minute of the time was filled with action -- Dusek was after the champion, but when his chance came with that crab hold the Nebraskan uses to close them out, Londos was a bit too smart and managed to get to the ropes.
Londos' ability to outsmart his opponents has carried him to the championship, but his strategy all but failed him when Dusek had the little Greek wrapped up in a bundle and ready for shipment. Rolling and tossing about the ring to wear down the champion, Dusek slipped a bit too close to the outer edge of the ring and vine-like hands of Londos' reached out to take in the ropes. That meant assistance from the referee, and that tells of the champion's defense against Dusek's main threat.
Weathering the crab hold attack, Londos had to wait 1 hour and 40 minutes before he could put Dusek away with some flying mares, but the jolt wasn't enough to keep Dusek down and Rudy returned for the final fall and continued the battle right up until the minute the timekeeper tolled time.
In fact, so great was Dusek's rush that Londos was in another bundle when the referee parted the pair.
Dusek was given a rousing cheer as he climbed through the ropes. He had failed to lift the championship, but in doing so had given Houston fans the greatest wrestling match the Southwest has ever seen.
It was the first time that Londos, who heretofore has won all of his matches in less than one hour, was up against all he could handle.
Londos wilted badly after the first hour, and at one time he had a double stepover toe hold, but lacked the power to put the pressure on for the win.
Dusek, on the other hand, was taking all the champion offered and was coming in at a fast clip. Dusek's crab hold, a leg split, gave Londos trouble from the start, and the three times that Rudy applied the hold the champion was forced to hit for the ropes and protection.
A series of headlocks, the hold that beat Shikat down and paved the way for the leg-breaker that won for Londos the championship, whipped Dusek down just as the bout neared the one hour and forty-minute mark, and Londos then slipped in three flying mares that brought him the only fall of the match.
Londos' leg-breaker was no mystery for Dusek. The Nebraska "ape-man" merely kicked loose when the little Greek tried for the hold, and from the way Dusek kicked at times, Londos had to do a half back flip to keep from wearing the imprint of a 10 1/2.
For the first 30 minutes Londos retained his title as the champion two-mile runner in a 16-foot square, but later realized he was in for a busy evening and settled down to do more wrestling than he has displayed in all of his previous bouts.
Dusek held the defensive until Londos was weary of receiving punishment. The champion then started to open up, but on opening his attack was surprised to find a counter that proved to be just a wee bit more than he had bargained for.
However, in that last half hour of the fall, Londos for the first time showed Houstonians why he is kingpin of them all. He was cool under fire, and although tiring from the long grind, held up well when he saw Dusek's strength ebbing.
Dusek for the first time since wrestling in Houston employed a body scissor with telling effect. There was no slap-bang work by Dusek Friday night. He moved along smoothly, taking the hard falls and going to cover when in danger.
His best showing against Londos' holds came just before the close of the fall, when he bridged out of a head scissor and arm strangle that all but had him pinned.
After the rest period both wrestlers returned to the ring frish and ready to go. The fall was a repetition of the first and had it not been for a two-hour time limit the grapplers would have kept the packed house into the wee hours of the morning. But from the way the fans were "whooping" it up a little thing like late hours would have meant little.
Dusek lost no time going after a crab hold in the second fall and Londos was equally as fast for his pet leg-hold, but the rest period had refreshed both men and the 20 minutes left for the fall was not enough.
In the semi-windup, Kola Kwariani proved too much for Whitey Hewitt, the former taking the first and only fall of a two out of three fall contest. Hewitt poked Kwariani in the mouth and when Kola finished with Hewitt they carried him from the ring.
Vic Muhl and Red Lyons went to a draw in the second preliminary -- a 30-minute affair -- while in the opener Teddy Waters flopped Red Lindsey after 18 minutes.
Al Feld handled the matches.
HUGHIE NICHOLS IN WIN OVER PAT O'BRIEN IN WRESTLING BOUT (Houston Post, Dec. 5, 1931)
With some 5,000 wrestling fans cheering him on, Pat O'Brien gave Hugh Nichols the battle of his life Friday night at the City Auditorium, only to be outsmarted in the last two falls of the contest to lose his chance of lifting the lightheavyweight title.
Having the first fall to his credit after 20 minutes of wrestling, with a reverse headlock and arm strangle, the Irishman grew careless in the second fall to permit Nichols to clamp on a crab hold after 16 minutes.
In the deciding fall O'Brien again had Nichols all but out, when the champion rallied with a flying tackle, which he turned into a double leg lock for the match. The fall lasted 23 minutes.
Blue Sun Jennings, the big Indian who tore up the gridiron at Centenary, manhandled Jack Burke to win in straight falls. Burke, who in the past slugged his opponents about the ring with ease, found the Indian a little too much man to handle in that manner, and had to be content with the defensive throughout the bout.
Jennings won the first fall in 17 minutes after a body slam, and the second in eight minutes with a flying tackle that drove Burke out of the ring. The Chicago grappler was unable to return to the ring at the count of 10 and Jennings was awarded the match.
George Sauer won in straight falls from Jack Foreman, although the clever former middleweight champion had a tough time gaining the verdict. Foreman took the aggressive at the start, but set too fast a pace, and Sauer, who waited for an opening, used body slams for both falls. The first came after 18 minutes and the second in nine minutes.
Foreman's trick reverse and front headlock proved a popular hold with the large crowd.
Juan Humberto and Elmer Guthrie battled 30 minutes to a draw in the opening match. These lightheavyweights worked hard for a fall, but neither was able to find an opening. The bout was a whale of an opener for one of the best balanced cards of the winter. _____________________________________________
ANDERSON AND MILLER TO WRESTLE TONIGHT (reprinted from St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Mar. 14, 1935)
Johnny Anderson, coach of the St. Louis University and Kingdom House wrestlers, meets Joe Miller of Bavarian in the main event on the Aubuchon-Dennison Post wrestling card at the Municipal Auditorium Exposition Hall tonight.
In the semifinal, Johnny "Swede" Carlin, 172 pounds, meets Billy Scharbert, 165 pounds, of East St. Louis. In the other 30-minute contest, Louis Thesz will exchange grips with Billy Burke. The other preliminary will bring into action George Toby of Bonne Terre, Mo., and Jack Lewis of Alton, Ill. Rollie Pickett and Harry Kasperski meet in the curtain raiser.
The first bout is scheduled to start at 8:30 o'clock.
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DICK DAVISCOURT READY TO TAKE HEADLOCKS OF LEWIS IN BOUT TONIGHT (Wichita Eagle, 1-6-22)
Dick Daviscourt will try once more to throw his arch mat enemy, "Strangler" Lewis, in a finish bout at the Forum tonight. Whether the Wichita wrestler will be able to turn the trick on the former champion is a much debated question. Most of the mat fans here rather think that Daviscourt is in for another trimming. Most of them want to be there in case the favored local grappler overturns the dope and beats the "Strangler."
Daviscourt and Lewis have wrestled several times before. Each time Daviscourt has come a little closer to tossing the former champ. At the previous meeting, which took place at the Forum last fall, Daviscourt won the first fall in two minutes, only to lose the match. The winning of this fall and the winning of one over the great Stanislaus Zbyszko at Boston, Christmas, has given his ardent admirers hopes that perhaps this will be the time that Lewis is whipped.
Stecher's two-fall victory over Daviscourt at Kansas City lessened the Wichitan's chances considerably, think local experts. Lewis, Stecher and Zbyszko are the big three of grappling. Daviscourt has met two of them in the past two weeks and will meet the third tonight. So far his efforts to break into this magic circle have been unavailing.
Ed Lewis has been, and probably still is, one of the greatest grapplers ever produced in America. His perfection of the celebrated headlock has made him the most feared and best advertised of any of them. He has remarkable strength and endurance, a good head and his great hold. The combination has made him a wonder and a former champion. He is favored to regain his title from Zbyszko within a year at the most.
That is why Daviscourt wants to beat Lewis worse than any man in the business. He realizes that beating the "Strangler" would stamp him as a real topnotcher, an active contender and a big box office attraction. Should Daviscourt beat Lewis it would be worth a hundred thousand to him in matches this year.
Tom Law, who is promoting the match, has arranged a good preliminary. Sailor Jack Lewis, a comer in the heavyweight ranks, will meet Jim McClung, a husky Kansas farmer, who may give Lewis a little surprise. This match will be out of the ordinary for a preliminary, as both men are heavyweights and may put up just as interesting a fight as the main bout grapplers.
The match will be held at the Forum. Indications point to another large house, says Law, who has received many demands for tickets from out of the city. ____________________________________________
Straight Tips From The Sport Sheet by PAL
WHO WILL WIN MARCH 3? (Wichita Eagle, 2-19-22)
Will Wichita see a new world's heavyweight wrestling champion when Lewis gets through with Stanislaus Zbyszko on March 3? That is the question that has been occupying the minds of mat critics and fans not only of Wichita and this section of the country but wrestling followers all over America.
While the old master will step into the ring a favorite to beat the younger "Strangler" on the early March classic, there will be plenty of backers for the headlock artist. Lewis has youth, strength, science, head work and one of the most deadly wrestling holds ever invented to aid him in his great test for a world's athletic crown.
Critics elsewhere are taking up Wichita's quandary and debating it. C.E. McBride of the Kansas City Star has written:
"What a wonder this Zbyszko is. Forty-two years old and still the master athlete of the ring. Not once last night did he seem to be breathing hard. At the finish of the match he hurdled the ring ropes like a college athlete. We're coming to believe all the stories Jack Herman tells us about 'Zibby' taking his daily exercises on arising, his daily road work, showers and rubs.
"Who will throw the champion? Maybe 'Strangler' Lewis when they meet in Wichita next month. Lewis has had other chances and hasn't been able to turn the Pole's shoulders to the mat and hold them there, but he probably is the best of all the present crowd of American challengers and he may be able to win at Wichita."
Otto Floto of the Denver Post also adds some information when he states:
"The scenes enacted after the Zbyszko-Caddock match in New York last Monday night should prove sufficient to convince the athletic commission that 'flying falls' belong to another age, that the wrestling fans of today want to see the shoulders pinned to the mat so there will be no doubt regarding the supremacy of one 'rassler' over another gent following the same calling. The moment a 'flying fall' is registered the spectators want to know what it's all about. The thing happens so quickly and before they realize it they feel they are not getting their money's worth, hence a howl and and a kick against the sport. The wrestling game is all right; it's the queer rules in New York that make it look bad. It's not bad, and anyone familiar with its working will prove to you the better man constantly wins. If this were not so, why is it the elder Zbyszko has lost but one match since his arrival in America more than ten years ago? He wins because he's the best. If this were not so some other chap would come along and wrest the title from him. Right here, too, we want to say if there's one man in the land that has a good chance to grab the crown it's 'Strangler' Lewis. True, Zbyszko took it from him, but the old fellow is now nearing the 50-year mark and he can't hang on forever, if we are to believe the inevitable workings of the law of nature." ___________________________________________
MANY GOOD SEATS LEFT FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH (reprinted from Wichita Eagle, 2-19-22)
Although the seat sale has been extremely heavy for the Lewis-Zbyszko match on March 3, Tom Law wishes to correct the impression that the house is sold out. The top balcony has been sold out, but at least 2,000 seats are left in the arena and parquet. Many of these seats can be had for $5.
Law also states that some people have had the impression
that the headlock is barred. There are no holds barred in the contest. The strangle hold
will not be allowed, of course, but this hold is never used in wrestling in America. The
bout will be to a finish, two out of three falls, and the winner will positively get the
world's championship and the diamond belt as the emblem of the big prize.
LONDOS DEFEATS LEWIS, RETAINS TITLE; 35,265 ATTEND MATCH (Associated Press, Sept. 21, 1934)
By Charles Dunkley
CHICAGO (AP) -- Ed "Strangler" Lewis, the old head hunter of the wrestling mat, failed in his efforts to regains the world's heavyweight championship last night.
