Category Archives: 1929

Lewis To Tackle Polish Star Friday

The Milwaukee Journal – March 5, 1929

Ed (Strangler) Lewis, who was butted out of his heavyweight crown by Gus Sonnenberg, comes back to Milwaukee Friday night for the first time since he lost his title to engage Joe Rogacki, undefeated Polish heavyweight star.  The match between Lewis and Rogacki will be staged at the Gayety theater and will go to a finish best two falls in three. Continue reading


Koloff Suspension From Mat To Stand

Prescott Evening Courier – August 1, 1929

CHICAGO, Aug. 1. – (AP) – The Illinois Athletic commission has denied Dan Koloff, heavyweight wrestler, a hearing on his recent suspension from Illinois rings.  Koloff was suspended for one year when the commission learned he had wrestled under assumed names in five matches.

The commission fined Haakon, Chicago middleweight boxer, $100 for roughness in a recent fight.

Fischer Awarded Decision Over Meyers On Mat

Chicago Tribune – January 8, 1929

Charles (Midget) Fischer won the referee’s decision in his wrestling match last night at the Broadway Armory with Johnny Meyers, former middleweight champion. Continue reading

Home Town Happy

Chicago Tribune – January 6, 1929

MARQUETTE, Mich., Jan. 5 – (Special) – A farmer boy from “the sticks” of the northern peninsula of Michigan today wears the world’s heavyweight championship wrestling belt and the “old home town” is right proud. The champion is Gustav Sonnenberg, who took the title from Strangler Lewis at Boston, Mass., last night, and the “old home town” is Marquette. Continue reading

Sonnenberg, New Mat Champ, Plans To Take On All Comers

Associated Press – January 5, 1929

BOSTON, Mass. – “Dynamite” Gus Sonnenberg wants to be an active heavyweight wrestling champion. He said today that he would rest only two weeks and then take on any opponent any promoter selected for him. Continue reading

You Don’t Say!

The Pittsburgh Press – July 12, 1929

The Illinois Athletic Commission recently barred Dan Koloff, a Boston wrestler, from the state…  It was charged that he wrestled Gus Sonnenberg six times since March 19… Once under his own name… And the other times under these names – Dave Shannon, Dan Kolman, Dave Petroff and Fred Gotch… And Paul Prehn, the chairman of the Illinois commission, is a former wrestler… And the wrestling coach at the University of Illinois… McGraw was bounced by the umpire a few days ago for the first time in years…  And Robby, the Brooklyn manager, never has been gated…  And when McGraw was walking toward the gate Robby said – “It’s about time some of these young fellows learn to hold their tempers.”

You Can’t Monkey Around Like That

Ironwood MI Daily Globe – April 10, 1929

New York City NY, Apr. 10 (AP) — Stanislaus Zbyszko, former heavyweight wrestling champion of the world and the “iron man” of sportdom, today filed suit for $250,000 against the New York American, alleging that that newspaper had destroyed his young wife’s love for him. Continue reading

Wayne Munn Accepts Match

The Milwaukee Journal – January 20, 1929

Wayne Munn, former champion of the world, will be brought here to meet the winner of the Steinke-Komar bout, which will be held at the Auditorium Wednesday night, officials of the promoting club announced Saturday.  Munn has already accepted the match, which will be held next month. Continue reading

Ed (Strangler) Lewis To Wrestle Gardini

The Milwaukee Journal – January 20, 1929

New York – Ed (Strangler) Lewis, recently dethroned as heavyweight wrestling champion by Gus Sonnenberg, will grapple Renato Gardini, Italian candidate for championship laurels, in a finish wrestling match at Madison Square Garden on Monday night.  Renato has been performing steadily in the metropolitan area for a long time and feels in fine condition.  Lewis will arrive in this city Friday.

Gus Sonnenberg Wins From Hanson

Associated Press – April 27, 1929

DES MOINES — Gus Sonnenberg retained his world’s heavyweight wrestling championship last night by throwing Charles Hanson of Omaha in 27 minutes, 6 seconds, with his famous flying tackle.