The Southeast Missourian – January 16, 1956
The march of Dimes Polio Fund will receive a financial lift Friday night at the Arena when the Odd Fellows turn over their share of gate receipts of the wrestling matches to this worthy cause. Leonard Thomas, local wrestling promoter said that this polio benefit card has the greatest array of wrestling talent that he has ever been able to assemble for a single night’s wrestling. Continue reading
Posted in 1956
Tagged Babs Wingo, Betty White, Bobby Nelson, Charles Howard, Ed Gardenia, Ethel Johnson, Finas Hall, Gene Pridemore, Ike Eakins, Jack Smith, Kathleen Wimbley, Louise Green, Mighty Atom, Ray Villmer, Thomas Aherns
The Dispatch – November 5, 1956
Mills Boys Disqualified
A Veterans’ Day special that packs plenty of wallop and offers two main events is slated in wrestling action at the Lexington YMCA Saturday night.
Ricki Starr, one of the rapid-rising young stars of the ring today and a fellow fans have been asking to see, makes his debut this week. The former Purdue University amateur great who once aspired to ballet dancing and who has been seen time after time on television, takes on the “Denver Destroyer” Tom Bradley in one of two main events. Continue reading
Posted in 1956
Tagged Al Mills, Ali Bey, Jack Bence, Jerry Gordet, Jim Austeri, Mike Paidousis, Nick Roberts, Pete Managoff, Ray Mills, Ray Villmer, Ricki Starr, Tom Bradley, Wally Lamb
Lakeland Ledger – January 14, 1960
Lakeland wrestling fans will see their favorite villain of the ’59-’60 grapple season in action again Saturday night when Black Jack Dillon tangles with Johnny (Rubberman) Walker in one of the three best-of-three falls events. Continue reading
The Southeast Missourian – June 8, 1955
Wild Bill Longston used less than 20 minutes to defeat Vic Holbrook last night at the Arena and June Byers successfully defended her mat crown against Bonnie Watson. Ray Villmer, rough Kansas City wrestler, whipped Silent George Hubert in 15:30 minutes to win their 1 fall match. Continue reading
The Southeast Missourian – June 7, 1955
Glamorous world champion girl wrestler June Byers will defend her mat crown against Bonnie Watson, vivacious blonde, tonight at the Arena. Miss Byers won the title from Mildred Burke last August and has proved to be a fighting champion. She has defended her crown over 150 times and has given every worthwhile opponent a chance to beat her. Miss Watson, shapely new mat sensation, has been wrestling for only 2 years but she has climbed to the top as a worthy challenger for Miss Byers’ title. Bonnie looks like a model or a movie star and is a very demure young lass outside of the ring. But her mild manner disappears the moment that she steps into the ring and she will use every hold, legal or otherwise to win a match. Miss Byers has had 8 years of ring experience. This championship match is scheduled to go 2 out of 3 falls with a 45 minute time limit. Continue reading
St. Paul Pioneer Press – March 14, 1941
Bronko Nagurski, who regained his world’s heavyweight wrestling championship by defeating Ray Steele in Minneapolis Tuesday night, will headline the annual St. Paul Amateur Aid Fund mat show. Continue reading
St. Petersburg Times – January 22, 1958
Mr. Moto, 230 pounds, famed Japanese wrestler from Tokyo, will top the triple attraction wrestling card at the National Guard Armory tonight. Opening event starts at 8 o’clock. Continue reading
St. Petersburg Times – December 21, 1962
Clearwater – Kurt and Karl Von Brauner, back in wrestling circles after their Florida suspension was lifted, will face Ray Villmer of Tampa and Harry Smith of Atlanta, Ga., to-night in the feature grapple event at the Clearwater Armory at Missouri and Seminole.
In other matches Al Costello will meet Marco Polo of Boston, Mass. and Steve Kovacs will go against Red Roberts.