Tag Archives: Bobby Nelson

Wrestling Cards To Help In Polio Drive In Girardeau

The Southeast Missourian – January 16, 1956

The march of Dimes Polio Fund will receive a financial lift Friday night at the Arena when the Odd Fellows turn over their share of gate receipts of the wrestling matches to this worthy cause.  Leonard Thomas, local wrestling promoter said that this polio benefit card has the greatest array of wrestling talent that he has ever been able to assemble for a single night’s wrestling. Continue reading

McCune Meets Thesz Tonight On Rainbo Mat

Chicago Tribune – July 7, 1954

Bob McCune of Des Moines will meet Lou Thesz, world champion, in one of six bouts comprising Leonard Schwartz’ wrestling program tonight in Rainbo Arena, 4836 N. Clark St. Continue reading

Great Togo And Brother On Mat Card

Ottawa Citizen – February 13, 1954

Sakata Togo, full brother of The Great Togo, will make his eastern Canada debut at the Auditorium Tuesday night when he meets Bobby Nelson, speedy St. Louis grappler, in one of the bouts preceding the main attraction between Bobby Managoff and The Great Togo. Continue reading

Thesz Defeats Rainbo Foe In 1-Fall Match

Chicago Tribune – July 8, 1954

Lou Thesz defeated Bob McCune of Des Moines, Ia., in one fall in the main wrestling bout before 1,800 in Rainbo Arena last night. Thesz won the first fall in 19:47. McCune, due to a neck injury, was unable to answer the bell for the second fall. Continue reading

Rocca Riled, Blasts Verdict To Thesz

N.Y. Journal American – January 6, 1953
By Hugh Bradley

Antonio Rocca, the barefooted boy from the Argentina, is so peeved today he is biting his own toe nails. All because of the dastardly fate that befell him last night in the featured wrestling event at the Garden when he lost to Lou Thesz of St. Louis just when it seemed he had the ting won. Continue reading

Kim ‘Holds,’ So Thesz Holds Title

Chicago Tribune – July 17, 1954

Lou Thesz continued as one of the world’s heavyweight wrestling champions last night, but not until his Rainbo Arena match with dreadful Lu Kim had gone to the last page, and most exciting part, of the script.

The score in falls was tied at one each and almost 3,000 fans thought they were about to witness wrestling’s greatest upset, when Kim got a terrifying hold on Thesz.

But, alas! The hold was illegal. Kim was disqualified and Thesz was proclaimed winner and still champion. Thesz had taken the first fall in 13:21 with a body press. Kim came back to win the second with a full Nelson in 5:20.

A disqualification also settled the semi-windup between Andre Drapp and Big Bill Miller. Miller won the first fall with a back breaker in 12:50 and Andre squared things with a drop kick at 6:40.

After another 5:10 of wrestling, Miller threw Drapp from the ring. This pitch is as illegal as the spitball and Miller was disqualified. Other results:

The Great Karpozilos beat Bobby Nelson, one fall; Cyclone Anaya beat Mike Lane, one fall; Ivan Rasputin and Bob Orton beat Juan Hernandez and Maurice Roberre, two falls (tag match).

The Great Karpozilos

Gibson Loses To Thesz On Rainbo Mat

Chicago Tribune – August 19, 1954

Lou Thesz retained his world heavyweight wrestling crown last night before 1,500 in Rainbo Arena by defeating Stu Gibson of Louisville in two straight falls. Thesz took the first fall in 15:12 with a flying leg lock and the second with a drop kick and a body press in 3:14.

In the semi-windup, Big Bill Miller beat Nick Roberts with a backbreaker in 16:22. In one-fall matches, Gordon Hessel defeated Charles Carr, and Mitsu Arakawa beat Frank Hurley. Tommy Martindale and Dave Jons wrestled to a 15-minute draw. The tag team of Bobby Nelson and Dutch Hefner scored its 16th straight victory by winning two of three falls from Ivan Rasputin and Rudy Kay.