Tag Archives: Ad Santel

Mat Man Loses As Fighter, Too

Oakland Tribune – October 29, 1932

Rudy Laditzi Attacks Dr. Hall After Referee Gives Later Decision

Rudy Laditzi, wrestler, is nursing a sore head today as a result of a blow from a policeman’s club that broke up a near riot at the end of the wrestling bout between Laditzi and Dr. Len Hall ,at the Twelfth Street Theater last night.

Laditzi attacked Dr. Hall after the latter had been adjudged victor and was preparing to leave the ring. Referee Mark Nelson was brought into the scrap and it was necessary for the officer to wield the club to quiet Laditzi. The blow knocked him down and rendered him semi-conscious. During the embroglio a spectator threw a chair at Laditzi which narrowly missed him.

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Laditzi, Hall Top Mat Card

Oakland Tribune – October 27, 1932

Dr. Len Hall,
heavyweight wrestler, who meets Rudy Laditzi in the main event at the Twelfth Street Theater tomorrow night.

A scientific wrestler will pit his skill against a rough, powerful grappler tomorrow night at the Twelfth Street Theater, when Dr. Len Hall clashes with Rudy Laditzi, Hungarian heavyweight.

They meet in the main event on the mat card and wrestling fans will witness two decidedly different types of ring maneuvers. The bout will be a two-hour contest, two falls deciding.

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What The Referee Thought

San Francisco Chronicle – January 3, 1917
By Al Williams

It was a great match and I could do nothing else but call it a draw. Lewis was on top more than Santel, but in figuring all the holds and the counters, they were even, so far as I could determine.

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Lewis And Santel Meet In Return

San Francisco Chronicle – January 2, 1917
By Harry B. Smith

San Francisco’s second big wrestling match under the modern revival int he West will be held tonight at the Civic Auditorium. Ad Santel and Strangler Lewis, whose first match showed there was comparatively little difference between them from a standpoint of ablity: the two who put up such a battle that fans have been talking about it ever since, are to meet this evening in a session which is virtually under the same conditions as before.

When the Kentuckian and the local favorite were first signed up by Promoter Frank Schuler it was for a two-hour contest, with a decision to be given in the event of neither contestant securing the necessary two-out-of-three falls.

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5,000 Crowd Well Pleased At Verdict

San Francisco Chronicle – January 3, 1917
By Harry B. Smith

Strangler Ed Lewis and Ad Santel wrestled 2 hours and 31 minutes to a draw decision last night at Civic Auditorium and when Referee Al Williams raised the arms of both men in unison to indicate an even break not even the most partisan of Santel’s admirers could complain as to the ruling. There were no falls; no advantage that would have given either wrestler even so much as a shade verdict and it was a fitting end to a night’s entertainment that even surpassed the previous engagement between the same pair.

That extra minute of wrestling was thrown in by the timekeeper, who made the mistake of working the match with a stop-watch and checking each sixty seconds on pencil and paper. Somehow or other, in the excitement that punctuated the bout from start to finish, he skipped a count and the result was a little more mat work than had been the bargain. Continue reading

Strangler Lewis in Win Over Ad Santel

San Francisco Chronicle – April 29, 1933

Strangler Lewis won two out of three falls from Ad Santel in their feature wrestling match last night in the Oakland Auditorium. Lewis won the first fall in twenty-four minutes with a headlock, lost the second in six minutes when he quit to a Japanese leglog, and won the third by twisting halfway out of another leglock and pinning Santel’s shoulders to the mat in seven minutes. Continue reading

Royal Welcome For New Rassling Mob

San Francisco Examiner – January 31, 1961
By Prescott Sullivan

The State Athletic Commission has rolled out the red carpet of welcome for a new rassling mob.

With the commission’s blessing, the new outfit has settled down in Oakland’s KTVU where last Friday night it put on its first televised studio show.

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Wrestling Probe Proves A ‘Dud’

San Francisco Chronicle – December 15, 1935
By Harry B. Smith, Chronicle Sports Editor

As had been anticipated and predicted, the carried-over investigation of the wrestling squawks proved a dud. When Dr. P.H. Visser of Sacramento started trouble some weeks ago, based on the raising of a fund for so-called legal services, it was thought it might start something. But the same wrestling protesters who failed to give any important information to Governor Merriam were even meeker yesterday when they faced the State Commissioners. Continue reading

Browning’s Airplane Scissors Downs Lutze

Los Angeles Times – May 18, 1933

Jim Browning, a prominent member in that great fraternity — “The Rasslin’ Champions of the World” — tossed Nick Lutze, the former Venice life guard, two out of three falls last night in the main event at the Olympic Auditorium. On both occasions the recognized kingpin in the environs of New York City and Hoboken resorted to an airplane turnover scissors to perform the feat. Continue reading

Ad Santel On Santa Cruz Card

The Evening News, San Jose, California – June 16, 1933

SANTA CRUZ, June 16. – Marvin Westenberg and Nick Velcoff top Promoter Thornton’s wrestling show at the ball park here tonight. Continue reading