The Washington Times – April 2, 1909
Mahmout Unable to Gain Fall in Bout With Third-Rater.
Cleveland, Ohio, April 2. – Unless Yussif Mahmout was stalling in his bout last night with Joe Rogers, he will stand little chance of gaining the world wrestling championship when he meets Gotch in Chicago.
The Turk had contracted to throw the New York man twice in an hour. He did not throw him at all. Mahmout followed his custom of wearing no shoes. Several time when he got good hold Rogers broke it by grabbing his foot.