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The first real wrestling bout ever pulled off in Abilene will be held Saturday night at the Lyric Theatre after the regular performance. A deal was consummated yesterday afternoon in the editorial offices of The Reporter wherein “Chicago” Sandow, who calls himself an A1 wrestler, and Will Elliott, a local boy, will wrestle for three falls for a purse of seventy-five dollars, of which fifty will go to the winner and twenty-five to the loser. The strangle hold is to be barred.
Elliott is a young Greek employed at the Palace of Sweets and enjoys some reputation in an amateur way. He is strong, tough, and ought to make the champ go some.
Forfeit money has already been posted and nothing apparently stands in the way of bringing the deal to a successful close. It is expected that a large crowd will witness the bout.
- Abilene Daily Reporter, Thursday, Mar. 4, 1909

Have you heard about the wrestling match at the Lyric Saturday night? Of course you have and intend coming if people will only quit telling you one of the parties is about to back down on the proposition.
Manager Duke was seen by a Reporter representative this morning in regard to the rumor that he was unwilling to put up the seventy-five dollar purse the wrestlers demand. In speaking of it he stated: “There is not one bit of truth in the rumor and as far as that goes I would give double the purse before I would see it fall through at this stage of the game. I have already gotten my seventy-five dollars ready to hand to the referee when the wrestlers appear Saturday night on the stage.”
Several other disquieting rumors are afloat over the city to the effect that the match will not be a good one and that one of them will back out at the last moment. But Manager Duke has in his hands twenty-five dollars from each of the prospective contestants guaranteeing his presence and participation in the bout. Both of the wrestlers have been seen today by Reporter representatives and they declare their willingness to enter and are even anxious. Both are confident of victory.
Sandow is the original Chicago Sandow and a noted wrestler while Elliott is a Greek wrestler of some renown in Dallas wrestling circles. The Abilene Greek has an advantage in strength over the professional and in the catch-as-catch-can bout seems to have every advantage of the professional. Sandow undoubtedly is better up in wrestling than the Greek but has been out of training for a period of over three months and has during that time only had one or two friendly bouts with no purse attached.
However he is ready and willing to meet the Abilene Greek but is not nearly so confident as is the latter. Elliott agrees that Sandow knows more about the tricks of the ring, having had more experience in that line, but he is still very confident of victory. Elliott has a grip and hug worse than any black bear and if he doesn’t crush in some of the ribs of “Billy Chicago” someone will make a bad guess.
- Abilene Daily Reporter, Friday, Mar. 5, 1909

Saturday, March 6, 1909
Lyric Theatre
• Chicago Sandow drew Will Elliott (1-1, 21:00)
Referee: Fred Wood

A low-down, disgusting fiasco tersely sums up the wrestling bout last night at the Lyric Theatre, between the much touted “Chicago” Sandow and the local boy, Will Elliott. Patrons of this city who love the wrestling game for the game’s sake, and who passed in their hard-earned half dollars to witness the first exhibition ever pulled off in Abilene, will long remember last night’s fizzle with a dark brown taste in their mouth. Truly, it seems that the wrestling game which started with such a flourish, is doomed to die a lingering death without having had time to grow.
The bout was bad in more ways than one. In fact, there was not one redeeming feature to partially alleviate the bad ones. The referee’s judgment, according to the opinion of the majority of the crowd, was bad; the freedom with which the spectators relieved themselves of pent up remarks; Sandow’s wife making remarks and pulling off melodramatic attitudes; Elliott’s cries of “fraud” after the fall had been declared; Sandow’s incoherent remarks about bribes – all went to disgust the honest patrons and to put the first black eye on the wrestling game in Abilene.
The first wrestling bout to be seen here was witnessed by a large crowd, the house being moderately well filled. The bout was scheduled to begin at nine thirty, after the regular show but owing to delay in making arrangements, and the choice of a referee, the entertainment was nearly half an hour late.
It was nearly ten o’clock when the wrestlers appeared on the mat. Elliott came out first. He wore black trunks cut off at the knees. He looked strong and muscular and quite cool. The crowd howled frantically and cries for “Elliott, Elliott,” rent the air. The introduction was made by Duke, manager of the theater. When Sandow was presented, he too, was met by a burst of applause. He wore red trunks, extra-long, with knee pads. He looked heavier than the Greek, but the latter seemed the more wiry and stronger.
The referee, Fred Wood, after bowing to a burst of applause, announced that catch-as-catch-can rules would prevail; that the strangle hold would be barred, and that the flying fall was no fall, only the pin fall being admissible. Should either of the wrestlers’ shoulders leave the mat, no fall should be registered.
A breathless hush fell on the assembly as the men crouched and circled about each other for an opening. Elliott was the first to take the initiative. He drove low into his opponent’s body, and with a strong surge sent the champion from Chicago hurtling into the wings. Sandow was back and tried for a leg hold. Elliott crouched and dived in, but the Chicago man cleverly spun away. Elliott tried for a half-Nelson, the men butted heads and the Greek was called down for trying to secure the strangle hold.
After five minutes’ fast work, Sandow turned the Greek on his stomach and dragged him around the mat. Elliott regained his feet but was the victim of a flying fall. Sandow brought his man to the mat again and began a grueling process. Elliott tried in vain to extricate himself, but the champion slowly turned him over. After thirteen minutes the referee announced the first fall for Sandow.
Immediately a storm of hisses went up, and the majority of the crowd cried no fall. Elliott cried out that it was robbery, and the house was in an uproar. Sandow’s wife sprang to her feet wildly crying for a fast deal and attracting the attention of the audience. Some diversion was created by a wordy battle between Mrs. Sandow and a few of the masculine spectators. Manager Duke addressed the crowd, asking for order, and told Sandow’s wife to refrain from making remarks.
The second bout began by Elliott trying for a half-Nelson. The Greek was hot under the collar and determined to win. He clinched with Sandow, bringing his man roughly to the mat. Sandow cleverly bridged and the Greek could not turn him over. Sandow wriggled out of a tight place and wrapped his arm about Elliott’s head. The second fall came after six minutes’ work, and was a complete surprise to the audience. Sandow brought Elliott to the mat, turned him a cat and fairly pinned him down. The Greek sprang to his feet crying foul, but in the opinion of those present, the second fall was clean.
The referee, though believing the second fall fair, refused to render a decision on account of the attitude of the crowd, each member of which devolved into an individual referee. About nine men rose to their feet and contributed to the jollity of the occasion by making humorous remarks, and one stranger in town trying to get acquainted, distinguished himself in this line particularly.
At this juncture, the referee having thrown up the job in disgust, W.P Preston was called in to settle the difficulty and make disposal of the purse of seventy-five dollars. Preston acted quietly and promptly. The purse was split evenly and given to the participants.
The wrestler Sandow, disheveled and panting, then tried to address the audience. He stated that a representative of an Abilene newspaper had tried to bribe him to throw the bout to the Greek, and that he had turned down the offer with disdain. Before he had finished speaking a representative of the paper sent to cover the proceedings refuted the implication and demanded proof. Sandow called for a witness to the alleged proceedings, and finally a man walked out, but with nothing to say.
The affair ended with the wrestler suing for the protection of the law.
To an unprejudiced person, it was clear that Sandow was a better wrestler than the Greek. He was heavier and in better wind and was up on the fine points of the game. The local boy, however, was no novice. He was noticeably stronger than the champion, had an irresistible rush and came in all the time. It was the consensus of opinion that Elliott, with a little practice and training, could down Sandow easily.
It was unfortunate that the bout should have ended so unhappily. There are scores of people in Abilene who believe that in wrestling is afforded the best means of witnessing a high class, honorable athletic contest. The manager of the Lyric theater is, unfortunately, placed in a false position. He did all in his power to make the affair clean and without rancor, and should be given due credit. He has earned the friendship of many by offering his house as the place for the introduction of the sport.
- Abilene Daily Reporter, Monday, Mar. 7, 1909

NOTE: A match scheduled to take place on Friday, April 2, 1909 in the Lyceum Opera House between Will Elliott and Nat Sterns was cancelled when “not even a handful of spectators” turned up. The city was in the grips of the murder trial of Tom Barnett, which had been attracting daily crowds of several hundred to the courthouse. Since the purse for the match was to be based on the ticket revenue, the participants decided to postpone the match until the trial was concluded. There is no record of the match being rescheduled.

Thursday, March 24, 1910
Skating Rink
Att.: 75+
• Joe Savini beat Jack Cleary (10:00)
• Joe Savini beat E.W. Maxwell (10:00)
NOTE: Savini was billed as the lightweight champion of the Texas, Louisiana, New York and the South. Jack Cleary was a “driver of a four cylinder, twenty eight-thirty horse power Fuller runabout.” Maxwell was said to be good athlete, but not an experienced wrestler.
The bout was pulled off by Messers Humphrey & Spann, proprietors of the Majestic Theatre, the Airdome and the Skating Rink, and Max Bentley, who acted for Savini. The house was cleared for action; chairs were arranged around the new sixteen foot mat, the property of Abilene Athletic Club, and on these the spectators sat in full view of the belligerents.
The referee [after the Savini-Maxwell bout], on behalf of Savini, challenged any man in the audience weighing less than a hundred and sixty pounds. There were no responses, so the resourceful spectators arranged a match between a local heavyweight and the lightweight champion of Merkel [a small town near Abilene]. The Abilene man threw his opponent twice, the first fall being secured in ten seconds, the second in thirty seconds. The vanquished lightweight, game to the last, immediately challenged his conqueror for a return match at any time and place with a large side bet, agreeing to post a tremendous forfeit.
The wind-up of the evening’s entertainment was a three round bout with six ounce gloves between two local lightweights. The bout was fast and clean and at the close the referee announced a draw and the erstwhile combatants shook hands in all friendship.
- Abilene Daily Reporter, Friday, March 25, 1910

Saturday, April 2, 1910
Att.: 175+ (167 tickets sold for an $83.50 gate)
• Jack Cleary drew E.W. Maxwell (1-1)
• For the lightweight championship of the South
Joe Savini* beat Nat Sterns (2-0, 27:00)
Referee: Max Bentley
NOTE: Sterns was billed as the lightweight champion of Texas. The match between Cleary and Maxwell was for the middleweight championship of Abilene, but was only scheduled for two ten-minute falls. During the first fall, a problem with a transformer caused a 15 minute delay while the arena was plunged into darkness.
The [preliminary] battle royals were the first ever seen in Abilene. It did not fail to wring from the most solemn lips shouts of wild laughter. Five negroes, with boxing gloves and in stocking feet, were placed at the four corners and the center of the arena and told to get busy. For ten minutes the air was full of flying fists. Negro smote negro. With magnificent impartiality, Jeemes, the chocolate middleweight, stiffly pounded Munroe’s neck, put Slim to sleep with a right hook the jaw and was in turn handed a free ticket to dreamland by “Shorty,” undisputed winner of both battle royals.
- Abilene Daily Reporter, Sunday, April 3, 1910

NOTE: Over the next few weeks, Carl Pons, heavyweight wrestler and manager of Nat Sterns, sent challenges to Savini in the form of letters to the Abilene Daily Reporter. He wished to meet Savini in a handicap match, and stated he could throw Savini twice in 45 minutes.

Friday, April 8, 1910
Lyceum Opera House
• For the lightweight championship of the South
Joe Savini* beat Kid Christman (2-0, 32:00)
Referee: Billy Allen, Musical Comedy Company
NOTE: Christman was billed as the welterweight champion of Chicago.
Prior to the main bout two local lightweights, both members of the Abilene Athletic Club, went on the mat for one fall. They showed a fair knowledge of the game, for they had been coached by Savini, fought fiercely and earned a fair measure of applause.
Then the mat was taken from the stage and the arena staged for the battle royal. Five negro boys were the principals. Shorty, winner after the last battle royal, was absent. It was howlingly funny, especially after three of the combatants had been knocked out and hauled out of danger. The fight was left to a short negro and a lanky negro and the latter suddenly ended it with a whirling pivot jaw punch that put his vis-à-vis out of commission for all time.
Just before the main match began the referee introduced a stickily built, white haired boy, whom he presented as M.C. Parker, welterweight of Chicago, who is to meet Jim Flynn, the Pueblo fireman, next month.
When the second fall was announced, Christman shook his opponent’s hand and approached the footlights. He made a neat address in which he stated that Savini was the best man he ever met and one of the classiest propositions in a wrestling way in the South. This speech brought forth a generous round of applause.
After the main match, Jimmy Darden of Buffalo, New York, and Kid Parker of Chicago boxed two fast rounds, no decision, which pleased the crowd immensely.
- Abilene Daily Reporter, Saturday, Apr. 9, 1910

Tuesday, April 19, 1910
Lyceum Opera House
• Pons must throw Savini twice in 45 minutes
Carl Pons beat Joe Savini (2-0, 28:00)
Referee: E.W. Maxwell
NOTE: Carl Pons was billed as the world champion Greco-Roman wrestler.
The preliminary was as clever a match between bantamweights as anyone might wish to see. Two tiny wrestlers, neither weighing more than a hundred and five or ten pounds, went on the mat and for fifteen minutes entertained the spectators with some pretty exhibition work. No decision was rendered.
The battle royal was the best ever pulled off here. “Shorty” Green, winner of the battle in the Airdome, had scouted the country for five nifty blacks and succeeded in introducing to the fans something clever. The audience went wild over this part of the evening’s entertainment. Pons acted as speechmaker and referee.
- Abilene Daily Reporter, Wednesday, Apr. 20, 1910

NOTE: Joe Savini defeated two opponents at the Opera House in nearby Baird, Texas, on Monday, April 25, 1910.

Saturday, May 14, 1910
Lyceum Opera House
• Westman must throw Savini twice in 45 miniutes
Joe Savini drew D.G. Westman (0-1, 45:00)
Referee: E.W. Maxwell
NOTE: Westman won the only fall in 31:30. The attendance was described as “scarcely a baker’s dozen.”
Westman stated that he had been unable to throw Savini twice in forty-five minutes but that he would be willing to arrange another match in which he would allowed one hour for two falls. The challenge was accepted by Savini and it is expected that the match will soon be announced.
The preliminary bout between local boys was not held last night.
- Abilene Daily Reporter, Sunday, May 15, 1910

NOTE: The rematch occurred on June 3, 1910 in the Yale Theatre in San Angelo. Both men won a fall during the hour, and under the pre-match agreement, the match was awarded to Savini. The two agreed to fight again on even terms. That third match was again held in the Yale Theatre, on June 10, with Savini winning by two falls to one.

Saturday, July 30, 1910
Vendome Theater
• For the wrestling championship of Abilene
Clarence Cash vs. Buck Keith
NOTE: No results were printed for this match, and this was the last wrestling in Abilene for the year.

Saturday, January 14, 1911
Jewel Theatre
• Eldridge Jones beat Kid Connelly (2-0, 10:00)

Saturday, January 21, 1911
Jewel Theatre
• Eldridge Jones vs. Buck Keith
NOTE: No results were printed for this match, and this was the last mention of wrestling in Abilene until 1919.

Friday, December 5, 1919
Gem Theatre, Merkel, Texas
• John Chadwick vs. Harry Demetrius
NOTE: Chadwick was described as the “local champion.” Demetrius is possible Harry Demetral.

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Monday, January 31, 1920
Merkel, Texas
• J. Chadwick beat Merro Mayfield (2-1)
• John Chadwick beat “a heavyweight from Waco” (2-0)
NOTE: Although described as a heavyweight, the unknown opponent was probably Harry Saunbodo, who was actually lighter than John Chadwick.

Wednesday, February 2, 1920
Att.: 200+
American Legion Hall
• J. Chadwick beat Merro Mayfield (2-1, 21:50)
• John Chadwick beat Harry Saunbodo (2-1, 22:40)
Referee: Gerald Cresswell
NOTE: Chadwick had been scheduled to face Young Gotch for the light heavyweight championship of Texas. Gotch, of Phoenix, was said to be the light heavyweight champion of Ohio, Indiana and Arizona, while Chadwick, of Merkel, Texas, was the heavyweight champion of the A.E.F, under the auspices of the American Legion. J. Chadwick was the younger brother of John. The American Legion Hall, also known as the American Legion Club Room, was situated over the Misfit Clothing Co.
Young Gotch, the Phoenix, Arizona, wrestler, failed to show up on account of recent injuries sustained in a match at El Paso, where he and his opponent rolled off the platform, Gotch falling on some chairs and breaking some ribs.
Perhaps the most amusing event of the evening was the boxing bout staged by two Abilene negroes, Battling Ware and Wild Bill Vaughn. The colored boys, unevenly matched, one having a surplus of energy and less weight and the other appearing to be to the contrary, fought it out to a draw to the amusement of the spectators. They “went at it” for three rounds.
The evening’s entertainment was pronounced absolutely clean from beginning to end and measured up to what was expected by the local Legionnaires, who contemplate staging several more matches in the near future.
A large party of Merkel citizens and fans witnessed the bouts, supporting the famous champion of the First Army of the A.E.F. and his brother.
- Abilene Daily Reporter, Thursday, Feb. 5, 1920

Tuesday, February 17, 1920
Merkel, Texas
• Young Gotch beat John Chadwick (2-0)

Friday, February 20, 1920
Att.: 200+
American Legion Hall
• Young Gotch beat Sailor Jack Woods (2-1, 52:00)
Referee: Dr. R.A. Maddox
NOTE: Preceding the big go, Young Chambers, 145, and Kid Simmons, 148, put on three fast rounds of boxing. Gerard Cresswell of the Legion athletic committee refereed this bout. To give the evening variety, two young negro fighters – Young Jack Johnson and Kid Joe Gunns – staged two rounds and furnished several minutes of fun.
- Abilene Daily Reporter, Sunday, Feb. 22, 1920

Tuesday, March 16, 1920
American Legion Hall
• Merro Mayfield beat Charlie Parsons (2-1)
• Sailor Jack Woods beat Fireman Voight (2-1, 37:00)
Referee: Dr. R.A. Maddox
NOTE: Fireman Voight was said to be the “claimant of the Southwest Texas wrestling belt.”
Truman Swearingion and James Hanna staged a snappy boxing contest for the entertainment of the crowd. The battle royal, put on my five Abilene colored boys, resolved itself into an interesting match between Archie Bruce and J.C. Avant. After battling for three rounds, Avant succeeded in knocking Bruce out.
- Abilene Daily Reporter, Wednesday, Mar. 17, 1920

Friday, March 26, 1920
American Legion Hall
• Paul Gregorian beat Kid Cutler (2-1, 56:30)
Referee: A.E. Biddle
NOTE: Cutler was billed as the former middleweight champion of the world and announced his retirement after the match.
Preceding the main event there were three preliminaries, two local lightweight wrestlers putting on a fast go, this being followed by two boxing matched staged by young local negro fighters. In the fight between Archie Bruce and J.C. Avant, the latter was forced to leave the ring on account of an injured arm. Gerald Cresswell of the Legion Athletic committee refereed the preliminaries.
- Abilene Daily Reports, Sunday, Mar. 28, 1920

Friday, April 23, 1920
American Legion Hall
• Sailor Jack Woods beat Joe Lang (2-0, 26:30)
Referee: Paul Gregorian
NOTE: Two local lightweight wrestlers staged a fast match preceding the main event of the evening. Battling Dortch and George Washington, two young negro boxers, put on a match. Battling Frazer and Kid Bell, negro middleweights, also staged a fast preliminary.
- Abilene Daily Reporter, Sunday, Apr. 25, 1920

Saturday, May 15, 1920
American Legion Hall
• Sailor Jack Woods beat Joe Hassell (2-0, 17:35)
Referee: A.E. Biddle
NOTE: In the preliminaries, Wheeler and Walters, youngsters, put on a fast match and another pair of youngsters staged a match.
- Abilene Daily Reporter, Sunday, May 16, 1920

Friday, May 21, 1920
Abilene Ball Park
• For the light heavyweight championship of Texas
Sailor Jack Woods* beat Dick Chapman (2-0, 54:00)
Referee: A.E. Biddle
NOTE: The preliminaries preceding the big match were the best that have been staged here. As a starter for the evening two local youngsters staged a speedy little wrestling match which ended in a draw. A battle royal between four local negroes was next pulled off and afforded a great deal of excitement for the crowd. Battling Murray, champion negro lightweight fighter of Haskell, and Battling Bruce, local negro, staged a couple of fast rounds.
Kid Williams, Fort Worth negro, and Earl Murphy of St. Louis, claimant of the negro light heavyweight fighting title of the world, went on for eight two-minute rounds. It was a fast exhibition bout, both fighters mixing it throughout.
- Abilene Daily Reporter, Sunday, May 23, 1920

Thursday, June 10, 1920
Abilene Ball Park
• World Middleweight Title
Pet Brown* beat Sailor Jack Woods (2-0, 61:00)
Referee: Kid Cutler
NOTE: A couple of fast preliminaries were pulled off. The battle royal, between local negro boys, afforded a great deal of amusement and excitement for the crowd and the boys were mixing it every minute.
Battling Bell and Bug Vaughn, local black fighters, staged four rounds of fast fighting, and were smashing each other from gong to gong.
The events were witnessed by scores of out-of-town fans and the interest in the Brown-Wood match was big throughout this section.
The Abilene Concert Band was on hand and rendered several selections during the evening, and drew big applause from the crowd.
- Abilene Daily Reports, Friday, Jun. 11, 1920

Friday, October 29, 1920
American Legion Hall
• Young Gotch beat Sailor Lewis (2-1, 42:30)
Referee: Bowen Moore
NOTE: Previous to the big match, several preliminaries were staged that afforded fun and amusement for the crowd.
- Abilene Daily Reporter, Sunday, Oct. 31, 1920

Tuesday, November 30, 1920
American Legion Hall
• Young Gotch beat Young Zbyszko (2-1, 75:00)
NOTE: This match had been set for Thursday, November 25, Thanksgiving night, but neither wrestler was able to get to Abilene in time for the match and it was rescheduled.
Preceding the big event, two local youngsters put on a wrestling match that proved a big feature of the evening, and the boys showed that they understand the mat game remarkably well for their age.
- Abilene Daily Reporter, Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1920

Thursday, December 2, 1920
Anson, Texas
• Young Gotch beat Petrof
NOTE: The result of this bout was not reported but Gotch was still billed as being undefeated by any Texas wrestler leading up to his match with Pet Brown. Petrof was billed from Fort Worth.

Wednesday, December 15, 1920
Lot at Fourth and Pine
Att.: 1,100
• Young Zbyszko drew Young Olson (20:00)
• World Middleweight Title
Pet Brown* beat Young Gotch (1-0, 35:00, utc)
Referee: Ed Warner
NOTE: Two large circus tents were erected on the lot, with amphitheater seating for 1,800 to 2,000 spectators.
When both wrestlers were beginning to prove to the spectators that they were mat artists of the first order, Pet Brown lifted Young Gotch clear of the mat. Both men fell with a crash and the match was over. When Brown and Gotch fell to the mat, Gotch lighted on his head, the weight of the bodies of both men fell on Gotch’s neck and he was unable to continue the match, being rendered in a semi-conscious condition for a few minutes. Brown did not realize at first that his opponent was knocked out and pinned him to the mat with a neck clincher and crotch hold. Seeing his opponent’s condition, Brown assisted in reviving Gotch.
A six-round preliminary bot between “Dog Face” of Fort Worth and “The Yellow Kid” of Tulsa, Oklahoma, negro fighters, was fast and furious, being a no-decision affair.
- Abilene Daily Reporter, Thursday, Dec. 16, 1920

Thursday, December 23, 1920
Lot at Fourth and Pine
• Marinette Husk vs. Young Olson
NOTE: This was a preliminary to a boxing match between Ed Warner and Bob Decker, both light heavyweights. The results of the card were not reported. This was the last wrestling to be reported by the Abilene Daily Reporter until 1923.

