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George Picked In Mat Go

Los Angeles Times – October 12, 1930

Don George, former University of Michigan mat star, and twice winner of the national amateur grappling title, is being picked to beat Bob (Bibber) McCoy, flying tackle exponent, when they clash at the Olympic Wednesday night in the finish feature event of “Carnation” Lou Daro’s all-star wrestling show. Continue reading

Meske Wins Mat Event Over Dusek

Washington Post – October 28, 1938
By Lewis F. Atchison

Ernie Dusek, the gentleman with the inflated biceps, got a toe caught in Ed Meske’s ribs last night in the feature match at the Arena, and forthwith was disqualified. Referee Cyclone Burns, the man with the perfect “figger,” declared Meske the victor after 34 minutes of strenuous calesthenics. Continue reading

Ed Meske Wins From Garibaldi

Washington Post – November 11, 1938

Ed Meske, tall, blond and bruising mat star, pulled one of the season’s biggest surprises last night at Turner’s Arena where he pinned Gino Garibaldi in 36 – minutes to win the feature match. Continue reading

Bull Martin Added To Portland Program With Richard Stahl

The Lewiston Daily Sun – December 15, 1933

Portland, Dec. 14 – Bull Martin, that rough and ready grappler from Trenton, N. J. will appear on the mat at the Exposition Building, Monday night, in a preliminary to the Bob (Bibber) McCoy-Al Mercier feature bout, Promoter Chick Hales announced today. Continue reading

Greatest Scrap In Years Thrills Wrestling Throng

The Lewiston Daily Sun – March 4, 1933

In the most grueling wrestling match probably seen here in years, Al Mercier, husky French-Canadien from Montreal last evening threw the colored sensation, Regis Siki, after more than an hour of nip and tuck battling.  The bout ended a thrilling feud which started a week ago when they went 30 minutes all even in a semi-final. Continue reading

Tillet Victor In Mat Match

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – March 22, 1941

Maurice Tillet of France won over Bibber McCoy of Boston in the main event of the wrestling exhibitions last night in the upstairs arena of The Gardens.  The end came after 32 seconds of the fourth round.  Tillet weighed 276 pounds while his foe scaled 237. Continue reading

Top Middle West Heavies To Clash

St. Joseph, MO., Gazette – January 27, 1956

Tonight’s Auditorium Wrestling Card
First Match Starts at 8:30
Feature Match – Mike DiBiase, 235, Lincoln, Neb., vs. Ike Eakins, 260, Harian County, KY, Best two out of three falls to a finish; no time limit.
Semi Windup – Ed Gardenia, 235, Youngstown, Ohio, vs. Jack Pesek, 232, Ravenna, Neb., Best two out of three falls, or a 45-minute time limit.
Special Event – Gentleman Jim Dobie, 225, Detroit, vs. Jerome Zackary, One fall, or a 30-minute time limit.
Added Attraction – Bibber McCoy, 230, Boston, vs. Don Whitehead, 227, Australia, One fall, or a 15-minute time limit.

It will be a clash between two of the Middle West’s undefeated heavyweights when Ike Eakins, Kentucky, and Mike DiBiase, Nebraska, collide tonight in the Auditorium’s wrestling ring.  The meeting between the top-rated matmen is long overdue and the outcome will have a direct bearing on the regional supremacy issue.

A comparison of their respective records shows both me to be evenly matched for their victory skeins have been established over nearly every top heavyweight who has appeared in the area this winter.  Eakins has been absent from the St. Joseph ring scene since Oct. 21 when he ousted Sonny Myers from the unbeaten ranks.

DiBiase employs strongarm measures in his matches which puts him on an even par with the rowdy 260-pound Kentucky mountaineer.  A major point of interest in tonight’s wrestle to a finish is certain to be focused on Eakins’ use of the atomic drop, which resembles a pile driver.  So far no opponent has been able to escape free from Eakins’ body drop.

Full ring length flying drop kicks and tackles are DiBiase’s most potent offensive weapons and may help to neutralize Eakins’ atomic drop.  The Nebraska strong man is a three-time Big Seven intercollegiate heavyweight champion.  Mike also won the National A. A. U. title in his weight division in 1946.  He lettered for three years in football at the University of Nebraska.

Powerhouse wrestling will also keynote the semi-windup which pits towering Ed Gardenia of Ohio against Jack Pesek, who is the son of old John Pesek, the Nebraska “Tiger Man” of two decades ago.

Ed Gardenia, the colorful Ohio mat personality, is back in the United States following an extended tour of the South Pacific and Hawaii.  He will be making his first Missouri appearance of the current season.

Bibber McCoy, the veteran Boston Irishman, tackles Australia’s Don Whitehead in the opener at 8:30.