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Roller Again Wins From Westergaard

Tacoma Daily News – April 28, 1908

SEATTLE – Dr. B.F. Roller defeated Jess Westergaard for the second time last night, winning two straight falls from him at the Dreamland skating rink.

Roller took the first fall with a crotch and half Nelson in 36 minutes and 20 seconds, and the second in exactly 20 minutes, with a chancery and bar hold and a leg scissors hold. Both falls were secured after a most stubborn battle, which excited the crowd and brought forth repeated applause. Continue reading

Will Hold Mammoth Wrestling Tourney

Associated Press – January 18, 1908

CHICAGO – By terms just closed with the Florida State Mid-Winter Fair Association, Fred M. Barnes, of Chicago, will handle and promote the biggest wrestling tournament ever attempted in America. The tourney will take place at Tampa, Fla., for eight days, February 8 to 15 inclusive. At an estimated expense of not less than $20,000, mat artists from all parts of the world will be invited to participate in these events. Continue reading

Gotch to Back Mahmout

The New York Times – January 4, 1911

Champion Resigns Honor of Title-Holder in Wrestling to Foreigner.

Omaha, Neb., Jan. 3. – Frank Gotch, champion wrestler of the world, to-night declared he resigned the honor in favor of Yousef Mahmout, and said he would back Mahmout against Hackenschmidt for $20,000, part of which was posted to–night. Continue reading

Mat Match Goes To Westergaard

Chicago Tribune – January 8, 1913

MINNEAPOLIS — After Henry Ordemann of Minneapolis had won the first fall on a half-nelson and crotch hold in twenty-four minutes, his opponent, Jess Westergaard of Des Moines, Ia., won two straight falls and tonight claims heavyweight wrestling championship of America. Frank Gotch, retired champion, was referee. Westergaard won both his falls on a reverse nelson, the first in 10:00 and the second in 1:30. Ordemann’s hip and shoulder were injured in the second fall.

Match at Omaha

Waterloo Semi Weekly Courier – February 25, 1908

Gotch and Westergaard Expected to Meet in Near Future

Omaha, Neb., Feb. 24. – The next big wrestling match which is expected to be witnessed in this city is one between Gotch and Westergaard.  The two big men from Iowa have practically agreed to meet here.  This should prove to be one of the best possible matches.  Westergaard has hopes of some day succeeding the present champion.  The men both have a most powerful build, know the game thoroughly and will put up a scientific exhibition.

Charlie Cutler Is Victor

El Paso Herald – November 17, 1920

Little Rock, Ark., Nov. 17. – Charlie Cutler of Chicago defeated Jesse Westergaard of Iowa in a wrestling match here Tuesday night with two straight falls.

Westergard Defeats Ordemann, Great Match: Local Man is Hurt

Minneapolis Tribune – January 8, 1913
by Dick Farrington

Minneapolitan Tears Ligaments in His Arm.

After losing first fall, Des Moines giant tosses Norse in two straight falls.- Match witnessed by crowd of 3,000 persons.- Frank Gotch referees and makes a speech. – Preliminaries furnish interesting sport.

Jess Westergaard, the Des Moines wrestling giant, is today considered the American catch-as-catch-can champion by virtue of a victory over Henry Ordemann at the auditorium last night. Westergaard won the last two falls after the Minneapolis Norse sustained several torn ligaments n his arm in the second bout. The match was one of the best ever seen in Minneapolis and 3,000 enthusiastic mat fans witnessed the contest.

Ordemann won the first fall in 24 minutes with a bar hold and reverse nelson. Ordemann was the aggressor at the outset and started a fast pace. Westergaard fought hard and extricated himself from many difficult holds, but the Minneapolis man proved the more scientific and his strength also played as important part in the winning of the first fall.

Ordemann Starts Strongly.

In the second bout Ordemann started out with a burst of speed, but after 15 minutes of wrestling, Westergaard picked him up bodily and hurled him to the mat.

Ordemann’s face bore signs of pain as he grappled to keep his shoulders from the mat and the visitor downed him in 19 minutes.

There was a long intermission between the next bout and Dr. Severin announced that Ordemann had been injured. The nature of the injury was not announced publicly, but the physician said after the match that ligaments had been torn in the local man’s arm. The fractured ligaments extend from his elbow to colar bone and it is not believed Ordemann will be in condition to wrestle the remainder of the Winter.

