Irslinger Loses To Brown

El Paso Herald – May 26, 1920

Texan Takes Two Hard Falls

PET BROWN’S nimble right foot, used as a defensive measure in breaking a head spin and toe hold sent Henry Irslinger to the ropes in a dazed condition and ultimately won the first fall of a two out of three match for the Texas star Tuesday night at Liberty hall.

Pet Also Won Second.

Pet took the second fall also and in much shorter time than required in the first, due to his weakened condition of Irslinger after he had received that hard punch on the jaw.  He was taking the aggressive at the time and had one of Pet’s feet in both hands in an effort to secure an effective toe hold.  Brown’s action was merely one of defense in breaking the hold but to many fans it appeared an over drastic one as while a legitimate defense it has never been seen here before and many of the bugs did not take kindly to such a far reaching action in dazing a man before throwing him.

Irslinger’s cleancut work won him admiration while Brown upheld his prestige as one of the greatest exponents of the art in the world.

Earl Caddock can well be called the “man of a thousand holds,” but Pet runs him a close second in this particular calling.  Clean limber, a wrestler every inch of him with his arms and legs perfectly developed for this particular exercise.  Brown in displaying his repertoire before the El Paso enthusiasts showed several tricks and holds of the mat game that have not been seen heretofore in El Paso.  For every part of his opponent’s anatomy Brown had a different hold.

Some Warm Work.

Brown took the aggressive from the first minute of the contest and held it for about 15 minutes.  During this time neither wriggler had secured very effective holds but Irslinger was coming strong and was keeping after his opponent.  During the next 15 minutes Brown secured a head scissors and attempted to throw his opponent several times by the headlock.  He gave Irslinger considerable trouble with the arm scissors and had Henry guessing during the earlier stages of the bout.

After the first 45 minutes of the contest both men settled down to consistent wrestling and it was not until Irslinger grabbed Pet’s toe and received the punch on the jaw that it became apparent a fall was imminent.  The first fall was accomplished in 55 minutes flat.

Pet Says, “He Is Good.”

In his dressing room after the first fall, Brown declared that Irslinger was “the smoothest man he had ever met in the ring and had the ability to keep a man guessing.”

Following the final fall Pet had more words of praise for his erstwhile opponent.

“Irslinger is as good a man as I ever met in the ring,” he said.  “And he sure is tough.”

Pet’s underpinning, while not the direct cause, was instrumental in winning the second fall, which came in exactly 20 minutes from the time the two men left their dressing rooms and stepped into the ring.  Irslinger took the aggressive here and chased his opponent around the ring, Brown’s defensive tactics with his hands inciting much applause.  After futile attempts to get a body hold, Irslinger grabbed hold of a knee and managed to get his opponent to the mat.  Here Pet took the offensive and with a doublearm scissors attempted to end the bout right then and there.

Broke the Hold, Though.

Irslinger broke the hold by a manful show of strength and climbed on top of Pet, obtaining an arm lock and body scissors.

Henry confined most of his aggressive tactics to arm holds during the match and his wrist locks had Pet thinking more than once during the bout for the first and second falls.  In the second fall Brown was in his tightest place of the match when Irslinger secured a combination body scissors and wrist lock which he held for several minutes.

Brown made at least eight attempts to break the hold before he was finally successful in wriggling out of it.  One of Pet’s supporters who has witnessed him in many of his hardest matches unhesitatingly declared that it was the tightest hole he has ever seen the east Texan in.  It was Joe Stecher’s body scissors with which the heavyweight champion has won all of his matches.

Irslinger secured one of Brown’s feet at the end of 18 minutes.  He left his own toes unprotected, however, and Pet immediately crossed them and obtained a double toe hold.  This he held with an arm stronger than a vise and with Irslinger face downward on the mat was given the decision by referee Studer when the Atlantic City man declared he could stand it no longer.

Jiminez Outpoints Johns.

“Boxcar” Johns and Andres Jiminez wrestled 30 minutes to a draw in the first bout of the evening.  Johns seemed pounds heavier than his slighter opponent, but was unable to get an effective hold during the entire evening.

Jiminez, on the other hand, showed considerable pep and speed and was on top of his opponent during the greater part of the melee.  Jiminez with a little training can hold his own with any of the welters in the district.  Lieut. Steuder officiated in both the semi-final and main event and his work attracted favorable comment.  “Col.” Billy Rodgers was announcer and umpire Harry Kane sat in the corner and held the timer’s watch.

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