Trenton Evening Times - June 17, 1931
Camden Courier-Post - February 9, 1933
MONTANA WED TO MISS PALLADINO
Camden Courier-Post - February 11, 1933
LEWIS RISKS TITLE IN ARMORY BATTLE
A heavyweight championship match will feature the Twin City Sporting Club's weekly wrestling show here at the 114th Infantry Armory, next Thursday night.
"Strangler" Lewis, recognized in
New York and Illinois as world's heavyweight titleholder, is
still is on the trail of the three
other matmen who lay claim to the championship and is ready to face
Jim Londos, Henri De Glane, and
John Pesek anytime, anywhere, anyplace. All three have persistently refused to meet "the
Strangler," who polished off Ray Steele in a little over 16 minutes when the latter acted
as a policeman for Londos. Whether or not Mazurki can cope with the
veteran is a matter of conjecture,
but Mike is a game, rising youngster and may duplicate the feat performed by Ed Don George, who
caught Lewis off his stride several
years ago and stripped him of his world's title.
Sammy Stein of Newark, who threw Luigi Bacigalupi here last Thursday night, comes back to meet George Hagen, former U. S. Marine Corps titleholder, in another finish match, one fall to 'win. Paul Boesch, sensational German-Jewish heavyweight, makes his first appearance in the third bout. Bill Middlekauff of Florida, will be his opponent in It 30-minute time-limit bout, one fall to determine the victor. Two other 30-minute time-limit bouts also will be presented. Mayes McLain of Pryor, Okla., who has spilled his last five foes in less than five minutes and who made his debut here last Thursday night by throwing Mike Chaplin of New .York, takes on Lilo Nardi of Italy, in the second fuss; and Dr. Fred Meyers of Chicago, meets Irving Halperin of Germany. in the curtain-raiser. One fall will decide both matches.
Camden Courier-Post - August 14, 1933
and Zaharias, Good Little Man and Good Big Man, in Mat Tiff Here
or not a good little man
Abie Coleman of Chicago, is the little grappler referred to, while George Zaharias of Colorado, is the big man in question. They are scheduled to clash in a 90-minute time-limit bout, two out of three falls to win.
match marks the first time the two have ,met before mat fans in this
vicinity and the fact that the pair vary so greatly in physical
qualities adds interest to the fuss. Coleman stands only a few
inches over five feet, but weighs over 200 pounds, while Zaharias is
well over six feet and tips the beam in the neighborhood of 235
Chicago Hebrew is one of the freaks of heavyweight wrestling
ranks, yet he's also one of the toughest to pin. Almost as broad as
he is long, Abie is endowed, with a remarkable physique and also can
scamper around like a lightweight. He's well versed in orthodox
wrestling and is exceptionally good in applying arm and leg holds.
he meets one of the real terrors of the mat game in going to the mat
with the massive Zaharias, who Is noted for his roughness and
George" gave a demonstration of his wares here last Monday
night in pinning Al Hutka of Poland in less than 15 minutes.
Zaharias literally smothered Hutka with his huge bulk and at the
same time subjected Al to a few strangle holds and a few legitimate
punches before flattening his lighter foeman,
however, faces a far keener competition In coming to grips with
Coleman. In his last match here, Abie won on a foul over the fiery
Dick Raines of Texas, the latter, finding out that Abie was plenty
tough, resorted to kneeing in an effort to win and was disqualified.
will be the underdog In his fracas with Zaharias due to the Greek's
big pull in the weights. However, Abie also was rated as
a certain loser to Raines,
who scales around
220 pounds, but the Texan found him too elusive and too tough to pin
legitimately and Zaharias also may discover to his sorrow that the
diminutive, but powerful Hebrew is a wily and dangerous foeman.
May Be Winner
fact, Coleman stands a good chance of going the full distance with
Zaharias without being pinned. And if "Big George" makes any
false moves, Abbie will be on top of him like a flash and the
massive Colorado beet farmer will find it difficult to pry himself
loose once Coleman fastens himself to an arm or a leg.
Joe Montana, South Camden Italian, who has just returned from a successful invasion of the middle west and south, makes his first appearance in nearly six months when he takes on Tom Alley, of California, in the 45-minute semi-final, one fall to win. Montana, a popular favorite with Camden patrons, is likely to be pushed to the limit to win as Alley beat Karl Davis.
Two thirty minute time limit bouts, each to be determined by one fall, complete the program. Dr. Karl Sarpolis of Glenlyon, Pennsylvania faces George Hilles of Minnesota, and Sol Schagel of Topeka, Kansas meets Jim Coffield, of Buffalo, New York.
