Tag Archives: Verne Gagne

Kalmikoffs Face Scientific Foes Friday Night

Winona Daily News – April 24, 1963

The world’s heavyweight wrestling champion, Verne Gagne, will hold the Winona sports spotlight Friday when he meets Karol Kalmikoff in the main event at the Catholic Recreation Center.

Supporting the main will be two other matches featuring Ivan Kalmikoff vs. Doug Gilbert in the semifinal and Eddie Sharkey vs. Guy Taylor in the 8:30 p.m. opener.

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Good vs. Bad In Local Pro Wrestling

Winona Daily News – April 23, 1963

Like a thundering herd, the pro wrestlers invade the Catholic Recreation center in Winona Friday with a championship match between Vern Gagne and Karol Kalmikoff to headline the card.

Gagne, the champion, is rated as one of the most skilled and scientific grapplers in the business, while his opponent is considerd to be one of the meanest in the game.

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Gagne, Crusher Meet In Benefit

The Minneapolis Star – August 29, 1964

Amateur athletes and teams in the Twin City area will benefit from proceeds of tonight’s professional wrestling card matching Vern Gagne against The Crusher in St. Paul’s Midway Stadium. Continue reading

Gagne To Show Tricks At DFL ‘Fun Festival’

The Minneapolis Star – June 22, 1965

GOP, Look Out

Watch out Republicans, the DFL may start applying wrestling holds to you next.

Vern Gagne, professional wrestler will demonstrate some of his “bone crushing” tactics at a DFL “fun festival” Saturday at Excelsior Park. Continue reading

Ready And Waiting

The Milwaukee Journal – January 19, 1957

Angelo Poffo 1-19-57

Ready and waiting for Yukon Eric is Angelo Poffo.  Poffo will wrestle Eric in a penalty belt match at the Auditorium Saturday night in the preliminary to the tag match between the Volkoff brothers and Verne Gagne and Argentine Rocca.

Wrestling Set Saturday Night

The Milwaukee Journal – May 5, 1976

Verne Gagne will wrestle Bobby Heenan Saturday night at the Auditorium in the main event of a five bout professional card.  Mad Dog Vachon and Joe Leduc will meet in the semifinal. Continue reading

He Helped Define Wrestling

Star Tribune – April 28, 2015
By Mary Lynn Smith

Verne Gagne  1926-2015


Verne Gagne obituary photo

Wrestler Verne Gagne died Monday surrounded by family in Minnesota. He was 89.

Legendary wrestler and promoter Verne Gagne died Monday surrounded by his family in Minnesota, according to close friends. He was 89.

News of his death reverberated through the wrestling world in tweets and Facebook posts that paid tribute to the Robbinsdale High School wrestler who went on to make a mark in the worlds of both amateur and professional wrestling. Continue reading

Chargers’ Ladd Debut March 26

Chicago Defender – March 19-25, 1966

Ernie Ladd, giant Negro defensive tackle in pro football, will make his Chicago debut in wrestling March 26 when he meets Bulldog Plechas in the Amphitheatre, 43rd and Halstead Sts. Continue reading

Gal Grapplers In Washington Show

The Afro-American – September 4, 1954


Two aggressive and popular women wrestlers will inject considerable punch into Promoter Vince McMahon’s outdoor wrestling carnival headlining a best-two-of-three-falls feature involving Antonino Rocca and Verne Gagne at Griffith Stadium next Thursday night. Continue reading

Gagne Beats McClarity In ‘Sleeper’ Bout

Chicago Tribune – August 7, 1954
By Frank Mastro

Verne Gagne beat Roy McClarity in their wrestling match in International Amphitheater last night, but not before the underdog, McClarity, had put Gagne away once with Verne’s patented sleeper hold. A capacity crowd of 9,891 paid a gross gate of $26,310. Continue reading