Tag Archives: William Demetral

Wrestler Zbyszko Throws Pilakoff

The New York Times – February 24, 1911

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

Newsy Gossip Of The Sports

The Day – January 27, 1908

Charles Olsen has about decided to give up the grappling game and he says that when he gets a good steady job planning joists or shingling roofs he will forget all about his aspirations to be a champion.  He has also discovered that he doesn’t know as much about the game as an experienced manager. Continue reading

Will Hold Mammoth Wrestling Tourney

Associated Press – January 18, 1908

CHICAGO – By terms just closed with the Florida State Mid-Winter Fair Association, Fred M. Barnes, of Chicago, will handle and promote the biggest wrestling tournament ever attempted in America. The tourney will take place at Tampa, Fla., for eight days, February 8 to 15 inclusive. At an estimated expense of not less than $20,000, mat artists from all parts of the world will be invited to participate in these events. Continue reading

The Sports Spy Glass By Hutch

Arizona Republic – March 3, 1931

Seems like I can’t get Pete Sauer out of my mind and with the mail carrying reams of copy about the great wrestlers of the day, I have the impression that Pete is being the run-around by most of the front-rank matmen. Continue reading

Wrestler Demetral Challenges Hangman To Break His Neck

Syracuse NY Herald –  November 4, 1913

DETROIT, Mich. — William Demetral, the Greek wrestling champion of the world, has issued the most unique defi to the world ever made by an athlete. Continue reading

Redskin To Meet Greek

The Toledo News-Bee – July 14, 1908

Can a 160 pound Greek throw a 250 pound Indian?  This question will be decided at Armory park Tuesday night when Demetral and War Eagle will clash in the main event of a wrestling program. Continue reading

Zybszko Loses Handicap Match

The New York Times – January 27, 1911

Yankee Rogers Proves the Stumbling Block to the Champion Polish Wrestler.

Yankee Rogers, the champion wrestler of New England, put a crimp in the aspirations of Zbyszko, the powerful Polish wrestler last night, by refusing to be thrown in anything like easy fashion or short time. Continue reading