Los Angeles Times – November 9, 1939
Lee Wykoff joined the also-rans in the international wrestling tourney at the Olympic last night, lumbering Hans Steinke being returned the winner, but it was Jeemy Londos and Sandor Szabo who stole the show with a Graeco-Roman match which had no bearing on the tournament proper. Continue reading
Posted in 1939
Tagged Billy Hansen, Cliff Thiede, Hans Steinke, Hardboiled Haggerty, Henry Graber, Jack Kogut, Jim Londos, LaVerne Baxter, Lee Wykoff, Sandor Szabo, Tiny Roebuck, Tom Zaharias, Vic Christy, Young Stecher
The Ottawa Evening Citizen – April 5, 1935
Flying Frenchman From Vancouver Shows Improved Form and Gives Pleasing Display in Defeating Former University of Indiana Football Star on Queensbury A.C. Program. Little Beaver, Goldberg Win.
Showing marked improvement over previous appearances here, Al Mercier, the Flying Frenchman from Vancouver, last night scored a two-falls-to-one victory over Ernie Zeller, former University of Indiana football star, in the main bout of the Queensbury A.C. wrestling program in the local Auditorium. Mercier’s improved form was so pronounced that he was stamped a favorite by the enthusiasts present, and his victory was enthusiastically acclaimed at the conclusion of the bout. Continue reading
Los Angeles Times – November 8, 1939
Jimmy Londos makes his first appearance in a wrestling ring here since he joined the ranks of the benedicts when he appears tonight at the Olympic in a Graeco-Roman match against Sandor Szabo, the Hungarian heavyweight star.
Jimmy is the world’s catch-as-catch-can champion, but Szabo has repeatedly dared him to meet him at the ancient European style and it took quite a bit of angling to get Londos to agree to the match.
Olympic rules will prevail. The match will be over three periods of 10 minutes each with a minute rest in between. A decision will be rendered by two judges and the referee on the best two-out-of-three throws. No holds are permitted below the waist under Graeco-Roman rules.
Don McDonald will referee the bout and Snowy Baker, noted Australian sportsman, and Frank Borzage, the ace film director, will act as judges.
Szabo was an Olympic Games champion at Graeco-Roman before coming to this country. Londos often has wrestled abroad under Graeco-Roman rules but never here.
The Graeco-Roman bout is an added feature, promoter Jack Daro announces, to the international tournament bouts. Nine matches are on the tourney card with the Hans Steinke-Lee Wykoff showdown being the top spot in interest.
Bill Hansen, Salt Lake star, is in a tight spot this evening. If he loses to Hardboiled Haggerty he will be dropped from the tourney.
Other tournament matches on the card: Lee Wykoff vs. Hans Steinke; Vic Christy vs. Tom Zaharias; Sammy Stein vs. Hank Metheny; Crusher Al Billings vs. Joe Pazandak; Cliff Thiede vs. LaVerne Baxter; Tiny Roebuck vs. Henry Graber, and Jack Kogut vs. Young Stecher.
Posted in 1939
Tagged Al Billings, Bill Hansen, Cliff Thiede, Hank Metheny, Hans Steinke, Hardboiled Haggerty, Henry Graber, Jack Daro, Jack Kogut, Jim Londos, Joe Pazandak, LaVerne Baxter, Lee Wykoff, Sammy Stein, Sandor Szabo, Tiny Roebuck, Tom Zaharias, Vic Christy, Young Stecher