Omaha World-Herald – July 5, 1918
Charley Peters, the Papillion carpenter, and John Pesek, the Shelton farmer, who were scheduled to wrestle to a finish, two falls out of three, at Rourke Park yesterday afternoon, were forced to postpone their match, after thirty-nine minutes of stiff work, and will finish the bout in a twilight battle which will be held at the same place Saturday night at 6:45.
When it became apparent that the match would have to be postponed, promoter Jack Lewis, after a hurried consultation with the principals, it was decided that the bout would be finished in the Municipal Auditorium next Saturday. It was afterward discovered that it would be impossible to fit the Auditorium up in time, so it was decided to hold the match at Rourke Park.
Spectators – and there were 2,500 of them yesterday – holding their ticket stubs will be admitted free to the match Saturday. Those who came from out in the state will have their money refunded, if they are unable to attend, Lewis declared.
“I realize that many spectators threw their tickets away after gaining admission,” declared Lewis, “and I want to do everything in my power to square the account. If out-of-town spectators will furnish evidence that they bought tickets, I will gladly refund their money, but I cannot pay every boy who picked up a dozen in the grandstand.”
The ring will be moved in close to the grandstand for the big match Saturday night. Both wrestlers were more confident than ever last night that they would be returned a winner.
The thirty-nine minutes of wrestling whetted the appetites of the spectators for a hot match considerably. Referee Cy Sherman of Lincoln was forced to call the bout at that time, when the rain began coming down in torrents.
Incidentally the rain hit Jack Lewis, promoter of the match, a severe swat alongside the jaw in the shape of spectators, who undoubtedly would have turned out in far greater number had the rain held off two hours longer.
The match was a hummer as far as it went. No sooner had the principals touched hands then they landed on the rain-soaked canvas with a thud and went at it in real earnest. Pesek chose to work from behind on the Papillion carpenter, who, apparently, was perfectly willing that the match should take that course. Peters easily broke away from some of Pesek’s favorite holds, although after seven minutes of wrestling the Shelton farmer clenched a scissors on Peters which looked like the first fall for a few minutes.
Arrangements made by the management of the match in case of rain went awry at the last minute, and, despite heroic efforts to get the gladiators under canvas, it was of no use. The canvas covering was given up as useless, and the preliminaries began when the rain momentarily slacked.