Americus Downed Jim Parr Twice

The Washington Times – April 8, 1906

Baltimore Wrestler Got Two Straight Falls.

Was Once In Real Danger

But B. A.C. Instructor Wriggled Out and Few Realized His Position.  Scissors Hold Effective.

BALTIMORE, Md.,  April 7. – Americus, the local light heavyweight wrestler, had little real difficulty in downing “Jim” Parr, the Englishman, in two straight falls tonight at the Baltimore Athletic Club, at which Americus is wrestling instructor.

The men wrestled for a purse and the exhibition was exclusively for club members.  Showy best describes the contest.  Although Parr had a few pounds the advantage in weight, Americus, whose real name is Gus Schoenlein, had the call on height and, incidentally, in age.

Americus Aggressor.

From the call of time in the first bout until Referee Harry Jeffers tapped Americus on the back for the second fall Gus was the aggressor during the greater part of the time.  While Parr was the under man, in justice to him it should be said that at all times he did all in his power to wriggle out of the position.  The local wrestler, however, was far too clever, and Parr was able to escape but rarely.

After sixteen minutes of fancy work Americus secured a half-nelson and scissors hold, and Parr was forced to submit.  After a fifteen-minute rest the men resumed hostilities.  Several times Americus got good holds but employed tactics that usually resulted in the visitor getting away.

Once in Danger.

Only on one occasion was the Baltimorean in danger, but that for such a short time that he was free before the club members realized how close their favorite had been to the mat.

When sixteen minutes was called Gus secured a hammerlock.  He slowly but surely put his opponent down, the official time being sixteen and a half minutes.

William Miller, the old-time wrestling champion of Australia, and now making his home in this city, gave an interesting talk between bouts.

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