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Leo Disqualified, And Then Throws Lou

San Francisco Chronicle – June 17, 1953
By Will Connolly

Leo Nomellini, the 49er football player, held champion Lou Thesz to a draw last night at the Cow Palace, but Thesz retained his National Wrestling Alliance title, although he was a mighty sick man at the end. Continue reading

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Chief Little Wolf Wins In Mat Test

Bremerton Sun – September 21, 1945

Chief Little Wolf, full-blooded Indian, scored an unpopular victory over Johnny Walker of New York in last night’s main event wrestling bout at Civic Center. The crowd was small, but it was rewarded for its attendance by being treated to about the best mat show that has ever been staged here.

The main event result was unpopular because Little Wolf displayed dirty tactics throughout the match.

In the semi-windup, Antone Leone of New York scored a two-fall win over Kay Bell, big, handsome Seattle boy who was making his debut here.

“Dazzler Jim” Clark, a big fellow, won over Mickey Gavas, nice-looking Greek boy, in the special event which opened the card.

Another show will be offered to fans next Thursday night.

Steve Casey Defeats Dean Detton

San Jose Evening News – June 22, 1944

Srgt. Jack Smith Wins Over Handsome Kay Bell

Taking the only fall of the match, Steve (Crusher) Casey defeated Dean Detton to retain his world’s heavyweight title at the civic auditorium last night.

Casey, who is recognized as the world’s king in 36 states, had too much power and all-around class for the lighter Detton.  It was a bitter and grueling battle all the way, however.

It took the champion 50 minutes to chalk up the only fall over Detton, a former world’s titleholder.  Casey used a toe hold and body press to turn the trick.  The time limit expired before either grappler could gain another fall.

Casey used toe holds and leg holds all through the match, while Detton countered with a short arm scissors.

Smith Wins In First Bout

Making his first appearance in San Jose, Sgt. Jack Smith won the semi-windup contest over Handsome Kay Bell.  Smith won the only fall in 14 minutes with a body slam and then held Bell in check the remainder of the match.

Big Ben Morgan won the opener over Stan Pinto when the latter tried a body slam which backfired.

A crowd of nearly 2000 attended the matches.

Steve Casey Whips George Koverly

San Jose Evening News – July 26, 1944

SAN FRANCISCO, July 26. – Before 3000 fans, the best house in weeks, Steve (Crusher) Casey took two straight falls from George Koverly in the main event on the civic auditorium wrestling card last night.  Casey won the first after eight minutes, 20 seconds, when Koverly was disqualified for roughness.  He pinned his opponent to end the match after 10:01 minutes more of rough tactics.

The semi-final went to Sandor Szabo in 8:20 with his famous back drop over Jack Smith.  Bill Hanson drop-kicked Sgt. Chief Little Wolf out of action in 18:10 and, in the curtain raiser, Big Ben Morgan and Kay Bell went 20 minutes to a draw.

Thesz, Kowalski Meet Thursday

Seattle Post-Intelligencer – July 25, 1954

Two cards of mat exhibitions are on the slate this week and a special bill at the Civic Auditorium Thursday night with Lou Thesz, boss of the heavyweights, meeting Wladek (Killer) Kowalski in the windup. Other events Thursday: Continue reading

Thesz Takes Mat Match

Seattle Post-Intelligencer – July 30, 1954

Lou Thesz of St. Louis defeated Wladek Kowalski of Michigan in two out of three falls in the feature wrestling match at the Civic Auditorium Thursday night. Thesz won the first and last fall.

In the semiwindup, Kay Bell won from Ben Sharpe, who was disqualified. Roger Mackay and Buddy Knox went to a draw. Frank Stojack beat Scotty Williams, one fall. Bud Rattal was disqualified against Danno McDonald and Henry Lenz took the one fall from Bronco Lubich.

Strangler Ed Pinch Hits For Friend, Loses

Tacoma News Tribune – September 19, 1945

In an unexpected appearance, Strangler Ed Lewis, pinch hitting for his protege, Cliff Gustafson, lost two straight to Rube Wright in the semi windup at the weekly wrestling matches at the Midway Arena Tuesday night.

Gustafson was injured Monday night in Seattle and Lewis agreed to take his place. Wright took the first fall in 18 minutes as a result of a successful step-over toehold. The second fall came 12 minutes into the second period with a body slam.

After Dick Raines, 230, had been awarded the deciding third fall over Seelie Samara, 245, his reluctance to discontinue his slamming the big Negro about the mat drew the ire of Referee Nick Zvolis who disqualified Raines, reversed his decision, and gave the match to Samara.

The first fall went to Samara with a body press in 15 minutes. The second period ended in 2 minutes as Raines pinned Samara using a back breaker.

In the best match of the evening, Kay Bell, 235-pound ex-WSC footballer, and Mickey Gavas, 240, struggled to a 30-minute draw before the fair-sized crowd.