Main Event--Ed (Strangler) Lewis (245), former world's heavyweight champion, Glendale, Cal., versus Hal Rumberg (235), Spokane, Wash., one fall, one-hour time limit. Semi-Windup--Lou Plummer (240), Baltimore, Md., versus Alan Eustace (232), Kansas City, one fall, 30-minute time limit. Preliminaries--Whitey Hewitt (220), Memphis, Tenn., versus Andy Moen (225), Fergus Falls, Minn., one fall, 30-minute time limit; LOUIS THESZ (210), St. Louis, Mo., versus Jack Hader (207), Manhattan, Kans. Referees--Ed Cook, Cedar Rapids, and Bob Jessen, Austin.NEXT SHOW TUESDAY, AUGUST 20TH (Minneapolis wrestling program, Tuesday, August 13)
The third straight Tuesday night Auditorium wrestling presentation of the month of August has been scheduled by Promoters Tony Stecher and Billy B. Hoke for next Tuesday, August 20, when a bill featuring some of the nation's best known heavyweight stars will be offered. Abe Coleman, formerly of Winnipeg but now of New York City, who is generally recognized as the leading Jewish wrestler in the game and as an oustanding contender for world's titular laurels, has been definitely signed and will appear in a featured position on the card against an opponent yet to be named. Watch the Minneapolis daily newspapers, or tune in on your favorite radio station for announcement of the card within the next two or three days.
In addition to Coleman, the promoters are expecting to show several other popular grapplers who have been campaigning for the past months in other sections of the country. They are in contact with Pat O'Shocker, the sensational Irishman; Cliff Olsen, popular young Swede from Baudette, Minn.; Frank Speer, All-American grid ace from Georgia; Joe Cox, the Kansas City whirlwind, and several others in regard to coming here for action either on the next card or in the very immediate future.
When the All-America college gridders line up against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on August 29, four professional heavyweight wrestlers will be in uniform. They are Bronko Nagurski, Jim McMillen, Ray Richards and Bill Lee. The first three named are with the Bears, while Lee reports to the Brooklyn Dodgers for his first pro grid season after the All-Star game. The latter starred for Alabama's Crimson Tide last fall.
Ray Richards, the popular Nebraskan who has performed on a number of Auditorium grappling cards, turned in a fine game of football with the Chicago Bears against the All-Stars at Chicago last week. Richards, playing guard, was in the game for the entire first half and most of the second half, and the Stars were unable to gain through his section of the line.
The predecessor of Otto Kuss on Indiana University's national collegiate championship wrestling team, Andy Rascher, is slated to make his initial wrestling appearance in this section soon. Rascher was national amateur heavyweight champion at Indiana, and upon his graduation, Kuss stepped into his place as the heavyweight representative on the mat team, and was himself a runnerup for the national crown.
Darna Ostopavitch, the popular Polish matman from Kansas City who has not been beaten in Minneapolis competition during the past year, has been campaigning successfully through the south, and expects to return to Minnesota for bouts within the next month.
Gus Sonnenberg, the flying tackle ace and former world's champion, is expected to pass through this part of the country in a short time and Promoters Tony Stecher and Billy B. Hoke have every intention of grabbing him off for at least one Minneapolis showing against a formidable opponent.
Sol Slagel, the roly-poly contortionist-matman, is making the rounds of Texas rings. He plans to swing through the south and on out to the West Coast before returning to these parts for action.
