Tag Archives: Lee Henning

Wrestling Game Is On The Upswing

Sacramento Union – February 23, 1949
By Bill Conlin

The remarkable resiliency of the wrestling business is being demonstrated on a weekly basis at Memorial Auditorium. Business has never been better, at least in the last five years, and the grapplers are playing to profitable houses every Monday night. Continue reading

Ambling Alp Brings Gate Of $3,291

Sacramento Union – February 15, 1949

Primo Carnera, former world’s heavyweight boxing champion, proved a magnate to Sacramento’s wrestling industry last night as he attracted approximately 3,000 fans to Memorial Auditorium in a match against Dan O’Connor, Boston Irishman. Continue reading

Sandor Kovacs for Wrestling

The Age – June 30, 1959

Powerfully built Hungarian wrestler Sandor Kovacs, victor by a two falls to one decision over Fred Atkins last Saturday, has been matched with rugged Lee Henning in the main bout at the stadium next Saturday night. Continue reading

Thesz-Fraley Match Heads Tuesday Card

Dallas Morning News – September 1, 1942

Hot on the comeback trail, former world heavyweight champion Louis Thesz, who lost the title only two years ago in Houston, rules a slight favorite over Pat Fraley, colorful Irish heavyweight, in their two-out-of-three-fall battle that will headline the Dallas Wrestling Club’s weekly program Tuesday night at the Sportatorium. Continue reading

Roland Kirchmeyer Disqualified In Battle With “Crusher” Casey

The Evening Citizen, Ottawa Ont. – November 11, 1941 

Irish Matman Delights Fans With Sensational Opening Fall. Earl McCready Shows Power in Win Over Lee Henning. Tom Casey, Bill Hanson in Draw. 

Corporal Steve “Crusher” Casey, U.S. Army, staged a minor “blitz” at the Auditorium last night and gave big Roland Kirchmeyer a wrestling lesson to the delight of a crowd of about 2,000 fans. After the Irish grappler won the first fall. Kirchmeyer came back to take the second but he was disqualified after five minutes of the third session and lost the bout.  Continue reading

Wrestler is Disqualified

The Age – July 21, 1959

Giant Cuban wrestler Bobo Brazil was disqualified in the sixth round of his bout with American Lee Henning at the Stadium last night after attacking referee Bonnie Muir. Continue reading

Hutton Retains Laurels, Holding Thesz To Draw

Globe & Mail – August 22, 1958
By Ken McKee

Dick Hutton is still champion of Oklahoma and the National Wrestling Alliance’s world – and nothing Lou Thesz can say or do is going to change it.

Lou, who somehow manages to be the people’s cherce hereabouts as long as he isn’t facing Whipper Watson, did his best to talk Hutton into an extra five minutes of grappling last night after the main event – a one-fall affair – had been tolled to a halt by the curfew after 36 minutes of skill, science and Hutton’s canny rewrites of the NWA rule book, if there is one.

Special referee Wilbur Snyder checked with Hutton. Oklahoma’s Dick would have none of it. Snyder’s decision hadn’t been announced, and the champ was “quite sure” he had won anyhow, and couldn’t see any reason for wasting five more minutes of his valuable time.

Since the commissioner wasn’t in the house of 5,555, ring officials couldn’t waive the 11:15 p.m. curfew, so the result stood.

While the main go produced plenty of the more scientific aspects of the game, it remained for a lowly preliminary bout to bring the fans in droves to ringside, mayhem in their eyes, rotten eggs in their hands.

The cause of their ire? Ah, yes, mother, you guessed it. Gentle Gene Kiniski, as gracious and kind a character as ever graced a Charles Addams cartoon, was in against Tarzan Tourville. And in spite of the fact that Tarzan is a Montrealer, he was popular.

Kiniski spent about 10 minutes and some seconds tearing him up, and after the bout, Gentle Gene engaged in some crowd baiting, interspersed with frequent trips back to the ring where a slightly foggy Tarzan was looking for daylight.

Finally, after he had seen enough from his seat in the stands, one Whipper Billy Watson – there is only one! – came upon the scene, and without so much as mussing his hair, sent the Gentle One upon his way.

In fact, Kiniski’s braggadoccio changed to cringing fear as soon as Whipper hove into view.

The Whip, along with the Miller clan, Ed, Big Mill and their iddy, biddy brother, Dan, were on hand later to hurl challenges. It ended up this way: The Millers, any or all, will face any tag team which promoter Frank Tunney can sign for the task, and will beat them – they say.

And Watson, rarin’ to go after a hospital and recovery period of idleness, will team with Bo-Bo Brazil in a bid to lift the tag team crown off the blond heads of the Lisowski brothers in next week’s main event.

Watson also challenged the winner of the title match – but he’ll have to wait for that one, since there wasn’t a winner, and Hutton reportedly headed back to Oklahoma.

Other prelims: Guy Brunetti, 236, and Joe Brunetti, 233, defeated Lee Henning, 250, and Fred Atkins, 248. Joe Brunetti pinned Lee Henning with drop kick and top spread at 12:46 of scheduled 30-minute bout; Frenchy Vignal, 240, defeated Abe Zvonkin, 250, with airplane spin and top spread at 10:45 of scheduled 20-minute bout; Maurice Lapointe, 232, and Carl Kulaski, 238, wrestled 20 minutes to a draw.

Brazil, Layton Win Arena Tag Team Bout

Toledo Blade – December 10, 1959

Bobo Brazil and Lord Layton won the final two falls in their tag team match to defeat Fritz and Waldo Von Erich in the headliner on the professional wrestling card last night before about 1,800 fans in the Sports Arena.

In other bouts, Mike Valentino defeated Lee Henning in 14 minutes, Don Lewin and Roughhouse Haggerty battled to a 20 minutes draw and Ilio DiPalo bested Chief Cheweke in 16 minutes.