Tag Archives: Hank Barber

Hank Barber Wins From Rebel Russell

The Philadelphia Inquirer – November 1, 1938

ATLANTIC CITY, N. J., Oct. 31 (A. P.) – Hank Barber, 224, former Dartmouth football player, used a flying head lock to defeat Rebel Russell, 218, of Tennessee, in 21.21 of the feature wrestling match tonight. Continue reading

Sandor Vary In Mat Test

New York Post – December 20, 1935

Savoldi and Barber Top Wrestling Card at Armory

Sandor Vary, Hungarian heavyweight, is an added attraction on the heavyweight wrestling card topped by Joe Savoldi and Hank Barber, former collegians. Continue reading

Santa Claus Arrives Here Little Early For George

New York Post – December 16, 1935
By Eddie Wade

Poppa Curley Plays Santa Claus... by Uhlmann

Poppa Curley Plays Santa Claus… by Uhlmann

Grappler Don Hangs Xmas Sock in Bid to Regain Mat Crown

 Third Time Danno, Challenger Meet

Santa Claus comes early this year.  At least he does to Ed Don George, the former heavyweight wrestling champion of the world, who gets a chance to even matters tonight with the current title-holder, Danno O’Mahoney, at Madison Square Garden. Continue reading

Rudy Dusek Faces Donovan At Armory

New York Post – April 6, 1936

Rough Man of Mat May Meet His Match Friday Night

The combination of an injury and the sudden rise of his younger brother, Ernie, put Rudy Dusek in the wrestling background for awhile but he’s coming back slowly to the heights he formerly reached.  Another step in the campaign will be made Friday night when he opposes Jack Donovan at Twenty-second Engineers Armory. Continue reading

Wrestling Results

The Times Record – September 3, 1937

North Bergen, N. J. – Jack Kennedy, 217, Iowa, pinned Hank Barber, 220, Boston, (25:26).

New York – Ernie Dusek, 228, Omaha, pinned Stanley Pinto, 216, California, (30:27). Continue reading

Wrestler Dies In Stadium Bout; Inquiry Called As Rival Held

Washington Post – June 26, 1936
By Bill McComick

Mike Romano, veteran wrestler, died on the mat before 5,000 people at Griffith Stadium last night.

The 40-year-old native of Trieste, Italy, was being counted out by referee Cyclone Burns after 13 – minutes of a match with Jack Donovan, of Boston, when he became unconscious. Continue reading

O’Mahoney Tosses Chief Little Wolf

The New York Times – July 9, 1935
By Joseph C. Nichols

Dan O’Mahoney was successful in his first defense of the world’s heavyweight wrestling championship. The 22-year-old Irishman defeated Little Wolf of Trinidad, Col., in 28 minutes, 23 seconds at the Yankee Stadium last night while a crowd of 12,000 persons looked on.

The bout was promoted by Jack Curley and a percentage of the receipts will be turned over to the Free Milk Fund for Babies, Inc., of which Mrs. William Randolph Hearst is chairman.

While O’Mahoney’s victory was not a surprise, generally, the manner in which he disposed of his first challenger was. Instead of effecting the triumph with the Irish whip, the grip with which he has won most of his bouts, O’Mahoney pressed Little Wolf’s shoulders to the mat with a body hold after getting him into position with a flying scissors.

Until a few minutes before he was tossed, Little Wolf had a decided advantage over the young Irishman. He punished O’Mahoney several times with crushing head locks and gave the impression that he had little to fear from the invader.

Once O’Mahoney did apply the Irish whip, but it had so little effect on the challenger that he walked into the Irishman disdainfully. He became rough and tossed the titleholder about easily.

This treatment incensed O’Mahoney, who had been quite calm since the bout started. He suddenly sprang at the Coloradoan and smashed him to the floor three times with his right forearm.

Little Wolf was weakened and rendered dizzy by this quick turn, and it was nothing for O’Mahoney to whirl him to the floor. There the champion clamped a body hold on his foe, and forced the chief’s shoulders to the mat.

The champion scaled 224 pounds and Little Wolf 210.

Jim Browning, former heavyweight champion, pinned Mike Mazurki of Troy in 13 minutes 54 seconds with a turn-over reverse body scissors in the semi-final.

Mazurki carried the action to Browning at the start and had a slight edge over the ex-ruler until he allowed himself to fall into an airplane scissors. The hold weakened the up-Stater, who gradually was beaten to the mat by the steady Browning. The weights were 231 for the winner as against 228 for Mazurki.

Rube Wright of Texas scored a surprise triumph over Joe Savoldi, former Notre Dame football ace, in a bout listed for thirty minutes. Savoldi, trying to down Wright with a flying tackle, hurled himself through the ropes and landed on the ground. While he was out of the ring Referee Joe Boyle counted ten.

Savoldi did get back after the count was finished and was in shape to continue, but the referee’s count precluded any further action. Wright was 29 pounds heavier than Savoldi, who scaled 201. The bout lasted 6 minutes 9 seconds.

Abe Coleman of Los Angeles wrestled to a draw with Gino Garibaldi, Italian giant, in a thirty-minute encounter. Coleman had his foe in danger several times with crushing body holds, but Garibaldi wriggled free and punished the Californian with flying tackles. Coleman scaled 205 and Garibaldi 214.

Al Bisignano, 212, of Des Moines, Iowa, defeated Floyd Marshall, 225, of Phoenix, Ariz., in a scheduled thirty-minute encounter. Bisignano pinned his rival in 10:26 with a body slam.

Hank Barber, erstwhile Dartmouth athlete, won the opening bout on the card. He threw Pat McKay of Memphis in 13:49 with a flying tackle and body press. Barber, at 228, was 8 pounds heavier than McKay.