Category Archives: 1914

Bothner Ends His Wrestling Career

The New York Times – December 16, 1914

Victory Over Miyake His Last Bout–Defeated Many Champions.

George Bothner has retired. These four words mark the end of the competitive career of one of the greatest exponents of scientific wrestling. Unlike many who never know when the tide is setting in against them, until defeat has cut its scar on the records. Bothner retires when he is still at the top flushed with a final taste of victory. Nothing could have been more decisive than his defeat of Tarro Miyake Monday night, and nothing could better demonstrate the reason for the high public favor in which the champion has always been held. Bothner, who is now in his forty-eighth year, showed the same skill and generalship which marked his earlier career and played the game as he has done many times before under the handicap of odds that would have discouraged most men. Continue reading

Beell Meets Lewis Tonight

Chicago Tribune – February 9, 1914

Fred Beell, the Wisconsin grappler, and Ed (Strangler) Lewis of Lexington, Ky., will meet in the main event of the wrestling show tonight at the Empire under the auspices of the newly organized Madison A.C. Continue reading

Rouen Throws Tom Jenkins

The New York Times – March 28, 1914

OTTAWA, Ontario, March 27. – Raoul De Rouen, heavyweight champion wrestler of France, again defeated Tom Jenkins here to-night, De Rouen took the first fall in 31 minutes with a body hold in chancery, and the second in 10 minutes with a toe hold.

A Hard Battle

The Oswego Daily Palladium – January 8, 1914

Rogers and Lundin Will Come Together on the Mat Monday Night.

“Yankee” Rogers fully realize that he has his work cut out for him at the Armory Monday night, when he goes up against Hjalmar Lundin, the champion wrestler of Sweden, and the Swedes turn out some good men on the mat.  That is why Rogers is going through one of the most thorough training stunts he had done this season.  Rogers knows that in order to win he must have everything he has ready and in working order.   It will be by far the best bout ever seen in this city and will be a finish match, best two out of three falls. Continue reading

Tarro Miyake, Champion Jiujitsu Wrestler, And Henry Irslinger, Likely To Be Matched

Lincoln Daily Star – December 6, 1914

Henry Irslinger 12-6-1914

New York, Dec. 5 – Though the wrestling game is not extremely popular just now, there is some talk of a match that will attract much attention if held, as seems likely.  Tarro Miyake, who calls himself champion jiujitsu wrestler of the world, is trying to arrange a match with Henry Irslinger, middleweight champion of the world, at catch-as-catch-can.  Miyake has been in London for several years, where he met all comers and threw them all.  He is matched with George Bothner, welterweight champion of the world for a bout December 14, when Miyake will try to throw Bothner three times in an hour.  This is a hard task, as Irslinger can testify, as he tried it a year or two ago and failed.  Should Irslinger and the Jap meet it will be under catch-as-catch-can rules, and their weights will be about the same, something in the neighborhood of 165.

Zbyszko Defeats Ordeman

The Mercury – May 18, 1914

The Winner And His Shoes.

Zbyszko defeated Henry Ordeman for the world’s heavyweight wrestling championship here last night.

Ordeman won the first fall in 26 minutes; Zbyszko took the second in 13 minutes, and the third in 33 minutes.  Zbyszko forfeited $100 when he removed his shoes during the match.  Zbyszko threw the shoes amongst the audience and nearly precipitated a riot.  The police were called in to quell the disturbance.

Young Zbyszko Flops Schultz

Chicago Tribune – February 1, 1914

Wladek Zbyszko, brother of Stanislaus, made short work of Carl Schultz, champion of the German navy, in the feature bout of the wrestling show at the Chicago Athletic Association last night. Zbyszko, while not as heavy as his brother, has tremendous strength and is exceptionally fast. He put the German sailor down in straight falls, gaining the first in 2:32 with a body scissors and wrist lock and the second in 2:47 with a body lock.

The Pole weighed 225 pounds, and there seemed to be none of it that wasn’t muscle or bone. His opponent was ten pounds lighter, but never had a chance to put the Polish grappler in danger. The big fellow was the more aggressive, several times picking up his rival bodily and hurling him to the floor. Once the Pole got a toe hold on Schultz and was warned by the referee that such things were barred at the C.A.A. In another minute he had demonstrated he did not have to use the toe hold to master his man.

Next to the main bout the interest centered in the contest between Theodore Peter, the St. Paul 166-pound grappler, and Ole Nelson, a 175-pounder, who was substituted for Louis Annick. The St. Paul man showed wonderful speed and took the match in straight falls, getting the first in 6:10, when his opponent was in such a dangerous position because of a hammerlock hold that he gave up and conceded the fall to Peter. The second fall was obtained by a chancery and scissors hold in 15:32.

