Wrestling Re-Opens; ‘Strangler’ In Town

Bremerton Sun – September 13, 1945

Big, hard-as-nails Ed (Strangler) Lewis came to Bremerton this afternoon, all ready for the re-opening of the professional wrestling season at the CivicRecreationCenter at 8:30 o’clock tonight.

Lewis, one of the all-time greats of the mat game, planned to spend several hours before the wrestling program in getting acquainted with Bremertonians, particularly navy men. During the war emergency, he made extensive tours of army and navy camps to participate in athletic shows, and he made hundreds of friendships among service people.

“It’s a real pleasure for me to wrestle in a city like Bremerton, where there is an abundance of navy men. I know they enjoy good, clean, thrilling sport — just as I do. And I know they believe in keeping their bodies in excellent shape — just as I do. We speak the same language,” Lewis commented.

Lewis, still one of the mat game’s best men despite his increasing years, meets Louis Thesz, the handsome Hungarian, on the main event of tonight’s card, the first being staged by the new Bremerton Sportsmen’s Club, with Vic Sinkunas as matchmaker.

Hal Rumberg of McChord Field meets Rube Wright of Texas in the other half of the double main event; both weigh in the neighborhood of 240 pounds, and both are new to the Bremerton ring. Rube Wright is a brother of Jim Wright, who is known to local fans.

John Walker, the colorful Chicago boy, and Antone Leone, from Oyster Bay, N.Y., collide in the opener.

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