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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

Wrestling Tourney Scheduled

The New York Times – November 25, 1917

A wrestling tournament at catch-as-catch-can style is to be held at the Lexington Theatre beginning Dec. 3.  Among those who are expected to compete are Earl Caddock, Wladek Zbyszko, Ed Lewis, Joe Stecher, Dr. B. F. Roller, Americus, Jess Westergard, Demetrus Tofalos, Alexander Thomas, Yussif Hussane, Cyclone Burns, Bob Managoff, Henry Ordeman, and John Freyburg.  They comprise the leading wrestlers of the country.

Pole Wrestles Tonight

The Milwaukee Journal – January 17, 1919

Wladek Zbyszko, Polish champion, will make his second appearance in Milwaukee Friday night at the Empress theater, where he is slated to wrestle Pilakopf, giant Finn, in a decision match.  A preliminary tilt will precede the wind-up.  Zbyszko disappointed a packed house two weeks ago when he failed to show here to meet Joe Rogers, being stalled in Iowa.  He is, however, under heavy guarantee now and will not fail to appear.  Following this contest he will take on Joe Londas here in a week in what should be the best wrestling bout Milwaukee has witnessed in years.

Marsh To Meet Tough Foe In Mat Program

Davenport Democrat & Leader – November 27, 1946

Tiger Joe Marsh, who practically exterminated Nick Waynes of Detroit on last week’s wrestling show, will run up against a much tougher foe in his headline bout Thursday night at the Labor Temple, 2100 Third Avenue, Rock Island. Continue reading

Mighty Wrestlers In Great Bout Here Tonight

Boston Globe – November 27, 1919

Will “Strangler” Ed Lewis’ head lock prevail or will the equally effective double-nelson of Wladek Zbyszko bring the “Mighty Son of Poland” through a victor in tonight’s battle in Mechanic’s Building? Continue reading

Stecher Sub Takes On German Grappler

New York American – December 3, 1923

Substituting for Joe Stecher, Nebraska wrestler, Wladek Zbyszko , Polish giant, will lock grips with Richard Schikat, German grappler, tonight in the feature mat struggle of the second tournament of the season in the Seventy-First Regiment Armory. The clash will be to a finish, one fall, to decide the winner. In two other matches Marin Plestina will engage Hans St. Steinke and Renato Gardini will attempt to pin the shoulders of Yussif Hussane to the mat.

Famous Wrestler And Athlete Confident Of Defeating Zbyszko

Hartford Daily Courant – March 16, 1919

Robert Frederick, known in wrestling circles as Ed (Strangler) Lewis, who will meet Wladek Zbyszko, Polish champion, in Madison Square Garden Friday night for the world’s championship, in a finish match, is an all around athlete. He coached the football, basketball and wrestling teams at Kentucky State University. Continue reading

Ferocious Finn Downed

The New York Times – December 22, 1917

Rogers Ignores Verbal Attack and Pins Hevonpaa to Mat.

The winning career of Sula Hevonpaa, Finland’s rotund wrestler, in the international wrestling tournament at the Lexington Theatre, was canceled before it really had a chance to mature.  Up to last night the ferocious Finn had registered on victory in the tournament that has now been progressing for three weeks. Unfortunately for Hevonpaa, Joe Rogers, a local grappler, loomed up in Sula’s path last night in one of the finish matches, and the result was the breaking of Hevonpaa’s winning streak. Rogers disregarding the noisy objections of his Finnish opponent, finished the Finn in 14:10 with a side roll and double arm lock.  Booth the mat was pretty well occupied while the bout lasted. Continue reading