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.