Elmer D. (Pet) Brown, middleweight wrestling champion of the world, and for the last four years a contractor in this section, was shot and instantly killed late Saturday night at his construction camp near Cisco, Texas.
At a preliminary hearing, Constable L.J. Starkey of Cisco was released on $5,000 bond in connection with the affair.
It is said the trouble followed a visit to Brown’s construction camp by the constable, who arrested several negroes for gambling. Brown, it is said, offered to stand good for the negroes’ fines. An argument arose and the shooting followed.
Pet Brown was widely known and well liked. He had a big contract in Cisco for work on the Bankhead Highway, and a contract for 80 blocks of paving in the city. At a mass meeting of nearly 1,000 citizens, resolutions of condolence were adopted and tributes paid to the life and character of Brown.
- Abilene Daily Reporter, Monday, May 7, 1923

Young Bull Montana announces that he will open an Athletic Club in the old American Theater Building on Chestnut street on November 1. Modern gym equipment will be installed, he said, and wrestling and boxing will be taught. Montana himself will instruct in wrestling, while boxing instruction will be given by W.D. Tucker. An opening exhibition is planned.
- Abilene Daily Reporter, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 1923

Thursday, November 1, 1923
Abilene Athletic Club
• Bill Wiggins beat Kid Woodward (2-1)
• Handicap match, Montana must win in 10 minutes
Bull Montana drew Young Griffith (10:00)
NOTE: This was a free show.
The scheduled boxing event between Battling Curley of Memphis, Tennessee, and Kid Tucker of Abilene, was postponed on account of Curley having a broken hand.
The second event brought the crowd to howls of delight. This was between “Flying Dutchman” and Battling Smith, lightweight boxers, who tore into each other as though they intended to smash each other into the smallest kinds of bits. And in each of the four minute rounds they mixed it with a vengeance. Neither fighter took the trouble to guard himself as the main idea was just to get in there and exchange blows.
And this they did. Smith went to the floor once, probably slipping, but was on his feet in a jiffy. Both of the fighters showed that they could take punishment, for blows were placed on each other’s jaw and other parts of the anatomy almost at will. The bout was a no decision one and therefore declared a draw.
- Abilene Daily Reporter, Friday, Nov. 2, 1923

Friday, August 8, 1924
American Legion Hall
• C.H. Blanks beat Sailor Jack Lewis (2-1, 55:00)
Referee: Red Stewman
NOTE: Lewis was billed as the lightweight champion of the Atlantic coast.
There were two preliminaries before the main bout. The first was a four-round bout by Fred Kile of Abilene and Turner of Ranger, no decision. The second was an eight-round bout by Chick Osborne and David Pardue, both of Abilene. It furnished the spectators a thrill as both mixed from the start and kept it up till time was called.
- Abilene Daily Reporter, Sunday, Aug. 10, 1924

Clean wrestling matches vouched for by the best promoters of the state will be presented in Abilene beginning in the near future if arrangements for the bouts can be completed by Jesse W. Couch, wrestler, who is now in Abilene looking over the situation with the expectation of opening a wrestlers’ school here.
Couch is from New England and is well known in that section. He has filled a number of wrestling engagements in Texas recently, meeting Abe Caplin, prominent heavyweight wrestler, in Coleman on August 11. Couch weighs 164 pounds but bars no weight in making engagements for himself.
Only men with the best of references will be met in wrestling engagements here, according to Couch, if a ring is located here. The best men in Texas can be secured on a moment’s notice, he declared, and these will be brought to Abilene regularly in the presentation of the wrestling program.
Couch declares that he insists upon satisfaction being given in all of his bouts and that should he establish here and a ring be established he will require that all money be refunded to those who are dissatisfied with any wrestling programs.
- Abilene Morning Reporter, Sunday, Aug. 17, 1924

Wednesday, September 17, 1924
Artillery Hall
Att.: 250
• Jess W. Couch drew “Alabama Doc” Raley (1-1, 49:00)
NOTE: The Artillery Hall was located above the S.S.S. Motor building on South First street. The match ended after 11 minutes of the third fall, but the report gave no reason for the stoppage. Bad weather was said to have held down the attendance.
In boxing preliminaries, Robertson won out in one round over Brown and Osborne and Turner engaged in a three-round draw in the preliminaries. Three negro banjoists were on hand and furnished music.
- Abilene Daily Reporter, Friday, Sep. 19, 1924

Friday, November 13, 1925
Your-Own-Benefit Club
• Roy Reynolds beat Young Burns (2-0, 40:34)

Friday, November 27, 1925
Your-Own-Benefit Club
• Charlie Blanks beat Tuffy McMullen (1-1, 45:00, utc)

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Billy Lee, who has promoted wrestling and boxing matches in Dallas, Fort Worth and other cities in the North and East, arrived in Abilene yesterday to see what the prospects were for the staging of high class wrestling matches here.
He is said to have had an interview with the local American Legion Post Commander, who is going to present the matter of having Lee promote the matches under the Legion’s auspices, at the Legion’s meeting Friday night.
According to the promoter, wrestling has taken a firm grip on Texans throughout the entire state. The game is thriving in Dallas, Houston, Wichita Falls, Amarillo, San Angelo and other leading cities.
Among the top-notch wrestlers Lee expects to bring here ae such men as Jack Gorman, lightweight champion of the Southwest; Kala Pasha (the Turk), middleweight champion of Texas; Dutch Mantell, the welterweight matman of Amarillo who has been doing splendid work all over the state, and other leading figures of the wrestling game.
The opening show of the season is expected to be held here in about two weeks, according to the promoter.
- Abilene Daily Reporter, Thursday, Oct. 7, 1926

Kala Pasha, middleweight champion of Texas, who arrived in Abilene Monday night, stated Tuesday morning that he is here to defend the title which he won since the death of the late well known Pet Brown. Pasha claims the rightful ownership of the middleweight wrestling crown, basing his arguments on the 1923 wrestling tournament held at Brownwood, bringing together the leaving middleweight mat-men who aspired to become holders of Pet Brown’s title.
Pasha, who was returned the victor in the tournament, has been induced to come here through the efforts of Billy Lee, wrestling promoter, who plans to open the wrestling here soon. Lee is trying to arrange a match here between the Turkish mat-man and Harry Demetral; Ernie Glover of Dallas; Hugh Nichols of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; or Matty Matsuda, the Jap of El Paso.
Kala Pasha, who is a firm believer in adhering to the old school of real intensive training, is making arrangements to have several open workouts, to which he is extending an open invitation to any man having a desire to train with him. He said the mat and other paraphernalia is on its way to Abilene now, and immediately upon its arrival here he will announce the location of his training quarters.
- Abilene Daily Reporter, Tuesday, Oct. 12, 1926

Thursday, October 21, 1926
National Guard Armory
• Kala Pasha beat Bull Novak (2-0, 30:00)
Referee: Coach Y.P. Kuhn, Simmons University
NOTE: Several fast boxing contests by local boys formed the preliminary feature of the program. In a rapid slugging contest, Tommy Davis bested Cecil Mahon, crowding his opponent all the three rounds. Red Stewman refereed.
In a slow and lazy contest in which both appeared to be cautious about mixing it, Red Stewman got a shade over F.D. Kyle.
The best bout of the evening came when Bob Freeman and Julian Nole mixed it for three rounds. Freeman early in the first round drew heavy blood from his opponent’s nose and forced the fighting all the way. In the second round he knocked Nole through the ropes. Despite the terrific barrage of lefts that Freeman kept up, Nole fought a game fight and kept coming back for more.
A novel feature of the affair was a series of yells by college students. Music was furnished by the artillery company. Several hundred fans witnessed the bouts. A few women were present. A “battle royal” between negro contenders was scheduled but the negroes failed to show up. However there was little complaint from this hitch in the program.
Prior to the bouts Sergeant McMahon, a blind American-Canadian veteran of the World War, sang, and a collection was taken up for him and his wife.
“It was a clean show,” Kuhn said. Pasha will teach a class in wrestling at Simmons University, starting Wednesday. Jack Vinson of Oklahoma announced himself as the “toughest man in all Oklahoma” and challenged the winner.
- Abilene Morning News, Friday, Oct. 22, 1926

Friday, October 29, 1926
National Guard Armory
• Young beat Gusberg
• Kala Pasha beat Jack Vinson (1-1, utc)
Referee: Coach Y.P. Kuhn
NOTE: Jack Vinson of Chickasha, Oklahoma, was taken to the Alexander Sanitarium last night following injuries received in the second fall of the wrestling go with Kala Pasha, Brownwood Turk. Vinson sustained a ruptured spine ligament, examination by Drs. Alexander and McFarlane, disclosed. He was reported resting well by hospital attendants at a late hour last night.
The Turk used the crab hold, snapping the lower part of Vinson’s body back toward his head. Upon signaling for the sponge, the Turk relaxed his hold, and Vinson fell limply to the floor.
He was taken from the ring and placed on a cot, where physical examination was made. A Laughter Undertaking Company ambulance was summoned and Vinson was taken to the hospital.
Decision went to the Turk, following the second fall, on account of Vinson not being able to appear in the ring.
Five negroes scheduled for a battle royal failed to make their appearance. In a slow boxing contest, C.H. Dickey of Baird got a shade over F.D. Kile of Abilene.
- Abilene Morning News, Saturday, Oct. 30, 1926

Jack Vinson of Chickasha, Oklahoma, who was injured in a wrestling match Friday evening with Kala Pasha, was discharged from the hospital late yesterday afternoon. Hospital attendants stated that they thought Vinson would be able to wrestle again within a few weeks. Judging from statements made by Vinson Friday when he was injured, he will seek a return match with the Turk.
- Abilene Morning Reporter-News, Sunday, Oct. 31, 1926

Tuesday, November 9, 1926
National Guard Armory
• Adam Mock drew Jack Brumley (20:00)
• Bomar Moore beat Wood Butler (2-0, 21:00)
Referee: Coach Y.P. Kuhn
NOTE: It was agreed at the outset that nothing would be barred in the Moore-Butler battle, except the strangle hold. Coach Kuhn warned that use of the fists would result in a decision on a foul. At the beginning of the second fall, Butler declined to make an agreement limiting the match to Police Gazette rules which would have eliminated the jiu-jitsu [of Moore].
A battle royal between negroes furnished the preliminary event. The husky darkies, five in number, carried on a fast battle with gloves, pummeling each other all over the ring. After four had been knocked out, or retired from the fracas, coins were tossed the winner by the spectators.
Two of the boys who had participated in the battle royal came back and fought three rounds to a draw.
Woodie Windham, a white boy of Abilene, weight 82 pounds, challenged any boy in the house under 90 but was not accepted. The largest crowd that has attended any of the matches was present.
- Abilene Morning News, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1926

Friday, November 13, 1926
Armory, Merkel, Texas
• Kala Pasha vs. Adam Mock
NOTE: The matchmaker in Merkel was Tommy Andrews. Merkel is 17 miles outside of Abilene, and today is part of the Abilene metropolitan area. Some wrestling cards from Merkel were covered in detail by the Abilene newspapers, and some were only mentioned in passing.

Tuesday, November 16, 1926
Armory, Merkel, Texas
• Richard Kennedy beat Blackie Russell (2-0, 12:22)
NOTE: Kala Pasha, who was scheduled to meet Richard Kennedy of Detroit, Michigan, in a finish match at the local armory, served notice on the wrestling promoter and fans that he would not participate in any wrestling affair unless given a guarantee large enough to cover loss of time and training expenses.
The Brownwood man was guaranteed the sum of $75 with privilege of gate receipts percentage for Tuesday night’s bout with the Detroit man. When the time came for Pasha to don his fighting costume he approached the heads of the wrestling show and asked for his guaranteed sum. Seeing that the small assemblage of fans did not make up a sufficient sum to cover the stipulated amount, Kala refused to go on further.
During this time there happened along two Merkel men who said they would chip in twenty-five dollars apiece to see the match go on. However, nothing materialized, and the Pasha-Kennedy tilt was postponed until this Saturday night. [NOTE: If the rescheduled match took place it was not mentioned in the Abilene newspapers.]
Not wishing to cause any dissatisfaction among those of the fans who had come to the armory, a finish match was staged between Kennedy and Blackie Russell, a wrestler who outweighed Kennedy by 20 pounds or more.
- Abilene Morning News, Thursday, Nov. 18, 1926

Friday, November 19, 1926
National Guard Armory
• Kala Pasha drew Bomar Moore (1-1)
Referee: Charlie Blanks
NOTE: The grapple between Bomar Moore of Anson and Kala Pasha was declared a drew by referee Charlie Blanks. The decision was made an hour after the bout. Blanks reversed himself on the decision, having first stopped the bout and awarded the decision to the Turk, claiming that Moore had fouled.
When the men came out for the third fall, the Turk had his head covered in Vaseline. This aroused the ire of Moore, who protested, and the Turk got a sharp reprimand from the referee.
The grapplers had been at it but a few minutes when Pasha charged that Moore was fouling him using a strangle hold. Moore was warned and a few minutes later the referee called the bout to a halt, declaring that the decision went to the Turk on a foul. Later he reversed the decision, declaring it a draw.
“Moore fouled Pasha several times,” Blanks said. “Pasha likewise committed fouls and for that reason I declare the bout a draw.”
- Abilene Morning Reporter-News, Sunday, Nov. 21, 1926

Friday, November 26, 1926
National Guard Armory
• Adam Mock beat Richard Kennedy
• Kala Pasha beat Pat Flynn (2-1)
Referees: Capt. Dott Smith (main event), Bomar Moore (prelim)

Friday, December 3, 1926
National Guard Armory
• Adam Mock vs. Jack Vinson

Friday, December 10, 1926
National Guard Armory
Att.: 600
• Kala Pasha beat Jack Vinson (2-1, 120:00)
Referee: Capt. Dott Smith

Kala Pasha, wrestler, will appear in Corporation Court at 2 o’clock Monday to answer to a charge of assault preferred by William Lee, wrestling promoter. Pasha made bond for his appearance.
The assault charge is a sequel to a controversy between Pasha and Lee in the writing room of the Hotel Grace Friday night, over a division of cash receipts from the Pasha-Jack Vinson match. Lee, in preferring the assault charge Saturday, said Pasha laid hands on him.
“Pasha demanded 50 per cent of the gross receipts after we had agreed on 25 per cent,” said Lee. “I offered him the 25 per cent and he refused to accept it. Today (Saturday) he demanded 35 percent, but finally accepted $40, which was 25 per cent.”
Pasha said: “I did not assault Billy Lee. I merely took hold of his coat lapel and told him to give me my share of the money, and he had me arrested. I have been in this country 12 years and this is the first time I have been in the custody of an officer.”
The complaint charging assault gave Pasha’s name as Paul S. Gregorian.
- Abilene Morning Reporter-News, Sunday, Dec. 12, 1926

There will be no more wrestling matches held at the Armory under the present management, Captain Dott E. Smith announced last night. He and Billy Lee, promoter, are understood to have had a disagreement. Smith said that possible matches may be held later under a different arrangement, but no decision has been reached on this phase of the situation.
Lee could not be reached last night and so no statement is given concerning whether he plans to continue to promote wrestling matches here. The recent matches have been held under the auspices of the 131st Field Artillery.
- Abilene Daily Reporter, Monday, Dec. 13, 1926

Hearing for Kala Pasha, local wrestler, charged in corporation court with assault, was continued until Thursday afternoon at two o’clock when the case was called yesterday afternoon.
A complaint was lodged Saturday against Pasha by Billy Lee, wrestling promoter, who alleges that Pasha assaulted him. Pasha, in a statement to a representative of the Morning News, denied the charge.
- Abilene Morning News, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 1926
NOTE: This was the last mention of the court case. One can guess that the case was ended with Billy Lee leaving Abilene and Kala Pasha agreeing to donate his next wrestling purse to charity.

Tuesday, December 21, 1926
National Guard Armory
• Kala Pasha beat Pat Flynn (2-0, 26:00)
• Jack Vinson drew Tony Marconi (15:00)
NOTE: Wrestling was now being promoted directly by the 131st Field Artillery with Capt. Dott Smith as the matchmaker. Pasha’s share of the gate, $42.05, was given to the Goodfellow fund to but Christmas dinner and toys for the poor children of Abilene. This donation was seemingly legitimate, as it appeared in another article detailing all the donations to the total of £559.80 in the Goodfellow fund. In the special match that took place after the main event, a purse was collected among the fans, to be given to Vinson if he could last 15 minutes, or to the larger Marconi if he could win in 15 minutes. The crowd was reported as “unusually large.”

Friday, December 31, 1926
National Guard Armory
• C.S. Young drew Joel Martin (10:00)
• Kala Pasha beat Tony Marconi (1-1, 26:00, utc)
• Bomar Moore drew John Ellis (15:00)
NOTE: The match, slated for the best two out of three falls, was cut short at the end of the second when Marconi took a headlong plunge into the floor as credit to one of the body slams for which the Turk is noted, took the count, was carried from the ring, and was unable to return. Marconi had won the first fall. When the whistle sounded to resume wrestling after Marconi had been knocked out, he offered to take the floor again, but was restrained by doctor’s orders.
The customers were served a short order dish for consolation, however, as a purse was made up among fans for Bomar Moore, Anson, and John Ellis, Stamford.
- Abilene Morning News, Saturday, Jan. 1, 1927

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Tuesday, January 11, 1927
National Guard Armory
• Kala Pasha beat Jim Pappas (sub. Harry Demetral) (2-1, 80:00)
NOTE: Demetral was reported to have suffered a broken leg and was unable to compete.

Tuesday, January 18, 1927
National Guard Armory
• Smiley Watkins drew Joe Martin (15:00)
• Jack Vinson beat Gus Anderson (2-1, 40:00)
NOTE: In between the two wrestling matches was a three-round boxing match between two unnamed fighters that went to a draw.

Tuesday, January 25, 1927
National Guard Armory
• Joe Martin beat Louis Moore
• Kala Pasha beat Red Fitzsimmons (2-0, 30:40)
NOTE: In between the two wrestling matches, Ables and Martin, both of Abilene, boxed to a three-round draw.

Tuesday, February 1, 1927
National Guard Armory
• G.C. Mix beat G.J. Morrow (2-0)
• Joe Martin drew C.S. Young (15:00)
• Jim Pappas beat Tony Marconi (2-1, 84:16)

Tuesday, February 8, 1927
National Guard Armory
• Felipe Fernandez beat Jim Pappas (2-1, 67:15)
NOTE: W.J. Cunningham and Bob Cooper gave a four round exhibition boxing match as one of the preliminaries and a battle royal was the other number on the program.
- Abilene Morning News, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 1927

Tuesday, February 15, 1927
National Guard Armory
• Joe Martin drew Cyclone Moore (15:00)
• Kala Pasha beat Felipe Fernandez (2-1, 49:12)
NOTE: A battle royal from the regulation quintet of darkies furnishing no small amount of entertainment for the spectators was the opening number. Lipps and Stevenson, two less-than-flyweight youngsters, who got one fall each in five minutes was the other preliminary attraction.
- Abilene Morning News, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 1927

Tuesday, February 22, 1927
National Guard Armory
• Kala Pasha beat Jack Lewis (2-0)
NOTE: A wrestling match by two small boys, a battle royal between negroes and a boxing match between Dutch Cunningham and Curtis Jordan furnished the preliminaries. Cunningham and Jordon gave a good exhibition of fast boxing.
John Ellis of Stamford publicly challenged Pasha and the Turk agreed to take him on some time in the near future.
- Abilene Daily Reporter, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 1927

Tuesday, March 1, 1927
National Guard Armory
• Ernest Hicks drew Joe Martin (15:00)
• John Kilonis beat Kala Pasha (2-1)

Tuesday, March 8, 1927
National Guard Armory
Att.: “not much less than 1,000”
• Kala Pasha beat John Kilonis (1-1, 59:00, utc)
NOTE: The preliminaries were rather listless. “Woodie,” the champ “kid” wrestler and boxer of the armory, made short work of his enemy, introduced as “Johnny,” another wrestling match ended in the same way, and two pairs of colored boys made way for the main event in exhibition with the gloves, wherein they showed great activity at the outset but later allowed their ambition to wane.
- Abilene Daily Reporter, Wednesday, Mar. 9, 1927

Tuesday, March 15, 1927
National Guard Armory
• John Ellis beat Jack Hackenschmidt (2-1, 35:50)
Referee: W.N. Soule
NOTE: Martin and Dilley, a pair of welterweights, mixed with the gloves in the feature preliminary for three rounds. “Woodie,” the armory kid champion, was victor again, tossing a chubby opponent for two falls, the first in one minute, the second in five. A battle royal was the semi-windup affair.
- Abilene Morning News, Wednesday, Mar. 16, 1927

Wednesday, March 23, 1927
National Guard Armory
• Blade drew Moore
• John Ellis beat Pete Castalo (2-1)
Referee: Kala Pasha

Thursday, April 21, 1927
T.P. Park Arena
• Butcher Black beat Joe Martin (19:00)
• Matty Matsuda beat Axel LeBare (2-0, 25:00)
NOTE: This card was a benefit for the nearby town of Rocksprings, which was almost completely destroyed by a tornado on April 12. The new open air arena was located on North Second street, and cards there were promoted by Kala Pasha.
Rocksprings’ benefit from the battle will be slight. Only a scant crowd braved a biting “norther” to sit in an open stadium and watch the tussle. Kala Pasha, who promoted the match, said the relief fund proceeds amounted to $14.25. He personally gave $5.25, bringing the amount to $20.
- Abilene Daily Reporter, Friday, Apr. 22, 1927
Jack Vinson’s and Kid Poster’s boxing match, the final of four preliminary events, was scheduled to go four rounds when Poster went down after a blow to the body and retired from the ring. Woodie Windham, kid wrestling champ of the city, kept his title by throwing “Champion” Miller two straight falls in the first event.
- Abilene Morning News, Friday, Apr. 22, 1927
Last night’s benefit wrestling match netted $14.75 for the fund, and the promoter Kala Pasha put $5.25 more of his own funds to make the amount an even $20. Cold weather ruined the match from the financial point of view. Kala Pasha gave the Reporter & News an itemized statement of receipts and expenses, showing total receipts of $157.50 and total expenses of $142.25, with nothing for himself. Matty Matsuda, welterweight wrestling champion of the world, who came here from El Paso to help the benefit show, got only $67.25 for his night’s labors.
- Abilene Daily Reporter, Friday, Apr. 22, 1927

Thursday, April 28, 1927
T.P. Park Arena
• Kid Woodward drew Young Americus (15:00)
• Harry Demetral beat Gus Pappas (2-1)
Referee: Kala Pasha
NOTE: In the preliminaries, Woodie Windham, kid wrestler, won as usual, pinning Jules Wilcox twice in quick time. Martin got a decision in a four round boxing event over Red Walker.
- Abilene Daily Reporter, Thursday, Apr. 29, 1927

Thursday, May 5, 1927
T.P. Park Arena
Att.: 1,200
• Pedro Costello (sub. Gus Pappas) beat Billy Wright (2-0, 22:00)
• Bull Montana beat Harry Demetral (2-0, 41:00)
NOTE: Mickey Pool and Kid Martin boxed three rounds to a draw to open the card. The crowd, however, leaned toward Pool as the winner. July Anjulius [NOTE: almost certainly misspelled] of Mexico City and Roy McGee of San Angelo boxed three rounds and William Soule and Butcher Black entertained for the remainder of the time until Costello and Wright took the mat.
- Abilene Daily Reporter, Friday, May 5, 1927

Friday, May 13, 1927
T.P. Park Arena
• Bull Montana beat Kala Pasha (1-0, 49:00, utc)
Referee: Pete Costello
NOTE: This card was postponed from the previous day due to bad weather. This card was a benefit for victims of a recent flood, with $26 raised.
A six round boxing match between Angires and McGee, the San Angelo negro, furnished the semi-windup for the program. The Mexican started out strong, scoring two knockdowns in the first round, but before the affair was over, the tables turned, and the darktown entry had his tanned opposition on the floor three times in the later stages of the fight.
- Abilene Morning News, Saturday, May 14, 1927

Thursday, May 19, 1927
T.P. Park Arena
• Basanta Singh beat Bert Willoughby (2-1)
NOTE: Mickey Pool won a decision in four rounds of boxing with Martin, while Jack Jackson was the victor in another four round go with Lewis Jackson in another preliminary match. The winner, however, was derided by the fans for an apparently foul blow that he administered as Lewis was coming up after being floored in the third round.
- Abilene Daily Reporter, Friday, May 20, 1927

Thursday, May 26, 1927
T.P. Park Arena
Att.: 500
• Billy Londos beat Kid Woodward (23:00)
• Charlie Grip (sub. Matty Matsuda) beat Basanta Singh (2-1)
NOTE: Londos had accepted a handicap match where he would have to throw Woodward twice in 30 minutes to win, however, Woodward conceded after losing the first fall, suffering from a fractured rib. There were other wrestling and boxing preliminaries, but the participants were not named.

Thursday, June 2, 1927
T.P. Park Arena
• Bomar Moore drew Jack Lewis (30:00)
• Charlie Grip beat Charlie Miller (2-1)

Thursday, June 9, 1927
T.P. Park Arena
• Kala Pasha beat Gus Anderson (1-0, 23:00, utc)
Referee: Bomar Moore
NOTE: One of the best boxing matches seen in the Pasha arena this season was staged by Red Struman and the “mystery boxer,” who turned out to be Bomar Moore’s kid brother, Dempsey. Kyle, a local boy, substituted for Martin in the bout with Mickey Pool, and received a great deal of punishment at the hands of the high school athlete.
- Abilene Daily Reporter, Friday, Jun. 10, 1927

Friday, June 17, 1927
T.P. Park Arena
• Bomar Moore beat Jack Lewis (2-0, 35:00)
NOTE: In the preliminary boxing match, Dempsey Moore fought Jack Matlock to a five-round draw.

Friday, June 24, 1927
T.P. Park Arena
• Clete Kaufman beat Bomar Moore (2-1)
NOTE: The feature boxers, Lewisn and Matlock, failed to turn up, but Hale Daniel and Joel Martin staged the semi-final glove-swinging act in four episodes. That was nearly too many for Daniel, the Cowboy grid and diamond star, who was out of condition, and after trading slams with Martin in the first setto, protected himself only half-heartedly in the last half of the bout.
Miller and Walker, a lightweight and welter, preceded them with a three round exhibition.
- Abilene Morning News, Saturday, Jun. 25, 1927

Friday night’s wrestling program was a complete washout for Kala Pasha, the promoter, and then some.
Kala’s room was burglarized early Saturday morning, the thief making off, not only with the athletic promoter’s bankroll of about $110, but his trousers as well. The money was part of the receipts from the match the preceding night, plus about $35 that Pasha had before the match. He went to bed about 1:30 a.m. and judges that the burglary occurred after three o’clock.
“Luckily,” he said, “I had already paid the wrestlers, but the legion percentage and other expenses of the night’s program were yet to be taken from receipts.”
An Ingersoll watch, some letter and telegrams were also in the pockets of the stolen trousers.
- Abilene Morning Reporter-News, Sunday, Jun. 19, 1927
NOTE: This was one of a number of night-time robberies that occurred in Abilene at the time.

Monday, July 4, 1927
T.P. Park Arena
Att.: 2,000
• Jack Gorman drew Mike Reed (20:00)
• World Heavyweight Title
Ed “Strangler” Lewis* beat Chief Jim Clinstock (2-0)
NOTE: Lewis does not appear to have held any recognized version of the world heavyweight title when this match took place. Preliminary boxing matches saw Shorty Collins go to a draw with Shorty Hodges, as did Mickey Pool and Sergeant Kyle, while Joe Martin beat Dub Cunningham.

Thursday, July 14, 1927
T.P. Park Arena
• Jack Gorman beat Mike Reed (2-1, 40:45, dq)
Referee: Kala Pasha
NOTE: This match was postponed from July 12 due to rain. Reed was disqualified for strangling. A boxing preliminary between Joe Howard and Young Woodward went four rounds to a draw.

