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Macera Tops Mike Dibiase

Eugene Register-Guard – February 27, 1961

Luigi Macera and the “battling midgets” stole the show before a capacity wrestling crowd at the fairgrounds Cow Palace Saturday night.

Referee Elton Owen disqualified Mike Dibiase in the first fall of the headliner with Macera.  Macera had “Iron Mike” in a bad way in the second fall with punches and drop kicks and Wild Bill Savage avenged an out-side-the-ring trick by Savage last week and head-butted Dibiase.  Macera pinned Savage with ease.

Little Beaver, with his partner Red Taylor, beat Sky Lo-Lo with drop kicks and a flip to win the howling special event.  Tom Thumb was Lo-Lo’s partner.

The team tilt ended in a draw when Savage downed Kenny Ackles in the first fall.  Lorenzo Parente, Ackles’ partner, whip-wristlocked Savage so hard into the ropes that the top strand snapped and Savage plunged to his face and Parente scored an easy press.  Tito Kopa was Savage’s partner.

Kurt Von Poppenheim beat Pancho Valdez in the one-fall opener.

World Wrestling Roundup — The United States

Australian Ring Digest – August 1950

Louis Thesz, National Wrestling Alliance world heavyweight titleholder, remained the top wrestler in the United States during the past month.

The St. Louis Hungarian had a very active month and turned back Danny McShain, Johnny Balbo, Rito Romero, Gorgeous George, Albert (Mr. Murder) Mills, Ruffy Silverstein and Seelie Samara among others.

Closely following Thesz comes 27 year old Antonino Rocca, the current sensation in the United States.

The catlike South American Italian who, to this writing is undefeated, downed Sandor Kovacs, Lord Leslie Carlton, Babe Zaharias, Kenny Ackles and Baron Michele Leone with his own version of the dreaded backbreaker.

Although the South American possesses one of the best dropkicks in the game, he uses his form of attack only at such time as he has the opposing wrestler softened up.

Then comes the standing backbreaker and the match is all over with another win to add to his already phenomenal string.

Apart from Louis Thesz, Rocca is the only wrestler to defeat Primo Carnera, the Italian giant who has been doing very well since turning his tremendous strength and size to the wrestling mat.

An oldtimer who recently made a comeback to wrestling was Hans Steinke, the German who was rated the strongest wrestler in the world when in his prime. Steinke caused a major surprise in Chicago on 7th February, 1924, when he defeated Stanislaus Zbyszko of Poland.