Londos Defends Title In Two Falls

Washington Post, Thursday – December 13, 1934
By Bill McCormick

Jim Londos, the gorgeous Greek heavyweight wrestling champion, pulled  the leg of Vic Christy last night to win on straight falls from the California Cutie in an unusual exhibition at the Auditorium.

Londos, whose muscled-padded shoulders never have been held to a Washington mat for a three-count, kept his local record clean by pulling Christy’s legs so strenuously in a series of double toe holds and leg split that Vic was forced to holler “quits” after 51 minutes in the first fall to keep from being divided by two.

De Beeg Chompeen won the second fall in the brief span of 40 seconds, setting a new record for a quick fall in Washington.

The entire affair, which was witnessed by some 3,000 of the faithful, was almost totally devoid of the usual histrionics, hair pulling and agonized cries that characterize most modern-day mauling matches. The participants displayed practically every known variety of hold at one time or another, and Beeg Jeem unveiled a new method of torture to be known in the trade as an “anterior leg stretch.” It was as awesome as it sounds.

The hopes of most of the spectators who were pulling for dear old Christy almost to a man and woman rose high as Valiant Vic more than held his own with the Greek god for some 45 minutes of the first fall. Their hopes fell as flat as a radio comedian’s humor as Christy sealed his own doom by allowing Jeemy to apply three double toe holds in rapid succession, so weakening his underpinning that he was unable to withstand the rigors of the finishing leg splits.

From each of the double toe holds, in which Londos sat astride of his opponent’s back and pulled like a business man working off a waistline double chin on a rowing machine, Christy rose more and more rubbery leggedy. By the time Londos had finished the third sesson of leg pulling, Christy’s props were as unsteady and undependable as a sports writer’s income, and he fell easy prey to the leg stretch.

As Jim pulled and pulled, each pull bringing Christy’s body nearer to the splitting point, referee Benny Bortnik leaned low and whispered the usual “give up?” into Christy’s ear. Christy whispered back the unusual “I do” and Londos took the first fall.

Vic lay huddled in the middle of the ring for about five minutes of the 10-minute rest period between falls, a truly pathetic figure. A huddle was held over him and he finally was removed to a chair in his corner, there to await the timekeeper’s whistle which would send him back in for more punishment from the big boss of wrestling.

Londos wasted neither time nor sympathy on the Californian in the second fall. He flopped him twice with body slams, took him for the inevitable sirplane spin ride and fell on him for the three-count all within 40 seconds.

Sandor Szsabo utilized 25 1/2 of the 45 minutes allotted him in the semifinal in pinning Stan Sokolis, a newcomer. The highlight of the match was a predicament into which the boys worked themselves midway of the exhibition. The predicament consisted of getting their legs and arms so entangled that only by pulling hairs and watching who jumped could they tell who’s leg was who’s. The referee untangled them.

In one of a pair of mirthful preliminaries, scheduled for 30 minutes, Tor Johnson, the immovable object of wrestledom, plopped his 310 pounds on Buck Olsen after six minutes.

In the other exhibition, scheduled for 30 minutes, Abe Kashey pinned Charley Allen in 26 minutes.

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