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Londos Defeats McGinnis On Mat

Portland Oregonian – September 18, 1938

Jim Londos, ex-heavyweight wrestling champion of the world, made an auspicious start in his first appearance in the international wrestling tourney at the Ice Coliseum last night, defeating Terry McGinnis.

Londos, weighing 202, was forced to go 1:52 minutes of the way through the fifth round before pinning McGinnis, 217, with an airplane spin. Continue reading

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Zbyszko Wins From Indian

The Oregonian – April 27, 1944

Wladek Zbyszko, the former Polish champion, and Dean Detton, one-time world’s titleholder, won top honors on Wednesday night’s double main event heavyweight wrestling card at the Auditorium and will meet in the top match next week. Continue reading

Casey Tosses Utah Grappler

Oregon Journal – February 16, 1944

Irish Steve Casey, Boston grappler, carried off honors in the main bout of the revival of heavyweight wrestling under the Western Athletic Club banner Tuesday night in the Auditorium by taking two out of three falls from Dean Detton of Salt Lake. Continue reading

Casey, Detton Wait Activity In Auditorium Go

Oregon Journal – February 15, 1944

A pair of rugged, custom-built, heavyweight mat stars – Steve Casey and Dean Detton – and a batch of the mat faithful will be on hand Tuesday night to inaugurate the Western Athletic Club’s return to the wrestling wars in the Auditorium. Continue reading

Grapplers Spur War Bond Sale

Oregon Journal – February 13, 1944

A lot of the boys and gals around our fair village probably wouldn’t invest a hundred bucks in a heavyweight wrestler, but a considerable number of them have invested in a $100 war bond that entitles them to a ringside seat Tuesday night to see Steve Casey and Dean Detton, a couple of heavyweight wrestlers, in action. Continue reading

Cox Is Pinned By Cliff Olsen In Rough Match

Washington Post – October 22, 1937

The creation of a new grip won the feature match for Cliff (Swede) Olson last night at Joe Turner’s weekly wrestling show when he hurled Kansas Joe Cox from the ring with such force that his leg was trapped in a folding stationary seat of Turner’s Arena. Continue reading

Savoldi Bests Bearded Rival

The Oregonian – January 2, 1942

Heavyweight wrestling returned to Portland Thursday night, and more than 1,500 fans greeted the grapplers on promoter Jack Ganson’s five-match card at the auditorium. Continue reading

Jim Londos Still Has It, Pins Baxter

San Francisco Chronicle – December 14, 1938

Jeemy Londos, the Greek Adonis, still has what it takes.

Before a banner house at Dreamland last night, Londos reduced LaVerne Baxter, erstwhile “bad man,” to the status of teacher’s pet in two straight falls. Continue reading

Londos Meets Baxter

San Francisco Chronicle – December 13, 1938

Boxcar Jeemy Londos, triple threat of the mat, returns to his old hangout at Dreamland Auditorium tonight to take the wild out of Wildman LaVerne Baxter in a two-hour, three-falls struggle for the world’s grapple belt. Continue reading

Al Pereira Meets Abe Kashey On Mat Thursday

Washington Post – December 14, 1937

Al Pereira, the man mountain from Portugal who claims the European wrestling championship, will return to Turner’s Arena for his second shot Thursday night on the Christmas Fund benefit card. Continue reading