Category Archives: 1911

Wrestler Zbyszko Throws Pilakoff

The New York Times – February 24, 1911

Polish Grappler Gains the First Fall in 53: 13 and the Winning Fall in 18:00.

Stanislaus Zbyszko, the Polish wrestler, won the catch-as-catch-can finish match with Pilakoff, the Finnish champion, at Sulzer’s Harlem River Casino last night, gaining two straight falls. The first was secured in 53:13, with a crotch and scissors hold, and the second came in 18 minutes with a scissors and bar hold. The big Pole showed himself Pilakoff’s superior at every stage of the contest, and the only thing in doubt after the first few minutes was the length of time before Zbyszko would secure two falls. The Polish champion gave Pilakoff no chance to do any aggressive work, and gradually wore him down to submission.

The men shook hands at 10 o’clock and Zbyszko quickly secured a leg hold and forced Pilakoff to the matt. The latter was soon tide up in a half nelson and crotch hold but broke away and jumped to his feet. Zbyszko again put Pilakoff down and secured another half Nelson, but the Finn was able to break. Five minutes had been used up before Pilakoff assumed the aggressive, but it was only for a few seconds. At 7:30 Pilakoff again surprised Zbyszko, but the latter had no trouble in getting away. Continue reading

Pilakoff Wants Return Match

The New York Times – January 25, 1911

Pilakoff, the Finnish lion, is not at all satisfied with the result of his wrestling match with Zbyszko, and having entirely recovered the use of his right arm, which was injured, he is anxious to meet the Polish champion again, under the same conditions that governed the last contest, or to a finish under mixed style rules.  Pilakoff will be on hand at the Grand Central palace tomorrow night to publicly challenge Zbyszko.

Women Wrestlers To Meet

The Pittsburg Press – April 28, 1911

Cora Livingston, champion woman wrestler of the world, and May Nelson of the North Side, meet in a finish match at Harry Williams’ Academy tonight.  May O’Neill was thrown by Miss Livingston last night.

Berg Had A Walkover

The Daily Advocate – April 28, 1911

Famous San Antonio Grappler Defeats Abps in Six Minutes and Thirty Seconds – Mihovil Springs Sensation.

John Berg, the noted light heavyweight wrestler of San Antonio, defeated Otto Abps, alias Young Beel, alleged middleweight champion of the South and Germany, with ease in a handicap match before a fairly large celebration crowd here at Hauschild’s Opera House last night.  Berg won the first fall in four minutes and fifty seconds with a crotch and half nelson.  Abps was entirely outclassed and never saw Berg’s back.  However, Abps might have stayed longer if he had not tried to mix things with the big fellow and kept in such close quarters.  Even for the little tussle he gave Berg, the San Antonian was blowing like a porpoise at the end of the bout and seemed to be out of condition or laboring under great excitement.  Tom Long, claimant to the middleweight championship of Arkansas, who wrestled Abps here last night, served as referee. Continue reading

Wrestler Pilakoff Hurt

The New York Times – January 17, 1911

Zybszko Throws Finnish Grappler, Tearing Ligaments of Right Arm.

Pilakoff, a Finnish wrestler, after losing the first fall in his contest with Zbyszko in 0:46:16 injured his right arm in the second period and was compelled to forfeit the fall and match to the Polish wrestler at Prospect hall last night before a crowd that packed the large hall to the doors.  The gigantic Pole agreed to throw his Finnish opponent twice within an hour, and accomplished his first fall after the pair had wrestled a clean and sportsmanlike contest for 0:46:16 After the first fall the pair were allowed a reposition of ten minutes, and in the remaining 14 minutes and 44 seconds the Pole was to have tried to negotiate another fall.  After they had gone 7 minutes and 34 seconds.  Zbyszko, who was making every effort to win, grabbed his opponent from a standing position and threw him bodily over his head in a manner that had occurred on three previous occasions.  When Pilakoff came down he landed on his elbow with great force and pulled the ligaments of his right arm out of place.  He lay helpless on the mat in great pain and was unable to continue. Continue reading

Zbyszko Wins From Paul Schmidt

The New York Times – March 1, 1911

MERIDEN, Conn., Feb. 28. – Zybszko, the Pole, won in straight falls here to-night from Paul Schmidt, the German, getting the first in 17 and the second in 6 minutes.

Zbyszko Throws Roller Twice

The New York Times – January 29, 1911

BOSTON, Jan. 28. – Zbyszko, the Polish wrestler, took two falls from Dr. Roller of Seattle in a bout here to-night.  The bout, which was best two out of three without time limit, lasted nearly an hour and a half, for it took the winner 1 hour 10 minutes and 35 seconds to get the first fall.  The second he secured in ten minutes and thirty seconds.

Gotch Wins on Mat Again

The New York Times – October 15, 1911

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Oct. 14. – Making his first appearance since his defeat of Hackenschmidt in Chicago, Frank Gotch, world’s champion wrestler, easily won from George Padoubny of Russia in straight falls last night.  The first fall was gained in 16:16 with a half-nelson and crotch hold, the second in 7:50 with a half-nelson.  In the preliminary Yusiff Mahmout, the Turk, failed to throw Fred Beell of Wisconsin in fifteen minutes, as he had agreed to do.

Gotch to Back Mahmout

The New York Times – January 4, 1911

Champion Resigns Honor of Title-Holder in Wrestling to Foreigner.

Omaha, Neb., Jan. 3. – Frank Gotch, champion wrestler of the world, to-night declared he resigned the honor in favor of Yousef Mahmout, and said he would back Mahmout against Hackenschmidt for $20,000, part of which was posted to–night. Continue reading

Gotch Throws Pietro Twice

The New York Times – October 18, 1911

DES MOINES, Iowa, Oct, 17. – Frank Gotch, world’s champion wrestler, threw Emilio Pietro, the Canadian heavyweight wrestler, twice in a little more than twenty minutes here last night.  The first fall came in fifteen minutes and twenty seconds; the second in five minutes nineteen seconds.  Yousiff Mahmout failed to throw Jesse Reimer of Des Moines in a thirty-minute handicap match.