Category Archives: 1943

Mystery Man In Fourth Straight Win

San Jose News – November 18, 1943

Keeps Mask

Casey Draws With Kayo Koverly In Semi-Windup

The “Green Phantom,” latest hooded mystery man of the mat game, chalked up his fourth straight victory here last night by disposing of Hans Schnabel, the powerful Dutchman, in the one-hour main event.

A capacity house attended last night’s matches. Continue reading

Managoff Is Mat Winner

St. Joseph News-Press – February 13, 1943

Bobby Managoff, sensational young Chicago wrestler, successfully defended his world heavyweight championship against the challenge of Orville Brown last night at the Auditorium in the featured bout of a card that was filled with action. Continue reading

Elviry Wins Her Contest

St. Joseph News-Press – January 30, 1943

Elviry Snodgrass last night got the vindication she has been seeking since she was eliminated in the women’s wrestling tournament when she defeated Mae Young in the featured bout of the weekly Eagles Lodge show at the Auditorium. Continue reading

Over 3,000 Mat Fans Get To See An Extra Contest

St. Joseph News-Press – January 16, 1943

Some 3,700 enthusiastic wrestling fans got to see a match that wasn’t advertised last night at the Auditorium as Betty Weston, a gal in red tights, who flashed an attack that matched the brilliance of her ring togs, won the right to meet Mildred Burke for the women’s world mat title here next Friday. Continue reading

Blow On Head Cost Him Match, Etchison Feels

St. Joseph News-Press – January 9, 1943

Ronnie Etchison is convinced today that had he not struck his head on a ring post when he missed a flying tackle last night he would have defeated Orville Brown in a main event match that climaxed one of the best wrestling cards of recent seasons at the Auditorium. And, there are a world of fans who share the opinion. Continue reading

Brown Again Takes Match

St. Joseph News-Press – January 2, 1943

Orville Brown is still the master of Tom Zaharias, the free-wheeling Pueblo, Colo., heavyweight. Brown won over Zaharias in the main event of the wrestling show at the Auditorium last night by way of proving that a victory of 10 days was no fluke. Continue reading

Wrestling Cargo In Crash, Five Hurt

Associated Press – January 28, 1943

Heavyweight wrestler Wladek Zbyszko met a culvert abutment in his automobile Monday. He and wrestlers John Suzek, John Grandovich, Frank Nelson and Ivan Risovich, were brought to a Newton hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The crash interrupted a trip to Wichita for ring appearances.

Rothenberg On Park’s Muscle Card Tonight

Hudson County Dispatch – September 10, 1943

There’ll be big doings at Columbia Park in North Bergen tonight and a goodly portion of the crowd which will flood the old structure will hail from Bergen County.  The reason for Bergen’s interest in tonight’s doings is Murray Rothenberg, of course. Murray’s the husky ex-Bergen Record Diamond Glover, ex-pro footballer, ex-everything, who has now turned to rassling. ‘Tisn’t exaggerating a bit to class Murray as Bergen’s Dizzy Dean. But, like Dizzy, Murray always delivers.  He started as a footballer at Teaneck High. Hudson County fans will remember him for his performances against the Zuccaros in days gone by. Rothenberg was listed in Teaneck Red Devils’ backfield but most of the time he was in Union City’s backfield, they say. He also played with the Clifton Wessingtons. Later on, he coached football.  Coincident with his football playing, Murray dabbled in boxing. He figured in several spectacular Diamond Glove bouts in Hackensack. Sports Editor Al Del Greco tabbed him the King Levinsky of Bergen boxing. The customers came in droves to see Rothenberg licked; but, unlike Levinsky, Rothenberg was not “in a transom.” Invariably, he won.  He fought professionally, too, appearing several times at Englewood where Jackie Farrell and Jimmy Brienza had promotional flings.  Of recent years, he has given more and more attention to rassling. He studied jiu jitsu from a Jap chef at Bergen College. He studied the Fairbairn system of commando training. All this came in handy in his daily routine as Plant Protection Supervisor for the Magor Car Corp. of Clifton, which is engaged in defense work. He went the limit in this line, too. He taught hand to hand grappling and judo to several army units stationed in northern New Jersey. And he finally said to himself, he said, “Why not go into this business professionally?”  He had a fling at it years ago in a mild sort of way. On a dare, more than anything else, he figured in a tour during which he had eight matches. Won ’em all, too.  Friday night last he appeared against Chief Bamba Tabu at the Park and he licked the chief. So Promoter Ralph Mondt, anxious to develop some real local talent, signed him again. Tonight he meets far tougher opposition in the person of John Vansky. He’ll need all he’s got to get past John.  Tonight’s final rumpus will send Chief Thunderbird against Bad Babe Sharkey. The fans appear to be more interested, however, in the tag team match slated for tonight. This shindig will pit Maurice LaChappelle and Tony Martinelli against Michele Leone and Dick Lever.  Rounding out the card will be tussles between Tony Milano and the Blue Streak and Abe Yourist and Dick Lever.

Wild Red Berry Beats Pete And Keeps His Title

St. Joseph News-Press – February 6, 1943

Wild Red Berry, a fugitive from the coal mines of Kansas, is still the light heavyweight wrestling champion of the world following a victory over Prospector Pete in the main event of last night’s Auditorium card, but the little fellow from Gold Lodge, Ariz., has stamped himself as a very worthy challenger. Continue reading

Clara Defeats Rita Before Full House

San Bernardino County Sun – January 16, 1943

Clara Mortensen probably will continue to rule as the queen of lightweight wrestlers for an indefinite period. Continue reading