There was a bit of pathos connected with the match as Ordemann has been decidedly unlucky during his career as a wrestler. Last Winter he was ill most of the time and to have last night’s injury some at this juncture is a sever blow to him. He had many important matches arranged and the injury will force the cancellation of all of them.

Local Man Clever.

Throughout the first bout Ordemann appeared the clever of the two. He handled Westergaard just as he pleased and the Iowan could not apply a hold which the Norse was not able to break. he also displayed more agility and all in all looked like the logical man for the championship.

Frank Gotch, world’s champion heavyweight wrestler, refereed the match and his officiating was beyond reproach. As soon as his smiling countenance appeared above the heads of those seated at the ringside there were cheers.

“Speech, speech, speech” rang out the yell from the spacious parquet and the sounds re-echoed against the walls of the stage.

Gotch, always a modest person, could not resist the call of the throng and walked slowly to the front of the ring.

“Ladies and gentlemen, you came here to see a wrestling match and not for oratory,” said the champion of all champs. “I am here simply to officiate the match and that is all,” but this would not satisfy the throng which wanted to hear the champion talk and he submitted to the call.

“Outside of Humboldt, Iowa, I have no more friends in the world than right here in Minneapolis and I appreciate your generosity and cordiality. You people have certainly treated me fine.”

Gotch will remain in Minneapolis longer than expected. He will probably not leave for Humboldt until Sunday or Monday. Today he will look over some real estate and visit at Dr. E.R Cooke’s gymnasium.

Preliminaries are Fast.

The preliminaries at last night’s show aroused a good deal of excitement. In the curtain raiser Danny Larkin tossed Crowley in jig time winning in two straight falls. He won the first in 5 minutes and repeated for a second in 4 minutes.

In the semi-windup Joe Carr won falls from Harry Katron of Chicago and Harry Mills of Minneapolis. Carr flopped Katron in 12 minutes and downed Mills in 14 minutes.

The wrestling show which was the first of the season in Minneapolis was a popular attraction and all of the 3,000 rabid mat enthusiasts enjoyed it immensely.

Ordemann Dies Here at 63

Minneapolis Tribune – June 9, 1947
by George A. Barton

Henry G. Ordemann, one-time outstanding contender for the world’s professional wrestling championship, died of a heart attack Sunday morning at his home, 3701 Pleasant Ave. So.. He was 63.

Ordemann, born at Bergen, Norway, June 26, 1883, won laurels as an amateur oarsman and bicycle racer while working at his trade of blacksmith.

He came to the United States in 1902 and took up residence at Stoughton, Wis. before coming to Minnesota in 1904. Ordemann took out citizenship papers after settling in Minneapolis, his home ever since.

Ordemann became interested in wrestling after joining the Norwegian Turners, who had a gymnasium on the south side. Henry became so proficient at wrestling that three years later he won the heavyweight championship of the Upper Midwest by defeating John Gordon, Minneapolis’ famous policeman wrestler.

Following Victories over outstanding American wrestlers of his time – Fred Beell of Marshfield, Wis., Jess Westergaard of Des Moines, Dr. B.F. Roller of Seattle and Charley Cutler of Chicago. Ordemann was matched with Frank Gotch the latter part of 1908 after the Iowan won the world’s championship from George Hackenschmidt, “The Russian Lion”.

The Gotch Ordemann contest was held in Minneapolis, Gotch winning two straight falls.

Ordemann also engaged in matches with Hackenschmidt, Yussiff Mahmout of Bulgaria, Stanislaus Zbysko of Poland, Jess Pedersen of Denmark and Ivan Padoubny of Russia, the five greatest foreign wrestlers to visit the United States.

Ordemann retired from wrestling in 1925 after a career covering 21 years during which he participated in several hundred bouts. After quitting the mat, Henry became a successful real estate operator.

He is survived by his wife, four children and five grandchildren. The children are: Henry Jr. of San Francisco, Mrs. William Dressen of St. Louis Park, Mrs. John Edgcumbe of Tacoma, Wash. and Margaret of Santa Anna, Calif.

Funeral arrangements have not been completed.