Camden Courier-Post - August 15, 1933
TO SURPRISE PEPE
When Johnny Pepe, veteran Philadelphia middleweight, mingles with Joe Smallwood of Wilmington, Del. in the first half of a double-windup at· Grip's Pennsauken township open-air Arena on Friday night, the Quaker City entrant will be playing with fire.
The two are scheduled to engage in an eight-rounder which will. precede the final fracas between Johnny Duca, Paulsboro "Paralyzer" and Carl Fuser, formerly of New York, but now of Philadelphia. Duca and Fuser also meet in an eight-round joust.
Pepe, who lost a hairline decision to Roxie Allen, Camden Italian, in the latter's comeback attempt here several weeks ago, may find Smallwood far more troublesome than Allen. Joe has established a great reputation in the five years he has been throwing leather.
Smallwood came to Wilmington from Washington, D.C., shortly after the advent of legalized boxing in Delaware. He started out as a preliminary boy and after three straight knockouts he was thrown into a windup with Young Johnny Ketchell, Chester middleweight who was regarded as a star.
Smallwood, according to the record book, beat Ketchell and then repeated over Tommy Rios. He enjoyed a long winning streak till he met Billy Ketchell of Millville, who held Smallwood to a draw in a sensational battle.
Last Spring he collided with Vince Dundee at Peipervllle, Pa., and dropped a close decision to the Newark Italian, who still is the outstanding contender for the middleweight championship now held by Lou Brouillard. In his last battle, Smallwood beat Jimmy Smith of Staten Island, in a great club fight.
In event that Smallwood wins a clear-cut verdict over Pepe, the Wilmington mauler may meet Dundee here as Matchmaker Lou McFarland is seriously considering staging the contest.
However, Pepe also has met the cream of the middleweights. He's a dangerous foe at close quarters and as Smallwood also likes to fight "inside," the fuss should develop into a red hot skirmish.
Four six-rounders also will be staged. Joe Montana, Camden heavyweight wrestler, makes his bow as a boxer in meeting Mickey Sullivan of Philadelphia; Marty Little of Waterford, takes on "Sonny" Carley of the United States Marine Corps; "Mush" Green and Joe Lawson, both of Camden, clash, while Frankie "Mush" Blair of South Camden, faces Lou Heinsman of Lindenwold..
Camden Courier-Post - August 19, 1933
Wins Decision Easily Over Carl Fuser at Open-Air Arena
Duca, Paulsboro "Paralyzer," won the referee's decision over
Carl Fuser, of Philadelphia, in the last half of a double-windup held at
Grip's Pennsauken Township OpenAir Arena last night.
1000 fans saw the hard-hitting Italian win six of the eight rounds, lose
one and spit even in another. Duca dropped Fuser for a count of nine in
the sixth, a short right to the pit of the stomach sending the
Philadelphian to the mat. Johnny tried valiantly to finish his groggy foe,
but Fuser covered up and held on to last out the round and also remain on
his feet till the bell ended the one-sided skirmish.
straight left started the gore flowing from Fuser's nose in the first
round and also had the claret streaming from the organ in the last two
rounds. Johnny also opened a cut under Carl's right eye In the seventh and
the Philadelphian was badly marked at the finish. Duca did not show a mark
of the encounter.
did not become serious till the start of the fifth, but from that time on
won every round by a commanding margin. He won the second and third by a
fair shade and split even in the first, with Fuser having the better of
the fourth round.
fact that Fuser refused to "dog it" after being dropped in the
sixth had most of the crowd pulling for him to stick it out till the end.
And although Duca belabored him with everything in the last two sessions,
a body attack in both periods causing Fuser's knees to ·sag on several
occasions, the bushy-haired Philadelphian fought back as well as he was
able and was given a good hand for his for his gameness.
boys scaled in at 155 pounds.
19-pound pull in the weights proved too big a handicap for Joe Smallwood,
151, of Wilmington, to overcome in the eight-round semifinal against
Johnny Pepe, 170, of Philadelphia.
was an uninteresting match, Pepe trying to fight inside with Smallwood
tying him up continually. However, when Johnny did get inside he did
enough damage to win five rounds.
won the second and third rounds by a shade and split even in the second
frame. The Wilmington youngster suffered a cut on the nose in the sixth.
