Tag Archives: Dr. B.F. Roller

Lewis Wins In Two Falls With Greater Strength

Norfolk Virginian-Pilot and the Norfolk Landmark – February 24, 1916

“Strangler” Lewis proved his mastership over “Doc” Roller in the wrestling game before more than a thousand people at the Colonial Theatre last night. Lewis, who defeated Roller in the recent New York tournament, won in two straight falls last night, 43 and 23 minutes. 

Youth and sheer strength as combined in Lewis’ burly form were too much for Roller’s science and quickness. Four times during the match Roller had toe holds which nearly all other grapplers would have found unable to break, but Lewis knew how to use his powerful arms and shoulders to the best advantage.

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Caddock Scores Triumph

The New York Times – December 15, 1917

Young Wrestler Conquers Roller In 40 Minutes 59 Seconds

Earl Caddock, the young wrestler from Anita, Iowa, who is looked upon as a probable successor to the crown left vacant by the enforced retirement of Frank Gotch, champion wrestler, achieved success on his initial appearance in competition in the East last night. Opposed to the veteran grappler, Dr. Benjamin F. Roller, of Seattle, Wash, in a finish bout in the international wrestling tournament at the Lexington Theatre, Caddock thrilled the biggest crowd that has been attracted to the tournament with a convincing victory over Roller. Caddock accomplished the downfall of his veteran opponent in 40 minutes 59 seconds, with ahead scissors and crotch hold.

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Roller vs. Simard

The Pawtucket Times – December 9, 1913

WOONSOCKET, Dec. 9. — Dr. B. F. Roller of Beattie, Wash., American champion, and Charles Simard, of Montreal, French-Canadian champion, have signed articles to wrestle to a finish at the Woonsocket Coliseum tomorrow night. The men weigh between 215 and 220 pounds. This will be their second meeting, Roller having scored a win over Simard, taking the first fall on the deadly hammerlock in one hour and 10 minutes.

Roller Has Hard Tussle With Lagrange

The Pawtucket Times – December 9, 1913

SPRINGFIELD, Dec. 9. – In a fast wrestling match in Graves Hall last night Dr. B. F. Roller of Seattle defeated George Lagrange of Wisconsin in two of three falls. Lagrange won the first fall in 39 minutes with a head chancery and spread eagle hold. Roller came back strong in the second bout, putting the Frenchman’s shoulders to the mat in 25m, 30s., with a half-nelson and crotch hold. The third fall was won by the Seattle physician in 17 minutes with hammerlock. Both men were in the best of condition, and provided a record-breaking crowd with gilt-edged wrestling.

Zbyszko Throws Dr. Roller On Mat

The New York Times – December 14, 1910

Polish Wrestler Has the American Badly Used Up at End of Two Falls

Zbyszko, the much-heralded Polish wrestler, defeated Dr. Roller of Seattle last night in their catch-as-catch-can match in straight falls, the periods being 1:13:25 for the first fall, and 11:40 for the second.

The Grand Central Palace was the scene of the contest, and probably. 2,500 persons, many of whom were women, witnessed the really fine wrestling series staged by Joe Humphreys.

When the main bout was over it was the consensus of opinion that the winner’s knowledge of wrestling was extremely limited, as he gave no intimation of acquaintance with other than the most ordinary holds, relying mainly upon his immense weight and its accompanying strength. Continue reading

On The Hoof

Saturday Evening Post – December 14, 1935
By Milton MacKaye

The standing of wrestling as a profit-making enterprise has received little attention in the economic journals, and even those publications devoted to the fevers of sport have been niggardly in space and headlines. There has been a general tendency to regard wrestling as a sort of little country cousin of the opulent boxing profession, a rude and primitive trial of strength persisting feebly in the backwoods sections, but destined ultimately to become as extinct as the broadsword. As a public spectacle, it has been rated just ahead of long-distance walking contests and the hop, skip, and jump, and considerably behind the breath-taking thrills and romance of puss-in-the-corner and the potato race. Continue reading

Americus, Zbyszko, And Roller Win

The New York Times – February 15, 1912

BALTIMORE, Md., Feb. 14. – Six of the best heavyweight wrestlers in the country competed on the mat at the Monumental Sporting Club here to-night.

“Americus” (Gus Schoenlein) of Baltimore defeated Romanoff, the Russian, in two straight falls of 25 minutes 21 seconds and 13 minutes 35 seconds, respectively. Continue reading

Zbyszko Throws Roller Twice

The New York Times – January 29, 1911

BOSTON, Jan. 28. – Zbyszko, the Polish wrestler, took two falls from Dr. Roller of Seattle in a bout here to-night.  The bout, which was best two out of three without time limit, lasted nearly an hour and a half, for it took the winner 1 hour 10 minutes and 35 seconds to get the first fall.  The second he secured in ten minutes and thirty seconds.

Many Will Bet On Dr. Roller

Tacoma Daily News – June 24, 1908

SEATTLE – The championship wrestling match between Frank Gotch, champion of the world, and Dr. B.F. Roller, the western champion, is exciting an unusual amount of interest among lovers of professional sports, and it is doubted that the Dreamland Rink will be large enough to accommodate the large crowd that will be clamoring for tickets. Continue reading

Gotch Arrives At Seattle

Tacoma Daily News – June 19, 1908

SEATTLE – Frank Gotch, champion wrestler of the world, arrived in this city yesterday to prepare for his match with Dr. B.F. Roller. The contest will take place July 1. Gotch said he would be glad to arrange a wrestling match to take place in Tacoma after he had finished with Roller.