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Science Of Wrestling

Physical Culture – March 1903
By Bernarr Macfadden

Illustrated by Photographs Specially Posed by Tom Jenkins and Clarence Boudin

Tom Jenkins  World's Champion Catch-as-Catch-Can Wrestler

Tom Jenkins
World’s Champion Catch-as-Catch-Can Wrestler

Tom Jenkins, until recently the world’s champion catch-as-catch-can wrestler, whose photographs illustrate the wrestling tricks shown in this article, is a remarkable specimen of physical manhood.  Every line of his body indicates the rugged vigor which has enabled him to win so many hard fought contests.  Recently he was beaten by Dan McLeod, though he claims that his defeat was due to a bad leg, and he expects to wrestle his conquerer again in the near future. Continue reading

Science Of Wrestling

Physical Culture – February 1903

John Piening in Physical Culture

Some Effective Tricks Illustrated by the Famous Wrestler, John Piening

Beginning with this issue we intend to give our readers a few lessons in the muscle building sport of wrestling.  The “holds” shown here are illustrated by John Piening, the famous Graeco-Roman heavyweight wrestler, with the assistance of Prof. Anthony Barker.  In the next issue we will give a lesson illustrated by Thos. Jenkins, champion wrestler of the world. Continue reading


The San Francisco Call – February 1, 1903

NEW YORK, Jan. 31.—The wrestling bout at Madison Square Garden to-night between Tom Jenkins, the world’s champion catch-as-catch-can wrestler, and John Piening, the “Butcher Boy,” ended in a draw.  The men were on the mat without a fall practically from 9:50 until midnight, when the police declared the bout at an end.

Winner of Bout to Go Abroad

The World – December 17, 1903

A trip to England, something that neither Tom Jenkins nor Dan McLeod ever enjoyed, will be an extra inducement for them to display all their skill and powers in their championship wrestling match at Madison Square Garden next Tuesday night.  C. P. Hutchings, an English sporting man, who is interested in the great European champion, Hagenschmidt, will endeavor to sign the winner of the match next week to meet the foreigner before an English club.  Mr. Hutchings will be at the Garden to see the bout. Continue reading

Wrestlers to Contest To-night

The New York Times – January 31, 1903

The event of the season in wrestling is scheduled for to-night in Madison Square Garden.  Tom Jenkins, holder of the catch-as-catch-can championship of the world for ten years, is to meet John Piening, the Graeco-Roman champion, in a mixed style match to a finish.  The first fall will be Graeco-Roman, the second catch-as-catch-can, and the winner of the quickest fall will select the style of the third fall, if a third fall is necessary. Continue reading

Dwyer Wrestles a Bit Himself

The Yukon Sun – September 9, 1903

Champion McLeod Loses Match by Failing to Throw Opponent in Time Limit

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Sept. 8. – M. J. Dwyer, of this city, won from Dan McLeod, of Hamilton, Ont., the champion heavyweight catch-as-catch-can wrestler of the world, here to-night by taking the time limit. Continue reading

Schoenlein Won Long Wrestling Bout

The New York Times – January 31, 1903

BALTIMORE, Jan. 30. – Gus Schonlein (Americus) and Max Wiley of Rochester, the ex-amateur champion, wrestled here to-night to a finish.  Schoelein gained the first fall in one hour and three minutes and the second in thirty minutes.  The men wrestled catch-as-catch-can style.

Neither Gains a Fall

The St. Paul Globe – April 15, 1903

BALTIMORE, Md., April 14.—Harvey Parker, of Brockton. Mass., the champion welterweight wrestler of the world, and Gus Schoenlein ( “Americus” ), of this city, were on the mat two hours and forty-five minutes tonight, neither man gaining a fall. The match was for the championship of the world in the class, two falls in three. Throughout the, battle “Americus” was on the defensive, while Parker worked hard to pin his opponent to the floor. Both men seemed strong when the referee, at 12:45, called the bout a draw.

Piening Has Hard Job on His Hands To-Night

The World – December 17, 1903

Jack Munroe, the miner heavy-weight pugilist, will engage in another contest to-night, but not with five-ounce gloves or under the Marquis of Queensberry rules.  Instead, he will tax his brute strength against that of John Piening, the great wrestler, in a wrestling bout at Prospect Hall, Brooklyn.  This will be the second time the men have met in this kind of a competition, their previous bout having been won by Munroe, who was awarded the decision when Piening had failed to throw him three times within an hour. Continue reading

Threw Tom Sharkey

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle – February 12, 1903

Sailor Pugilist Not Able to Stand Up Against Wrestler Dan McLeod.

Cleveland, February 12—Tom Sharkey was not able to withstand Dan McLeod’s attempt to throw him three times within an hour last night, and McLeod was successful in fifty minutes. Continue reading