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Local Wrestling Fans Are Getting Top-Notch Programmes

The St. Maurice Valley Chronicle – October 22, 1936

Big Crowd Saw Robert-Mercier Bout. – Eugene Tremblay Defends Lightweight Crown At Arena Next Sunday.

The wrestling fans of this district are being given ample opportunity to see some of the top-notchers in action, and judging by the crowd which turned out Wednesday night to see Champion Yvon Robert defend his crown against Al Mercier, they appreciate the efforts being made on their behalf by Promoter Gus Gruninger.

Next Sunday evening, there will be another feature programme when Eugene Tremblay, veteran light-weight champion will be featured in the final of Ray Lamontagne’s card with Bill O’Brien, the only man ever to have defeated Tremblay.

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Seeks Robert For Bout

The Gazette, Montreal – November 4, 1936

Ganson Has Three Opponents Ready For Champion

With three title-seeking opponents anxious for cracks at Yvon Robert.  Matchmaker Jack Ganson will travel to Boston in an effort to sign the French-Canadian youth to defend his world mat crown in Montreal.  Eddie Quinn, the champion’s manager, has declined to match the Montrealer against any of the three men, Ganson announced last night.

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Browning Wins Nod From Savoldi At Stadium

Associated Press – June 12, 1933

Yankee Stadium, NEW YORK – It took Jim Browning, champion of one wing of the wrestling party, almost two full hours tonight to gain a decision over Joe Savoldi, title pretender from Notre Dame, in a rain-soaked ring in the American League ballpark. The match went one hour, 58 minutes, five seconds, before the curfew law brought relief to 6,000 drenched spectators and the decision to Browning. Continue reading

Jim Casey Draws With Ivan Rasputin

Sacramento Union – November 17, 1942

Ivan Rasputin, long-time favorite of Sacramento mat fans, stole the show last night on Johnny Rogers’ weekly wrestling card in Memorial Auditorium with a thrilling, entertaining draw against Jim Casey, the lion-hearted Celt. Continue reading

Ex-Gator Making Go Of Wrestling Game

Atlanta Constitution – April 29, 1931

Atlanta – Cy Williams, who a few years ago was playing football for the University of Florida, left Atlanta a short time ago for New York and a wrestling career.  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

Savoldi To Face Jonathan On Opening Card

The Oregonian – December 21, 1941

Brother Jonathan, Salt Lake City, will be Joe Savoldi’s main-event opponent at the opening heavyweight wrestling program at the auditorium New Year’s night, Jack Ganson, new promoter, announced Saturday. Brother Jonathan spent four years in Austalia and New Zealand, and returned to this country only last month. Continue reading

Grappling Scot Cops Another

The Windsor Daily Star – December 8, 1936

MONTREAL, Dec. 8. – George Clark of Dundee, Scotland, originator of wrestling’s new “Highland fling,” defeated Al Mercier of Rimouski, Que., in a single-fall grappling bout here last night. Continue reading

Jim Browning Wins Wrestling Title

The New York Times – February 21, 1933
By James P. Dawson

Jimmy Browning, husky Boston wrestler, gained recognition by the New York State Athletic Commission as world’s heavyweight champion by pinning Ed (Strangler) Lewis, Kentucky veteran who was defending the crown, in Madison Square Garden last night. The end came after 57 minutes 50 seconds of a match scheduled to a finish, one fall to decide.

Although Browning is now recognized here, there are other claimants to the world’s crown. Jim Londos is regarded as champion in some parts of the country and Ed (Don) George is another who has gained recognition in certain quarters.

While a crowd of 5,000 looked on, Browning, aggressor throughout the match, the man on top the majority of times they went to the mat and with a wider, more punishing and effective repertoire of holds, conquered the champion who, in a wrestling career extending over about twenty years, has been thrown only about half a dozen times. A quick turnover and his favorite body scissors won for Browning.

Conquerors of Lewis who come to mind are the two Zbyszkos, Wladek and the elder Stanislaus, Joe Stecher, Wayne (Big) Munn and one or two others.

When referee Jack Denning tapped the body of Browning in signal of victory, creating a new champion, Browning was astride an almost inert Lewis, his full weight of 230 pounds pressing Lewis flat on his back near the defending champion’s own corner.

The finish was a surprise. Lewis has been winning so consistently since he was recognized as champion here last summer upon the failure of Londos to meet his challenge that it was taken more or less for granted that the Kentuckian would add to his conquests.

The cheers of the assembled to see a wrestling championship bout and to assist the New York Press Club, in whose interests the match was staged, echoed through the partly filled arena for more than five minutes.

Browning was Lewis’ master at all times. He manhandled the defending champion in clearn wrestling, which had not one single objectionable incident nor one moment of unfair grappling.

Only once did Lewis apply a real, punishing headlock. This came when the men had been grappling thirty-six minutes, and it lasted for only one minute before the powerful Bostonian tore himself free and almost tossed Lewis into the laps of the ringside spectators.

The sixth time Lewis tried for a headlock, his hold slipped.  The Kentuckian pitched face forward to the floor, landing on all fours, unbelieving. Quick as a flash Browning turned and, with the one motion pounced upon Lewis, who was an open target for a body scissors.

Then he came up astride Lewis, putting all the pressure of which he was capable into his powerful legs, until Lewis lay prostrate and flat and referee Denning tapped Browning with the signal that brought the Bostonian victory and the championship. Lewis weighed 238 pounds.

Gus Sonnenberg, former Dartmouth athlete, and Dr. Fred Meyers, Chicagoan, wrestled a draw in the closing event of the program, a thirty-minute struggle which was crowded with excitement and some high and lofty tumbling.  Sonnenberg weighed 205 pounds and Meyers 207.

Joe Malcewicz, Utica heavyweight, pinned the shoulders of Pat McClarey, Irish giant, in 7 minutes 26 seconds of their scheduled twenty-minute bout with a crotch and body hold.  Malcewicz weighed 190 pounds and McClarey 244.

In another struggle scheduled to a twenty-minute limit, Alphonse Getzewich, Polish grappler, tossed Century Milstead, former Yale athlete, in 12 minutes 21 seconds with a double reversible arm lock. Getzewich weighed 210 pounds, and Milstead 208.

Henri Piers, Holland, defeated Jack Washburn, Boston, in their bout, which was listed for twenty minutes, pinning Washburn’s shoulders in 8 minutes 58 seconds with a body slam. Washburn weighed 238 pounds and Piers 208.

In the opening contest scheduled for twenty minutes Sid Westrich, Hungarian 225-pounder, conquered Cy Williams, Florida, in 8:17 with a flying tackle. Williams weighed 215 pounds.