Tag Archives: Leo Nomellini

Torres, Warren Keep Tag Team Crown, Prone

Fresno Bee – May 25, 1958

Ramon Torres and Nick Warren still are the National Wrestling Alliance tag team champions but the latter is a little worse for wear following a technical draw with grid stars Leo Nomellini and Don Manoukian in the Memorial Auditorium last night.

The match was deadlocked at one fall each when Nomellini, the San Francisco Forty Niners star tackle, and Warren collided head-on in the center of the ring after each missed a flying tackle.

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Leo Nomellini, 76, 49er Star And an N.F.L. Hall of Famer

The New York Times – October 27, 2000
By Richard Goldstein

Leo Nomellini, the Hall of Fame tackle of the San Francisco 49ers who was renowned for strength and endurance in a National Football League career spanning 14 seasons and 174 consecutive games, died Oct. 17 in Stanford, Calif. He was 76.

The cause was complications of a stroke, his family said.

While starring at the University of Minnesota in the years following World War II, Nomellini became known as the Lion. A huge man for his era, at 6 feet 3 inches and 264 pounds, with speed to match his brawn, he lived up to his sobriquet by becoming one of the N.F.L’s most fearsome linemen of the 1950’s.

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As Bill Leiser Sees It

San Francisco Chronicle – April 3, 1955
By Bill Leiser

Leo Nomellini, who believes he has something of a right to claim some sort of a world wrestling championship, is challenged by an Oklahoma citizen whose offer should be attractive at least in one sense. He guarantees not to kick Leo in the face. Not even if Leo dives out of the ring. In fact, he says he wouldn’t let Leo get out of the ring. Continue reading

Leo Retains Mat Laurels With Sharpe

Sacramento Union – March 29, 1955
By Bob McCarty

The National Wrestling Alliance may not recognize Leo Nomellini as heavyweight wrestling champion of the world. Leo has no challengers in Sacramento County after the way he manhandled Ben Sharpe in Memorial Auditorium last night. Continue reading

Nomellini Expects Big Things From Michalik On Mat

Sacramento Bee – March 30, 1954
By Marco Smolich

Leo Nomellini, all 252 pounds of him, pointed to a ruggedly handsome fellow, 24 years old, six feet two and 230 pounds.

“He was a successful amateur wrestler,” declared Leo, a rugged tackle for the San Francisco 49ers and a rough character when it comes to grunting, groaning and grappling. Continue reading

British Lords Beat Arnold, Nomellini

Sacramento Bee – March 30, 1954

The English lords, Blears and Layton, defeated Don Arnold and Leo Nomellini last night in the tag team feature of the wrestling program in the Memorial Auditorium. Continue reading

Thesz, Nomellini In Rubber Mat Match Tomorrow

San Francisco Chronicle – May 20, 1957

Lou Thesz arrives here today for his match with Leo Nomellini tomorrow night at Winterland. Continue reading

Leo Nomellini, Lou Thesz Draw In Mat Test

San Francisco Chronicle – May 22, 1957
By Art Rosenbaum

Leo Nomellini was “saved” for the 49ers against last night at Winterland by failing to win the wrestling championship from Lou Thesz.

Thesz won the first fall and Nomellini won the second and just about then the timekeeper realized that the limit had been reached, and the match was called a draw. Continue reading

Bronk Whips Bollas, Sans Referee

Minneapolis Star – April 21, 1951

Bronko Nagurski and George Bollas, unimpeded by referee Wally Karbo’s presence, turned off the stops at the St. Paul Armory Friday night until the Bronk was declared the unofficial winner at 22:30 by the timekeeper. Continue reading

Leo Disqualified, And Then Throws Lou

San Francisco Chronicle – June 17, 1953
By Will Connolly

Leo Nomellini, the 49er football player, held champion Lou Thesz to a draw last night at the Cow Palace, but Thesz retained his National Wrestling Alliance title, although he was a mighty sick man at the end. Continue reading