[excerpt from an article about a meeting of the American Legion]
The called meeting also made a written contract with Kala Pasha. Terms were not announced but Oliver Cunningham, commander of the Paramore Post, stated that Pasha agreed to act in the capacity of matchmaker for the legion for a series of bouts similar to the ones that he has been promoting for himself. Pasha has been acting as matchmaker for the legion but prior to this time was working under a verbal agreement.
- Abilene Morning News, Friday, Jul. 15, 1927

Tuesday, July 26, 1927
T.P. Park Arena
• Kala Pasha beat Harry Demetral (1-0, 54:00, utc)
Referee: Bomar Moore
NOTE: Battling Hoppe and Ted Frenchy’s scheduled five-round semi-final boxing event went only two sessions because the Amarillo pug laid Frenchy out 10 seconds after the second inning got underway. Hoppe’s plan of battle was a la Dempsey, with the exception of a speedier finish, and a different hand to deliver the final blow. He hammered Frenchy’s chest and body throughout the first round while the Los Angeles representative smiled and fanned the open air. As the second round opened he straightened out a right to the mouth of Battling Ted, who immediately reclined for a nap of 10 counts.
- Abilene Morning News, Wednesday, Jul. 27, 1927

Tuesday, August 2, 1927
T.P. Park Arena
• Kala Pasha beat “Mr. X” (2-0, 19:00)
NOTE: Prior to this match, Kala Pasha had advertised to face Gus Anderson’s mystery wrestler. The wrestler remained a mystery, as he was never named to the audience. He was considerably larger than Pasha, and “must have weighed in at a figure near 200 pounds.”
Battling Hoppe’s scheduled five-round semi-final bout with Kid Pancho did not go off exactly according to arrangement. In the first place, Kid failed to show up, and Ice Boy Martin, local fighter, was substituted. The second hitch developed when the Battler exhibited symptoms of having made a severe breach of training rules some time immediately preceding the engagement. He was pummelled soundly by Martin for more than a minute, and after being floored for the first time, was saved from further punishment when Pasha announced that the fight was over.
- Abilene Morning News, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 1927

Tuesday, August 9, 1927
T.P. Park Arena
• Matty Matsuda beat Nick Karavas (2-0, 52:00)
NOTE: Six rounds of nose punching between Howard Jernigan, Wichita Falls middleweight, and Joe Martin, local truck-and-ladder expert, furnished the program’s choicest number as a semi-final. Joe was on the receiving end of the battery through the greater part of the game, but exhibited much to the satisfaction of his numerous backers that he was in there, if not all there. Nine times he clambered back to his feet after staggering right and left hooks to the jaw administered by the oil city blond.
Martin was saved by the bell in the second, reeled through the third, was down for nine swings of the referee’s mitt in the fourth, but might have been improving in the following sessions, for six was the highest count he took in either.
Heit Miller, lightweight, took a three round match from Curtis Thompson, while “Coyote,” black boy, was the final victor in a foursome staged by darktown gentry as the opening act.
- Abilene Morning News, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 1927

Tuesday, August 16, 1927
T.P. Park Arena
• Kala Pasha beat Dutch Mantell (2-0, 40:00)
NOTE: Frank Peebles, the Coleman boxer, who was billed to go against Howard Jernigan, was still in Coleman according to latest reports, and W.A. Lindsey, a local boy, was substituted. Lindsey really appeared to be a very bashful young man – didn’t know what to do with his hands. Guarding with his jaw, he took a right jab at 41 seconds after the fight started and lay down for a rest of ten counts.
“Slap Out” and “Hard Rock,” some of the darktown’s aspirants were on for a four round boxing bout, but it didn’t materialize. They put on a weird dance, and the referee declared the contest a tie. They were much more active in picking up the offerings of the audience when the exhibition had ended.
- Abilene Morning News, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 1927

Tuesday, August 23, 1927
T.P. Park Arena
• Harry Demetral beat Pete Brown (2-1, 60:00, dq)
NOTE: Brown was disqualified for a kick to the head of Demetral.
Orville McLeod and Bob McDaniel, heavyweights, did the semi-finals in boxing with a great many haymaking swings through four rounds. To all outside impressions one might gather, however, they seemed much more anxious to fight just after the last session terminated that at any moment previous.
- Abilene Morning News, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 1927

Wayne “Big” Munn, a former University of Nebraska football star and more recently a heavyweight wrestling champion, will speak at the Victory Bible class today at the Queen theatre at 9:45 a.m.
His opponent in this week’s wrestling match, Howard Cantonwine, the local wrestling promoter, Kala Pasha, and another well-known wrestler, Harry Demetral, have all expressed their intentions of attending Sunday School today to hear the “Nebraska Giant’s” talk, Judge J.P. Stinson, teacher of the class, said Saturday.
- Abilene Morning Reporter-News, Sunday, Aug. 28, 1927

THE MORNING MUSE by Prexy Anderson
We met Messrs. Munn of Nebraska and Cantonwine of Iowa last night. As a result, we think more of the wrestling game.
Both ex-collegians, young, handsome, minus battered ears and other marks that usually distinguish followers of the mat game, they were revelations.
We listened (something unusual when the customary athlete calls) with magnified interest to their stories of collegiate days, Big Ten football games, and discovered that Big Wayne Munn was more interested in his 16 month old baby girl than anything else. He had two pictures, his wife and baby.
Munn, we found out, studied for the medical profession. His father was a surgeon, and larger than the son here. He has four brothers, all giants. Even the lone sister is more than six feet. A family of supermen. And the Munns have been that for several generations back. There’s plenty to heredity, Munn says, and we believe it more so now. He traces his ancestry back to 1659 on Nantucket Island. He’s even related to Charles Evan Hughes.
We found out that it costs us more to eat than it does Munn. Restaurants would appreciate out patronage (for business reasons only, however, we hasten to explain) more. A couple of cantaloupes, a slice of watermelon and a cheese sandwich constituted his two meals yesterday. How that could keep a 250 pound giant in operation is phenomena in out humble mind.
When not wrestling, Munn spends his time at boys training camps, as director of physical education. He is popular with Masonic organizations, especially with the sons of Masons, the DeMolay.
Cantonwine is impressive. He is concise and snappy in speech. He was raised just a few miles from the town where Frank Gotch, famous early day wrestler, was born and raised. He was a great admirer of Gotch when a boy and wept when he died in 1918. We wondered at this big fellow. How he could display emotion.
Cantonwine is the younger of the two Abilene visitors. He is 25. They both have a great deal of respect for Stranger Lewis, the champion. Especially Munn. Wayne flashed into national prominence a few years ago when he pitched the great Strangler from a Kansas City ring to win the world’s wrestling championship. He later lost to Lewis in a return bout.
Kala Pasha, local promoter and wrestler, brought the pair up to the office yesterday. He was mighty proud, Kala was. He had reason enough. We felt proud too, someway or other, after meeting them.
They’re all-Americans, Wayne and Cantonwine. We listened to their opinions of other wrestlers and of oxers, including Dempsey, Sharkey and Tunney. We could have listed a great deal longer. But they had to go out with Kala and promenade some more – for business reasons.
- Abilene Morning Reporter-News, Sunday, Aug. 28, 1927

Monday, August 29, 1927
T.P. Park Arena
• Art Mondt drew Mike Gettson (10:00)
• Harry Demetral beat Gus Anderson
• Wayne Munn beat Howard Cantonwine (2-0, 19:00)
NOTE: Matty Matsuda and Joe “Toots” Mondt were present and were introduced to the crowd.
Howard Jernigan, the speedy middleweight, was on for a four round go with Red Stuman, 15 pounds more of a man. The bout produced lots of blood and from that standpoint might be called Jernigan’s fight since he pounded Stuman unmercifully in the final round. That, however, was his only round, the third being a draw, while Stuman took the first two.
Mickey Pool, the high school lightweight, battled with D.D. Dilley in the curtain raiser. Dilley had a powerful punch, but couldn’t stay up with dancing Mick and the best he could do was to break even in the second round. The other two were Pool’s.
- Abilene Morning News, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 1927

Monday, September 5, 1927
T.P. Park Arena
• Art Mondt beat Howard Cantonwine (2-1, 43:00)
NOTE: In the preliminary boxing match, Kid Dula beat Howard Jernigan in a well-received eight-round match. Dula had been based in Brownwood, but after his showing in this match, he moved his base to Abilene to be managed by Kala Pasha.

Monday, September 12, 1927
T.P. Park Arena
• Carson drew Phelps (10:00)
• Art Mondt beat Jim Clinstock (2-0, 45:00)
NOTE: Clinstock was said to be far less impressive that he had been against Lewis in July.
Boxing again should have been the principal event, wherein Kid Dula whipped lighter Battling Hoppe in five rounds of a scheduled program of six stanzas. The Brownwood boy wasn’t quite the Dula that he was a week ago, but a wrist bruised in the first round may have been accountable for that. The injured wrist was that of his leading left and he had to do all his fighting with one hand until he got the twisted member back into working order. Hoppe kept away from the Kid or damaged him sufficiently in the clinches to get a draw in the first two rounds. In the third Dula began to find his face and ribs with right punches, and by the fifth it was little short of murder. Hoppe retreated steadily beneath a shower of rights and lefts. He had stopped a hook in the fourth with his left eye, and by the middle of the fifth the optic was swelled shut. He stayed in his chair when the gong sounded to start the sixth, signifying that the Kid might have the match.
Two black boys fought three preliminary rounds of boxing in the second event.
- Abilene Morning News, Tuesday, Sep. 13, 1927

Monday, September 19, 1927
Att.: 150
T.P. Park Arena
• Harry Demetral vs. Kala Pasha (15:00)
• Mike Gettson beat Art Mondt (2-0, 30:28)
Referee: Kala Pasha
NOTE: The low attendance was blamed on cold weather.
Harry Demetral’s one fall semi-final with Guy Miller failed to materialize when Miller’s car was stuck in the mud en route to Abilene Monday afternoon, preventing his arrival. He was forced to content himself with a fifteen minute exhibition with Kala Pasha, and by taking a lung work-out in support of Mondt during the main event.
- Abilene Morning News, Tuesday, Sep. 20, 1927

Monday, September 26, 1927
T.P. Park Arena
• Bomar Moore drew Harry Demetral (25:00)
• Mike Gettson beat Jack Savage (2-0, 13:15)
NOTE: Savage was described as the “Shreveport fat man,” and was said to be “at a total loss throughout the encounter.” By virtue of his recent victories, Gettson earned the right to challenge for the world heavyweight title, however the proposed match against Ed “Strangler” Lewis in October never took place.
Kid Dula got another victory over Howard Jernigan, although Kala Pasha, refereeing the bout, announced that it was a draw. It ended in Jernigan’s retirement from the ring in the fourth stanza of their scheduled six round bout. He had previously appeared to have been too high for such a claim to have been allowed. In a clinch, the Kid landed a right to Howard’s sagging jaw, causing the blond to bite out a section of his tongue. Again Jernigan claimed a foul, declaring that Pasha had already ordered a break. When it was not allowed, he quit the floor. Dula had the best of the match, dropping Jernigan for a count of nine in the third round.
- Abilene Morning News, Tuesday, Sep. 27, 1927

Wednesday, October 12, 1927
Elks Hall
• Mexican middleweight title
Pete Brown* beat Harry Demetral (2-1)
Referee: Kala Pasha
NOTE: Pete Brown was in possession of a title belt to back up his claim to the championship.
It was all paradoxical – having the Mexican middleweight title bout in America between two light heavyweights. To put the public straight on this, Pete and Harry had reduced themselves to the middleweight limit, or at least were supposed to have and the supposition was not questioned.
In the semi-final boxing there was Kid Dula, the conquering hero again. It took the Kid, who now called Abilene his home, just half of the scheduled eights stanzas to finish Sailor Coda of Dallas and he should have done it in less than that but for a cat-and-mouse toying through the third and fourth rounds, and the end of which his seconds threw in the towel.
Blondy Dilley lost the four round curtain raiser to Kid Martin after taking the first round.
- Abilene Morning News, Thursday, Oct. 13, 1927

NOTE: Kala Pasha, now being described as the Tex Rickard of Abilene had organized an all-boxing card for the Elks Hall on October 19. A phone call in the afternoon of the card from Mayor Thomas E. Hayden Jr. citing “a state law and city ordinance about prize fights” and Pasha decided to cancel the card. This is probably related to the fact that, until the formation of the state boxing and wrestling commission on September 1, 1933, professional boxing was illegal in Texas.

Saturday, October 22, 1927
Anson, Texas
• Harry Demetral vs. Bomar Moore
NOTE: This card was promoted by Kala Pasha.

Wednesday, October 26, 1927
Elks Hall
• Harry Demetral beat Gus Anderson (1-1, 20:34, utc)
• Teddy Waters drew Matty Matsuda (0-0, 60:00)

Tuesday, November 8, 1927
Elks Hall
• Young Woodward drew Kid Taylor
• Shaw drew Henslee (10:00)
• Charlie Banks drew Young Bull Montana (20:00)
• Bomar Moore beat Pete Brown (2-1)

Thursday, November 17, 1927
Elks Hall
• Kala Pasha beat Woods Butler (7:00)
• Harry Demetral beat Charlie Miller (2-1, 15:34)
• Guy Cutler beat Jack Sampson (sub. Pete Brown) (2-0, 24:19)
NOTE: No explanation was given for the non-appearance of Pete Brown. Woods Butler had put up $25 and agreed to pin Kala Pasha within 15 minutes. Two preliminaries with unnamed wrestlers were also held.

Thursday, November 23, 1927
Elks Hall
• Kala Pasha beat Charlie Miller (20:00)
• Harry Demetral beat Guy Cutler (sub. Bomar Moore) (2-0)
NOTE: In pre-match publicity, Pasha stated, “Beginning with my one fall match with Charlie Miller tomorrow night, I’m going to put myself on the bill regularly.” It was noted that Pasha had been out of action for six months.

Tuesday, December 6, 1927
Elks Hall
• World welterweight title
Matty Matsuda* beat Teddy Waters (2-1)
NOTE: A couple of boxing bouts preceded the main go. The first, participated in by two brown-skin negroes placed the crowd in a receptive mood for the blood satisfying ring engagement that followed. Tommy Walter, a 148-pound amateur, probably lost some of the desire to take part in Kala’s amateur shows. Luck was against him last night. Sergeant Kyle, 145-pounder, shoved his right fist into Walker’s chin in the second round of their scheduled five-round program and the amateur crashed to the floor. The floor dealt him a terrific blow and it looked for a few moments as if the aid of a doctor would be necessary. Walker revived. He was a badly defeated boxer.
Gust Lessis, “world’s strongest man,” a big-time vaudeville star who played 16 weeks on the Keith circuit including two weeks at the New York Hippodrome and Palace was introduced to the ringside.
- Abilene Morning News, Wednesday, December 7, 1927
NOTE: The many uses of the word “amateur” in describing the boxing was probably not an accident.

Tuesday, December 13, 1927
Elks Hall
• World welterweight title
Matty Matsuda* beat Tommy Welch (2-0, 50:00)
NOTE: The report in the Abilene Morning News of this card focussed mostly on the strongman act of Gust Lessis, during which he “broke railroad spikes in two with his teeth, wrapped iron bands around his arms, supported near a ton of manhood and water on his chest and again an 800 pound slab of concrete while it was broken by the pounding of a sledgehammer.” This card was a fundraiser for the Goodfellows fund, with “only a small sum netted, with a very light attendance.”

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Thursday, January 12, 1928
Elks Hall
• Kala Pasha beat Herb Teitenberg (2-1, 40:35)
NOTE: Herb Teitenberg was a substitute for Clete Kaufman. Kaufman had been booked through Dallas promoter Bert Willoughby. When Kaufman decided to visit New York during this week, Willoughby provided Teitenberg as a substitute, Teitenberg having defeated Kaufman earlier in the week in Dallas.
Bert Willoughby, Dallas promoter, accompanied his charge to Abilene, and announced that Clarence Ecklund, the world’s light heavyweight champion, was available for a match with Kala if the latter cared for it. Pasha’s answer, made in the usual post-bout fashion, indicated that he was very strongly in favor of mixing with the titleholder.
- Abilene Morning News, Friday, Jan. 13, 1928

Thursday, January 19, 1928
Elks Hall
• Kala Pasha beat Charlie Lehman (2-1, 55:00)
NOTE: The “smallest crowd in months” saw Pasha win the match against Leeman, another of Bert Willoughby’s wrestlers from Dallas, with the final fall coming with “the body slam, of course, as it is in practically all of his wins.”
Jack Ellison and M.E. Reichert battled six rounds to a draw in the semi-final boxing number. They were very evenly matches.
- Abilene Morning News, Friday, Jan. 20, 1928

THE MORNING MUSE by Prexy Anderson
The cauliflower industry may flourish again in this town ere long. Kala Pasha seats himself beside us in a food house – he has other training quarters – recently and lets it be known that he intends coming back with his punching and tussling programs as soon as likely weather presents itself for outside showings. Kala found that the summer was the only suitable time for his acts. He couldn’t get them out to his winter indoor showings with free admission plus souvenirs.
- Abilene Morning News, Friday, Mar. 23, 1928
NOTE: It is very possible that Pasha’s return to the ring during the winter indoor season at the end of 1927 was a cost-cutting measure.

Monday, April 30, 1928
North Second Street Arena (outdoors)
• Jack Gorman beat Tom Milano (2-0)
NOTE: “Tuffy” Jackson, Big Spring light heavyweight, got an early verdict via a knockout in the third round over Cyclone Savage. They pelted each other furiously for the first two sessions, although “Tuffy” was taking the wind out of the Cyclone from the start.
The preliminaries “Dub” Cunningham and Cecil Johnson went four rounds to a draw.
“Happy” McKeown, the armless boy was on hand to add some finer points to the exhibition which he gave at the ball park here last week.
- Abilene Morning News, Tuesday, May 1, 1928

Monday, May 7, 1928
North Second Street Arena
• Jack Gorman beat Chief Wow Wow (2-1)
Referee: Kala Pasha
NOTE: In the boxing main event, “Tuffy” Jackson beat Clarence Powell in three rounds.

THE MORNING MUSE by Prexy Anderson
‘Tis springtime now and the cauliflowers are in full bloom. Chief Wow Wow wails for another match with Jack Gorman to whom he lost in Monday evening’s brawl. Take the grease off Jack’s ears, take away the interference of big law and order men and give ‘im a referee other than our noble Kala Pasha, and he’ll win the match hands down, pleads Wow Wow, who neither looks nor talks so bad nor so Indian as he sounds. He’s a Cherokee and the name of course is assumed.
- Abilene Morning News, Wednesday, May 9, 1928

Monday, May 14, 1928
North Second Street Arena
• Chief Wow Wow vs Young Headrick
NOTE: The boxing main event was Dempsey Moore vs. Tuffy Jackson. Only the Sunday newspaper is available for most of May.

Monday, May 21, 1928
North Second Street Arena
• Chief Wow Wow vs. Young Headrick
NOTE: The boxing main event was Kid Mocco vs. Kid Rich.

Monday, May 28, 1928
North Second Street Arena
• Jack Gorman vs. Tiny Simmons
NOTE: The boxing main event was Dempsey Moore vs. Tuffy Jackson

Monday, June 4, 1928
North Second Street Arena
• Joe Parelli beat Frank Judson

Monday, June 11, 1928
North Second Street Arena
• Joe Parelli beat Jack Achilles
NOTE: The boxing main event was “Tuffy” Jackson vs. Joe Ferguson. Don Garver was to face as unnamed opponent. A public workout was held at the arena at 3 p.m. on the Sunday.

Monday, June 18, 1928
North Second Street Arena
• Joe Parelli beat Joe Kopecky (2-1)
Referee: Rough-House Jones
NOTE: Pete Cordell, alleged “Mexican cyclone” from San Antonio, was such a light breeze that he hardly ruffled the carefully pasted locks of Don Garver, local terror to opposing chains, in their scheduled ten round bout, getting a knockout early in the third round.
In the first boxing preliminary, Kid Moco scored a victory over Sergeant Kyle in four rounds. Nobody was hurt until the fourth when Kid slung a glove in the Sergeant’s eye, but the part of the army in the ring was far from annihilated.
- Abilene Morning News, Tuesday, Jun. 19, 1928

Monday, June 25, 1928
North Second Street Arena
• Joe Parelli vs. Joe Kopecky
NOTE: The boxing main event was Don Garver vs. Dick Bowers. Kala Pasha had been training with Harry Demetral. Many of June’s newspapers are missing.

Tuesday, July 3, 1928
North Second Street Arena
• Joe Parelli beat Harry Demetral (2-1)
Referee: Kala Pasha
NOTE: In boxing results, Kid Pancho beat Don Garver, Joe Ferguson beat Tommy Tuttle, and Tuffy Jackson dew Dempse Moore. The referee for the boxing was Jerry Cresswell. Jack Reynolds’ world welterweight title belt was displayed during intermission.

THE MORNING MUSE by Prexy Anderson
Bugs at the Kiwanis club’s outdoor athletic program Tuesday evening raised a howl when Joe Parelli was awarded the match on the final fall after jumping on Harry Demetral from behind while Harry was wrangling with Kala Pasha, the referee.
Just why the bugs should yipe over such a matter isn’t exactly clear unless it’s their nature to complain. It wasn’t because Harry was a favorite or because Joe was a favorite. Abilene never has had a wrestling favorite. The town is a good one for the game financially, but it appears that the boys pay their way in to throw all the uncomplimentary remarks they want to at the particular mat actors that happen to have the stage.
Kala was in the right Tuesday. It is the duty of the grappling combatant to protect himself at all times. It was a wrestling match for which Harry had got himself booked, and not a debate as he tried to make it.
- Abilene Morning News, Friday, Jul. 6, 1928

Wednesday, July 11, 1928
North Second Street Arena
• Joe Parelli beat Jack Reynolds (2-1)
NOTE: Although the match was billed for Reynolds’ world welterweight title, Parelli weighed in three and a half pounds overweight, so the title was not on the line. Parelli’s weight loss had been documented in the days prior to the bout. In boxing matches, Kid Pancho beat Jimmie Ryan, Woodie Windham beat Woodrow Kirkland, and Sergeant Kyle drew Fireboy Joel Martin.

Friday, July 20, 1928
North Second Street Arena
• World welterweight title
Jack Reynolds* beat Johnny Carlin (2-0, 36:00)
NOTE: Strangely, pre-match press stated that while Reynolds’ belt was not at stake, his title was. In boxing matches, Dempse Moore drew Jim St. Clair and Fireman Joel Martin beat Kid Hamilton.

Kala Pasha’s “health institute,” a course in reducing or building up the body, has been opened this week in the basement of the Grace hotel and the wrestler, promoter and man of other assorted athletic trades reported yesterday a steady procession of customers.
His is a 24 hour a day business, work done by appointment and one treatment requires approximately an hour, more or less, to suit individual tastes. Harry Demetral is his assistant.
Equipment consists of punching bag, mat, electric sweat box, shower, tables on which the proprietor gives “rub downs” and other gymnasium fixtures. The workouts, baths, etc., are given either in a series of courses or a single treatment.
- Abilene Morning News, Friday, Jul. 27, 1928

Wednesday, August 1, 1928
North Second Street Arena
• Joe Parelli beat Harry Demetral (2-1, 47:00)
NOTE: Joe’s triumph, as was said before, was unpopular and Joe didn’t get over any bigger with the patrons by some of his new tactics. They included crawling under the ropes and remaining outside the field of combat until he could regain his composure. Joe even went to the trouble of untying his tights at one time prior to the first fall to kill off a little more time. He choked old Harry, but always on the blind side of the referee.
Don Garver had no chance to try his luck in the intended comeback with Kid Pancho, the Mexican battler from Del Rio. Pancho did just as he has done two or three times he has been booked to meet Garver in Abilene. He might not have been feeling well, or he might have been dead. The fact is that he didn’t show up and would have left the promoter holding the sack if it hadn’t been for Kid LeFivre, 122 pound boy who undertook to go the ten round route with Garver.
Because of Pancho’s unethical failure to appear, Don was put in an unfavorable light by having to face a smaller foe. LeFivre was a flashy little battler but he didn’t have a great chance. By staving off Don and by rushing in to flail the body with lefts and rights, he managed to fight the first two rounds pretty evenly, but Garver began to get in his right after that and won each of the remaining sessions until referee Jerry Cresswell stopped the proceedings in the sixth to give Garver the match on a technical knockout.
Sergeant Kyle won over Tom Turner in an overdrawn comic exhibition in one preliminary, and Woodie Windham, who has turned his ambitions toward the ring instead of the mat and is doing fairly well in the new profession, had the best of Eugene Noble, Hawley kid, in the curtainraiser, a three round exhibition.
- Abilene Morning News, Thursday, Aug. 2, 1928

Wednesday, August 8, 1928
North Second Street Arena
• Joe Parelli beat Cyclone Fox
NOTE: In boxing preliminaries, Don Garver beat Bobby Wells, Cecil Johnson beat Lester Wallace and Woodie Windham drew Jack Bellingham.

Wednesday, August 15, 1928
North Second Street Arena
• Joe Parelli beat Dutch Mantell (2-1, 34:05)
Referee: Johnny Carlin
NOTE: In boxing preliminaries, Don Garver beat Red Skelly and Joel Martin beat Cecil Johnson

Charlie Blanks, local confectionary owner, was released under $10 bond last night to appear in corporation court here on a charge of fighting following what officers described to be a free-for-all after a wrestling show on North Second street. Blanks was arrested by Ed Cornelius, city officer.
Blanks, officers said, was attempting to separate Dutch Mantell and Joe Parelli, wrestlers, who were engaging in a hot argument. Blanks was struck, he said. A spectator was hit also.
Only one arrest was made, Night Sergeant Landrum reported. A half dozen peace officer were spectators at the show.
- Abilene Morning News, Thursday, Aug. 16, 1928

Wednesday, August 22, 1928
North Second Street Arena
• Joe Parelli beat Russell Vis (2-1, 37:20)
NOTE: Russell Vis had won the gold medal in freestyle wrestling at lightweight at the 1924 Olympic Games in Paris. In a boxing preliminary, Don Garver beat Tommy Scott.

For his part in a free-for-all at the wrestling stadium last week, Charlie Blanks, local confectionary owner, was fined $10 Thursday morning in corporation court.
Blanks claimed that he was acting as peace maker in the three cornered affair between himself, Dutch Mantell and Joe Parelli, wrestlers, at the close of an exhibition match between the latter two.
Parelli and Mantell failed to appear in court, forfeiting $10 bonds. Each of the two wrestlers claimed the role of peace maker in the scrap.
- Abilene Morning News, Friday, Aug. 24, 1928

Wednesday, August 29, 1928
North Second Street Arena
Att.: 700
• Kala Pasha beat Joe Parelli (2-1)
Referee: Harry Demetral
NOTE: In boxing preliminaries, Don Garver beat Dottie Sollard, Jim Ferguson beat Jimmy Osborne, Kid Julio best Kid LaFevre and Woodie Windham drew Jack Billington. Jerry Cresswell refereed the boxing.

Wednesday, September 5, 1928
North Second Street Arena
• Cyclone Fox vs. Harry Demetral
NOTE: This card was cancelled when Fox was unable to appear due to a family emergency in Oklahoma. With the card only being cancelled on the day, promoter Kala Pasha was not able to spread the news, and many out-of-town wrestling fans arrived at the closed arena.

Wednesday, September 12, 1928
North Second Street Arena
• Harry Demetral beat Cyclone Fox (2-1)
NOTE: The match ended when “Fox, on the point of victory, lost when he dropped Demetral on himself and was knocked out.” Both boxing preliminaries ended in draws, to the disappointment of the crowd, Kid Pancho fought Don Garver and Joel Boyd fought Sergeant Kyle.

Friday, September 14, 1928
Taylor County Fairgrounds, Tuscola, Texas
• Harry Demetral vs. unknown
NOTE: Promoter Kala Pasha presented a wrestling match at the fair, but Demetral’s opponent was not announced.