Before a record-breaking crowd of 35,265 spectators, Lewis, graying and portly, went down to crushing defeat in his match with Jim Londos, generally recogtnized as title holder, under the floodlights at Wrigley Field, home of the Cubs.
Lewis was slammed to the mat with a crotch hold with Londos leaping on him like a cat to apply a punishing hammerlock and a three-quarters Nelson. Lewis gamely tried to squirm out of it, but fell victim to defeat after they had wrestled 49 minutes and 27 seconds.
Londos defeated Lewis with the first new hold that he applied to the aging warrior. He picked up the 240-pound Lewis, raised him over his head, and then slammed him to the mat like a ton of brick. Lewis attempted to squirm over on his stomach, but Londos, agile and alert, quickly got to his side to secure a hammer lock, and then added the three-quarters Nelson.
Lewis groaned in agony and his face turned ashen white under the punishment of these terrific holds. Londos had perfect leverage, however, and although Lewis rocked back and forth he could not escape. Londos, with ever increasing force, applied the crusher that forced Lewis' shoulders to the mat.
Previous to the victorious fall Londos obtained, Lewis was the aggressor a dozen times and was far out in front in points because of his aggressiveness.
Lewis shot his bolt after 30 minutes of tugging around the ring. He suddenly applied a series of his famous head locks, the deadly hold that formerly brought him victory when he was the recognized champion. He brought Londos to the mat twice with headlocks, but they fell through the ropes and into the laps of the spectators when he attempted to bring Londos to the mat for the third time.
The match, sponsored by the Chicago Tribune for charity, approached in interest the famous championship match between George Hackenschmidt and the late Frank Gotch, decided at the White Sox baseball park, Chicago, 23 years ago. That contest drew a gate of $80,000 with Gotch the victor.
Lewis, who had claimed to have defeated Londos 14 times in engagements all over the country prior to seven years ago, had been refused another meeting with the solemn looking Greek until they were brought together tonight. Lewis outweighed the champion 35 pounds, scaling 240 to 205 for Londos.
The wild swinging King Levinsky of Chicago drove Art Sykes of Elmira, N.Y., all around the ring to win a clean cut decision in their 10-round boxing match, following the Lewis-Londos match.
The attendance broke all records for wrestling, eclipsing the 30,000 crowd at the second Gotch-Hackenschmidt match at the White Sox ballpark in 1911. The gross receipts were $96,302, compared with $89,000 for the match of 23 years ago. _____________________________________________
LONDOS THROWS LEWIS AND MAKES TITLE SAFE TILL THEY MEET AGAIN (reprinted from St. Louis Post-Dispatch, March 7, 1935)
By Damon Derby
"Ben Hur," the play, was a box office hit for years, and the shrewd old advance agent who went ahead of the road company explained its success by saying, "'Ben Hur could never fail. If you mix a horse race, a ballet dance and a bit of religion you are bound to catch the American public."
Now, years later, the drama, "They Fall For Me," featuring Champion Jimmy Londos, comes along, and while it professes none of the ingredients that made "Ben Hur" a success, it bids fair to surpass "Ben Hur's" run and figures, as witness the fact that 11,438 persons paid $12,005.10 on a blustery, raining evening to watch a revival of the drama last night at the Arena with ancient Ed Lewis opposite the champion. This, after the same St. Louis public paid more than $15,000 only a few weeks ago to watch the same show.
Whereas their last meeting here -- figured to be about their seventeenth -- went more than an hour, last night's affair was brought to a rousing finish in 39 minutes and 3 seconds, with Lewis, of course, flat on his back, a shorn Samson, and the champion once more triumphant. The action, though comparatively short, held the excited interest of the big crowd all of the way.
Only a few minutes before the end the Strangler gave the roaring customers a thrill by clamping three headlocks, one after another, on the harried champion. On the third it appeared to the crowd, peering through a thick haze of smoke, that Londos was dangerously close to a fall. Referee S.O. Smith of Boston evidently had the same thought. He jumped over the performers and got down on his stomach to get a better view. But Londos kept one shoulder a fraction of an inch from the mat. He squirmed and tugged, over near the northwest corner of the ring, and finally wormed his way out of the hold.
Thus, getting a new lease on life, he sprang into action, brought some forearm blows into play and followed up with a couple of front headlocks and a body block, with which he gained the fall. Gasping for breath, he then pulled himself together after the terrific exertion, leaned weakly on the ropes and said a few words to the radio audience. Ho hum! Another evening.
Londos wrestled his usual type of performance during the early part of the bout. He was on the run much of the time and this, of course, annoyed the customers. He also applied what appeared to be strangle holds, this also bothering the paying guests and the referee as well. The official, here for the first time and imported for the occasion, a tall, distinguished individual with hair turning iron gray around the temples, broke right in on the proceedings when Londos clamped on the "strangle." His work was hailed with delight by the onlookers. This one time, they agreed, Londos wasn't being favored. And still, ho hum!
The hit of the supporting end of the production was
Chief Little Wolf, an Indian making his first start here. Opposing Tommy Marvin in a
preliminary, Chief Little Wolf got what he later described as an "Indian death
lock" on his opponent and caused him to yelp "enough" after 3:58.
WRESTLING RESULTS (Post-Dispatch, 3-7-35)
Lincoln, Neb.--Paul Jones, 220, Houston, Tex., defeated Buck Weaver, 238, Boston, two straight falls.
Trenton, N.J.--Emil Dusek, 212, Omaha, and Jim Browning, 235, Verona, Mo., drew, one fall each.
Portland, Ore.--Gus Sonnenberg, 205, Boston, tossed
Jules Strongbow, 275, Oklahoma, two out of three falls; Ted Cox, 220, Lodi, Cal., beat
Jack Washburn, 240, Boston, two out of three falls.
When he arose to put on the finishing touches, he raised both hands to heaven, gave one yell after another and everybody in the crowd, including this corner, thought he himself was being killed. Imagine the surprise to learn that Marvin was the guy who was being punished.
Chief Little Wolf, it develops, is the stage name of the newcomer. His real name is Ben Tenario and he hails from a ranch 12 miles this side of Trinidad, Colo., on the Santa Fe Trail. He says, and his ears bear him out, that he had been around in wrestling for six or seven yerars, but only lately has he come into prominence. He is due right now for a shot at Londos on the West Coast. His enthusiastic reception here indicates he will also be accomodated in St. Louis. He is short, chunky, weighing 210 pounds, appearing not quite so broad as he is long, and altogether he is quite a ball of fire when inside those ropes.
Bronko Nagurski, the football playing rassler, continued his winning streak here by pinning the rough Karl Davis in 14:43, a popular victory; Ray Steele socked Karl Sarpolis and then downed him with a body block in 17:35, and George Tragos manhandled the fellow advertised as Pat Murphy, getting the fall in 12:40 while the customers were finding their seats.
Here is a two-whom-it-may-concern noticed handed out by the State Athletic Commission: "Concession permit fee for sale of soft drinks, sandwiches, candy, etc., shall be from $2.50 to $50 for each separate attraction as it is deemed equitable by the commission."
Southern Colorado appears to be growing 'em tough and strong -- as always -- these days. Everett Marshall, from La Junta, George and Chris Zaharias, from Pueblo, and now Chief Little Wolf from Trinidad.
Little Wolf was introduced from the ring just before the main event. He wears a 10-gallon hat and cowboy boots. He was a bronco buster, he explained to ringsiders, before he took up wrestling.
Capt. S.O. Smith, the referee, said he holds a commission in the Reserve Officers' Training Corps.
Pat Murpy, the opponent of George Tragos in the first event, attempted numerous kangaroo kicks, leaping out feet first at our George's face. Only a few of his many attempts were successful, and when he missed he wound up in a very, very awkward position. ____________________________________________
MUCH-TRAVELLED WRESTLING ACE (reprinted from the Auckland, New Zealand, Star, Sept. 20, 1944)
One of the most colossal characters in all of wrestledom is Ed "Strangler" Lewis. The 265lb, 53-year-old ace of the world's mats was a visitor to Vancouver last month, after completing a 14-week tour of U.S. Army, Navy and marine bases, travelling night and day and giving two-hour shows every night.
Lewis talks of 36 years of wrestling, explains that he retired about five years ago, stayed out of action for three years and finally weighed 365 pounds. "I came back then," he says with a chuckle, and his large head, nestling comfortably enough on a neck that takes a 20-inch collar, nods in full agreement with himself.
He has travelled five times around the world, wrestled in India before thousands of the faithful. "Over there the Majarajahs have their own stables of wrestlers, something like rich men have stables of horses here," explained Lewis. However, in Calcutta and Bombay, there are private promoters of wrestling shows and, of course, it is the biggest sport of all.
"Are wrestlers harder to figure than horses?"
we asked. "I don't think so," answered Lewis, "I could never beat the
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Wrestling Flashbacks/All-Sports Monthly/June, 1949
KARA PASHA -- THE TERRIBLE TURK
Paul Asian Kara Pasha! What memories that name recalls to those who remember wrestling in its infancy in New Zealand. The stock, debonair Turk was the first real showman to appear in Dominion rings, and what a showman! Although few will remember him today -- other than perhaps his mere name -- he was directly responsible for putting the sport right on the map as a major attraction here.
One day in 1930, a gentleman of foreign appearance, clad in a gaudy check coat, descended the gangway of the Makura at Wellington. From that day until his departure 18 months later, the grimacing, cavorting Turk was a stellar attraction throughout the entire country -- they just flocked to see him. With his coming came the wrestling boom which is still with us.
Pasha beat Tom Alley, lightheavyweight champion of the world, at Wellington in July, 1930, and nearly 2,000 men were turned away. From then on it was a case of being at the Town Hall, wherever it was, by 6:30, or missing out. Pasha beat Tom Ray next, then went to Auckland and threw Alley again before another wonderful crowd. His first defeat in this country was administered by another one-time world champion, Ted Thye, who won narrowly at Auckland.
Owing to the fact that the powerful Canadian, George
Walker, another great name in our wrestling annals, was wrestling for a rival body, he did
not meet Pasha that season. So great was the public demand for the match, however, that
Walker returned to the parent Association in 1931 and on July 20, 1931, exactly a year
after his first appearance here, Kara Pasha met George Walker at Wellington. Walker won by
virtue of his greater strength and the sudden application of his dreaded back sloop slam.
From this point onwards, Pasha's drawing power waned -- he was subsequently twice
vanquished by Walker. He had had a great run, however, and his part in our wrestling
history was no small one. He was the first of the showmen.
Wrestling Flashbacks/All-Sports Monthly/July, 1949
LOFTY BLOMFIELD'S BID FOR A WORLD TITLE
When the New Zealand Wrestling Association announced early in 1937 that it was conducting a tournament with a view to sending overseas a challenger for the world heavyweight title, wrestling fans throughout the Dominion realized that here at last was an opportunity for the home champion, Lofty Blomfield, then at the zenith of his powers, to break into international wrestling. Although the opposition was tough, Blomfield's legions of supporters were convinced that their man would qualify for the trip overseas, and Lofty didn't disappoint them, defeating the elbow-jolting Joe Kopach Woods in the final bout of the series.
The result was that, on March 18, 1938, Blomfield became the first New Zealand wrestler to challenge for world honours when he stepped into the ring at Vancouver, B.C., to make his big bid against the new champion, big Bronko Nagurski, Minnesota football star. Nagurski, who had decisively defeated Dean Detton for the crown the previous year, was one of the most spectacular and rugged men then in the game. His first defence of his title had been against the much boomed Mexican sensation, Vincent Lopez, and it was after Nagurski's easy defeated of Lopez in straight falls that the Los Angeles Examiner said: "Nagurski simply bowls them over when and by such means it pleases him -- bowls them over and strides magnificently away from the wreckage he has left, towering above them all as the most convincing champion the mat game has known since Strangler Lewis."
