Physical Culture – February 1903
Some Effective Tricks Illustrated by the Famous Wrestler, John Piening
Beginning with this issue we intend to give our readers a few lessons in the muscle building sport of wrestling. The “holds” shown here are illustrated by John Piening, the famous Graeco-Roman heavyweight wrestler, with the assistance of Prof. Anthony Barker. In the next issue we will give a lesson illustrated by Thos. Jenkins, champion wrestler of the world.
Those who are in the habit of wrestling are nearly always vigorous, hearty specimens of manhood; in fact, the exercises will develop vigorous bodies in every case. One should, of course, be careful in the beginning to avoid the possibility of strain, though if you wrestle with one who is about your strength and do not become excited, there is but little danger of injury. The body is required to be strong in all parts in order to become a wrestler of ability. Strong neck, arms and back are especially required.
The “holds” here shown are used in Greek and Roman wrestling.
When you have succeeded in getting your opponent on his hands and knees, the object, of course, as most of my readers know, is to force him until he lies flat on the floor on his back, both shoulders touching the floor.
In the recent exciting contest between John Piening and George Bothner, which took place at the Grand Central Palace, New York, Piening overcame Bothner twice by virtue of his “Hammerlock Hold.”
This was one of the most exciting and closest contests Piening had ever engaged in. He tried every trick in the game and had he not had recourse to this excellent “hold” the issue would have been doubtful indeed. Bothner promises great things in the wrestling arena and with great apparent ease eluded and broke from the veteran Piening. In this contest, Piening undertook to throw Bothner four times within an hour, but when the sixty minutes expired there were only two throws to Piening’s credit.