Wednesday, September 19, 1928
North Second Street Arena
• Harry Demetral beat Doc Reynolds (2-1, 19:30)
NOTE: After the previous week’s fluke win, this victory by Demetral was more convincing, coming by way of a “double Japanese toe hold.” In boxing preliminaries, Tony Ross beat Tuffy Jackson and Jackie King beat Sergeant Kyle.

Wednesday, October 3, 1928
North Second Street Arena
• Joe Parelli beat Bomar Moore (2-1)
Referee: Harry Demetral
NOTE: Referee Demetral awarded the deciding fall to Parelli “after a short scuffle had shown that Bomar was not in condition to go on with the show.” In boxing preliminaries, Jackie King beat Carlton Vicks, Sergeant Kyle beat Joel Boyd and Woodie Windham beat Shorty Hubbard.

Wednesday, October 10, 1928
North Second Street Arena
• Joe Parelli beat Young Ed Lewis (2-0, 27:00)
NOTE: Joe Parelli challenged Kala Pasha to a match to take place the next week. In boxing preliminaries, Don Garver drew Jack Seay, Glenn Carson beat Clyde Gallagher, Eulice Sessum beat Winfred Tucker and “the Louis cousins gave an exhibition three-rounder.”
This was the final card of the outdoor season, with future cards scheduled to be held on the second floor of the I.O.O.F. hall.

Paul S. Gregorian, who was born in Armenia, was up in the air yesterday. It was in reality and figuratively, too.
Gregorian rode his first time in the air, in the West Texas Air Transport’s Travelair Hisso bi-plane, piloted by L.E. Derryberry, West Texas’ best known aviator. He took a ride over the city and got some fast dives, a split loop-to-loop and steep banks for good measures.
“It is worse than a toe-hold and yet better than a big house of cash admissions,” said Gregorian, when he climbed from the passenger seat.
Gregorian is more commonly known hereabouts as Kala Pasha, the wrestler and promoter.
- Abilene Morning News, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 1928

All bets are off on the Parelli-Pasha wrestling match, which was supposed to be held this evening. In fact, the bout itself is off.
Neither of the combatants got cold feet, but Kala Pasha got blood poisoning or something akin to it in one arm and to prove it there’s the arm. The ailing member is swollen almost double its normal size, and doctor’s orders put the kayo on any intentions the noble Turk might have had of wrestling while in such condition.
Kala states that he will arrange another match between himself and the Dallas wop when he recovers his health.
- Abilene Morning News, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 1928

Wednesday, October 24, 1928
I.O.O.F. Hall
Att.: “several hundred fans who overtaxed the seating”
• Jiu-Jitsu Jacket Match
Matty Matsuda beat Joe Parelli (2-1)
NOTE: In boxing preliminaries, Jewell Boyd beat Sergeant Kyle and Otto Fambrough beat Ed Scott.

They were gathered in Kala Pasha’s gymnasium here – an Armenian, a Japanese, an Italian and a Greek. All, except the Greek, were foreign born and they were recounting their experiences when they first arrived in this country from their native lands.
The Italian, Joe Parelli, came to this country a sailor. When he became hungry he usually selected an Italian restaurant where his language was understood. But, one day in New York City, he became hungry and no Italian restaurant was near. He entered a Childs restaurant. “No speaka,” he told the waitress. He wanted two eggs and with his hands he attempted to explain to the amused waitress his desire. In desperation, he got down on his knees, flapped his arms up and down and gave a demonstration of a hen cackling. The waitress, the customers, laughed. The waitress brought him two doughnuts. Joe got up and he slammed the door as he left.
Matty Matsuda, San Angelo Jap wrestler, shortly after his arrival in this country acquired one English word meaning food. That was “beefa stak.” “I don’t care much for beef steak now,” he said. “I had to eat it too long.”
Pasha, the Abilene wrestler-promoter, had a similar experience as the Italian. He also gave a hen cackling act. However, when he realized the waitress did not understand, he strode back to the kitchen and pointed out the food he wanted.
Kala’s first experience in an American restaurant is a sad one. He entered the café with only $5. He ate and offered the bill. In change he was given a handful of Chinese coins. He accepted the coins in good faith. But later when he attempted to pass them, they were refused. He returned to the restaurant. They were refused there, too.
But restaurants in America now hold no fears for the trio. Neither do cafes of a half dozen other countries. For all of them speak several different languages.
- Abilene Morning News, Friday, Oct. 26, 1928
NOTE: The unnamed Greek in this article was most likely Harry Demetral.

Friday, November 2, 1928
I.O.O.F. Hall
• Kala Pasha beat Joe Parelli (2-1)
NOTE: In a boxing preliminary, Jackie King drew with Kid Doran.

Wednesday, November 14, 1928
I.O.O.F. Hall
• Kala Pasha beat Red Crandall (2-0, 18:00)
NOTE: In boxing preliminaries, Jackie King beat Kid Doran and Bill Davis beat Glenn Carson.

Wednesday, November 21, 1928
I.O.O.F. Hall
• Harry Demetral beat Leon Bartel (2-1, dq)
Referee: Kala Pasha
NOTE: Bartel was disqualified when he “drove his left fist into Harry’s face.” In boxing preliminaries, Sergeant Kyle beat Kid Lewis and Kid Sharkey beat Jackie King.

Wednesday, November 28, 1928
I.O.O.F. Hall
• Harry Demetral beat Basanta Singh (2-1)
NOTE: In boxing preliminaries, Kid Sharkey beat Sergeant Kyle, Young Lewis drew Dub Cunningham and L.D. Carson beat Red Fambrough, and the Proctor twins, light heavyweights, fought in a four round exhibition.

Wednesday, December 5, 1928
I.O.O.F. Hall
• Kala Pasha beat Leon Bartel (2-1)
NOTE: In a boxing preliminary, Kid Sharkey beat Jackie King.

Wednesday, December 12, 1928
I.O.O.F. Hall
• Bomar Moore beat Young Sampson (2-0, 16:00)
NOTE: In boxing preliminaries, Carlton Vicks beat Don Garver and Sergeant Kyle drew Kid Lewis.

Kala Pasha’s annual Goodfellows party, scheduled last evening, turned out to be a flop, but the Goodfellows won’t suffer any. The noble promoter has seen to that.
When a crowd of only fifty or sixty turned up, Kala called off the wrestling match and boxing show. In spite of the fact that he was out about thirty dollars in making arrangements for the program, Pasha went further into his own pocket and produced a five dollar bill for the Goodfellows fund.
The patrons were not turned away without any sort of show. They were entertained for a few minutes by Earl C. Wrightwood, rope skipper deluxe. Wrightwood is one of the round-the-world skaters who spent the night here.
- Abilene Morning News, Thursday, Dec. 20, 1928
NOTE: The scheduled wrestling match was Bomar Moore vs. Harry Demetral. Local wrestling crowds had been suffering during the indoor season due to being scheduled against the start of the football season. Earl C. Wrightwood was one of 158 roller-skaters who were the remaining members of a group that had set out from London on July 2, 1927 on a round-the-world race. Abilene was an unscheduled stop on the route due to bad weather.

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Wednesday, January 2, 1929
I.O.O.F. Hall
• Harry Demetral drew Bomar Moore (1-1, nc)
Referee: Kala Pasha
NOTE: In boxing preliminaries, Johnny Estes beat Kid Sharkey and Mickey Barry drew Angelo Julio. The Abilene Morning News was impressed with the skill of Estes, and his matches received the majority of attention in the write-ups. On January 10, in his “Morning Muse” column, Abilene Morning News sports editor Prexy Anderson noted that Kala Pasha’s “program last week paid expenses, which is unusual for his acts in mid-winter.”
The final event was called no contest, when Bomar Moore and Harry Demetral, combatants scheduled in a finish wrestling match, became so enraged that they took to a fist fight that involved referee Kala Pasha, and half the sheriff’s department and the city police force.
- Abilene Morning News, Thursday, January 3, 1929

Wednesday, January 23, 1929
I.O.O.F. Hall
• Bomar Moore beat Harry Demetral (2-1)
NOTE: In boxing preliminaries, Johnny Estes beat Kid Acosta and Sergeant Kyle beat Kid Julio.
Announcement of a boys athletic club to be sponsored by Dr. W.V. Ramsey, Emmett Hall, Dr. J.M. Estes and Prexy Anderson [Abilene Morning News Sports Editor] and directed by Kala Pasha was announced. This club, operated without profit to its sponsors, is to encourage physical development in local boys under age and teach them the manly art of self-defense.
- Abilene Morning News, Thursday, January 24, 1929

Wednesday, January 30, 1929
I.O.O.F. Hall
• Masked Marvel beat Bomar Moore (2-1, 35:00)
NOTE: In boxing preliminaries, Tuffy Jackson beat Sergeant Billy Mitchell and Sergeant Kyle drew Kid Julio. Johnny Estes was among the spectators.

Wednesday, February 6, 1929
I.O.O.F. Hall
• Masked Marvel beat Harry Demetral (2-1)
NOTE: In boxing preliminaries, Johnny Estes beat Carlton Vicks, Kid Wadale beat the “Flying Whirlwind of Waxahachie,” and Young Tucker drew Kid Denton, two “willing youths.”

Wednesday, February 13, 1929
I.O.O.F. Hall
• Masked Marvel beat Charlie Lehman (1-1, utc)
NOTE: In winning the match, the Marvel “tore loose a ligament in the shoulder” of Leeman, who was a substitute for Cyclone Stevens. In boxing preliminaries, Kid Dula beat Jack Dorsey, Johnny Estes beat Ray Dromo and Battling Wadale beat Battling Sam, a substitute for the Flying Whirlwind.

Wednesday, February 20, 1929
I.O.O.F. Hall
• Masked Marvel beat Dobie Osborne (2-1, 20:00)
NOTE: Faithful fans, who found plenty of room at the weekly legion show last night, were made to suffer because of the parties who stayed away.
Jack Dorsey and Frankie Rogers, who might otherwise have given the blood-thirsty ones a treat, did not care to waste their fistic fragrance on the desert air, and so performed only half-heartedly for the aching vacancies in the seating arrangements at the I.O.O.F.. hall. Amateurs gave some lifeless preliminaries.
- Abilene Morning News, Thursday, February 21, 1929

Wednesday, March 13, 1929
I.O.O.F. Hall
• Kala Pasha beat John Ellis (2-1)
NOTE: Although Pasha was wrestling on this card, he had embarked on a wrestling tour at the end of February, leaving local promotional responsibilities with Harry Demetral. In boxing preliminaries, Tuffy Jackson beat Kid Lavelle, Young Tucker beat Joe Denham and Flying Whirlwind drew Battling Wadale.

Friday, March 22, 1929
I.O.O.F. Hall
• Joe Parelli beat Dutch Bethke (2-0, 44:00)
NOTE: In boxing preliminaries, Kid Charlie Prince beat Jewell Boyd, Woodie Windham beat Jack Billington, Young Tucker beat Earl Young and Jimmy Wilcox drew J.W. Fultz Jr.

Friday, March 29, 1929
I.O.O.F. Hall
• Joe Parelli beat Kala Pasha (2-0, 60:00)
NOTE: In boxing preliminaries, Walter Varner beat Jack O’Brien, Kid Julio beat Young Tucker and Red Ramsey beat Joe Denham.

Friday, April 5, 1929
I.O.O.F. Hall
• Masked Marvel beat Kala Pasha (1-0, 63:00, utc)
NOTE: In boxing preliminaries, Tuffy Jackson beat Walter Varner, Charlie Price beat Kid Julio, Winfred Tucker beat Russell Anderson and Young Wilcox beat Jean Nobles.
Kala Pasha, home town wrestler deluxe, tumbled over the ropes with his opponent, the Masked Marvel, after an hour and three minutes of hostilities last night. Both were knocked out, but the mystery man recovered sufficiently to crawl back on the mat and have his hand raised in victory. The combatants were still working for the first fall when the accident occurred. A broken lower rib for Kala Pasha automatically stopped the proceedings, and the Armenian was transported from the scene of battle on a stretcher and given a ride to his hotel in an invalid car.
- Abilene Morning News, Saturday, April 6, 1929

Friday, April 12, 1929
I.O.O.F. Hall
Att.: “a full house”
• Masked Marvel beat Joe Parelli (2-1, 120:00)
NOTE: In boxing preliminaries, Tuffy Jackson beat Jack Reynolds, J.C. Knowles drew John Dudley, Winfred Tucker drew L.B. Chrane and Flying Whirlwind beat Kid Julio.

Friday, April 19, 1929
I.O.O.F. Hall
• Joe Parelli beat Masked Marvel (2-1, 50:00)
Referee: Walter Varner
NOTE: In winning this match, Parelli received a match with world middleweight champion Hugh Nichols. In a boxing preliminary, Johnny Estes beat Tuffy Jackson.
Although the big majority of the customers favored Parelli throughout the battle, many protested the decision by referee Walter Varner that ended the engagement. Among the most vociferous in their protest was the masked boy himself. He finally retired, but upon the persistent demands of the audience returned minus his face covering and made a talk, interrupted by some boos and cheers, in which he stated a desire to appear before a local house again.
Still later he told the newspaper representative that his name is George Sauer. That may be right. The current opinion is that he is George Barnes. [NOTE: Although he would wrestle under his given name of George Sauer for the majority of his career, he started in wrestling as George Barnes.]
- Abilene Morning News, Saturday, April 20, 1929

Thursday, April 25, 1929
I.O.O.F. Hall
• World welterweight title
Hugh Nichols* beat Joe Parelli (2-1)
NOTE: In boxing preliminaries, Walter Varner beat Tuffy Jackson, Kid Julio beat Charlie Price and Winfred Tucker beat Glenn Carson.

Friday, May 3, 1929
I.O.O.F. Hall
• Kala Pasha beat George Sauer (2-0, 30:00)
NOTE: In boxing preliminaries, Tuffy Jackson (sub. Walter Varner) beat Buddy Pope, Kid Julio beat “Hard Rock” and Russell Anderson beat Glenn Carson.

Friday, May 10, 1929
I.O.O.F. Hall
• Kala Pasha vs. Joe Parelli
NOTE: With this card, sponsorship of the local fight cards moved from the American Legion to the Kiwanis Club. The advertised boxing preliminaries were Johnny Estes vs Walter Varner and Kid Julio vs Flying Whirlwind. The results of this card were not reported.

THE MORNING MUSE by Prexy Anderson
The following letter from Cyclone Fox, who will do a finish tug with Doby Osborn as one means of entertaining the fans at the Kiwanis athletic show Friday evening, should prove interesting to the customers:
Dear Sir:
Just found out that your great promoters have me booked with a rough guy.
Well, I just want to say that I said I could beat any man you had out there, and I am coming out to prove it. If that Turk [Kala Pasha] and Greek [Harry Demetral] are so great, why did they send off to get someone else to wrestle me, why didn’t they take me themselves?
I want to say that I am in real condition and I hope it is in my power to give the wrestling fans a real match.
I don’t even know this man they have me wrestling, but if he even knows the Turk, I am sure I can mop up on him.
I hope you will find space in your good paper to print this, as I want the fans to read it. And it might force the great Turk to wrestle me.
Yours for clean sports, will close gunning for all Wops.
Cyclone Fox.”
- Abilene Morning News, Wednesday, May 15, 1928

Friday, May 17, 1929
I.O.O.F. Hall
• Cyclone Fox beat Ad Herman (2-1, 40:00)
Referee: Kala Pasha
NOTE: Ad Herman was a substitute for Doby Osborn. In boxing preliminaries, Walter Varner beat Lefty Cooper, Tuffy Jackson beat Jimmie Herring, Kid Julio beat Ralph Henderson and L.D. Chrane beat Russell Anderson.

Friday, May 24, 1929
I.O.O.F. Hall
• Tony Bernardi beat Cyclone Fox (2-1, 45:00)
NOTE: Sponsorship of the cards reverted back to the American Legion, and Kala Pasha was back as promoter. In boxing preliminaries, Walter Varner beat Cyclone Burns and Winfred Tucker beat Glen Carson.

Friday, May 31, 1929
I.O.O.F. Hall
• Cyclone Fox beat Tony Bernardi (1-1, 34:00, utc)
NOTE: After losing the second fall, Bernardi had to be helped to his dressing room, and did not appear for the third fall. In boxing preliminaries, Cyclone Burns beat Carlton Vicks (sub. Tommy Scott) and L.D. Chrane drew Winfred Tucker.

NOTE: Since 1925, “pugilistic encounters” were prohibited in Texas. The 1925 Texas Penal Code, article 620, stated:
Any person who shall voluntarily engage in a pugilistic encounter between man and man, or a fight between a man and a bull, or any other animal, for money or other thing of value, or for any championship, or upon the result of which any money or anything of value is bet or wagered, or to see which any admission fee is charged, either directly or indirectly, shall be imprisoned in the penitentiary for not less than two nor more than five years.
This prohibition did not extend to exhibitions of professional wrestling, and many promoters, including Kala Pasha and Harry Demetral in Abilene, billed their boxing encounters as strictly amateur contests, and free entertainment for those who paid to watch the wrestling main events.
In the summer of 1929, Governor Dan Moody launched a crackdown on all boxing. On June 6, Royce Oxford, county attorney in Hale county, cancelled a wrestling card in Plainview due to evidence that a “prize fight” had been scheduled for the event. This led to the end of all public boxing exhibitions, even those billed as amateur, as they were in Abilene. In his Morning Muse column on June 7, Abilene Morning News sports editor Prexy Anderson gave his take on the situation, stating that the wrestlers of the day “would give the law enforcement department a bigger eyeful of brutality that it might gather at a dozen fistic engagements.”
Looking at the cards held in other Texas towns at this time, they were now all strictly wrestling events. It is probable that Kala Pasha did not feel he could turn a profit promoting all-wrestling events, and thus he ceased promoting.
On August 8, Dallas promoter Larry Melnert attempted to schedule a “free prize fight” after his scheduled wrestling show. Fans paid to see the wrestling, and then the arena was emptied. Fans, more numerous now, were then readmitted for the free boxing show. As the boxers were being announced, the event was stopped by Texas Rangers, although no arrests were made.

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Friday, July 4, 1930
Fair Park Auditorium
• L.D. Chrane beat Glenn Carson (21:00)
• Jack DeMiller beat Bomar Moore (2-1, 30:00)
NOTE: This event was held as part of a full day of events held at Fair Park to celebrate July 4. The participants had appeared in 1929 as boxers on local cards, but on this day they wrestled.

NOTE: In his Morning Muse column on July 22, Prexy Anderson reported that he had received word from Kala Pasha, via a letter penned on June 23, that he was in Tahiti and on his way to wrestle in Australia and New Zealand.

Tuesday, August 12, 1930
Queens Theatre
• Gene Noble beat Luther Isabell (5:00)
• L.D. Chare beat Glenn Carson (15:00)
• Mason Hubbard beat Newell Windham (10:00)
• J.V. Davis beat Jack Howard (2-0, 9:00)
NOTE: Hubbard, who broke his hand on his way to winning the semi-final, was the new local promoter.

NOTE: There was reference to a show being held in between these two, with J.V. Davis winning in the main event, but there were no preview or results articles.

Monday, September 8, 1930
Queens Theatre
• Sanders beat Landers (4:00)
• Young Tucker beat Turner (8:00)
• Hard Rock beat Whirlwind (8:00)
• L.D. Chrane beat Rice (5:15)
• Bill Nolan beat J.V. Davis (2-0, 11:00)
NOTE: Bill Nolan was a substitute for Wildcat Miller. Young (Winfred) Tucker, Hard Rock and Whirlwind were all featured as boxers in 1929.

Tuesday, August 11, 1931
Crystal Room, Hilton Hotel
• Woody Windham beat Mason Hubbard (2-0, 16:00)
• Silent Rattan drew Cyclone Mackey (1-1, 60:00)
Referee: Dusty Waller
NOTE: This was one of a number of events held as part of the West Texas Pharmaceutical Association convention. The main event wrestlers were provided by San Angelo promoter Earl Webb, and the match was billed as part of an elimination series for the right to meet Jack Reynolds. The card was described in the Abilene Morning News as “good athletic entertainment” and “the first top-notch mat demonstration for Abilene in more than two years, and the first of any kind for 1931.” In the August 14 Morning Muse column, Prexy Anderson relayed the news that all Abilene wrestling fans were invited by Webb, free of charge, to witness Mackey face Jack Gorman in San Angelo on August 17.

Wrestling is on its way to a comeback in Abilene with a regular schedule of weekly performances, top-notch actors of the cauliflower troupe, and whatnot.
“Deacon” C.P. Lauer and Bert Waymire, his accomplice, hit town early this week. They are promoters deluxe of the manly art of modified murder, and if their grapplers can furnish as much action comparatively, nothing but satisfied customers will leave their showplace.
All within the space of a few hours yesterday, they looked over their prospective sites, made a selection, leased the ground, made arrangements to light it, remodel the seating arrangement, and announced tentatively that the first series of bouts will be offered next Tuesday night. Lauer states he was formerly associated with Bert Willoughby, Dallas matchmaker.
Griffin’s Park at the east end of South Third street has been obtained for use during the remainder of the outdoor season. It will undergo a thorough program of cleaning-up and repair for the rest of the week. The management will be prepared to accommodate the clients with several hundred seats if necessary.
Although Lauer stresses his intention of bringing in only the most competent and best known matmen, he announces that the admission prices, in keeping with the times, will be dropped considerably below the gate tax assessed when the game was in vogue here two or three years ago. The top will be one dollar, with other seats available at 50 and 75 cents.
If success greets the venture, the outdoor matches will be carried on until about the middle of October, when a shift will be made to a conveniently located downtown site.
- Abilene Morning News, Thursday, Sep. 3, 1931

Wednesday, September 9, 1931
Griffin’s Park
Att.: 117
• Mason Hubbard drew L.D. Chrane (10:00)
• Woody Windham beat Gene Noble (12:00)
• Mike Howard beat Chief Chewacki (2-1, 22:20)
• Joe Reno beat Red Rogers (2-0, 25:20)
NOTE: Financially, the opener was not a howling success. One hundred seventeen souls, including firemen, policemen and newspapermen, watched the proceedings. The show was fair, and conditions agreeable for the customers, but the arena should be a mile or so closer to town.
- Abilene Morning News, Thursday, Sep. 10, 1931

Tuesday, September 15, 1931
Griffin’s Park
Att.: 182
• Gene Noble drew Mason Hubbard (15:00)
• Steve Nenoff drew Bobby Castle (1-1, 45:00)
• Cyclone Mackey beat Joe Reno via dq (2-1, 45:40)
Referee: Louie Strauss

Tuesday, September 22, 1931
Griffin’s Park
Att.: “a sizeable crowd”
• Steve Nenoff beat Benny Wilson (1-0, 45:00)
• Joe Reno beat Bobby Castle (2-1)
Referee: Woody Windham
NOTE: The curtain-raiser was a burlesque affair involving a couple of long-haired kids who were introduced as Tailspin Cox and Nosedive Sample, the former winning quickly with some hold or other that is not in the book.
- Abilene Morning News, Thursday, Sep. 23, 1931

Tuesday, September 29, 1931
Griffin’s Park
• Joe Reno beat Benny Bolt
• Steve Nenoff vs. Joe Manning
NOTE: The opening event was a battle royal featuring “five dusky sons of toil known to the world as Hard Rock and his stevedores.” The results of this card were not reported.

Tuesday, October 6, 1931
Abilene’s Athletic Club Arena
• Dr. Eddie Mueller drew Bobby Novack (1-0, 20:00)
• Dr. Eddie Mueller beat Ken Hollis (2-1, 36:00)
NOTE: The new indoor location was “an upstairs location in the 300 block of Cypress Street.” The opening match was scheduled to be Novack vs. Benny Bolt. Mueller, at 175, was 33 heavier than Novack, and they faced off in a handicap match with Mueller to throw Novack twice in 20 minutes.

Monday, October 12, 1931
Abilene’s Athletic Club Arena
• Joe Reno beat Bobby Novack (1-0, 45:00)
• Jack Gorman beat Benny Mathis (2-1, 32:00)

Monday, October 19, 1931
Abilene’s Athletic Club Arena
• L.C. Chrane beat Barnes Neil (10:00)
• Bobby Novack drew Benny Wilson (1-1, 45:00)
• Joe Reno beat Steve Nenoff (2-1)
NOTE: Joe Reno was a substitute for Jack Gorman, “who, it was announced with some heat from the ring by the master of ceremonies, demanded all the gate receipts and the Deacon’s [promoter C.P. Lauer] gold watch and chain to perform.” Benny Wilson was a substitute for Benny Bolt.

Monday, October 26, 1931
Abilene’s Athletic Club Arena
• Gene Noble beat Kit Carson
• Bobby Novack beat Speedy Franks via dq (2-1)
• Pat Reagan beat Bobby Castle (2-1)
NOTE: C.P. Lauer left Abilene to manage Jack Gorman, leaving Bert Waymire as the sole promoter.

THE MORNING MUSE by Prexy Anderson
Bobby Novack, who to all appearances is a real credit to the wrestling fraternity, is making Abilene his headquarters between his jaunts hither and yon. Following announcement that he would like to work out with any of this city’s energetic athletes, eight or nine have accepted the offer. Bob would like to have any number more, and says he will be here Saturday, Sunday and Monday, when he may be located more often than anywhere else about the grapple arena on Cypress street.
There is no charge or bite involved in the proposition, and Bobby has ideas of throwing an amateur boxing or wrestling tournament or both. Then if enough talent and enthusiasm is generated, an inter-city series with the rough and ready lads of San Angelo may be arranged.
- Abilene Morning News, Friday, Oct. 30, 1931

Monday, November 2, 1931
Abilene’s Athletic Club Arena
• Kid Nails beat Tuffy Davis (15:00)
• L.D. Chrane beat Flying Dutchman (7:30)
• Bobby Novack beat Jimmy Kolonis (2-1, 25:00)
NOTE: Two battle royals featured the preliminaries.

Wednesday, November 11, 1931
Abilene’s Athletic Club Arena
• Jimmy Murphy beat Jimmy Kolonis (2-1)
• Jack Gorman beat Bobby Novack (2-1)
Referee: Charley Blanks
NOTE: This card was part of the city’s Armistice Day commemoration. In boxing preliminaries, Gene Noble beat Joe Spencer. Other boxing matches and a battle royal were advertised, but no results or participants were reported.

Thursday, November 12, 1931
Benefit Athletic Club Building
• Bobby Novack beat Bill Davis (2-0, 25:00)
• Jack Gorman beat Steve Nenoff (2-0, 27:00)
NOTE: This card, with 50 per cent of the net receipts said to be going to Abilene’s needy children, was held in a building on North Second street adjoining the Dub Wooten company, said to have a seating capacity of 500. In boxing preliminaries, Joe Thomas beat “One Round” Riley and Gene Boble drew L.D. Chrane. A battle royal opened the card. After the card, it was reported that $12.50 was raised for the children. These cards were promoted by the Benefit Athletic Club, and not by Bert Waymire, although they drew on the same main event talent that was working a circuit that included San Antonio and San Angelo. The matchmaker was Jim Williams.