It was against such an immensely powerful grappler, then, that Lofty Blomfield found himself on that March evening 11 years ago. Lofty had already run up a sensational string of victories in the States, having dropped but one bout in 51 matches. The bout was wrestled under the rounds system used in Australasia, and seemed to hamper Nagurski, whose usual tactics were to wear down the opposition with sheer strength and then apply the coupe-de-grace Blomfield, however, held his own in superb style, and matched strength for strength, finally recovering from the early fall which he conceded to the champion by forcing Nagurski to submit, in the final round, to his famed match-winner, the Octopus Clamp.
It was the first fall given away by the Polish-American strong man since he began his reign as king of the grapplers, and it was the first bout he could not win, the decision being split. Efforts were made to rematch the pair, but nothing came of it, and the burly Aucklander eventually packed his trunks and returned home a few weeks later with honours thick upon him.
MAT BRIEFS -- Hawaii is the happy hunting ground for many veterans of the mat world. Harry Demetral, the Greek, is domiciled there, as are Kimon Kudo, the Japanese judo man, and Al Pereira, one-time heavyweight champion of Europe (he beat Henri DeGlane for the title in Paris). Promoter there is globetrotting Russian lightheavyweight Al Karasick, an old opponent of George Walker's . . . A hold that has fallen into disuse in late years is the flying head scissors that Dr. Karl Sarpolis, Chicago Lithuanian, devised in the early '30s. Sarpolis is now promoting in Texas and has, as his star, the veteran hillbilly, Leo (Daniel Boone) Savage, the longhaired, bearded Ozark mountaineer who wrestles in his overalls . . . In Boston, a character of another nature, Mr. X, is holding the spotlight. He gave Frank Sexton, best of the world champions, such a tough bout recently that Sexton barely got out of it with his title intact. No one has yet discovered the identity of the masked matman, though it has been hinted that it might be former world champion Marvin Westenberg . . . _____________________________________________
Wrestling Flashbacks/All-Sports Monthly/August, 1949
REMEMBER STANLEY PINTO, FIRST MAT VILLAIN?
Although New Zealanders have seen many of the mat game's most abused sons in action, such oft-booed ruffians as Angelo Cistoldi, Cy Williams, Ted (King Kong) Cox, Dick Raines and the like, many of us can still recall without much effort the first attempts at ring mayhem introduced into the Dominion by a 33-year-old Nebraskan, "Wildcat" Stanley Pinto.
Stan firmly believed, even in those comparatively early days 18 years ago, that unpopularity paid, and suited his tactics to this truism. Showmanship came naturally to him but, unlike a number of today's so-called "bad men," Pinto could really wrestle. His range of holds was not confined to elbow jolting and hair pulling. During his one season in New Zealand, he earned the title of New Zealand champion when he defeated Tom Alley at Wellington Nov. 23, 1931. His three great struggles with George Walker during that season helped to establish wrestling here as a leading sport.
The rugged pair wrestled two draws, with Pinto winning the deciding contest when Walker was disqualified.
The bald-headed Nebraskan also defeated Tom Lurich (twice), Billy Meeske (twice), Scotty McDougall (twice), Kara Pasha, Sam Burmeister, Jack Higgins, George Penchoff, Stanley Buresh, Harry Demetral and Tom Alley, losing on points to Pasha and McDougall and drawing with Pasha.
In the States, Pinto beat Stan Zbyszko, Strangler Lewis, Henri DeGlane, Joe Savoldi, Jim Browning and Dean Detton -- all seven world champions at one time or another. We would like to know which other grappler can duplicate this performance.
He also owns the distinction of recording the fastest fall known to wrestling when he required a mere five seconds to pin Joe Malcewicz, the "Utica Panther." In March, 1937, he beat Dean Detton by two straight falls.
Pinto, born in Bohemia on May 23, 1900, and taken to the States eight years later, was surely one of the greatest of those who never got their hands on a world title. _____________________________________________
Wrestling Flashbacks/All-Sports Monthly/Oct., 1949
HALL WAS WRESTLING'S GAIN, MEDICINE'S LOSS
Quite the sensation of the early part of 1933 from a purely wrestling point of view (as opposed to Whiskers Blake's beard and Joe Varga's monocle) was a sun-tanned Nebraska University graduate who seemed to be as near to our conception of the complete wrestler as any who had, until then, trod our rings.
Doctor Len Hall was probably the first of the modern school to appear in New Zealand. Big -- he was, at 15st. 8lb. (218 pounds), almost a stone bigger than the average importation of those days -- and fast, he had an unsurpassed range of holds which he applied with surprising speed and skill.
He didn't stay here long -- after defeating Jake Patterson, Al Pereira, Count Joe Varga, Charlie Santen and a few others, he failed to agree to the terms offered him for a bout with the home champion, George Walker, and hied off to Australia.
Hall was born in 1909 at Omaha in the state of Nebraska, home of so many world famed grapplers. His father was a practising physician, and it was his fond hope that the offspring would one day step into his shoes. Hence, his every early nickname of "Doc."
Doc was soon bitten, however, by the mat bug. When he discovered that wrestling's headliners were earning far more than many a struggling doctor or chemist, he decided on a career in the sport, first completing his degree at the University of Nebraska just to have something on which to fall back in case his plans went astray.
His record in Europe bears reproducing. Here is the list of champions he forced to acknowledge defeat: George Clarke (England), Oscar Nygren (Sweden), Andree Bloome (Belgium), Manuel Faullando (Spain), Umberto Arpino (Italy), Paul Favre (Switzerland), Peter Ivanoff (Bulgaria), Rudy Krumel (CzechoSlovakia), Hussein Mostifa (Turkey), and B. Mosig (Germany). In compiled this array of victories, Hall probably beat more foreign wrestlers than any American matman of his time. _____________________________________________
Australia/sports novels, June 1950 by Ron Casey
BROKEN NECK MADE DAVIS BECOME A WRESTLER
Have you ever been suddenly confronted with a face that you remember, but just cannot recollect the owner's name? Try as you may, it's almost impossible to place where you saw the features grinning in front of you. It's pounds to a penny that's what will happen to you if you meet Karl Davis, the visiting American wrestler.
Karl's battered features are almost as well known to you as those of the leading film stars, a handful of statesmen, or a batch of our most popular sportsmen.
It happened to me. When I met Davis unexpectedly last month I was really "stuck" to remember his name. It wasn't until this "stranger" explained to me that he was under a five-year contract with Warner Brothers' Studios, Hollywood, that I realized where I -- and a few million other Australians -- had seen him grinning, scowling, and looking with the real "intent to kill" attitude.
Karl Davis is one of Hollywood's topline "baddies." He has appeared in seven films in the past 12 months. You still don't remember? Well, in that case, you're simply not a fan for the western thrillers or murder-a-minute chillders Davis has been appearing in during recent years.
Karl was chosen for film work by one of Hollywood's topline directors, David Butler. Butler looks something like a wrestler himself and is a keen fan. He liked Karl's natural style in front of the cameras and gave him his first chance a few years ago. Since then it has been one film after another for Davis.
Davis doesn't tell "little white lies" about his film work. (Without going into details, last year an American wrestler told Australian fans about his wrestling ability and added a little in the way of glamour by detailing his "glowing" film career. As it later turned out, he was little better than an extra in the crowd during the film "Pinky.")
Karl Davis, on the other hand, is truthful. He confesses that he doesn't play leading roles, but he does fill important supporting parts. But let's go back to the beginning of Davis' mat career.
Jim McMillen, in those days, had recently entered the pro wrestling ranks after carrying everything before him on the gridiron field. McMillen had every promoter in the sport licking his lips. The publicity and glamour surrounding a top-line footballer entering a new sport is enough to pack most arenas.
Davis was a newcomer and, on the sole recommendation of John Pesek, he was given a bout with McMillen. Naturally, he was selected because of one feature in his wrestling makeup . . . the promoter thought he would be easy to beat!
Karl entered the ring for his first bout a rather nervous young man, wishing his neck had never been injured in street football because, he reasoned, he'd never have been facing a giant like McMillen but for the accident.
Luckily for Karl, McMillen was just as nervous in the first few minutes and the bout got away to a rather tame start. As the contest progressed, however, it became as thrilling as the main event -- Jimmy Londos versus Ed (Strangler) Lewis for the world championship.
The following year, Karl graduated to main events and himself wrestled Londos. He caused one of the biggest upset of the year when he destroyed Londos two falls to one. The referee held Davis' hand high as a signal that he was the victor, but later the local boxing commission changed the decision to a draw.
The officials pointed out that Londos was partly out of the ring when the final fall was called in favor of Karl Davis.
Shortly before the war, Karl Davis altered his style of wrestling. Until then he had met and (in most cases) defeated the best matmen in the game with "straight, clean tactics." But a new era of wrestling was dawning. The rough villains were winning the contests and getting better results at the "gate" than other performers.
Davis decided to move with the times and assume the mantle of unpopularity -- that is the cloak of the villain. Today, Davis is one of the roughest matmen in the sport. His system is to soften them up with a little rough work, then go in for the kill with legitimate stuff. "That's the way I get results, anyhow," he says.
Commenting on present-day wrestling, Karl Davis says that the sport is suffering from "a boom that's certain to bring on a heart attack within a few years. Television has brought the sport right in front of the public eye and caused attendances to rise sharply. But when the promoters allowed the television boys to cover contests five nights a week, takings began to nose dive badly.
"One promoter checked his gate receipts during television and found them to be only $1,386 per 'house.' The first 'house' after television ceased grossed $32,000, and slowly that figure has slipped back to a solid average of $10,000 per show. That proved how much television was hurting our gate money.
"It was not until all the wrestlers got together that the promoters cut out the television. They did this, and the attendances jumped again. These days our bouts are televised only two nights a week, and everyone is happy. Two shows a week by television is sufficient to keep the fans interested enough to come along on the 'off' nights.
"The freaks? Well, we've proved they'll draw top money alright, but it takes oldtimers with wrestling skill like Jimmy Londos to really pack them in. Why, Jimmy is around sixty these days, yet early this year he broke all attendance records for a bout in Chicago.
"Carnera, Gorgeous George, and the rest give the game a great boost for six or seven weeks when they appear in a new city. But after they leave the place is 'dead' for wrestling. They draw good money alright, but they kill the sport for the others who come along after them," Davis explained.
Davis met former Australian heavyweight champion Fred Atkins on the latter's first trip to America a few years ago. Karl defeated Fred in a rough bout in San Francisco. Davis won after 13 minutes of wrestling.
Davis says that Atkins has made a great hit in Toronto (Canada), where the locals have really taken him to their heart. Atkins is also well liked by other wrestlers. His happy, easy-going ways have made him very much a part of the American wrestling scene.
It's doubtful whether we'll see Fred again until his wrestling days are over.
Off the record, Karl explained, he has a sport that's even more interesting to him than wrestling: golf.
Back in America, he was the amateur golf champion of California for several years, and has played several times with Jim Ferrier.
Although the newspapers often refer to him as Carl Davis, the American asks me to point out that his name is spelled K-A-R-L. He feels that the correct spelling is more dignified.
Davis expects to say several months in Australia, but his mother has been ill, and this could easily alter his plans. Married, and with two children -- a boy and a girl -- Davis' ring earnings and movie contracts have made his future secure.
(ED. NOTE--The above article, printed in an
Australian sports paper, appeared with a picture of actress Terry Moore, then star of the
film "Mr. Joseph Young of Africa," who was posing with some of the world's
leading wrestlers: Wee Willie Davis, Man Mountain Dean, Primo Carnera, Sammy Stein, Ivan
Rasputin, Ian Batchelor, Sammy Menacher, The Swedish Angel, Karl Davis and Bomber
The WAWLI Papers # 009...