At the weighing-in exercises yesterday, the weights of the two boxers were given as Smallwood, 156; Pepe, 170.
his debut as a boxer, Joe Montana,
181, South Camden's wrestler, outpointed Mike Sullivan, 200, of Atlantic
City, in a special six-rounder. Montana won the first, second, fourth and
sixth rounds, while Sullivan won the third round by a big margin, and also
carried the fifth.
who had the usual roll of fat around his mid-section, made a clown fight
of it. Montana, regarded as a good puncher, failed to rock Sullivan at any
stage of the fuss.
an interesting match, Marty Little, 142, of Waterford, eked out a close
decision over Terry McGovern, 136, of the U. S. Marine Corps, in the third
last round decided the issue as Little had won the second and third rounds
and McGovern won the fourth and fifth, while the first was even. Little
was the hardest hitter and spilled McGovern in the second with a left hook
to the jaw, but Terry was up before a count could be started.
Lawson, 118, of Camden, outpointed "Mushy" Green, 115, also of
Camden, in the second six-rounder. Lawson finished strong, winning the
last three rounds along with the first. Green won the second and third
rounds. The bout was marred by frequent clinches.
Blair, 145, of Camden, and Eddie Faris, 143, of
Wilmington, Del., fought a great draw in the opening bout of six rounds.
Both boys won two rounds with two even.
won the first and fourth rounds, Faris won the second and fifth, while the
third and sixth were even. They stood toe to toe almost from start to
finish and both were tired at the end.
was bleeding at the nose at the end and Faris sported a "mouse"
under the left eye,
Any decision other than a draw would have been unfair to both youngsters, who were in there to annihilate each other and who tried their best to turn the trick.
Camden Courier-Post - February 8, 1936
VAGONNE OPPOSES TOUGH RIVAL
A popular favorite here, Red Vagonne, of Chicago, has again been relegated to the semi-final post on the Convention Hall mat card Monday night, He is opposed to Cleve Welch, who hails from Toledo, Ohio. In a 45-minute fracas, one fall to decide.
the final bout of the evening, Joe Montana, of South Camden, and
Frank Malcewicz, of Utica, N. Y., will again come together. However,
should the fuss go 90-minutes with neither gaining a fall, the first
matman to register a fall thereafter will be awarded' the
decision. Still, if one or the other comes through with a fall prior
to the 90-minute mark, the battle will be the usual two-out-of-three
fall fuss with no time limit.
to get back to the Vagonne-Welch argument. The latter turned in a
rough and tumble duel with Bobby Lentz here last week, and drew down
the ire of the fans in disposing of his youthful rival. However, the
rugged type of grappler appears to be a perfect foe for the Windy
Last week Vagonne made a 'fool' out of Charley Grubmier before the latter was disqualified for kicking, and had the bout gone on Red probably would have shellacked him. However, with another unorthodox foe in his next bout, action should be 'hot' from the first bell.
30-minute jousts will round out the program. Johnny Silvy, pleasing
Canadian, returns to meet Jose Manuel, of Cuba, while Charley
Grubmier, of Kansas City, Kan., and Billy Kief, of Cincinnati
collide in the curtain raiser. One fall will decide both scuffles.
Camden Courier-Post - February 11, 1936
THROWS MONTANA IN FEATURE MATCH AT CONVENTION HALL
By JAMES FOODY
Frank Malcewicz, the durable Pole, finally settled his lengthy argument with Joe Montana, local Italian, by pinning the latter in the feature wrestling match last night at the Convention Hall.
Before a crowd of 4000 enthusiastic fans, Malcewicz disposed of Montana with a body press after 1 hour 41 minutes 48 seconds of action, which found both contestants using every means in an effort to gain victory.
bout was scheduled for two out of three falls in the event that one
had scored a fall during the first 90 minutes, but if neither had
gained a fall during that time it was agreed that the first to
5.;ore a fall after the allotted time would win the match.
Slow at Outset
Action was rather slow at the outset, but the unpopular New Yorker started things moving with a hard right to the Italian's chin. Joe, although his right arm was bandaged, retaliated with a punch of the same type.
then on everything went. The downtowner, however, grappled cleanly
and weakened the Pole with a figure 4 body scissors in five
instances, but was forced to break when Frank crawled under the
strands of the rope.
Malcewicz punished the Latin with a short-arm scissors. He held this grip for five minutes before the referee detected him punching to the mid-section.
slowing up for a short while they started peppering one another with
kicks, eye gouges and rabbit punches at the one-hour mark.
Both matmen took turns bodyslamming and punching at the 80minute mark. The crowd was howling with glee as Montana tossed his rival to the canvas with rights and lefts to the head.
just when it appeared as though the Utica "terror" was
going under, he always rallied with a punch to the groin.
