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Wrestles Tonight

Long Island Daily Press – January 25, 1945

Rebel Russell 1-25-45


REBEL RUSSELL, one of the roughest giants in the wrestling game, makes his debut at the Ridgewood Grove tonight with Georgie Becker as his foe in best two out of three falls to a finish.  In other bouts, Pat McKay and William Hall, also newcomers, will meet Tony Martinelli and Jimmy Austeri, respectively.

Garibaldi Pins ‘Mask’ On Mat

Washington Post – February 1, 1945

Gino Garibaldi defeated Yellow Mask in 10 minutes in the feature match on Joe Turner’s mat card last night before 1,600 fans at the W St. arena. Garibaldi won when he tossed the “Mask” out of the ring and the latter failed to climb back in before the alloted 10 seconds. Continue reading

Gino Garibaldi To Meet ‘Mask’

Washington Post – January 31, 1945

Gino Garibaldi, the venerable Italian, meets Yellow Mask tonight in the headline grapple on the Turner Arena card, with “Dutch” Rohde, fair haired idol of the Arena mat faithful, opposing rough, snorting Angelo Savoldi in another banner scramble. Continue reading

Jim Browning Pinned In 22:31 By O’Mahoney

New York World-Telegram – March 19, 1935

Danno O’Mahoney, the Irish whip specialist here with an eye on the world title, last night dispatched Jim Browning of Missouri, former champion, in Madison Square Garden. The attendance was 7,500. Continue reading

Zaharias Throws Jacobs, Triumphs In 8:51 With A Body Slam At Hempstead Arena

The New York Times – March 14, 1935

HEMPSTEAD, Long Island, March 13 (Special) — George Zaharias, 230, threw Harry Jacobs, 315, with a body slam in 8:51 of the feature wrestling match tonight at the Hempstead Arena. Al Bisignano, 212, won the semifinal, tossing Walter Underhill, 204, with a body slam after 20:08. Continue reading

Harkovsky, Nobleman, Wrestles McKay Tonight

Seattle Times – September 31, 1931
By Ken Binns

There seemed something fitting to the matchmakers of the Coast Athletic Club that Pat McKay, the gum-chewing man-from-the-masses, should introduce to Seattle Count Harkovsky of the nobility. He does it tonight in the semifinal bout of the Coast Club’s wrestling show at the Ice Arena, and the club deplores the necessary fact that the Count can’t come into the ring dressed as he does for the street. This identification of the Count, of course, is sheer hearsay. But he’s been in the movies, and not as a wrestler. Continue reading

Freberg Tries Speech After Losing Match

Seattle Times – September 29, 1931
By Ken Binns

Two heartily thrown chairs bounced off John Freberg’s legs last night as he lost to Steve Savage, attesting in a measure the intense interest aroused amidst the citizenry over that long-discussed bout for the championship of the challengers. Continue reading

Savage Steals Limelight For Grapple Event

Seattle Times – September 22, 1931
By Ken Binns

Right in the middle of everything last night Steven Savage upset all Coast Athletic Club decorum and precedent by jumping into the ring. Then he pushed Promoter Floyd Musgrave aside, grabbed the loud speaker magnavox, and started to talk.

That was before Dan Koloff established added precedent by taking Dr. Karl Sarpolis for two falls out of three, to win an unexpected victory in the main event.

Musgrave grabbed the soundbox away from Savage, to articulate a bit more distinctly the Savage challenge to John Freberg. There was something of a Swedish roar and John Freberg went plowing into the ring. He shed his coat. Savage his coat. It was a titillating moment with Musgrave as much a titillator as the two heavyweight wrestlers.

He emerged finally with a slightly scrambled but presumably concrete contract, signed to with the ropes as a desk, that Freberg and Savage accepted each other’s somewhat hostile challenge to wrestle, with September 28 as the wrestling date, and the Coast Athletic Club as the promoter. A close scrutiny revealed September 28 as next Monday night.

That settled, the main bout began. Sarpolis won the first fall after a round of power-house wrestling, when, slamming off the ropes from a jolting headlock, he jack-knifed the Koloff middle with his spectacular flying scissors, to crash him to the canvas.

