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Cyclone Burns Pulls Down McPhee Twice; Boston Grappler Makes Quick Work of Scot After Gaining First Fall — Butler Throws Pinkham

The Pawtucket Times – January 15, 1914

ATTLEBORO, Jan 15. – In a wrestling match at Brownell Hall last night Cyclone Burns of Boston put an end to “Scotty” McPhee’s ambitions when he threw the Scotchman twice in succession. Although the first fall took some strenuous exertion on Burns part the second fall came shortly after the start of the last bout and Burns showed some flashes of his real speed for the few minutes they were on the mat. Lawson Pinkham succumbed to Crackerjack Butler of Brockton but it took three falls before a decision was reached. Burns secured the first fall on a head chancery and arm hold in 24 minutes. The second came in 24 minutes on a crotch and arm hold. The first fall in the prelim went to Pinkham in 26 minutes on a rear half Nelson. The second was Butler’s in 9 minutes and 28 seconds on a wrist and crotch hold while the third went to Butler in 12 minutes when he got a toe hold. The Pinkham-Butler match was not very fast although interesting because of the tactics of the two men. Butler used the better style and had some real speed at times.

Dryden Easily Throws Mitchell

The Pawtucket Times – December 9, 1913

PORTSMOUTH, N. H. Dec 9 — In the wrestling matches at Freeman’s Hall last night both “Cyclone” Burns of Boston and “Farmer” Bill Dryden of this city were victorious. In the first match Dryden was easily superior over “Cyclone” Mitchell of Hartford, Conn. throwing him in 14 minutes 57 seconds, and again in 41 minutes. Both falls were secured by double-arm bar. Burns defeated Henry Bruhn, a light heavyweight from England, in the fastest match ever seen in this city. Rough tactics were often used, both men being very aggressive and determined in their work. The first fall came in 31 minutes 30 seconds with a double-arm bar and a body scissors, while the second took 32 minutes 10 seconds with a head scissors. “Chick” Morrill was referee.

Wrestling Tourney Scheduled

The New York Times – November 25, 1917

A wrestling tournament at catch-as-catch-can style is to be held at the Lexington Theatre beginning Dec. 3.  Among those who are expected to compete are Earl Caddock, Wladek Zbyszko, Ed Lewis, Joe Stecher, Dr. B. F. Roller, Americus, Jess Westergard, Demetrus Tofalos, Alexander Thomas, Yussif Hussane, Cyclone Burns, Bob Managoff, Henry Ordeman, and John Freyburg.  They comprise the leading wrestlers of the country.

Wrestler Dies In Stadium Bout; Inquiry Called As Rival Held

Washington Post – June 26, 1936
By Bill McComick

Mike Romano, veteran wrestler, died on the mat before 5,000 people at Griffith Stadium last night.

The 40-year-old native of Trieste, Italy, was being counted out by referee Cyclone Burns after 13 – minutes of a match with Jack Donovan, of Boston, when he became unconscious. Continue reading

Riot Averted As Savoldi Pins Terror

Washington Post – November 25, 1938
By Lewis F. Atchison

Ham, rather than the customary gobbler, was the holiday offering at Turner’s Arena last night when a 305-pound specimen, the Golden Terror, succumbed to a series of punishing dropkicks authored by swarthy Joe Savoldi. Continue reading

Meske Wins Mat Event Over Dusek

Washington Post – October 28, 1938
By Lewis F. Atchison

Ernie Dusek, the gentleman with the inflated biceps, got a toe caught in Ed Meske’s ribs last night in the feature match at the Arena, and forthwith was disqualified. Referee Cyclone Burns, the man with the perfect “figger,” declared Meske the victor after 34 minutes of strenuous calesthenics. Continue reading

Cyclone Burns Throws Draak

Boston Globe – April 30, 1920

Cyclone Burns defeated Tommy Draak in two out of three falls in their heavyweight catch-as-catch-can wrestling match at the Grand Opera House last night. Draak scored the first fall in 51m 56s, with a body scissors and a head chancery. Continue reading

Strangler Lewis Defeats Orlando

Boston Globe – April 9, 1920

Strangler Ed Lewis found Sampson Orlando, a hard customer, in the feature bout of the catch-as-catch-can wrestling carnival conducted by George Tuohey last night at Mechanic’s Building.

It was a one-fall match and it took an hour and five minutes for Lewis to win, although he had at least 20 pounds advantage over Orlando.

Orlando is a newcomer in this section and he reminded the fans of Joe Stecher. A number of times it looked as if he would win, but Lewis finally downed him with a head lock.

The bout between Jim Londos, the Greek champion, and Taro Miyake of Japan was most spectacular. Catch-as-catch-can and jiu jitsu holds were allowed.

At times it looked as if the men were engaged in a boxing bout. They kicked one another in the shins many times and hit one another in the face with left and right hooks. The Japanese was handicapped to some extent by Londos not wearing a jacket, as is done in his style of wrestling.

He got some of his holds on the Greek, but the latter found a way to break out of them and finally won with a body hold and arm scissors in 49m 45s.

Cyclone Burns made Henry Varnini quit in 21m 30s.

W. Zbyszko Pins Linow In Hard Bout

Boston Globe – April 27, 1920

Plenty of action, in which every known hold in wrestling was tried, featured in the all-star program last night in Mechanic’s Building. The crowd of 2,500 was kept in a state of excitement from the very start.

A group of 50 soldiers from the Reconstruction Hospital, and 25 sailors from the Naval Hospital at Chelsea were guests of manager George Tuohey.

Wladek Zbyszko, the Pole, had to work hard to overcome Ivan Linow, “The Russian Lion.” It was really the feature bout. Linow had his opponent in many treacherous positions, but lacked the power to pin the Pole’s shoulders to the canvas. After 1 hour 19 minutes and 3 seconds of pulling, hauling and tugging, “Zib,” with a flying mare and body hold, drove Linow’s shoulders to the mat. Linow was stunned by the fall, but recovered later.

Cyclone Burns, the best of the local favorites, defeated Henry Varnini, who substituted for George Manich. Burns’ all-around cleverness gave him the winning fall in 30 minutes 15 seconds. He used a head scissors and arm lock.

Jimmy Londos, the Greek, found Bob Brown, who is a clever jiu jitsu wrestler, a difficult opponent. Londos and Brown rolled around the ring, but the greater experience of the former gave him the win in 53 minutes.

Cyclone Burns is matched to wrestle Tommy Draak Thursday night at the Grand Opera House.