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Jack Sherry Wins Over Charley Hansen

Rochester Democrat And Chronicle – May 5, 1932

New York, May 4 – (AP) – Jack Sherry, 220, of Ohio, used an airplane spin and body slam to throw Charley Hansen, 205, of Sweden, in 30:18 of the feature wrestling match at St. Nicholas Arena tonight.

Other results: Reginald Siki, 210, Buffalo, threw Paul Finsky, 215, Poland, in 11:31 with a body slam, Wong Bock Cheung, 200, China, threw Bob Wilkis, 200, Buffalo, in 26:03 with a King Fu Stopper, Joe Malcewicz, 201, Utica, pinned Al Mercier, 205, Montreal, in 14:30 with a back drop.

Professional Wrestling Popular Great Show Every Tuesday Night

The St. Maurice Valley Chronicle – May 7, 1936

Arena Scene of High Class Heavyweight Professional Wrestling Every Tuesday Night. – See the Big Pachyderms in Action. – Popular Prices.

After last Tuesday’s exciting bouts at the Arena, the fans now realize that the promoters mean business by bringing the cream of the lot to Three Rivers.

Next Tuesday, Yvon Robert, the popular coming world’s champion, will provide the highlight in the final against Henry Biers.  The latter has been seen in action here twice, he is a most promising prospect for the title, so that he and Robert should put on one of the classiest bouts ever seen at the Arena.

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Flying Tackle To Be Shown Monday

The Montreal Gazette – July 25, 1931

George and Mercier, Opponents at Arena, Are Both Expert in Its Use

Wrestling fans who journey to the Mount Royal Arena Monday night to see Don George, the former champion, wrestle Al Mercier, rugged Chicoutimi product, will have an opportunity of seeing the flying tackle, one of modern wrestling’s most potent holds, on display by two experts in its use, judging by performances of the rivals in previous bouts here this season.  It was this grip that gave Gus Sonnenberg his win over Lewis for the title, and it was by the same hold that Gus lost his crown to George.  Against Deglane, the champion.  George found it unavailable in Boston two weeks ago, but Sonnenberg hopes to regain the championship with it when he tackles Deglane outdoors in Boston next week.

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Local Wrestling Fans Are Getting Top-Notch Programmes

The St. Maurice Valley Chronicle – October 22, 1936

Big Crowd Saw Robert-Mercier Bout. – Eugene Tremblay Defends Lightweight Crown At Arena Next Sunday.

The wrestling fans of this district are being given ample opportunity to see some of the top-notchers in action, and judging by the crowd which turned out Wednesday night to see Champion Yvon Robert defend his crown against Al Mercier, they appreciate the efforts being made on their behalf by Promoter Gus Gruninger.

Next Sunday evening, there will be another feature programme when Eugene Tremblay, veteran light-weight champion will be featured in the final of Ray Lamontagne’s card with Bill O’Brien, the only man ever to have defeated Tremblay.

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Wrestling Season Promises Numerous Spectacular Bouts

The St. Maurice Valley Chronicle – April 30, 1936

Al Mercier in Final Next Tuesday, Against Rudy Laditzi. – Opener Was Thrilling. – Poor Attendance on Account of Rain.

Wrestling fans are breathing easier – wrestling has been resumed in Three Rivers, and the same big mat shows which are seen in Montreal weekly will be staged locally.

Last Tuesday’s opener was dampened, somewhat, by the downpour of rain which kept many fans away, but in spite of that, it could be seen that wrestling will regain some of its former popularity this season.

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La Chappelle, Linehan On No. Attleboro Card

The Pawtucket Times – April 5, 1946

NORTH ATTLEBORO — Maurice La Chappelle of Three Rivers, Quebec, and George Linehan, former St. Mary’s College grid star, will provide the competition in the semi-final bout to the Les O’Neil-Jimmy Austerio feature attraction of Jack Witschi’s pro wrestling show tonight at the North Attleboro Sports Arena. La Chappelle and Linehan will tangle in a best-of-three falls. 45-minute limit bout. The special opening bout will be between Al Mercier of Philadelphia and former coast guardsman Joe Millich of Long Island. This one-fall, 30-minute limit match will get under way at 8:30 o’clock.

Mercier to Tackle Champ Casey at Rollerway

The Pawtucket Times – January 23, 1940

Al Mercier of Springfield, New England heavyweight leader, will have an opportunity to become the third French-American ever to claim the world championship crown when he meets Steve “Crusher” Casey of Ireland at the North Attleboro Rollerway Thursday night. Twice, Frenchmen have captured the top honors in the grappling game. First was Henri DeGlane of Paris, France. Next, and last until, perhaps, Thursday night, was Yvon Robert of Montreal, Canada. Casey, a powerful 235-pound giant of a man from Sneem, County Kerry, will have a weight advantage over Mercier. Witschi has added Steve Passas of Hartford, former junior heavyweight wrestling champion of the world, and Bulldog Al Roth of Harrisburgh, Pa., finalist in the recent junior heavyweight elimination tournament. Passas and Roth will collide in the semi-final bout over the one-fall route, with a 90-minute time limit. Two special bouts will complete the card. These are expected to be signed by tomorrow. One of them tentatively has been booked and Witschi is seeking a rugged versus for another front-ranking junior heavyweight whose contract he has, signed sealed and delivered.


San Pedro News-Pilot – September 1, 1931
By the Associated Press

MONTREAL. George Zarynoff, 198, Russia, defeated George McLeod, 200, Nebraska: two out of three. (Zarynoff 14:25; McLeod 10:45; Zarynoff 9:40). Charlie Strack 220, Stillwater, Okla„ and George Vasell, Los Angeles drew, 45 minutes. Saoul Simon, 230, France, defeated Joe Cross, 215, New York, one fall, 11:45. Frank Dudson, 208, Boston, defeated Al Mercier, 205, Chicountiml, one fall, 13:25.

RICHMOND.—Tommy Marvin, 208 Oklahoma City, defeated Milo Steinborn, 220, Germany, 19 minutes. George Romanoff, 160, Chicago, defeated Dutch Green, 170, in 19:21. Lew Plummer, 215, former Notre Dame football player, defeated Babe Caddock, 194, Springfield, Mass., one fall, 45 minutes.

Russell Pins Dusek

Indianapolis Times – October 12, 1937

NEW HAVEN, Oct. 12. — Reb Russell, Texas, threw Rudy Dusek, Omaha; Ray Steele, California, and Dynamite Joe Cox, Kansas City, drew; Abe Coleman, California, threw Al Mercier, Springfield, Ill; Willie Davis, Virginia, threw Franz Schuman, Germany.

Canadian Pins Swenska

The Indianapolis Times – October 30, 1935
By United Press

NEW YORK. Oct. 30.—Al Mercier, Canadian wrestler, pinned John Swenska, Lynn, Mass., in the main event at Stauch’s arena last night.