Tag Archives: Ray Steele

Steele Tops Card

New York Post – December 20, 1935

Ray Steele, California heavyweight, wrestles Ralph Garibaldi of Italy tonight in the main bout at the Jamaica Arena.  Rusty Wescoatt and Herbie Freeman meet in the semifinal.

Santa Claus Arrives Here Little Early For George

New York Post – December 16, 1935
By Eddie Wade

Poppa Curley Plays Santa Claus... by Uhlmann

Poppa Curley Plays Santa Claus… by Uhlmann

Grappler Don Hangs Xmas Sock in Bid to Regain Mat Crown

 Third Time Danno, Challenger Meet

Santa Claus comes early this year.  At least he does to Ed Don George, the former heavyweight wrestling champion of the world, who gets a chance to even matters tonight with the current title-holder, Danno O’Mahoney, at Madison Square Garden. Continue reading

Savoldi Captures Londos Claim To Title

Associated Press –  April 8, 1933

CHICAGO – Jumping Joe Savoldi, who used to shatter football lines for Notre Dame, had one big area of the wrestling world rocking with claims and denials today.

Joe strode into the Chicago Stadium ring last night to tackle Jim Londos, claimant of the championship. To the amazement of 8,000 customers, he walked out with a one-fall victory after 20 minutes and 26 seconds of rough-and-tumble grappling. The match attracted a gate of approximately $12,000. Continue reading

Londos And Stecher Do It All Over Again Tonight

Chicago Tribune – March 3, 1933

Joe Stecher, the Nebraskan who is one of wrestling’s patriarchs by virtue of his years of experience, will seek his fourth lease on the world’s heavyweight championship tonight at the Chicago Stadium. He will engage Jim Londos, who has made the most sustained claim to the crown for the last three years, for the second time in six weeks. Continue reading

Londos-Stecher Mat Drama Goes On Boards Again

Chicago Tribune – March 2, 1933

The second 1933 showing in Chicago of the Jim Londos-Joe Stecher wrestling number, familiar to followers of the grappling pastime at intervals during the last decade, will be presented at the Chicago Stadium tomorrow night before what is expected to be a record crowd at a local match. Continue reading

Nebraska Eel Uses Hold Medley To Win

Philadelphia Inquirer – April 14, 1928
By Perry Lewis

When John Pesek, the Bohemian eel, who makes his home on a Nebraska ranch, remarked a week ago that he would flatten Ray Steele in about half the time that Jim Londos required, he evidently wasn’t making an idle boast.

For last night at the Arena before a crowd of 4,500 mat fans Pesek reduced the burly Californian to a quivering mass of trembling flesh with a head scissors, with a combined arm lock and grapevine, in one hour, ten minutes and five seconds. Continue reading

Tigerman’s Unorthodox Grips Hold No Terror, Steele Asserts

Philadelphia Inquirer – April 13,1928
By Perry Lewis

Three young American wrestlers who are seeking recognition as championship contenders, and one veteran who is generally recognized as the most dangerous challenger Ed (Strangler) Lewis is consistently avoiding, will go into action tonight at Aurelio Fabiani’s fortnightly mat entertainment at the Arena. Continue reading

Wrestling Results

The Times Record – September 3, 1937

North Bergen, N. J. – Jack Kennedy, 217, Iowa, pinned Hank Barber, 220, Boston, (25:26).

New York – Ernie Dusek, 228, Omaha, pinned Stanley Pinto, 216, California, (30:27). Continue reading

Steele Pins Terror In Olympic Tiff

Los Angeles Times – May 29, 1941

Ray Steele, the National Wrestling Association’s champion, took two out of three falls from the Golden Terror in the main event at Olympic Auditorium last night, clearing the way for a match with Jim Londos for the undisputed world crown June 11. Continue reading

Brother Jonathan’s Idea

The Age – September 28, 1939

The Mormon heavy-weight wrestler Brother Jonathan has arrived here for his match with Ray Steele at the West Melbourne stadium on Saturday night.  It will be his first match for the season here.  Since he last appeared Brother Jonathan has wrestled in New Zealand and South America, as well as in the principal cities of the United States.  He said he was still a firm believer in direct action in the ring, and did not believe, when he was jolted in a contest, in turning the other cheek. Continue reading