Norfolk Virginian-Pilot and the Norfolk Landmark – March 7, 1917
Except to those who ere a part of the large crowd in Pickwick Hall last week it would be difficult to explain the advance rush for bleacher seats at the wrestling bout tomorrow night between Ed “Strangler” Lewis and Charlie Cutler. The fans who witnessed the bout between Lewis and Freberg are taking no chances on being late and being barred out from the hall tomorrow night as well as the ringsides are going with a rush.
Another cause for the unusual demand is the fact that the time of calling the preliminary has been changed to 8:30 o’clock. This earlier hour is made at the request of the patrons of the sport who come from a distance and who naturally want to leave at an earlier time.
The fans who are acquainted with Cutler’s record are boosting him to the limit for they are well aware of the fact that, excepting Cutler no stronger opponent than Stecher or Zbyszko could possibly be brought against Lewis. That the match will be equally as exciting as the of last week seems an assured fact and Cutler being the heavier man has an advantage that Freberg lacked. The bout really should have been staged in the Colonial Theatre if the caliber and standing of both wrestlers are taken into account.