Police Halt Wrestlers, Then Hold Up Purses

Associated Press – January 6, 1936

PITTSBURGH – Police halted the wrestling bout between Danno O’Mahoney, world’s heavyweight champion from Ireland, and Ernie Dusek, Omaha grappler, tonight after the two refused to accept a draw decision by referee Charles Dickerhof.

The two giants rolled off the mat into the crowd, biting, kicking and slugging each other after wrestling 45 minutes. They paid no attention to the referee’s demand to return and he counted 10 over them both, declaring the match a draw.

Six officers jumped into action, pinning both men. Danno weighed 227 and Dusek 238 pounds.

The boxing commission announced the purses of both wrestlers will be held up pending an investigation. Total receipts were approximately $3,000.


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