“Masked Marvel” May As Well Discard His Hood

New York Herald – January 5, 1916

Photographs of Mort Henderson Show Remarkable Resemblance in Poses to the Mysterious Wrestler.

Masked Marvel Mort Henderson 1-5-1916

There is no reason why the “Masked Marvel,” who has caused wrestling “fans” and many others in all walks of life to do a lot of guessing since he first appeared in the tournament at the Manhattan Opera House, should not remove his mask, as it interferes with his work and his identity is conceded to be as good as proved.

Those who have seen the numerous photographs of “Mort” Henderson that arrived here in the last few days from Altoona Pa., agree that he is the man of mystery.  It has been noticed that the “Marvel” has numerous poses quite unlike the other mat experts, and among the photographs which have been shown are several showing “Mort” Henderson in the identical poses.

Those who knew Henderson in Altoona agree that his chief characteristic is the great strength of his neck, and those who have seen the “Masked Marvel” at work know how strong a neck he has.  Time and time again his strongest adversaries have tried to force his head down while he knelt on the mat, but in vain.

“Mort” Henderson is primarily a catch-as-catch-can wrestler, and the heretofore mysterious one has shown himself to be more capable at that style of work than at Graeco-Roman wrestling.

Twice the “Marvel” has been defeated, once by “Strangler” Lewis and again by Alexander Aberg.  The first time a slip of the foot caused defeat, but that is no excuse, and Friday night of last week Aberg, the Graeco-Roman champion, downed him after having a “double Nelson” on him for more than half an hour, during with time the masked one became exhausted and was easily thrown when the champion made the attempt.  In the bout Monday night the masked man and “Strangler” Lewis went to a draw after wrestling for two hours and thirty-one seconds.

Having been thrown twice, many think the unknown should unmask, for all who have seen him at work have noticed that the mask has worried him more than anything else.  Many a time he has been caught at a disadvantage while adjusting the mask.  The only advantage in having him continue his bouts masked is the publicity it affords the tournament, and it detracts from his ability to do justice to himself.

Pospisil Injured.

In the first period of the star bout on the programme last night, between Aberg and spisil wrestler, the latter was thrown from the mat, his head striking the unpadded stage; he was incapacitated.  A new entry in the tournament, Peter Jelesnezow, of Russia, the human spring, took his place.  The Russian showed how he could coil himself up, grab his own toes and upon releasing them uncoil and spring well away from his adversary.  Although it was a Graeco-Roman contest, the Russian applied catch-as-catch-can methods on himself, and George Bothner, the referee, was in a quandary as to his rulings.

The summary: –

McGrath and Hevonpaa, a draw, 20m.  Graeco-Roman.

Ursa defeated Bayley, 11m.  50s.  Graeco-Roman.

Lurich and Le Colosse, a draw, 20m.  Graeco-Roman.

Zbyszko defeated Lundin, 46m.  35s.  Catch-as-catch-can.

Gardini defeated Vogel, 7m.  50s.  Catch-as-catch-can.

Aberg and Pospisil bout ended in first period, when Pospisil was injured.

Aberg and Zelesnezow, a draw, 30m.  Graeco-Roman.

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