STAR SEARCH: DON LEO JONATHAN (1950-67)
M=UNDER A MASK -- TAG TEAM BOUTS EXCLUDED
Nov. 14, San Francisco Tom Rice Draw Dec. 26, San Francisco Bobby Bruns Lost
Sept. 4, Baltimore Miguel Torres Won Sept. 7, Newark Aldo Bogni Won Sept. 11, Baltimore Mike Ryan Won Oct. 2, Baltimore Golden Terror Draw Oct. 9, Baltimore Ben Morgan Lost Oct. 16, Baltimore Ben Morgan Lost Nov. 20, Baltimore Len Montana (M) Lost Dec. 5, Philadelphia Frank Marconi Won
Jan. 1, Baltimore Frank Hewitt Won-DQ Jan. 2, Washington Ike Eakins Jan. 8, Baltimore Len Montana (M) Lost Jan. 14, New York MSG Kola Kwariani Won Jan. 16, New York City Antonino Rocca Lost Jan. 30, Washington Bibber McCoy Won Feb. 5, Baltimore Man Mountain Dean Jr. Won Feb. 19, New York City Charro Azteca Won Feb. 20, Washington Ben Morgan Won Feb. 21, Newark Tiger Joe Marsh Draw Mar. 5, Washington Lord Carlton Mar. 18, Baltimore Mad Man Mataxas Won Mar. 19, Washington Les Ruffin Won Mar. 20, Boston Reb Russell Won Mar. 26, Washington Ben Morgan Apr. 1, New York City Len Montana (M) Apr. 2, Washington Pedro Godoy Apr. 4, Long Island City Tony Cosenza Won Apr. 8, Baltimore Jerry Meeker Draw Apr. 9, Washington Pedro Godoy Apr. 16, Brooklyn Jim Austeri Won Apr. 22, Baltimore Stan Mayslack Draw Apr. 25, Newark Aldo Bogni Won Apr. 29, New York City John Barend Draw May 2, Newark Steve Stanlee Lost May 8, Boston Les Ruffin Won May 27, Ottawa Frank Valois Won-DQ May 28, Montreal Jim Coffield Won June 3, Ottawa Les Ruffin Won June 4, Montreal Les Ruffin Won June 10, Ottawa Mr. Moto Won June 11, Montreal Frank Valois Won-DQ June 17, Ottawa Mr. Moto Lost July 29, Ottawa Vincent Lopez Draw Aug. 6, Montreal Joe Christie Won-DQ Sept. 2, Ottawa Buddy Rogers Draw (NC) Sept. 3, Montreal Killer Kowalski Lost Sept. 30, Boston Les Ruffin Won Oct. 15, Montreal Manuel Cortez Won Oct. 17, St. Louis Babe Zaharias Won Nov. 7, St. Louis Hans Hermann Won Nov. 11, Boston Joe Christie Won Nov. 18, Boston Clyde Steeves Won Dec. 2, Boston Tiger Tasker Won Dec. 9, Boston Tarzan Zorra Draw Dec. 16, Boston Bull Montana Won
Jan. 13, Ottawa Killer Kowalski Lost Jan. 14, Montreal Oyama Kato Won Mar. 3, Boston Yvon Robert Lost Mar. 10, Minneapolis Pat McGill Draw Mar. 11, Chicago Mike Ryan Won Mar. 17, Minneapolis Stan Mayslack Won Mar. 18, Chicago Stu Gibson Won Mar. 24, Minneapolis Paul Baillargeon Lost Mar. 25, Chicago Bull Allen Won Mar. 31, Minneapolis Yukon Eric Lost Apr. 1, Chicago Jack Moore Won Apr. 8, Chicago Great Kalimar Won Apr. 15, Chicago Sky Hi Lee Lost Apr. 21, Minneapolis Ike Eakins Lost Apr. 24, Chicago Hans Schmidt Lost Apr. 25, Chicago Don Evans Lost Apr. 30, Toronto Firpo Zbyszko Draw May 7, Toronto Jan Gotch Won May 14, Toronto Man Mountain Dean Jr. Won June 4, Toronto Howard Cantonwine Won June 11, Toronto Hans Hermann Draw June 18, Toronto Firpo Zbyszko Won June 25, Toronto Fred Atkins Draw July 9, Toronto Man Mountain Dean Jr. Won July 16, Toronto Hans Schmidt Lost Aug. 20, Toronto Bob Leipler Draw Sept. 10, Toronto Donn Lewin Won Sept. 17, Toronto Fred Atkins Lost Sept. 22, Ottawa Vincent Lopez Won Oct. 10, Boston Great Togo Lost Oct. 15, Montreal Vincent Lopez Won Oct. 21, Montreal Firpo Zbyszko Won Oct. 27, Boston Great Togo Won Oct. 28, Montreal Larry Moquin Draw Nov. 4, Montreal Tony Martinelli Won Nov. 10, Ottawa Yvon Robert Lost-DQ Nov. 18, Montreal Sandor Kovacs Won Nov. 23, Boston Killer Kowalski Won Dec. 1, Ottawa Sandor Kovacs Won Dec. 2, Montreal Killer Kowalski Lost Dec. 19, St. Louis Red McIntyre Draw
Jan. 13, Montreal Bobby Managoff Draw Jan. 18, Boston Killer Kowalski Lost Jan. 26, Ottawa Reyes Nacho Won Jan. 27, Montreal Yvon Robert Won Feb. 1, Boston Bull Curry Won-DQ Feb. 3, Montreal Yukon Eric Lost Feb. 22, Boston Kenny Ackles Won Mar. 2, Ottawa Buddy Rogers Lost Mar. 3, Montreal Steve Stanlee Won Mar. 9, Ottawa Ray Stern Lost-DQ Mar. 10, Montreal Verne Gagne Lost Mar. 22, Boston Hans Schmidt Lost Mar. 26, St. Louis Bob Leipler Draw Mar. 27, St. Louis Bill Longson Draw Apr. 1, Columbus Pierre LaSalle Won (as El Diablo) Apr. 3, St. Louis Danno O'Shocker Won Apr. 8, Columbus Pierre LaSalle Lost (as El Diablo) Apr. 17, Columbus Durango Won (as El Diablo) Apr. 24, St. Louis Pete Managoff Won May 4, Indianapolis Mike Lane Won May 8, St. Louis Lou Thesz Lost June 12, St. Louis Bob McCune Won June 22, Baltimore Great ScottWon (as El Loco) June 24, Columbus Bill Miller Lost-DQ (as El Diablo) July 10, St. Louis Mike Lane Won July 13, Baltimore Len Montana (M)Draw (as El Loco) July 19, Philadelphia John Swenski Won July 20, Baltimore Nick RobertsLost (as El Loco) July 21, Chicago Lou Thesz Lost July 28, Philadelphia Ruffy Silverstein Won Aug. 2, Philadelphia Guy Brunetti Draw Aug. 3, Baltimore Guy BrunettiWon (as El Loco) Aug. 5, Columbus Nick RobertsWon (dec) (as El Diablo) Aug. 17, Baltimore Bill MillerWon (as El Loco) Aug. 19, Columbus Buddy Rogers Lost (dec) UNMASKED AS EL DIABLO Aug. 21, Columbus Len Montana Won Aug. 26, Columbus Bill Miller Draw Aug. 27, Indianapolis Buddy Rogers Won Aug. 31, Baltimore Guy Brunetti Won (as El Loco) Sept. 4, Columbus Sonny Kurgis Won Sept. 7, Baltimore Ray Stern Lost (as El Loco) Sept. 9, Columbus Buddy Rogers Draw Sept. 14, Indianapolis Buddy Rogers Lost Sept. 16, Columbus Len Montana Won Sept. 18, Columbus Bill Hites Won Sept. 23, Columbus Bill Miller Won (dec) Sept. 25, Chicago Juan Hernandez Won Sept. 30, Columbus Buddy Rogers Lost Oct. 2, Chicago Tom Bradley Lost-DQ Oct. 4, Boston Adrian Baillargeon Won Oct. 6, Montreal Pat O'Connor Lost-DQ Oct. 7, Columbus Bill Miller Lost Oct. 8, Cincinnati Dick Hutton Lost Oct. 9, Chicago Bill Brookshire Won Oct. 11, Boston Sammy Berg Won Oct. 15, St. Louis Killer Kowalski Lost Oct. 16, Chicago Art Stanley Won Oct. 18, Boston Bobby Managoff Won Oct. 22, Chicago Jack Moore Won Oct. 30, Chicago Terry Foster Won Nov. 6, Chicago Greg Jarque Won Nov. 12, Chicago Yukon Eric Draw Nov. 15, New York MSG Antonino Rocca Lost Nov. 20, Chicago Bill Cody Won Nov. 27, Chicago Roy Rogers Won Nov. 29, Omaha Verne Gagne Lost-DQ Dec. 10, Chicago Yukon Eric Lost-DQ Dec. 13, New York MSG Antonino Rocca Lost
Jan. 21, Chicago Roy McClarty Draw Jan. 24, Boston Antonino Rocca Lost Feb. 5, Chicago Karl Karlsson Won Feb. 10, Kansas City Dutch Hefner Won Feb. 12, St. Louis Ray Eckert Draw Feb. 14, Omaha Verne Gagne Won-DQ Feb. 24, Kansas City Hans Schmidt Lost Feb. 28, Omaha Verne Gagne Draw Mar. 4, Chicago Reggie Lisowski Won Mar. 21, Omaha Chris Tolos Won Mar. 28, Omaha Hans Schmidt Won-DQ Apr. 15, Chicago Verne Gagne Lost Apr. 16, Chicago Juan Hernandez Won Apr. 22, Milwaukee Roy McClarty Won Apr. 23, Chicago Roy McClarty Won Apr. 30, Chicago Roy McClarty Lost May 2, Omaha Primo Carnera Won May 5, Denver Verne Gagne Lost May 9, Omaha Verne Gagne Lost May 14, Chicago Hans Schmidt Lost-DQ May 17, Ottawa Herb Trawick Won May 20, Milwaukee Verne Gagne Lost May 24, Ottawa Paul Baillargeon Draw May 25, Montreal Sandor Kovacs Won May 31, Ottawa Paul Baillargeon Lost-DQ June 2, Denver Hans Schmidt Lost June 4, Chicago Polo Cordova Won June 8, Montreal Pat O'Connor Won-DQ June 14, Ottawa Yvon Robert Draw June 15, Montreal Pat O'Connor Won June 23, Montreal Paul Baillargeon Draw July 2, Chicago Whitey Whittler Lost July 6, Montreal Wilbur Snyder Won-DQ July 13, Montreal Yvon Robert Won July 27, Montreal Wilbur Snyder Won Aug. 3, Montreal Pat O'Connor Draw (NC) Aug. 17, Montreal Yvon Robert Lost Aug. 23, Baltimore Hans Schmidt Won Aug. 24, Montreal Yvon Robert Won Aug. 31, Montreal Buddy Rogers Draw (NC) Sept. 7, Montreal Paul Baillargeon Won-DQ Sept. 13, Ottawa Paul Baillargeon Draw Sept. 14, Montreal Buddy Rogers Won Sept. 20, Ottawa Paul Bailargeon Draw (NC) Sept. 21, Montreal Antonino Rocca Draw (NC) Oct. 6, Ottawa Bobby Managoff Draw Oct. 12, Montreal Bobby Managoff Won-DQ Oct. 13, New York City Fred Atkins Won Oct. 18, New York MSG Don Eagle Draw Oct. 19, Montreal Bobby Managoff Draw Oct. 25, Omaha Roy McClarty Lost-DQ Oct. 28, Chicago Lou Thesz Lost Oct. 29, Milwaukee Dick the Bruiser Lost Nov. 1, Omaha Hans Schmidt Draw Nov. 2, Montreal Pat O'Connor Draw Nov. 9, Montreal Buddy Rogers Draw (NC) Nov. 14, Boston Pat O'Connor Won Nov. 17, Ottawa Pat O'Connor Draw Nov. 21, Boston Pat O'Connor Draw Nov. 28, Boston Don Eagle Draw (NC) Dec. 1, Ottawa Don Eagle Draw (NC) Dec. 8, Ottawa Pat O'Connor Draw (NC) Dec. 14, Montreal Killer Kowalski Lost
