Hartford Courant – March 11, 1948
By Max Liberman
Displaying some of his unorthodox methods that have pushed him to the front of local wrestling heights, Hartford’s Bull Curry defeated the former kingpin of the mat game, Danno O’Mahoney, in best two out of three falls of the feature attraction last night at the Auditorium.
It was a real Curry style shindig. Although he was the first to be tossed out of the ring, he soon repaid O’Mahoney by heaving him into the aisle. When O’Mahoney climbed back, Curry mauled and slugged his much heavier foe, needing but a top body press to take the first fall. The time was 14:15.
O’Mahoney had that “wild Irish look” as he came back for the second stanza and he decoyed the Bull into the traps with a series of his famed “Irish Whips” and that was all for the Bull as O’Mahoney pinned him in the short time of 6:45 with a body press.
In a wild ending, Curry let loose with everything, including some of the furniture picked up while out in the front-row seats. He softened O’Mahoney with elbow smashes and finished him off with a body press in the short time of 12:40.
Wilbur Nead, who has been going like a house afire this season, continued his streak of wins by defeating George (Red) O’Malley in the semifinal in two straight falls, the first in 18:20 with a shoulder press and the second in 13:15 with a flying dropkick and body press. O’Malley, a local favorite, was a bit off his usual style as it was the first defeat handed him here this season.
Les Ryan subdued Tommy Bradley in the opener in 25:30 when Bradley gave up as Ryan was putting pressure on a crab hold.
An estimated crowd of more than 600 contributed $700.25.