Negotiations are still being carried on by Promoters Tony Stecher and Billy B. Hoke to line up a return bout between Danno O'Mahoney, of Ireland, and Paul Jones, of Texas, for the world's heavyweight championship here at the earliest possible date . . . The promoters as well as Jones have tabooed an out-of-town referee for the joust, and if it is held a Twin City arbiter will officiate . . . December 10 is the earliest tentative date being sought for the bout . . . It may, however, be held up by the impending trip of O'Mahoney to his home in Ireland . . . His time of stay in the United States is about up . . . Also his furlough from the Irish Free State army . . . He must purchase his discharge from the army in order to carry on his professional wrestling career . . . There is a strong possibility that Stecher and Hoke may be able to show both Man Mountain Dean, the bewhiskered Georgia 317-pounder, and Gus Sonnenberg, the Dartmouth Dynamiter and former world's champion, here within the next few weeks . . . Dean recently won a decision over the veteran Ed (Strangler) Lewis in a "handicap" bout at St. Louis. . . Lewis agreed to throw Dean within 20 minutes or forfeit the bout, and Dean was still on his feet at the expiration of time . . . Several former local favorites are now campaigning around New York City . . . These include Cliff Olson, Abe Kashey, George Koverly, Jack Hader, Elmer Guthrie, Whitey Hewitt, Abe Coleman and Axel Anderson . . . Hal Rumberg is idling at Bristol, Va., while a leg injury heals . . . Lou Plummer is drawing his boos from audiences in Toronto, Ottawa, London, and other Canadian towns currently . . . Sol Slagel, George Harben, Joe Cox, Darna Ostopavitch, Ellis Bashara and Paul Jones are among those now campaigning in Texas and the south . . . Pat Fraley, now on the Pacific Coast, expects to return to Minnesota early in January . . . Andy Moen is reported doing well in Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri and neighboring state rings . . . Art Shires, one of baseball's best known bad boys, is back refereeing wrestling and boxing cards in Iowa after a season as manager of the Harrisburg club in the New York-Pennsylvania loop . . . Joe Stecher is rapidly rounding into top form for his contemplated comeback campaign . . . The former world's heavyweight champion is working out daily in the gymnasium with several local grapplers . . . His return to competition is tentatively slated for early January.
MINNEAPOLIS AUDITORIUM, JANUARY 28, 1936OFFICIAL STAFF -- (Promoters) Tony Stecher and Billy B. Hoke; (Treasurer) Harry Hirsch; (Announcer) George Higgins; (Official Physician) Dr. Walter Taft; (Timekeeper) Harry Feichtinger; (Publicity) Wayne Vinson; (Chief of Ushers) Arthur Olson; (Head Doorman) Bill Callahan; (Program Advertising) C.C. Milkes; Printed by Reavis Printing Co., 412 Sixth Ave. So.--GE. 2428--Address All Communications to Wrestling Headquarters, Suite 205-209, Hotel Radisson, Minneapolis, Minn.--Phone BRidgeport 4350.
Main Event--Ray Steele (215), Glendale, Cal., versus Paul Jones (219), Houston, Texas, one fall, one-hour time limit. Semi-Final Event--Karl (Big Boy) Davis (240), Columbus, Ohio, versus Cliff (Swede) Olson (210), Baudette, Minn., one fall-30-minute time limit. Second Event--Ray Richards (215), Lincoln, Nebr., versus Vic Soldat (228), Chicago, one fall, 30-minute time limit. First Event--Frank Topas (202), Minneapolis, versus Whitey Grovo (210), Jackson, Miss., one fall, 30-minute time limit. Referee--Art Shires.WHAT'S DOING IN MATDOM? By Wayne Vinson
Louis Thesz, the popular Hungarian youngster, is headed back to this part of the country for wrestling competition, and will likely be seen on an early card at the Minneapolis Auditorium . . . Thesz gained some valuable experience last week when he spent four days as a sparring partner of Ed (Strangler) Lewis while the latter was preparing for his scheduled championship joust with Danno O'Mahoney at St. Louis tomorrow night . . . Thesz turned in seven straight wins here during the summer and early fall . . . Ivan Vakturoff, Russian heavyweight veteran, and Mike Anton, clever young Greek, are among the new wrestlers slated to be seen here real soon . . . Bronko Nagurski is carrying around an odd pocket piece . . . It is the piece of bone growth which surgeons removed from his leg a couple of weeks ago . . . It had kept him out of athletic competition for several months . . . Heavy snow and sub-zero temperatures caused cancellation or postponement of wrestling cards in Des Moines, Omaha, St. Joseph, Osceola, and Austin last week . . . Ed Cook, the wrestler-referee, actually worked his way through school at Coe College, Iowa, as a cook in a restaurant . . . What's in a name? . . . Otto Kuss had a narrow escape from serious injury last Saturday night when the car he was driving turned over near his Pine City home . . . The