Category Archives: 1958

‘Swede’ Wins, Draws, Loses As Grappler

Ocala Star-Banner – January 14, 1958

Carl (Swede) Karlson won his three fall match with Jerry Christie, “drew” with several spectators in a chair-swinging melee after the fight then lost the decision on a reversal by referee Bill Braun. Continue reading

Champion Tag Team Collects Wrestling Win

Times-News – September 17, 1958

Penny Banner and Loraine Johnson came up with two straight falls Tuesday night to retain their-claim to the women’s world tag team championship. The bout was part of the VFW’s weekly wrestling card. Continue reading

Yukon Eric Wins 2 Falls; Midgets Amuse Mat Fans

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle – February 6, 1958

Marvel Unmasked

They unmasked ‘The Masked Marvel” last night at the War Memorial before an assemblage of about 1,000 fans but his identity was not divulged. After unmasking, the loser covered his face with his hands and ran into the dressing room. Continue reading

Arena Lists Rocca, Starr In Tag Tilt

Sunday Herald – June 1, 1958

The New Haven Arena will offer another of its star-studded wrestling programs next Saturday, headed by a tag team match sending famed Antonino Rocca and Ricki Starr against the Australian pair of Don Heffernan and Al Costello, called “the Kangaroos” after the famous animals of their homeland. Continue reading

Starr, Gypsy Joe Wrestle Jan. 10

The Milwaukee Journal – December 28, 1958

Ricki Starr, a wrestler who prefers ballet slippers to sneakers, will meet Gypsy Joe in the feature match at the Auditorium Saturday night, Jan. 10.  In other matches Don and Jackie Fargo will meet Boris and Nicoli Volkoff in a tag team scuffle, Kurt Steinke will face Hans Schmidt and Gino Angelo will take on Carl Engstrom.

Appear In State…

Sunday Herald – June 8, 1958

Fabulous Kangaroos 6-8-58Al Costello, left, and Don Heffernan, the “Australian Kangaroos,” will follow up a June 7th tag team match with Antonino Rocca and Ricki Starr at the New Haven Arena with a feature bout against Chief Big Heart and Chief Kit Fox as wrestling returns to Bridgeport via a June 16th show at the Pleasure Beach ballroom.

Arena Plans Next Mat Show Feb. 1

Sunday Herald – January 19, 1958

The next wrestling show at the New Haven, site of peak patronage in state mat promotion, has been scheduled for Feb. 1, according to official announcement. Continue reading

Mat Program At Hartford

Sunday Herald – January 19, 1958

The rasslers will return to Hartford on Tuesday, when Sam Gulino stages another of his shows at Foot Guard Hall featuring “name” grapplers. Continue reading

Mile O’Dimes Benefit Mat Show Listed At Middletown

Sunday Herald – January 19, 1958

ON BENEFIT CARD... Dr. Jerry Graham, often featured in Connecticut, will appear in tag team bout topping wrestling program for the benefit of the Mile O'Dimes drive, to be held next Saturday at the Wesleyan University fieldhouse in Middletown.

ON BENEFIT CARD… Dr. Jerry Graham, often featured in Connecticut, will appear in tag team bout topping wrestling program for the benefit of the Mile O’Dimes drive, to be held next Saturday at the Wesleyan University fieldhouse in Middletown.

“Name” wrestlers who have been rousing state fans will appear in Middletown next Saturday on an all-star program to be staged at the Wesleyan University fieldhouse for the benefit of the Mile O’Dimes drive. Continue reading

Ricki Starr And Mr. America Paired In Mat Match Friday

Reading Eagle – May 18, 1958

It isn’t often Ricki Starr is forced to share top billing on a wrestling card but such will be the case Friday night when Promoter Ray Fabiani presents another of his all-action all-star cards in the Reading Armory. Continue reading