Tag Archives: Charley Santen

Jim Browning Trounces Gus Sonnenberg

Los Angeles Times – July 13, 1933

Surprising practically nobody, Jim Browning defeated Gus Sonnenberg in the feature wrestling match at the Olympic last night. Gus won the first fall but Browning rallied to take the next two in great style. Continue reading

Jim Browning Out To Wreck Gus Sonnenberg

Los Angeles Times – July 11, 1933

When Jim Browning arrived here from the East a few days ago to complete training work for his three-fall title match with “Dynamite” Gus Sonnenberg at the Olympic tomorrow night, he was warned by close friends to keep pout of the way of the former champion’s low billy-goat butts as the referee had never called a foul on the chunky 200-pounder for their use. Continue reading

Pesek Starts New Campaign

Los Angeles Times – February 16, 1933

Returning to Hollywood after an absence of five months, John Pesek, the Nebraska “Tiger,” will start a new drive for world’s title recognition by meeting Glenn Wade, Long Beach heavyweight, in a two-hour, time-limit match, as the feature of five grappling bouts at the Legion Stadium tonight. Continue reading

Jim Browning Tosses Charley Santen

Los Angeles Times – July 27, 1933
By Bill Potts

With much the same ease and motion one would use in winding an alarm clock, Jim Browning last night applied his famous turnover scissors to the well-padded grill of Charley Santen and rendered that chunky young man hors de combat in two speedy falls. Continue reading

Charley Santen Downs Dean Detton

Los Angeles Times – March 31, 1933

In one of those dramatic finishes in which the hero not only crawls off the track in the nick of time, but throws the engine into the villain’s face, Charley Santen, rosy-cheeked Missouri bone-bender, took two out of three falls from Dean Detton, invading mat menace, to win last night’s main event at the Hollywood Legion Stadium.

Detton, a rough, tough young man, won the first fall in 18m. 41s. with a body scissors after punishing Santen with numerous enthusiastic flying tackles. Santen took the second fall in 9m. 15s. with a body slam.

Detton had Santen groggy from two flying tackles and was all ready to unleash a third one when Charley suddenly came to life, leaped high in the air and wrapped his shapely limbs about Dean’s lowered head. The resultant head scissors and accompanying disappointment so lowered Mr. Detton’s resistance that he succumbed to the deciding fall in 10m. 18s.

Less than 2,000 fans saw the match, so the rasslers got the show over in record early time for Hollywood.

Hal Rumberg tossed Lavosca (Billy) Severe twice within the brief space of nine minutes, each time with a flying body hold. The first fall came in 6 minutes and 13 seconds, the second in 2 minutes and 29 seconds.

Dan Koloff, the Bulgarian Lion, or something, trussed up the toe of Prince Chewchki (Chewacki) and made the red man say “Uncle” or whatever it is Indians say when they are ready to give up the ghost. It all happened after 13 minutes and 31 seconds.

Sailor Jack Lewis made the mistake of getting too brutal with Count Harkowski (the gob should have known better than to monkey with one of the mat game’s noblemen) and was disqualified after 6 minutes and 12 seconds of so-called “rasslin.” The navy man then took on the gallery for an unadvertised bout and was said to have won this decision.

Myron Cox threw Buddy O’Brien in the opener, using what was referred to as a spread-eagle hold. The end came after 11 minutes and 15 seconds.