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Tuesday, January 2, 1940
Sportatorium
• 6 Man Battle Royal winners: Farmer Jones and Count Antonio Marino (other participants: Soldier Thomas, Joe Bauer, Clyde Wood, Frankie Hill)
• Soldier Thomas drew Joe Bauer (15:00)
• Clyde Wood beat Frankie Hill (19:00, dq)
• Farmer Jones beat Count Antonio Marino (2-0)
Referee: Ole Erickson
NOTE: Jim Wakefield, recovered from illness, was now listed as the co-promoter.

Tuesday, January 9, 1940
Sportatorium
• Clyde Wood beat Joe Bauer
• Duke Ruppenthal drew Soldier Thomas
• Farmer Jones beat Frankie Hill (2-0)

Tuesday, January 16, 1940
Sportatorium
• Duke Ruppenthal drew Count Antonio Marino
• Mickey Durano beat Joe Bauer (2-0, dq)
• Farmer Jones beat Clyde Wood (2-0)

Tuesday, January 23, 1940
Sportatorium
• Red Shadow drew Billy Goelz
• Billy McEuin drew Mickey Durano (1-1)
• Farmer Jones beat Duke Ruppenthal (2-1)

Tuesday, January 30, 1940
Sportatorium
• Joe Bauer drew Duke Ruppenthal
• Billy Goelz drew Billy McEuin
• Farmer Jones beat Mickey Durano (2-1)

RUSSIAN ‘BLITZKRIEG’ TO BOG DOWN DEEPER (IN FINN MUD) AFTER SPRING THAW, PREDICTS NATURALIZED ABILENE SWEDE
Ole Erickson, who knows Sweden by virtue of having lived there the first 17 years of his life, says the Russians’ difficulties in invading Finland will be intensified with the coming of spring.
Travel in Finland and Scandinavian countries is more difficult in summer than in winter, he recalls.
After spring thaws, the countries north of the Baltic are marshy, muddy, criss-crossed with lakes and streams. Heavy Russian machinery will be stuck in the mud in summer he says.
Erickson, former wrestler and now a wrestling referee and employee of the Reporter-News stereotyping department, came to the United States when 17 years of age.
Remaining behind him in Luleå, Sweden, are his father and two brothers. One of these brothers is in the Swedish army, another is expected to be drafted in case of war.
Although Ole has not heard from his relatives in six months, he thinks it likely that both brothers will go to battle against the Russians.
Adeptness of the Finns, Swedes and Norwegians on skis is explained by Erickson as being due to their early use of them. Knee-high boys, he points out, inherit their big brothers’ skis and start practicing with them. In the long northern winters, Ole says, “you either ski or stay at home.”
While people of Sweden, Norway and Denmark are more or less members of one big happy family, there is no racial relation between these peoples and the Finns. The language is different and physical characteristics vary. Finns are smaller people than the Swedes, Erickson says.
Luleå, the Abilene Swede’s home town, is in the far northern part of Sweden, at the head of the Gulf of Bothnia. About 66 or 67 degrees north latitude, it is only a few miles below the Arctic circle.
Temperatures witnessed by Erickson have been as low as 50 degrees below zero.
Erickson’s father is a farmer, raising potatoes as a main crop.
Although known by friends as Ole Erickson, the Abilene Swede has had the courts change his name to John Halvard. He has also taken citizenship papers in the United States.
- Abilene Reporter-News, Friday, Feb. 2, 1940

Tuesday, February 6, 1940
Sportatorium
• Duke Ruppenthal drew Jack Nazworthy
• Mickey Durano drew Billy Goelz
• Farmer Jones beat Billy McEuin (2-1)
Referee: Ole Erickson

Tuesday, February 13, 1940
Sportatorium
• Duke Ruppenthal drew Billy McEuin
• Jack Nazworthy beat Joe Bauer (2-0, dq)
• Billy Goelz beat Mickey Durano (2-1)

Tuesday, February 20, 1940
Sportatorium
• Billy McEuin vs. Mickey Durano
• Maurice Letchford vs. Jack Nazworthy
• Billy Goelz vs. Duke Ruppenthal
NOTE: The results of this card were not reported.

