Lewis Keeps Title By Pinning Meyers

The New York Times – February 7, 1933
By James P. Dawson

Ed (Strangler) Lewis, world’s heavyweight wrestling champion, had no difficulty defending his crown last night against the assault of Dr. Fred Meyers, Chicago’s grappler-dentist, in Madison Square Garden.

Before a crowd of about 5,000, Lewis pinned the shoulders of his rival in 25 minutes, 27 seconds, discarding for the occasion his famed headlock, which has claimed so many victims, and using for the fall the more prosaic arm scissors and wrist lock.

The victory brought to an ending a match that was notable for the rough work of the challenger against the burly champion.

Meyers had no qualms whatever against clubbing his right forearm solidly against the jaw of the champion, who protested repeatedly to the referee, only to be told that since the drivers were made with the forearm and the open hand they were legal.

In brief flashes of offensive work, Meyers applied a Japanese arm lock that brought Lewis some pain for a time, and several times the Chicagoan clamped the titleholder’s head in a scissors as he broke Lewis’ headlock pressure. At no time, however, could it be said that Lewis really was in any danger.

In the end, Meyers’ propensity for cracking his right arm against the jaw of Lewis brought up the downfall of the challenger. Tiring of this treatment, Lewis started a slugging campaign of his own and three times dropped Meyers with pokes of his own right.

One such trip to the canvas proved the last for Meyers. They were wrestling in mid-ring when Meyers repeatedly drove his right forearm against Lewis’ jaw. The champion staggered backward protesting, but Referee Ernst Roeber disregarded the complaint and ordered Lewis to wrestle in kind, as he had done before.

Lewis did. He barged in close to Meyers and sent the Chicagoan down under what resembled the boxing ring’s good old right to the jaw. Suddenly Lewis plunged headlong upon the prostrate Meyers, clamping an arm scissors and a wristlock, and Referee Roeber slapped Lewis’ shoulders in token of victory. Lewis weighed 240 pounds and Meyers 206.

Jim Browning, Boston heavyweight, pinned the shoulders of Century Milstead, New Haven, in 17:57 of their scheduled twenty-minute exhibition, with a body scissors. Browning weighed 230 and Milstead 208.

Gus Sonnenberg, former claimant of the heavyweight title, threw Earl McCready, Oklahoman, in 22:45 of their finish struggle, with a succession of flying tackles, a body spread and a double wristlock. Sonnenberg weighed 205 and McCready 229.

Nick Lutze, former Notre Dame athlete, threw George Hagen, ex-Marine, in 14 minutes, 27 seconds of their event, listed for twenty minutes. A reverse double arm lock brought to a close the most exciting of the supporting bouts. Lutze weighed 203 and Hagen 212.

Leon Pinetzki, 260, and Luigi Bacigalupi, 225, wrestled to a draw in their twenty-minute struggle. Sid Westrich, 225, threw Lilo Nardi, 210, in 10:32 of their scheduled twenty-minute struggle with a pickup and drop.

Sammy Stein, 205, pinned the shoulders of John Poddubney, 205, in 12:28 of their twenty-minute event with a flying tackle and body hold.

In the opening exhibition, Mike Mazurki, 218, tossed Henry Piers, 208, in 14:10 with a pick-up and drop.

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