Tag Archives: Joe Tonti

Wrestling Tourney at Arena Wednesday

San Bernardino Sun – October 6, 1940

Nearly a dozen main event wrestlers will appear in a tournament scheduled Wednesday night at the San Bernardino Athletic club. The full action program will assure 11 to 13 one-fall matches, it was declared by Promoter Art Mondt.

The winner of this tournament will get the feature mat tussle with Jimmy Londos, national champion, at the San Bernardino club the following week.

Wrestlers listed for this tournament include Rube Wright, The Yellow Terror, Pete Meheringer, Manuel Rodriguez, Joe Tonti, Otto Schnable, Jimmy EI Pulpo, Tom Zaharias, Rudy Laditzi, Hardy Kruskamp and Vic Hill.

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Detton Pins Longson In Mat Go

Rocky Mountain News – December 16, 1937
By Abe Pollock

A couple of boys from the other side of the divide — Salt Lake City — staged a little home-town brawl in our midst last night with Dean Detton, the former Utah U. football player, making Bill Longson say “uncle” in the feature of a pretty good wrestling show in City Auditorium.

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‘Mat Champ’ Appears Here Wednesday

Rocky Mountain News – December 12, 1937
By Abe Pollock

Royalty will honor us with its presence here next Wednesday night and I don’t mean the duke and duchess.

Dean Detton, who claims the world’s heavyweight wrestling championship by the glace of the Lord and a strong right arm, will defend his claim to the coveted crown against Bill Longson in the top spot on a five-bout cauliflower carnival.

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What’s Happened To Old-Time Favourites?

Southern Cross, Wellington, New Zealand – June 10, 1949

In last Sunday’s “World of Sport” broadcast from Radio 2ZB, Wellington, Wallie Ingram, Sports Editor of Southern Cross, gave interesting information about some of the wrestlers seen in New Zealand in the earlier days of streamlined wrestling.   Today, Form Parade reprints this talk — from the original radio script — as an exclusive feature.   If you’ve wondered what happened to “Whiskers” Blake, “Count” Joe Varga, or some of the others, you might find the answer in the following: Continue reading

Cops Heroes Of Mat Show By Stopping Title Match

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – January 7, 1936
By Havey J. Boyle

“Oh No, Mr. Referee, You Can’t Tell Me What to Do,” Says Mr. Dusek Shortly before his title match with champion, Danno O’Mahoney, was stopped when a flock of policemen jumped into the ring, Challenger Ernie Dusek got plenty rough, or so referee Dickerhoff though.  Dusek was duly warned of this but Mr. Dusek didn’t care to be warned about it, and so told Mr. Dickerhoff while applying a toe hold on the disinterested O’Mahoney.  The above shows the argument in full bloom, with no sound effect.  The wrestlers’ purses were held up by the boxing commission.

“Oh No, Mr. Referee, You Can’t Tell Me What to Do,” Says Mr. Dusek
Shortly before his title match with champion, Danno O’Mahoney, was stopped when a flock of policemen jumped into the ring, Challenger Ernie Dusek got plenty rough, or so referee Dickerhoff though. Dusek was duly warned of this but Mr. Dusek didn’t care to be warned about it, and so told Mr. Dickerhoff while applying a toe hold on the disinterested O’Mahoney. The above shows the argument in full bloom, with no sound effect. The wrestlers’ purses were held up by the boxing commission.

Jump Into Ring After O’Mahoney and Dusek Refuse To Halt When Bout Is Called Draw By Referee.

While Charley Chaplin gave up cop-chases as a part of his comedy act back as far as the old Keystone Comedy days, the gentlemen who control wrestling in the country felt all along, apparently, that Pittsburgh had never seen enough of the time-honored situation so last night a squad of Pittsburgh’s finest were inducted into the action in the sketch between Danno O’Mahoney, dubbed the wrestling champion of the world, and Ernie Dusek, a Midwesterner, in the North Side Arena. Continue reading

It’s Opera We Get Now

The Pittsburgh Press – January 17, 1936

Wrestlers Show Wares Here As Customers Render ‘Volga Boatman’

They’re giving us professional wrestling set to music here in Pittsburgh, with “Old Rockin’ Chair” done by Joe Savoldi and Vic Christy, and “The Volga Boatman” rendered by that bearded baritone, Sergi Kalmikoff, the current favorites. Continue reading

Savoldi To Meet Christy Tonight

The Daily Times – January 16, 1936

PITTSBURGH – Joe Savoldi and Vic Christy will battle to a finish in the headline bout of the wrestling show at the North Side Arena tonight.  In the semi-final Sergi Kalmikoff and Mike Mazurki oppose each other.  Another preliminary brings together Sam Cordovano and Dr. Freddy Meyers, Chicago.  In the 30-minute matches Sandor Vary, Hungarian, meets Pete Peterson while Joe Tonti, of Midland, Pa., battles it out with Andy Meixner, of Texas.

O’Mahoney And Dusek Draw Fines, Suspensions

The Pittsburgh Press – January 7, 1936
By Claire Burcky

Riotous Wrestling Tilt Of Last Night Winds Up In Commissioner’s Office

 McClelland Bars Champion and Challenger for Precipitating Trouble Which Requires Police – Fined $150, Suspended for 30 Days

If wrestling fans of Pittsburgh hold any inclination to see a “repeat act” of the riotous championship bout between Champion Danno O’Mahoney and Ernie Dusek at the North Side Arena last night, they’ll just have to forget about it. Continue reading

New Year Brings Plenty Of Action

The Pittsburgh Press – December 29, 1935

ERNIE DUSEK... He and his brothers are coming to town.

ERNIE DUSEK… He and his brothers are coming to town.

Hard on the heels of the signing and sealing of the Tony Herrera-Cleo Locatelli match as the top liner of Promoter Jake Mintz’ boxing card at the North Side Arena, Wednesday evening, comes Elwood Rigby, the boy wrestling entrepreneur, with the champion and an armful of Dusek brothers for his next show, one week from tomorrow night. Continue reading

O’Mahoney And Dusek Head Wrestling Show

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – December 30, 1935

Dan O’Mahoney, heavyweight wrestling champion; four of the five famous Dusek brothers; Sandor Vary, European mat title-holder and five other prominent grapplers will grace Promoter Elwood Rigby’s card at the Arena next Monday night. Continue reading