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Sonnenberg Wins Bout with Count Zarynoff

The Pawtucket Times – April 29, 1932

BOSTON, April 29 (AP) – After losing the first fall Gus Sonnenberg of Boston, former wrestling title claimant, throw George Zarynoff of Russia twice last night to gain the victory in Paul Bowser’s feature match at the arena. Sonnenberg went down in 43:33 under a reverse double leg nelson, but evened the match in 13:51 with a head lock and body press and gained the deciding fall in 18:13 with a flying tackle. Sonnenberg weighed 210 and his opponent scaled 205. Nick Lutze, 198, Los Angeles, won the semi-final grappling by tossing Jim Neslin, 205, Montreal, in 18:15 with a backfall. Al Morelli, 210, Boston, threw Pat O’Reilly, 202, Texas, in 15:45 with a flying tackle. In the other bouts Pat McKay, 218, Memphis, threw Karl Tompkins, 210, Saco, Mo., in 2:30 and Patsy Flanagan, 205, Stamford, Conn., with headlocks and body presses Jack Wagner, 205, Providence drew with John Poddubney, 208, Lithuania, John Spellman, 202, Providence, threw Eddie Pope, 200, Georgia, in 7:26 with a giant swing: Regis Siki, 207, Buffalo, threw Rex Smith, 210, South Dakota, in 6:15 with a hip lock; Jack Gansen, Lithuania, drew with Charlie Leahman, Cleveland; Lee Wyckoff, St. Louis, drew with Boris Demitroff, Bulgaria; Jack Patterson, Syracuse, drew with Arthur Flynn. Lawrence, and Mike Mazurki, New York, threw Jimmy Nelson, Sweden, in 3:19 with a body slam.

Flying Tackle To Be Shown Monday

The Montreal Gazette – July 25, 1931

George and Mercier, Opponents at Arena, Are Both Expert in Its Use

Wrestling fans who journey to the Mount Royal Arena Monday night to see Don George, the former champion, wrestle Al Mercier, rugged Chicoutimi product, will have an opportunity of seeing the flying tackle, one of modern wrestling’s most potent holds, on display by two experts in its use, judging by performances of the rivals in previous bouts here this season.  It was this grip that gave Gus Sonnenberg his win over Lewis for the title, and it was by the same hold that Gus lost his crown to George.  Against Deglane, the champion.  George found it unavailable in Boston two weeks ago, but Sonnenberg hopes to regain the championship with it when he tackles Deglane outdoors in Boston next week.

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Szabo Puts Kibosh On Strangler

San Francisco Chronicle – February 3, 1937

Sandor Szabo, the Hungarian menace, evened matters with the aged Ed (Strangler) Lewis last night when he took Lewis, two falls out of three, in the main event at Dreamland.

Szabo took the first fall in 10:55 with his suplex hold, all rights reserved. Lewis captured the second with his old standby, the headlock, in 9:25, and Szabo wound it up by taking the deciding fall in 5:45 with a leg spring.

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Donchin Throws Passas In Armory Mat Bout

The New York Sun – March 2, 1935

By United Press

Twenty-second Engineers Armory – Curley Donchin, New York, threw Steve Passas, Greece; Sammy Kosh, New Jersey, threw John Gudiski, Poland; Leo Wallick, Germany, drew with Maurice La Chapelle, France; Jack Bloomfield, Connecticut, gained decision over Hans Schnabel, Germany; Wilhelm Wagner, Germany, threw Hymie Fishman, Chicago; Sammy Nicholas, San Francisco, gained decision over Dave Levin, New York.

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Wrestling At Fitzroy

The Argus – December 7, 1937

Spellman and Fouche Draw

Under the management of Stadiums Ltd an eight-rounds wrestling contest was held at the Fitzroy Stadium last night between John Spellman (16.1) and Francois Fouche (18.7). Continue reading

Sporting Broadcasts From 3UZ

The Argus – December 4, 1937

Commencing on Monday night 3UZ will resume its sporting broadcasts from the Fitzroy Stadium, with Jack Gurry at the microphone. The opening wrestling bout of the new series will be between John Spellman (U.S.A.) and Francois Fouche (France). The broadcasts will be heard at 9.20 each Monday night.

John Spellman Wins

The Lewiston Daily Sun – December 19, 1928

Providence, R. I., Dec. 18 – (AP) – John Spellman of Providence, defeated Freddy Myer of Chicago in two straight falls in 51 minutes and 14 seconds at the Acme A. C. matches in the Arcadia here tonight. Continue reading

The Sports Spy Glass By Hutch

Arizona Republic – March 3, 1931

Seems like I can’t get Pete Sauer out of my mind and with the mail carrying reams of copy about the great wrestlers of the day, I have the impression that Pete is being the run-around by most of the front-rank matmen. Continue reading

Old ‘Ed’ Rassles Tonight

San Francisco Chronicle – February 2, 1937

Nearing 50, Ed (Strangler) Lewis remains one of the foremost performers among the grapplers, five times world’s heavyweight champion.

When most athletes would be long through, Lewis says he is headed for the top the sixth time and will start again by defeating Sandor Szabo, Pacific Coast heavyweight titlist, in their two-hour rematch tonight at the Dreamland Auditorium, best two in three falls. Continue reading

Al Mercier To Oppose World’s Champion Don George Here Next Week

The Lewiston Daily Sun – March 10, 1933

Ed Don George 3-10-33

Ed Don George, heavyweight wrestling champion of the world, will defend his title against Al Mercier of Montreal in the feature event of an all-star wrestling program which Promoter John McGee has lined up for City hall a week from tonight.  It will mark the second appearance of George in this city but his first visit here as a champion.  Indications point to a record crowd at City hall as Mercier has shown in his recent performances here that he is capable of giving the champion a good run and extend the title-holder to the limit for the benefit of local fans. Continue reading