Feb. 1, Los Angeles Jerry Christy Won Feb. 3, Santa Monica Ricky Waldo Won Feb. 6, Hollywood Sammy Berg Won Feb. 7, San Diego Lee Henning Won Feb. 8, Los Angeles Mighty Joe Won Feb. 13, Hollywood Tom Rice Won Feb. 20, Hollywood Oyama Kato Won Feb. 22, Los Angeles Rocky Brown Won Feb. 24, Santa Monica Nick Bockwinkel Won Feb. 28, Long Beach Tom Rice Won Mar. 5, Hollywood Lou Thesz Lost-DQ Mar. 9, Santa Monica Buddy Gilbert Draw Mar. 14, Los Angeles Sandor Szabo Won Mar. 16, Santa Monica Buddy Gilbert Won Mar. 20, San Diego Johnny Valentine Draw Mar. 23, Santa Monica Primo Carnera Draw (NC) Mar. 27, San Diego Johnny Valentine Won Mar. 30, Santa Monica Sandy Tyler Won Apr. 3, San Diego Primo Carnera Won Apr. 6, Santa Monica Johnny Valentine Draw Apr. 10, San Diego Johnny Valentine Lost Apr. 11, Los Angeles Lou Thesz Lost-DQ Apr. 13, Santa Monica Buddy Gilbert Won Apr. 18, Los Angeles Dutch Hefner Won May 3, Denver Bob Orton Won May 8, San Diego Antonino Rocca Lost May 23, Montreal Ron Etchison Won May 30, Montreal Manuel Cortez Won June 6, Montreal Ed Carpentier Lost-DQ June 7, New York City Ron Etchison Won July 18, Montreal Frank Valois Won July 25, Montreal Killer Kowalski Lost Aug. 7, Ottawa Ed Carpentier Draw (NC) Aug. 14, Ottawa Ed Carpentier Lost Aug. 22, Montreal Killer Kowalski Won Aug. 23, Ottawa Yvon Robert Won-DQ Aug. 28, Ottawa Yvon Robert Lost-DQ Sept. 5, Montreal Billy Watson Draw Sept. 11, Ottawa Yukon Eric Draw (NC) Sept. 19, Montreal Yvon Robert Draw (NC) Sept. 25, Ottawa Killer Kowalski Lost Oct. 18, Ottawa Hard Boiled Haggerty Lost-DQ Nov. 12, Boston Ed Carpentier Lost Nov. 14, Montreal Ramon Torres Won Nov. 21, Montreal Yvon Robert Draw Nov. 26, Boston Gypsy Joe Gonzales Won Nov. 29, Ottawa Manuel Cortez Lost-DQ Dec. 3, Boston Killer Kowalski Lost Dec. 5, Montreal Paul Baillargeon Draw Dec. 12, Montreal Ed Carpentier Lost Dec. 19, Montreal Hard Boiled Haggerty Lost
Feb. 11, Tampa Red Demon Won (Dick Raines) Feb. 26, Orlando Yukon Eric Lost Mar. 13, Miami Roy McClarty Won Mar. 18, Tampa Willie Davis Lost Mar. 29, Houston Apr. 1, Fort Worth Ray Piret Won Apr. 4, San Antonio Rocco Colombo Won Apr. 5, Houston Luis Martinez Won Apr. 8, Fort Worth Prince Maiava Won Apr. 9, Dallas Dick Raines Won Apr. 12, Houston Art Neilson Won Apr. 15, Fort Worth Bobby Managoff Won Apr. 16, Dallas Duke Keomuka Won Apr. 18, San Antonio El Medico Won Apr. 19, Houston Pepper Gomez Won WON TEXAS STATE HEAVY TITLE Apr. 22, Fort Worth Danny McShain Won Apr. 23, Dallas Don Evans Won Apr. 29, Fort Worth Bull Curry Won Apr. 30, Dallas Joe Blanchard Won May 3, Houston Lou Thesz Lost-DQ May 6, Fort Worth Bull Curry Won May 7, Dallas Tokyo Joe Won May 9, San Antonio Joe Christie Won May 10, Houston El Medico Won-cor May 13, Fort Worth Bull Curry Won May 14, Dallas Duke Keomuka Lost-DQ May 16, San Antonio Danny McShain Won May 17, Houston Tex McKenzie Won May 20, Fort Worth Don Evans Won May 23, San Antonio Danny McShain Won May 24, Houston El Medico Lost-DQ May 27, Fort Worth Pepper Gomez Won May 31, Houston Pepper Gomez Draw June 2, Fort Worth Pepper Gomez Lost-DQ June 7, Houston Bull Curry Won June 10, Fort Worth Pepper Gomez Won June 17, Fort Worth Johnny Valentine Won June 21, Houston Killer Kowalski Won June 25, Dallas Johnny Valentine Draw June 28, Houston El Medico Won July 5, Houston Ray Gunkel Won July 18, San Antonio Duke Keomuka Won July 20, Houston Lou Thesz Lost July 23, Dallas El Medico Won Aug. 6, Dallas Lou Thesz Lost-DQ Aug. 9, Houston Pepper Gomez Draw Aug. 13, Dallas Johnny Valentine Won Aug. 16, Houston Johnny Valentine Lost Aug. 19, Fort Worth Ray Gunkel Won Aug. 20, Dallas Lou Thesz Lost Aug. 16, Fort Worth Pepper Gomez Lost-DQ Aug. 27, Dallas Luther Lindsey Lost-DQ Sept. 5, Milwaukee Luis Martinez Won Sept. 7, Chicago Frank Hickey Won Sept. 13, Chicago Legs Langevin Won Sept. 14, Chicago Wilbur Snyder Draw Sept. 20, St. Louis Mighty Ursus Won Sept. 21, Milwaukee Dick the Bruiser Draw-NC Sept. 26, Indianapolis Wilbur Snyder Lost Sept. 28, Chicago Wilbur Snyder Won Oct. 3, Milwaukee Gino Angelo Won (later The Beast) Oct. 4, Chicago Roy McClarty Won Oct. 11, Houston Pepper Gomez Draw Oct. 17, Milwaukee Tony Sillipini Won (laterTony Marino) Oct. 19, Chicago Stan Lisowski Won Oct. 25, St. Louis Guy Brunetti Won Oct. 26, Milwaukee Verne Gagne Won Nov. 2, Omaha Verne Gagne Lost-DQ Nov. 9, Chicago Tony Sillipini Won Nov. 15, Chicago Angelo Poffo Won Nov. 16, Milwaukee Verne Gagne Lost-cor Nov. 20, Montreal Johnny Rougeau Lost-DQ Nov. 27, Montreal Johnny Rougeau Nov. 28, Milwaukee Ivan the Terrible Lost Nov. 30, Omaha Verne Gagne Lost Dec. 5, Milwaukee Ivan the Terrible Won Dec. 7, Omaha Dick the Bruiser Dec. 14, Milwaukee Pat O'Connor Won Dec. 16, Fort Worth Dick Stepp Won Dec. 17, Dallas Bill Melby Draw Dec. 20, Houston Dick Hutton Lost Dec. 21, Chicago Ivan the Terrible Lost Dec. 26, Minneapolis Jack Pesek Won Dec. 27, Winnipeg Jack Pesek Won Dec. 28, Omaha Dick the Bruiser
Jan. 3, Winnipeg Thor Hagen Won Jan. 4, Omaha Dick the Bruiser Lost Jan. 8, Montreal Verne Gagne Draw Jan. 11, Chicago Carl Engstrom Won Jan. 18, Chicago Ivan the Terrible Won Jan. 22, Montreal Verne Gagne Lost Jan. 24, Winnipeg Verne Gagne Lost Jan. 25, Chicago Angelo Poffo Won Jan. 31, Chicago Ed Carpentier Lost Feb. 14, Omaha Verne Gagne Won-DQ TOURS SOUTH AFRICA June 18, Montreal Paul Baillargeon Draw (NC) June 28, Boston Tiger Tasker Won July 10, Ottawa Enrique Torres Draw (NC) Aug. 31, Honolulu Lucky Simunovich Draw TOURED JAPAN Oct. 8, Milwaukee Pat O'Connor Won Nov. 9, Honolulu Tiny Mills Won Nov. 12, Honolulu Joe Blanchard Won Nov. 16, Honolulu Hard Boiled Haggerty Won Nov. 23, Honolulu Sky Hi Lee Won-DQ Nov. 30, Honolulu Sky Hi Lee Won Dec. 14, Honolulu Dick Hutton Lost Dec. 17, Honolulu Lucky Simunovich Won Dec. 20, Honolulu Dick Hutton Lost
Jan. 14, Honolulu Al Lolotai Lost Jan. 16, Boston Tim Geohagen Jan. 21, Montreal Suni War Cloud Won Jan. 30, Boston Haystack Calhoun Feb. 3, Ottawa Claude Dassary Won (later Hercules Cortez) Feb. 4, Montreal Maurice LaPointe Won Feb. 11, Montreal Bill Miller Won Feb. 13, Boston Ed Miller Feb. 18, Montreal Bill Miller Won-DQ Feb. 25, Montreal Ed Miller Lost-cor Mar. 11, Montreal Paul Baillargeon Draw Mar. 14, Boston Yukon Eric Won Mar. 18, Montreal Sammy Berg Won Mar. 25, Montreal Tarzan Tourville Won (later Tarzan Tyler) Apr. 1, Montreal Pepper Gomez Draw Apr. 2, Ottawa Ed Carpentier Lost-DQ Apr. 3, Boston Pepper Gomez Apr. 8, Montreal Bernard Vignal Won Apr. 9, Ottawa Pepper Gomez Lost Apr. 24, Boston Luther Lindsey Apr. 29, Montreal Paul Baillargeon Draw May 14, Ottawa Ed Carpentier Won-DQ May 21, Ottawa Ed Carpentier Lost June 5, Houston Pat O'Connor Draw June 10, Montreal Killer Kowalski June 25, Toronto Howard Martin Won (later Pepper Martin) July 2, Toronto Tarzan Tourville Won July 9, Toronto Hard Boiled Haggerty Won July 16, Toronto Yukon Eric Won July 23, Toronto Dick Hutton Won July 30, Toronto Pat O'Connor Draw Aug. 6, Toronto Lou Thesz Won Aug. 13, Toronto Ed Carpentier Won Aug. 14, Houston Pat O'Connor Lost Aug. 27, Toronto Billy Watson Won-DQ Sept. 10, Toronto Ed Carpentier Won Sept. 24, Toronto Billy Watson Draw Oct. 1, Toronto Jack Laskin Won Oct. 8, Toronto Billy Watson Lost Oct. 15, Toronto Sam Steamboat Won Oct. 16, Winnipeg Pat O'Connor Draw (NC) Oct. 22, Toronto Ilio DiPaolo Draw Dec. 7, Boston Yukon Eric Won
Jan. 8, Winnipeg Frank Townsend Won Jan. 15, Winnipeg Frank Townsend Draw Jan. 27, Winnipeg Billy Watson Lost Feb. 1, Vancouver Billy Watson Draw Feb. 4, Toronto Tony Marino Won Feb. 6, Chicago Pepper Gomez Draw Feb. 10, Montreal Buddy Rogers Lost Feb. 11, Toronto Sam Steamboat Won Feb. 15, Vancouver Gino Garibaldi Won Feb. 16, Edmonton Luther Lindsey Feb. 22, Vancouver Billy Watson Won Feb. 23, Edmonton Billy Watson Feb. 25, Toronto Billy Watson Lost Feb. 27, Winnipeg Billy Watson Lost Mar. 2, Los Angeles Ed Carpentier Lost Mar. 7, Vancouver Gene Kiniski Lost Mar. 8, Edmonton Luther Lindsey Mar. 10, Toronto Lou Thesz Draw Mar. 22, Edmonton Ed Carpentier Mar. 29, Edmonton Luther Lindsey Lost-DQ Apr. 8, Toronto Lou Thesz Lost-DQ Apr. 21, Toronto Mike Valentino Won (later Baron Scicluna) May 10, Vancouver Pat O'Connor Lost May 13, Boston Frank Scarpa Draw June 3, Boston Lou Thesz Lost July 14, Toronto Lou Thesz Lost July 18, Fort Worth Tony Borne Won July 22, Houston Torbellino Blanco Won WON TEXAS HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE July 24, Houston Frank Townsend Aug. 1, Fort Worth Doug Gilbert Won Aug. 2, Dallas Frank Townsend Lost Aug. 3, San Antonio Tito Kopa Won (later Ali Bey) Aug. 5, Houston Mr. Kleen Won-cor (Ed Miller) Aug. 8, Fort Worth Mr. Kleen Lost Aug. 9, Dallas Jerry Kozak Won Aug. 10, San Antonio Mr. Kleen Lost Aug. 12, Houston Pat O'Connor Lost-DQ Aug. 15, Fort Worth Nelson Royal Won Aug. 17, San Antonio Great Tonina Aug. 19, Houston Pat O'Connor Aug. 22, Fort Worth Frank Valois Won Aug. 24, San Antonio Mr. Kleen Sept. 2, Houston Torbellino Blanco Lost LOST TEXAS HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE Sept. 5, Fort Worth Man Mountain Campbell Lost (later Luke Brown) Sept. 13, Dallas Man Mountain Campbell Lost Sept. 14, San Antonio Paul Vachon Sept. 16, Houston Tiger Conway Sept. 21, San Antonio Ciclon Negro Lost Sept. 23, Houston Man Mountain Campbell Sept. 28, San Antonio Danny McShain Oct. 4, Dallas Mr. Kleen Won Oct. 12, San Antonio Paul Vachon Oct. 14, Houston Ciclon Negro Draw (NC) Oct. 21, Houston Ciclon Negro Lost Oct. 28, Houston Tiger Conway Nov. 1, Dallas Pat O'Connor Lost Nov. 12, Cincinnati Jim Grabmire Won Nov. 15, Indianapolis Kinji Shibuya Won Nov. 24, Indianapolis Bobby Managoff Draw Nov. 25, Omaha Tommy O'Toole Won Dec. 3, Omaha Verne Gagne Lost-DQ Dec. 10, Omaha Bill Miller Draw Dec. 13, Indianapolis Bronko Lubich Won Dec. 16, Atlanta Bill Dromo Won Dec. 30, Omaha The Sheik Won
