Lewis Beats George To Regain Mat Title

Los Angeles Times – April 14, 1931

Ed (Strangler) Lewis proved himself the noblest Roman of the wrestling game by winning the mat championshp last night for the fourth time by defeating Don George, the defending title-holder, in two straight falls, at Wrigley Field. The first fall came in 1h. 10m. 26s. following a seeries of headlocks and the winning fall of the match was obtained by Lewis in 7m. 42s. with a hammerlock which George could not break. Approximately 12,000 fans witnessed the championship mat contest staged by “Carnation” Lou Daro.

Joe Savoldi, former Notre Dame line crasher, tossed Myron Cox, Venice lifeguard, in 9m. 5s. with a body slam. Jumping Joe handled Cox like a sack of what. He tossed him hither and yon before finally crashing him down on the mat for the winning fall. The ex-football hero got quite a hand from the crowd as he left the ring.

Joe Malcewicz, sometimes called the Utica Panther, won from Dick Raines, an eastern heavyweight, who recently invaded these parts, in 25m. 45s. Both boys were smeared with blood from cuts opened up over their eyes and mouths during the melee. It was one of the roughest bouts put on here in a long time. Malcewicz finally got an overhead body slam on Raines and pinned him to win the match.

Ad Santel and Wild Bill Beth battled to a draw in the opener. The bout was limited to thirty minutes.


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