Tuesday, November 17, 1931
Abilene’s Athletic Club Arena
• Bobby Novack drew Jimmy Murphy (30:00)
• Cyclone Mackey beat Otis Headrick (2-0)
NOTE: In the boxing preliminary, Kid Noble beat Jelly Curtis.

Thursday, November 19, 1931
Benefit Athletic Club Building
• Kid Woodward beat Jimmy Kilonis (5:00)
• Pete Hallas beat Pete Cardiel (2-1, 36:00)
Referee: Charlie Blanks
NOTE: In boxing preliminaries, Gene Noble beat Glenn Carson and Joe Thomas beat Jack Purselli. A portion of the receipts was again donated to the sick children of Abilene.

Tuesday, November 24, 1931
Abilene’s Athletic Club Arena
• Pete Cardiel beat L.D. Chrane (1-0, 45:00)
• Cyclone Mackey beat Bobby Novack (2-1)
NOTE: No time was given for the third fall in the main event, but the previous two had totaled 59 minutes.

Thursday, November 26, 1931
Benefit Athletic Club Building
• Kid Woodward beat Big Boy Davis (14:00)
• Pete Hallas drew Charlie Blanks (1-1, 33:00, ddq)
Referee: Bill Nolan
NOTE: In boxing preliminaries, Joe Thomas beat Jack Tucker and Kit Carson drew Tuffy Mullins. A blindfold battle royal opened the card.

Cauliflower devotees will have only one show weekly in this city, it was announced by Jimmy Williams, who said he had made a settlement with his rival, Bert Waymire.
Williams, whose cards are run under the label of the Benefit Athletic club on North Second street, will operate on Thursday nights until further announcement.
- Abilene Morning Reporter-News, Sunday, Nov. 29, 1931

Thursday, December 3, 1931
Benefit Athletic Club Building
• Kid Woodward beat Chief Big Wing (5:00)
• Pete Hallas beat Bill Nolan (1-1, 29:00, utc)
NOTE: Bill Nolan received a fractured knee and was prevented from starting the final fall by the doctor. In boxing preliminaries, Jack Tucker beat Red Reynolds and Gene Noble drew Tuffy Mullins.
The curtain went up on a blindfold pie eating contest, which was so-so, and another comic contest ensued, which was better. Two lads at opposite ends of the ring nibbled a string, in the middle of which was a dollar.
- Abilene Morning News, Friday, Dec. 4, 1931

Thursday, December 10, 1931
Benefit Athletic Club Building
• Kid Blackburn drew Stuart Long (15:00)
• Big Boy Davis drew L.D. Chrane (30:00)
• Benny Wilson beat Bob Castle (2-1)
NOTE: In boxing preliminaries, Kid Dula beat Joe Thomas and Young Tucker drew Willie Perry. Hugh Harbert Jr. and Batttling Newsboy, both 11 years old, also boxed to a draw.

Thursday, December 15, 1931
Benefit Athletic Club Building
• Gorilla Tucker beat Masked Marvel (1-1, 22:00, forfeit)
• Benny Wilson beat Sailor Barrett (2-0)
NOTE: According to the report, the Masked Marvel failed to appear for the deciding fall. In boxing preliminaries, Gene Noble beat Jack Tucker, Cecil Johnson beat “Texas Red” Shell and Hugh Herbert Jr. drew Battling Newsboy. A battle royal opened the card.

Thursday, December 22, 1931
Benefit Athletic Club Building
• L.D. Chrane drew Jack Davis (1-1, 30:00)
• Benny Wilson drew Gorilla Tucker (0-0, 60:00)
NOTE: In boxing preliminaries, Jack Tucker drew Tommy Irvine and E.V. Holder beat Cecil Johnson. The first event was a battle royal, followed by a boys’ boxing match.

Thursday, December 29, 1931
Benefit Athletic Club Building
• L.D. Chrane beat Wildcat Barrett (1-0, 30:00)
• Benny Wilson beat Gorilla Tucker (2-0)
NOTE: In boxing preliminaries, Jack Tucker drew Gene Noble and Hugh Herbert Jr. drew Young Dickey. A battle royal opened the card.

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Thursday, January 7, 1932
Balcony Show Room
• Tex Davis drew Roughhouse Philpott (15:00)
• Billy Hallas beat Bobby Novack via dq (2-1, 90:00)
Referee: Charlie Blanks
NOTE: The Balcony Show Room was the same venue that Jim Williams had been using in 1931, located at 357 Cypress street, with cards now sponsored by the American Legion. Novack was originally given the match, but promoter Williams judged his winning blows to be low, and the match was awarded to Hallas. In a boxing preliminary, Joe Thomas beat Tommy Turner.
The less said of the rest of the show the better. The gate keeper had little to guard when all the receipts were in. Consequently some of the boys declined to exercise. Others worked free.
- Abilene Morning News, Friday, Jan. 8, 1932

THE MORNING MUSE by Prexy Anderson
This week brings another change in the local cauliflower management. His unfortunate experiences of recent date have convinced Jim Williams his place is in the restaurant, so the American Legion is taking active control of the business, which it will operate at the same stand, 357 Cypress.
They’re figuring to bring in some new talent; new, that is, in a way, and old in another. Perhaps whistling Bomar Moore will be called in to do an act.
Williams announced he will be interested in the game henceforth only to the extent of managing a trio of young pugilists. His protégés will be Joe Thomas, Jack Tucker and Battling Newsboy.
The above mentioned unfortunate experiences of Mr. Williams include the Novack-Hallas strife of last Thursday, which ended with Novack perched victorious upon the anatomy of the Greek warrior. They announced, however, that the Greek had won, regardless of the appearances. It all wrings a conditional apology from Robert, who expresses his regrets IF he fouled the opposition. One gathers that Novack is not positive that his blows were low.
- Abilene Morning Reporter-News, Sunday, Jan. 10, 1932

Thursday, January 14, 1932
American Legion Hall
• Bill Angus beat Roughhouse Philpott (9:00)
• Leon Pofford drew Kid Woodward (20:00)
• Bobby Novack beat L.D. Chrane (2-0, 48:00)
Referee: Jack Garner
NOTE: Chrane was a substitute for Joe Kirk. In boxing preliminaries, Jack Tucker drew Tex Davis and Battling Newsboy drew Toughy Smith. Kid Tuffy won the opening battle royal.
Jim Williams, the ex-promoter, had wanted to put his Joe Thomas against Davis. The new promoter, desiring a contest instead a build-up for Thomas, would not permit it.
Jack Garner, Ranger [a town 65 miles east of Abilene] matchmaker, brought Pofford and Angus over, and officiated in the main event.
- Abilene Morning News, Friday, Jan. 15, 1932

THE MORNING MUSE by Prexy Anderson
The wrestling-boxing sponsors here cannot make up their minds. For the third time in a couple of weeks the business has changed hands, that is, it has merely gone back to its original ramrod, Mr. James Williams. Also the location is changed again, the show moving across the street, next door to the Paramount theatre.
Celebrating the latest change, a red hot boxing bout will be offered. Offhand, we can recall no ring attraction ever offered in Abilene that was as high powered. Art Dula and Duke Trammel, whose names have been the standard for class in Texas boxing a number of years, will be the main attraction, whether or not they are so ticketed. As a Lone Star custom, it is assumed the wrestlers will be labeled as the headliners – probably Sergeant Benny Wilson against Bobby Novack.
Often as not in the immediate past, the scheduled performers are reported unavoidably detained when the time actually arrives for action. Promoter Jim assures us that there will be none of that, on the part of the featured boxers at least, this week. He says they have posted forfeits, and if they are not present, the customers will be given their money back, and allowed to watch the rest of the show with the compliments of the house.
- Abilene Morning News, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 1932

Thursday, January 21, 1932
(New) American Legion Hall
• Benny Wilson beat Bobby Novack (1-1, utc)
NOTE: In what the Abilene Morning News considered the main event, Art Dula beat Duke Trammel via decision in eight rounds of boxing. In boxing preliminaries, Joe Thomas beat Sam Matlock, Jack Tucker drew Tuffy Smith and Bob Norris beat Gene Noble.

Jim Williams has gone out of the promoting business again. For about the fourth time this winter, Jim announced last night the athletic matchmaking game will have to struggle along without him in the future, or perish altogether.
With the announcement, he cancelled the show which had been scheduled tonight. The bouts were to have been staged for the relief of the unemployed. The unemployed will probably be relieved to hear that the bouts are not to be held. Fifteen per cent of the profits had been allotted in advance to the idle citizens. It had begun to look as if the unemployed would have to kick in to get any profit at all.
Williams said several of his boys had declared they didn’t feel like wrestling tonight. Such assertions brought on his decision to cease operations for keeps.
- Abilene Morning News, Thursday, Feb. 11, 1932

NOTE: There was no mention of wrestling in Abilene for one year.

Abilene is to have a new, and apparently a more stable, wrestling regime.
Tom Law, who has promoted some of the Southwest’s leading sports and theatrical attractions, especially in Kansas, has arrived, expecting to make his home here. He was accompanied to Abilene by Bert Willoughby, Dallas promoter, who returned home yesterday to supervise last night’s titular match between Hugh Nichols, light heavyweight champion, and Frank Wolff, contender from Cincinnati.
Law is making arrangements to revive the mat game at an early date. He intends to bring some of the sport’s best gladiators, including Hugh Nichols, Mustapha Pasha, George Sauer, Elmer Guthrie, Ernie Glover, Art Mondt, Charley Hurd, Ali Hassan, Gus Pappas, Red Lindsey, Charlie (Cyclone) Fox, George Curtis, Tom Alley, Frank Wolff, Dutch Mantell, Cactus Pete Brown and others. Most of these are in the light heavy class, to which Law is partial. He figures the lighter boys provide a faster, snappier match than the ponderous rib wrackers.
The new promoter is of the opinion that wrestling properly handled will meet the approval of fans in Abilene and the surrounding territory.
- Abilene Daily Reporter, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 1933

Next Monday night’s wrestling card announced earlier in the week by Tom Law was called off yesterday. Law reported that a disagreement over some details prevented the deal for the Shelton automobile building from going through. The promoter has an eye on two or three other possible locations for his arena, but because of the lack of time, he thought it best to cancel the show.
“When we do start, we want to start right,” Law said. “I am not in favor of going off half-cocked.”
- Abilene Daily Reporter, Friday, Feb. 24, 1933
NOTE: The announced card had been Paul Murdoch vs. Jack Clancy, Gus Pappas vs. Vic Jarvoe and Otis Headrick vs. Jimmy Newport.

THE MORNING MUSE by Prexy Anderson
Abilene’s moratorium on wrestling may be extended indefinitely. Tom Law, who has been here a month getting lined up for business, will return to Dallas today to confer with Bert Willoughby, state nabob of the cauliflowers. Upon their decision hinge our chances of seeing any mat gladiators in action in the immediate future. The industry flourished here during the boom period, but no promoter has been successful in the last four years. Law thinks the territory is a good one for the game when the time is ripe. It is admitted that the time doesn’t look mellow yet.
- Abilene Morning News, Tuesday, Mar. 14, 1933
NOTE: In his Mar. 24 column, Anderson noted that “nothing has been heard from Tom Law since he went to Dallas ten days ago.”

THE MORNING MUSE by Prexy Anderson
A bill has been brought before the Texas legislature to legalize boxing, and to create a state boxing and wrestling commission. By terms of the bill, the commission would stand to become wealthy. Annual licenses ranging in cost from $25 to $100 would be issued. In the case of Abilene, the price would be $25. That, however, would be a small item. The commission also would tax the promoter ten per cent of the gross gate at each program.
With receipts of fancy proportions, such a percentage would give the commission a lot too much money; and with the intake as small as it often would be, the promoter could not afford to share the proceeds with the commission.
This, of course, is a great deal of worry for nothing. The Texas legislature is not going to pass any boxing bills…
- Abilene Morning News, Saturday, Mar. 18, 1933
NOTE: The bill was passed into law on June 13 and came into effect on September 1. Wrestling and boxing were both to be regulated by the Texas Labor Commission, with promoters and performers requiring an annual license, and three per cent of all gross receipts being collected.

THE MORNING MUSE by Prexy Anderson
A Mr. Garland, from Dallas, was an office visitor yesterday. Garland is one of many who in recent months have professed to see rosy things ahead in the promotion of wrestling for Abilene. Tom Law, who also came from Dallas, was the last previous to Garland. He remained in our city for a month, but took leave without putting on a show. Naturally, as an honest and sympathetic individual, we declined to encourage the prospective promoter. If he wished to plunk down the cash necessary to secure a site, ballyhoo the event properly, and stand other necessary expenses for a trial, it is own obituary if he loses, and his profit if he wins. It should not take long to get an expression from the paying onlookers, if there are any paying onlookers.
- Abilene Morning News, Friday, Mar. 31, 1933

Tuesday, June 6, 1933
Abilene Athletic Club
• Bill Angus drew L.D. Chrane (1-1, 30:00)
• Jimmy Murphy drew Blackie Blackburn (0-0, 45:00)
• Chief Black Hawk beat Halla Della (2-1)
Referee: J.B. Casey (aka Young Pancho)
NOTE: This card marked the opening of the new club at South First and Chestnut streets in the location formerly used by Draughon’s Business college. The gymnasium has space for 100 ringside seats and bleachers for a further 400 spectators. The club was managed by Ross Williams, who came from Amarillo to launch the new club. Williams was also the wrestling promoter. The main event was fought in ten-minute rounds, with six scheduled. The match ended during the fourth.
There was something less than a capacity house, but what the customers lacked in quantity they made up in quality. Few of them hailed from the gashouse district.
- Abilene Morning News, Wednesday, Jun. 7, 1933
NOTE: After this card, newspaper coverage of the wrestling results was very brief, with some cards having no post-card coverage.

Tuesday, June 13, 1933
Abilene Athletic Club
Att.: “a capacity crowd”
• Paige beat Landers (7:00)
• Perry drew Pardue (15:00)
• Jimmy Murphy beat Blackie Blackburn (2-1, 47:00)
Referee: Lew Chrane
NOTE: In boxing preliminaries, Gene Noble beat Kid Pancho and Young Tucker drew Jack Tucker.

Wednesday, June 21, 1933
Fair Park Auditorium (outdoor show)
• Walter Archibald vs Big Pardue
• Blondy Chrane vs. Jimmy Murphy
NOTE: This was an evening of free athletic entertainment held to honor state commander of the American Legion Carl E. Nesbitt, who gave an address beforehand. Horal Kerns faced Wilson Neal in a boxing preliminary. The results of this card were not reported. L.D. Chrane, Lew Chrane and Blondy Chrane were one and the same.

Friday, June 23, 1933
Abilene Athletic Club
• Blackie Blackburn drew Blondy Chrane (30:00)
• Jimmy Murphy beat Pete Cardial (2-1)
NOTE: The referee stopped the main event, giving Murphy the win via technical knockout in a match that lasted “less than an hour, including two ten-minute intermissions.” In boxing preliminaries, Jack Tucker drew Sammy Matlock and Bob Utz drew Rodger Gerber.

Friday, June 30, 1933
Abilene Athletic Club
• Blondy Chrane beat Bill Angus (2-1)
Referee: Bill Nolan
NOTE: In boxing preliminaries, Woody Windham defeated both Jimmy Ryan and Joe Hocks in three-round exhibitions. Windham’s scheduled opponent, Frankie Lopez of El Paso, failed to appear, while Ryan and Hocks had been billed as opponents for the opening bout.

Friday, July 7, 1933
Abilene Athletic Club
• Bill Nolan beat Blondy Chrane (1-1, utc)
• Jimmy Murphy beat Benny Bolt (2-1, 60:00+)
Referee: Charlie Blanks

Friday, July 14, 1933
Abilene Athletic Club
• Bill Nolan beat Benny Mathis via dq (2-1, 35:00)
• Benny Bolt beat Otis Headrick (2-1)

Friday, July 21, 1933
Abilene Athletic Club
• Egghead Perry drew Gene Noble (15:00)
• Wrestler vs. Boxer
Blondy Chrane beat Jack Tucker
• Bill Nolan drew Bill Angus (1-1, 30:00)
• Benny Bolt beat Jimmy Murphy (2-1)

Friday, July 28, 1933
Abilene Athletic Club
• Mason Hubbard beat Egghead Perry (5:00)
• Bill Nolan drew Jimmy Murphy (0-0, 30:00)
• Benny Bolt beat Clete Duval (2-0)

Friday, August 4, 1933
Abilene Athletic Club
• Benny Bolt beat Frank Brown (2-1)
NOTE: In a preliminary boxing match Woody Windham beat Kid Beard.

Friday, August 11, 1933
Abilene Athletic Club
• Frank Brown vs. The Unknown
• Benny Bolt beat Jack Curtis

Friday, August 18, 1933
Abilene Athletic Club
• Benny Wilson beat Benny Bolt via dq (2-1)
NOTE: In a boxing preliminary, Woody Windham beat Jackie Reed.

Friday, August 25, 1933
Abilene Athletic Club
• Benny Wilson beat Doc Poole (2-0, 29:00)
NOTE: Doc Poole was a substitute for Eddie O’Shea.

Friday, September 1, 1933
South Second Street Arena (outdoor)
• Benny Wilson drew Blondy Chrane (30:00)
NOTE: This was the first card held under House Bill 832, which had been passed on June 13, which proclaimed that:
The promoting, conducting, or maintaining of fistic combat or wrestling matches, boxing or sparring contests or exhibitions for money remuneration, purses or prize equivalent to be received by the participants or contestants, or where an admission fee thereto or therefore is charged or received, shall be lawful in Texas, except on Sunday, subject to supervision by the Commissioner of Labor Statistics.
The Bill required that no events be held on a Sunday, and that all participants be aged 18 years or older, or 21 for a championship match.
Due to the new regulations, this card was headlined by a boxing match, in which Woody Windham beat Battling Delgado.

Friday, September 8, 1933
South Second Street Arena
• Chick Swafford beat Egghead Perry (8:00)
• Blondy Chrane drew Bill Nolan (30:00)
• Benny Bolt beat Benny Wilson (2-1)
NOTE: The final fall of the main event was interrupted by the bleachers collapsing.
Collapse of one section of the bleachers at the Abilene Athletic Club arena at South Second and Elm streets last night caused a great deal of excitement, but, fortunately, resulted in no injuries of consequence, a checkup indicated.
Two or three ambulances arrived on the scene in a few minutes after the stands went down, at about 10:30, but only one person was taken to the hospital. He, Eddie Staggs of 810 Oak street, was reported shaken and suffering from minor bruises, and will probably be dismissed this morning. He was accompanied to the hospital by his wife and a brother, in a Laughter ambulance. Placed in a Kiker-Knight ambulance, one woman decided that she was not hurt badly enough to go to the hospital.
Mrs. George Preston and Mrs. T.A. Hackney, wives of members of the police department, bruised and scratched in the fall, were taken to their homes.
The bleachers went down in a flash, under the burden imposed by about a hundred spectators. Their fall smashed a section of sheet iron fencing. The top row of seats was about seven or eight feet from the ground. Several people who sensed the fall soon enough leapt into the clear to escape injury. Confusion reigned for several minutes, and two or three women, stunned temporarily, were carried from the arena.
- Abilene Morning News, Saturday, Sep. 9, 1933

Friday, September 15, 1933
South Second Street Arena
• Bill Nolan drew Blondy Chrane (30:00)
NOTE: The wrestling match was the second bout on the card. Nolan later refereed the boxing contests, which saw Woody Windham beat King Louis, Bobby Clark beat Kid Parks, Gene Noble beat Young Gordon, Seaman Rhoades beat Kid Phillips. An opener between Turner and Tyler was stopped after spectators booed their performance, reported to have “exhibitionist tendencies instead of fight.”

Thursday, September 21, 1933
Abilene Athletic Club
• Blondy Chrane beat Bill Nolan (1-1, utc)
• Verne (Kid) Lewis beat Jack O’Brien (2-1)

Thursday, September 28, 1933
Abilene Athletic Club
NOTE: This card featured only boxing matches.

Thursday, October 5, 1933
Abilene Athletic Club
• Verne (Kid) Lewis beat Sammy McEuin (2-0, 20:00)
NOTE: In a boxing preliminary, Sammy Matlock beat Spike Kelly.

Thursday, October 12, 1933
Abilene Athletic Club
• Eddie Brock beat John Wheeler (2-1)
Referee: Bill Nolan
NOTE: There were no preview or results articles for this card, but it was referenced in the preview for the next card.

Thursday, October 19, 1933
Abilene Athletic Club
• Blondy Chrane drew Bill Angus (1-1, 30:00)
• John Wheeler beat Eddie Brock (2-1, 20:30)

Thursday, October 26, 1933
Abilene Athletic Club
• Benny Wilson beat Eddie O’Shea (2-0)
Referee: Bill Nolan
NOTE: O’Shea was a substitute for Tuffy McMullen. Due the substitution, all patrons were offered a refund or a free ticket for next week’s card. The semi-final, scheduled as O’Shea against Nolan, was cancelled.

Thursday, November 2, 1933
Abilene Athletic Club
• Eddie O’Shea beat Wildcat Hood (2-1, 14:48)
• Herb Wakeland beat Sailor Trout (2-0, 33:00)
NOTE: Sailor Trout was a substitute for Speedy Franks. In boxing preliminaries, Jack Tucker beat Gene Nelson and Woody Windham beat Young Herring. For the first time, it was reported that Ross Williams was booking his wrestlers through Fox & Fox out of Fort Worth.

Thursday, November 9, 1933
Abilene Athletic Club
Att.: “the season’s best crowd”
• Curly Bishop beat Marvin Roberts (2-1, 27:00)
• Tolo Pierce beat Herb Wakeland (2-1)
NOTE: Pierce was a substitute for Joe Parelli, who had “taken his departure from Texas more than 24 hours earlier, unbeknown to promoter Ross Williams, after reaching a thorough disagreement with the state wrestling commission.”

Thursday, November 16, 1933
Abilene Athletic Club
• Billy McEuin beat Marvin Roberts (2-1)
• Herb Wakeland beat Jack Hendricks (2-1, 40:00)

Friday, November 24, 1933
Abilene Athletic Club
• Steve Nenoff beat Wildcat Hood (2-0)
• Billy McEuin beat Bob Castle (2-1)
Referee: Mason Hubbard

Friday, December 1, 1933
Abilene Athletic Club
• Cyclone Burns beat Sailor Trout (2-1)
• Bob Castle beat Herb Wakeland (2-1, 36:00)

Friday, December 8, 1933
Abilene Athletic Club
• Sailor Trout beat Sammy McEuin (2-1, 27:00)
• Bob Castle beat Johnny Marrs (1-1, utc)
Referee: Bill Nolan
NOTE: Jimmy Marrs was a substitute for Billy McEuin. Castle threw Marrs out of the ring and into the ringside chairs after Marrs had won the second fall, from where Marrs was unable to return. Referee Nolan gave the match to Castle, having left the ring before this incident. The newspaper report asserted that the victory should go to Marrs. Sammy McEuin was said to be the brother of Billy.

Friday, December 15, 1933
Abilene Athletic Club
• Doc Poole beat Sailor Trout (2-1, 30:00)
• Bob Castle beat Cyclone Burns (2-0, 12:00)
Referee: Blondy Chrane
NOTE: Cyclone Burns, apparently appearing under duress due to the number of call-offs at previous Abilene cards, had a bandaged leg at the outset of the main event.

Friday, December 22, 1933
Abilene Athletic Club
• Herb Wakeland beat Sammy McEuin (2-0)
• Benny Wilson beat Jack Hendricks (2-1)
Referee: Blondy Chrane
NOTE: Between acts, Arthur Saxon, world champion strong man and former member of Ringling Brothers circus, entertained with demonstrations of wrestling holds and his own strength.
- Abilene Morning News, Saturday, Dec. 23, 1933

Friday, December 29, 1933
Abilene Athletic Club
• Arthur Saxon beat Gus Anderson (2-1)
NOTE: Gus Anderson was a substitute for Jack O’Brien, while semi-finalists Jack Hendricks and Jimmy Collins both failed to appear.

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Friday, January 5, 1934
Abilene Athletic Club
• Otis Headrick beat Sammy McEuin (2-1)
• Herb Wakeland beat Jimmy Murphy via dq (2-1)
Referee: Blondy Chrane

THE MORNING MUSE by Prexy Anderson
If Herb Wakeland is a man of courage and no previous engagements, he will be here Friday night for a return encounter with Jimmy Murphy.
Since losing the referee’s decision to Wakeland last Friday evening, the wild Irishman has vociferated extensively regarding both the arbiter and the published accounts of his technical overthrow, since Mr. Murphy is not pleased to receive a defeat and black eye on one and the same evening.
As nearly as can be learned from various sources, the happenings at the climax were thus: Murphy, attacking from the rear, swung a mean right which floored referee Blondy Chrane. Confusing friend with foe, Chrane swung, flooring Wakeland. Jimmy then leapt upon Wakeland for the body pin and was given the victory pat. Murphy left the ring, whereupon trusted friends of Chrane informed him as to the source of the blow that struck him. In Jimmy’s absence, the decision was reversed.
There was no justice in such goings-on, complained ired Irishman, who admits landing the right to the arbiter, but insists that it was only a playful tap and no harm was meant.
Jimmy isn’t as rough as he used to be, but that isn’t because he has had a change of heart. It is because there have been too many threats of suspensions from deputy commissioners hither and yon. He came back to play a nice, gentlemanly game, but if Wakeland can act tough and get away with it, so can he.
Murphy is spending the entire week here in hopes of getting another fling at the Waxahachie rug artist. If Herb cares to take it up, the challenge is down.
- Abilene Morning News, Wednesday, Jan, 10, 1934

Friday, January 12, 1934
Abilene Athletic Club
Att.: “largest crowd of the winter”
• Otis Headrick beat Frank Clements (2-1)
• Jimmy Murphy beat Herb Wakeland (2-1)
NOTE: Clements was a substitute for Cleet Duval. During intermission, promoter Ross Williams surveyed the crowd as to their opinion of an increase in ticket prices to provide for a better quality of wrestler. The crowd was broadly in favor of this proposal and it was suggested that the price of general admission tickets would be increased from 40c to 60c.

