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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

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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

Christy Returns Here To Meet Joey Dusek

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – January 3, 1936

Vic Christy, one of the most popular wrestlers ever to show here, returns to the local mat wars in the semi-final to the Dan O’Mahoney-Ernie Dusek duel at the Arena Monday 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

Jim Casey Draws With Ivan Rasputin

Sacramento Union – November 17, 1942

Ivan Rasputin, long-time favorite of Sacramento mat fans, stole the show last night on Johnny Rogers’ weekly wrestling card in Memorial Auditorium with a thrilling, entertaining draw against Jim Casey, the lion-hearted Celt. Continue reading

Ali Baba Throws Shikat To Capture World Mat Crown

Detroit Free Press, April 26, 1936
By Tod Rockwell

And now the heavyweight wrestling championship has come to Detroit!

It happened last night at Olympia when Ali Baba, strange man from Detroit’s Hendrie St., pinned the mighty shoulders of Dick Shikat, until then the titleholder, before more than 8,500 wildly cheering spectators. They paid $7,405.93 to see a top-notch show. Continue reading

Shikat Wins In Court, Now Tackles Ali Baba

Detroit Free Press – April 24, 1936

Cheered by the assurance that the federal court at Columbus will not allow opposing wrestling moguls to interfere with his defense of the newly won world mat title, Dick Shikat will place his crown on the block at Olympia Friday night with Ali Baba, the “Terrible Turk,” as the first big bidder. Continue reading

Angered Mat Fan Assaults Referee

Detroit Free Press – April 21, 1936

An angered fan attacked referee Ted Greis as he stepped from the Arena Gardens ring last night but the ring official, strong and youthful, quite gallantly refused to strike back because his assailant was wearing glasses. Continue reading

Leo Nomellini, Lou Thesz Draw In Mat Test

San Francisco Chronicle – May 22, 1957
By Art Rosenbaum

Leo Nomellini was “saved” for the 49ers against last night at Winterland by failing to win the wrestling championship from Lou Thesz.

Thesz won the first fall and Nomellini won the second and just about then the timekeeper realized that the limit had been reached, and the match was called a draw. Continue reading