Tuesday, February 27, 1940
Sportatorium
• Maurice Letchford drew Russell Riley
• Mickey Durano beat Duke Ruppenthal (2-1, dq)
• Billy Goelz beat Billy McEuin (2-0)
Referee: Ole Erickson
NOTE: Appearing before the main event were King’s hand balancing and acrobatic act.

Tuesday, March 5, 1940
Sportatorium
• 6 Man Battle Royal winners: Maurice Letchford and Mickey Durano (other participants: Duke Ruppenthal, Jack Nazworthy, Billy Goelz, Russell Riley)
• Jack Nazworthy beat Duke Ruppenthal (default)
• Billy Goelz drew Russell Riley (30:00)
• Maurice Letchford beat Mickey Durano (2-1)
NOTE: Ruppenthal was injured upon being the first eliminated in the battle royal and was unable to meet Nazworthy.

Tuesday, March 12, 1940
Sportatorium
• Jack Nazworthy beat Buck O’Neil (dq)
• Tarzan Krause drew Russell Riley (1-1, 45:00)
• Billy Goelz beat Maurice Letchford (2-1)

Tuesday, March 19, 1940
Sportatorium
• Tarzan Krause beat Gorilla Poggi (dq)
• Jack Nazworthy drew Russell Riley (1-1, 45:00)
• World junior light heavyweight title
Soldier Thomas* beat Billy Goelz (2-1)

Tuesday, March 26, 1940
Sportatorium
• Billy Goelz drew Tarzan Krause (20:00)
• Gorilla Poggi drew Russell Riley (1-1, 45:00)
• World junior light heavyweight title
Soldier Thomas* beat Jack Nazworthy (2-0, 32:00)

Tuesday, April 2, 1940
Sportatorium
• Tarzan Krause beat Jack Nazworthy (dq)
• Wilma Gordon beat Mae Weston
• Gorilla Poggi beat Russell Riley (2-1)

Tuesday, April 9, 1940
Sportatorium
• Gorilla Poggi drew Billy Goelz (15:00)
• Mae Weston beat Gladys Gillem (11:00)
• Tarzan Krause beat Jack Nazworthy
• World women’s lightweight title
Mildred Burke* beat Wilma Gordon (2-0, 21:00)

Tuesday, April 16, 1940
Sportatorium
• Abe Freeman drew Tarzan Krause
• Gorilla Poggi drew Yaqui Joe (1-1, 45:00)
• Farmer Jones beat Russell Riley (2-1)

Tuesday, April 23, 1940
Sportatorium
• Yaqui Joe drew Tarzan Krause
• Billy Goelz & Russell Riley beat Farmer Jones & Gorilla Poggi (2-1)

Tuesday, April 30, 1940
Sportatorium
• Russell Riley drew Chuck Powell
• Yaqui Joe drew Buddy Knox (1-1, 45:00)
• Farmer Jones beat Gorilla Poggi (2-1)

Tuesday, May 7, 1940
Sportatorium
• Ace Abbott beat Chuck Powell (dq)
• Buddy Knox beat Russell Riley
• Farmer Jones beat Yaqui Joe (2-0, 33:00)
Referee: Ole Erickson

Tuesday, May 14, 1940
Sportatorium
• Phil Romano drew Yaqui Joe (20:00)
• Joe Lynam drew Bob Cummings (1-1, 45:00)
• Chuck Powell beat Buddy Knox (2-1)
NOTE: Romano was a substitute for Ace Abbott.

Tuesday, May 21, 1940
Sportatorium
• Bob Cummings beat John Nemanic (16:00)
• Joe Lynam beat Phil Romano (2-1, dq)
• Chuck Powell beat Buddy Knox (2-1)

Tuesday, May 28, 1940
Sportatorium
• Buddy Knox drew Ace Abbott
• Joe Lynam drew Rod Fenton (1-1, 45:00)
• Chuck Powell beat Phil Romano (2-0, 31:30)

Tuesday, June 4, 1940
Sportatorium
• Ace Abbott drew Bob Cummings
• Billy McEuin beat Buddy Knox
• Rod Fenton beat Joe Lynam (2-1, cor)
Referee: Ole Erickson

