Tag Archives: Charlie Cutler

Fans Take No Chances Getting Bleacher Seats

Norfolk Virginian-Pilot and the Norfolk Landmark – March 7, 1917

Except to those who ere a part of the large crowd in Pickwick Hall last week it would be difficult to explain the advance rush for bleacher seats at the wrestling bout tomorrow night between Ed “Strangler” Lewis and Charlie Cutler. The fans who witnessed the bout between Lewis and Freberg are taking no chances on being late and being barred out from the hall tomorrow night as well as the ringsides are going with a rush. Continue reading

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Cutler Has Already Defeated Ed Lewis

Norfolk Virginian-Pilot and the Norfolk Landmark – March 4, 1917

When Referee Ward announced last Wednesday that Charlie Cutler and Ed Lewis would wrestle next Thursday night in Pickwick Hall he omitted the fact that Cutler threw Lewis about three years ago and that this coming bout will practically be a return match. Continue reading

Hack Defeated Cutler

The Gazette, Montreal – February 14, 1911

And Americus and Beell Wrestled to a Draw.

Chicago, February 13.–George Hackenschmidt tonight got the first fall from Charles Cutler, of Chicago, with a toe and body hold, in one hour, 3 minutes and four seconds, and the second fall with a toe lock in 10 minutes, 20 seconds.  Americus and Fred Beell wrestled one hour without a fall and the match was called a draw.

Hackenschmidt Throws Cutler

The New York Times – February 14, 1911

CHICAGO, Feb. 13. – George Hackenschmidt, the wrestler, to-night got the first fall from Charles Cutler with a toe and body hold in 1:03:04.  Americus and Fred Beell wrestled one hour without a fall, and the match was called a draw.

Charlie Cutler Is Victor

El Paso Herald – November 17, 1920

Little Rock, Ark., Nov. 17. – Charlie Cutler of Chicago defeated Jesse Westergaard of Iowa in a wrestling match here Tuesday night with two straight falls.

Proud Of Farm And Mat Game, Says Stecher

Chicago Tribune – July 2, 1916
By Joe Stecher

I was born on a farm near Dodge, Neb., twenty-two years ago. I am proud of the title farmer. My parents are farming people and, from an early age, I knew what it meant to plow and sow and harrow.

I attribute much of my physical prowess to the fact that out of door life, the virgin soil, developed my strength, made my muscles firm, and my nerves steady. There is nothing, after all, like fresh air, sunshine, and good food to foster perfect health. No one can improve on nature’s handiwork.

I started in the wrestling game when a mere boy, testing my muscles out in the barnyard with my playfellows. Gradually I downed one boy after another and achieved a local reputation as a wrestler.

My ability as a wrestler grew until people came from miles around to see me wrestle with some local celebrity.

There was little attention paid to me until a couple of years ago, when Farmer Burns, considered one of the greatest wrestlers of the decade, and the man who discovered and trained Gotch, brought Yussif Hussane, the Turk, to Dodge. Now Hussane was rightfully considered one of the world’s best wrestlers, and he and his friends figured my defeat would be easily accomplished. My friends wagered a lot of money that I would win.

To make a long story short, I won over Hussane. From that time I was well started to success. All the leading wrestlers challenged me and I accepted all comers. The strange part of it all is that when I gain a victory my opponents always demand another match, for, with their managers, they are almost invariably confident that the second contest will result differently. The history of my ring contests will prove that the return match is invariably decided in my favor more quickly than the first one.

Charlie Cutler, one of America’s best wrestlers, was matched with me for the American championship. We wrestled in Omaha. Cutler’s friends evidently believed the contest would surely end in Cutler’s favor. There was Cutler money almost everywhere. My “farmer” friends had confidence in me, however, and they won between $35,000 and $40,000 on the contest.

The scissors hold, to which many attribute my success, came to me naturally. Gotch specializes in the toe hold. The reason I have been successful with the scissors hold is that when I discovered that I could defeat the other young fellows I developed the muscles in my legs in much the same way a boxer develops his arms. My brother Anton also has aided me materially in my training. Anton knows the game thoroughly and has participated in many wrestling matches.

When one of my wrestling matches is over I want to know when the first train leaves for Dodge. There is both pleasure and profit in farming, and I would advise all boys born and reared on farms to remain there. The farm is the place to gain and retain good health.

Another thing, boys, refrain from the use of liquor and tobacco. I have never used either. I cannot, and succeed in my profession. I am not a crank, but at the same time should I use liquor or tobacco even sparingly, the other fellow not using it, would have something one me.

Safety first is a mighty good slogan. I have tried to observe it with these rules:

No tea or coffee. No tobacco. Eight hours sleep. No liquor. Plenty of fresh air. Plenty of sunshine.