St. Joseph News-Press – February 13, 1943
Bobby Managoff, sensational young Chicago wrestler, successfully defended his world heavyweight championship against the challenge of Orville Brown last night at the Auditorium in the featured bout of a card that was filled with action. Continue reading
St. Joseph News-Press – January 9, 1943
Ronnie Etchison is convinced today that had he not struck his head on a ring post when he missed a flying tackle last night he would have defeated Orville Brown in a main event match that climaxed one of the best wrestling cards of recent seasons at the Auditorium. And, there are a world of fans who share the opinion. Continue reading
St. Joseph News-Press – February 6, 1943
Wild Red Berry, a fugitive from the coal mines of Kansas, is still the light heavyweight wrestling champion of the world following a victory over Prospector Pete in the main event of last night’s Auditorium card, but the little fellow from Gold Lodge, Ariz., has stamped himself as a very worthy challenger. Continue reading
St. Joseph, MO., News-Press – May 6, 1939
Warren Bockwinkel Carried From Ring Unconscious.
Bronko Nagurski Shows Own Version of Tackle to Capture Feature.
Bronko Nagurski dipped into his bag of football tricks last night at the Auditorium to bring a quick and unexpected ending to his main event match with Warren Bockwinkel. As a result, Bockwinkel was carried unconscious from the ring and ordered not to attempt to return by Dr. M. H. Talty, physician for the Missouri state athletic commission. Continue reading
St. Joseph News-Press – January 23, 1943
More than 4,500 wrestling fans last night helped Gust Karras celebrate the 10th anniversary of his St. Joseph wrestling promotions and this all-time record crowd saw Mildred Burke make a successful defense of her woman’s world title against Betty Weston, while Wild Red Berry, light heavyweight champion, was held to a draw by Prospector Pete in the other title clash on the card.
Miss Burke, resplendent in white ring togs and in the best condition of her career, eliminated Miss Weston in straight falls by way of leaving little doubt of her superiority over the women grapplers. The first fall came in eight minutes after Miss Burke broke up a Texas rules attack to put Miss Weston on the defensive with a series of headlocks.
The Ohio girl continued to rough it in the other sessions but the champion, who is ready to open her first invasion of California, ended the contest in seven minutes. This time she employed an alligator clutch to subdue the girl who roughed her way through the elimination tournament last week to gain a shot at the title.
Berry returned to the Auditorium after an absence of 10 years to demonstrate the form that has taken him to the top. He gained the first fall in 21 minutes with his ivy twist, but Pete evened the match after Berry had tried to ram the prospector’s head into the ring post but himself was thrown against that support. The remaining seven minutes of the match were extremely rough.
Mae Young won the other woman’s match of the night over Gladys (Kill ‘Em) Gillem to gain a booking with Elviry Snodgrass here next week. Miss Gillem was her usual businesslike self, but was at a disadvantage when it came to speed. The blonde blaster got the jump on her and that was the difference.
Jack Dillon took the opener from Elmer Snodgrass in 11 minutes.