At the 90-minute mark Malcewicz had Joe in the throes of a short-arm scissors, and according to an agreement the first contestant to score a fall would emerge the winner.
The local Italian gained a figurefour body scissors and after battling for three minutes Frank struggled to his feet, falling against the ropes with Montana on his back, the New York lunged backward, bouncing Joe to the mat with a thud.
He rolled over and held Montana's shoulders to the can vas after onehour 41 minutes 48 second of mauling.
Vagonne Pins Welch
Continuing his victorious rampage here, "Red" Vagonne, 181, Chicago idol, batted down Cleve Welch, 185. of Dayton, Ohio, in 22 minutes 59 seconds with a body press in the semifinal.
The unruly Ohioan had the "redhead" in dire straits with a series of drop-kicks, but these methods proved his undoing. On his fourth drop-kick Vagonne fell to the mat and Welch landed like & ton of bricks.
"Red" jumped on his prostrate foe and gained the nod in apparent ease. However, Cleve proved a durable matman and. excelled along illegal lines.
In a roughhouse brawl, Billy Kief, 179, of Cincinnati, shellacked Charley Grubmier, 181, of Kansas City, Kansas, in 16 minutes 57 seconds with a body slam and body press in the opener.
blond victor connected with four aerial lunges before stopping the
Kansan. However" the latter got in a good number of kicks
before going under.
Jose Manuel, 180, a newcomer from Portugal, surprised by measuring off Johnny Silvy, 179, popular Canadian, in 10 minutes 31 seconds with a top-body scissors in the second fuss.
mite Canadian was forced to take a terrific hammering during the
joust without even staging a comeback. Jose punched, kicked and used
strangleholds strangleholds without any interference from Referee
Camden Courier-Post - February 12, 1936
JOE MONTANA FLATTENS GRUBMIER AT BRIDGETON
Bridgeton, Feb. 12- Joe Montana, 175, of Camden, won in straight falls last night over Charley Grubmier, 181, of Kansas City, in the feature bout at the Moose Arena. More than 1000 witnessed the show. Montana win the first fall in 20 minutes 45 seconds with a figurefour body scissors, and the second in 6.02 with a body slam.
the other bouts Billy Kief, 179,
Camden Courier-Post - February 14, 1936
TO MEAT MALCEWICZ MONDAY
Dussette, recognized light
,In the semi-final, Joe Montana, South Camden idol, and Jose Manuel, who hails from Portugal, meet in a 45-minute duel, one fall to win.
other scuffles round out the program. "Red" Vagonne, of
Chicago, and Billy Kief, of Cincinnati, mingle in the second fracas,
while Frank Scholl, a newcomer from Germany, and Cleve Welch, of
appear in the opening bout of the night.
Camden Courier-Post - February 17, 1936
RETURNS TO WRESTLE MALCEWICZ TONIGHT
few weeks back
here as the Boston Strong Boy, but today he is billed as light-heavyweight champion in several Western states. Although the state
of New Jersey does not recognize champions in the grappling world,
Frank Malcewicz, Utica,
N. Y., Pole, the titleholder's opponent here at Convention
Hall tonight, can acclaim himself as the if
logical wearer of the coveted honor should he dispose of his highly
touted foe in their 90-minute meeting. Two out of three falls will
decide the issue.
sojourn here he
has bowled over plenty
of leading matmen
and merits the opportunity to
mingle with the top-notchers of the bone-bending industry. Frank finally beat
down Joe Montana, downtown
Italian, last Monday, only after three hectic scuffles. The first
two ended in 90-minute draws, while the
"rubber" match was a tricky time-limit affair which necessitated a winner before
the bout ended.
Wins Third Scrap
an hour and 42 minutes of
New Yorker handed the Latin
his first reverse in many months with a backdrop, after the latter
had obtained his favorite figure 4: body scissors. This maneuver
cost Montana the duel, as the Pole bounded off the ropes to render
his foe hors de combat with a sickening backdrop.
