Tag Archives: John Evko

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

Steele v. Strangler

Time – December 12, 1932

Two of the ugliest professional athletes in the U. S. last week crawled through the ropes of a ring at Madison Square Garden. One was blubbery Ed (“Strangler”) Lewis, recognized by the New York State Athletic Commission as the heavyweight wrestling champion of the world. The other was crook-nosed Ray Steele, whose challenge the Commission had ordered Lewis to accept. Continue reading

Man Mountain Dean Dumps Pinto

Chicago Tribune – January 3, 1939

Man Mountain Dean won his wrestling exhibition with Stanley Pinto in Cicero Stadium yesterday afternoon when Pinto was counted out by referee Earl Mollihan after 9 minutes and 15 seconds. Continue reading

Pietro Bacini Loses Mat Decision

Seattle Times – September 26, 1931

The goodly and strong Mr. John Evko adminstered a muscle potion of double winglock and body slam to put an end to the nervous writhings and wrigglings of Pietro Bacini, sometimes called Italian heavyweight champion, last night in the main event of the Greater Athletic Club’s weekly mat show. Continue reading

Ad Santel Wins From Ted Cox

The Deseret News – May 14, 1932

OAKLAND, Cal., May 13-(AP)- Ad Santel, 190 pounds, Oakland, defeated Ted Cox, 230 pounds, Lodi, by gaining a two out of three fall edge, in a finish wrestling match here tonight.

Santel won the first fall in 12 minutes as he threw Cox from the ring.  The Lodi husky came back to win the second fall in six minutes with a body lock.  He went down for the deciding tumble.

“Wild Bill” Beth, 230, Stockton, and John Evko, 225, Chicago, both fell from the ring and were unable to continue after each had scored one fall.  Beth took the first with a body slam in 21 minutes, and Evko the second with a body lock in six minutes.