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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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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.

Stecher Takes Out The Bulgarian

Associated Press – January 7, 1924

PHILADELPHIA — In one of the roughest wrestling matches seen in this city in years, Joe Stecher, former heavyweight champion, finally wore down Yussif Hussane, Bulgarian, in 57 minutes and 15 seconds, and threw him with a head chancery and bar lock. Both men weighed 220 pounds. 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.

Wladek Zbyszko Secures Main Event Win

New York American – December 4, 1923

Wladek Zbyszko, the Polish heavyweight champion, defeated Richard Schikat, massive German wrestler, who recently came to this country with high hopes of winning the world’s championship, last night at the Seventy-First Regiment Armory, Park Avenue at Thirty-fourth Street. The end came after 1 hour, 9 minutes and 50 seconds of hard and even wrestling, when Zbyszko brought his man to the mat with a toe-hold. A crowd of several thousand fans watched the main bout and the two preliminaries, in which Marin Plestina defeated Hans Steinke, another German giant, in 18 minutes and 10 seconds with a head lock and barlock, and Renato Gardini, Italian heavyweight, threw Yussif Hussane with a headlock in 18 minutes.

In the main bout it was announced that Schikat weighed 215 pounds, while Zbyszko tipped the scales at three pounds more. The German aspirant for titular honors proved a great surprise to the gallery and won many friends by his speed, skill, strength and ability to balk Zbyszko and wriggle out of the latter’s most dangerous holds.

The German has been essentially a Graeco-Roman wrestler and was quite unfamiliar with the catch-as-catch-can style of grappling until he came to this country a few weeks ago. For that reason his cleverness and his ability to hold off the veteran Polish star was quite unexpected. Schikat proved dangerous from the very start and gave Zbyszko many anxious moments, while he surprised the latter time after time by the ease with which he tossed the Pole about.

For more than an hour the men wrestled with little advantage to either contestant. The end came when both men seemed comparatively fresh. After working out of an armlock, Zbyszko maneuvered until he gained a toe hold in the centre of the ring. The German threw all his strength into an effort to break the hold and gradually worked himself and his opponent to the north ropes.

It was a crushing grip that Zbyszko held and he exerted every ounce of his strength in an effort to terminate the match quickly. Schikat managed to get under the ropes and Referee Roeber called the men to the middle of the ring. So terrific had been the pressure exerted by the Pole that the German said he could not bear his weight on his left leg. He was counted out and the bout awarded to Zbyszko.

Hussane Hurt, Loses Mat Bout

Chicago Tribune – February 24, 1916

BOSTON, Feb. 23 — Wladek Zbyszko defeated Yussif Hussane in one fall at
Mechanics Hall last night in 1:09:27. Zbyszko floored Hussane with a half
flying mare and body roll. Hussane hit the floor head first and was completely
knocked out. It was several seconds before he was revived and then his manager
yielded the match to Zbyszko without further contest.

Proud Of Farm And Mat Game, Says Stecher

Chicago Tribune – July 2, 1916
By Joe Stecher

I was born on a farm near Dodge, Neb., twenty-two years ago. I am proud of the title farmer. My parents are farming people and, from an early age, I knew what it meant to plow and sow and harrow.

I attribute much of my physical prowess to the fact that out of door life, the virgin soil, developed my strength, made my muscles firm, and my nerves steady. There is nothing, after all, like fresh air, sunshine, and good food to foster perfect health. No one can improve on nature’s handiwork.

I started in the wrestling game when a mere boy, testing my muscles out in the barnyard with my playfellows. Gradually I downed one boy after another and achieved a local reputation as a wrestler.

My ability as a wrestler grew until people came from miles around to see me wrestle with some local celebrity.

There was little attention paid to me until a couple of years ago, when Farmer Burns, considered one of the greatest wrestlers of the decade, and the man who discovered and trained Gotch, brought Yussif Hussane, the Turk, to Dodge. Now Hussane was rightfully considered one of the world’s best wrestlers, and he and his friends figured my defeat would be easily accomplished. My friends wagered a lot of money that I would win.

To make a long story short, I won over Hussane. From that time I was well started to success. All the leading wrestlers challenged me and I accepted all comers. The strange part of it all is that when I gain a victory my opponents always demand another match, for, with their managers, they are almost invariably confident that the second contest will result differently. The history of my ring contests will prove that the return match is invariably decided in my favor more quickly than the first one.

Charlie Cutler, one of America’s best wrestlers, was matched with me for the American championship. We wrestled in Omaha. Cutler’s friends evidently believed the contest would surely end in Cutler’s favor. There was Cutler money almost everywhere. My “farmer” friends had confidence in me, however, and they won between $35,000 and $40,000 on the contest.

The scissors hold, to which many attribute my success, came to me naturally. Gotch specializes in the toe hold. The reason I have been successful with the scissors hold is that when I discovered that I could defeat the other young fellows I developed the muscles in my legs in much the same way a boxer develops his arms. My brother Anton also has aided me materially in my training. Anton knows the game thoroughly and has participated in many wrestling matches.

When one of my wrestling matches is over I want to know when the first train leaves for Dodge. There is both pleasure and profit in farming, and I would advise all boys born and reared on farms to remain there. The farm is the place to gain and retain good health.

Another thing, boys, refrain from the use of liquor and tobacco. I have never used either. I cannot, and succeed in my profession. I am not a crank, but at the same time should I use liquor or tobacco even sparingly, the other fellow not using it, would have something one me.

Safety first is a mighty good slogan. I have tried to observe it with these rules:

No tea or coffee. No tobacco. Eight hours sleep. No liquor. Plenty of fresh air. Plenty of sunshine.