Minneapolis Tribune – October 26, 1910
Chicagoan wins first fall in 40:50, but Big Norwegian’s deadly toe hold wins him the second fall in 5:30 and results in bad injury for Cutler, physicians announcing that he cannot wrestle final and concluding fall, thereby forfeiting to local man — Frank Gotch referees and also makes a speech declaring his decision to quit mat game is final.
Henry Ordemann defeated “Kid” Cutler at the auditorium last night, the deadly toe hold winning a victory for the Minneapolis wrestler after Cutler had gained the first fall in 40 Minutes and 50 seconds. Cutler’s right knee cap was dislocated by the bone smashing grip in the second fall and several doctors pronounced him absolutely unfit to go on the mat for the third fall, forbidding him in fact, from making any attempt if he held any regard for his health.
Because of the dislocated knee Ordemann’s victory was not so clean cut as many of his friends had hoped for. When it was know that Cutler could not reappear, the referee Frank Gotch declared the match and the American championship forfeited to Ordemann.
This second fall brought about the most remarkable case of endurance under physical pain that has been seen on a mat in Minneapolis for a long time. Surprised, but not discouraged over his defeat in the first fall, Ordemann went after his opponent in the second fall with determination in his every move. After only a few minutes of working he put the Gotch toe lock upon Cutler and using his strength, gradually beat the big Chicagoan’s leg backward until the sole of his foot touched his hip.
Cutler in Agony.
With every additional bit of pressure the pain became more intense. Cutler looked the agony he felt, but would not give in although his friends shouted for him to quit. Finally he crumpled under the pain, referee Gotch slapping Ordemann on the back after 5:30 of wrestling.
It was necessary to help Cutler to his feet and he was half carried to his dressing room. Several physicians were sent for any after a hurried examination Dr. Clark announced to the audience that Cutler could do no more wrestling.
With the serious injury sustained, it is not probable that Cutler will be able to wrestle any more this winter. His pluck and grit won him a lot of admirers in the audience.
The first fall was a nip and tuck battle with the honors slightly in favor of Ordemann until the big Norwegian made a mistake and slipped into a crotch hold, Cutler gradually forcing his shoulders to the mat. The 40 and more minutes of wrestling in this bout brought out some exhibitions of strength and skill upon the part of both men and the crowd was on its feet many times with the enthusiasm aroused by some particularly clever move.
Ordemann seemed the cleverest, although Cutler apparently had the advantage in weight and aggressiveness. The loss of the first fall proved a blow in the face to Ordemann’s admirers, but they hadn’t lost confidence in the local man and predicted that he would win the next two. Ordemann was plainly nervous in the first bout and was perspiring freely before he ever went on the mat.
He said after the match, “I am ever sorry that Cutler was so badly injured. I didn’t relize it when I was forcing him over. I only know I had to win.”
Cutler was taken to his room at the Nicolet hotel, groaning with the pain of his dislocated knee.
Ovation For Gotch
When Frank Gotch , world’s champion, appeared as referee, he got an ovation equal to any ever given any american athlete in Minneapolis. He was bashful when a speech was demanded but made good there too.
He announced his determination to withdraw from the mat as absolutely final. “I am through and that’s final,” he said.
Another notable was called upon to make a speech, although not exactly an athlete. Mayor Haynes saw part of the match and talked briefly to the crowd, saying he had been a wrestler all his life.
The Auditorium was well filled with enthusiasts, many women being in the house. The attendance was placed at very near the 3,000 mark.
Until the main bout the audience was well entertained by one of the best preliminary cards that could have been arranged. Harry Mills, in the opener won one fall from Voight, and the other from Matthews, owing to Voight being taken ill and Matthews going on in his place. Ralph Vita, took two straight bouts from Nelson in six and seven minutes respectively. Billy B. Hoke refereed the preliminaries.
The exact nature of Cutler’s injury was announced early this morning by the attending doctor.
Some years ago Cutler, in a wrestling match, slipped his knee cap, and more recently in a match with Yankee Rogers the injury was aggravated. That was what happened to him last night, the old injury coming back because of the pressure brought to bear by Ordemann’s hold.