Friday, January 19, 1934
Abilene Athletic Club
• Pete Becker beat Herb Wakeland (2-1)
• Jimmy Murphy beat Otis Headrick (2-1)

Friday, January 26, 1934
Abilene Athletic Club
• Roy Reynolds beat Pete Becker (2-0)
• Herb Wakeland beat Jimmy Murphy (2-1)

Friday, February 2, 1934
Abilene Athletic Club
• Stanley West drew Roy Reynolds (1-1, 45:00)
• Joe Montana beat Wayne Scott (2-1)

Friday, February 9, 1934
Abilene Athletic Club
• Eddie Wirth beat Pat Flanagan via dq (2-1)
• Cliff Thiede beat Roy Reynolds (2-1)
Referee: Lefty Chrane
NOTE: Worth was a substitute for Pete Peterson.

Friday, February 16, 1934
Abilene Athletic Club
• Frankie Hill beat Pat McKee (1-0, 45:00)
• Cliff Thiede beat Eddie Wirth (2-0)

Friday, February 23, 1934
Abilene Athletic Club
• Lee Myers beat Pete Becker (1-0, 45:00)
• Cliff Thiede beat Pat Flanagan (2-1)
NOTE: The card was opened by Douglas Davis and Leon Hollis in what was described as “a clever burlesque on wrestling.”

Friday, March 2, 1934
Abilene Athletic Club
• Frankie Hill drew Eddie Wirth (30:00)
• Walter Miller beat Pat Flanagan (1-1, 20:00, utc)

THE MORNING MUSE by Prexy Anderson
Whether you like it or not, Benny Wilson has announced he is coming back to Texas soon, probably heralding the approach of the outdoor season in these parts. Wilson doesn’t particularly like the small indoor arenas, because there isn’t enough room for him to throw out his chest.
Benny has been doing business in and about Toledo, Ohio. Down here he was known as the Sergeant, although he preferred being called Captain, and was invariable introduced as former champion of such and such part of the army. I see from the postcards he sends back to his friends that he changed gruntonyms with location, and that in Ohio he styles himself the “Texas Longhorn.” A cartoonist has done Ben up in a big way on the postal, sketching a striking likeness of the sergeant’s countenance on the body of a he cow.
- Abilene Morning News, Wednesday, Mar. 7, 1934

Friday, March 9, 1934
Abilene Athletic Club
• Frankie Hill beat Pat McKee (2-1, 34:00)
• Cliff Thiede beat Murrell Hogue (2-0, 40:00)
NOTE: Hogue was a substitute for Jack Zarras, reported to have been injured the two nights previously in Dallas. McKee was a substitute for Eddie Elzra, who had suffered a broken hand while race driving.

Friday, March 16, 1934
Abilene Athletic Club
• Blondy Chrane beat Otis Headrick (33:00)
• Cliff Thiede beat Blacksmith Smith via dq (2-1, 32:00)
NOTE: Smith was a substitute for Johnny Marrs. Headrick, referee for the main event, fought with Smith for three minutes at the conclusion of the main event until police officers broke them up.

Friday, March 23, 1934
Abilene Athletic Club
• Blondy Chrane beat Young Watson (16:00)
• Frankie Hill beat Paul Murdoch (2-1, 49:00)
Referee: Bill Nolan
NOTE: Hill was a substitute for Blacksmith Smith, reported to have been injured in Fort Worth earlier in the week. Hill and Murdoch, brothers, did not acknowledge their relationship until many years later when, as Frankie Hill Murdoch and Farmer Jones, they would often compete as a tag team.
A novelty feature of the program was a barrel boxing act by Cotton Yeats and Kid Hammond. Yeats was tumbled eight times while Hammond was forced to the floor eleven times.
- Abilene Morning News, Saturday, Mar. 24, 1934

Friday, March 30, 1934
Abilene Athletic Club
• Lew Kodrick beat Wildcat Hood (2-0, 26:00)
• Benny Wilson beat Curley Stringer (2-1, 51:00)
NOTE: It was reported before this card that Benny Wilson would now be making his headquarters in Abilene, where he would be in charge of gymnasium classes at the Abilene Athletic Club and also assisting Ross Williams in promoting the wrestling cards. Wilson and Kodrick, billed as the Austrian welterweight champion, held a public workout at the club the day before the card. Curley Stringer was known elsewhere as Carlo (Chuck) Stringari.

Friday, April 6, 1934
Abilene Athletic Club
Att.: “capacity crowd”
• Sammy McEuin drew Blondy Chrane (10:00)
• Lew Kodrick beat John McCain (14:00)
• Curley Stringer beat Battling Nelson (2-1, 50:00)
NOTE: Nelson was said to have lost his speech and hearing in a shell explosion while on the U.S.S. Mississippi.

“Me be champion someday,” little Lew Kodrick, 5 foot 2 inch giant from Salzburg, Austria, told be in broken English when he first appeared in Abilene about three weeks ago. Although the welterweight grappler has added several words to his English vocabulary in his short stay here, he hasn’t discovered the word “I” but still believes he’ll get that welterweight crown.
Not knowing the Germanic language myself, Lew was forced to tell his life story by gestures and some thirty or forty American expressions he had picked up since arriving in the United States a few months ago.
The small Austrian said that he whipped the best in his weight in the old country, so with $200 he started out to see America, an uncle in Wisconsin, and to see if he could get a crack at champion Jack Reynolds. He has seen his uncle and a good many points of interest in America, but he hasn’t had his chance at Reynolds.
That the 26-year-old foreigner is in earnest is evidence by his daily training routine. For his road work he takes a round trip jaunt to Tye, a total distance of 16 miles. Just to make the 16 miles a little harder and also to help his sense of balance, he often bounces a rubber ball the entire distance on his daily jog.
After a couple of more weeks training and wrestling in Abilene, the little giant of Austria will continue his tour of American by going out to California to take on a few more heavers on the Pacific coast.
- Abilene Morning News, Friday, Apr. 13, 1934

Friday, April 13, 1934
Abilene Athletic Club
• Lew Kodrick beat Sammy McEuin (27:00)
• Benny Wilson beat Curley Stringer (1-0, 56:00, utc)
NOTE: McEuin was a substitute for Peck Goodwin.

Friday, April 20, 1934
Abilene Athletic Club
• Jack Hendricks vs. Verne Lewis
• Jimmy Murphy vs. Lew Kodrick
NOTE: This card was cancelled when Murphy, Lewis and Hendricks all failed to show. The tale of Murphy and Lewis is recounted below, while Hendricks was suspended for 30 days, effective May 19 (see May 14 article).

Jimmy Murphy, the Frankenstein of the mat, was at war with the world yesterday. He may feel better today, however, since the local deputy wrestling commissioner is not going to recommend his suspension for failing to appear at the Abilene Athletic Club wrestling show last Friday night.
The wild Irishman was scheduled to meet Lew Kodrick in the main event, and one of the largest crowds of the season gathered in the club gymnasium to watch the two meat heavers go after each other. But Murphy failed to show up.
After giving the patrons their money back and calling off the show, promoter Ross Williams was in no jolly mood when Murphy finally reached Abilene at midnight. It was then that Murphy walked in tired from a hectic 200 mile journey to announce that he was mad at the world.
Here is the story of his trip. Starting out in an automobile which he said could not stand the abuse that he himself is subjected to, Murphy and his companion, Verne Lewis, had car trouble near Weatherford. He got the car in running shape, wired Williams to hold up the show for an hour and continued his trip into West Texas.
In trying to make up the lost time, the tough Irishman was arrested for speeding. Aside from a little run-in with the cops and having to get out the bailing wire a few times to hold the parts together, the pair progressed rapidly until they got about twelve miles from Abilene. Then the trouble started.
At this lonely spot the two wrestlers were forced to push the car – gasless – to the side of the highway. Already late for their bouts in Abilene, Murphy and Lewis decided to abandon the ageing piece of machinery and thumb their way to Abilene. Wrestling followers who started calling the Irish welterweight the “Frankenstein of the mat” seemed to have hit the right moniker for Mr. Murphy. Car after car would slow down to flash a light on the highwaying grapplers, but one look at the ring’s Frankenstein sent each motorist toward Abilene at a faster rate of speed.
Burdened with the thought that he would be suspended for not reporting, Murphy said that he would stay in Abilene until he could square himself with the commission and get a chance to meet Kodrick on Williams’ card.
That is why I said he should feel better today, for his story convinced the deputy wrestling commissioner and promoter Williams consented to match him with the “Little Giant of Austria” at the regular Friday night show.
- Abilene Morning News, Tuesday, Apr. 24, 1934

Friday, April 27, 1934
Abilene Athletic Club
• Blondy Chrane drew Jack Fisher (30:00)
• Lew Kodrick beat Jimmy Murphy via dq (2-1)
NOTE: Murphy was disqualified for slugging Kodrick in the final fall. This led to Murphy punching referee Jack Fisher, followed by spectators and then police entering the ring. The card opened with a boxing exhibition featuring Battling Newsboy and Sonny Kisselburg.

PREXY’S MUSE by Prexy Anderson
Wrestling for Abilene is working back to its place in the sun – or, more appropriate to the time, its place in the moon. A heavy share of credit belongs to Benny Wilson, who in a quasi-promotional role has doubled the average “take” in a span of two months. This week the three g’s – grapple, grunt and groan – circus moves to outdoor quarters where it always has proved more popular than the indoor performances. The bigger gates make for better combatants, and the house is celebrating removal to the new site by bringing in the colorful Yaqui Joe.
- Abilene Morning News, Wednesday, May 2, 1934

Friday, May 4, 1934
Abilene Athletic Arena
Att.: 1,100 (all tickets 40c, women free)
• Lew Kodrick drew Jack Fisher (20:00)
• Benny Wilson beat Conti the Mystery Man (2-0, 26:00)
• Yaqui Joe beat Jimmy Murphy (2-1, 36:30)
NOTE: The outdoor arena was located at the corner of South Second and Elm streets. The first show of the month was to be dedicated as “ladies night,” but later in the month, promoter Russ Williams cancelled this since “the high guarantees paid the wrestlers to bring superior mat shows to the arena makes it necessary to discontinue that practice.”

Friday, May 11, 1934
Abilene Athletic Arena
• Jack Fisher beat Charlie Laye (utc)
• Jimmy Murphy drew Lew Kodrick (1-1, 120:00)
Referee: Doc Mueller
NOTE: The winner of the main event was to meet Jack Reynolds later in the summer. Laye was knocked out when he flew out of the ring while attempting a flying tackle.

Jack Hendricks, who failed to appear for a scheduled wrestling match at the Abilene Athletic club April 20, has been suspended for a period of 30 days, effective May 19.
Notice of the suspension by Charles H. Poe, commissioner of labor, was received here today by the deputy boxing and wrestling commissioner of Abilene.
- Abilene Daily Reporter, Monday, May 14, 1934

Friday, May 18, 1934
Abilene Athletic Arena
• Lew Kodrick beat Conti the Mystery Man (27:00)
• Yaqui Joe beat Ken Gaston (2-1, 53:00)
NOTE: Conti was a substitute for Tiny Simmons.

Friday, May 25, 1934
Abilene Athletic Arena
• Benny Wilson beat Charlie Laye (28:00)
• Charlie Heard beat Lew Kodrick (1-1, 65:00, utc)

Friday, June 1, 1934
Abilene Athletic Arena
Att.: “large crowd”
• Benny Wilson beat Ken Gaston (2-1, 29:00)
• Charlie Heard beat Doug Henderson (2-0, 45:00)

Friday, June 8, 1934
Abilene Athletic Arena
Att.: 1,000
• Doug Henderson beat Prince Omar Yoachim (27:00)
• Sheik Mar Allah beat Charlie Heard (2-1, 40:20)

Friday, June 15, 1934
Abilene Athletic Arena
Att.: 900
• Young Mar Allah drew Bill Abbott (10:00) (amateurs)
• Charlie Heard beat Prince Omar Yoachim (25:00)
• Sheik Mar Allah beat Doug Henderson (1-1, 58:00, utc)
NOTE: After 56 minutes of wrestling in the initial round, the Sheik scored with a double Japanese toe hold but the fall went against him when he refused to break. Ired by the disqualification in the first fall, the spectators started throwing pop bottles at the Sheik when he had Henderson groggy with a series of slams in the second fall. Henderson’s seconds threw in a towel to end the fall after about two minutes of grappling. The match was defaulted to Mar Allah when Henderson was unable to appear for the final round.
- Abilene Morning News, Saturday, Jun. 16, 1934

Friday, June 22, 1934
Abilene Athletic Arena
Att.: 1,250
• Doug Henderson drew Lew Kodrick (15:00)
• Cyclone Mackey beat Charlie Heard (23:00)
• Sheik Mar Allah beat Benny Wilson (2-1, 33:00)
NOTE: Mar Allah won the right to face Yaqui Joe for his world junior middleweight title the next week. Promoter Ross Williams estimated that 350 fans were turned away and that the capacity would be increased to 1,500 for the title match.

Friday, June 29, 1934
Abilene Athletic Arena
Att.: 1,200
• Doug Henderson drew Jimmy Murphy (15:00)
• Lew Kodrick drew Cyclone Mackey (30:00)
• World junior middleweight title
Yaqui Joe* beat Sheik Mar Allah (2-1, 46:00)
NOTE: It was stated that Yaqui Joe was defending the title that he had won in 1928 from Bill Romanoff in 1928 in Jackson, Mississippi. Since that time, the National Boxing and Wrestling Association had ceased to recognize a champion in the junior middleweight division, however, Joe was free to defend his title until he lost a championship match, at which point the title would be abandoned.

Friday, July 6, 1934
Abilene Athletic Arena
• Doug Henderson beat Speedy Franks via dq (2-1)
• Lew Kodrick beat Charlie Heard (2-0, 63:00)
Referee: Benny Wilson
NOTE: A women’s match between Alice O’Shea (who in other Southwest towns was billed as Molly) and Dot Apollo was advertised, but not mentioned in the results.

Friday, July 13, 1934
Abilene Athletic Arena
• Eddie O’Shea beat Jack Fisher (15:00)
• Cyclone Mackey beat Lew Kodrick (1-0, 120:00)
NOTE: O’Shea was a substitute for Speedy Franks.

Friday, July 20, 1934
Abilene Athletic Arena
• Cyclone Mackey drew Eddie O’Shea (30:00)
• Charlie Heard beat Doug Henderson (2-1, 34:30)

Tuesday, July 31, 1934
Abilene Athletic Arena
• Charlie Heard beat Claude Swindell (24:00)
• Speedy Franks beat Jimmy Murphy (2-1)
Referee: Pat McKee
NOTE: This card had been rescheduled from Friday, July 27, due to rain. Pat McKee was the state instructor for referees.

Friday, August 3, 1934
Abilene Athletic Arena
• Eddie O’Shea beat Don Carver (21:00)
• Cyclone Mackey beat Speedy Franks (2-1, 43:00)
Referee: Claude Swindell

Friday, August 10, 1934
Abilene Athletic Arena
• Claude Swindell beat Don Carver (18:00)
• Eddie O’Shea beat Speedy Franks (2-1)
Referee: Pat McKee

Friday, August 17, 1934
Abilene Athletic Arena
• Charlie Heard beat Claude Swindell (2-1)
• Eddie O’Shea beat Speedy Franks (2-0)
NOTE: The main event was a combined boxing-wrestling match, held under “Australian rules” which consisted of six ten-minute rounds. Franks wore boxing gloves, and before the match started, “pieces of iron concealed beneath his bandages and within his boxing gloves were discovered.” Wrestling commissioner Pat McKee declared the match rules illegal and refused to referee.

Thursday, August 23, 1934
Gardner Ball Park
• Tex Carroll beat Will (Egghead) Perry (10:00)
• Verne Lewis beat Doc Poole (34:00)
• Doug Henderson beat Jackie Fields (2-1)
NOTE: The new promoters of Thursday night wrestling were L.S. (Litt) Perry and Eddie Cockrell under the guise of the West Texas Athletic association.

Tuesday, August 28, 1934
Abilene Athletic Arena
• Jack Gorman drew Eddie O’Shea (30:00)
• Cyclone Mackey beat Charlie Heard (2-0, 53:00)
Referee: Benny Wilson
NOTE: This show was rescheduled from Friday, August 24, due to rain. Jack Gorman was a substitute for Benny Wilson. Wilson was scheduled to have made his return after two months of injury, but stated he was not yet in condition to wrestle.

John Callan, field deputy for the boxing and wrestling commission, will be here today to investigate alleged violations of state regulations on the part of the West Texas Athletic association, a wrestling club recently opened at Gardner park.
Charles H. Poe, state boxing and wrestling commissioner, said that L.S. Perry and E.E. Cockrell Jr., Abelinians, had applied for a wrestling promoters’ license August 20, but it was not in order and he had advised them not to put on matches until a license was issued.
In a letter to Cockrell yesterday Poe said:
“We were surprised to learn that matches were held August 23rd after we wrote you under date of August 20th explaining the lack of affidavit on personal sureties and requesting that operations not be started until license was granted.
“Pending investigation of this action which was contrary to Section 4 of the law, we are withholding issuance of your license and accordingly we were you today as follows: ‘Wrestling matches held August 23 were not authorized. Must request discontinuance of operations until license is granted. Cancel matches for future dates. Letter follows.’
“We must expect full compliance with the law and rules in every respect, and since your organization has committed an offense in the very beginning by conducting matches without proper license we shall make investigation before giving final approval on this application.”
Perry is part-owner of a dental laboratory here, Cockrell cashier for the Abilene Retail Merchants association. Cockrell Tuesday issued the following statement:
“Perry and I sent in our application August 20, and it was regular in every respect. Attached to it was a certified check for $50, and we met the requirements as to bondsmen.
“Our understanding was that with these requirements met, we could go ahead with our shows pending issuance of a permit. We wrote the state commissioner, asking him to wire us collect if our understanding was correct. When he did not reply we went ahead with our first show last Thursday night. We have our second show advertised for Thursday of this week, and we expect to go ahead.”
Local deputy commissioner, Prexy Anderson, last week received a carbon copy of a letter from A.F. Hughes, chief state deputy, to Cockrell advising that operations be held up pending issuance of a license. Cockrell and Perry, however, state that the original copy of this letter was not received by them, and in view of this statement, the local deputy has advised the state department that it is his opinion Cockrell acted in good faith in staging the show.
- Abilene Morning News, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 1934

No show tonight at Gardner Park, home of the West Texas Athletic association, Abilene’s new wrestling promotion firm. The ruling is that of Charles H. Poe, state commissioner of boxing and wrestling, and given over telephone at noon today to the local deputy commissioner, and to Eddie Cockrell, partner in the association.
The state chief steadfastly refused to alter his decision in spite of affidavits obtained this morning from Grady Parmelly, county tax collector, that each of the two bondsmen for the association has taxable property valued at more than one thousand dollars. Poe declared that Cockrell and his partner, L.B. Perry, cannot operate until a state license has been obtained, and that the license will not be issued until the affidavits have been received at his office. Affidavits and bond were placed in the mall today, and it is hoped by the promoters that the license will be back in time for a show next Tuesday night.
Tonight’s performance was to have featured Herb Wakeland and Doc Poole, with Doug Henderson and Red Rogers listed for semi-final hostilities.
“We intend to cooperate fully with the state commission,” said Cockrell, “and will abide by its decision. We hope to have the difficulty cleared up, and out license issued, in time to resume shows next week, but we are determined to follow the course as outlined by the commission. We had hoped the deputy who was to have investigated out application would be here today, but he has not arrived and we are willing to follow Commissioner Poe’s instructions.”
- Abilene Daily News, Thursday, Aug. 30, 1934

John Callan, field deputy of the Texas boxing and wrestling commission, announced last night that he would make a favorable report today to Charles H. Poe, state commissioner of boxing and wrestling, after investigating asserted violations by the West Texas Athletic association, wrestling promotion firm under the direction of E.E. Cockrell Jr. and L.S. Perry.
Before their conference with Callan yesterday, Cockrell and Perry called off their show for last night after Poe ruled that the association had to await the formal granting of a license in a telephone conversation with the local deputy commissioner and Cockrell.
The state chief steadfastly refused to alter his decision in spite of affidavits obtained yesterday morning from Grady Parmelly, county tax collector, that each of the two bondsmen for the association has taxable property valued at more than one thousand dollars. Poe said that Cockrell and Perry must not operate until a state license has been obtained, and that the license will not be issued until the affidavits have been received at his office.
Promoters Cockrell and Perry placed the affidavits and bonds in the mail yesterday and were hopeful that they would receive a license in time for a show next Tuesday night.
Callan will remain in Abilene tonight for the wrestling program at the Abilene Athletic club arena before returning to Austin.
- Abilene Morning News, Friday, Aug. 31, 1934
NOTE: With Callan filing a favorable report, the license was granted on Saturday, September 1.

Friday, August 31, 1934
Abilene Athletic Arena
• Jack Gorman beat Henry Hill (14:00)
• Cyclone Mackey beat Eddie O’Shea (2-0, 46:00)
Referee: Benny Wilson
NOTE: In winning this match, Mackey earned the right to face world middleweight champion Gus Kallio in September.

Tuesday, September 4, 1934
Gardner Ball Park
Att.: “a very slim turnout”
• Blondy Chrane drew Jack Fisher (20:00)
• Jackie Fields beat Jimmy Scallion (2-1)
• Doc Poole beat Curley Stringer (2-0)
NOTE: The main event was scheduled to be between Doug Henderson and Red Rogers, who both cancelled their appearance at the “eleventh hour.” Jimmy Scallion was a substitute for the injured Jimmy Murphy.

Friday, September 7, 1934
Abilene Athletic Arena
• Joe (Popeye) Kirk beat Jimmy Shaber (17:00)
• Danny McShain beat Jack Gorman (2-1)
Referee: Benny Wilson
NOTE: McShain was billed as the California middleweight champion, while Gorman was said to be the American junior middleweight champion. McShain’s claim may have been for the Pacific Coast middleweight title, for which he had been billed as the holder in other Southwest towns. Jimmy Shaber was sometimes billed as the “Terrible Turk, Ali Kala Shaba” and on other occasions was referred to as being Albanian.

A champion will decorate the rassle program of Ross Williams’ Abilene Athletic club this week, and his title will be at stake with no strings attached.
Wearer of the crown is Gus Kallio, undisputed middleweight king of all matdom. His opponent will be Cyclone Mackey, winner of a recent elimination tournament here. They come together Friday night, and yesterday Benny Wilson, generalissimo of the club’s grappling department, proudly was displaying a telegram declaring the bout to be sanctioned by the National Wrestling Association.
The wire, sent from Friar’s Point, Mississippi, read as follows:
“Official sanction granted today to hold world’s middleweight wrestling championship match Abilene Texas September fourteenth by and between Gus Kallio world’s middleweight champion and Mackey contender. (signed) Col. Harry J. Landry president national wrestling association.”
Williams and Wilson also had letters from prominent nabobs of the game in Texas congratulating them on landing the match. Cyclone Fox, Fort Worth promoter, wrote to compliment the management on its show and to laud Mackey as a real contender. From John McIntosh, El Paso, promoter, manager of Yaqui Joe, and businessman, came well wishes. McIntosh in his letter declared Kallio “the strongest middleweight, while Mackey is the fastest.”
Mackey is gradually working his way into this territory after winning from Vic Weber before a packed house in Amarillo Thursday night. He is slated in Lubbock next Wednesday evening.
- Abilene Morning Reporter-News, Sunday, Sep. 9, 1934

Tuesday, September 11, 1934
Gardner Ball Park
• Paul Murdoch beat Curley Stringer (1-1, utc)
• Verne Lewis beat Bobby Davidson (2-0)
NOTE: Stringer was unable to continue after being accidentally struck in the groin by Murdoch during the second fall. Stringer was carried out of the ring and treated by doctors in the arena. It was announced that wrestling would move to an indoor location for the next week, but no more mention was made of the endeavors of Cockrell and Perry.

Eleventh hour news from the wrestling front is that Gus Kallio will grapple at Ross Williams’ Athletic Club arena tonight, but not with the title at stake.
Gus the Finn blew into town yesterday from Lubbock with the announcement, an announcement which threw promoter Williams into an embarrassing predicament and challenger Cyclone Mackey into a boiling rage.
Gus was afflicted, not critically but painfully, and he revealed the affliction for proof. Champion Kallio would grapple at catch weights, or if the management wished to force a showdown he would get himself a doctor’s certificate proclaiming him unable to perform. The title belt, which he brought along and is on display at the club room, was more precious to him than a lot of money, and he did not feel like risking it when he was not in the pink of condition.
However, he would make Mackey a sporting proposition. He would enter the arena with an agreement to split the main event purse 50-50, 75-25, or winner-take-all, as Mackey wished. Furthermore, he would sign a contract to meet Mackey within 60 days with the championship at stake, provided Mackey wins the non-title affair. Was that agreeable to the promoter and to the deputy commissioner?
It was sensed that it was not entirely agreeable, and opinion was expressed that the fans might raise an indignant howl, but there seemed nothing else to do about it.
So the bout will go on under those conditions, and with the Cyclone worked up to such a pitch that he may blow the king of the middleweight rassledom right out of the rough house.
Mackey, apprised of the new turn of affairs by long distance telephone at Amarillo, swore he would rend the “dirty bum” – Mackey speaking – from limb to limb. Cyclone will sweep into the city sometime during the day, probably in the early afternoon.
Several hundred tickets have been sold to the Mackey-Kallio bout with the understanding that it would be for the championship. Promoter Williams said last night that any ticket holders who do not wish to see the gladiators in a non-title performance may have their money back by returning the ducats to the club rooms.
Kallio recited the history of his belt and of his championship career yesterday afternoon to a small but interested audience at the athletic club. He was born in Finland and did not come to America until he was 15. His English is good, but the foreign accent is heavy enough to keep the ears of the listener perked up to understand him.
He won the middleweight championship August 27, 1928, in Chicago from Charley (Midget) Fischer. Soon afterward the National Boxing Association took wrestling under its wing, ignored all champions, and announced a tournament to determine the greatest of middleweights. Five men reached the finals of the tournament: Bobby Myers, Midget Fischer, Ray Carpenter, Ralph Parcaut and Kallio. Gus defeated Parcaut in Cincinnati and Carpenter in Columbus for his share of the eliminations, and was crowned by the NBA. The NBA’s stamp of approval is a handsome gold medal, the central one of five on the broad belt. Two of the medals tell of his victories over Fischer and Carpenter. Two of them are blank, reserved for the conqueror of Kallio, and the conqueror of Kallio’s conqueror.
Kallio guards the trophy jealously. Look at it through a glass showcase if you wish, but don’t get it out and dull the finish of those medals with your fingerprints. Cost of the belt, he said, was probably about eight hundred dollars, but he places no monetary value on it.
He was been wrestling ever since he arrived here, but like other Finns, has done long distance running. In spite of the fact that he is only five feet six inches, he was a good runner, although not a world beater. His most important victory was in a cross country, three mile race in Michigan in 1918. It was over a rough course, up hill and down dale, and there were a few fences to jump, but he made it in 17 minutes and a few seconds. Eighteen started, and he was first among the twelve who finished.
Gus has no relatives in America, but his mother came here last year and paid him a seven-months visit.
He calls his home Arcadia, Louisiana, where he has a 92-acre farm. He laments the drought, which has cut his expected 12-bale cotton yield to three bales. His farmhouse included a completely equipped gymnasium.
- Abilene Morning News, Friday, Sep. 14, 1934

Friday, September 14, 1934
Abilene Athletic Arena
• Jimmy Shaber beat Doug Henderson
• Joe Gunther drew Jimmy Murphy (1-1, 45:00)
• Gus Kallio beat Cyclone Mackey (2-0, 44:00)
NOTE: Kallio’s “affliction” as revealed during this match was a “boil on the nose,” but he was described as “a marvel of the sport, the most polished grappler that has been to town since the depression, and possible the neatest bit of wrestling machinery that was ever put in motion here, boom days included.”
Joe Gunther, Kallio’s perennial traveling partner was described as “a young man who stepped off the cover of Physical Culture.”

