Savoldi To Face Jonathan On Opening Card

The Oregonian – December 21, 1941

Brother Jonathan, Salt Lake City, will be Joe Savoldi’s main-event opponent at the opening heavyweight wrestling program at the auditorium New Year’s night, Jack Ganson, new promoter, announced Saturday. Brother Jonathan spent four years in Austalia and New Zealand, and returned to this country only last month.

Like his opponent, Jonathan was a football star before turning professional wrestler. He was a member of the Utah team for three years and was one of the toughest linemen ever turned out in the Rocky Mountain conference.

Jonathan already is here, but Savoldi, who first won national fame as an All-America fullback at Notre Dame, will not arrive until later in the week. The main event will be two falls out of three or a 1 -hour limit. If both men are on their feet at the end of the match and the falls are divided or no falls obtained, a referee and two judges will select the winner.

Ganson is trying to line up an opponent for Cy Williams, ex-Florida grid player and former world’s heavyweight champion, who already is here. Williams will be featured in the 45-minute semi-windup. Two 30-minute preliminaries and one 20-minute preliminary, the latter for local boys, will constitute the opening card.


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