Tuesday, June 11, 1940
Sportatorium
• Ace Abbott drew Joe Lynam
• Billy McEuin beat Bob Cummings
• Chuck Powell beat Gorilla Poggi (2-1)

Tuesday, June 18, 1940
Sportatorium
• Gorilla Poggi drew Bob Cummings
• Billy McEuin beat Ace Abbott (1-0, 45:00)
• Chuck Powell beat Rod Fenton (2-1)
Referee: Ole Erickson

Tuesday, June 25, 1940
Sportatorium
• 6 Man Battle Royal winners: Billy McEuin and Joe Lynam (other participants: Ray Clements, Bob Cummings, Rod Fenton, ???)
• Ray Clements drew Bob Cummings
• Rod Fenton beat ???
• Billy McEuin beat Joe Lynam (2-1)
NOTE: Fenton’s opponent was not named in the results. Ace Abbott and Tony Ferona were both advertised for the event, while Ray Clements was not.

Tuesday, July 2, 1940
Sportatorium
• Joe Lynam drew Ace Abbott
• Rod Fenton beat Bob Cummings (2-1)
• Chuck Powell beat Billy McEuin (2-0)

Tuesday, July 9, 1940
Sportatorium
• Chuck Powell beat Joe Lynam (2-1)
• Rod Fenton beat Ace Abbott (2-1)
NOTE: This card was advertised as a battle royal also featuring Leo Jensen and Bob Cummings. The report is unclear, but it seems that the four remaining wrestlers drew lots to make the pairings for the card.

Tuesday, July 16, 1940
Sportatorium
• Bob Cummings drew Joe Lynam
• Ace Abbott beat Leo Jensen (2-1)
• Rod Fenton beat Chuck Powell (2-1)

Tuesday, July 23, 1940
Sportatorium
• Otis Headrick beat Sailor Barrett (2-1)
• Dick Sampson beat Clete Duval (2-1)
NOTE: Tip Dalton was clearly no longer getting his wrestlers from Amarillo, but there was no news article to this effect. As the weeks went on, Abilene appears to have again grown closer to the Amarillo circuit, but wasn’t exclusively using their wrestlers, as it had been since Jim Wakefield originally moved the cards to Tuesday nights.

Tuesday, July 30, 1940
Sportatorium
• Prince Omar beat Benny Leonard (2-1)
• Dick Sampson beat Otis Headrick (2-1)

Tuesday, August 6, 1940
Sportatorium
• Ace Abbott beat Clete Duval (2-0)
• Prince Omar beat Dick Sampson (2-1)
Referee: Ray Clements

Tuesday, August 13, 1940
Sportatorium
• Larry Tillman beat Ace Abbott (1-0, 60:00)
• Edgar Gideon beat Prince Omar (2-1)
Referee: Ray Clements

Tuesday, August 20, 1940
Sportatorium
• George Bennett beat Prince Omar (2-1)
• Edgar Gideon beat Larry Tillman (2-1)

Tuesday, August 27, 1940
Sportatorium
• Larry Tillman beat Prince Omar (2-0)
• Edgar Gideon beat Chuck Powell (2-1)

Tuesday, September 3, 1940
Sportatorium
• Larry Tillman beat Edgar Gideon
• Chuck Powell drew Ray Clements (1-1, nc)
Referee: Ole Erickson

Tuesday, September 10, 1940
Sportatorium
• Edgar Gideon vs. Tex Hager
• Whiskers Malone vs. Larry Tillman
NOTE: The results of this card were not reported.

Tuesday, September 17, 1940
Sportatorium
• Whiskers Malone beat Leo Jensen (2-1)
• Tex Hager beat Ali Bey (2-1)
Referee: Ray Clements

Tuesday, September 24, 1940
Sportatorium
• Larry Tillman beat Whiskers Malone (dq)
• Farmer Jones beat Chuck Powell (2-1)
Referee: Ray Clements
NOTE: Farmer Jones was said to have attracted “the largest wrestling house in months.”

Tuesday, October 1, 1940
Sportatorium
• Leo Jensen beat Ali Bey (2-1)
• Ray Clements beat Whiskers Malone (2-1)

NOTE: There was no wrestling on October 8 due to the West Texas Fair.

