Ernie Dusek To Meet Garibaldi Tonight

Washington Post – October 6, 1938
By Lewis F. Atchison

Gino Garibaldi, the close-cropped Italian who has a penchant for highly seasoned spaghetti and for tossing around the Dusek family, will try his holds on the bulging biceps of Ernie Dusek tonight at Turner’s Arena in the main event of a well balanced card.

Garibaldi has his task cut out for him, coining a new phrase, for Ernie . . . a nasty gent when in an ugly frame of mind – is bent on atoning for two successive setbacks suffered by the Dusek clan at Gino’s talented paws. Both reverses were charged to Joe Dusek, Ernie’s 6-foot-2-inch kid brother. This time they are sending a man to do the job.

Ernie takes the family’s wrestling losses hard, and usually tries to atone for them personally. Since Rudy Dusek retired, more or less, to the well-cushioned armchair to direct the firm’s activities. Ernie is regarded as a muffin-eared guardian angel of the tribes.

Dusek will be cast in his favorite role of villain tonight, and he’s at his best in this character. Not so long ago he announced he had got religion and intended to wrestle cleanly. He fulfilled the promise to the letter, until Steve Casey won a much-disputed decision over him at Griffith Stadium. That was early in the summer, and Ernie, bitterly disappointed at the officiating, immediately reverted to the old style of working.

Speaking of officiating, there will be a new arbiter in the ring tonight, although promoter Joe Turner refuses to divulge the nominee’s name until just before the first curtain rises.

A bevy of new faces will be seen tonight, and from the lot Turner hopes to obtain a tough gent, whom the fans take a liking to, and whom he made build up into a contender for the championship. Uncle Joseph is getting weary of struggling along with the ordinary run-of-the-mill workman. He wants a standout for a change.

Two old favorites, Ed Meske and Ed Newman, tangle in the semifinal, then the big parade of new talent begins. Frank Bruce, hailing from Jamaica, Long Island, and reputedly the son of a retired artillery captain, makes his local bow against ponderous Chief Saunooke, the Big Smokey Indian, in a 30-minute engagement.

Pat Kelly, an honest-to-goodness Irishman from Tennessee, will exhibit his wares for the first time hereabouts against Chris Zaharias; and George Wilson, the third freshman, takes on John Katan. Wilson is supposed to be a comer, and is fresh in from the Pacific Coast, where he was a headline performer.


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