He tried it again in the third, after having been tossed over the ropes three times. But Koloff, on balance and anticipative, matched his leap with a thrust of his own, to jam him to the mat and pin his shoulders.

Sarpolis resorted to the Sonnenberg butt in the fourth, jolting him to the canvas five straight times. As Koloff rose from the fifth smackdown, he swung Sarpolis about, to pin him with a half body slam and win the bout.

Count Harkovsky, a dramatic lad with a touch of Frebergian wit, won one fall and the bout from Pat McKay, the Pennsylvania railroader, in the semiwindup, to bring down the house in a clamor of applause.

He found the going rough with McKay, never noted for his gentleness.

He was clinging to the ropes in the fifth round, with McKay tugging manfully enough at his midriff, when he suddenly let go, pushed backward, and fell on McKay to pin his shoulders for the only fall.

Harold Rumberg and Joe Bickerton wrestled to a three-round draw in the opener.

O’Mahoney Tosses Chief Little Wolf

The New York Times – July 9, 1935
By Joseph C. Nichols

Dan O’Mahoney was successful in his first defense of the world’s heavyweight wrestling championship. The 22-year-old Irishman defeated Little Wolf of Trinidad, Col., in 28 minutes, 23 seconds at the Yankee Stadium last night while a crowd of 12,000 persons looked on.

The bout was promoted by Jack Curley and a percentage of the receipts will be turned over to the Free Milk Fund for Babies, Inc., of which Mrs. William Randolph Hearst is chairman.

While O’Mahoney’s victory was not a surprise, generally, the manner in which he disposed of his first challenger was. Instead of effecting the triumph with the Irish whip, the grip with which he has won most of his bouts, O’Mahoney pressed Little Wolf’s shoulders to the mat with a body hold after getting him into position with a flying scissors.

Until a few minutes before he was tossed, Little Wolf had a decided advantage over the young Irishman. He punished O’Mahoney several times with crushing head locks and gave the impression that he had little to fear from the invader.

Once O’Mahoney did apply the Irish whip, but it had so little effect on the challenger that he walked into the Irishman disdainfully. He became rough and tossed the titleholder about easily.

This treatment incensed O’Mahoney, who had been quite calm since the bout started. He suddenly sprang at the Coloradoan and smashed him to the floor three times with his right forearm.

Little Wolf was weakened and rendered dizzy by this quick turn, and it was nothing for O’Mahoney to whirl him to the floor. There the champion clamped a body hold on his foe, and forced the chief’s shoulders to the mat.

The champion scaled 224 pounds and Little Wolf 210.

Jim Browning, former heavyweight champion, pinned Mike Mazurki of Troy in 13 minutes 54 seconds with a turn-over reverse body scissors in the semi-final.

Mazurki carried the action to Browning at the start and had a slight edge over the ex-ruler until he allowed himself to fall into an airplane scissors. The hold weakened the up-Stater, who gradually was beaten to the mat by the steady Browning. The weights were 231 for the winner as against 228 for Mazurki.

Rube Wright of Texas scored a surprise triumph over Joe Savoldi, former Notre Dame football ace, in a bout listed for thirty minutes. Savoldi, trying to down Wright with a flying tackle, hurled himself through the ropes and landed on the ground. While he was out of the ring Referee Joe Boyle counted ten.

Savoldi did get back after the count was finished and was in shape to continue, but the referee’s count precluded any further action. Wright was 29 pounds heavier than Savoldi, who scaled 201. The bout lasted 6 minutes 9 seconds.

Abe Coleman of Los Angeles wrestled to a draw with Gino Garibaldi, Italian giant, in a thirty-minute encounter. Coleman had his foe in danger several times with crushing body holds, but Garibaldi wriggled free and punished the Californian with flying tackles. Coleman scaled 205 and Garibaldi 214.

Al Bisignano, 212, of Des Moines, Iowa, defeated Floyd Marshall, 225, of Phoenix, Ariz., in a scheduled thirty-minute encounter. Bisignano pinned his rival in 10:26 with a body slam.

Hank Barber, erstwhile Dartmouth athlete, won the opening bout on the card. He threw Pat McKay of Memphis in 13:49 with a flying tackle and body press. Barber, at 228, was 8 pounds heavier than McKay.