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Wrestling to the Fore Once More

(Copyright, 1905, by McClure, Phillips & Co.)

The Minneapolis Journal – December 3, 1905

The present vogue for wrestling, which became marked last year and which is exceedingly strong this season, is sufficient reason for calling the interested public’s attention to this, the not least interesting fact about wrestlers today that, unlike prize fighters, they are a pretty abstemious lot when out of training as well as when in. Continue reading

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Wrestlers Ready for Hard Struggle

The New York Times – April 24, 1906

Two unusual wrestling attractions are scheduled for to-night at the Grand Central Palace, Forty-third Street and Lexington Avenue.  John Piening, the “Butcher Boy,” who is conceded to be the cleverest Graeco-Roman wrestler in America, and Fred Beell, the best light heavyweight in the West, will meet in a match at mixed styles and the struggle is to be to a finish.  Beell is an aggressive wrestler, and while Piening is the favorite he will undoubtedly be compelled to use every trick at his command to win.  The other encounter will bring together Harvey Parker, the “Little Demon,” and George Bothner, who many good judges believe will defeat the lightweight champion.

Many Extremes in Wrestling

Syracuse Journal – March 14, 1907

In the wrestling game there are more extremes than there are in any other form of sport.  Hackenschmidt, for instance, is the strongest and the youngest in the point of years; Dan McLeod is without any shadow of doubt the most graceful of all grapplers; Hjalmar Lundin is regarded as the speediest; Frank Gotch, as the most vicious; Farmer Burns, as the oldest; Tom Jenkins, as the hardiest; Jim Parr, the English champion, as the most original and sensational; Ed Atherton, as the originator and creator of new moves; Harvey Parker, as the toughest of the welters to handle in any manner; Jack Carkeek, the “resurrected,” because he came back after an absence of ten years and is to-day regarded as fast enough for the best of the 175-pound men of the country; Fred Beell, as the world’s wonder for his size and weight; Steurs, the Belgian, as the roughest.  The list might be lengthened indefinitely.

Lundin, the giant Swede, is looked upon as the cleanest of the big fellows.

Big Wrestlers Are Matched

The New York Times – April 17, 1906

John Piening, the Graeco-Roman wrestling champion of America, will meet Fred Beell of Wisconsin at the Grand Central Palace on April 24.  The men will wrestle mixed style until a fall is secured.  George Bothner, the lightweight champion, and Harvey Parker will also meet on the same night.  The pair will wrestle on hour, unless a fall is secured before that time, and a decision will be rendered on points.  The winner of the Piening-Beell match will be matched with “Tom” Jenkins for the championship of America.

Neither Gains a Fall

The St. Paul Globe – April 15, 1903

BALTIMORE, Md., April 14.—Harvey Parker, of Brockton. Mass., the champion welterweight wrestler of the world, and Gus Schoenlein ( “Americus” ), of this city, were on the mat two hours and forty-five minutes tonight, neither man gaining a fall. The match was for the championship of the world in the class, two falls in three. Throughout the, battle “Americus” was on the defensive, while Parker worked hard to pin his opponent to the floor. Both men seemed strong when the referee, at 12:45, called the bout a draw.

Strenuous Wrestling

The Yukon Sun – April 16, 1903

Parker and Schoenlein Struggles For Over Two Hours Without a Fall.

BALTIMORE, Md.,  April 14.–Harvey Parker, Brockton, Mass., the champion welter weight wrestler of the world, and Gus Schoenlein of this city, were on the mat two hours and forty-five minutes, neither man gaining fall.  Both men seemed strong when the referee called the bout a draw.

“Butcher Boy” to Meet Tom Jenkins

The Washington Times – January 16, 1903

Mixed Style of Wrestling, Best Two in Three

John Piening, the “Butcher Boy” who is meeting all-comers on the mat in Washington this week, is matched to meet Tom Jenkins on January 31, at Madison Square Garden, New York, for the championship of the world, mixed style of wrestling, best two in three falls.

Piening is one of the best wrestlers for his weight that has ever appeared in professional ranks.  He is also one of the youngest for one so high up in his class, and who aspires to be champion of the universe.

He was born in Holstein, Germany, a place well known for its fine cattle.  When a boy he was taught the butchering business and follows it to this day.  Before he had reached his majority Piening had won the “All-Comers” professional tournament in Grand Rapids, Mich., and three years ago defeated every man who was entered in the international wrestling tournament given in the Grand Central Palace, New York.

His first professional engagement of note, however, was against Paul Pons, the Giant French champion.  Although outclassed, in height, weight, reach, and experience, he proved that he could hold his own against any of them.  His quick defeat of Harvey Parker from whom he secured two straight falls in eleven minutes under catch-as-catch-can rules was almost a revelation to the sporting world.  Then he next put down big Jack McCormick, of Philadelphia, for two falls in six minutes.  Nehmet Nachad, the “Terrible Turk,” who wrestled two hours with Ernest Roeber, gave up in eleven minutes of the most desperate wrestling.  The strangle-hold was allowed, and the Turk tried nothing else until Piening secured a hammerlock with which he nearly wrenched the foreigners arms off.  He next defeated the Giant Norwegian Cave Norbeck.

Piening is under the management of Johnny Dunn, the well-known announcer of sporting events.  Dunn is anxious to match his charge against any man in Washington, and wager that Piening can pin his shoulders to the mat five times within the sixty minutes.