Tacoma News Tribune – September 12, 1945
The brothers Wright, Rube and Jim, defeated the soldier duo of Cpl. Louie Thesz and Pvt. Morris Shapiro, both of Fort Lewis, in the tag team bout heading the mat program Tuesday night at the Midway. Continue reading
Bremerton Sun – September 21, 1945
Chief Little Wolf, full-blooded Indian, scored an unpopular victory over Johnny Walker of New York in last night’s main event wrestling bout at Civic Center. The crowd was small, but it was rewarded for its attendance by being treated to about the best mat show that has ever been staged here.
The main event result was unpopular because Little Wolf displayed dirty tactics throughout the match.
In the semi-windup, Antone Leone of New York scored a two-fall win over Kay Bell, big, handsome Seattle boy who was making his debut here.
“Dazzler Jim” Clark, a big fellow, won over Mickey Gavas, nice-looking Greek boy, in the special event which opened the card.
Another show will be offered to fans next Thursday night.
Seattle Star – September 11, 1945
Corporal Louie Thesz of Fort Lewis and Clifton Gustafson of Gonvick, Minn., tugged and mauled each other thru 60 minutes of exciting action to a no-fall draw in the main event of the State Athletic Club card at the Civic Auditorium last night.
It was easily the finest mat display since the revival of the game locally and one of the best goes ever unleashed here.
There were thrills galore as these two undefeated boys “shot the works.” On one occasion, Thesz let go with his “flying tackle” but Gustafson finally squirmed away. On another sortie, the Swedish kid tied up the Hungarian with a headlock, but he managed to weather the storm session.
For some strange reason, “The Angel” appears to draw the bobby sox crowd a la Frank Sinatra. Anyway, the ugly Frenchman took a pair of falls from Chief Little Wolf in the semi-windup. He used the “bear hug.” The Redskin got the middle fall with a top body press.
Albert Mills, the Englishman, came from behind to win from Jim Wright of Texas in the special event. Wright scored first with a “strangle-headlock.” Mills tied the score with a toehold and got the decisive fall when Referee Nick Zvolis awarded him a foul on a strangle.
Rube Wright, Jim’s brother, registered in the opener by fastening Jim Clark of St. Joseph, Mo., with a reverse toehold in 17 minutes.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer – September 11, 1945
Cliff Gustafson, the burly young man from Gonvick, Minn., and Cpl. Louis Thesz, the thick-necked and also youthful grunter and groaner from Fort Lewis, did their swinging and sweating without a result last night at the Civic Auditorium. The two grappling pachyderms did their stuff cleanly and stuck mainly to classic holds, surprising the promoters by not “stinking the jernt out.”
Both Gustafson and Thesz are students of old maestros like Ed (Strangler) Lewis and Dan (The Lion) Koloff. They went through a pretty fair repertoire from wristlocks to toe holds last night without appreciably paining each other or the audience.
Other events were:
Rube Wright, Houston, Tex., took one fall from Jim Clark, St. Joseph, Mo., in 17 minutes; Albert (Lawd) Mills, London, England, took the odd fall from Jim Wright, Houston, Tex.; Maurice (The Angel) Tillet, France, bear-hugged Chief Little Wolf to score, two falls to Little Wolf’s one.