Tag Archives: Tony Felice

Juan Juarez Wins Olympic Mat Tourney

Los Angeles Times – May 20, 1941

Disposing of four opponents in a total of slightly more than 15 minutes, Juan Juarez, Mexican champion, won the one-night elimination wrestling tourney at Olympic Auditorium last night.

Juarez was pretty sensational as he disposed of Tom Zaharias in the opening match in 5m. 48s. with an airplane spin and finished with a flashy 1m. 9s. triumph over another of the Zaharias clan, Chris, in the finals. Continue reading

Wykoff Squelches Koverly To Win Wrestling Tourney

Los Angeles Times – May 16, 1940
By Al Wolf

Apparently all things must come to an end – even international heavyweight wrestling tournaments.

Jack Daro’s mat mammoth, which began in William Jennings Bryan’s heyday, according to oldtimers hereabouts, wound up last night at the Olympic with Lee Wykoff, a semi-bald party from little Nevada, Mo., the champion of champions, or something. Continue reading

Rough Hobart Bout

The Argus – September 13, 1938

HOBART, Monday.–A capacity house In the City Hall, Hobart, to-night, saw the most sensational contest of the current series of wrestling bouts when Francois Fouche and Tony Felice met in a match scheduled for eight rounds. Continue reading

Manlapig And Travis To Meet On Mat Program

Honolulu Star-Bulletin – January 12, 1948

Ted (Tiger) Travis and Pantaleon Manlapig have been signed for a non-title match to headline next Sunday night’s pro mat show at the Civic Auditorium, promoter Al Karasick announced. Continue reading

Manlapig Cops Olympic Bout

Los Angeles Times – November 2, 1939

Pantaleon Manlapig, the pride of the Philippines, retained his role as one of the favorites in the Olympic wrestling tournament last night by making quick work of Manuel Rodriguez in an exciting matfest. Continue reading

Jack Hurley, Pro Wrestler, Killed In Fall

Syracuse Herald – March 14, 1934

NEW YORK CITY — Jack Hurley, listed as one of the “bad men” in the professional wrestling game and instigator of near riots among spectators in Syracuse, Baltimore, Boston and other places at mat shows, met his death here early this morning in a fall from his room on the fourth floor of the Hotel Lenox, 149 West 44th Street.

According to reports compiled by investigators, Hurley returned to the hotel at 3:30 o’clock, several hours after he had been thrown at the New York Coliseum by Emil Dusek, 205-pound wrestler of Omaha, Neb. The body was found, fully clad, some time later in a courtyard in the rear of the hotel.

Tony Felice, another wrestler residing at the hotel, declared Hurley, while he had improved rapidly since entering the professional mat sport and was regarded as a coming star, had tired of the grappling work and intended to quit shortly and go into business with his father.

Hurley, standing well over six feet, weighed 215 pounds and was extremely proud of his ability to incite the fans. He was placed on a Syracuse mat card last fall when the Disabled War Veterans decided to sponsor professional wrestling and made such a hit on his first appearance that he was brought back several times for repeat performances.

Hurley also was “built up” in the Boston area and drew out the customers in Baltimore, Rochester and other cities on the mat chain whenever he was billed with a rough and ready foe.

Strangely enough, Emil Dusek, who defeated Hurley in his final ring encounter, is scheduled to show in Syracuse on Wednesday, March 21, to oppose Joe Savoldi, the ex-Notre Dame football star, in the main bout of a card rigged up by John Contos, Baltimore promoter.

Police notified Hurley’s mother, Mrs. J.B. Hurley, Belmar, N.J., and his widow, who resides at 317 West 84th Street, New York City.