Tag Archives: Frank Malcewicz

Leo Retains Mat Laurels With Sharpe

Sacramento Union – March 29, 1955
By Bob McCarty

The National Wrestling Alliance may not recognize Leo Nomellini as heavyweight wrestling champion of the world. Leo has no challengers in Sacramento County after the way he manhandled Ben Sharpe in Memorial Auditorium last night. Continue reading

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Ali Baba Throws Shikat To Capture World Mat Crown

Detroit Free Press, April 26, 1936
By Tod Rockwell

And now the heavyweight wrestling championship has come to Detroit!

It happened last night at Olympia when Ali Baba, strange man from Detroit’s Hendrie St., pinned the mighty shoulders of Dick Shikat, until then the titleholder, before more than 8,500 wildly cheering spectators. They paid $7,405.93 to see a top-notch show. Continue reading

Shikat Wins In Court, Now Tackles Ali Baba

Detroit Free Press – April 24, 1936

Cheered by the assurance that the federal court at Columbus will not allow opposing wrestling moguls to interfere with his defense of the newly won world mat title, Dick Shikat will place his crown on the block at Olympia Friday night with Ali Baba, the “Terrible Turk,” as the first big bidder. Continue reading

Shikat Easily Pins Russian

Detroit Free Press – April 7, 1936
By Tod Rockwell

The odds were 3,000 to 2 that Dick Shikat, world wrestling champ, would pin one John Leon Grandovich, title claimant, last night at Arena Gardens. Dick did. Twenty-two minutes after Shikat, the stolid German, was introduced to about 3,500 spectators who grossed $3,500 for Adam Weissmuller. Dick had pinned John with the standard hold of grapplers everywhere – the body press. Continue reading

Thesz Wins Over Ben Sharpe In Match Here

Humboldt Standard – November 9, 1954

Lou Thesz, heavyweight champion of the world, showed terrific speed and wrestling know-how last night in winning from Big Ben Sharpe before $4221 worth of fans at Eureka’s Municipal Auditorium. Continue reading

Thesz Defends Title Here Tonight

Humboldt Standard – November 8, 1954

Lou Thesz, heavyweight wrestling champion of the world, will defend his title tonight at Eureka’s Municipal Auditorium, meeting Ben Sharpe, one of the giant brothers of tag-team wrestling fame.

The match is the main event of an all-star Lions Club program starting at 8 o’clock. Continue reading

Londos Victor Over Szabo In Duel On Mat

Los Angeles Times – February 10, 1938

Jimmy Londos, self-styled international mat champion, last night defeated Sandor Szabo in straight falls in the main wrestling event at the Olympic Auditorium.

The first fall was a marathon affair and lasted one hour and three seconds. Londos finally annexed the pinning with a double leg and back breaker. Continue reading

There’s Mist In Lou Daro’s Eyes

Los Angeles Herald – February 9, 1938

Lou Daro’s eyes will be misty tonight when Dan Tobey, veteran announcer, calls the main event principals to the center of the ring.

The first star of his first wrestling show in Los Angeles returns to the fold when Jimmy Londos, the international heavyweight champion, comes to grips with Sandor Szabo, the Hungarian Adonis, who holds the California state title belt. Continue reading