car was damaged badly, but Otto was not hurt . . . Farmer (Rasputin) Tobin became the handball champion of the local wrestling fraternity without a struggle. Using his immense stature, the bewhiskered matman literally ran his opponents off their feet in a workout last week at the 'Y' courts . . . A check of the 1935 attendance figures for wrestling at the Auditorium reveals that 30 per cent of the occupants of ringside and reserved seats were women . . . No check is available as to the number of women coming in on passes or setting in the general admission sections . . . Art Shires officiated in Fargo, N.D., and before he got back to Minneapolis froze both his ears . . . Ben Baad and Darna Ostapavitch were among those corresponding with the local promoters during the past week relative to coming up here in the near future . . . Both wrote from Texas . . . Mike Nazarian has entirely recovered from his recent injury and started back this week wrestling again . . . Wrestling night will move up to Monday again next week . . . Don't forget it, next show on Monday, February 3 . . .
LOUIS THESZ -- This youngster, who ran up a string of seven consecutive triumphs on the Minneapolis Auditorium mat before losing to Pat O'Shocker, the Irish star, will return to the Northwest within the next couple of weeks competition. He has recently been in the east and south, and made a fine showing in the big elimination tournament in Philadelphia before losing to the veteran former champion, Dick Shikat. Thesz is not yet old enough to vote, yet he has proven his ability to cope with experienced veterans in the wrestling game, and is regarded as one of the most likely prospects among the younger stars in the country. He has recently been getting much valuable knowledge through workouts with Ed (Strangler) Lewis, the former world's champion.
Bronko Nagurski is now down at Hot Springs, Ark., "boiling out" to get himself in tip-top condition for his comeback to professional wrestling, tentatively scheduled for the last of April or first part of May . . . Farmer Tobin is now in Boston helping his wife collect and start spending the $26,876 she won in the recent Irish Sweepstakes . . . Tobin writes he will return in about 10 days or two weeks, and wants most of all a return bout with Karl (Big Boy) Davis, who snapped his winning streak last week . . .Stanley Myslajek, popular local Polish youngster, is considering a trip to New York, where he has a chance for several bouts . . . Andy Moen, popular Norwegian heavyweight from Fergus Falls, is reported doing well in competition around Toronto, Buffalo and other eastern and Canadian mat centers . . . Sol Slagel, roly-poly mat contortionist, wintered in Texas and his avoirdupois bounded up past the 300-pound mark . . . Sol has moved now to California and is working hard to take off some of his excess weight . . . John Freberg, who wintered in the Pacific Northwest, is also in California now, but writes that he expects to be back in Minnesota before early summer . . . Wrestling will miss next week at the Auditorium on account of the annual Northwest Sportsmen's Show, but starting the following Monday, April 20, weekly programs are planned by Promoters Tony Stecher and Billy B. Hoke right up to the end of June . . . Sammy Carter, the policeman-wrestler who has been seriously ill with blood poisoning, was apparently on the road to recovery but suffered a relapse early this week and is back in a hospital at Evansville, Ind. . . Members of the Gymal Doled club enjoyed a wrestling bout between Abe Rothberg and Frank Topas at their annual "stag" for members last week . . . Alford Johnson, getting a bit "chesty" since extending his winning streak last week at the expense of the previously unbeaten Darna Ostopavitch, believes he can beat any Swede in the game, and has authorized the promoters to challenge for him any Swede who has designs on the Swedish championship in America . . . Frank Speer is finishing up a campaign in the south and sends word he wants to get bouts up this way starting next month . . . Ray Steele was granted his final citizenship papers last week . . . Ray, nee Pete Sauer, was born in Russia of German parents and came to the United States when but two years old . . . Otto Kuss and Cliff Olson are both reported going over big in the south . . . Kuss has been centering his activities around Indianapolis, Terre Haute, Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville . . . Louis Thesz is making a trip into the south next week, but expects to hop back up here by the first of May . . . No wonder wrestlers sometimes get travel-weary . . . Abe Kashey, a couple of weeks ago, wrestled in Hutchinson, Kans., on Monday; Rochester, Minn., on Tuesday; Virginia, Minn., on Wednesday; and Winnipeg, Canada, on Friday . . . He drove all the way . . . Don't forget, the next show is Monday night, April 20th . . .
