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.