Category Archives: 1920

Irslinger Arrives Here To Train For Brown Match

The Houston Post – June 16, 1920

Henry Irslinger, who meets Pet Brown at the city auditorium Friday night, arrived in Hourston Monday from Wichita Falls, where he defeated Pete Sauers, who recently showed here.  Irslinger pinned Sauer in 48 minutes.  Irslinger also claims a fall from Clarence Eklund in 1 minute and 20 seconds. Continue reading


Wrestling Champion to Show Local Fans

The Binghamton Press – February 5, 1920

Binghamton sport fans will see two wrestling champions in action Friday night, Feb. 20, at the Lyrie theater, Water street, when Leo Pardello, champion heavyweight of Italy, and Harry Stevens, English titleholder, will clash in a finish bout staged by Young Strangler Lewis, of Endicott. Continue reading

Cyclone Burns Throws Draak

Boston Globe – April 30, 1920

Cyclone Burns defeated Tommy Draak in two out of three falls in their heavyweight catch-as-catch-can wrestling match at the Grand Opera House last night. Draak scored the first fall in 51m 56s, with a body scissors and a head chancery. Continue reading

Ketonen Scores Two Falls

Boston Globe – April 7, 1920

WORCESTER – Waino Ketonen beat Joe Turner of Washington tonight in a wrestling match in Mechanic’s Hall. Turner won the first fall with a jackknife hold in 11 minutes. Ketonen won the second with a double elbow and toss over the head in 1 hour 22 minutes, and he also won the third with a body scissors hold in 40 seconds.

Matsuda Defeats Schober

El Paso Herald – November 17, 1920

By Bud Rutherford

Japanese Star Wins In Best Two Of Three

Schober Takes First Fall But Oriental Comes Back and Wins Two Straight.


About two weeks ago one William Schober, affectionately known to the bunch as “Bill” and to the world at large as an exceptionally clever wrestler incurred the ire of El Paso mat fans when he used some quick thinking to sin over Matty Matsuda, Japanese champion. Continue reading

Matsuda And Reynolds Next

El Paso Herald – May 25, 1920

Jobus To Meet A. Jiminez

EL PASO is to be the scene of a wrestling contest for the welterweight title of the world between Matty Matsuda and Jack Reynolds, present holder of the title, on June 8. Continue reading

Irslinger Loses To Brown

El Paso Herald – May 26, 1920

Texan Takes Two Hard Falls

PET BROWN’S nimble right foot, used as a defensive measure in breaking a head spin and toe hold sent Henry Irslinger to the ropes in a dazed condition and ultimately won the first fall of a two out of three match for the Texas star Tuesday night at Liberty hall. Continue reading

Pet Brown Meets Irslinger

El Paso Herald – May 17, 1920

Texas Star To Appear Here

PET BROWN, Houston, Texas, star, retired middleweight champion of the world, who recently made a comeback by defeating Charles Rentrop at catchweights, will appear in El Paso May 25 against Henry Irslinger, of Omaha. Continue reading

Aggressive Chris Wins Over Charlie Rentrop In Hard Bout

El Paso Herald – May 12, 1920

Alsatian Star, Weakened by Making Weight, Goes Down Before Scrappy Grecian Crack.  Chris Wins First Fall With Hammerlock And Head Scissors; Takes Second With Same Hold.

ONE hundred and fifty-eight pounds at 3 oclock for a match is too great a handicap for Charles Rentrop. Continue reading

Crack Middleweight Wrigglers To Meet Before El Paso Fans

El Paso Herald – May 12, 1920

Claimant Of 158 Pound Title And Irslinger, Former Champion Will Be Next Headliner Card At Liberty Hall, Says Matchmaker; Will Meet At The Middleweight Limit.

WAINO KETONEN, Omaha, Neb., the city which has produced more high class wrestlers than any other place of its size in the world will meet Henry Irslinger, of Chicago, in El Paso within the next three weeks in a renewal of the crap for the middleweight title. Continue reading