Tag Archives: Bronko Nagurski

Shalom On Mat Card

Buffalo Evening News – January 30, 1940

Sporting Club Completes 5-Match Program For Friday

Ben Shalom, Jewish heavyweight, is paired against Jerry Monahan and Rudy Strongberg, German powerhouse, is pitted against Rebel Russell in two matches added today to Friday night’s wrestling card in Broadway auditorium.  The complete program follows: Continue reading

Nagurski Tosses Szabo To Retain Title

Rocky Mountain News – April 15, 1938
By Chester Nelson

A mighty man is the Nagurski!

The 230-pound Bronko toppled Sandor Szabo, “Denver’s hero” of grunt and groan, retained his world heavyweight title and showed his muscles splendidly before 2,520 rain-dampened customers in City Auditorium.

The “Nag,” famous for his deeds in professional football, showed the partisan gathering some scientific grappling, if a serious thought may be had at this point, in spinning the 215-pound Hungarian Adonis to the canvas for the necessary three seconds twice in three falls. Continue reading

Nagurski To Headline Friday Program

The Oregonian – October 16, 1953

One of the greatest football players in collegiate grid history, Bronko Nagurski, will take the spotlight in the top attraction of the Portland Wrestling Club’s mat show at the armory Friday night. Continue reading

Bronko Nagurski Visits Our Fair Village

Washington Post – September 11, 1937
By Shirley Povich

At first blush you felt just a trifle sorry for the great hulk of a guy who was up on his feet, toying with his unused soup spoon and a stray fork as he tried to find words to acknowledge the luncheon in his honor. Bronko Nagurski, you guessed, would a thousand times rather be lugging his 230 pounds and a football through the walls of the place. Continue reading

Around Our Town

Humboldt Standard – November 2, 1954
By Scoop Beal

With the announcement that world’s wrestling champion Lou Thesz would come to Eureka next Monday for a match at Municipal Auditorium, there came about much talk of wrestling champions through the ages – there are still a few oldtimers around that remember Frank Gotch as the greatest of them all – and there are the oldtimers who claim that “Strangler” Ed Lewis, champion during the “Golden Age” of sports, was the greatest matman that ever lived – the ruling body of wrestling in the U.S.A. is known as the National Wrestling Alliance – this organization recorded the champions of wrestling from 1905 to the present day, as follows: Continue reading

Lou Thesz Grapples To Draw But Bronko Still Champ

St. Paul Pioneer Press – March 22, 1941

Bronko Nagurski is still the National Wrestling Association champion. In the defense of his title against Lou Thesz of St. Louis, at the St. Paul Auditorium theater, Friday night, he wrestled to a one-hour draw. Only a defeat could have stripped him of his championship. Continue reading

Nagurski Risks Crown In Aid Fund Bout

St. Paul Pioneer Press – March 21, 1941

Who will benefit most from the Dispatch-Pioneer Press’ fourth annual Amateur Aid Fund wrestling show in the theater section of the St. Paul Auditorium tonight?

Certainly, deserving amateur athletes will come in for a big share since all proceeds after expenses go into the Aid Fund “kitty.” Continue reading

Mat Aces Stir Promoters’ Feud

St. Paul Pioneer Press – March 20, 1941

Another chapter in the feud between two rival mat factions will be written at the St. Paul Auditorium tomorrow night when Bronko Nagurski, the world’s champion, and Lou Thesz, one of his leading challengers, clash on the Amateur Aid Fund card. Continue reading

Thesz To Get Shot At Nagurski’s Mat Title

St. Paul Pioneer Press – March 16, 1941

Former world’s champion Lou Thesz is going to get his long delayed crack at the National Wrestling Association title. Tony Stecher announced Saturday the St. Louis Hungarian grappler had been signed as Bronko Nagurski’s opponent at the St. Paul Auditorium Friday night. Continue reading

Steele Bows Out As Foe For Nagurski

St. Paul Pioneer Press – March 15, 1941

Ray Steele, dethroned by Bronko Nagurski Tuesday night, isn’t ready for another session right now so was eliminated by matchmaker Tony Stecher as a possible opponent for Bronko on the Dispatch-Pioneer Press Amateur Aid fund show next Friday night. Continue reading