Tag Archives: Joe Tonti

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

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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

New Yorker Gets Job On Rassle Card

The Pittsburgh Press – January 14, 1936

Sid Westrich of New York has been substituted in the opening bout of the wrestling show Thursday night at the North Side Arena, and will appear against Joe Tonti of Midland in a 15-minute time limit match. Continue reading

‘Flying Dropkick’ On Display!

The Pittsburgh Press – January 16, 1936

JOE SAVOLDI

JOE SAVOLDI

Savoldi’s Mat Weapon Vies With Christy’s Flying Scissors at North Side Arena Tonight

Jumping Joe Savoldi’s flying dropkick goes on exhibition tonight against Vic Christy’s flying head scissors in the feature spot of Promoter Elwood Rigby’s wrestling card at the North Side Arena.  Five bouts are on the program, the first at 8:30 p. m. Continue reading

Londos Victor Over Szabo In Duel On Mat

Los Angeles Times – February 10, 1938

Jimmy Londos, self-styled international mat champion, last night defeated Sandor Szabo in straight falls in the main wrestling event at the Olympic Auditorium.

The first fall was a marathon affair and lasted one hour and three seconds. Londos finally annexed the pinning with a double leg and back breaker. Continue reading