Tag Archives: Ed “Strangler” Lewis

Zbyszko Successfully Defends Title

The Pawtucket Times – December 1, 1921

Stanislaus Zbyszko, world’s heavyweight wrestling champion, successfully defended his title when he pinned the shoulders of Strangler Lewis, former champion, to the mat twice. Lewis won the first fall, but the aged Pole came back strong and won his two falls in less than three quarters of an hour.

Lewis And Zbyszko Wrestle To Finish For World’s Title Tonight; Champion Risks Title In Grapple With Pole

The Pawtucket Times – May 6, 1921

Strangler’s” Best Assets Are His “Headlock” Hold and Comparative Youth – Stanislaus Figured by Experts as Having Splendid Opportunity of Winning Wrestling Crown in Spite of His 46 Years.

NEW YORK, May 6 — The long-awaited meeting between Ed (Strangler) Lewis, world’s heavyweight wrestling champion, and Stanislaus Zbyszko, veteran Polish matman, will be staged for the amusement of New York’s wrestling lovers in the Twenty-second Regiment armory this evening. The world’s title, won by Lewis from Joe Stecher will be at stake in a finish match.

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Mayaki Wins On Mat

Syracuse Journal – December 29, 1923

Chicago, Dec. 29. – Taro Mayaki, jiu jitsu champion of Japan, pinned Reginald Siki to the mat in two straight falls here last night.  The Japanese’ next bout here is with Champion Ed “Strangler” Lewis, whom he will meet New Year’s eve.

Tackle Wins For Numa At Stadium

Albany Times Union – July 1, 1932
By Jack Andrews

Football training is the thing in these times of the scarce dollar, a certain portion of college graduates will tell you.  They are the ex-collegians who stock their cupboard through the means of the wrestling racket.

Leo Numa, the young blonde Adonis who was a footballer at Washington State university, demonstrated the fact last night when he called upon the good old flying tackle to bring him victory over Reginald Siki, the ebony hued Senegalese, in the main event of the Hawkins Stadium show.

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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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Freberg Is Victim Of Caddock’s Skill

The New York Times – December 16, 1917

Western Wrestler Ends Short Visit by Scoring Second Victory in Tourney.

Earl Caddock, the young Iowa wrestler, making his last appearance in a mat bout before returning to Camp Dodge, Des Moines, Iowa, to resume his duties as an enlisted fighter in the army of Uncle Sam, last night added another triumph to his list by throwing John Freberg, announced as the Swedish champion, in a finish bout in the international wrestling tournament at the Lexington Theatre. The young Westerner did not show up as strongly as he did in his first appearance here, against Dr. B. F. Roller. Freberg lasted longer against the lad, who is being popularly piloted as the next successor to Frank Gotch’s crown, and illustrated a falling off in Craddock’s performance. Freberg worked 45 minutes and 15 seconds before succumbing finally to a heed, arm, and scissors hold. On the previous night Craddock threw Dr. Roller in 40 minutes 59 seconds.

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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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Spotlighting Sports

Miami Herald – December 2, 1947
by Jimmy Burns, Sports Editor

Lumbering the arcade from the Columbus to the McAllister hotel, I almost collided with a huge guy. Apologies were in order because he looked like Ed (Strangler) Lewis. He was Lewis, so we paused for a chat.

“How old are you? I asked, because just the other day the point was argued with Mr. Pat Malone, the rassling promoter.

“I was born in 1890,” Lewis replied gruffly, indicating it wasn’t a polite question. “That makes me 57 years old.”

His attitude seemed to imply — “Do you wanta make something of it?”

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Szabo Puts Kibosh On Strangler

San Francisco Chronicle – February 3, 1937

Sandor Szabo, the Hungarian menace, evened matters with the aged Ed (Strangler) Lewis last night when he took Lewis, two falls out of three, in the main event at Dreamland.

Szabo took the first fall in 10:55 with his suplex hold, all rights reserved. Lewis captured the second with his old standby, the headlock, in 9:25, and Szabo wound it up by taking the deciding fall in 5:45 with a leg spring.

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No Falls, But Stecher Gets The Nod

San Francisco Chronicle – October 5, 1921
By Harry B. Smith

Joe Stecher won the decision last night from Strangler Ed Lewis after two hours of the best wrestling ever staged in this city. It was a great bout that was held at the Coliseum arena, with never an idle moment, and even Mrs. Strangler Ed (Dr. Morton), who was an interested spectator, shook her head as if in confirmation of the verdict handed down by Referee Charlie Andrews.

Stecher may not have had much of an edge on his opponent, but, since the conditions of these matches call for a decision and no draw verdict, he had to be the winner. On points there could be no question as to who was ahead. Stecher, a vastly improved wrestler over a week ago when he met Ad Santel, had Lewis in jeopardy for more than the reverse, was in superb condition and, all in all, had an advantage over the San Josean.

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