Jan. 3, Indianapolis Nick Kilonis Won Jan. 7, Omaha Bill Miller Won Jan. 13, Milwaukee Jack Wilson Won Jan. 17, Indianapolis Killer Kowalski Draw Feb. 4, Omaha Bill Miller Lost Feb. 18, Columbus Karl Gotch Feb. 23, Cleveland Hercules Romero Lost Mar. 1, Montreal Claude DassaryLost-DQ Mar. 4, San Francisco Antonino Rocca Lost Mar. 10, Omaha Tex McKenzie Won Mar. 18, Columbus Bob Ellis Lost Mar. 25, Detroit Antonino Rocca Lost Mar. 28, Indianapolis Angelo Savoldi Won Mar. 30, San Francisco Tim Geohagen Won Apr. 7, Omaha Bill Miller Won Apr. 11, Indianapolis Antonino Rocca Lost Apr. 15, Columbus Karl Gotch Draw (NC) Apr. 20, Omaha Bobo Brazil Lost-DQ Apr. 22, Columbus Fritz Von Goering Won-DQ Apr. 29, Omaha Bobo Brazil May 5, Atlanta Killer Kowalski Won May 6, Columbus Steve Stanlee Lost-DQ May 9, Indianapolis Jack Terry Won May 12, Omaha Haystack Calhoun Won May 17, Montreal Bobo Brazil Draw May 18, Cleveland MikeTracy Won May 19, St. Louis Thor Hagen Won May 23, Indianapolis Johnny Weaver Won June 7, Denver Jack Terry Won June 13, Indianapolis Joe Blanchard Draw June 15, Denver Wilbur Snyder Lost June 20, Indianapolis Lou Bastien Lost June 23, Detroit Pat O'Connor Lost-DQ July 14, Detroit Bob Ellis Draw July 22, Omaha Verne Gagne Won July 25, Kansas City Tiny Smith July 29, Cincinnati Jim Grabmire Won Aug. 26, Omaha Bill Miller Won Sept. 2, Milwaukee Verne Gagne Draw (NC) Sept. 9, San Francisco Doug Lindsey Won (also Doug Gilbert) Sept. 15, Denver Wilbur Snyder Lost Sept. 16, Omaha Verne Gagne Lost-DQ Sept. 30, San Francisco Pepper Gomez Lost Oct. 7, Los Angeles Bobo Brazil Lost Oct. 14, Omaha Bill Melby Lost Oct. 28, Omaha Bill Melby Lost Nov. 3, Omaha Bill Miller Draw (NC) Nov. 23, Omaha Killer Karl Kox Won-DQ Nov. 24, St. LouisGino Marella Won (later Gorilla Monsoon) Nov. 30, Kansas City Buddy Austin Draw Dec. 2, Omaha Hercules Cortez Won Dec. 8, St. Louis John Paul Henning Draw (NC) Dec. 16, Omaha Verne Gagne Lost-DQ Dec. 30, Detroit The Spoiler Won (Don Jardine)
Jan. 12, Omaha Fritz Von Erich Lost-DQ Jan. 17, Denver Bobo Brazil Won Jan. 19, Omaha Fritz Von Erich Lost Jan. 27, Indianapolis Bobo Brazil Draw Feb. 3, Omaha Stan Stasiak Won Feb. 15, Cleveland The Sheik Won Feb. 16, St. Louis Johnny Valentine Draw Feb. 17, Detroit Angelo Poffo Won Feb. 22, Cleveland The Sheik Draw Mar. 2, Buffalo Ilio DiPaolo Draw Mar. 10, Detroit Haystack Muldoon Won Mar. 15, Cleveland Bobo Brazil Won Mar. 22, Cleveland Bobo Brazil Won Mar. 29, Cleveland Ilio DiPaolo Draw Apr. 18, Indianapolis Hans Hermann Won Apr. 19, Cincinnati Baron Gattoni Won Apr. 21, Detroit Emile Dupre Won Apr. 26, Cleveland Mike Gallagher Won May 3, Cleveland Dick the Bruiser Won-DQ May 12, Detroit Hans Hermann Won May 26, Cincinnati Frank Marconi Won June 1, Buffalo The Beast Won-DQ (Gino Angelo) June 2, Detroit Waldo Von Erich Won June 9, Indianapolis Ike Eakins Won June 12, Indianapolis The Sheik Lost-DQ June 19, Indianapolis The Sheik Won June 23, Detroit Tony Borne Draw June 30, Cincinnati Fritz Von Erich Won July 7, Columbus Waldo Von Erich July 14, Detroit Dick the Bruiser Draw July 21, Omaha Moose Evans Won-DQ July 29, Columbus The Sheik Won-DQ Aug. 3, Denver Bobby Graham Won Aug. 4, Detroit Mark Lewin Draw Aug. 11, Milwaukee Ricky Cortez Won Aug. 12, Columbus Karl Gotch Draw Aug. 17, Indianapolis Ricky Cortez Won Aug. 18, Detroit Art Neilson Won Aug. 25, Omaha Doug Gilbert Draw Aug. 30, Columbus Ricky Cortez Won Sept. 1, Milwaukee Robert Duranton Won Sept. 11, Columbus Karl Gotch Lost LOST VERSION OF A.W.A. WORLD TITLE Sept. 18, Indianapolis Robert Duranton Draw Sept. 28, Columbus Karl Gotch Lost Sept. 29, Omaha Fritz Von Erich Lost Oct. 3, Denver Dick the Bruiser Lost Oct. 6, Omaha Haystack Muldoon Won Oct. 8, Kansas City Robert Duranton Oct. 11, Cleveland Ilio DiPaolo Draw Oct. 12, Milwaukee Emile Dupre Nov. 2, Detroit Karl Gotch Lost Nov. 6, Kansas City Bill McDonald Nov. 9, Louisville Don Jardine Nov. 10, Columbus Bill Miller Lost Nov. 13, Indianapolis Hans Hermann Won Nov. 16, St. Louis Gino Marella Won Nov. 22, Indianapolis Emile Dupre Won Nov. 26, Columbus Bill Miller Draw Dec. 8, Detroit Fred Blassie Lost Dec. 29, Cincinnati Bill Miller
Jan. 5, Columbus Don Jardine Won Jan. 12, Omaha Dick Steinborn Draw Jan. 15, Denver Guy Mitchell Won Jan. 18, Omaha Reggie Lisowski Lost Feb. 6, Los Angeles Ox Anderson Won Feb. 11, Las Vegas Robert Duranton Won Feb. 27, Los Angeles Art Michalik Won Mar. 1, San Diego Robert Duranton Won Mar. 5, Long Beach Robert Duranton Won Mar. 8, San Diego Don Duffy Won Mar. 12, Long Beach Mustapha Pasha Won Mar. 15, San Diego Don Duffy Won Mar. 19, Long Beach Bob Raider Won Mar. 20, Los Angeles The Destroyer Lost Mar. 27, Honolulu Dino Lanza Won Apr. 3, Honolulu Lou Newman Won Apr. 10, Honolulu Curtis Iaukea Draw Apr. 16, Long Beach Mike Mazurki Won Apr. 20, San Francisco Ray Stern Draw May 1, Los Angeles Curtis Iaukea Draw May 3, San Diego Dick Hutton Won May 6, Las Vegas Don Jardine Won May 8, Los Angeles Don Jardine Won May 10, Los Angeles Dick Hutton Draw May 13, Las Vegas Tex McKenzie Won May 14, Long Beach Tex McKenzie Won May 17, San Diego Tex McKenzie Won May 18, San Francisco Danno O'Shocker Won May 20, Las Vegas Johnny Walker Won (later Mr. Wrestling II) May 21, Long Beach Robert Duranton Won May 27, Las Vegas Enrique Torres Won May 29, Los Angeles Mr. Moto Lost June 5, Los Angeles Tex McKenzie Won June 7, San Diego Ernie Ladd Lost June 12, Los Angeles Dick Chaney Won June 14, Los Angeles Mr. Moto Draw June 19, Los Angeles Mexican Atlas Won June 21, San Diego Tex McKenzie Won June 26, Los Angeles Art Michalik Won June 28, San Diego Gene LeBell Won July 3, Los Angeles Bearcat Wright Lost July 12, San Diego Dick Hutton Draw July 15, Las Vegas Bearcat Wright July 16, Long Beach Bearcat Wright Lost July 17, Los Angeles Kit Fox Won July 19, Los Angeles Ernie Ladd Draw July 23, Long Beach Kit Fox Won July 26, San Diego Kit Fox Lost July 31, Los Angeles Don Savage Won Aug. 10, San Francisco Great Pampero Won Aug. 14, Los Angeles Hercules Cortez Lost Aug. 16, San Diego Bearcat Wright Lost Aug. 27, Long Beach Pedro Lopez Won Aug. 28, Los Angeles Art Michalik Won Sept. 4, Los Angeles El Toro Won (Pedro Godoy) Sept. 10, Long Beach Bearcat Wright Draw Sept. 11, Los Angeles Broadway Venus Won Sept. 13, Los Angeles Ray Stern Draw Sept. 14, San Francisco Karl Gotch Lost Sept. 17, Long Beach Pedro Lopez Won Sept. 18, Los Angeles Pat Andrews Won Sept. 25, Los Angeles Fritz Von Goering Draw Oct. 1, Long Beach Bearcat Wright Lost Oct. 2, Los Angeles Dick Hutton Draw Oct. 4, San Diego Hercules Cortez Won Oct. 15, Long Beach Jerry Benz Won Nov. 5, Long Beach Bearcat Wright Won Nov. 20, Los Angeles Vic Christy Won Nov. 26, Long Beach Ed Carpentier Lost Nov. 27, Honolulu Neff Maiava Lost-DQ Dec. 9, Vancouver Tex McKenzie Won Dec. 16, Vancouver Billy Watson Won Dec. 23, Vancouver Bill Watts Won Dec. 30, Vancouver Billy Watson Won
Jan. 6, Vancouver Gene Kiniski Won Jan. 13, Vancouver Gene Kiniski Lost Jan. 24, Winnipeg Roy McClarty Won Feb. 3, Vancouver Enrique Torres Lost-DQ Feb. 17, Vancouver Gene Kiniski Lost Feb. 29, Vancouver Ben Sharpe Won Mar. 9, Vancouver Ben Sharpe Won Mar. 30, Vancouver Bearcat Wright Won Apr. 6, Vancouver Lou Thesz Draw Apr. 10, Winnipeg Dale Lewis Won Apr. 20, Vancouver Bulldog Brower Won Apr. 27, Vancouver Ed Carpentier Lost-DQ May 4, Vancouver Bearcat Wright Draw May 11, Vancouver Bearcat Wright Lost May 14, Winnipeg Ed Carpentier Won May 18, Vancouver Dale Lewis Won May 25, Vancouver Roy McClarty Draw May 28, Winnipeg Enrique Torres Won June 18, Winnipeg Yukon Eric Won June 22, Vancouver Dale Lewis Won June 29, Vancouver Ed Carpentier July 6, Vancouver Buddy Austin Won-DQ July 20, Vancouver Buddy Austin Won Aug. 3, Vancouver Lou Thesz Draw (NC) Aug. 6, Winnipeg Lou Thesz Draw (NC) Aug. 24, Vancouver Buddy Austin Won Sept. 14, Vancouver Roy Heffernan Won Sept. 21, Vancouver Joe Tomasso Won Oct. 5, Vancouver Hard Boiled Haggerty Won-DQ Oct. 6, Winnipeg Hard Boiled Haggerty Won-DQ Oct. 26, Vancouver Igor Kalmikoff Won (Stan Pulaski) Oct. 30, Calgary Igor Kalmikoff Won Nov. 2, Vancouver Karl Gotch Lost Nov. 14, Honolulu Curtis Iaukea Lost Nov. 19, Edmonton Karl Gotch Draw Nov. 20, Calgary Ricky Waldo Won Nov. 23, Vancouver Juan Sebastian Won Nov. 27, Calgary Karl Gotch Draw Nov. 30, Vancouver Karl Gotch Draw
