Tag Archives: Joe Malcewicz

Strangler Lewis In Title Campaign

Seattle Times – January 11, 1933

Ed (Strangler) Lewis, many-time heavyweight champion wrestler of the world, is campaigning for undisputed possession of that title once again, in “wrestling matches” rather than the present-day “exhibitions.” The veteran heavyweight made that declaration here yesterday. Continue reading

Royal Welcome For New Rassling Mob

San Francisco Examiner – January 31, 1961
By Prescott Sullivan

The State Athletic Commission has rolled out the red carpet of welcome for a new rassling mob.

With the commission’s blessing, the new outfit has settled down in Oakland’s KTVU where last Friday night it put on its first televised studio show.

Four or five other televised studio “come on” productions will follow. Continue reading

George Picked In Mat Go

Los Angeles Times – October 12, 1930

Don George, former University of Michigan mat star, and twice winner of the national amateur grappling title, is being picked to beat Bob (Bibber) McCoy, flying tackle exponent, when they clash at the Olympic Wednesday night in the finish feature event of “Carnation” Lou Daro’s all-star wrestling show. Continue reading

Illinois Bans Heavies From Wrestling Shows

Associated Press – January 21, 1930
By Charles W. Dunkley

CHICAGO – Heavyweight wrestling in Illinois was placed under ban indefinitely today.

The Illinois State Athletic Commission gave the sport a stunning blow after failing to interest wrestlers of all factions to enter an elimination tournament proposed by the commission to decide the championship. Continue reading

The Sports Spy Glass By Hutch

Arizona Republic – March 3, 1931

Seems like I can’t get Pete Sauer out of my mind and with the mail carrying reams of copy about the great wrestlers of the day, I have the impression that Pete is being the run-around by most of the front-rank matmen. Continue reading

Lewis Beats George To Regain Mat Title

Los Angeles Times – April 14, 1931

Ed (Strangler) Lewis proved himself the noblest Roman of the wrestling game by winning the mat championshp last night for the fourth time by defeating Don George, the defending title-holder, in two straight falls, at Wrigley Field. The first fall came in 1h. 10m. 26s. following a seeries of headlocks and the winning fall of the match was obtained by Lewis in 7m. 42s. with a hammerlock which George could not break. Approximately 12,000 fans witnessed the championship mat contest staged by “Carnation” Lou Daro. Continue reading

The M. Londes Names Stars Of The Mat

Detroit Free Press – January 1, 1934
By Charles B. Ward

When Monsieur Jacques Curley, New York wrestling promoter, announced his ratings of the heavyweight wrestlers of the world Saturday night he just about ruined the New Year for Monsieur Nick Londes, Detroit wrestling promoter. Continue reading

Jim Browning Wins Wrestling Title

The New York Times – February 21, 1933
By James P. Dawson

Jimmy Browning, husky Boston wrestler, gained recognition by the New York State Athletic Commission as world’s heavyweight champion by pinning Ed (Strangler) Lewis, Kentucky veteran who was defending the crown, in Madison Square Garden last night. The end came after 57 minutes 50 seconds of a match scheduled to a finish, one fall to decide.

Although Browning is now recognized here, there are other claimants to the world’s crown. Jim Londos is regarded as champion in some parts of the country and Ed (Don) George is another who has gained recognition in certain quarters.

While a crowd of 5,000 looked on, Browning, aggressor throughout the match, the man on top the majority of times they went to the mat and with a wider, more punishing and effective repertoire of holds, conquered the champion who, in a wrestling career extending over about twenty years, has been thrown only about half a dozen times. A quick turnover and his favorite body scissors won for Browning.

Conquerors of Lewis who come to mind are the two Zbyszkos, Wladek and the elder Stanislaus, Joe Stecher, Wayne (Big) Munn and one or two others.

When referee Jack Denning tapped the body of Browning in signal of victory, creating a new champion, Browning was astride an almost inert Lewis, his full weight of 230 pounds pressing Lewis flat on his back near the defending champion’s own corner.

The finish was a surprise. Lewis has been winning so consistently since he was recognized as champion here last summer upon the failure of Londos to meet his challenge that it was taken more or less for granted that the Kentuckian would add to his conquests.

The cheers of the assembled to see a wrestling championship bout and to assist the New York Press Club, in whose interests the match was staged, echoed through the partly filled arena for more than five minutes.

Browning was Lewis’ master at all times. He manhandled the defending champion in clearn wrestling, which had not one single objectionable incident nor one moment of unfair grappling.

Only once did Lewis apply a real, punishing headlock. This came when the men had been grappling thirty-six minutes, and it lasted for only one minute before the powerful Bostonian tore himself free and almost tossed Lewis into the laps of the ringside spectators.

The sixth time Lewis tried for a headlock, his hold slipped.  The Kentuckian pitched face forward to the floor, landing on all fours, unbelieving. Quick as a flash Browning turned and, with the one motion pounced upon Lewis, who was an open target for a body scissors.

Then he came up astride Lewis, putting all the pressure of which he was capable into his powerful legs, until Lewis lay prostrate and flat and referee Denning tapped Browning with the signal that brought the Bostonian victory and the championship. Lewis weighed 238 pounds.

Gus Sonnenberg, former Dartmouth athlete, and Dr. Fred Meyers, Chicagoan, wrestled a draw in the closing event of the program, a thirty-minute struggle which was crowded with excitement and some high and lofty tumbling.  Sonnenberg weighed 205 pounds and Meyers 207.

Joe Malcewicz, Utica heavyweight, pinned the shoulders of Pat McClarey, Irish giant, in 7 minutes 26 seconds of their scheduled twenty-minute bout with a crotch and body hold.  Malcewicz weighed 190 pounds and McClarey 244.

In another struggle scheduled to a twenty-minute limit, Alphonse Getzewich, Polish grappler, tossed Century Milstead, former Yale athlete, in 12 minutes 21 seconds with a double reversible arm lock. Getzewich weighed 210 pounds, and Milstead 208.

Henri Piers, Holland, defeated Jack Washburn, Boston, in their bout, which was listed for twenty minutes, pinning Washburn’s shoulders in 8 minutes 58 seconds with a body slam. Washburn weighed 238 pounds and Piers 208.

In the opening contest scheduled for twenty minutes Sid Westrich, Hungarian 225-pounder, conquered Cy Williams, Florida, in 8:17 with a flying tackle. Williams weighed 215 pounds.