New York World-Telegram – March 19, 1935
Danno O’Mahoney, the Irish whip specialist here with an eye on the world title, last night dispatched Jim Browning of Missouri, former champion, in Madison Square Garden. The attendance was 7,500.
After 22:31 of wrestling, O’Mahoney grabbed Browning by the right arm, yanked him first backward, then forward, then with a lightning twist of his body, pulled Browning over his back and crashed him on the flat of his back on the floor. The ring floor shook with the impact and for Browning it was the end.
He was stunned and out. It wasn’t necessary for Danno to fall on his victim, but he did, and George Bothner, the referee, had hard work getting the Irish lad off.
It was an interesting match all the way. Browning looked the heavier and sturdier, although the weights were announced as Browning, 220, and O’Mahoney, 219. But the Irishman is tall and comparatively slender. He was not long in proving his strength, however, breaking out of some of Browning’s best holds, including the airplane scissors and various arm locks.
Both men ended the bout with bloody noses and bruised faces, as a result of several sessions at fisticuffs. Browning was the aggressor with these tactics at the start, but then O’Mahoney, with a look of surprise on his face after the American had clouted him three or four times, went back at his foe with vim and forced Browning to call a halt.
George Zaharias, 230, of Colorado, threw Dr. Harry Fields, also 230, of the University of Pennsylvania, with a body slam in 15:18. This bout was put on after the main bout.
Abe Goldberg, 205, lasted only 7:21 with Sam Cordovano, 208, who fills in between wrestling seasons and professional football. Cordovano reverted to his old flying tackle to bring his man down and then fell on him.
The second thirty-minute limit bout was marked by roughness all the way, but by a minimum of wrestling with Ivan Vernyhora, of Canada, 216, and Joe Dusek, 215, going to an unruly draw.
Al Bisignano, 210, and Pat McKay, 225, were the third bout principals, and Bisignano won with a flying tackle and body slam, after 14:53 of slam-bang work. Pat started out to be rough, but Bisignano had him quite tame at the finish.
The crowd got its first thrill out of the next thirty-minute bout, in which the Navajo Indian chief, Little Wolf, 210, pinned Rudy Dusek, 218, of Omaha, after 13:06, with what announcer Joe Humphries called the “real Indian death trap” out of Dusek’s “spinning wheel” hold. It was a sensational finish, and the chief gave vent to his emotions by emitting a series of war whoops as he danced merrily about the ring afterward.