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Wladek Zbyszko Wins On Foul

The New York Sun – October 26, 1927

Wladek Zbyszko received the award over Reginald Siki in their scheduled one-hour wrestling match at the Ridgewood Grove Sporting Club, Brooklyn, last night, when after seventeen minutes of wrestling Siki threw Zbyszko out of the ring.  Farmer George McLeod and Cyclone Reese wrestled to a draw.  Jack Ganson threw Tom Lurich and Abe Coleman drew with Martin Ludecke in the other bouts.

Stecher Defends Wrestling Title In L. A.

The Humboldt Times – August 11, 1925

Italian Fails To Take Belt From Champion


LOS ANGELES, Aug. 10. – Joe Stecher, world’s wrestling heavyweight champion, tonight successfully defended his title against Renato Gardini the Italian challenger.

The match was looked forward to with good deal of interest here among the followers of the game.  A good sized crowd turned out to see the two grapplers.

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Zbyszko Knocks Hussane Senseless In Winning Boston Wrestling Bout

The Pawtucket Times – February 24, 1916

BOSTON, Feb. 21 —Waldek Zbyszko, the Polish heavyweight, won his match last evening against Yousouf Hussane, the crack Bulgarian, in their contest at Mechanics building. The match was under catch-as-catch-can rules and after both men had wrestled for 1 hour 9 minutes and 27 seconds, Hussane was declared the loser. While in a grip, Zbyszko fell on top of him, knocking him unconscious for about 15 minutes. Hussane was unable to continue. As the contest was best two out of three falls Jack Curley, manager of the Bulgarian conceded the victory to the Polish wrestler. A few minutes prior to the accident, Hussane started a back body lift. Gathering his opponent in his arms he lifted him cleanly off the mat with the intention of hurling him down. While in this position Zbyszko, who appeared to have an advantage in weight of about 25 pounds put his full bulk in such a way as to cause Hussane to fall backwards with great violence. Hussane hit in the cervical region of the neck and was completely knocked out. Zbyszko did not appear to realize that his opponent was unable to continue and secured a front headlock and front body hold. This was not necessary however, as Hussane lay limp on the mat. There was much excitement and the physicians jumped through the ropes. After they restored Hussane he was taken back to the dressing room, where Dr. Raymond Earl Bennison, Boston Red Sox physician, attended him. It was at first thought that Hussane had sustained a broken neck but these fears were dispelled after the examination. Zbyszko Frightened. The Zybszko was frightened by the accident was apparent for after Hussane had been carried from the ring the big Pole went to his corner and donning his bathrobe said to the crowd “Sorry, sorry, I did not mean it.” When Hussane sat up in the dressing room he showed his gameness by asking his manager if he was all right to continue but was told that he was in no condition to resume the bout and that Zbyszko was declared the winner. Last Christmas night both wrestlers mauled and hauled each other for an hour and 49 minutes in the same hall, neither one securing a fall. There was much feeling and last night the men wrestled on the basis of winner take all In the first 20 minutes Hussane got three wristlock holds – which looked as though they might win for him, but Zbyszko managed to break all successfully and then put his extra weight to advantage. In the preliminary contest between Joe Wallis and Peter Goulette the latter won in 20m 45s with an upright crotch hold. Paddy Heidt of Worcester refereed the bouts and Billy LeClair held the water.

Freberg Is Victim Of Caddock’s Skill

The New York Times – December 16, 1917

Western Wrestler Ends Short Visit by Scoring Second Victory in Tourney.

Earl Caddock, the young Iowa wrestler, making his last appearance in a mat bout before returning to Camp Dodge, Des Moines, Iowa, to resume his duties as an enlisted fighter in the army of Uncle Sam, last night added another triumph to his list by throwing John Freberg, announced as the Swedish champion, in a finish bout in the international wrestling tournament at the Lexington Theatre. The young Westerner did not show up as strongly as he did in his first appearance here, against Dr. B. F. Roller. Freberg lasted longer against the lad, who is being popularly piloted as the next successor to Frank Gotch’s crown, and illustrated a falling off in Craddock’s performance. Freberg worked 45 minutes and 15 seconds before succumbing finally to a heed, arm, and scissors hold. On the previous night Craddock threw Dr. Roller in 40 minutes 59 seconds.

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Caddock Scores Triumph

The New York Times – December 15, 1917

Young Wrestler Conquers Roller In 40 Minutes 59 Seconds

Earl Caddock, the young wrestler from Anita, Iowa, who is looked upon as a probable successor to the crown left vacant by the enforced retirement of Frank Gotch, champion wrestler, achieved success on his initial appearance in competition in the East last night. Opposed to the veteran grappler, Dr. Benjamin F. Roller, of Seattle, Wash, in a finish bout in the international wrestling tournament at the Lexington Theatre, Caddock thrilled the biggest crowd that has been attracted to the tournament with a convincing victory over Roller. Caddock accomplished the downfall of his veteran opponent in 40 minutes 59 seconds, with ahead scissors and crotch hold.

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Stellar Wrestlers For Tonight’s Show

The Globe – May 4, 1929

Ivan Mickailoff, a World War veteran, who served in the Russian, French and United States armies, is a wrestler of prominence in past years, being the winner of the Olympic championship in 1908 in London, England. He has followed wrestling as a professor for over fifteen years, and will try to put the game back in good standing in Toronto. For his opening show tonight at the Arena he has arranged three of the best possible heavyweight bouts. Continue reading

Referee Gives Sonnenberg Decision

Washington Post – December 9, 1933

It was somewhat of an off night at Mons. Joe Turner’s rassling circus at the Auditorium last night, the card not being particularly good and the cash customers seeming to sense the fact and so staying away in larger numbers. Only about 2,500 showed up. Continue reading

Ex-World Mat Champ Killed In Revolution

International News Service – August 18, 1936

NEW YORK – Wladek Zbyszko, five times world heavyweight wrestling champion, was killed during street fighting in Barcelona, Spain, Aug. 6, according to unconfirmed reports reaching here today via South America.

Word of the wrestler’s reported death was sent to Ismail C. Pace, director of the Luna Park Stadium in Buenos Aires, from his home office. Pace immediately communicated the word to Jack Curley, local promoter, under whose auspices Zbyszko rose to fame in the sporting world.

Planning a comeback attempt, the wrestler, native of Poland, had been in Barcelona for some time. He was said to have been in touch regularly with Polish consular officials here until a few days ago, when his communications ceased abruptly.

On The Hoof

Saturday Evening Post – December 14, 1935
By Milton MacKaye

The standing of wrestling as a profit-making enterprise has received little attention in the economic journals, and even those publications devoted to the fevers of sport have been niggardly in space and headlines. There has been a general tendency to regard wrestling as a sort of little country cousin of the opulent boxing profession, a rude and primitive trial of strength persisting feebly in the backwoods sections, but destined ultimately to become as extinct as the broadsword. As a public spectacle, it has been rated just ahead of long-distance walking contests and the hop, skip, and jump, and considerably behind the breath-taking thrills and romance of puss-in-the-corner and the potato race. Continue reading

Zbyszko Wins From Indian

The Oregonian – April 27, 1944

Wladek Zbyszko, the former Polish champion, and Dean Detton, one-time world’s titleholder, won top honors on Wednesday night’s double main event heavyweight wrestling card at the Auditorium and will meet in the top match next week. Continue reading