Tag Archives: Charley Cutler

Ed Smith Says Tom Jones To Make Willard A Champ

Chicago American – April 1913
By Ed. W. Smith

Tom Jones really is going to manage Jess Willard, the elongated “white hope.” Further, Jess isn’t ungrateful and is going to make amends to Charley Cutler, the heavyweight wrestler who brought him out and grub-staked him while he was preparing himself for tests in the early stages of his ring career. Continue reading

On The Hoof

Saturday Evening Post – December 14, 1935
By Milton MacKaye

The standing of wrestling as a profit-making enterprise has received little attention in the economic journals, and even those publications devoted to the fevers of sport have been niggardly in space and headlines. There has been a general tendency to regard wrestling as a sort of little country cousin of the opulent boxing profession, a rude and primitive trial of strength persisting feebly in the backwoods sections, but destined ultimately to become as extinct as the broadsword. As a public spectacle, it has been rated just ahead of long-distance walking contests and the hop, skip, and jump, and considerably behind the breath-taking thrills and romance of puss-in-the-corner and the potato race. Continue reading

Lewis In Two Falls; Referee Ward Unpopular

Norfolk Virginian-Pilot and the Norfolk Landmark – March 9, 1917

It was not only a disappointed but a rather angry crowd which objected at the Pickwick Hall when, during the second round of the wrestling contest between “Strangler” Lewis and Charley Cutler, he made the latter release a deadly and fatal arm lock on his opponent and return to the center of the ring, whereupon almost immediately Lewis secured the identical hold and was awarded the decision, having previously gained the first fall in 41 minutes with a terrific flying mare clinched and riveted to a full body fatality. Continue reading

All The Big Ones In Wrestling Were Here

The Spokesman-Review – February 3, 1957

Hat keeps pushing back the glasses that keep sliding down his nose.

“Maybe it isn’t easy to take it easy,” he says.  “You remember so many names – just in wrestling, so many.  They were all here.  Stan Zybyszko, Jimmy Londos, Joe Stecher (he used to split a sack of wheat with his bare hands), Dan Koloff the Hungarian, Joe Savoldi, Dave Burns, who was a middleweight to and now does business in Colfax and Pullman. Continue reading

Charlie Cutler Denies He’ll Retire

San Francisco Bulletin Leased Wire – May 10, 1923

CHICAGO — Charley Cutler, veteran wrestler, denied today that there is any truth in a story printed in a local paper that he will retire from the ring. “I am good for several years yet,” says Cutler.

Ordemann Wins Over ‘Kid’ Cutler: Dislocated Knee Puts Latter Out

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.

Ordemann Dies Here at 63

Minneapolis Tribune – June 9, 1947
by George A. Barton

Henry G. Ordemann, one-time outstanding contender for the world’s professional wrestling championship, died of a heart attack Sunday morning at his home, 3701 Pleasant Ave. So.. He was 63.

Ordemann, born at Bergen, Norway, June 26, 1883, won laurels as an amateur oarsman and bicycle racer while working at his trade of blacksmith.

He came to the United States in 1902 and took up residence at Stoughton, Wis. before coming to Minnesota in 1904. Ordemann took out citizenship papers after settling in Minneapolis, his home ever since.

Ordemann became interested in wrestling after joining the Norwegian Turners, who had a gymnasium on the south side. Henry became so proficient at wrestling that three years later he won the heavyweight championship of the Upper Midwest by defeating John Gordon, Minneapolis’ famous policeman wrestler.

Following Victories over outstanding American wrestlers of his time – Fred Beell of Marshfield, Wis., Jess Westergaard of Des Moines, Dr. B.F. Roller of Seattle and Charley Cutler of Chicago. Ordemann was matched with Frank Gotch the latter part of 1908 after the Iowan won the world’s championship from George Hackenschmidt, “The Russian Lion”.

The Gotch Ordemann contest was held in Minneapolis, Gotch winning two straight falls.

Ordemann also engaged in matches with Hackenschmidt, Yussiff Mahmout of Bulgaria, Stanislaus Zbysko of Poland, Jess Pedersen of Denmark and Ivan Padoubny of Russia, the five greatest foreign wrestlers to visit the United States.

Ordemann retired from wrestling in 1925 after a career covering 21 years during which he participated in several hundred bouts. After quitting the mat, Henry became a successful real estate operator.

He is survived by his wife, four children and five grandchildren. The children are: Henry Jr. of San Francisco, Mrs. William Dressen of St. Louis Park, Mrs. John Edgcumbe of Tacoma, Wash. and Margaret of Santa Anna, Calif.

Funeral arrangements have not been completed.