Tag Archives: Billy Goelz

Frank Hart Makes Good On Threat To Take Sam Kohen

Coos Bay Times – December 21, 1946
By Jane Irvine

Wrestler Frankie Hart’s threats to give Sammy Kohen a good going over resulted in lots of thrilling action last night at the North Bend Community Hall. The 185-pound Windsor, Ont., boy took 178-pound Kohen, who hails from New Jersey, in a bout that gave spectators plenty to scream about. Continue reading

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Thesz’s Aerial Maneuvers Whip Eakins

Chicago Tribune – January 8, 1956

Lou Thesz, world heavyweight wrestling champion, and Ike Eakins spent half of their Marigold Arena match being propelled thru the air by one another last night. When they came down, Eakins was on the bottom the two decisive times. Continue reading

Drama Comes To Field House

Moline Daily Dispatch – January 21, 1950
By Jim Dix

(ED. NOTE – Feeling itself inadequate to deal with the thespian elegancies of the Gorgeous George show at Wharton Fieldhouse last night, the sports department called upon the Dispatch drama critic, Jim Dix, to do the reporting.)

One thing may be said in praise of the drama (see footnote No. 1) at Wharton Fieldhouse last night. The timing was perfect. It started out on a dramaturgically correct minor key (see footnote 2), setting the mood for the coming of the star, and then, at exactly the right moment, the star appeared, like a disdainful Caesar, come to intimidate the Roman senate. Continue reading

Expect Big Crowd Tonight

Moline Daily Dispatch – January 20, 1950

With the largest crowd ever to witness a wrestling show in the Quad Cities expected to be on hand, big-time grappling of the type that has taken the television world by storm will make its debut at Wharton Fieldhouse tonight. Continue reading

Snyder Beats Schmidt, And 7,132 Cheer

Chicago Tribune – June 2, 1956

Wilbur Snyder retained his national television wrestling title last night in International Amphitheater much to the delight of 7,132 spectators who saw him win two of three falls from Hans Schmidt of Montreal. Continue reading

Rogers, Orton Tag Partners On Mat Show

Chicago Tribune – October 20, 1961

Buddy Rogers, claimant to the heavyweight wrestling championship, and Bob Orton will meet Johnny Valentine and Bruno Sammartino tonight in one of three Australian tag team matches on a wrestling card in the Amphitheater in the stockyards.

Featured in the preliminary bouts will be Haystacks Calhoun, a 601-pounder, who will wrestle Crusher Lisowski, and Shohei Baba, a modest 350, who will wrestle Jack Allen. Other bouts:

Mark Lewin and Don Curtis vs. Jim Hady and Luis Martinez; Billy Goelz and Johnny Gilbert vs. Mister Sato and Great Togo; Sweet Daddy Siki vs. Jack Terry.

O’Connor And Rocca Take Team Match

Chicago Tribune – October 23, 1954
By Frank Mastro

It was a happy affair at the International Amphitheater last night when Patrick O’Connor and Argentina Rocca, a pair of wrestlers who grapple strictly according to the mat rules, triumphed over Reggie Lisowski and Art Nielsen, two villainous characters, in the team tag match that headlined a wrestling show for which 7,506 patrons paid $18,129 to witness.

O’Connor and Rocca sent their followers into mild hysterics by flopping the villains in 12 minutes 15 seconds to record the first fall. The match was scheduled with a one-hour time limit and when the clock ran out, Lisowski and Nielsen still were trying to square the match, with the result the popular heroes were returned the victors by virtue of their opening fall.

Missing from his customary seat at ringside was Dr. Mitchell Corbett, 68, veteran physician for the Illinois boxing commission, who underwent a major operation in Mayo Brothers hospital in Rochester, Minn., yesterday and was reported in serious condition last night.

Yukon Eric won the semi-windup, defeating Hans Hermann in 8:50 with a submission hold. Preliminary results:

Billy Goelz beat Benito Gardini (21:25), Don Leo Jonathan beat Tiger Jack Moore (6:10) and Great Karpozilos drew Great Yamato (30:00).

Villains Lose To Right Guys In Mat Match

Chicago Tribune – April 27, 1957

Verne Gagne and Edouard Carpentier, two of the finest straight men in the wrestling business, defeated villains Reggie and Stan Lisowski in an Australian tag team match featuring last night’s show in International Amphitheater.

Carpentier gained the only fall in the encounter, booked for two of three falls, when he pinned Stan with a reverse cradle hold in 56 minutes. When time expired four minutes later, Reggie had Gagne in a most uncomfortable position with a full nelson.

The crowd of 9,130, which contributed to a gross gate of $23,642.44, cheered vociferously when Gagne was saved by the bell. Other results:

Wilbur Snyder won from Dick the Bruiser by disqualification; Angelo Poffo beat Jerry Christy, 9:27; Sheik of Araby and Bill Melby drew, 30:00; Miss Caroline Bennet beat Baby Doe, 7:18; Billy Goelz beat Zack Malkov, 20:04.

Rogers-Orton Team Beaten In Tag Match

Chicago Tribune – October 21, 1961

The tag team of Johnny Valentine and Bruno Sammartino beat Buddy Rogers and Bob Orton last night in the feature event of a wrestling show in the Amphitheater at the stockyards.

The show drew 5,706 who paid $15,293.49. They saw Sammartino end the match with a bear hug on Rogers, the world’s champion, in the third and deciding fall. Other results:

Mark Lewin and Don Curtis and Jim Hady and Luis Martinez were disqualified in a tag team match; The Crusher beat Carl Engstrom; Mr. Sato and Great Togo beat Billy Goelz and Johnny Gilbert; Shohei Baba beat Jack Allen, and Sweet Daddy Siki beat Johnny Kace.