Bill Hanson Pins Bill Longson

Sacramento Union – January 12, 1937

Bill Hanson proved the winner when the Coast champion scored two successive falls with leglocks in his feud with Bill Longson after losing the first, to win the main event wrestling match last night in Memorial Auditorium. Longson scored the first fall in 20 minutes, 19 seconds after roughing Hanson all the way with plenty of “dirty” tactics.

Then it was Hanson’s turn and the champ clamped his leg around Longson’s and made him quit twice from pain. The first fall came in 12:45 and the deciding fall in just 35 seconds.

Ed (Strangler) Lewis was awarded his match with bearded Brother Jonathan when the latter roughed the referee, Hoot Herrin of Los Angeles. Herrin stopped the match and gave Lewis the verdict after 19 minutes, 52 seconds of hard tussling. Lewis is still the artist and the showman. He tipped the scales at 290 pounds, growing old and fat as he goes along.

Other matches ended as follows: Mexico Marvin pinned Pat Meehan in 17:36, the Red Shadow threw Wee Willie Davis in 3:07 and Kimon Kudo and Ernie Peterson wrestled a 20-minute fast and clean draw in the opener.

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