Category Archives: 1944

Russell Is Aspirant To Wrestling Crown

The Gazette – May 23, 1944

“Rebel Bob” Russell may become a figure in the battle to decide whose going to meet Sandor Szabo next, first chapter of which will be staged at the Forum Wednesday night, with Yvon Robert meeting Leo Numa, and the Masked Marvel tackling clever Regis Siki, the Sengalese star, in one-fall matches both to a finish. Continue reading

Chris Zaharias On The October 6th Card

Sports Pointers, St. Louis – October 6, 1944
By Earl Brady

Lieut. Chris Zaharias is on the October 6th card, his foe being Thor Morgan, ex-Marine… For excitement and thrills, don’t overlook the Warren Bockwinkel- Chief Saunooke battle… Al Massey, who made a classy debut here recently, and Wally Greb, a new face, also should furnish lots of action and thrills… Of course, we are anticipating one of the banner matches of the season when Wild Bill  Longson and Earl McCready get on the mat in their best two out of three fall scrap, and last but not least our little pal, Tuffy Truesdell, Mexican champion, sails into Dave Feldman in a battle of 178-pounders in the opener… We have just been informed that Otto (Whitey) Brexler will referee the main go…

Kitzmiller Gets Even Mat Break

The Oregonian – March 14, 1944

Husky George Kitzmiller managed to dump Jack Lipscomb in his “double main event” at the Labor Temple mat matches Monday night, but lacked the zip to make it a clean sweep in one of the hottest cards seen in several weeks. Continue reading

Referee Faces Two Opponents

The Oregonian – March 12, 1944

George Kitzmiller and Jack Lipscomb, whose main-event clash last week ended in a verdict for Lipscomb when Kitzmiller stayed out of the ring too long while engaged in an unscheduled fracas with Buck Davidson, tangle again Monday night at the Labor Temple – with Davidson officially in the match this time. Continue reading

Zbyszko Wins From Indian

The Oregonian – April 27, 1944

Wladek Zbyszko, the former Polish champion, and Dean Detton, one-time world’s titleholder, won top honors on Wednesday night’s double main event heavyweight wrestling card at the Auditorium and will meet in the top match next week. Continue reading

Casey Tosses Utah Grappler

Oregon Journal – February 16, 1944

Irish Steve Casey, Boston grappler, carried off honors in the main bout of the revival of heavyweight wrestling under the Western Athletic Club banner Tuesday night in the Auditorium by taking two out of three falls from Dean Detton of Salt Lake. Continue reading

Casey, Detton Wait Activity In Auditorium Go

Oregon Journal – February 15, 1944

A pair of rugged, custom-built, heavyweight mat stars – Steve Casey and Dean Detton – and a batch of the mat faithful will be on hand Tuesday night to inaugurate the Western Athletic Club’s return to the wrestling wars in the Auditorium. Continue reading

Grapplers Spur War Bond Sale

Oregon Journal – February 13, 1944

A lot of the boys and gals around our fair village probably wouldn’t invest a hundred bucks in a heavyweight wrestler, but a considerable number of them have invested in a $100 war bond that entitles them to a ringside seat Tuesday night to see Steve Casey and Dean Detton, a couple of heavyweight wrestlers, in action. Continue reading

Detton, Casey To Tussle Here

Oregon Journal – February 6, 1944

In an effort to revive heavyweight wrestling warfare in the Northwest, Cal Herman, new matchmaker for the Western Athletic Club, Saturday announced he had signed Steve Casey and Dean Detton, former world’s champion, for top honors in his first offering, a card scheduled in the Auditorium Tuesday, Feb. 15. Continue reading

Cal Herman To Revive Sleeping Wrestling Game

Oregon Journal – February 6, 1944
By Marlowe Branagan

He admits just because a guy totes an umbrella to work it doesn’t necessarily follow it will rain, but right now dapper Cal Herman operates with the idea that if he gets enough heavyweight wrestlers in tow, eventually he will tow some of ‘em into Portland. Continue reading