Tag Archives: Lee Wykoff

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

Marshall Beats Thesz In Mat Go

Rocky Mountain News – September 13, 1938
By Abe Pollock

Everett Marshall of La Junta won two out of three falls last night at Mammoth Gardens to defeat Louis Thesz, St. Louis, in the main event of a bruising wrestling show. Continue reading

Thesz Wrestles Marshall Tonight

Rocky Mountain News – September 12, 1938
By Abe Pollock

A 23-year-old Hungarian, Louis Thesz, who has twice thrown Everette Marshall, La Junta’s former heavyweight wrestling champion of the world, will attempt to break the Coloradan’s winning streak in the local ring when the two square off at Mammoth Gardens tonight in the top match on Joe Mohana’s inaugural mat card. Continue reading

Flash: Thesz The Winnah In Two Falls!

Rocky Mountain News – March 8, 1939

LouisThesz, handsome Hungarian from St. Louis, still is one of the world’s wrestling champions.

He retained the claim last night by taming Wild Hans Schnabel, vicious Chicago showman, in straight falls before 2,000 of the faithful in City Auditorium. Continue reading

Thesz Grapples Schnabel Tonight

Rocky Mountain News – March 7, 1939

Denver sees one of the several dozen wrestling champions tonight in City Auditorium. Continue reading