Tuesday, October 15, 1940
Sportatorium
• Rod Fenton beat Leo Jensen
• Ray Clements beat Ole Erickson (2-1)

Tuesday, October 22, 1940
Sportatorium
• Edgar Gideon drew Billy McEuin
• Rod Fenton beat Ray Clements (2-1)

Tuesday, October 29, 1940
Sportatorium
• Edgar Gideon beat Leo Jensen (2-0)
• Rod Fenton beat Billy McEuin (2-1)

Tuesday, November 5, 1940
Sportatorium
• Tex Hager beat Billy McEuin (2-1, dq)
• Rod Fenton beat Edgar Gideon (2-1)
Referee: Ole Erickson

Tuesday, November 12, 1940
Sportatorium
• Tex Hager beat Edgar Gideon (2-1)
• Rod Fenton beat Billy McEuin (2-1)
Referee: Ole Erickson

Tuesday, November 19, 1940
Sportatorium
• Billy McEuin beat Leo Jensen
• Joe Banaski beat Tex Hager
• Mildred Burke beat Mae Weston (2-0)

Tuesday, November 26, 1940
Sportatorium
• Larry Tillman beat Edgar Gideon (2-0)
• Joe Banaski beat Billy McEuin (2-0)
Referee: John Nemanic

Tuesday, December 3, 1940
Sportatorium
• Rod Fenton beat Tex Hager (2-1)
• Joe Banaski beat Larry Tillman (2-0)
Referee: John Nemanic

Tuesday, December 10, 1940
Sportatorium
• Tex Hager beat Jack Nazworthy (2-1)
• Joe Banaski beat Rod Fenton (2-1)

Tuesday, December 17, 1940
Sportatorium
• 6 Man Battle Royal winners: Joe Banaski and Billy McEuin (other participants: Rod Fenton, Tex Hager, Chuck Powell, Jack Nazworthy)
• Rod Fenton beat Tex Hager (forfeit)
• Chuck Powell beat Jack Nazworthy
• Joe Banaski beat Billy McEuin (2-0)
NOTE: Hager suffered broken ribs in the battle royal and could not compete against Fenton. This was the final card of the year.

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Tuesday, January 7, 1941
Sportatorium
• 6 Man Battle Royal winners: Frankie Hill and Ole Erickson (other participants: Ace Abbott, Bobby Frees, Eddie O’Shea, Buckshot Peoples)
• Ace Abbott beat Bobby Frees
• Eddie O’Shea beat Buckshot Peoples
• Frankie Hill beat Ole Erickson (2-1)
NOTE: The Amarillo office closed at the end of 1940, and now Tip Dalton was booking independent wrestlers.

Tuesday, January 14, 1941
Sportatorium
• Ole Erickson drew Ace Abbott
• Eddie O’Shea drew Jack Allison (30:00)
• Buckshot Peoples beat Bobby Frees (2-1)

Tuesday, January 21, 1941
Sportatorium
• Marvin Barackman beat Buckshot Peoples (2-0)
• Jack Allison beat Eddie O’Shea (2-1, cor)

Tuesday, January 28, 1941
Sportatorium
• Marvin Barackman drew Jack Allison
• Dick Sampson beat Eddie O’Shea (2-0)

Tuesday, February 4, 1941
Sportatorium
• Marvin Barackman beat Ace Abbott (2-1)
• Jack Allison beat Eddie O’Shea (2-1, dq)
Referee: Jack Kelley

Tuesday, February 11, 1941
Sportatorium
• Marvin Barackman beat Jack Allison (2-1)
• Ace Abbott beat Ole Erickson (2-1, dq)
Referee: Jack Kelley

Tuesday, February 18, 1941
Sportatorium
• Marvin Barackman drew Sailor Olsen
• George Bennett beat Bob Ross (2-0)

Tuesday, February 25, 1941
Sportatorium
• George Bennett drew Marvin Barackman
• Ray Clements beat Sailor Olsen (2-1, 30:00)
Referee: Bob Ross
NOTE: Eddie O’Shea was in the crowd and was involved in a “free for all” at the conclusion of the opening match.

