Football training is the thing in these times of the scarce dollar, a certain portion of college graduates will tell you. They are the ex-collegians who stock their cupboard through the means of the wrestling racket.
Leo Numa, the young blonde Adonis who was a footballer at Washington State university, demonstrated the fact last night when he called upon the good old flying tackle to bring him victory over Reginald Siki, the ebony hued Senegalese, in the main event of the Hawkins Stadium show.
Wrestling returns to Bremerton Tuesday under the guidance of a veteran Northwest promoter, August Sepp. The first card will be presented on Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m. at the Fourth and Pacific arena. A card worthy of top rating in a major city is the first offering of the newly organized Sepp Athletic Club, recently granted a license by the state wrestling commissioners.
The Red Shadow, a mysterious gent who weighs around 225 pounds and who is bowling rivals over throughout the Northwest and claims an unbroken string of nearly 60 victories, goes into the top spot for eight 10-minute rounds, two falls, against Leo Numa Anderson, powerful Seattle Swedish giant.
Buffalo Courier-Express – March 2, 1940 By Ray Ryan
Neanderthal Man Trounces Sexton With Body Slam As Crowd Of 7,528 Sees Bout
The Angel, the man whose face is his fortune, came to Buffalo last night. Maurice Tillet, known to the wrestling faithful as The Angel, threw Frank Sexton with consummate ease in nine minutes sixteen seconds of the Buffalo Sporting Club’s topline bout in Broadway Auditorium, as a capacity crowd of 7,528 spectators – socialites and mat fans alike – gasped in awe at his Neanderthal build and inhuman strength.
Working implacably as barrages of flashlights were set off by batteries of ringside cameramen, The Angel proved that pictures don’t do him justice, insofar as plain and fancy ugliness is concerned. He has the largest head of any living man, a tremendous undershot jaw, folds of muscle across the back of his neck, a jutting nose. He’s five feet nine inches tall, weighed 285 pounds last night. This bady-legged man must be the answer to the old question – “What do pink elephants see after they’ve had a few too many?”
Sandor Szabo and Leo Numa clash in the windup of the initial wrestling show of the season at the Met, Broad and Poplar sts. tonight. They wrestle two out of three falls. In other bouts Herman Rohde meets Angelo Savoldi, George Linnehan takes on Leo Erickson, Hans Kampfer tussles Tony Milano and John Vanski tackles Murray Rothenberg.
Luther Lindsey won over Bronko Nagurski in Friday’s wrestling main event at the Armory when, with honors even at one fall each, the former Minnesota and Chicago Bears football star was disqualified for refusal to break a shoulder butt hold.
Nagurski won the first fall at 12:33 with a series of flying tackles and a full body press, while Lindsey squared accounts at 3:28 with a neck-breaker to which Bronko conceded.
The card completed by the addition of a Rebel Russell-Mark Hosely opener and the substitution of King Kong Cox for Wild Bill Longson in the semi-final, mat impresarios today sat back to wait the verdict of the addicts on the “all roughhouse” card they’ve rigged up for the Convention Hall ring tomorrow night. Continue reading →
“Rebel Bob” Russell may become a figure in the battle to decide whose going to meet Sandor Szabo next, first chapter of which will be staged at the Forum Wednesday night, with Yvon Robert meeting Leo Numa, and the Masked Marvel tackling clever Regis Siki, the Sengalese star, in one-fall matches both to a finish. Continue reading →
Paul Bowser brought a new angle to the wrestling business last night in his
attempt to draw the fans, when one of the new members of his troupe parade
around the ring giving the Nazi salute, after he won his match, just prior to
the Ben Shalom-Harry Jacobs bout. Continue reading →
Verne Gagne, former University of Minnesota athlete and now the rage of TV wrestling fans, will make one of his few Southern appearances here tonight at the Municipal Auditorium. The program opens at 8:30 p.m. The sturdy Gopher is booked for a one-fall, 60-minute time limit feature bout against another TV mat star, Art Nelson of Montreal Canada. Promoter Paul Jones, who spent several weeks trying to get Gagne away from the big city promoters, says it will be one of the best matches staged here in several months. Nelson, a roughhouse battler, has promised to work the popular Gopher over in this match. Jones says advance ticket sales indicate a sellout by the 8:30 p.m. starting time. Supporting the big match will be Leo Numa against Frank Taylor, Omar Kyam versus Red McIntyre, and Walter Kameroff vs. Tinker Todd.