Stage Is Ready For Mat Battle

The Spokesman-Review – July 8, 1925

Dyed-in-the-wool wrestling fans who know every hold from the body scissors to the headlock, and novices who have never seen a mat contest are expected to pack 1,200 seats in the S.A.A.C. gymnasium tonight at 8:30 when Stanislaus Zbyszko, veteran Polish wrestler, meets Leo LeHereux, young Canadian champion, in a finish match. Nearly a quarter of a ton of beef and brawn will clash when the heavyweight grapplers meet for the championship of Canada, a title held by LeHereux, and the championship of Europe, held by Zbyszko.

Final arrangements were completed yesterday by promoter Tom (Hat) Freeman. Tons of ice will be used to cool the air in the gymnasium if the night is warm. Dr. Charles Olson has been appointed referee for the main event with Joe Adams holding the watch and Herb Sutherland acting as announcer.

Mel Porter will meet Young Sampson, 160-pound wrestler, in the half-hour preliminary, with Lloyd Williams acting as referee.

Zbyszko, who has a barrel-like chest and huge, bulging muscles, is one of the colorful marvels of the mat. Yesterday he was introduced to the members of the Chamber of Commerce and today he is scheduled to speak at a meeting of the Advertising club. A graduate of the University of Vienna law department, he speaks nine languages, using an English vocabulary superior to the vocabulary of many native Americans. He has been a careful student of the science of wrestling and tonight it is expected that he will demonstrate many of his great tricks.

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