Stanislaus Zbyszko, world’s heavyweight wrestling champion, successfully defended his title when he pinned the shoulders of Strangler Lewis, former champion, to the mat twice. Lewis won the first fall, but the aged Pole came back strong and won his two falls in less than three quarters of an hour.
Strangler’s” Best Assets Are His “Headlock” Hold and Comparative Youth – Stanislaus Figured by Experts as Having Splendid Opportunity of Winning Wrestling Crown in Spite of His 46 Years.
NEW YORK, May 6 — The long-awaited meeting between Ed (Strangler) Lewis, world’s heavyweight wrestling champion, and Stanislaus Zbyszko, veteran Polish matman, will be staged for the amusement of New York’s wrestling lovers in the Twenty-second Regiment armory this evening. The world’s title, won by Lewis from Joe Stecher will be at stake in a finish match.
For better or for worse, the hilariously maligned science of Grunt and Groan has been parlayed into big business in Montreal. Local enthusiasts there contributed more than $300,000 to wrestling during 1947. This all-time record box office gross, amassed during 40 shows at the Forum and exceeding even the previous turnstile feat of $240,264 in 1946 at the same Forum, has firmly entrenched the Canadian metropolis as wrestling mecca of the world and a reformed Boston taxi-driver as Pachyderm Promotional Peer.
Executives of more prosaic business enterprises are often surprised to learn that Grunt and Groan Inc. operates more by guide than by guess.
Polish Wrestler Has the American Badly Used Up at End of Two Falls
Zbyszko, the much-heralded Polish wrestler, defeated Dr. Roller of Seattle last night in their catch-as-catch-can match in straight falls, the periods being 1:13:25 for the first fall, and 11:40 for the second.
The Grand Central Palace was the scene of the contest, and probably. 2,500 persons, many of whom were women, witnessed the really fine wrestling series staged by Joe Humphreys.
When the main bout was over it was the consensus of opinion that the winner’s knowledge of wrestling was extremely limited, as he gave no intimation of acquaintance with other than the most ordinary holds, relying mainly upon his immense weight and its accompanying strength. Continue reading →
Polish Grappler Gains the First Fall in 53: 13 and the Winning Fall in 18:00.
Stanislaus Zbyszko, the Polish wrestler, won the catch-as-catch-can finish match with Pilakoff, the Finnish champion, at Sulzer’s Harlem River Casino last night, gaining two straight falls. The first was secured in 53:13, with a crotch and scissors hold, and the second came in 18 minutes with a scissors and bar hold. The big Pole showed himself Pilakoff’s superior at every stage of the contest, and the only thing in doubt after the first few minutes was the length of time before Zbyszko would secure two falls. The Polish champion gave Pilakoff no chance to do any aggressive work, and gradually wore him down to submission.
The men shook hands at 10 o’clock and Zbyszko quickly secured a leg hold and forced Pilakoff to the matt. The latter was soon tide up in a half nelson and crotch hold but broke away and jumped to his feet. Zbyszko again put Pilakoff down and secured another half Nelson, but the Finn was able to break. Five minutes had been used up before Pilakoff assumed the aggressive, but it was only for a few seconds. At 7:30 Pilakoff again surprised Zbyszko, but the latter had no trouble in getting away. Continue reading →
Pilakoff, the Finnish lion, is not at all satisfied with the result of his wrestling match with Zbyszko, and having entirely recovered the use of his right arm, which was injured, he is anxious to meet the Polish champion again, under the same conditions that governed the last contest, or to a finish under mixed style rules. Pilakoff will be on hand at the Grand Central palace tomorrow night to publicly challenge Zbyszko.
Photographs of Mort Henderson Show Remarkable Resemblance in Poses to the Mysterious Wrestler.
There is no reason why the “Masked Marvel,” who has caused wrestling “fans” and many others in all walks of life to do a lot of guessing since he first appeared in the tournament at the Manhattan Opera House, should not remove his mask, as it interferes with his work and his identity is conceded to be as good as proved. Continue reading →
The Pittsburg Press – April 28, 1916
By Robert Edgren
“Masked Marvel” Henderson Under Weekly Salary, With Date Of His Defeat Known In Advance
New York, April 28 – A new attempt is being made to make a popular “mystery” of a wrestler called the “Masked Marvel” and identified as Mort Henderson, a clever western mat artist who lacked the bulk necessary to make him actually first class. Two of the officials told me there were no less than three men in the so-called “tournament” held at the Manhattan Opera House who could throw him at any time. They were Aberg, Zbyszko and Lewis. Continue reading →
Champion Wrestler Will Defend Title in Benefit Bout for Irish.
The last important wrestling bout of the local season will be held May 6 at the Seventy-first Regiment Armory for the benefit of the Irish Relief Fund. On that occasion Ed (Strangler) Lewis, giant Kentuckian, will defend his heavyweight championship against Stanislaus Zbyszko, veteran Polish grappler. The men will wrestle one fall. Promoter Jack Curley is conducting the match. Curley expects, in view of the fact that the proceeds will be donated to the Irish cause, and also because of the championship element of the match, that the receipts will exceed any recorded here this season. Continue reading →
Zybszko to Throw Raicevich Three Times in 90 Minutes.
Madison Square Garden is to be the scene of another wrestling match tonight, when Stanislaus Zbyszko, the Polish Champion, and Giovanni Raicevich, title holder of Italy, will be the principals. Zbyszko will undertake to throw the Italian three times within an hour and a half at catch-as-catch-can style. Tom Jenkins, the former champion, who is now wrestling instructor of the Naval Academy at West Point, has been selected to referee the contest. While the Italian persuaded Zbyszko into giving him a handicap, even the most ardent admirers of the Pole think that he is undertaking too much of a job, and the results is that Raicevich has been a decided favorite. Continue reading →