Tag Archives: Tony Martinelli

Sammartino Still Unbeaten

Long Island Star-Journal – July 13, 1960

Bruno Sammartino, giant Italian grappler, kept his undefeated wrestling record intact by defeating Antonio the Great in four minutes and 25 seconds at Sunnyside Garden last night. Continue reading

Sammartino Beats George At Sunnyside

Long Island Star-Journal – April 20, 1960

Bruno Sammartino, self-styled world’s strongest man, defeated Gorgeous George after six minutes and 40 seconds in their one-fall-to-a-finish match at the Sunnyside Garden last night. Continue reading

Mat Main Won By Sammartino

Long Island Star-Journal – June 8, 1960

Bruno Sammartino defeated Antonio the Great in the pro wrestling feature at Sunnyside Garden last night.  Red and Lou Bastien, U.S. tag team champions, won over Lou Albano and Swede Hansen. Continue reading

Firpo, Graham Mat Victors

Long Island Star-Journal – May 14, 1960

Pampero Firpo and Eddie Graham won two of three falls from Skull Murphy and Pat Kelly in the slam-bang feature of last night’s pro wrestling card at Sunnyside Garden.

Promoter Manny Heicklen announced that his next special non-TV card, “a really sensational show,” will be held on Saturday afternoon , May 28. Continue reading

‘Swede’ Wins, Draws, Loses As Grappler

Ocala Star-Banner – January 14, 1958

Carl (Swede) Karlson won his three fall match with Jerry Christie, “drew” with several spectators in a chair-swinging melee after the fight then lost the decision on a reversal by referee Bill Braun. Continue reading

Wrestles Tonight

Long Island Daily Press – January 25, 1945

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REBEL RUSSELL, one of the roughest giants in the wrestling game, makes his debut at the Ridgewood Grove tonight with Georgie Becker as his foe in best two out of three falls to a finish.  In other bouts, Pat McKay and William Hall, also newcomers, will meet Tony Martinelli and Jimmy Austeri, respectively.

Dusek Brothers To Wrestle Tonight

The Miami News – January 31, 1958

The famous Dusek Brothers, Emil and Ernie, will take on Tony Martinelli and Sandor Kovac in an Australian tag team match during tonight’s wrestling show at the Miami Beach Auditorium.  The contest is scheduled for two out of three falls with a one hour time limit. Continue reading

Rothenberg On Park’s Muscle Card Tonight

Hudson County Dispatch – September 10, 1943

There’ll be big doings at Columbia Park in North Bergen tonight and a goodly portion of the crowd which will flood the old structure will hail from Bergen County.  The reason for Bergen’s interest in tonight’s doings is Murray Rothenberg, of course. Murray’s the husky ex-Bergen Record Diamond Glover, ex-pro footballer, ex-everything, who has now turned to rassling. ‘Tisn’t exaggerating a bit to class Murray as Bergen’s Dizzy Dean. But, like Dizzy, Murray always delivers.  He started as a footballer at Teaneck High. Hudson County fans will remember him for his performances against the Zuccaros in days gone by. Rothenberg was listed in Teaneck Red Devils’ backfield but most of the time he was in Union City’s backfield, they say. He also played with the Clifton Wessingtons. Later on, he coached football.  Coincident with his football playing, Murray dabbled in boxing. He figured in several spectacular Diamond Glove bouts in Hackensack. Sports Editor Al Del Greco tabbed him the King Levinsky of Bergen boxing. The customers came in droves to see Rothenberg licked; but, unlike Levinsky, Rothenberg was not “in a transom.” Invariably, he won.  He fought professionally, too, appearing several times at Englewood where Jackie Farrell and Jimmy Brienza had promotional flings.  Of recent years, he has given more and more attention to rassling. He studied jiu jitsu from a Jap chef at Bergen College. He studied the Fairbairn system of commando training. All this came in handy in his daily routine as Plant Protection Supervisor for the Magor Car Corp. of Clifton, which is engaged in defense work. He went the limit in this line, too. He taught hand to hand grappling and judo to several army units stationed in northern New Jersey. And he finally said to himself, he said, “Why not go into this business professionally?”  He had a fling at it years ago in a mild sort of way. On a dare, more than anything else, he figured in a tour during which he had eight matches. Won ’em all, too.  Friday night last he appeared against Chief Bamba Tabu at the Park and he licked the chief. So Promoter Ralph Mondt, anxious to develop some real local talent, signed him again. Tonight he meets far tougher opposition in the person of John Vansky. He’ll need all he’s got to get past John.  Tonight’s final rumpus will send Chief Thunderbird against Bad Babe Sharkey. The fans appear to be more interested, however, in the tag team match slated for tonight. This shindig will pit Maurice LaChappelle and Tony Martinelli against Michele Leone and Dick Lever.  Rounding out the card will be tussles between Tony Milano and the Blue Streak and Abe Yourist and Dick Lever.

Uline Arena Unveils Mat Card Tonight

Washington Post – December 15, 1941

Goldie Ahearn comes back as a wrestling promoter at Uline’s Arena tonight when he teams up with Jack Pfefer in the promotion of a five-event novelty show at 8:30 o’clock. Continue reading