Tag Archives: Ed Gardenia

Wrestling Cards To Help In Polio Drive In Girardeau

The Southeast Missourian – January 16, 1956

The march of Dimes Polio Fund will receive a financial lift Friday night at the Arena when the Odd Fellows turn over their share of gate receipts of the wrestling matches to this worthy cause.  Leonard Thomas, local wrestling promoter said that this polio benefit card has the greatest array of wrestling talent that he has ever been able to assemble for a single night’s wrestling. Continue reading

Villains Hold Sway In Wrestling

The Calgary Herald – October 15, 1953

It was rough and tough once more as the grunt-and-groan artists went into action at Victoria pavilion Wednesday evening. Continue reading

Thesz Winner When Rogers Is Disqualified

St. Louis Post-Dispatch – December 31, 1955

Heavyweight champion Lou Thesz successfully defended his National Wrestling Alliance title against last night when his opponent, Buddy Rogers, was disqualified for failing to break a hold in the main event of the Mississippi Valley Sports Club’s card at Kiel Auditorium. Continue reading

Top Middle West Heavies To Clash

St. Joseph, MO., Gazette – January 27, 1956

Tonight’s Auditorium Wrestling Card
First Match Starts at 8:30
Feature Match – Mike DiBiase, 235, Lincoln, Neb., vs. Ike Eakins, 260, Harian County, KY, Best two out of three falls to a finish; no time limit.
Semi Windup – Ed Gardenia, 235, Youngstown, Ohio, vs. Jack Pesek, 232, Ravenna, Neb., Best two out of three falls, or a 45-minute time limit.
Special Event – Gentleman Jim Dobie, 225, Detroit, vs. Jerome Zackary, One fall, or a 30-minute time limit.
Added Attraction – Bibber McCoy, 230, Boston, vs. Don Whitehead, 227, Australia, One fall, or a 15-minute time limit.

It will be a clash between two of the Middle West’s undefeated heavyweights when Ike Eakins, Kentucky, and Mike DiBiase, Nebraska, collide tonight in the Auditorium’s wrestling ring.  The meeting between the top-rated matmen is long overdue and the outcome will have a direct bearing on the regional supremacy issue.

A comparison of their respective records shows both me to be evenly matched for their victory skeins have been established over nearly every top heavyweight who has appeared in the area this winter.  Eakins has been absent from the St. Joseph ring scene since Oct. 21 when he ousted Sonny Myers from the unbeaten ranks.

DiBiase employs strongarm measures in his matches which puts him on an even par with the rowdy 260-pound Kentucky mountaineer.  A major point of interest in tonight’s wrestle to a finish is certain to be focused on Eakins’ use of the atomic drop, which resembles a pile driver.  So far no opponent has been able to escape free from Eakins’ body drop.

Full ring length flying drop kicks and tackles are DiBiase’s most potent offensive weapons and may help to neutralize Eakins’ atomic drop.  The Nebraska strong man is a three-time Big Seven intercollegiate heavyweight champion.  Mike also won the National A. A. U. title in his weight division in 1946.  He lettered for three years in football at the University of Nebraska.

Powerhouse wrestling will also keynote the semi-windup which pits towering Ed Gardenia of Ohio against Jack Pesek, who is the son of old John Pesek, the Nebraska “Tiger Man” of two decades ago.

Ed Gardenia, the colorful Ohio mat personality, is back in the United States following an extended tour of the South Pacific and Hawaii.  He will be making his first Missouri appearance of the current season.

Bibber McCoy, the veteran Boston Irishman, tackles Australia’s Don Whitehead in the opener at 8:30.