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Wrestles Tonight

Long Island Daily Press – June 15, 1945


Mike Haller, popular Ozone Park wrestler opposes Hans Kampfer, European titleholder, in a finish tournament match at the Jamaica Arena tonight.  This is the third in the series of international wrestling matches being conducted at this club with the winner to meet Champion Babe Sharkey for the title in the fall.  Maurice LaChapelle, popular Frenchman, engages Angelo Savoldi in the semi-final limited to one fall in 30 minutes while other half-hour matches bring together Reginald Siki with Jack Hall and Duke Keomuka against Jack (Red) Carter.

Sharkey Still Unbeaten, Defeats Swedish Angel

Courier-Post – May 1, 1945

Maryland Champion Wins First and Third Falls of Feature Mat Match

Babe Sharkey’s wrestling record in Camden still is untarnished.

Sharkey, who is recognized by the Maryland Athletic Commission as world heavyweight champion, beat the Swedish Angel in the feature match last night, at the Convention Hall.  It was a scheduled 90-minute time-limit match, two out of three falls to win, and Sharkey won the first and third falls, the bald-pated Swede winning the second.

Sharkey won the first fall in 20 minutes and 30 seconds, with a body press.  The Angel scored the second in 13 minutes 20 seconds, with a body press, and Sharkey won the third and deciding fall in three minutes 50 seconds with a body press.

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Sharkey vs. Angel

The Philadelphia Inquirer – April 30, 1945

The Swedish Angel tries for his second wrestling triumph in as many weeks on the mat at Camden Convention Hall where he meets Babe Sharkey, 90 minutes, two out of three falls, tonight.  Don Evans and Michele Leone are semifinalists.  Red Devil faces Tony Martinelli, Murray Rothenberg takes on Fred Grubmier, Charley Allen tussles Jim Austeri.

10-Bout Card Set At Armory

Asbury Park Evening Press – September 1, 1944

Wrestling Promoter Roland J. Hines today announced another “one night championship tournament” next Monday night at the Asbury Park Armory and also disclosed that the canceled bout between Texas (Babe) Sharkey and Hans Kampfer will take place Sept. 11.

It was the first tournament Aug. 21 that brought on a wild and wooly show in which Kampfer, former European champion, emerged as the night’s champion.  Kampfer was to have met Sharkey last Monday night but Promoter Hines decided to withdraw Kampfer and substituted Henry Piers, the Holland champion, after a near-riot was incited by Kampfer’s tactics.

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Golden Terror Faces Bartush Tomorrow

The Herald-News – October 1, 1943

The Golden Terror will return to the mat at Columbia Park on tomorrow night’s wrestling card.  His opponent will be Bill Bartush, who has been billed as the “Blue Streak.”

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Rothenberg On Mat Card Again

The Bergen Evening Record – September 10, 1943

Murray Rothenberg, Bergen’s gift to the sports world, now wrestling under the name of Murray Rothenberg, tries for his second straight win at Columbia Park, North Bergen, tonight when he meets John Vansky in a prelim to the top attraction matching Chief Thunderbird and Bad Babe Sharkey.

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Rothenberg To Take On Vanski In Newark Bout

The Bergen Evening Record – October 13, 1943

Bergen Grunt-Groan Ace Faces West Hudson’s 215-Pound Athlete


Murray Rothenberg, former Teaneck High School athlete and today chief of guards at Passaic war plant, who has been jarring the big boys of wrestling out of their skin, will show in Laurel Garden tomorrow night against John Vanski of Kearny.  They’ll go to bat in a half-hour time limit match on a card that is clogged with stars and featured by the Hans Kempfer-Cliff Olson match.  Kampfer and Olson will meet in a one-fall, one hour time limit battle that promises to be hotly contested.

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Sharkey Retains ‘Title’ In Draw Bout

Washington Post – January 18, 1945

Babe Sharkey again retained his world heavyweight wrestling “title” last night at Turner’s Arena by battling Dutch Rohde to a one hour draw before 1800 fans. The match was rough & several times Referee Tiny Bouque was forced to mix it up with the grappling giants. Continue reading

Garibaldi, Baxter Clash On Mat At Arena Tonight

Washington Post – January 24, 1945

Gino Garibaldi, firey Italian veteran among the heavyweight mat maulers, meets LaVerne Baxter, sensational Texas gent, and Dutch Rohde, who wrestled Babe Sharkey to a draw last week, is coupled with Mike Orloff tonight in a double headliner foursome on the Turner Arena card. Continue reading

Gino Garibaldi To Meet ‘Mask’

Washington Post – January 31, 1945

Gino Garibaldi, the venerable Italian, meets Yellow Mask tonight in the headline grapple on the Turner Arena card, with “Dutch” Rohde, fair haired idol of the Arena mat faithful, opposing rough, snorting Angelo Savoldi in another banner scramble. Continue reading