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Rocca Pins Carlton At MSG

New York Times – May 16, 1950

Antonino Rocca of Argentina sent his followers home happy by defeating “Lord” Leslie Carlton of Oxford, England, in 24 minutes, 23 seconds in one of the feature wrestling exhibitions that attracted 14,246 to Madison Square Garden last night. The program drew gate receipts of $42,311, well below the figures at the last two shows at the Eighth Avenue arena.

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Rocca, Eagle Go To Curfew Draw

New York Daily News – July 11, 1950
By Til Ferenzi

Approximately two tons of wrestling’s men of distinction, all equipped with a variety of biff bop, brought grab and grappling back to Yankee Stadium last night after an absence of 16 years. And like the unexplainable revival of the Charleston and Dixieland jazz, the crowd of 11,328 reveled in its return.

Although held down considerably by intermittent showers in the afternoon and a prediction of more of the same last night, the gross gate was a tidy $33,746, a portion of that sum benefitting the Free Milk Fund for Babies, Inc.

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Lopez, Laditzi to Tangle Tonight In Mat Joust

The San Bernardino Sun – December 22, 1939

San Bernardino Club Offers Program of Wrestling

Vincent Lopez, Mexican heavyweight wrestler and former state champion, tops the mat card tonight at the San Bernardino Athletic club.

Lopez tackles Rowdy Rudy Laditzi, Poughkeepsie, N. Y., grappler, in the three-fall main event. The bout looms as an all-action affair, inasmuch as both Lopez and Laditzi are aggressive wrestlers.

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Laditzi Loses Bout To Lopez

The San Bernardino Sun – December 23, 1939

Rowdy Rudy Laditzi, a mat ruffian, got some of his own treatment last night when he lost his wrestling match with Vincent Lopez at the San Bernardino Athletic club.

Laditzi took the first fall as the result of a back breaker in a little more than 22 minutes and hurt Lopez so badly that it was at first doubtful whether the Mexican grappler would be able to continue the match.

Lopez recovered, though, to turn on the heat after five minutes of careful maneuvering and end the bout by lifting Laditzi to the top of the ring ropes and bouncing the big Hungarian on his back.

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Mike Romano Thrown

The Daily Argus – March 6, 1930

New York, Mar. 6 – (UP) – Ferenc Holuban, European wrestling champion threw Mike Romano of Italy in 4:30 of last night’s feature match at Ridgewood Grove.  Matros Kerilenko, Russia, threw Andrew Zaharoff, Russia, in 16:30; George Tragos, Chicago, won a 30-minute decision over Ned McGrath, Boston; Henry Steinbach, Germany, threw Jack Washburn, California, in 13 minutes and Kola Kwariani, Italy, pinned Jack Taylor, New York, in 13 minutes.

Rocca, Thesz Wrestle To Draw Before 10,400

Los Angeles Times – September 11, 1952
By Don Snyder

Nobody would have guessed it, but last night’s rhapsody in black and blue at jam-packed Olympic Auditorium wound up in a one-all draw. However, it was Argentine Rocca who emerged the hero and the champ; Lou Thesz, the chump.

A bellowing gathering of 10,400 and some odd fans, some very odd, made more noise than inside a popcorn popper as they chunked in a gross gate of $33,434.75 to jeer and cheer and modern he-men of wrestling to their tie. Continue reading

Thesz, Rocca In Nontitle Tilt Tonight

Los Angeles Times – September 10, 1952
By Don Snyder

King Louis Thesz, heavyweight champion of the wrestling world, puts all but his title on the block tonight at Olympic Auditorium where he risks his reputation, his health, his pride and other vital valuables against Argentine Rocca.

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Sports Seen Column

Moline Daily Dispatch – December 7, 1960
By Paul Carlson

A lot of people will react with a “So what?” when they hear that professional wrestling, on a big-time basis, is coming back to the Quad-Cities. Continue reading

Top Wrestlers Go On Beach Program

Miami Daily News – February 16, 1951

Success of big time wrestling in Miami Beach will be put to the well known crucial test when the great names in the sport world will be on display tonight at the Auditorium. The amazing Rocca, South American marvel with a thousand tricks at his command, will be in one of the feature attractions, opposed to Count Frederick Von Schacht. Continue reading

Manlapig Cops Olympic Bout

Los Angeles Times – November 2, 1939

Pantaleon Manlapig, the pride of the Philippines, retained his role as one of the favorites in the Olympic wrestling tournament last night by making quick work of Manuel Rodriguez in an exciting matfest. Continue reading