The Pittsburgh Press – January 7, 1936
By Claire Burcky
Riotous Wrestling Tilt Of Last Night Winds Up In Commissioner’s Office
McClelland Bars Champion and Challenger for Precipitating Trouble Which Requires Police – Fined $150, Suspended for 30 Days
If wrestling fans of Pittsburgh hold any inclination to see a “repeat act” of the riotous championship bout between Champion Danno O’Mahoney and Ernie Dusek at the North Side Arena last night, they’ll just have to forget about it.
While a crowd of 2500 howled at the Arena, O’Mahoney and Dusek put on a performance that wound up with the city police quelling a disturbance and Dr. William McClelland, state athletic commissioner holding up the purses of both contestants.
At a meeting this morning Dr. McClelland fined both principals $150.00 and suspended each from further appearance in Pennsylvania for 30 days. This was for conduct unbecoming wrestlers and infraction of the rules.
So inasmuch as Danno is due to depart from this country for his native Ireland Jan. 24, fans will have to content themselves with last night’s appearance of the champion.
O’Mahoney and Dusek deadlocked in 90 minutes of action at Cleveland a few weeks ago and then went 45:10, or half as much as last night. But their Pittsburgh staging held a much more elaborate finale.
Out of the ring both of them were, seemingly locked in a death combat in the laps of front row spectators. Referee Charley Dickeroff tolled off 10 seconds with his arm, a procedure which automatically disqualified both gladiators. The combatants finally separated and climbed back into the ring to continue the slugfest. Dickeroff got into it, and so did half a dozen Pittsburgh gendarmes who swarmed over the ropes. Law and order finally was restored in time to permit the champion, with head still unbowed, to be photographed.
Meantime, the villainous Dusek stalked out with all of 2500 boos bouncing of his cabbaged ears.
A ‘Nice’ Match
Until the final minute, it was the nicest kind of a dull match, with the challenger trying to play up to his standard of villainy, and the champion retaliating only at intervals. On occasions, they flew through the ropes, and once they spied the lap of a comely young feminine spectator in the first row. But she saw them coming and ducked under the ring as they tumbled into the vacant pew. A front row gentleman, not so alert, had his glasses broken.
O’Mahoney weighed 227 pounds; the Omahan 238.
Though none of the decisions went their way, the show was an artistic success for the rough-housing Duseks. Four of them – Brothers Ernie, Joey, Wally and Rudy – had been billed on the evening’s program. The last two failed to appear, yet it is doubtful if their absence hurt the performance. Ernie and Joey outdid themselves to maintain the family reputation.
But Nobody Minded
Rudy was to have seconded Ernie in the championship bout. Walter was to have engaged Joe Tonti in one of the preliminaries. Their absence was unexplained, but nobody minded.
Joe Dusek and the former California All-America football center, went through a 30-minute riot that was declared a draw. Joe made a friend of the boo-birds with his initial gesture, in which he grabbed the Californian by the hair and pulled.
These two demonstrated a number of interesting contortions and entanglements, the best of which was a neck-tying hold which left one or the other strangling between the hempen strands encircling the ring. Joey also introduced a novel gesture of rubbing perspiration, or perhaps it was dandruff, from his own head into the eyes of his opponent. Christy drew all of the applause and Dusek all the inverted cheers. The Californian at 211 was nine pounds lighter than his foe.
Hans Steinke, a German of Frankenstein mien and proportions, got in the last move on Charley Strack, one-time Colgate gridder, after 10 minutes 46 seconds of their 30-minute bout. This one produced more comedy than any of the others. Steinke weighed 245 and Strack 244.
Sandor Vary, European heavyweight champion recently imported from Hungary, flopped on John Swenski, former Holy Cross footballer, in 10 minutes 26 seconds of their 30-minute offering, originally billed to open the program. Vary weighed 208 and his opponent 200.
In Wally Dusek’s absence, Bill Sledge, of Trenton, appeared against Joe Tonti, of Midland, former Geneva and Temple gridder, in the opener which went the full 15 minutes to a draw decision. This one wound up in a flourish as both put on a series of flying tackles.