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The National Police Gazette: New York – April 23, 1887

At Toronto on April 4 James Faulkner and Matsada Sorakichi, the Japanese champion wrestler, appeared in a wrestling contest.  Sorakichi and Faulkner came out stripped to the waist, the former weighing 155 pounds and the latter 138 pounds.  Both are splendid specimens of muscular manhood and look, owing to their enormous muscles, fine open chests and broad shoulders, to weigh a great deal more than they really do.  They wrestled three falls and gave a splendid exhibition of scientific work, bringing well out all of the finer points and positions of the art.  Many a so called match for stakes has been given in Toronto and not half so apparently earnestly contested as was this exhibition affair.  Catch-as-catch-can was the style all through.  For a full quarter of an hour they struggled in the first bout, each man exhibiting the agility of a cat in getting out of tight places.  Time and again it looked as if one or the other must give way.  But at the critical moment they would get from under.  A peculiar feature was the extraordinary strength of the Jap’s neck.  Any amount of straining on the part of his opponent appeared so much time wasted.  Ever and anon when Faulkner caught him by the legs he would straighten himself out and twisting like a top on his head save a fall and come up smiling for another tussel.  The greater part of the time Matsada was on the defensive, but Faulkner also proved himself remarkably quick and clever at wriggling out of unpleasant and threatening positions.  At length the Jap got a half Nelson hold and his lighter antagonist laid flat on his back.  A short interval and they tore at each other again, the work at times being decidedly rough.  This time Faulkner showed his adeptness by securing the Jap by his legs and giving him a fair flying fall.  Although it looked to the spectators as if Matsada could easily have kept his opponent from scoring, Faulkner declares that he has won scores of bouts in exactly the same way in genuine contests.  Time, 8 minutes.  Although each man was somewhat pumped from his previous efforts, the third fall, which came in six minutes, was equally as earnestly worked for as either of the others.  From the bridge the Jap got a half Nelson and hammerlock on the Englishman, and the three points went down.  The audience was evidently much pleased with the exhibition.  Mr. J. F. Scholes was referee.

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