Tuesday, March 4, 1941
Sportatorium
• Marvin Barackman beat Bob Ross (2-0)
• Sailor Olsen beat George Bennett (2-1)

Tuesday, March 11, 1941
Sportatorium
• Ali Bey drew George Bennett
• Bob Foster beat Sailor Olsen (2-1, dq)
Referee: Ray Clements

Tuesday, March 18, 1941
Sportatorium
• Sailor Olsen beat Jack Allison (2-0)
• George Bennett beat Eddie O’Shea (2-1)

Tuesday, March 25, 1941
Sportatorium
• Jack Allison beat George Bennett (dq)
• Sailor Olsen beat Jack Nazworthy (2-1)

Tuesday, April 1, 1941
Sportatorium
• Sailor Olsen beat Dick Sampson (2-0)
• George Bennett beat Jack Allison (2-0)

Tuesday, April 8, 1941
Sportatorium
• Horace Stockton drew George Bennett
• Joe Parelli beat Sailor Olsen (2-1)

Tuesday, April 15, 1941
Sportatorium
• Bill Roer beat George Bennett
• Horace Stockton beat Sailor Olsen

Tuesday, April 22, 1941
Sportatorium
• George Bennett beat Ray Storma
• Joe Mendoza beat Sailor Olsen
Referee: Art Shires
NOTE: Art “The Great” Shires was a former Major League Baseball star, having played as a first baseman for the Chicago White Sox, Washington Senators and Boston Braves between 1928 and 1932.

Saturday, April 26, 1941
Sportatorium
• Floyd Stockton & Horace Stockton beat Sailor Olsen & George Bennett
Referee: Art Shires
NOTE: The Stockton brothers were stationed at Camp Barkeley, eleven miles southwest of Abilene. The base was a U.S. Army training installation during World War II and had a population of 50,000 at its peak. Master Sergeant Floyd Stockton was a member of the 157th Infantry, while his brother was a member of the 180th Infantry.

NOTE: It was reported on May 4 by Howard Green, sports editor of the Abilene Reporter-News, in his “It’s Like This…” column that “Tip Dalton, the wrestling man, will stage his next show May 13. At present he is having his license renewed.” However, this card was not held, and this was the last mention of Dalton in the Abilene newspaper.
In the October 5 Abilene Reporter-News, the following classified advertisement appeared under “Rent Business Prop.”:
Large recreation hall over Fain Pharmacy, corner South 1st and Chestnut Street. Has wrestling arena already installed. Also has living quarters.
One of the best locations for Soldier’s club, will give term lease to responsible party.
The following advert appeared on October 11:
Have good proposition for reliable; sober; hustling man with personality; in combination recreation parlor. Will operate pocket billiards; domino tables; lounge; concession stand; wrestling and boxing once a week. If interested and can furnish bond, get in touch with Jim Wakefield, Box 11, Wichita Falls, Texas, Motor Inn Hotel.
As of November 10, the arena was still being advertised. Wakefield’s proposition only appeared in the newspaper for one week.

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Friday, January 9, 1942
Sportatorium
• Kid Glover beat Otis Headrick (2-1, dq)
• Joe Parelli beat Clete Duval (2-1)
Referee: Eddie O’Shea
NOTE: The new promoters in Abilene were Cliff Landers and W.H. “Egghead” Perry, although after the initial announcement, only Landers was ever named as the promoter. This was the same Sportatorium, about Fain’s Pharmacy on South First and Chestnut streets.

Friday, January 16, 1942
Sportatorium
• Ace Abbott beat Clete Duval (1-0, utc)
• Joe Parelli beat Otis Headrick (2-1)
Referee: Eddie O’Shea

Friday, January 23, 1942
Sportatorium
• Eddie O’Shea beat Clete Duval (2-0, 28:00)
• Ace Abbott beat Joe Parelli (2-1, dq)
Referee: Sailor Mays

Wednesday, January 28, 1942
Sportatorium
• Paul Boesch beat Ellis Bashara (2-1)
• King Kong Cox beat Dick Lever (2-0)
Referee: Charley Schwartz
NOTE: After promoting three cards with independent and local wrestlers, this card used wrestlers from the Houston circuit.