Jan. 2, Edmonton Stan Stasiak Won Jan. 7, Edmonton Roy Heffernan Won Jan. 14, Edmonton Stan Stasiak Won Jan. 18, Vancouver Klondike Bill Won Jan. 21, Edmonton Al Goodwin Won Jan. 30, Winnipeg Klondike Bill Won-DQ Feb. 13, Winnipeg Klondike Bill Won Mar. 1, Vancouver Stan Stasiak Won Mar. 8, Vancouver Nikita Kalmikoff Won (Nikita Mulkovich) Mar. 22, Vancouver Stan Stasiak Won Mar. 29, Vancouver Johnny Kostas Won Apr. 5, Vancouver Klondike Bill Lost Apr. 26, Vancouver Klondike Bill Won May 1, Winnipeg Klondike Bill Won-cor May 3, Vancouver Roy Heffernan Won May 8, San Francisco Pat Barrett Won May 10, Vancouver Johnny Kostas Won May 24, Vancouver Art Neilson Lost May 29, Winnipeg Klondike Bill Won-DQ May 31, Salt Lake City Stan Kowalski Won June 21, Vancouver Roy Heffernan Draw July 9, Portland Soldat Gorky Won (John Smith) July 10, Seattle Stan Pulaski Lost July 12, Vancouver Ivan Kameroff Won-DQ July 17, Seattle Jim Starr Won July 19, Vancouver Art Neilson Lost July 20, Seattle Soldat Gorky Won Aug. 9, Vancouver Mighty Ursus Won Aug. 14, Winnipeg Mighty Ursus Won Aug. 16, Vancouver Ben Sharpe Won Aug. 17, Seattle Jim Starr Won Aug. 30, Vancouver Ivan Kameroff Won Sept. 14, Seattle Stan Stasiak Won-DQ Sept. 27, Vancouver Art Neilson Won-DQ Oct. 8, Portland Stan Stasiak Draw Oct. 12, Seattle Ray Gordon Won Oct. 25, Vancouver Ivan Kameroff Won-DQ Nov. 8, Vancouver Bill Dromo Draw Nov. 15, Vancouver Bill Dromo Lost Nov. 16, Seattle Stan Stasiak Lost-DQ Nov. 18, Portland Stan Stasiak Lost Nov. 29, Vancouver Soldat Gorky Won Dec. 20, Vancouver Ivan Kameroff Won Dec. 27, Vancouver Art Neilson Won
Jan. 3, Vancouver Okiyama Won-DQ Jan. 10, Vancouver Okiyama Lost-DQ Jan. 17, Vancouver Pancho Lopez Won Jan. 31, Vancouver Okiyama Won Feb. 7, Vancouver John Tolos Won-DQ Feb. 19, Winnipeg Gene Kiniski Feb. 28, Vancouver Bill Dromo Draw Mar. 14, Vancouver John Tolos Lost Mar. 28, Vancouver Sandor Kovacs Won Apr. 11, Vancouver Ivan Kameroff Won Apr. 12, Seattle Stan Stasiak Won-DQ Apr. 16, Winnipeg Sandor Kovacs Won Apr. 22, Portland Tim Geohagen Won Apr. 25, Vancouver Mighty Ursus Won-DQ Apr. 29, Portland Gene Kiniski Draw May 9, Vancouver Mighty Ursus Won May 16, Vancouver John Tolos Draw May 17, Seattle Stan Stasiak Lost June 20, Vancouver Dutch Savage Draw July 18, Vancouver Mighty Ursus Won Aug. 15, Vancouver Dutch Savage Lost Aug. 22, Vancouver Dutch Savage Won Sept. 17, Seattle Alexander the Great Won Sept. 19, Vancouver Gene Kiniski Draw Oct. 8, Seattle Fujiwara Won Oct. 18, Montreal Killer Kowalski Oct. 22, Seattle Paul DeGalles Won Oct. 24, Vancouver Ray Stevens Won Nov. 1, Seattle Fujiwara Won Nov. 10, Vancouver Don Jardine Won Nov. 14, Vancouver John Tolos Won Nov. 15, Seattle Jerry Miller Won Nov. 26, Seattle Gene Kiniski Draw Dec. 17, Seattle John Tolos Won-DQ
Jan. 2, Vancouver Dutch Savage Lost Jan. 7, Seattle Gene
Kiniski Draw Jan. 9, Vancouver Jim Starr Won Jan. 21, Vancouver Chris Tolos Won-DQ Feb. 6,
Vancouver Jim Starr Won Feb. 20, Vancouver Crybaby Cannon Won-DQ Feb. 27, Vancouver Don
Jardine Draw Mar. 20, Vancouver Don Jardine Draw Mar. 27, Vancouver Crybaby Cannon Won
Apr. 17, Vancouver Dutch Savage Draw
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SHIKAT PINS PINETZKI: Throws Rival in 24:30 of Wrestling Bout at Ridgewood Grove (Brooklyn) (reprinted from the New York Times, May 26, 1932)
Richard Shikat of Philadelphia, former world's titleholder, pinned the shoulders of Leo Pinetzki, Polish giant, to the mat in 24:30 of the feature finish wrestling exhibition at the Ridgewood Grove Sporting Club before 3,500 persons last night. Shikat, weighing 218, forty-seven pounds less than his opponent, threw his rival with a body hold. Other results were:
George Manich, 200, New Jersey, threw Dr. Ralph Wilson, 208, Indiana, after 23:10 with a crotch hold and body slam; Fritz Kley, 212, Germany, and Fred Grubmeier, 200, Iowa, wrestled thirty minutes to a draw; Bill Middlekauf, 225, Florida, and George Hagen, 210, Ridgewood, wrestled thirty minutes to a draw; Joe Komar, 233, Lithuanian, threw Mihaly Orgovanyi, 202, Hungary, after 19:16 with a crotch hold and body slam; Earl McCready, 226, Oklahoma, and Cy Williams, 218, New York, wrestled thirteen minutes to a draw (halted at 11 o'clock).
SHERRY THROWS SIKI: Wins Main Bout in 28:06 at St. Nicholas Arena Before 2,000
Jack Sherry of Ohio threw Reginald Siki of Roxbury, Mass., in the main wrestling exhibition, scheduled to a finish, at the St. Nicholas Arena last night. A crowd of 2,000 attended the final wrestling show of the season at the Arena and saw Sherry win with an airplane spin and drop in 28:06. Sherry weighed 225 pounds and Siki 215. Other results were:
Nick Lutze, 211, Venice, Cal, threw Dr. Fred Meyers,
200, Chicago, in 52:25 of scheduled finish exhibition with a double arm lock and back
drop; Harry Glick, 150, Bronx, threw Young Munday, 150, Brooklyn, in 4;00 of scheduled
thirty-minute exhibition with a flying mare; Jim Browning, 230, Missouri, threw Jose
Dominguez, 225, Spain, in 17:10 of scheduled thirty-minute exhibition with body scissors;
Charley Hansen, 205, Sweden, and Wong Bock Cheung, 200, China, wrestled to a draw in a
DICK SHIKAT IN HOSPITAL AFTER LOSING TO BABA
Champion Charges Foul as Turkish Wrestler Claims World Championship (Associated Press, Apr. 25, 1936)
DETROIT (AP) -- Ali Baba, barrel-chested Turkish wrestler with a maroon fez, handle-bar mustache, and a repertoire of ferocious grimaces, sat today astride whatever wrestling throne it was that Dick Shikat held title to.
The championship claim, which had brought Shikat little but grief and legal entanglements since he threw Danno O'Mahoney, brought him further distress even in losing it. He was taken to Henry Ford Hospital after Ali Baba had thrown him with a body press in forty-six minutes and forty seconds here last night.
Dr. C.L. Tonsu, physician for Olympia Arena, said after an examination, however, that he found no injury except possibly a strained nerve from a leg split.
Shikat said he was fouled when Ali Baba tossed him from the ring, but James B. Brown, chairman of the State Boxing Commission, said there was no foul.
Shikat had the upper hand until he was thrown from the ring. He crawled through the ropes at the count of nine, but Ali Baba clamped a body press on him to end the match.
Presumably, Ali Baba's victory makes him the heavyweight champion in New York and any other states where athletic commissions recognized Shikat as titleholder rather than O'Mahoney, who currently has the nod from the National Wrestling Association.
Michigan calls all wrestling matches exhibitions and recognizes no champion.
Adam Weissmuller, Detroit promoter, has Ali Baba under a five-year exclusive contract. The hairy-chested Turk has been his best drawing card during the year he has wrestled in the United States.
Last night's match drew 8,562 persons and a gate of $7,405.93. ____________________________________________
SUIT AGAINST SHIKAT, HAFT, LEFT UP IN THE AIR
(reprinted from the Associated Press, April 25, 1936)
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Dick Shikat was in the midst of new complexities today following his defeat in Detroit last night by the grimacing Turk, Ali Baba, and the consequent loss of his claim to the world heavyweight championship.
What effect the defeat would have on the suit of Joe Alvarez of Boston, matchmaker for promoter Paul Bowser, against Shikat and Al Haft, Columbus promoter, was conjectural. Some said it would end the action to declare valid the contract Alvarez says he holds over Shikat and to get an accounting of Shikat's receipts under Haft's management. Some said it wouldn't.
Haft and Alvarez each contend Shikat is their sole property, but Federal Judge Mell G. Underwood is the referee in this tangle and he is expected to rule next week.
But all must wait until Judge Underwood decides on the
basis of testimony, which closed yesterday until Monday morning.