Johnny Billeter, the clever Toledo lightweight, succeeded in beating Walter Moran of West Pullman in straight falls, but was forced to the limit in each bout. Several times Moran had the Toledo man in a dangerous position, but the experience of the latter always enabled him to wriggle out. Billeter took the first fall in 19:18 after a desperate struggle and the second came after much effort in 15:42.

Bill Hokuff, the Bohemian heavyweight, succeeded in putting the “Mysterious Conductor” down in 10:00 in a one-fall match. The two little sons of Billy Finucane, the old-time boxer, entertained the crowd with a combination boxing and wrestling contest of three rounds.

Zbyszko Wins In Two Falls

Chicago Tribune – February 7, 1914

Wladek Zbyszko, who gained fame by winning the European wrestling championship in a recent tournament at Paris, met a severe test last night in his bout with “Farmer Bill” Hokuff at the Globe theater, but showed he possessed enough class to win. Zbyszko won the first fall in 43:55 with a body lock and grapevine and the second in 23:56 with a cross body grip.

The theater wasn’t overcrowded, only a fair number of fans turning out to see the card of four bouts. The windup between Zbyszko and Hokuff brought out the only interesting work of the night.

Zbyszko won because he was better versed in offensive wrestling than his opponent, but that isn’t saying a great deal for either contestant, as Hokuff did not seem to know what to do when he got behind his man. In knowledge of holds he was lamentably lacking, and almost from the start it was apparent the Pole would win. Hokuff was on the defensive most of the time, and he was fairly successful breaking out of several holds with the aid of superior strength.

The semi-windup brought together Paul Samson, the gigantic German, and Julius Goverdacia, Samson winning in straight falls, the first in 16:40 with a cross body and wristlock, and the second with a head scissors and wristlock in 11:00. Strength counted for more than wrestling ability in this contest, and Samson won because he was stronger than his opponent.

John Frieburg won from Joe Gesthout in straight falls. He took the first in 27:53 with a scissors on arm and reverse nelson and the second in 2:59 with a half nelson and crotch. In one fall, Joe Wallace downed Victor Soldat in 35:03 with a body lock.

Nick Dewiscourt ‘Throws’ His Man

Ellensburg Capital – October 8, 1914

About 500 men gathered in the fair tent Saturday night to see the wrestling contest between Nick Dewiscourt and William Dillman. Naturally, the local man was the favorite, but the crowd soon realized that his opponent was a good man and he was accorded fair treatment by the audience.

Jack Kelleher was referee and his work was very satisfactory. Dewiscourt clearly outclassed the stranger, but the latter did some very clever work and took care of himself with credit. Dewiscourt was heavier than his opponent and quicker than his friends had credited him with being and close observers never considered the final issue in doubt.

Dewiscourt’s victory was most gratifying to his friends here, who now believe he is on the wrestling ‘map’ permanently, and they have every confidence in his ability to render a good report.

Beell Victor In Limit Bout

Chicago Tribune – February 10, 1914

Freddie Beell of Marshfield, Wis., one of the greatest wrestlers of his weight, more than made good in his “comeback” appearance at the Empire Theater last night, when he defeated Ed (Strangler) Lewis of Lexington, Ky., two of three falls in the main event of the first show staged by the Madison A.C.

After he had lost the first fall in 9:37 of interesting grappling, because he allowed Lewis to trick him into a side roll, which the Kentuckian shifted into a waist lock and scissors on the arm, the badger came back and won the next two. Beell won the second fall after he had tightened a vicious head lock. Lewis jumped, kicked, and used all the defensive knowledge of wrestling he knew to break the hold.

Lewis was unsuccessful and finally went to his knees, with Beell still in possession of the dangerous hold. Lewis squirmed and twisted, and after he realized his efforts were of no avail he struck the canvas with his right hand as a token of defeat. The Wisconsin wrestler was loudly cheered as he left the ring.’

After a fifteen-minute rest, the grapplers appeared for the third and deciding fall. Lewis was more careful, but Beell waded into his opponent in fearless fashion. They bulled each other around the ring for nine minutes, when they went to the mat with the Wisconsin grappler on top. After he had tried several holds, which Lewis broke with apparent ease, Beell obtained a toe hold which Lewis was unable to break. As he was about to hit the canvas again with his hands as a token of defeat, Beell released the toe grip and shifted to a cross body lock. Although Lewis tried hard to break the hold, the badger pinned his shoulders to the mat in 10:35.

In the semi-windup John Avidson of Moose Jaw, Canada, won from Theodore Peters of St. Paul in straight falls. The Canadian won the first fall in 10:31 with a hammerlock and the second in 1:36 with a scissors on the arm and bar arm.

Walter Evans defeated Ted Tonneman in straight falls in the opening bout. Evans won the first fall in 6:26 with a standing crotch and the second in 1:18 with a cross body hold. Peter Kokotovitch, known as Peter the Great, was defeated by Ernst Kartje by the straight fall route in the second contest. Kartje took the first fall in 39:50 with a head scissors and wrist lock and the second bout in 4:11 with a toe hold.