Tag Archives: Rod Fenton

Match For Thomas

Sweetwater Reporter – August 22, 1950

George Thomas, the Longhorn League umpire who wrestles in the winter and officiates at professional baseball games in the summer, will display his wares outside the baseball diamond on Sept. 12 at Midland.

A wrestling match has been lines up for Thomas at Indian Park in Midland two days after the baseball season is over.  His opponent will be Rod Fenton veteran grunt and groan artist who specializes in mangling his foes in the ring.

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Wolfe Works on Pet Hold for Bowl Bout

San Pedro News-Pilot – November 21, 1933

“Big Bad” Les Wolfe today continued to polish up on his elaborate figure four body scissors in preparation for his match at Wilmington Friday night against Jim Cushing—who is better known here under the name of Pasquel Costello. Costello, with his “surf board” and wicked Japanese toe holds, ranks a formidable rival for Wolfe.

Costello has wins over men like Don Hill, Rod Fenton, “Gorilla” Pogi and others, while Les Wolfe has defeated Jack Ryan, Louie Miller, Joe Woods and other favorites. Many followers of the sport rank Wolfe as too rough and tough for the young Latin former football star. The match is two out of three falls with a two-hour time limit.

Les Grimes tangles with Jack Ryan in the semi-windup.

Dan McShain takes on Frankie Schroll in the second spot, while Pat McGill goes to the post against the Rod Fenton, in other bouts.

Dory Detton In Draw

Indianapolis Times – September 17, 1937

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 16.—Al Szasz, Budapest, drew with Dory Detton, Salt Lake City, in a wrestling program-here last night. Joe Parelli, Italy, defeated Klem Kusik, Russia. Yaqui Joe, Mexico, threw Rod Fenton. Joe Reno, New York, defeated Al Kelly, Marysville.  Hans Schumann, Germany, threw Pat O’Dowdy, Ireland.

Martter Risks Welter Title

San Pedro News-Pilot – July 21 1933

Newly-Crowned State Mat Champ Faces Fenton at Wilmington

Perry Martter, newly-crowned California welterweight wrestling champion, places his title on the block at Wilmington tonight in a main event bout with Rod Fenton, San Bernardino rougher.

They are scheduled to travel the best two out of three falls route, over the two-hour time limit, backed by the first all-welterweight program ever staged in this section.

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Mat Roughers Meet Tonight

San Pedro News-Pilot – June 23, 1933

Herman vs. Corrigan and Lewis vs. Santen Top Bowl Program

Wrestling fans liking rough and ready action should get their fill at Wilmington Bowl tonight when Promoter Elmer Willson presents four of the game’s wildest performers on a five-bout card. Mickey McMasters, pint-size referee of Whittier, will have the job of trying to keep order.

The promoter is offering a double main event, featuring Ad (Bomber) Herman vs. Jim Corrigan and Sailor Jack Lewis vs. Charley Santen.

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Santen Mat Winner

San Pedro News-Pilot – June 17, 1933

Missouri Ace Pins Corrigan

Martter and Fenton Steal Show in Fast, Rough Semi-windup

Charley Santen, the Missouri grappler, made a winning return from the wilds of suspension at Wilmington Bowl last night, beating Jim Corrigan, the former masked collegian, but his efforts were overshadowed in the semi-windup by Perry Martter and Rod Fenton, welters, who put on one of the wildest and roughest bouts seen at the harbor arena, the contest ending In a draw.

Santen took the first and third falls to beat Corrigan. The Missourian smashed down his opponent with an airplane spin for the first fall in 11:40, and then introduced a new wrinkle into the versatile profession to cop the third in 1:20. With his head clamped in a reverse face lock, Santen managed to get his hands on the top ropes in a corner, braced his feet against the post and then let fly much as a swimmer does against a wall. He knocked Corrigan down and the bout was over.

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New Grapplers To Make Bows

San Pedro News-Pilot – October 13, 1933

Northern Light Heavies in Feature Bouts Tonight at Wilmington

Two of the outstanding light-heavyweights of the north, Cal Herman and Flash Kelly, make their bows before harbor wrestling fans at Wilmington Bowl tonight. Herman meets “Big Bad” Wolfe in the one-fall semi-windup, and Kelly clashes with Rod Fenton in the one-fall special.

Jack Ryan, Eskimo – Indian, and Les Grimes, the Australian, top the card in a three-fall, two-hour rematch.

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Schroll And O’Brien Meet

San Pedro News-Pilot – September 29, 1933

Fenton Foe
Pasquel Costello, South American middleweight wrestler, who faces Rod Fenton, “drop kick” expert, at Wilmington tonight.

Wilmington Bowl to Open Light Heavy Wrestling Tourney Tonight

Buddy O’Brien counted on his flying tackles today to beat Frankie Schroll, Fresno light heavyweight wrestler, in the feature elimination bout at Wilmington Bowl.

Two weeks ago O’Brien, making his initial appearance in the harbor ring, beat “Gentleman Jack” Morgan with a series of devastating body-breakers, but tonight he faces a cagey, scientific grappler who boasts a strong defense for the unorthodox, but spectacular offensive maneuver.

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Martter Wins Welter Title

San Pedro News-Pilot – July 1, 1933

Pins Rod Fenton at Bowl; Miller and Morgan in Wild Slugfest

Perry Martter, former Olympic team captain, won recognition as California’s welterweight wrestling champion at Wilmington Bowl last night with a smashing victory over Rod Fenton, San Bernardino rougher, in a fast and spectacular match.

Martter captured the title by taking the two final falls, the first in 7:28 with a leg split and a body pin and the second in 4:46 by tripping Fenton as the latter started an airplane spin.

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Fenton Gets Best Of Pogi In Double Tough Main Go; Van Bebber And Jean Moore Stage Exciting Special Event

Lubbock Morning Avalanche – March 14, 1935

Variety Program At Auditorium Gets Big Ovation

The “pile driver” hold worked once, to give him a fall, but the next time he tried it, Gorilla Pogi played right into the hands of Roderick “Lightning Rod” Fenton, who brought the Argentine over in a backward body slam and pinned him there to win the third and deciding fall of last night’s wrestling main event at the Auditorium.

It was an all-round good show that Promoter Sled Allen sponsored last night, and the fans were given every opportunity to unleash their various emotions.  It was a variety program, and just about every type of wrestling and every hold, block, punch and kick were represented.

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