Arena Scene of High Class Heavyweight Professional Wrestling Every Tuesday Night. – See the Big Pachyderms in Action. – Popular Prices.
After last Tuesday’s exciting bouts at the Arena, the fans now realize that the promoters mean business by bringing the cream of the lot to Three Rivers.
Next Tuesday, Yvon Robert, the popular coming world’s champion, will provide the highlight in the final against Henry Biers. The latter has been seen in action here twice, he is a most promising prospect for the title, so that he and Robert should put on one of the classiest bouts ever seen at the Arena.
Madera Daily Tribune and Madera Mercury – May 15, 1940
Rudy LaDitzi Also on Fresno Wrestling Card
While no champions are on the bill, yet the classy wrestling card Promoter Don Price is presenting in Ryan’s Auditorium Friday night promises to provide valley mat j fans with an abundance of fast and I exciting action.
Hardy Kruskamp, the drop-kicking ace of Ohio State, meets Dirk Lever, rough and ready Tennessee threat, in the main events, slated for three falls, one hour limit.
Al Mercier in Final Next Tuesday, Against Rudy Laditzi. – Opener Was Thrilling. – Poor Attendance on Account of Rain.
Wrestling fans are breathing easier – wrestling has been resumed in Three Rivers, and the same big mat shows which are seen in Montreal weekly will be staged locally.
Last Tuesday’s opener was dampened, somewhat, by the downpour of rain which kept many fans away, but in spite of that, it could be seen that wrestling will regain some of its former popularity this season.
Rudy Laditzi Attacks Dr. Hall After Referee Gives Later Decision
Rudy Laditzi, wrestler, is nursing a sore head today as a result of a blow from a policeman’s club that broke up a near riot at the end of the wrestling bout between Laditzi and Dr. Len Hall ,at the Twelfth Street Theater last night.
Laditzi attacked Dr. Hall after the latter had been adjudged victor and was preparing to leave the ring. Referee Mark Nelson was brought into the scrap and it was necessary for the officer to wield the club to quiet Laditzi. The blow knocked him down and rendered him semi-conscious. During the embroglio a spectator threw a chair at Laditzi which narrowly missed him.
“Bulldog” Ted “King Kong” Cox, the Lodi wildman, is going; to enact Custer’s last stand tonight when he takes to the mat in community park to face Julius Strongbow, the 274 pound Choctaw Indian brave from Oklahoma. It is a one hour limit match for the best two out of three falls.
Cox spots the Indian 44 pounds of weight advantage, but he has had more experience than Strongbow and is considerably faster. He expects to make his superior speed and experience off-set his opponent’s advantage in bulk.
Hardy Kruskamp, former Ohio State football tackle, captured the wrestling tournament at the San Bernardino Athletic club last night when he used a series of flying tackles and body flips to flatten Tom Zaharias, of Colorado, in the finals. Kruskamp won this thrilling match in less than two minutes.
In taking a preliminary decision over Rudy Laditzi, the powerful Hungarian, Kruskamp won this match after both grapplers had toiled the time limit of 20 minutes.
Kruskamp offered the surprise of the eight-bout program when he eliminated the Yellow Terror, a masked grappler, in his second bout. The former football star won this match in the full time limit of 20 minutes with a figure four toe hold.
Nearly a dozen main event wrestlers will appear in a tournament scheduled Wednesday night at the San Bernardino Athletic club. The full action program will assure 11 to 13 one-fall matches, it was declared by Promoter Art Mondt.
The winner of this tournament will get the feature mat tussle with Jimmy Londos, national champion, at the San Bernardino club the following week.
Wrestlers listed for this tournament include Rube Wright, The Yellow Terror, Pete Meheringer, Manuel Rodriguez, Joe Tonti, Otto Schnable, Jimmy EI Pulpo, Tom Zaharias, Rudy Laditzi, Hardy Kruskamp and Vic Hill.
Rudy (Rowdy) Laditzi, 235, New York grappler who has gained three consecutive victories in Indianapolis, will take on Ray Steele, 218, top ranking matman from California, to feature tonight’s all-heavyweight wrestling card at the Armory. The Hercules A. C. is staging the program.
Laditzi, a rough and tumble performer, goes against the toughest opposition he has had in this city when he comes to grips with Steele. Ray is clever, fast and experienced. Rudy saw action here last week when he cuffed his way to a win over Dorve Roche.