Frank will be meeting a different type of brawler when he goes into
action against the new titleholder. The latter probably is one of
the strongest wrestlers in his class at the present time, and once
he obtains his pet full Nelson the rugged New Yorker most likely
will bend his knee for the first time here.
has grappled here on two occasions, flattening his rivals in jigtime
with full Nelsons, and won the admiration of the fans with his clean
style of wrestling. Whether he'll a continue along those lines in
his session with the "Polish Wildman" is highly
improbable, and the bout may turn into a longshoreman's brawl before the
the semi-final duel Montana is slated to exchange holds with Jose
Manuel, of Portugal. The skirmish is listed for 45 minutes, one fall
to win. Manuel stowed away Johnny Silvy
here last week, although he was given free rein by the referee to
use unorthodox methods. This same action may bring him Woe in
colliding with the gangling Italian, as Joe is reputed to be one of
the hardest hitters in this section. Two 30-minute battles round out
the bill-of-fare for the night. "Red" Vagonne, of Chicago,
and Billy Kief, of Cincinnati, collide in the second bout, while
Cleve Welch, of Dayton, OH, and Frank Scholl, a newcomer from
Germany, will open 'the show. One fall will terminate both tussles.
Camden Courier-Post - February 17, 1936
MALCEWICZ DRAW IN MAIN MAT SCRAP
By JAMES FOODY
the second straight time, Joe Montana, local grappler, and Frank
Malcewicz, the Utica "terror", battled to a draw in the
feature wrestling match at the
Halll last night.
one of the largest crowds of the indoor season at the civic hall,
the two grapplers went the entire route of 90 minutes without either
able to gain a fall.
their previous scuffle, which, also ended in a draw, each managed to
gain a fall over the long route but were unable to score the
was expected the two behemoths waged a rough battle along unorthodox
lines, although on several occasions they managed to settle down and
return to wrestling. Forearms, kicks and punches, however, was
displayed by the two during the major portion of the fuss.
several occasions each had chances of throwing their opponent, but
the intended victim always managed to wriggle loose and avert a
Utican, as anticipated, started the roughhouse work in the early
stages, connecting solidly with a right to the chin, followed with a
couple of finger splits. and eye gouges.
flew promiscuously with the Italian featuring along this style of attack. Yet the
New Yorker evened matters with two hard kicks to the groin.
the 40-minute mark, Ma1cewicz nearly pinned Montana with a short arm
scissors. He held this grip for fully five minutes, losing out when
he started to roll and falling victim to a leg head scissors.
However, the Pole broke this by punching to the mid-section.
continued to maul one another and at the one-hour junction,
hostilities were about even.
down towner procured a figure four body scissors, but lost it after
three minutes when Frank squirmed underneath the ropes. However, Joe
secured a body scissors and strange as it seems both gladiators had
wrestled for a short time without an unorthodox move.
proved too good to be true, as the Utican resumed his illegal
warfare. But this turned out to be a bad move, for Montana whaled
him all around the ring. Joe hurled him out of the ring on two
occasions, but lacked the finishing tactics.
a wild skirmish, "Reds" Vagonne, 180, popular Chicagoan,
won via the disqualification route from Charley Grubmier, 181, of
Kansas City, Kan., after 38 minutes 50 seconds of wrestling in the
scheduled 45-minute semi-final.
Simborn halted the rumpus after the Kansan used a number of strangle
holds and kicks to the face. However, while the fuss lasted Vagonne
had much the better of the going, and made a fool of his opponent
with the ropes. He wrapped Grubmier in the strands on four occasions
and each time he was well wrapped.
entered the ring with a heavy bandage circling his head, while his
foe sported a piece of adhesive tape over his left eye. The former
had his ear lanced earlier in the week, and took a big chance in
going through with the bout against his adversary.
Silvy and Kief Draw
a clean, clever match, Johnny Silvy, 179, the trapeze artist. from
Canada, and Billy Kief, 181, of Cincinnati, grappled to an exciting
gladiators charged at top speed, and drew the plaudits of the crowd
on numerous instances for ,
their sportsmanship. Neither appeared to have an edge, and pleased
the house with their hustle and bustle.
Welch, 185, a tough hombre from Chicago, easily flattened Bobby
Lentz, 180, of Dayton, O. in 18 minutes 49 seconds with a drop kick
and body press. It was the curtain
The Windy City matman proved too tough for his younger rival but was forced to kick and punch throughout before grabbing the decision. Three drop kicks, four rights to the whiskers and a hard toss from the ring cinched the battle for Welch.
Camden Courier-Post - February 17, 1936
Montana, Camden, drew with Frank Malcewicz, Utica, N. Y., in 90
Vagonne, 180, Chicago, Won
by disqualification over Charley Grubmier, 181, Kansas City, Kan.
Time, 38 minutes 50 seconds.
Kief, 181, Cincinnati, drew with Johnny Silvy, 179, Canada, in 30
Welch, 185, Columbus, 0., pinned
Bobby Lentz, 180, Dayton, 0.,
with body press. Time, 18
minutes 19 seconds.
Referee, Frank Simborn. .
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