COMING SOON -- Jules Strongbow, a 285-pound Indian giant from Oklahoma, who has been crashing the headlines all over the country in recent months with his sensational bouts, is headed this way and will appear soon at the Minneapolis Auditorium.
By Will Connolly
Leo Nomellini, the 49er football player, held champion Lou Thesz to a draw last night at the Cow Palace, but Thesz retained his National Wrestling Alliance title, although he was a mighty sick man at the end.
The crowd was more than twice the number which set a previous local record for attendance at a wrestling match at Winterland last February between the same men. The Cow Palace was a virtual sellout, with 16,487 bulging the place, and the receipts were approximately $52,000.
Referee Jack Dempsey award the first fall in 23 minutes to Thesz because Nomellini refused to allow the champion back into the ring. Nomellini took the second fall of the one hour match in 18:23 with a flying tackle off the ropes followed by a body press.
There remained only about ten minutes after this second fall and the challenger had much the better of the late going. On two occasions near the end Nomellini resorted to flying tackles but both times, luckily for Thesz, part of his body was outside the ropes, hence Nomellini was not eligible to follow up with body presses.
In the waning minutes, Thesz staggered around the ring holding his ribs and stomach to indicate that Nomellini's shoulders had hurt him there. Other times the champion sat in a neutral corner and massaged his torso.
Earlier Nomellini was angered by Thesz' tactics of banging him in the ear with an elbow. So, in exasperation, Leo gave Lou a shoulder buck on the ropes, followed by knee drops. Leo then picked up the prostrate Thesz and body-slammed him over the top ropes. Lou hit the apron and rolled onto a platform which separated the rings from the seats. There was some delay when the champion attempted to return to the ring, as Nomellini kept pushing him out. Referee Dempsey thereupon disqualified Nomellini for failing to obey directions and with the disqualification went the first fall.
Throughout the match Thesz kept poking his head through the ropes and conferring with his manager, Ed (Strangler) Lewis, in the red corner. For this, he was jeered by the crowd. Most of the time Thesz was asking how many minutes were left.
After losing the first fall, Nomellini made a strong comeback. He slapped on a series of side headlocks which held Thesz captive for long spells. Thesz slipped out of the one headlock by executing a back body drop, but the champion caught most of Nomellini's weight on himself and was more severely injured than the challenger.
Shortly after this Referee Dempsey caused consternation by mistakingly awarding a fall to Nomellini. Dempsey misunderstood Thesz' gesture while he was suffering in a headlock. Dempsey thought the champ had given up and Jack so indicated to the timekeeper, who rang the bell.
However, Thesz signalled that he intended to go on.
Dean Maddox thanked the crowd from ringside in the name of Golden Gate Exchange Club, which shared in the profits for their "Fun for a Day" program.
In the semi-windup, Ray Eckert threw Legs Langevin in straight falls, the first in 13:55 with a body slam and the second in 20:08 with a leg hold. Ben and Mike Sharpe retained their tag match title by going to a draw with Enrique Torres and Bobby Bruns. Tom Rice tossed Kay Bell in 21:06 with a crab hold.
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