Savoldi Bests Bearded Rival

The Oregonian – January 2, 1942

Heavyweight wrestling returned to Portland Thursday night, and more than 1,500 fans greeted the grapplers on promoter Jack Ganson’s five-match card at the auditorium.

Joe Savoldi, the old Notre Dame football player, won the main event by taking the first and third falls from Brother Jonathan, a bald and bearded gentleman from Salt Lake City.

Brother Jonathan persisted in employing nasty tactics, such as eye-gouging, but Savoldi managed to nab the first fall with flying tackles in 15 minutes and the third with a body slam, again in 15. It took Jonathan only four minutes to win the middle tumble with an airplane spin and body slam.

With his triumph Savoldi earned the right to meet Chief Little Wolf of Trinidad, Col., on next Wednesday night’s auditorium card.

Villainous Bob Wagner of Portland, a former world’s champion, dished out a bushel of rough stuff in the direction of Chief Thunderbird of Vancouver, B.C., in the semi-windup, and won with a body slam after 13 minutes of brawling.

Cy Williams, former University of Florida football player and another ex-world champion, made a colorful contribution to the program as he took a tumble out of Portland’s Herman Olsen in 12 minutes’ time.

The first two struggles were 20-minute draws. Hal Rumberg, ex-Washington State footballist, drew with Verne Baxter of Monroe, Wash., and Broccoli Bob Kruse, the Oswego farmer, drew with young Larry Gunthier of Sandy.

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