PREXY’S MUSE by Prexy Anderson
Gus Kallio, king of the middleweight tin-ears, has gone his way and will not be with us again soon. It’s just as well so far as the other rasslers and the show operators are concerned. Those who paid their dough at the arena Friday night got full value – from the standpoint of a one-man exhibition. Unless there are other middleweights much better than I have seen, however, the patrons would find it boresome to come back week after week to see the ancient Finn toy with his enemies and take them when he chose.
Old Gus is not going to be in this country much longer. He intends to sail soon for Honolulu, where they are staging a tournament. Then he’ll shove off for his native Finland. After that he’ll return to South Africa, where he’ll stay until he has made the rounds and picked up some more spinach, which, by the way, sticks to Kallio as if he were so much glue. Some of the boys think Gus is traveling so much to dodge the challengers who are on his trail. I have no way of knowing, but my guess is as good as theirs, and it is that Gus ain’t ascairt. However, you may be sure that he is going to be as fit as your great uncle’s Stradivarious when hw steps out in defense of that precious National Boxing Association belt.
- Abilene Morning News-Reporter, Sunday, Sep. 16, 1934

Friday, September 21, 1934
Abilene Athletic Arena
• Claude Swindell beat Speedy Franks via dq (2-1)
• Jimmy Murphy beat Jimmy Shaber (2-1)
Referee: Benny Wilson
NOTE: Franks was disqualified rubbing a lemon in Swindell’s eyes. Wilson was scheduled to face Pete Becker in an opening match, but there no mention of this match in the results article. It would seem that his in-ring return was again postponed.

Thursday, September 27, 1934
Abilene Athletic Arena
• Jack Gorman beat Speedy Franks (2-0, 25:00)
• Sheik Mar Allah beat Jimmy Murphy (1-0, 28:00, utc)
Referee: Benny Wilson
NOTE: The Sheik so disabled the veteran Irishman with a hammer lock that the commission physician refused to allow hostilities to continue. However, Murphy returned to the ring declaring he would not forfeit the match. Promoter Ross Williams overruled the decision, declaring he would not permit the match’s continuation.
The intermission, between the double main events, was consumed by two newsboys, Kenneth Terry and H.B. Autman, in a demonstration of what they had observed from the bleachers.
Speedy Franks contested his two-fall defeat from Jack Gorman and would up by issuing a challenge to wrestle referee Benny Wilson.
- Abilene Daily Reporter, Friday, Sep. 28, 1934

Friday, October 5, 1934
Abilene Athletic Arena
• Tiny Simmons beat Dutch Bauer via dq
• Sheik Mar Allah beat Jack Gorman (2-1, 25:00)
Referee: Claude Swindell
NOTE: Simmons was a substitute for Benny Wilson, who had been injured the previous night in San Angelo. Originally scheduled to be the first card of the indoor season, the new arena at 909½ South First street was not yet completed, and the card was held at the usual outdoor arena. The new indoor arena opened its doors for the October 19 card.

Friday, October 12, 1934
Abilene Athletic Arena
• Charlie Heard beat Tiny Simmons (14:00)
• Sheik Mar Allah beat Dutch Bauer (2-1)
Referee: Benny Wilson

Friday, October 19, 1934
Abilene Athletic Club (909½ South First Street)
• Gorilla Poggi beat Eddie O’Shea (2-0, 52:50)
• Charlie Heard beat Dutch Bauer (2-1)
Referee: Claude Swindell

Friday, October 26, 1934
Abilene Athletic Club
• Claude Swindell drew Charlie Heard (1-1, 45:00)
• Gorilla Poggi beat Eddie O’Shea (2-1)
Referee: Benny Wilson

Friday, November 2, 1934
Abilene Athletic Club
• Ladies
Mrs. Eddie O’Shea beat Billie Morrison (8:00)
• Gorilla Poggi beat Ken Gaston (1-1, utc)
NOTE: An opening match between Jack Davis and Buck Carroll was advertised but not mentioned in the results.

Benny Wilson, wrestler, referee, who for several months has been connected with the Abilene Athletic Club, announced today that he is severing his connections with the club.
Wilson will continue to make his home in Abilene, he said, and may enter business for himself. Until he decides to do so or not, Benny probably will make more frequent appearances as a wrestler in this territory. A back injury received in the summer and later renewed has about healed, he reports.
- Abilene Daily Reporter, Monday, Nov. 5, 1934

Friday, November 9, 1934
Abilene Athletic Club
• Lew Kodrick beat Claude Swindell
• Ken Gaston beat Tiny Simmons (2-1, 54:00)

Friday, November 16, 1934
Abilene Athletic Club
• Ali Kala Shaba beat Horseshoe MacIver (2-0)
• Tiny Simmons beat Don Carver (2-1)

Friday, November 23, 1934
Abilene Athletic Club
• Claude Swindell beat Rex O‘Sullivan
• Ali Kala Shaba beat Don Carver (2-1)
• Ken Gaston beat Dutch Aultman (2-1)
NOTE: O’Sullivan, of Amarillo, was described as a “protégé of the popular Danny McShain, and several years under voting age.” [Voting age was 21 at the time.]

Friday, November 30, 1934
Abilene Athletic Club
• Dutch Aultman beat Ali Kala Shaba (2-1, 40:00)
• Ramon Vitela beat Ken Gaston (2-1)
Referee: Claude Swindell

Friday, December 7, 1934
Abilene Athletic Club
• Ken Gaston beat Pete Becker (2-1)
• Dutch Aultman beat Ramon Vitela (2-1)

Friday, December 14, 1934
Abilene Athletic Club
Att.: “capacity crowd”
• Jimmy Murphy drew Ken Gaston (1-1, 45:00)
• Benny Wilson beat Dutch Aultman (2-1)

Friday, December 21, 1934
Abilene Athletic Club
• Lew Kodrick beat Jimmy Murphy via co (2-1)
• Benny Wilson beat Ken Gaston (1-1, 99:00, utc)
Referee: Bondy Chrane
NOTE: Gaston was knocked unconscious to end the second fall when “trying for his favorite spread eagle, missed the elusive Wilson and plunged head-on into a corner post.”

Friday, December 28, 1934
Abilene Athletic Club
• Eddie O’Shea beat Jimmy Murphy (2-1)
• Lew Kodrick beat Dutch Aultman (2-1)
NOTE: The main event “ended just before the two-hour time limit expired.”

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Friday, January 4, 1935
Abilene Athletic Club
• Tuffy McMullen drew Dutch Aultman (10:00)
• Marvin Barackman beat Eddie O’Shea (13:00)
• Ken Gaston beat Ramon Vitela (2-1, 61:00)

Friday, January 11, 1935
Abilene Athletic Club
• Andy the Wrestling Bear beat Lew Kodrick & Eddie O’Shea (9:30)
• Marvin Barackman beat Jimmy Murphy (2-0, 14:00)
• Benny Wilson beat Ken Gaston (2-1)

Friday, January 18, 1935
Abilene Athletic Club
Att.: “a large crowd”
• Jimmy Murphy drew Ramon Vitela
• Dutch Aultman beat Jack Gorman
• Marvin Barackman beat Ken Gaston (1-0, 66:00, utc)
NOTE: Barackman was billed as the middleweight champion of the Middle West. He was also the owner and trainer of Andy the wrestling bear.
Barackman brings to Abilene 158 pounds of hard-as-rock muscles, long years of experience in the ring and a beautiful gold mounted, gem-studded belt, his award for winning the Middle West championship back in 1922. Twice each year he has staked that belt as required by its donors, the Western Nebraska Business Men’s Association, and he has retained it throughout the nearly thirteen years.
It was on July 23, 1922, that formal award of the huge belt was made to Barackman. He tore through a long list of powerful adversaries to win it. Embossed on the gold belt are the names of those he defeated – George Kinney of Spaulding, Nebraska; Ed Downs of White River, South Dakota; Joe Stakes of Wheatland, Wisconsin; Bessil Dove of Harwell, Colorado; and Vernon Davis of Edder, Kansas.
Barackman’s belt is on exhibit in the Neely-Barnes show window.
- Abilene Morning News, Thursday, Jan. 17, 1935

Friday, January 25, 1935
Abilene Athletic Club
Att.: “a capacity crowd”
• Dutch Aultman drew Eddie O’Shea (30:00)
• Middle West middleweight title
Marvin Barackman* beat Benny Wilson (2-1)
Referee: Claude Swindell

A decision of “no contest” was rendered Monday by wrestling commissioner M.H. Pruitt on the final match held Friday night at the Abilene Athletic club featuring Marvin Barackman and Benny Wilson. Referee Claude Swindell had declared Barackman the winner immediately after the match.
The local deputy commented as follows:
“Last Friday’s wrestling match between Wilson and Barackman is a ‘no contest’ affair. To make clear the basis for my decision, I must go a little into detail. With a fall each the boys really were working in earnest when Wilson rushed Barackman into the ropes and started pummeling him with his fists. This, of course, is a violation of Texas wrestling rules. Claude Swindell, one of the most conscientious referees now in the game, had the authority to disqualify Wilson then and there. However, the referee wanted to give the fans their money’s worth, and instead, ordered Benny to break. Wilson ignored the commands. Claude caught Benny in the mouth with his fingers and slammed him to the canvas. The wrestler, temporarily, was ‘out.’ Barackman, seeing the opportunity, fell on his opponent with a top body pin and received Claude’s pat on the back. I rule a ‘no contest’ as Wilson was unable to defend himself, lying on his back, instead of being on his feet, when hostilities should have been resumed.”
- Abilene Morning News, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 1935

Friday, February 1, 1935
Abilene Athletic Club
• Andy the Wrestling Bear beat Dutch Aultman & Eddie O’Shea
• Marvin Barackman drew Luis de la Torre (30:00)
• Benny Wilson beat Jimmy Black (2-1)
Referee: Blondy Chrane

Friday, February 8, 1935
Abilene Athletic Club
• Jimmy Black vs. Luis de la Torre
• Middle West middleweight title
Marvin Barackman* beat Benny Wilson
NOTE: Newspapers that may have carried the report of this card are missing.

Friday, February 15, 1935
Abilene Athletic Club
• Marvin Barackman drew Pug Hester (30:00)
• Charlie Heard beat Eddie O’Shea (2-1, 47:00)

Friday, February 22, 1935
Abilene Athletic Club
• Joe Morali drew Gene LaBelle (30:00)
• Charlie Heard beat Charlie Thornton (1-0, 34:00, utc)
NOTE: Thornton lost the first fall to a Russian leg twist and was unable to continue. Morali was said to be a cousin of Yaqui Joe.

Monday, February 25, 1935
Abilene Athletic Club
• Joe Morali vs. Charlie Thornton
NOTE: This card was a benefit for the Abilene high school band. The results of the card, which also included a preliminary match, were not reported.

Friday, March 1, 1935
Abilene Athletic Club
• Tuffy Headrick drew Henry Burke (1-1, 45:00)
• Sailor Barto beat Billy (Cyclone) Burns (2-1)

Friday, March 1, 1935
W.T.A.A. Arena (1041 South Third Street)
• Ace Abbott drew Jack Davis (10:00)
• Blondy Chrane beat Tex Carroll (12:00)
• Eddie O’Shea drew Pug Hester (45:00)
• Marvin Barackman beat Chief Black Hawk (2-1)
NOTE: This card was promoted by the West Texas Athletic Association, who had briefly promoted wrestling in 1934.
Although a temporary injunction granted by Judge M.S. Long yesterday kept several wrestlers from appearing on the card, a large crowd turned out for the reopening of the West Texas Athletic Association’s wrestling arena.
The injunction restrained Benny Wilson, W.H. Perry [aka Egghead Perry], L.S. Perry and Eddie Cockrell from exhibiting Joe Morali, Charlie Thornton and Gene LaBelle on the program. Petitioner for the action was Ross Williams, promoter for the Abilene Athletic club, who asserted John McIntosh, an El Paso booking agent had contracted to furnish Thornton, LaBelle and Morali to wrestle under his management. McIntosh was also named a defendant in the suit for injunction.
Defense attorneys, Lindsay P. Walden and John Reid, filed an answer to Williams’ petition, and Judge Long set a hearing on the plea for permanent injunction for Saturday, March 9. Williams is represented by Scarborough & Ely.
- Abilene Morning News, Saturday, Mar. 2, 1935

Friday, March 8, 1935
Abilene Athletic Club
• Tuffy Headrick beat Buddy Edwards (2-1)
• Sailor Barto beat Henry Burke (2-1, 34:00)
NOTE: This card also featured a boxing exhibition between Jack Tucker and J.D. Tucker.

Friday, March 8, 1935
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Eddie O’Shea beat Ace Abbott (2:00)
• Blondy Chrane drew Chief Black Hawk (30:00)
• Pug Hester beat Joe Morali (2-1, 59:00)
• Gene LaBelle beat Charlie Thornton (1-1, 37:00, utc)

Friday, March 15, 1935
Abilene Athletic Club
• Henry Burke beat Cliff Chambers (8:00)
• Bruce Noland beat Sailor Barto (2-1)
• Marvin Westenberg beat Ivan Vakturoff (2-0, 42:00)

Friday, March 15, 1935
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Blondy Chrane drew Charlie Thornton (20:00)
• Marvin Barackman beat Joe Morali (1-0, 30:00)
• Gene LaBelle beat Eddie O’Shea (2-1)

Friday, March 22, 1935
Abilene Athletic Club
• Dr. P.A. Mullikan beat Harry Cadell (2-0, 14:00)
• Ivan Vakturoff beat Sid Nabors (2-1, 29:00)
NOTE: This card was a fundraiser for the Abilene high school band.

Friday, March 22, 1935
W.T.A.A. Arena
Att.: 600+
• Eddie O’Shea beat Sparky Walker
• Count Von Bromberg beat Pug Hester (19:00)
• Middle West middleweight title
Gene LaBelle beat Marvin Barackman* (2-1, 52:00)
NOTE: Barackman lost what was described as his “synthetic” title to LaBelle.

Friday, March 29, 1935
Abilene Athletic Club
• Dr. P.A. Mullikan beat Jack Spurgeon (2-0)
• Sailor Barto beat Bill Hodge (2-1)
NOTE: Hodge was a substitute for Ivan Vakturoff, who failed to appear due to illness. The name “Bill Hodge” was either an error in the newspaper or an alias, as this name does not match any known wrestler.

Friday, March 29, 1935
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Blondy Chrane beat Sparky Walker (8:30)
• Count Von Bromberg beat Chief Black Hawk (2-0)
• Marvin Barackman beat Pug Hester (2-1, 46:30)
NOTE: Former world heavyweight boxing champion Jess Willard was the referee for the double main event. Prior to this card, matchmaker Benny Wilson announced that the seating capacity at the arena had been increased by 150 to 1,200.

PREXY’S MUSE by Prexy Anderson
Pardonably proud of making a former heavyweight boxing champion get on the barrel had is Jim Wakefield who recently succeeded this columnist as deputy boxing and wrestling commissioner for Abilene. When Jess Willard came here to referee a card at the West Texas Athletic association arena last week, Wakefield asked to see his referee’s license. When Jess couldn’t produce one, the deputy commissioner ordered his purse held up until the big fellow forked over ten dollars. Commissioners at other points visited by Willard had been caught napping.
- Abilene Morning News, Thursday, Apr. 4, 1935

Friday, April 5, 1935
Abilene Athletic Club
NOTE: Notice of the indefinite suspension of Ross Williams, manager of the Abilene Athletic club, as a wrestling promoter has been received from F.E. Nichols, state labor commissioner, by Williams and Jim Wakefield, Abilene deputy commissioner of boxing and wrestling.
The suspension resulted in Williams’ calling off his scheduled performances last night. Instead, free demonstration and instruction at his arena was given by Doc Mullikan. Most of the customers, however, drifted on to the West Texas Athletic association’s show place, where a large crowd had already gathered to see Joe Parelli and five other matmen in a two hour program of wrestling, butting, and ugly face-making.
- Abilene Morning News, Saturday, Apr. 6, 1935
NOTE: The scheduled card had been: Roy Graham vs Dr. P.A. Mullikan and Sailor Barto vs. Jack Spurgeon.

Friday, April 5, 1935
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Billy McEuin beat Eddie O’Shea (16:00)
• Count Von Bromberg drew Marvin Barackman (30:00)
• Joe Parelli beat Dutch Tennant (2-1, 48:30)

Friday, April 12, 1935
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Pug Hester drew Blondy Chrane (20:00)
• Dutch Tennant beat Eddie O’Shea (31:00)
• Billy McEuin beat Count Von Bromberg (2-1, 40:00)
Referee: Marvin Barackman

Friday, April 19, 1935
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Marvin Barackman drew Billy McEuin (20:00)
• Ernie Arthur drew Blondy Chrane (1-1, 30:00)
• Gene LaBelle beat Dutch Tennant (1-0, utc)

Friday, April 26, 1935
Abilene Athletic Arena
• Jack Davis drew Jack Tucker (15:00)
• Jack Spurgeon beat Roy Graham via dq
• Sailor Barto drew Dr. P.A. Mullikan (0-0, 45:00)
• Southern heavyweight title
Marvin Westenberg* beat Ivan Vakturoff (2-1)
NOTE: Ross Williams’ was reinstated as a promoter and he opened his summer outdoor season. The reason for Williams’ suspension was never reported.

Friday, April 26, 1935
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Buddy Harrison beat Claude Swindell
• Billy McEuin beat Pug Hester (1-0, 30:00)
• Middle West middleweight title
Gene LaBelle* beat Marvin Barackman (2-1, 68:30)
NOTE: Hester was a substitute for Ernie Arthur.

Friday, May 3, 1935
Abilene Athletic Arena
• Dr. P.A. Mullikan vs. Jack Spurgeon
• Sailor Barto vs. Bob Blair
NOTE: This card was cancelled due to bad weather.

Friday, May 3, 1935
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Blondy Chrane beat Eddie O’Shea
• Gorilla Poggi beat Buddy Harrison (17:00)
• Gene LaBelle beat Billy McEuin via dq (2-0)

Tiger Billy McEuin, turbulent Scot grappler, not only lost a match Friday night by disqualification by the referee, but was fined $2.50 by commissioner Jim Wakefield, it was announced Saturday. The disciplinary measures were taken because McEuin got too tough with Gene LaBelle – fancy that!
Several aches from the clientele were heard Saturday. Complaints were not that McEuin got more than he deserved, but that LaBelle had committed essentially the same offenses in previous bouts and gotten away with it.
- Abilene Morning Reporter-News, Sunday, May 5, 1935

Friday, May 10, 1935
Abilene Athletic Arena
• Bill Sledge drew Bob Blair (1-1, 45:00)
• Sailor Barto beat Jack Spurgeon (2-1)

Friday, May 10, 1935
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Buddy Harrison drew Babe Rodriguez (20:00)
• Billy McEuin beat Pat Swanson (1-0, 30:00)
• Gorilla Poggi beat Dutch Tennant (2-1)

Wrestling for Abilene passed out of the competitive stage so far as the promoters are concerned with last night’s shows at the West Texas Athletic association and the Abilene Athletic club.
Announcements were made at both arenas that the WTAA has bought the rights and equipment of Ross Williams, promoter for the AAC. While the agreement as yet is only verbal, no hutches are expected to develop. Benny Wilson, manager and matchmaker for the West Texas set up, said that henceforth shows of his organization will be held at the AAC’s outdoor arena when the weather is good. When it is rainy or cold, they will be taken to the indoor establishment on South Third, where Wilson, Perry and Cockrell have held forth with their middleweights since starting business several months ago.
- Abilene Morning News, Saturday, May 11, 1935
NOTE: The newspaper rarely made it clear when the cards were moved indoors, so some of the following shows may have been held in the indoor arena.

Friday, May 17, 1935
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Dutch Tennant drew Blondy Chrane (20:00)
• Buddy Harrison drew Dutch Aultman (1-1, 30:00)
• Gorilla Poggi beat Billy McEuin (2-1)
Referee: Marvin Barackman

Friday, May 24, 1935
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Pug Hester drew Dutch Tennant (15:00)
• Gorilla Poggi beat Eddie O’Shea (1-0, 30:00)
• Marvin Barackman beat Gene LaBelle (1-1, 43:00, utc)
Referee: Blondy Chrane
NOTE: Although this had been arranged as a title match, Gorilla Poggi had won the Middle West middleweight title from LaBelle on May 20 in San Angelo.

Friday, May 31, 1935
Open Air Arena
• Blondy Chrane beat Eddie O’Shea (14:00)
• Cliff Chambers beat Lon Chaney (1-0, 30:00)
• Middle West middleweight title
Gorilla Poggi* beat Marvin Barackman (2-1)

Friday, June 7, 1935
Open Air Arena
• Cliff Chambers beat Eddie O’Shea
• Gorilla Poggi drew Pug Hester (30:00)
• Gene LaBelle beat Blondy Chrane (1-0, 120:00)
NOTE: LaBelle lost $5 of his share of the gate receipts, amount of a fine announced by commissioner Jim Wakefield. The penalty was applied because LaBelle brought a rock into the ring and massaged Blondy’s face with it just before taking the only fall of the night.
Andy the bear was brought into the ring for an introduction, but was prevented by the state wrestling commission from carrying out his scheduled part of the program with Gorilla Poggi. State commissioner F.E. Nichols ruled Andy off the mat yesterday, holding that such shows cheapened the sport.
- Abilene Morning News, Saturday, Jun. 8, 1935

Friday, June 14, 1935
Open Air Arena
• Masked Demon beat Buddy Harrison (9:00)
• Pug Hester drew Cliff Chambers (1-1, 30:00)
• Middle West middleweight title
Gorilla Poggi* beat Gene LaBelle (2-1)
NOTE: The Masked Demon was believed by many fans to be Speedy Franks.

Friday, June 21, 1935
Open Air Arena
• Marvin Barackman drew Tommy Kaishek
• Cliff Chambers drew Masked Demon (1-1, 30:00)
• Pug Hester beat Gorilla Poggi via dq (2-1)
NOTE: Chambers unmasked the Demon as Speedy Franks during the match.

Friday, June 28, 1935
Open Air Arena
• Speedy Franks drew Tommy Kaishek (1-1, 30:00)
• Yaqui Joe beat Cliff Chambers (2-1, 45:00)

Friday, July 5, 1935
Open Air Arena
• Tommy Kaishek drew Cliff Chambers (1-1, 30:00)
• Middle West middleweight title
Gorilla Poggi* beat Yaqui Joe (1-1, utc)
Referee: Eddie Brock

Friday, July 12, 1935
Open Air Arena
• Yaqui Joe beat Mexican Pete (2-0, 42:00)
• Speedy Franks beat Fred Smith (2-1)

Friday, July 19, 1935
Open Air Arena
• Ace Abbott beat Tommy Turner (4:30)
• Sammy McEuin drew Tommy Kaishek (30:00)
• Joe Reno beat Gorilla Poggi via dq (2-1)
Referee: Marvin Barackman
NOTE: On July 22, Sammy McEuin faced Jack Tucker in the main event of the WTAA boxing card at the arena, where he was disqualified in the sixth round for executing a body slam. The referee for the match was Benny Wilson.

Charged with assault and battery on referee Marvin Barackman as an aftermath of Friday night’s hectic mat struggle at the W.T.A.A. arena, Gorilla Poggi will open training for the defense of his Midwest states middleweight belt this week in the court of Justice P. Walden. His trial is set for Monday at 9 a.m.
After unleashing foul tactics to such an extent that referee Barackman risked his neck and limbs by raising the hand of Joe Reno to award him the match with the falls standing at one all, Poggi is reported to have started a free-for-all. The fight finally involved Barackman, Benny Wilson, the matchmaker, Reno’s wife, who geld a half-empty pop bottle and several unidentified spectators.
- Abilene Morning Reporter-News, Sunday, Jul. 21, 1935
NOTE: The hearing was later moved to the afternoon of Friday, July 26, due to Barackman not being able to appear as a witness. It was said that Poggi’s maximum punishment if found guilty would be a $100 fine. The outcome of the case, or even if it was heard at all, was not reported.

Friday, July 26, 1935
Open Air Arena
• Speedy Franks beat Mexican Pete (8:00)
• Billy McEuin drew Joe Reno (30:00)
• Middle West middleweight title
Gorilla Poggi* beat Yaqui Joe (2-1, 40:00)
Referee: M.O. Rike, Dallas

Friday, August 2, 1935
Open Air Arena
• Speedy Franks drew Jimmy Black (15:00)
• Joe Reno beat Cliff Chambers (1-0, 30:00)
• Middle West middleweight title
Gorilla Poggi* beat Marvin Barackman (2-1)
Referee: Blondy Chrane
NOTE: Poggi was also defending his claim to the middleweight championship of South America.

Friday, August 9, 1935
Open Air Arena
• Blondy Chrane beat Mexican Pete (10:00)
• Yaqui Joe beat Jimmy Black (1-0, 30:00)
• Joe Reno beat Gorilla Poggi (2-1)

Friday, August 16, 1935
Open Air Arena
• Blondy Chrane drew Jimmy Black (15:00)
• Speedy Franks drew Cliff Chambers (30:00)
• Yaqui Joe beat Billy McEuin (2-1)
Referee: Egghead Perry
NOTE: Yaqui Joe won the right to meet world light heavyweight champion LeRoy McGuirk.

