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With The Wrestlers

Buffalo Courier – September 21, 1902

Tom Riley and Walter Willoughby are practically matched for a handicap affair, the latter to gain four falls an hour.

Martin Muldoon writes from Warren O., that he would like to meet Jerry Donnelly, the Irish lad, at mixed styles.

Louis Steinagle, the champion strong man, says he will meet any weight lifter in the world in a wrestling contest.  Where is Herr George Winzenried?

Dan McLeod is now located at Worcester, Mass., where he recently defeated Lundin in a fiercely contested match that lasted nearly two hours.

Echoes From The Roped Arena

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle – April 19, 1902

“Dan” McLeod, the Scotch wrestler, failed to fulfill his contract to throw Jim Parr, the English champion, three falls within an hour at catch-as-catch-can style, before the Industrial A.. C., at Chicago, last night.  The Englishman proved a harder man than McLeod had evidently thought him to be and the Scot was unable to gain even one fall.  There was no brilliancy about the match and many thought that McLeod was not wrestling his best.  At least the vicious attack was wonderful skill which he has always shown in his matches were entirely absent.  The terms were that McLeod was to throw Parr three times within an hour or lose the match.  A bet of $1,000 was made on the result and a similar amount that Parr would not get a fall.  Over six thousand persons were present.  Tom Jenkins was introduced and announced that he would give either man a match at any time and bet any amount on himself.  In the preliminary, a mixed style contest between Louis Steinagle of Buffalo and Tom Riley of England, each man gained a fall.  The deciding fall was not gained within the twenty minute time limit and no decision was given.  E. H. McBride refereed the contest.

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When Gotch and McLeod Wrestled at a Picnic

St. John Daily Sun – December 22, 1905

On Friday night, at Sohmer Park, Montreal, will be seen two of the cleverest mat artists in the world at catch-as-catch-can style of wrestling.  They are Frank Gotch, of Des Moines, Iowa, and Dan McLeod. Continue reading

Former Champion Of The Mat Is Now A Wrestling Teacher

Reno Evening Gazette – November 21, 1916
By Mark Larkin

LOS ANGELES – Dan McLeod, former world’s wrestling champion, the only man who ever threw Frank Gotch, is now an instructor of wrestling in the Los Angeles Athletic Club.  Continue reading

Champion Got Start Via Defeat By Ringer

Chicago Tribune – March 30, 1913
By Harvey T. Woodruff

Frank A. Gotch, world’s champion wrestler, met a “ringer” in his first serious engagement on the mat. Gotch proved inferior to the scientific tricks of his opponent and was thrown, but the realization that it took Dan McLeod, then in his prime, one hour and forty-one minutes and forty-six minutes, respectively, to tumble him fully decided Gotch in his budding determination to become a champion grappler. Continue reading

Many Extremes in Wrestling

Syracuse Journal – March 14, 1907

In the wrestling game there are more extremes than there are in any other form of sport.  Hackenschmidt, for instance, is the strongest and the youngest in the point of years; Dan McLeod is without any shadow of doubt the most graceful of all grapplers; Hjalmar Lundin is regarded as the speediest; Frank Gotch, as the most vicious; Farmer Burns, as the oldest; Tom Jenkins, as the hardiest; Jim Parr, the English champion, as the most original and sensational; Ed Atherton, as the originator and creator of new moves; Harvey Parker, as the toughest of the welters to handle in any manner; Jack Carkeek, the “resurrected,” because he came back after an absence of ten years and is to-day regarded as fast enough for the best of the 175-pound men of the country; Fred Beell, as the world’s wonder for his size and weight; Steurs, the Belgian, as the roughest.  The list might be lengthened indefinitely.

Lundin, the giant Swede, is looked upon as the cleanest of the big fellows.


The Clinton Advertiser – May 8, 1909

At Danville, Ill., Dr. B. F. Roller, of Seattle, defeated Henry Winklehoffer, of Chicago, in a wrestling bout in two straight falls.

At Waterloo, Iowa, Frank Gotch, world’s champion, and Dan McLeod, former champion, met in a wrestling match, Gotch winning in two straight falls.


Bridgeport Herald – November 9, 1902

Tom Jenkins 11-9-02

A Wrestling match of international importance will take place Tuesday night in Madison Square garden, New York, in which Tom Jenkins, the champion catch-as-catch-can mat artist of America, will meet the champion of England and Ireland, Joe Carroll.  The contest will be to a finish and no hold is barred.  Carroll is said to pride himself on his strangle hold and once he gets it on a man it is all over.  Carroll’s most notable performance was in staying three hours with Naraulah, the “Terrible Turk.”  Only pin falls are said to count in this contest, though it is said that Carroll is a wonder at flying falls.  Carroll became the champion of England during coronation week when he defeated Tom Cannon, Carkeek and the other big mat artists on the other side. Continue reading

Winner of Bout to Go Abroad

The World – December 17, 1903

A trip to England, something that neither Tom Jenkins nor Dan McLeod ever enjoyed, will be an extra inducement for them to display all their skill and powers in their championship wrestling match at Madison Square Garden next Tuesday night.  C. P. Hutchings, an English sporting man, who is interested in the great European champion, Hagenschmidt, will endeavor to sign the winner of the match next week to meet the foreigner before an English club.  Mr. Hutchings will be at the Garden to see the bout. Continue reading

Dwyer Wrestles a Bit Himself

The Yukon Sun – September 9, 1903

Champion McLeod Loses Match by Failing to Throw Opponent in Time Limit

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Sept. 8. – M. J. Dwyer, of this city, won from Dan McLeod, of Hamilton, Ont., the champion heavyweight catch-as-catch-can wrestler of the world, here to-night by taking the time limit. Continue reading