Tag Archives: Jack Reynolds

Velcoff Unable To Return; Strangler Wins

Sacramento Union – December 15, 1931
By Steve George

Master of the mat, but of the old school of wrestling, Ed (Strangler) Lewis won by the aid of modern grappling methods last night before a representative crowd at Memorial Auditorium when Nick Velcoff butted himself out of the ring and fell easy prey to the champion’s famous headlock. After 47 minutes of grappling, with the world’s champion clamping all sorts of holds on the Bulgarian demon, Velcoff roughed it and butted Lewis to the mat a series of times. His next attempt found him doing a headlong dive into the row of seats beneath the ropes, falling with a thud against the floor. Lifted into the ring, Velcoff was half dazed, and two headlocks pressed him to the mat, where Lewis applied the power, rendering the gladiator almost unconscious. He was carried from the ring in a semi-conscious state and failed to answer the bell for the second fall. Continue reading

Strangler Lewis Displays Famed Headlock Tonight

Sacramento Union – December 14, 1931
By Steve George

A world’s champion, known the width and breadth of the universe for his prowess on the wrestling mat, will be the attraction on display tonight in Memorial Auditorium as Sacramento goes “big time” for the first time since the advent of the grunt and groan sports scene some four months ago. Ed (Strangler) Lewis, recognized in most states as the present heavyweight wrestling champion of the world and onetime undisputed holder of the title when wrestling was wrestling, brings his famous headlock into play in a finish match, two out of three falls, with Nick Velcoff, an able-bodied giant of Bulgarian extraction, who in a short span of time lifted himself into the limelight of Pacifc Coast wrestling. To predict Velcoff will beat the champion would be folly, but stranger things have happened and Velcoff, primed for the opportunity, is prepared to wage a bitter battle against the master of men on a wrestling mat. Continue reading

Matsuda And Reynolds Next

El Paso Herald – May 25, 1920

Jobus To Meet A. Jiminez

EL PASO is to be the scene of a wrestling contest for the welterweight title of the world between Matty Matsuda and Jack Reynolds, present holder of the title, on June 8. Continue reading

Crack Middleweight Wrigglers To Meet Before El Paso Fans

El Paso Herald – May 12, 1920

Claimant Of 158 Pound Title And Irslinger, Former Champion Will Be Next Headliner Card At Liberty Hall, Says Matchmaker; Will Meet At The Middleweight Limit.

WAINO KETONEN, Omaha, Neb., the city which has produced more high class wrestlers than any other place of its size in the world will meet Henry Irslinger, of Chicago, in El Paso within the next three weeks in a renewal of the crap for the middleweight title. Continue reading