The Toronto Daily Mail – January 30, 1889


A wrestling bout took place yesterday morning in Tom Rackstraw’s barber’s shop, between Wm. Noble and James O’Halloran, for $25 aside, one fall.  After struggling desperately for twenty minutes Mr. O’Halloran gained the fall, which afforded the liveliest satisfaction to all the spectators.


MILWAUKEE, Jan. 29. – The wrestling match between Jack Carkeek, of Milwaukee, the champion in Cornish style wrestling, and Tom Connors, of England, champion of the world in catch-as-catch-can, took place at the Grand Opera house last night before 2,000 people, John Kline, of Beloit, Wis., acting as referee.  The match was won by Carkeek, owing to his superior strength, taking the first and fourth rounds.  The time of each being respectively 1 hour 8 minutes and 40 seconds, 5 minutes 35 seconds, and 40 seconds.

Connors won the third round in 18 minutes and 40 seconds.  It was a fine contest, in which Connors showed great skill and ability, and but for Carkeek’s great strength the match would have been more even.

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