Tag Archives: Jim Bernard

Ricki Starr Turned From Ballet To Mat

Reading Eagle – February 27, 1957

Wishing on a star is not prescribed as the best way of making dreams come true.  Presumably, that is, the star you wish on, is of the “star light, star bright, first star I see tonight” variety.

If your name is Ricki Starr, however, and the star you wish on is yourself, you’re getting a better break in the odds. Continue reading

Dick Hutton Captures Lou Thesz’ Mat Crown

Globe & Mail – November 15, 1957
By Steve York

Dick Hutton became a good guy again to 9,099 wrestling fans at Maple Leaf Gardens last night.

All the Oklahoma strong boy did was win over Lou Thesz to become National Wrestling Alliance world’s heavyweight champion.

Hutton forced the veteran to concede when he applied his fearsome abdominal stretch at 35:15 of the one fall, no time limit match. Continue reading

Miller Poses No Problem To Kowalski

Montreal Gazette – December 29, 1955

It’s two down and the rest of the field to go for giant Wladek Kowalski today. Last night, the big fella took the measure of Big Bill Miller in another bruising encounter that had the holiday crowd yipping throughout the three falls. Continue reading

Kalmikoffs Beat Leo, DiPaolo

Minneapolis Tribune, July 18, 1956

Ivan and Karol Kalmikoff battled a throng of chair-throwing spectators as well as Leo Nomellini and Ilio DiPaolo to score another wrestling victory at the Armory Tuesday night.

The final decisive pin came at nine minutes when Ilio missed a flying tackle and flew into the third row. He staggered back into the ring with the aid of spectators. One spectator attempted to hit Ivan with a chair, missed and banged Ilio across the eyes. The pain-racked Ilio then gave up.

While all this was going on, Nomellini was pummeling Karol in the other corner of the ring.

The first fall was credited to Nomellini at 8:43. Leo first threw Ivan intot he ropes with a whip and then caught him coming off the ropes with a shoulder block. From then it was an easy matter to make the pin.

Karol pinned Ilio at 2:57 to even the count. After Ilio spun Ivan outside the ropes and followed him outside, Karol caught Ilio in the ribs and then used a knee stomp for the win.

Other results:

Hans Schmidt, 248, Munich, Germany, pinned Karl Gray, 257, Milwaukee, Wis., 2:28

Roy McClarty, 237, Winnipeg, pinned Johnny Moochy, 256, Centuria, Wis., 28:44.

Jim Bernard, 250, and Red Bastien drew in 30 minutes.