Category Archives: 1913

Frank Gotch Surprises Manager Klank

Chicago Tribune – April 6, 1913

Emil Klank, manager of Frank Gotch, wrestling champion, returned to the city yesterday from Kansas City, where Gotch won an easy victory over George Lurich, the German grappler, Tuesday night. The champion’s manager said Gotch was as good as ever despite his long layoff, and declared the champion could beat the other contenders for his title just as easily as he did the German. Continue reading

Mat Match Goes To Westergaard

Chicago Tribune – January 8, 1913

MINNEAPOLIS — After Henry Ordemann of Minneapolis had won the first fall on a half-nelson and crotch hold in twenty-four minutes, his opponent, Jess Westergaard of Des Moines, Ia., won two straight falls and tonight claims heavyweight wrestling championship of America. Frank Gotch, retired champion, was referee. Westergaard won both his falls on a reverse nelson, the first in 10:00 and the second in 1:30. Ordemann’s hip and shoulder were injured in the second fall.

Champion Got Start Via Defeat By Ringer

Chicago Tribune – March 30, 1913
By Harvey T. Woodruff

Frank A. Gotch, world’s champion wrestler, met a “ringer” in his first serious engagement on the mat. Gotch proved inferior to the scientific tricks of his opponent and was thrown, but the realization that it took Dan McLeod, then in his prime, one hour and forty-one minutes and forty-six minutes, respectively, to tumble him fully decided Gotch in his budding determination to become a champion grappler. Continue reading

Champion Gotch Is An Easy Winner In Straight Falls

Chicago Tribune – April 2, 1913

KANSAS CITY, Mo., April 1 — Frank Gotch, champion wrestler, emerged from the retirement of his Humboldt (Ia.) farm long enough to take two straight falls tonight from George Lurich, the Russian strong man. Gotch won the first fall in 18:10, with an arm and toehold, and the second with a double nelson in 5:35. Continue reading

Particulars Of The Beell-Yokel Match

Duluth Herald – November 5, 1913

Fred Beell last evening demonstrated before 3,500 wildly cheering spectators that he is still the master matman of the world, for the little Wisconsin wood chopper defeated the peerless Mike Yokel in two straight falls, winning the first with a flying mare and roll in one hour and 11 minutes and the second and deciding fall with a half nelson and crotch hold in exactly 12:35.

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Wrestling Slain At Rock Island

Decatur IL Daily Review – February 4, 1913

Wrestling has been slain in Rock Island. After thriving in great shape for the last three months and with every match bringing out crowds of 500 or more, the mat sport in the Island city has been struck down to rise no more. Burial services are about over and the fans, who are also without baseball, say they will turn their attention to duck-on-rock and andyover. Continue reading

Wrestlers Are On Mat Over Three Hours Without A Fall

El Paso Herald – February 21, 1913

New York, N. Y., Feb. 21. – George Bothner, of America, and Henry Irslinger, of Europe, met in an international middleweight wrestling match at Brown’s gymnasium last night and wrestled three hours and 40 minutes without a fall, the referee, John O’Brien, of the New York A. C., declaring the bout a draw.  Bothner hurt his left knee in the first 10 minutes of wrestling and was on the defensive the rest of the match, but Irslinger, the middleweight champion of Europe and holder of the Lonsdale belt, could do nothing with his opponent.

Bothner, 48 years of age, weighed 149 3-4 pounds, while Irslinger, aged 27, weighed 157 1-2.  The conditions called for the best two out of three falls.

Wrestling Match A Draw

Reading Eagle – February 21, 1913

New York, Feb. 21.–George Bothner, of America, and Henry Irslinger, of Europe, met in an international match at Brown’s gymnasium last night and wrestled 3 hours and 40 minutes without either man getting a fall, the referee, John J. O’Brien of the National Athletic Club declaring the bout a draw.  The men will probably be matched again in the near future.  Bothner, who holds the American lightweight championship hurt his left knee in the first 10 minutes of wrestling and was on the defensive practically all the time thereafter.  Irslinger, the middleweight champion of Europe and holder of the Lonsdale belt, could do nothing with his opponent who made a notable showing considering his handicap.

Bothner who is 47 years old, weighed 149 ¾ pounds, while Irslinger, aged 27, weighed 157 ½.  The conditions called for the best two out of three falls, catch-as-catch-can.

Yokel Coming Home With Strained Knee

The Salt Lake Tribune – April 1, 1913

Extent of Champion’s Injury Will Determine Date of Match With Irslinger.

Until a telegram comes from Mike Yokel, or that champion comes himself,  no definite arrangements can be made for Mike’s match with Henry Irslinger, the Austrian wrestler. Yokel is believed to be on his way westward, although Promoter Harry Heagren has had no word concerning the movements of Salt Lake’s wrestling pride. Continue reading

Kartye Coming for Bout with Irslinger

Deseret Evening News – May 10, 1913

Ogden, May 10.–Ernest Kartye, who is to meet with Henri Irslinger in a wrestling match to be held in the Orpheum theater on May 16, will leave Chicago for Ogden today.  He will spend some time in Salt Lake City and then come to Ogden.  Irslinger declares he can throw the man but believes it will be the hardest fight of his life as his opponent has thrown some good men and has proved himself to be a wrestler.