Wednesday, February 4, 1942
Sportatorium
• Paul Boesch beat Miguel Torres (2-0)
• King Kong Cox beat Gorila Macias (1-1, utc)
Referee: Charley Schwartz

Wednesday, February 11, 1942
Sportatorium
• Bobby Managoff beat Miguel Torres (2-1)
• King Kong Cox beat Paul Boesch (2-1)

Wednesday, February 18, 1942
Sportatorium
• Paul Boesch drew Jack Kennedy (1-1, 60:00)
• Bobby Managoff beat Miguel Torres (2-0)

Wednesday, February 25, 1942
Sportatorium
• Gorilla Macias beat Babe Zaharias (dq)
• Jack Kennedy beat Paul Boesch
• Sandor Szabo beat Bobby Managoff (1-1, 33:00, utc)

Wednesday, March 4, 1942
Sportatorium
• Paul Boesch beat Gorila Macias (2-1)
• Jack Kennedy beat Juan Humberto (2-1, 44:00)

Wednesday, March 11, 1942
Sportatorium
• Fred Von Schacht beat Gorila Macias
• Juan Humberto beat Babe Zaharias
• World heavyweight title
Bill Longson* beat Jack Kennedy (1-0, 26:00, utc)

Wednesday, March 18, 1942
Sportatorium
• Bobby Managoff beat Ray Clements (dq)
• Rose Evans beat Gladys Gillem (2-0, 9:00)
• Juan Humberto beat Jack Kennedy (2-0)

Tuesday, March 24, 1942
Sportatorium
• Ray Clements drew King Kong Cox (30:00)
• Mae Weston beat Rose Evans (2-1)
• Ellis Bashara beat Juan Humberto (2-1)

Tuesday, March 31, 1942
Sportatorium
• Gladys Gillem beat Elviry Snodgrass
• Jack Kennedy beat Ray Clements (2-1, dq)
• Don Lee beat Juan Humberto (2-1, dq)
Referee: Egghead Perry
NOTE: After losing the opening fall to Don Lee, ex-Vanderbilt footballer, who used a flying tackle, Humberto came back to throw Lee out of the ring and injure his back so severely that he was forced to forfeit the fall. Then before another fall could be started, Humberto tore into referee Egghead Perry, tearing off his pants. The cops intervened and Lee was declared the winner.
- Abilene Reporter-News, Wednesday, Apr. 1, 1942

Tuesday, April 7, 1942
Sportatorium
• 5 Man Battle Royal winners: Jack Kennedy and Roy Graham (other participants: Ellis Bashara, Ace Abbott, Ray Clements)
• Ace Abbott beat Ray Clements (2-1, dq)
• Roy Graham beat Jack Kennedy (2-1, dq)

Tuesday, April 14, 1942
Sportatorium
• Roy Graham drew Ray Clements (1-1, nc)
• King Kong Cox beat Juan Humberto (2-0, 24:00)
Referee: Ace Abbott

Tuesday, April 21, 1942
Sportatorium
• Babe Zaharias beat Roy Graham (1-0, 45:00)
• Ivan Managoff beat King Kong Cox (2-0, dq)
Referee: Ace Abbott

Tuesday, April 28, 1942
Sportatorium
• Jack Kennedy beat Babe Zaharias (2-0)
• Ivan Managoff beat King Kong Kashey (2-0)
Referee: Ace Abbott

WRESTLING MATCHES ARE POSTPONED
Wrestling matches did not come off per schedule at the Sportatorium last night.
Roy Graham, slated to be one of the combatants, was attacked by a spectator at a down-state arena Monday night and was unable to appear because of a slashed arm. Hence the entire card was cancelled. Activity will be resumed next week.
- Abilene Reporter-News, Wednesday, May 6, 1942
NOTE: The advertised card was Ivan Managoff vs. Roy Graham and Jack Kennedy vs. Abe Kashey.

Tuesday, May 12, 1942
Sportatorium
• Ivan Managoff beat Otto Kuss (2-0)
• Fred Von Schacht beat Paul Boesch (2-1)
NOTE: Although there was no announcement in the newspaper, no more wrestling was held in 1942, and would not return until 1946.

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