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Sports Front

The Sydney Morning Herald – July 25, 1951
By Hugh Dash

At a recent Sydney Stadium wrestle I made a sneak survey among 20 ringside regulars, men and women.

Two were convinced they were seeing a genuine life-and-death struggle between the bone-and-muscle men. Continue reading

Wrestling

The Milwaukee Journal – August 31, 1932

San Francisco, Calif. – Don George, Boston, won from Dan Koloff, Bulgaria, on a foul after each had gained one fall.  Koloff was disqualified for using rabibit punches; John Pesek, Ravenna, defeated Dick Raines, Texas, in 5 minutes; Ira Dern, Salt Lake City, and Bob Kruse, Portland, Ore, drew in 60 minutes; Everett Marshall, La Junta, Col., pinned Barney Ostopovitch, Russia, in 15 minutes; Bull Heffner, Texas, and Hardy Krushkamp, Columbus, Ohio, drew in 30 minutes. Continue reading

Wife Of Pesek Hears Not A Thing From Him

Los Angeles Times – February 25, 1933

RAVENNA, Neb., Feb. 24 (AP) — Mrs. John Pesek, wife of the Nebraska wrestler, said tonight at her home here that she had received no word from her husband since talking to him by telephone from Los Angeles last Saturday night.

Movements Of John Pesek Are Traced

Los Angeles Times – February 24, 1933

HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 23 (AP) — John Pesek, Nebraska wrestler who failed to appear for his bout with Harold Kruskamp at Bakersfield last night, was in the offices of the Hollywood American Legion Stadium promoters at noon yesterday. Continue reading

Rassling War Flames In San Francisco

Los Angeles Times – February 10, 1933

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 9 (Exclusive) — San Francisco’s wrestling war has burst into flame and there’s no telling what will happen.

Ed Lynch of Dreamland announced today definite split with Lou Daro, the Los Angeles promoter whose wrestlers have been used by the local promoter. Continue reading

Greek Capitalizes On ‘Break’ To Triumph

Philadelphia Inquirer – May 3, 1928
By Perry Lewis

Outwrestled for one hundred out of the hundred and ten minutes, his shoulders within a few inches of the floor time after time as a crafty and profound student of mat tactics resorted to every trick of grappling, Jim Londos raised his curly black head from the aches of defeat at the Arena last night, and in one magnificent explosion of energy scored one of the most impressive triumphs of his career by flattening John Pesek.

The fall came one hour and fifty minutes after the men had come to grips, and the hold that established Londos as the outstanding challenger of the world’s championship held by Strangler Lewis was a Japanese headlock. Continue reading

Pesek And Londos All Set

Philadelphia Inquirer – May 2, 1928

Wrestling in Philadelphia, revived four years ago by the irrepressible Aurelio Fabiani, may touch its peak tonight when those arch rivals of the mat, Jim Londos and John Pesek, come to grips in a finish match at the Arena.

The Quaker City has entertained seven or eight world’s championship bouts since the renaissance of the sport here, but none of these have inspired the discussion stirred up by the Londos-Pesek affair. Continue reading

Nebraska Eel Uses Hold Medley To Win

Philadelphia Inquirer – April 14, 1928
By Perry Lewis

When John Pesek, the Bohemian eel, who makes his home on a Nebraska ranch, remarked a week ago that he would flatten Ray Steele in about half the time that Jim Londos required, he evidently wasn’t making an idle boast.

For last night at the Arena before a crowd of 4,500 mat fans Pesek reduced the burly Californian to a quivering mass of trembling flesh with a head scissors, with a combined arm lock and grapevine, in one hour, ten minutes and five seconds. Continue reading

Tigerman’s Unorthodox Grips Hold No Terror, Steele Asserts

Philadelphia Inquirer – April 13,1928
By Perry Lewis

Three young American wrestlers who are seeking recognition as championship contenders, and one veteran who is generally recognized as the most dangerous challenger Ed (Strangler) Lewis is consistently avoiding, will go into action tonight at Aurelio Fabiani’s fortnightly mat entertainment at the Arena. 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