Tag Archives: Don Evans

Sharkey Still Unbeaten, Defeats Swedish Angel

Courier-Post – May 1, 1945

Maryland Champion Wins First and Third Falls of Feature Mat Match

Babe Sharkey’s wrestling record in Camden still is untarnished.

Sharkey, who is recognized by the Maryland Athletic Commission as world heavyweight champion, beat the Swedish Angel in the feature match last night, at the Convention Hall.  It was a scheduled 90-minute time-limit match, two out of three falls to win, and Sharkey won the first and third falls, the bald-pated Swede winning the second.

Sharkey won the first fall in 20 minutes and 30 seconds, with a body press.  The Angel scored the second in 13 minutes 20 seconds, with a body press, and Sharkey won the third and deciding fall in three minutes 50 seconds with a body press.

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Sharkey vs. Angel

The Philadelphia Inquirer – April 30, 1945

The Swedish Angel tries for his second wrestling triumph in as many weeks on the mat at Camden Convention Hall where he meets Babe Sharkey, 90 minutes, two out of three falls, tonight.  Don Evans and Michele Leone are semifinalists.  Red Devil faces Tony Martinelli, Murray Rothenberg takes on Fred Grubmier, Charley Allen tussles Jim Austeri.

Savoldi Earns Draw Verdicts

Long Island Daily Press – September 16, 1944

The hurricane took at hand at upsetting last night’s wrestling card at the Jamaica Arena when Jack Clayburn, the Black Panther from Boston, Mass., was unable to reach the scene of action in time to face Don Evans of Buffalo in the main event.  However, Angelo Savoldi, who was down for a 45-minute affair with Mike Haller of Ozone Park, also took on Evans.  The net result for his strenuous efforts was a pair of draw decisions.

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Broadway Mat Card

Brooklyn Eagle – September 25, 1948

Don Evans and Tony Martinelli will meet tonight in the finish bout on the weekly wrestling bill at the Broadway Arena.  The other bouts will bring together Steve Gob with Rudy Dusek, Lew Laird with Rollo Columbo, Phil Gaver with Arnold Skaaland and Jim Wallis with Murray Rothenberg.

Stanlee Grapples Corbett

Brooklyn Eagle – September 24, 1949

Mr. America (Gene Stanlee) wrestles tonight against Joe Corbett in the finish feature at the Broadway Arena.  In other bouts, Don Evans faces Sammy Berg, Wally Dusek encounters Murray Rothenberg, Thor Morgan battles Mike Clancy, and John (Red) Kirkpatrick collides with Mickey Cortolano.

Evans Beats Martinelli

The Philadelphia Inquirer – May 15, 1945

Don Evans defeated Tony Martinelli in the wrestling windup last night at Camden Convention Hall.  In other bouts, Michele Leone dew with George Becker; Jim Atlas pinned Murray Rothenberg, Bob Metzer threw Joe Myer and Abe Yourist beat Silent Pedro Tomez.

Who Wants Murray?

The Bergen Evening Record – September 8, 1948
By Al Del Greco

A Teaneck young lady who gives her name but requests that it be kept out of print, writes:

“Dear Sir: I have been looking at the wrestling bouts in the Teaneck Armory ever since they started, and it puzzles me to see you continually plug Murray Rothenberg.  Now, I don’t know much about newspaper work, but I do know that a local angle can be badly overplayed.  Murray, to my mind, is not only just a fair wrestler but he acts like a ham when he pretends he is in great pain.

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Valentine Wins Battle To Finish

The Victoria Advocate – August 12, 1954

Johnny Valentine won the battle to the finish at the Sportatorium last night as Ray Gunkel suffered a probable broken rib in the fifth fall and was unable to continue.

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Russell At Camden

The Philadelphia Inquirer – January 29, 1945

Rebel Russell opposes Gino Garibaldi in a 90-minutes’ wrestling bout at Camden Convention Hall tonight.  Michele Leone tackles George Becker.  Don Evans faces Dutch Rohde.  Bibber McCoy meets Pat Welsh.  Rudy Dusek clashes with Jim Austeri with early bouts.

Sharkey Retains ‘Title’ In Draw Bout

Washington Post – January 18, 1945

Babe Sharkey again retained his world heavyweight wrestling “title” last night at Turner’s Arena by battling Dutch Rohde to a one hour draw before 1800 fans. The match was rough & several times Referee Tiny Bouque was forced to mix it up with the grappling giants. Continue reading