Stecher Takes Out The Bulgarian

Associated Press – January 7, 1924

PHILADELPHIA — In one of the roughest wrestling matches seen in this city in years, Joe Stecher, former heavyweight champion, finally wore down Yussif Hussane, Bulgarian, in 57 minutes and 15 seconds, and threw him with a head chancery and bar lock. Both men weighed 220 pounds.

Renato Gardini, using a toe hold, forced Theodore Stejke, Russian, to quit in 15 minutes and 20 seconds. Stejke claims to be the heavyweight Graeco-Roman wrestling champion of Europe. They also weighed 220 pounds each.

In the opening bout Nat Pendleton, former Columbia and Olympic wrestler, threw Einar Johansen of Norway with a chancery and bar lock hold in 15 minutes and 4 seconds.

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