Category Archives: 1935

Opera Glitters, But Matmen Just Grunt

United Press – December 17, 1935
By Jack Diamond

NEW YORK – Not to be outdone by the glittering premiere of the opera last night, Promoter Jack Curley staged a rival, and repeat, performance of that stirring drama, Danno O’Mahoney versus Ed Don George, once again wrestling for what so many people believe to be the heavyweight championship of the world. Continue reading

George Calza Throws Lutze In Two Falls

Los Angeles Times – December 19, 1935

George Calza, the Italian wrestler, might have been “unknown” before, but Nick Lutze, popular Venice mat man, became acquainted with him in the worst way possible last night – on the mat at the Olympic Auditorium. Continue reading

McGuirk Pins Ted Christy; Higami Wins From Singh

San Francisco Chronicle – December 13, 1935

Although Ted Christy insisted upon being an old meanie and doing things he shouldn’t have, everything turned out all right last night at the Civic Auditorium and Leroy McGuirk retained his light heavyweight wrestling title. Continue reading

McGuirk Wrestles Christy At Civic Auditorium

San Francisco Chronicle – December 12, 1935

Leroy McGuirk, recognized by the trade as light heavyweight champion, returns to action in San Francisco tonight when he tangles with Ted Christy, rugged Sunland heavyweight, in the two-hour, best two in three falls main event on Promoter Frank Schuler’s weekly program at the Civic Auditorium. Continue reading

Error Killing By Police To Be Aired

Los Angeles Times – July 12, 1935

The story, in detail, of how William Focher, 35 years of age, was fatally shot by police officers late Wednesday night following an altercation with Lou Daro, wrestling promoter, will be told by half a dozen witnesses at an inquest into Focher’s death in the Coroner’s office, Hall of Justice, at 9:30 a.m. next Monday. Continue reading

Jim Browning Pinned In 22:31 By O’Mahoney

New York World-Telegram – March 19, 1935

Danno O’Mahoney, the Irish whip specialist here with an eye on the world title, last night dispatched Jim Browning of Missouri, former champion, in Madison Square Garden. The attendance was 7,500. Continue reading

Ganson Offers To Give Low Down On Mat Racket

San Francisco Chronicle – December 10, 1935
By Harry B. Smith, Chronicle Sports Editor

Jack Ganson, San Francisco deposed wrestling promoter, is willing to tell the commission all he knows about the wrestling game. But Ganson makes two stipulations about his willing to talk of the inside workings of the mat game. There will be a commission meeting in San Francisco next Saturday. Continue reading

Zaharias Throws Jacobs, Triumphs In 8:51 With A Body Slam At Hempstead Arena

The New York Times – March 14, 1935

HEMPSTEAD, Long Island, March 13 (Special) — George Zaharias, 230, threw Harry Jacobs, 315, with a body slam in 8:51 of the feature wrestling match tonight at the Hempstead Arena. Al Bisignano, 212, won the semifinal, tossing Walter Underhill, 204, with a body slam after 20:08. Continue reading

Sandor Vary In Mat Test

New York Post – December 20, 1935

Savoldi and Barber Top Wrestling Card at Armory

Sandor Vary, Hungarian heavyweight, is an added attraction on the heavyweight wrestling card topped by Joe Savoldi and Hank Barber, former collegians. Continue reading

Sandor Vary Makes Hit In First Mat Feature

New York Post – December 20, 1935

Sandor Vary has made rapid progress in his brief drive for interest in the wrestling fans.  Today, after only one preliminary match and one appearance as a headliner, he is being sought by several promoters, particularly the group at the Star Casino, where he disposed of Jack Hader in only 19 minutes of the feature event last night.  George Hagen and Gabriel d’Annunzio wrestled 30 minutes to a draw in the semifinal bout.