LAUREL GARDEN, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1937
MAIN BOUT: One Fall to a Finish
STEVE (CRUSHER) CASEY, world's heavyweight champion as recognized in New England & Canada
MIKE MAZURKI, popular Polish challenger
SPECIAL MATCH: Return contest, one fall, 45 minutes
JIM COFFIELD, Kansas City "bully"
RALPH GARIBALDI, St. Louis
PRELIMINARIES: One fall, 30 minutes
PETE PETERSON, California vs. LES RYAN, Boston
CHARLEY ALLEN, New York vs. JOE MAYNARD, Texas
SPECIAL MATCH: One fall, one hour
GUS SONNENBERG, Former world's champion
TOMMY NILAN, Australian champion
Please Note: No Advance in Prices, General Admission 55c, 75c, $1.10 and $1.65 ___________________________________________
HANS STEINKE HAS TOUGH TUSSLE AHEAD TONIGHT AGAINST O'MAHONEY (Mon., 6-27-38)
(reprinted from the Hartford, Ct., Daily Courant)
Hans Steinke, who has had pretty much "his own way" during the past indoor mat season in Hartford, will have his hands full tonight at Capitol Park when he takes on Danno O'Mahoney, one of Ireland's wrestling greats, in a best two in three falls number.
Steinke has met Clark, Dunn and Macaluso in the local ring and handled them all. O'Mahoney, who lost to Robert in his last appearance in Hartford, is still one of the top men in the mat world and his Irish whip is feared. Steinke has both strength and skill but he lacks the youth and stamina which make O'Mahoney outstanding.
Matchmaker Ed Hurley of the Garden AC believes he has a fine action-providing semifinal tonight when Ed (Strangler) White, an Alabama University footballer and a pupil of Ed (Strangler) Lewis, will tussle for a half hour or less with Dick Shikat, the German who stripped O'Mahoney of his title in New York and then passed the crown on to Ali Baba.
Hurley has two other exhibitions on tonight's card. In
one of them, Pat Riley, tough Texan, tussles with Tommy Rae, of South Hadley, Mass., and
in the other Jack League, a newcomer, faces Roy Dunn of Texas.
ECKERT SIGNS FOR MATCH WITH HENRY
(reprinted from Dallas Morning News, Fri., 10-9-42)
Baby-faced Ray eckert, 245-pound St. Louis sensation, has been signed for a one-fall match with big Jim (Goon) Henry on next week's wrestling program at the Sportatorium, Promoter Ed McLemore announced Thursday night.
Eckert held the popular Pat Fraley to a draw in a fast match last Tuesday night.
Eckert, a comparatively young tin-ear, wears a size 19 collar, a No. 11 shoe and a size 48 coat. At the sound of the bell, he tosses science to the winds and depends on rough stuff to pull him through.
Promoter McLemore is seeking one more outstanding match to add to next week's card. Two events already have been arranged, including the main event and the semi-windup. The feature attraction will be a return battle between Juan Humberto and Bobby Managoff.
The semifinal joust will bring together Killer Karl Davis and Pat Fraley, popular Irish heavyweight. _____________________________________________
CURRY WRESTLES RUSSELL TONIGHT IN MAIN BOUT AT FOOT GUARD HALL (Thurs. Jan. 28, 1943)
(reprinted from the Hartford Daily Courant)
The pro wrestlers bring their antics back to the intimate confines of Foot Guard Hall tonight with Bull Curry, the local headliner, meeting the equally rough Bob (Rebel) Russell of Newport, R.I., in the main event of two out of three falls.
Russell, back in these parts after an absence of several years, has become a favorite in quick fashion and is in much demand as a main event performer.
Promoter Frank Perry has lined up a semifinal and two preliminary bouts including a host of top-notchers to mark the return to the High Street building. Marvin (Shadow) Westenberg, a former champion from Tacoma, Wash., stacks up against the speedy "Sliding" Billy Hansen of Salt Lake City in the semifinal.
Dr. John (Dropkick) Murphy, the Malden, Mass., osteopath who probably will take an afternoon train to avoid last week's occurence when he failed to make connections, is pitted against Tiger Joe Tasker of Canada in one of the undercard pairings and the opening bout at 8:30 matches George Macricostas of Greece with Fred Bruno of New York.
Promoter Perry also announced that a collection will be taken for the March of Dimes. ___________________________________________
Straight Stuff by Bob Stranahan (Indianapolis News)
STRANGLER INSISTS WRESTLERS BEST (8-3-48)
Ed (Strangler) Lewis, the former world's heavyweight wrestling champion, still contends that a top grappler can beat a top boxer at any given time.
Lewis, now 58 and around 290 pounds, is on sort of a "busman's" holiday. He's taking a couple of months off from his job of being athletic instructor and public relations man with the Los Angeles Athletic Club . . . and is refereeing a few mat shows.
He'll be at the Sports Arena tonight for Promoter Billy Thom's attraction. The Strangler and Coach Billy are friends of long standing and Lewis came in yesterday ot spend a short time with him.
But getting back to that first statement in paragraph one, Lewis likes to quote Jack Dempsey as his clincher.
Back in the '20s quite an argument raged when both Lewis and Dempsey were champions on the mat and in the ring on which would be the victor if they met. Attempts even were made to promote such a match, but they never went through.
Lewis maintains that he found out only comparatively recently why the negotiations fell down. He was addressing a father-son dinner at a church in Los Angeles and Dempsey also was on the program.
After the Strangler had made his talk, Dempsey admitted in public that he would have wanted no part of the mat champ when they both were in their prime. A grappler's tactics so incapacitate a puncher -- even the best of them -- that there is not much of a chance for the boxer to win.
Lewis still is a big, healthy fellow for all of his 58 years and claims he is the happiest in his life. Part of his job entails talking to boys' clubs, visiting reform schools and giving talks on juvenile delinquency. "I like to fell that I'm helping some in this big problem," he says.
The ex-champ, who battled all comers in the days of Joe Stecher, Gus Sonnenberg, Dick Shikat and Jim Londos, still looks as though he might be able to cause a tremble or two among the present heavyweights.
Less than four months ago he went into rigid training for 30 days when an argument came up whether or not he could still go into a Honolulu ring and beat Jack Sherry.
Lewis whittled off 35 pounds in the month's time by working two hours at a stretch with heavyweight partners. He offered to take the match for $2,500 and expenses. If he lost, he wanted nothing.
Lewis says that after he arrived in Honolulu his opponent took a "powder" and the promoter had to fork over the two and half grand.
It is fairly generally known that Lewis received his "strangler" tag from the tough headlock he used on his opponents.
He wasn't giving away any trade secrets when he told about its use, for the hold and its effect are well known and recognized in the mat business now.
Lewis explains that the particular headlock he used ties up the arteries in the neck and causes insensibility . . . just as though the opponent were "strangled."
Thom chimed in and said he recalled very distinctly the first time he ever used the particular hold. His rival "blacked out" completely and Coach thought he actually had killed the guy.
The secret of the hold, Lewis explained, is in keeping the other fellow off balance.
The last time we saw them, Billy and the Strangler were headed for a steak house and Thom was prepared to lay out the price for a doubleheader for Lewis. ____________________________________________
GORGEOUS GEORGE, BULL CURRY BOUT CALLED 'NO CONTEST' (Hartford Daily Courant, May 4, 1950)
By Max Liberman
Gorgeous George, Hollywood screen star and wrestler, made his second appearance here last night meeting Hartford's wild man, Bull Curry, in the feature attraction on the weekly show at the Auditorium. The affair ended when referee Smiler Livingston disqualified both matmen after each had secured a fall.
Curry was up to his old tricks right from the start. When the two stood side by side getting the instructions, Curry pulled the "blindman's" act by pretending to brush off his bath robe. When George came within striking distance Curry covered George's head with his bathrobe, and in six seconds the first fall was over with Curry the winner with a top body press.
The crowd numbering 2,578 that contributed to a gross gate of $4,027.25, the largest ever to attend a mat bout here, was on its feet. Right or wrong, they were out for Curry and regardless of George's pleadings that he did not "hear" the starting gong, his pleadings went to the four winds.
Despite his stage trappings Gorgeous showed, in taking the second fall, that he knew something about the mat game. Curry tried his wild tactics but this time he wasn't so lucky. George's ire was up and he dished out plenty of rough doings, pinning Curry with a flying mare and top body press.
Curry's slam-bang tactics wouldn't work. George got in some of his own mayhem including dashing Curry's head into the ring posts. He did this a few times and Curry, returning to the ring, seemed like a wild man out of control. He battered George, referee Livingston, George's valet Jeffries and then everything let loose in the ring.
The undercard wrestlers hopped into the ring and grabbed Curry's arms as the gathering seemed willing to "believe" that the Hartford grappler had gone haywire. When referee Livingston gained his balance after being twice floored, he disqualified both men. Thus ended one of the wildest nights at the Auditorium this season. The time was 7:35.
Sawed-off Fred Carone from Lynn, Mass., and Big Mike (Red) O'Brien mauled each other in the opening bout that went the time limit of 20 minutes to a draw.
The special bout involving Chuck Montana and Nanjo Singh was short-lived. They mixed plenty, barring no holds or punches. Referee Livingston called the shindig a draw after both grapplers were still at it outside the ring after the 20 count had passed. The time was 10:10.
In the semifinal, Manuel Cortez pleased the gathering by defeating big Howard Cantonwine in 16:25 with a body lift and body slam gained from a series of flying mares. _____________________________________________
RESULTS (reprinted from Wrestling As You Like It)
CHICAGO RAINBO ARENA (7-14-54) Ruffy Silverstein defeated Sonny Kurgis; Ivan Rasputin beat The Great Balbo; The Great Karpozilos beat Bob Hanke; Mitsu Arakawa pinned Jack Carter; Gordon Hessell and Jon Arjon drew; in a tag match, Joe Tangaro and Guy Brunetti beat Pete Bartu and Baron Arena.
CHICAGO RAINBOW ARENA (7-16-54) Lou Thesz defeated Lu Kim; Bill Miller was disqualified in his match with Andre Drapp; The Great Karpozilos beat Bobby Nelson; Cyclone Anaya defeated Mike Lane; Ivan Rasputin and Bob Orton in a tag match beat Juan Hernandez and Maurice Roberre.
CHICAGO MARIGOLD ARENA (7-17-54) Argentina Rocca defeated Tarzan Hewitt; Juan Hernandez beat Hans Hermann (later disqualified); Bob Orton pinned Harry Lewis; in a tag match The Sheik of Araby and Gypsy Joe beat Jon Arjon and Tommy Martindale; Dave Jons pinned Don Clauss and Milt Olsen and Jerry Woods drew.
CHICAGO RAINBO ARENA (7-21-54) Lou Thesz beat Don Leo Jonathan; The Great Balbo won on a disqualification from Ivan Rasputin; Bobby Nelson and Chuck Hefner beat Gordon Hessell and Juan Martinez in a tag match; The Great Karpozilos pinned Baron Arena; Milt Olsen beat Duke Demetrious; Jon Arjon and Maurice Roberre drew.
CHICAGO MARIGOLD ARENA (7-24-54) Verne Gagne, United States TV Heavyweight Champion, defeated Tom Bradley; Hans Schmidt beat Bobby Nelson; The Mighty Atlas downed Gordon Hessell; in a tag match, Dick Torio and Danny O'Sullivan beat Rip Hawk and Ralph Alexander; Dave Jons defeated Johnny Carlin and Milt Olsen won over Dale Patrick. _____________________________________________
SCOTTS BOW TO UNETHICAL FOES IN MAT MATCH
(reprinted from Tacoma News Tribune, Sat., 12-3-55)
Don Kindred and "Strangler Bob" Wagner, who were at the end of the line when the sportsmanship was handed out, prevailed over brothers Sandy and George Scott in the tag team match headlining last night's wrestling card at the Armoy.
Wagner pinned Sandy Scott for the first fall at 5:46 with a series of elbow smashes and a body press, while George Scott squared things at 12:28 with a series of flying dropkicks to flatten Kindred.
A single leg Boston crab to which George Scott conceded at 5:48 enabled Wagner to register the deciding fall.
Al Mills took two out of three falls and the decision from Tiger Joe Tomasso in the semifinal. Mills had spotted tomasso the first fall, but won via concession with an abdominal stretch hold and Tomasso was unable to continue.
Ken Kenneth, substituting for Tex McKenzie, who was serious injured in an automobile accident yesterday near Seattle, won from Black Jack Dillon in the opener. _____________________________________________
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