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.