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Savoldi Captures Londos Claim To Title

Associated Press –  April 8, 1933

CHICAGO – Jumping Joe Savoldi, who used to shatter football lines for Notre Dame, had one big area of the wrestling world rocking with claims and denials today.

Joe strode into the Chicago Stadium ring last night to tackle Jim Londos, claimant of the championship. To the amazement of 8,000 customers, he walked out with a one-fall victory after 20 minutes and 26 seconds of rough-and-tumble grappling. The match attracted a gate of approximately $12,000. Continue reading

Jim Londos And Joe Savoldi Meet Tonight

Chicago Tribune – April 7, 1933

Jim Londos and Joe Savoldi will wrestle tonight at the Stadium in the main bout of a five-match program. The encounter is to be decided by one fall, with a time limit of an hour and a half.

In one of the other bouts, Jim McMillen will meet George Zaharias. Matchmaker Coffey has promised McMillen that he will get a chance at the winner of the main bout at a later date if he is victorious tonight. Continue reading

Whip Tames Wild Bill Before Mob Of 15,000

Globe & Mail – March 7, 1947
By Allan Nickleson

Whippah Billy Watson retained his newly won world wrestling championship before a jam-packed, roaring multitude of some 15,000 fans at Maple Leaf Gardens last night – and he accomplished the feat fairly easily against the caddish chappie he beat for the bauble. Continue reading

Garibaldi, Dusek Draw

Washington Post – October 7, 1938

The ancient physics problem of irresistible force vs. immovable object that has stymied scientific giants for generations finally caught up with the wrestling fans last night at Turner’s Arena where Ernie Dusek and Gino Garibaldi struggled 90 agonizing minutes to a draw. Continue reading

Ernie Dusek To Meet Garibaldi Tonight

Washington Post – October 6, 1938
By Lewis F. Atchison

Gino Garibaldi, the close-cropped Italian who has a penchant for highly seasoned spaghetti and for tossing around the Dusek family, will try his holds on the bulging biceps of Ernie Dusek tonight at Turner’s Arena in the main event of a well balanced card. Continue reading

West Coast Sensation Imported To Wrestle

Washington Post – October 3, 1938
By Lewis F. Atchison

Feeling the urge for new interior decorations in the Arena, promoter Joe Turner last night announced the importation of one George Wilson for Thursday night’s wrestling show. Wilson is new here, coming directly from the Pacific Coast where he has been something of a sensation. Continue reading

Casey Relies On Killarney Hold

The Modesto Bee – April 6, 1945

Irish Jim Casey, will rely on his Killarney flip hold to overcome a big weight advantage his opponent, Ben Morgan, will enjoy when they meet in tomorrow night’s main wrestling event on the Disabled American Veteran’s card in the Uptown Arena. Continue reading

On The Square Or Not? 6,000 Fans Wonder

Chicago Tribune – April 8, 1933
By George Strickler

The wrestling industry, which for years has not been regarded seriously by the sports public, developed a new mystery before 6,800 at Chicago Stadium last night when

Joe Savoldi, former Notre Dame football player, threw Jim Londos, claimant of the world’s championship and popularly recognized as the greatest of present day wrestlers, in 26 minutes and 20 seconds.

The surprising outcome brought forth a variety of confusing and conflicting opinions from regular patrons. Many felt that Savoldi had double crossed his opponent. Others felt it was a gambling coup. Not a few predicted there now would be rematch at Soldiers’ field before a larger gate. A few loyal Savoldi supporters claimed he was a better wrestler than Londos. There was no evidence to prove any of these assertions. Wrestling is that way.

The climax of the match started in the 25th minute when they went to the mat and Londos applied the Japanese jackknife. This hold is a recognized wrestling grip and can be gotten only when the victim is on the floor, although, as Londos explains it, one must get a wrist lock first, flipping the opponent on his back. As the men hit the floor the aggressor grabs the arm inside the elbow, and locks his legs over the bent arm, putting it in a vise. He pulls on the elbow to prevent the opponent from jerking the arm out of the vise formed by the leg scissors.

Writhing in the grasp of the jackknife hold, Savoldi rose up, taking Londos with him, and while the Greek heavyweight clung to his hold, Savoldi stood over him, standing Londos on his head and rolling his shoulders to the mat.

Referee Bob Managoff, once a heavyweight wrestler, tapped Savoldi on the shoulders, the official signal to stop. The men were near the ropes and Savoldi stepped back into a corner, apparently ready to continue, when Londos got up. When

Managoff walked over to him to lift his hand in victory, Savoldi appeared to be the most surprised man in the Stadium, unless it was Londos.

Londos got to his feet, stared around the ring to where his manager, Ed White, was mounting the steps to protest, and walked to his corner.

Immediately after referee Managoff and Savoldi had posed for pictures the referee hurried from the Stadium and rushed away in a taxi. He seemed anxious to get as far away from the scene of combat as possible. Members of the state athletic commission likewise left immediately and were not available for questioning after the sudden and unexpected termination of what was regarded a certain Londos victory.

Later Chairman Joe triner, reached at his home in Oak Park, said the commission would make a thorough investigation and would have a statement to make Monday.

Referee Managoff was a heavyweight wrestler ten years ago. Since then he has refereed windup wrestling bouts here, alternating with Emil Thiry and Walter Evans. When not refereeing Managoff tends his variety store in the vicinity of Milwaukee and Grand avenues. He is an Armenian and is married. He has three children. He is about 36 years old.

The spectators, who paid $11,850, cheered long and loud for Savoldi when it finally dawned on them that he had thrown Jim Londos, the unconquerable.

Londos and his manager, Ed White, stated after the match that Londos’ title was not at stake. The Illinois athletic commission recognizes no heavyweight title claimants, but the National Wrestling Association, the sport’s controlling group in 18 states, concedes the title to Londos. The match was billed in the Stadium’s advance publicity as for the championship.

Londos claimed that he was not on his shoulders, and there was no count, as required by the rules. According to the rules, one must be held down for three seconds.

White will present a protest to the commission tomorrow.

It was the first time in four years that Londos had been beaten. In the last three years only three men – Jim McMillen, Ray Steele and George Zaharias — had thrown him. In each case, however, it occurred in a two out of three fall match and Londos always won the match.

It seemed to have been no secret among the sporting crowd that Londos was going to be thrown, but the wise ones were silent until after Savoldi actually achieved his victory. All who professed to have had advance information said they had ignored the tip because such rumors are always prevalent before a Londos match.

Results of the preliminary matches:

Jim McMillen, 220, Chicago, threw George Zaharias, 235, Pueblo, Colo., with a crotch hold in 20:28.

Joe Stecher, 226, Dodge, Neb., threw Lou (Blue Sun) Jennings, 212, Seattle, Wash., with a body scissors in 12:32.

Gino Garibaldi, 215, Italy, threw Tom Marvin, 202, Oklahoma, with a cross body hold in 16:40.

Abie Coleman, 205, Los Angeles, threw John Katan, 240, Toronto, with a flying tackle in 13:55.