Tag Archives: Gus Schoenlein

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

Gotch Couldn’t Throw Gus Schoenlein

Associated Press – January 10, 1908

BALTIMORE – Frank Gotch, the American wrestling champion, had a crimp put in his title last night when he failed to throw Gus Schoenlein, a local heavyweight mat artist, twice within an hour, as he agreed to do. Continue reading

Wrestling Tourney Scheduled

The New York Times – November 25, 1917

A wrestling tournament at catch-as-catch-can style is to be held at the Lexington Theatre beginning Dec. 3.  Among those who are expected to compete are Earl Caddock, Wladek Zbyszko, Ed Lewis, Joe Stecher, Dr. B. F. Roller, Americus, Jess Westergard, Demetrus Tofalos, Alexander Thomas, Yussif Hussane, Cyclone Burns, Bob Managoff, Henry Ordeman, and John Freyburg.  They comprise the leading wrestlers of the country.

Eugene Tremblay Lost

The Montreal Gazette – December 7, 1910

Defeated By Young Miller In Two Straight Falls.

St. Paul, Minn., December 6.–Young Miller, of St. Paul, retained the welter-weight wrestling championship by defeating Eugene Tremblay, of Montreal, in two straight falls.  Miller was the aggressor at all times.  He won the first fall with a half-nelson and a leg hold in 32 minutes and the second with a scissors and arm hold in 15 minutes. Continue reading

Gotch-Americus Bout in Baltimore

The New York Times – May 9, 1912

BALTIMORE, Md., May 7. – Frank Gotch, the title holder, and Gus Schoenlein, (“Americus”) of Baltimore will contest for the world’s heavyweight wrestling championship at the Fifth Regiment Armory here on May 30, (Decoration Day.)  Word that Baltimore had secured the match in competition with Kansas City, Chicago, Washington and Boston was received by “Americus” to-day.  Gotch is to receive 40 per cent of the gross receipts and Americus 35 per cent, while the remainder, 25 per cent, will go to the Monumental Club for expenses in staging the affair.

Americus Throws Fred Beell

The New York Times – April 9, 1908

BALTIMORE, April 8. – “Americus” (George Schoenlein) to-night defeated Fred Beell by winning the first two falls of a wrestling match that was to have been best two in three.  The first fall was gained by “Americus” in twenty-one minutes and the second in two minutes.

Americus Throws Dr. Roller Twice

The New York Times – December 16, 1910

BALTIMORE, Md., Dec. 15.–Gus Schoenlein (Americus) to-night defeated Dr. B. F. Roller of Seattle, Wash., in an exciting wrestling match, winning the second and third falls.  Dr. Roller took the first fall in 0:07 1/2, throwing Schoenlein in such a manner as to momentarily stun him.  Schoenlein won the second fall in 0:02, and the third and last in 0:55, the former by a half-Nelson and leg lock, and the latter by a neck-and-body hold.

Americus Holds Gotch to Single Fall in an Hour

The Washington Times – January 10, 1908

Bouts Abound in Clever Work – Gus Fails to Hold.

BALTIMORE, Jan. 10. – Frank Gotch, champion heavyweight wrestler of America, undertook to throw Gus Schoenlein (Americus) two falls in one hour last night and failed. Continue reading

Americus Downed Jim Parr Twice

The Washington Times – April 8, 1906

Baltimore Wrestler Got Two Straight Falls.

Was Once In Real Danger

But B. A.C. Instructor Wriggled Out and Few Realized His Position.  Scissors Hold Effective.

BALTIMORE, Md.,  April 7. – Americus, the local light heavyweight wrestler, had little real difficulty in downing “Jim” Parr, the Englishman, in two straight falls tonight at the Baltimore Athletic Club, at which Americus is wrestling instructor.

The men wrestled for a purse and the exhibition was exclusively for club members.  Showy best describes the contest.  Although Parr had a few pounds the advantage in weight, Americus, whose real name is Gus Schoenlein, had the call on height and, incidentally, in age.

Americus Aggressor.

From the call of time in the first bout until Referee Harry Jeffers tapped Americus on the back for the second fall Gus was the aggressor during the greater part of the time.  While Parr was the under man, in justice to him it should be said that at all times he did all in his power to wriggle out of the position.  The local wrestler, however, was far too clever, and Parr was able to escape but rarely.

After sixteen minutes of fancy work Americus secured a half-nelson and scissors hold, and Parr was forced to submit.  After a fifteen-minute rest the men resumed hostilities.  Several times Americus got good holds but employed tactics that usually resulted in the visitor getting away.

Once in Danger.

Only on one occasion was the Baltimorean in danger, but that for such a short time that he was free before the club members realized how close their favorite had been to the mat.

When sixteen minutes was called Gus secured a hammerlock.  He slowly but surely put his opponent down, the official time being sixteen and a half minutes.

William Miller, the old-time wrestling champion of Australia, and now making his home in this city, gave an interesting talk between bouts.

Zbyszko Loses Match

The New York Times – May 4, 1911

Polish Wrestler fails to Gain a fall on Americus in St. Nicholas Rink.

Gus Schoenlein, better known as Americus, was winner in his handicap wrestling match against Stanislaus Zbysko, the Polish champion, at the St. Nicholas Rink last night.  By the terms of the match Zbyszko was to throw Americus once within an hour, and he failed not only to do this, but failed to secure a hold which threatened to result in a fall.  Zbyszko was much heavier than his opponent, and also stronger, but the science of his smaller opponent completely offset these advantages.  Americus was so proficient in defensive tactics that Zbysko never had a chance to appear dangerous. Continue reading