Tag Archives: Gordon Hessel

Jones Victor In Mat Match

The Oregonian – January 27, 1951

Rufus Jones, the hard-headed Negro from Birmingham, won the first and third falls of his match with Scandinavian Eric Pedersen in the main event of the wrestling card at the Portland Armory Friday night. Continue reading


Funk, Weaver Hurt; Lopez, Dorsetti Draw

Santa Fe New Mexican – January 10, 1947

Wrestling returned to Santa Fe last night without having missed a stride, as one of the largest crowds of the season saw two gladiators get carried out of the ring. Continue reading

Krauser Tackles Abe Coleman in Bahn Frei Windup

Milwaukee Sentinel – March 17, 1941

The popular Polish heavyweight champion, Karol Krauser, climbs into the Bahn Frei ring Monday night to meet Abe Coleman of New York City in the feature two out of three falls match. Continue reading

Bozzell and Shikena to Meet at Bahn Frei

Milwaukee Journal – April 6, 1941

Paul Bozzell of Tompstone, Ariz., who got a decision over Abe Coleman last week when the latter was unable to continue because of a sprained ankle, returned to the arena at Bahn Frei hall Monday night to meet Oke Shikena, Japanaese heavyweight, in the windup of the weekly wrestling show.  The bout will be two out of three falls to a finish. Continue reading

Giant Wrestler Fails On Boast

Coos Bay OR Times – August 21, 1948

Eric (Body Beautiful) Holmback gave away $200 of his hard-earned money at last night’s wrestling program at the Coos Bay Armory, promoted by Thorn Jensen, when he failed to down two 185-pound wrestlers, as promised, in 30 minutes. Holmback, weighing 270 pounds, had challenged any two of the smaller men, one at a time, and promised to defeat them in 30 minutes. Continue reading

Krauser, Coleman Top Bahn Frei Card

Milwaukee Sentinel – March 16, 1941

Karol Krauser, Polish heavyweight wrestling champion, makes another start at the Bahn Frei hall Monday night against Abe Coleman of New York City. Continue reading

Gibson Loses To Thesz On Rainbo Mat

Chicago Tribune – August 19, 1954

Lou Thesz retained his world heavyweight wrestling crown last night before 1,500 in Rainbo Arena by defeating Stu Gibson of Louisville in two straight falls. Thesz took the first fall in 15:12 with a flying leg lock and the second with a drop kick and a body press in 3:14.

In the semi-windup, Big Bill Miller beat Nick Roberts with a backbreaker in 16:22. In one-fall matches, Gordon Hessel defeated Charles Carr, and Mitsu Arakawa beat Frank Hurley. Tommy Martindale and Dave Jons wrestled to a 15-minute draw. The tag team of Bobby Nelson and Dutch Hefner scored its 16th straight victory by winning two of three falls from Ivan Rasputin and Rudy Kay.