Tag Archives: Leon Kirilenko

Lou Thesz Wins In Coliseum Test

The Spokesman-Review – May 11, 1956

Lou Thesz, former heavyweight wrestling champion of the world, took two out of three falls to win his match with Adrian Baillargeon last night at the Coliseum. Continue reading

Donovan Takes Win In ‘Wrestle To Finish’

The Spokesman-Review – April 6, 1956
By Danny May

More than 2000 wrestling fans warmed up last night at the Interstate Fairgrounds arena for next week’s Coliseum headliner between Primo Carnera and equally huge Adrien Baillargeon. Continue reading

Wrestler Kirilenko Gets Sentence; Child In Room

Milwaukee Journal – October 30, 1952

Chicago, Ill – Leon Kirilenko, 34, who wrestles professionally as the Mad Russian, was sentenced for one to two years Wednesday in criminal court for a crime against a child. He was arrested in August after police found a 9 year old girl in his hotel room. Kirilenko denied that he molested the girl. His attorney filed notice of appeal and the wrestler was released on bond.


Milwaukee Journal – March 22, 1952

Leon Kirilenko, the Mad Russian wrestler, was sued for divorce Friday by Mrs. Ann Baumgartner Kirilenko, who accused him of striking her and failing to support her. They were married March 27, 1951.

Da Preem No Show; 40 Irked

The Spokesman-Review – April 13, 1956

There were 3,284 wrestling fans at the Coliseum last night and evidently 40 of them came to see Primo Carnera.

Carnera, former world heavyweight boxing champion, failed to show for his scheduled match with Quebec’s Adrien Baillargeon, but when fans were offered their money back because of Primo’s nonappearance, only “about 40” took advantage of the opportunity. Continue reading