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Sonnenberg Wins Bout with Count Zarynoff

The Pawtucket Times – April 29, 1932

BOSTON, April 29 (AP) – After losing the first fall Gus Sonnenberg of Boston, former wrestling title claimant, throw George Zarynoff of Russia twice last night to gain the victory in Paul Bowser’s feature match at the arena. Sonnenberg went down in 43:33 under a reverse double leg nelson, but evened the match in 13:51 with a head lock and body press and gained the deciding fall in 18:13 with a flying tackle. Sonnenberg weighed 210 and his opponent scaled 205. Nick Lutze, 198, Los Angeles, won the semi-final grappling by tossing Jim Neslin, 205, Montreal, in 18:15 with a backfall. Al Morelli, 210, Boston, threw Pat O’Reilly, 202, Texas, in 15:45 with a flying tackle. In the other bouts Pat McKay, 218, Memphis, threw Karl Tompkins, 210, Saco, Mo., in 2:30 and Patsy Flanagan, 205, Stamford, Conn., with headlocks and body presses Jack Wagner, 205, Providence drew with John Poddubney, 208, Lithuania, John Spellman, 202, Providence, threw Eddie Pope, 200, Georgia, in 7:26 with a giant swing: Regis Siki, 207, Buffalo, threw Rex Smith, 210, South Dakota, in 6:15 with a hip lock; Jack Gansen, Lithuania, drew with Charlie Leahman, Cleveland; Lee Wyckoff, St. Louis, drew with Boris Demitroff, Bulgaria; Jack Patterson, Syracuse, drew with Arthur Flynn. Lawrence, and Mike Mazurki, New York, threw Jimmy Nelson, Sweden, in 3:19 with a body slam.

Strode Victor In Mat Joust

The San Bernardino Sun – April 6, 1940

Resorting to the body block, which had been an effective weapon on the football field, Woody Strode, a former end for the U.C.L.A. eleven, applied this same block to floor Rudy Laditzi in the feature wrestling match at the San Bernardino Athletic club last night.

Woody Strode, who has been in the mat profession less than a year, applied three devastating body blocks, each flooring Laditzi, the final jolt injuring Rudy’s shoulder so badly he was unable to come out for the second fall. This gave Strode the match.

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Mat Stars Head Program for Friday Night

The San Bernardino Sun – March 31, 1940

Colored Ex-Gridder to Face Rudy Laditzi in Feature

More than a half dozen topflight wrestlers will appear on an all-star mat card scheduled Friday night at the San Bernardino Athletic club.

Promoter Jack Sonenshine will offer four matches with an additional feature in a team match between four light-heavyweight grapplers.

Woodrow Wilson Strode who gained fame as a football player with the U.C.L.A. eleven last season, will appear against Rudy (Rowdy) Laditzi, the Hungarian butcher boy, in a two out of three falls match limited to one hour.

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Lutze Beaten By Hungarian

The San Bernardino Sun – November 4, 1939

Rowdy Rudy Laditzi, the burly Hungarian won two of the three falls in his match with Nick Lutze last night at the San . Bernardino Athletic club.

Using the painful back breaker Laditzi won the first fall in less than 20 minutes, but Lutze evened the count by taking the second flop of the match with a step-over toe hold In three minutes and 30 seconds.

Lutze appeared to be on the verge of the winning fall when Laditzi got one foot free from the step-over toe hold and kicked Lutze in the face. As the Venice Beach grappler fell after his hold was broken, Laditzi secured a body press to win the fall in less than 12 minutes.

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K.O. Koverly Disqualified

Los Angeles Times – June 13, 1940
By Al Wolf

Last night’s rassle class at the Olympic quite possibly had the rare good fortune ot see a shooting match, although such things have long been considered as extinct as the dodo bird.

A stranger who gave the name “Del Rosa” plunked down five bucks for a license and examination, borrowed a set of trunks from one of the boys and attempted to win a “C” note by staying 20 minutes with Lee Wykoff, who has been making that offer to the house weekly. Continue reading

Wykoff Puts Szabo Down In ‘Grudger’

Los Angeles Times – June 6, 1940
By Al Wolf

Sandor Szabo was the people’s choice in the recent heavyweight rasslin’ roundup, but Senor Szabo was injured en route and Lee Wykoff emerged the champion.

Ever since, Senor Szabo has been casting aspersions on Mr. Wykoff’s talents as a sinew snapper, much to the latter’s disgust. So last night they had it out at the Olympic before a jury of some 6,000 zealots. Continue reading

Ali Baba, Lopez Capture Olympic Features

Los Angeles Times – May 30, 1940
By Al Wolf

Ali Baba and Vincent Lopez made up the daily double at the Olympic torso-twisting party last night.

The pin-domed Turk defeated Tarzan White – and hurt him in the process. Tarzan attempted a flying tackle, but sly Ali was the little man who wasn’t there, and Tarzan flew into the seats. When he finally staggered back into the ring, Ali tried a body slam, but was careless and slammed White on his head. Referee Dick Rutherford immediately halted the action and Baba was the winner in 21m. 43s. A preliminary examination revealed no serious injury. Continue reading

Wykoff Squelches Koverly To Win Wrestling Tourney

Los Angeles Times – May 16, 1940
By Al Wolf

Apparently all things must come to an end – even international heavyweight wrestling tournaments.

Jack Daro’s mat mammoth, which began in William Jennings Bryan’s heyday, according to oldtimers hereabouts, wound up last night at the Olympic with Lee Wykoff, a semi-bald party from little Nevada, Mo., the champion of champions, or something. Continue reading

Wykoff Bounces Szabo In First Match Of Finale

Los Angeles Times – May 9, 1940

Lee Wykoff bounced Sandor Szabo in the first of a three-match series in the finals of the international wrestling tournament last night at the Olympic Auditorium. Wykoff grabbed the duke in 23m. 5s. after a series of body slams and a body press. Continue reading

Londos Scores Over Szabo At Olympic

Los Angeles Times – November 9, 1939

Lee Wykoff joined the also-rans in the international wrestling tourney at the Olympic last night, lumbering Hans Steinke being returned the winner, but it was Jeemy Londos and Sandor Szabo who stole the show with a Graeco-Roman match which had no bearing on the tournament proper. Continue reading