Friday, August 23, 1935
Open Air Arena
• Buck Weaver beat Billy McEuin (25:00)
• Jimmy Black beat Cliff Chambers (1-0, 30:00)
• World light heavyweight title
LeRoy McGuirk* beat Yaqui Joe (2-1, 40:00)
NOTE: McGuirk’s title was displayed on the morning of the bout at the Ideal café, the venue for ticket sales. Weaver was said to be the middleweight champion of Ohio.

Friday, August 30, 1935
Open Air Arena
• Marvin Barackman beat Pat O’Dowdy (11:00)
• Buck Weaver beat Cliff Chambers (2-1)
• Jimmy Black beat Speedy Franks (2-0, 24:00)
Referee: Egghead Perry

Friday, September 6, 1935
Open Air Arena
• Blondy Chrane drew Pat Garrison (15:00)
• Yaqui Joe beat Jack Domar (1-0, 30:00)
• Buck Weaver beat Jimmy Black (2-0)
NOTE: The usually popular Yaqui Joe was booed for lackluster performance in the semi-final.

Friday, September 13, 1935
Open Air Arena
• Pat Garrison beat Andy Gump
• Yaqui Joe beat Cliff Chambers (2-0)
• Gorilla Poggi beat Jimmy Black (2-0, 26:00)

Thursday, September 19, 1935
Open Air Arena
• Blondy Chrane beat Pat O’Dowdy (11:00)
• Don Hill beat Bob Cummings (1-0, 30:00)
• Gorilla Poggi beat Yaqui Joe (2-1)

Thursday, September 26, 1935
Open Air Arena
• Blondy Chrane beat Rex O’Sullivan (11:00)
• Don Hill drew Al Westcott (30:00)
• Buck Weaver beat Gorilla Poggi (2-1, 32:00)

Thursday, October 3, 1935
Open Air Arena
• Eddie O’Shea drew Blondy Chrane (15:00)
• Larry Tillman drew Joe Reno (30:00)
• Don Hill beat Buck Weaver (2-1)

The wrestling firm known as Wilson and Cockrell, known as the West Texas Athletic Association, will be no more after the program of Thursday night.
Announcement was made yesterday that Eddie Cockrell is buying Benny Wilson’s equipment and share in the business and will run the show alone henceforth. Cockrell has been one of the association’s promoters from its beginning in the summer of last year, having had his first partner L.S. Perry. The new license was taken out in the name of Cockrell and Wilson last August 23.
His promoting partnership dissolved, Wilson is free to begin wrestling again, and probably will return to the more active side of the game at an early date.
- Abilene Morning News, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 1935
NOTE: A later article lists Cockrell being in partnership with Anna Wilson, Benny’s wife, who had filed for divorce on October 7.

Thursday, October 10, 1935
Open Air Arena
• Eddie Morris drew Ace Abbott (15:00)
• Walter Stratton beat Eddie O’Shea (2-0)
• Joe Reno beat Don Hill (2-0, 10:00)
NOTE: Stratton, who holds eight American and two world records in weightlifting, gave a demonstration of his strength after his bout.
- Abilene Morning News, Friday, Oct. 11, 1935

Thursday, October 17, 1935
Open Air Arena
• Eddie O’Shea beat Eddie Morris (6:30)
• Walter Stratton drew Dory Detton (1-1, 30:00)
• Joe Reno beat Blacksmith Pedigo (2-1)

Thursday, October 24, 1935
Open Air Arena
• Al Szasz drew Blondy Chrane (15:00)
• Marvin Barackman drew Al Westcott (30:00)
• Walter Stratton beat Joe Reno (2-1)

Thursday, October 31, 1935
Open Air Arena
• Pug Hester drew Eddie O’Shea (15:00)
• Blondy Chrane beat Al Szasz (1-0, 30:00)
• Walter Stratton beat Al Westcott (2-1)

Thursday, November 7, 1935
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Eddie O’Shea drew Al Szasz (15:00)
• Blondy Chrane drew Billy Hallas (1-1, 30:00)
• Walter Stratton beat Joe Reno (2-0, 62:00)

Thursday, November 14, 1935
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Eddie O’Shea drew Charlie Heard (15:00)
• Marvin Barackman drew Al Szasz (1-1, 30:00)
• Dory Detton beat Billy Hallas (2-0, 35:00)

Thursday, November 21, 1935
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Pat O’Dowdy beat Al Szasz (11:00)
• Sailor Tex Watkins beat Eddie O’Shea (2-0, 8:30)
• Dory Detton beat Joe Kopecky (2-1, 74:00)

Friday, November 29, 1935
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Charlie Heard drew Al Szasz (15:00)
• Sailor Tex Watkins beat Pat O’Dowdy
• Dory Detton beat Larry Tillman (2-1)
NOTE: This was the opening card at a new arena, located in the gymnasium on the old Abilene Christian College campus, on Graham Street.

Friday, December 6, 1935
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Nick Bozinis beat Pug Hester (11:00)
• Pat O’Dowdy beat Charlie Heard (1-0, 30:00)
• Sailor Tex Watkins beat Larry Tillman (2-1)
NOTE: For the third week in succession, the performance of Watkins was criticized by the Abilene Morning News, who said of the wrestler that he “does not know a wrestling hold from an end run.”

Friday, December 13, 1935
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Joe Bauer beat Charlie Heard
• Nick Bozinis beat Pat O’Dowdy (2-0, 24:00)
• Sailor Tex Watkins beat Larry Tillman (2-1)
Referee: Blondy Chrane

Friday, December 20, 1935
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Jack Duffy drew Egghead Perry (15:00)
• Joe Bauer beat Ace Abbott (2-0)
• Nick Bozinis beat Sailor Tex Watkins
NOTE: Perry was a substitute for Charlie Heard.

Friday, December 27, 1935
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Eddie O’Shea beat Jack Duffy (9:00)
• Nick Bozinis drew Al Szasz
• Blondy Chrane beat Joe Bauer via dq (2-1)
Referee: Pat Dowdy
NOTE: Prior to this card it was announced that former local deputy boxing and wrestling commissioner Jim Wakefield had purchased the wrestling rights and equipment from Eddie Cockrell and Anna Wilson. After his first card, Wakefield planned a “general overhauling of his arena, which includes painting and brightening up, better heating and more and better ringside accommodations.”

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Friday, January 3, 1936
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Al Szasz beat Rex O’Sullivan (6:00)
• Benny Wilson drew Billy Hallas (30:00)
• Nick Bozinis beat Bob Castle (2-1)
NOTE: Bob Castle was a substitute for Danny McShain, who was appearing in Amarillo in front of a grand jury accused of spitting tobacco juice in the eyes of his opponent, Bob Castle, the previous day. The W.T.A.A. arena was sometimes referred to as the “Temple of Torture.”

Marriage of Miss Margarette Weed, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Weed, and L.D. (Blondy) Chrane, of Dudley, will be solemnized this afternoon at 2 o’clock in the home of the bride’s parents.
The bride will wear a spring model suit of light weight blue wool with gray accessories.
The couple will live in San Angelo, where Mr. Chrane is employed by the Perry Dental laboratories.
Miss Weed, who was graduated from the Abilene high school with the class of 1934, was a member of the GanG. Sports club, Los Leales and of the Forensic club, of which she was president. Active in sports, she was West Texas tennis champion for several years and for three years represented her high school at the interscholastic league contest in Austin.
Mr. Chrane also attended high school here. In the past few years he has become well known as a wrestler.
- Abilene Morning Reporter-News, Sunday, Jan. 5, 1936

Friday, January 10, 1936
W.T.A.A. Arena
Att.: “full house”
• Pug Hester drew Jack Duffy (10:00)
• Benny Wilson drew Rex O’Sullivan (15:00)
• Danny McShain beat Al Szasz (2-1)
Referee: Pat O’Dowdy
NOTE: The scheduled semi-final match was Dory Detton vs. Nick Bozinis.

PREXY’S MUSE by Prexy Anderson
Danny McShain, whose hirsute would constitute a good season’s clip for a black sheep ranchman, says the three days he spent in an Amarillo jail last week constitute a minor item in his hectic career. The wild and wooly one looked through the gratings once for a week in Mexico City, where he was booked for practically everything up to starting a revolution, then given his choice of getting out of the country or taking a couple of years in prison. Danny acted so “ornerily” down there in combat with one of the natives that his police bodyguard turned on him with blackjacks and pistol butts, and he woke up two days later.
That’s McShain’s yarn, not mine.
- Abilene Morning News, Saturday, January 11, 1936

Friday, January 17, 1936
W.T.A.A. Arena
Att.: “biggest crowd of the winter season”
• Rex O’Sullivan drew Jack Duffy (15:00)
• Rod Fenton beat Al Szasz (2-1)
• Nick Bozinis beat Danny McShain (2-1)
Referee: Dory Detton

Friday, January 24, 1936
W.T.A.A. Arena
Att.: “almost equal to the record crowd of las week”
• Don Carver drew Ace Abbott (15:00)
• Rod Fenton drew Walter Stratton (1-1, 30:00)
• Danny McShain beat Dory Detton (2-1)
Referee: Rex O’Sullivan
NOTE: Technically, the main event at the Wakefield Torture Temple last night went to Dory Detton. Actually, the victor’s wreath belongs to the constabulary, with Danny (I’m a gentleman) McShain winning the first fall; Detton the second; and Sheriff Burl Wheeler the third and final.
McShain, in one of his wildest finishes, threw referee Rex O’Sullivan headlong from the ring, and was in the act of dissecting Detton when promoter Wakefield and the forces of law and order swarmed through the ropes from all directions. As Danno rose from his victim to give battle to the officers also, Wheeler wielded a blackjack, and the unconscious villain was carried to his dressing room to the cheers of the mob.
Physicians reported McShain received a scalp cut of considerable length. One of Detton’s arms, subjected to the California wild man’s specialty, the stamping arm lock, was pretty badly done up.
Deputy commissioner M.H. Pruitt checked out, and could not be located for a statement as to any possible punitive measures he will recommend to the state labor commission. Pruitt, by the way, exhibited considerable courage in entering the den before the beginning of the second chapter of the main stem to search McShain. Satisfied that Dangerous Dan was without daggers, a .44, or eating tobacco, he retired, and Detton pounced upon McShain for a quick fall.
- Abilene Morning News, Saturday, January 25, 1936

There are many who will disagree with him, but Jim Wakefield, grapple promoter, announced yesterday that Danny (I’m a gentleman) McShain was winner of the main event at the W.T.A.A. Arena Friday night, which would up with McShain being blackjacked by the sheriff.
Wakefield’s ruling was based on the old saw that even the devil deserves his dues, and overlooked the numerous rules violated by the Californian ruffian in conquering physically the Utah collegian, Dory Detton.
The promoter pointed out that Detton had conceded the fall, and that a referee was needed to pull McShain off to prevent the breaking of Dory’s arm. The assigned arbiter, Rex O’Sullivan, having been put out of commission when McShain tossed him into row 3 ringside, Wakefield took it upon himself to be the middle man. Entering the ring, he clamped a half nelson on Danny, and proved his own ability as a wrestler by jerking the wild man from his victim.
Eight stitches were required to put the McShain dome in shape again. Going sleepless most of Friday night, the mat villain finally got some rest yesterday, and last night declared he is ready to go again. Although his head was heavily bandaged, he announced intention of appearing again this week, if complications do not set in.
- Abilene Morning Reporter-News, Sunday, Jan. 26, 1936

Friday, January 31, 1936
W.T.A.A. Arena
Att.: “almost equal to the record crowd of las week”
• Eddie Schuman drew Don Carver (15:00)
• Nick Bozinis beat Dr. Eddie Mueller (1-0, 30:00)
• Danny McShain beat Rod Fenton (2-1)
Referee: Gene Blackley
NOTE: Before this card, 300 extra seats were installed in the arena.

Friday, February 7, 1936
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Dr. Eddie Mueller beat Gene Blackley (10:30)
• Bill Cazzell drew Bob Castle (1-1, 30:00)
• Walter Stratton beat Danny McShain (2-1)
Referee: Egghead Perry
NOTE: In the main event, after the first fall, Cazzell replaced Perry, who was deemed “willing but too light.” McShain got into several altercations with Cazzell on his way to defeat, the substitute arbiter challenged him to a match for the next week. McShain was not expected to accept, having been booked to wrestle in the North.

PREXY’S MUSE by Prexy Anderson
Members of the sheriff’s force have been having to work overtime Fridays, due to the wrestling matches, a firm grip on the part of the officers having been necessary to retain law and order. Soon, however, the constabulary may resume its normal life. Instead, you may expect to see the fire trucks parked each week in front of the hall of horrors, connections established with the nearest plug before the bouts begin.
None of the brawlers here has done it yet, but it won’t be long. Grapplers in many of the cauliflower centers are wowing the customers by setting their opponents’ trunks on fire.
Reference to those shock absorbers of the mat reminds that Walter Stratton, the current local hero, has rated some of Ripley’s cartoons for his strong arm acts. Attention also is called to a similar syndicated drawing, done for some of the middlewest papers’ magazine sections, giving Stratton credit for seven full knee bends executed with a 300-pound weight on his back. Walter reports he has done twelve of them, but not officially. Try that some morning before breakfast if your appetite isn’t good.
- Abilene Morning Reporter-News, Sunday, Feb. 9, 1936

Friday, February 14, 1936
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Bob Castle drew Dr. Eddie Mueller (15:00)
• Rod Fenton beat Bill Cazzell (1-0, 30:00)
• Walter Stratton beat Nick Bozinis (2-1, 85:00)

Friday, February 21, 1936
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Billy Sanders drew Egghead Perry (15:00)
• Rod Fenton beat Bill Cazzell (2-1, 33:00)
• Walter Stratton beat Bob Castle (2-1, 37:00)
NOTE: An added attraction on the card was an exhibition by Arthur Saxon, 52-year-old strongman.

Friday, February 28, 1936
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Speedy Franks beat Claude Swindell (7:30)
• Bulldog Jackson drew Walter Stratton (1-1, 30:00)
• Walter Achiu beat Rod Fenton (2-1, 43:00)

Friday, March 6, 1936
W.T.A.A. Arena
Att.: “another packed house”
• Rod Fenton drew Balk Estes (1-1, 30:00)
• Bulldog Jackson beat Luis de la Torre (2-1, 31:00)
Referee: Eddie Brock
NOTE: The opening event on the card was a weightlifting demonstration by Walter Stratton.

Friday, March 13, 1936
W.T.A.A. Arena
Att.: “capacity house”
• 6 Man Battle Royal winners: Bulldog Jackson and Luis de la Torre (order of elimination: Nick Bozinis, Balk Estes, Walter Stratton, Rod Fenton)
• Nick Bozinis drew Balk Estes (15:00)
• Walter Stratton beat Rod Fenton via dq (10:00)
• Bulldog Jackson beat Luis de la Torre (2-0, 38:00)
Referees: Dutch Mantell (battle royal and main event), Marvin Barackman (second and third matches)

Friday, March 20, 1936
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Ole Erickson drew Balk Estes (15:00)
• Walter Stratton beat Luis de la Torre (1-0, 30:00)
• Nick Bozinis beat Bulldog Jackson (2-1, 31:00)

Friday, March 27, 1936
W.T.A.A. Arena
Att.: “capacity house”
• 6 Man Battle Royal winners: Dale Haddock and George Poulos (order of elimination: Balk Estes, Walter Stratton, Nick Bozinis, Bulldog Jackson)
• Walter Stratton drew Balk Estes (15:00)
• Bulldog Jackson beat Nick Bozinis (26:00)
• Dale Haddock beat George Poulos (2-0, 27:30)

Friday, April 3, 1936
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Ned Taylor drew Jack Gorman (15:00)
• Sammy George beat Marvin Barackman (1-0, 30:00)
• Dale Haddock beat Walter Stratton (2-1, 35:00)
Referee: Jess Willard (main event)
NOTE: Sammy George was a substitute for Bulldog Jackson.

Promoter Jim Wakefield announced last night that the West Texas Athletic association property and goodwill has been sold to Marvin Barackman of San Angelo, middleweight grappler and business man. Barackman will take over the duties of matchmaker at the local arena this week.
During Wakefield’s short career as a promoter, several of the best middleweights in the country appeared on his cards. He also has the distinction of promoting the “biggest house” in the wrestling history of the city. The record turnout was for a match between Danny McShain and Nick Bozinis.
In a statement to the press, Wakefield said:
“Having sold my interest in the wrestling arena and business, I want to thank the loyal fans and my friends for their undivided support. My motive at the outset was to get the best material the sport afforded, and this I did to my best knowledge and ability. In conclusion, I want to say that I sincerely trust you will stay with my successor and help him continue my policy of using only top notchers. It is with regret that I step aside from the active management, but the strain was nerve wrecking handling such onions as McShain, Jackson and Haddock.”
- Abilene Morning Reporter-News, Sunday, Apr. 5, 1936

Friday, April 10, 1936
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Doc Mueller beat Bo Lakeside (8:00)
• Jack Gorman beat Ole Erickson (1-0, 30:00)
• Dale Haddock beat Sammy George (2-1, 22:00)
Referee: Speedy Franks

Friday, April 17, 1936
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Blondy Chrane drew Jack Gorman (15:00)
• Joe Kirk beat Ned Taylor (1-0, 30:00)
• Speedy Franks beat Sammy George (2-1, 26:00)
NOTE: Joe Kirk was a substitute for Pete Becker, who had suffered a broken jaw in San Angelo earlier in the week.

Friday, April 24, 1936
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Claude Swindell drew Don Carver
• Joe Kirk beat Speedy Franks (2-1)
• Jack Mandell beat Marvin Barackman (2-0)

Friday, May 1, 1936
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Ace Abbott drew Speedy Franks (15:00)
• Ned Taylor beat Don Carver (2-0, 20:00)
• Jack Mandell beat Joe Kirk (2-1, 28:00)

Failure to secure a permit to remodel the outdoor arena at South Second and Elm streets caused promoter Marvin Barackman to postpone from last night until next Friday the weekly wrestling show of the West Texas Athletic association. Work at the grappling establishment was stopped early Friday by city officials.
Barackman appeared before the city commission Friday afternoon to get special permission to go ahead with work on the outdoor arena. He is expected to have the arena ready for the matches next week.
- Abilene Morning News, Saturday, May 9, 1936
NOTE: The advertised card had been Jack Mandell vs. Ned Taylor, Gordon Arquette vs. Pete Becker and Jimmy Murphy vs. Ace Abbott. Later in the week, Barackman abandoned his plans for this location, and constructed a 2,000 seat outdoor arena at Chestnut and South Fifth streets.

Friday, May 15, 1936
W.T.A.A. Arena (outdoors)
• Ace Abbott beat Jimmy Murphy via dq (12:00)
• Gordon Arquette drew Pete Becker (30:00)
• Jack Mandell beat Ned Taylor (2-1, 62:30)

NOTE: The card scheduled for May 22 was rescheduled for Monday, May 25, due to rain. Rain again caused the rescheduled card to be cancelled. The advertised card had been Jack Mandell vs. Pat O’Dowdy, Ole Erickson vs. Pete Becker and Jimmy Murphy vs. Gordon Arquette.

Friday, May 29, 1936
W.T.A.A. Arena
• 6 Man Battle Royal winners: Gordon Arquette and Pete Becker (order of elimination: Jack Mandell, Jimmy Murphy, Ned Taylor, Pat O’Dowdy)
• Jimmy Murphy drew Jack Mandell (15:00)
• Pat O’Dowdy beat Ned Taylor (1-1, 16:00, utc)
• Gordon Arquette beat Pete Becker (2-1, 24:00)

Friday, June 5, 1936
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Jimmy Murphy drew Ned Taylor (15:00)
• Gordon Arquette drew Jack Mandell (30:00)
• Pete Becker beat Pat O’Dowdy (2-1, 21:00)

Friday, June 12, 1936
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Doc Mueller beat Jimmy Murphy (2-0, 16:00)
• Pete Becker beat Ned Taylor (2-0, 21:00)
• Jack Mandell beat Pat O’Dowdy via dq (2-0)
Referee: Speedy Franks
NOTE: O’Dowdy was disqualified for allegedly using a “pepper and salve solution” in the second fall.

Use of tobacco juice and black pepper in recent wrestling matches were denied by deputy commissioner M.H. Pruitt who announces he made an investigation in each case and found “there’s nothing to it.”
Tobacco juice allegedly was used two weeks ago when Pete Becker won the match from Pat O’Dowdy and again Friday night it was erroneously stated O’Dowdy used pepper in his match with Jack Mandell. Pruitt’s statement follows:
“Both incidents occurred during my absence. However, I am well satisfied now there no foreign substances used by either wrestler. Becker and O’Dowdy both are tough men but they know carrying any foreign substance within the ring subjects them to a heavy fine, and they also know I will not fail to act accordingly. Only recently Bill Brown was appointed assistant deputy commissioner and he also will see that law and order is upheld.”
- Abilene Morning News, Wednesday, Jun. 17, 1936

Friday, June 19, 1936
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Gordon Arquette vs. Roy Reynolds
• Doc Mueller vs. Pete Becker
• Speedy Franks vs. Pat O‘Dowdy
NOTE: The results of this card were not reported.

Friday, June 26, 1936
W.T.A.A. Arena
• 6 Man Battle Royal winners: Jack Mandell and Pat O’Dowdy (order of elimination: Roy Reynolds, Jack Gorman, Gordon Arquette, Benny Bolt)
• Jack Gorman drew Roy Reynolds (10:00)
• Gordon Arquette drew Benny Bolt (30:00)
• Jack Mandell beat Pat O’Dowdy (2-1, 38:00)
Referee: Speedy Franks

Friday, July 3, 1936
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Gordon Arquette beat Joe Kirk (11:30)
• Doc Mueller beat Jack Gorman (12:00)
• Pat O’Dowdy beat Speedy Franks (2-1, 26:00)
NOTE: During an intermission the King troupe of Acrobats, the parents and their 8-year-old daughter, presented an act that was well received.

Friday, July 10, 1936
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Jack Gorman beat Joe Kirk (12:00)
• Gordon Arquette beat Roy Reynolds via dq (15:00)
• Benny Bolt beat Pat O’Dowdy (2-1, 25:00)

Friday, July 17, 1936
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Ole Erickson beat Roy Reynolds
• John Felix drew Jack Gorman (30:00)
• Benny Bolt beat Jack Mandell (2-1, 22:00)

Jim Wakefield, former Abilenian now promoting boxing and wrestling in Longview, dropped by the office for a little chat. Jim says he has a chance of selling his East Texas arena. If so, he intends to return to Abilene and again enter the promotion business in some field, be it wrestling or fighting, maybe both.
- Abilene Morning News, Tuesday, Jul. 21, 1936
NOTE: In his July 31 column, Sayles reported that Wakefield had now sold his Longview interests and would return to Abilene.

Friday, July 24, 1936
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Roy Reynolds beat Pat O’Dowdy
• John Felix beat Clarence King
• Gordon Arquette beat Benny Bolt via dq (2-1)

Friday, July 31, 1936
W.T.A.A. Arena
• 6 Man Battle Royal winners: Don Hill and Jack Mandell (order of elimination: Roy Reynolds, John Felix, Benny Bolt, Clarence King)
• Roy Reynolds beat John Felix (7:00)
• Benny Bolt beat Clarence King (17:00)
• Don Hill beat Jack Mandell (2-1)

Friday, August 7, 1936
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Gordon Arquette beat Claude Swindell (24:00)
• Speedy Franks beat Clarence King (23:00)
• Don Hill beat Benny Bolt (2-1, 21:30)

Friday, August 14, 1936
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Jack Gorman beat Jack Mandell (21:00)
• George Hartay drew Tommy Tassos (30:00)
• Don Hill beat Benny Bolt (2-1, 18:00)

Friday, August 21, 1936
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Don Hill beat Tommy Tassos via dq (15:00)
• Ole Erickson drew Benny Bolt (23:00, nc)
• George Hartay beat Gordon Arquette (2-1, 44:00)
Referee: Speedy Franks

Friday, August 28, 1936
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Benny Bolt beat Jimmy Murphy (17:00)
• George Hartay beat Clarence King (19:00)
• Tommy Tassos beat Speedy Franks (2-1, 21:00)

Friday, September 4, 1936
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Doug Henderson drew Benny Bolt (30:00)
• Jack Mandell beat Yellow Dragon via dq (18:00)
• Don Hill beat Tommy Tassos (2-1)
Referee: Ole Erickson

Friday, September 11, 1936
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Doug Henderson drew George Hartay (30:00)
• Yellow Dragon beat Benny Bolt (27:00)
• Tommy Tassos beat Don Hill (2-1)

Friday, September 18, 1936
W.T.A.A. Arena
• 6 Man Battle Royal winners: Tommy Tassos and Speedy Franks (order of elimination: Ace Abbott, Doug Henderson, Sailor Jack Lacy, Yellow Dragon)
• Ace Abbott drew Doug Henderson (20:00)
• Yellow Dragon beat Sailor Jack Lacy
• Tommy Tassos beat Speedy Franks (2-1)

Friday, September 25, 1936
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Doug Henderson beat Speedy Franks via dq (14:00)
• Salvador Rangel beat Sailor Jack Lacy (2-0, 15:00)
• Tommy Tassos drew Yellow Dragon (1-1, 120:00)
Referee: George Hartay

Friday, October 2, 1936
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Salvador Rangel beat Ole Erickson (18:00)
• George Hartay beat Yellow Dragon via dq (2-1)
• Midwest middleweight title
Tommy Tassos* beat Speedy Franks (2-0)
NOTE: Franks was a substitute for Doug Henderson.

Friday, October 9, 1936
W.T.A.A. Arena
• 6 Man Battle Royal winners: Ace Abbott and Pat O’Dowdy (other participants: George Hartay, Red Rodgers, Salvador Rangel, Wildcat Johnson)
• Salvador Rangel beat Wildcat Johnson
• George Hartay drew Red Rodgers (30:00)
• Ace Abbott beat Pat O’Dowdy via dq (2-1)

Friday, October 16, 1936
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Gene Blackley beat Wildcat Johnson via dq
• Russell Riley beat Red Rodgers
• Yellow Dragon beat Pat O’Dowdy via dq (2-1)
Referee: George Hartay
NOTE: O’Dowdy was disqualified for the “‘accidental spilling’ of an unidentified liquid into the eyes of the Yellow Dragon.”

NOTE: The card scheduled for October 23, set to be the last outdoor card of the season, was cancelled due to bad weather. The advertised card had been George Hartay vs. Doug Henderson, Russell Riley vs. Eddie McMillan and Wildcat Johnson vs. Roy Reynolds.

Friday, October 30, 1936
W.T.A.A. Arena (indoors)
• Sammy George beat Roy Reynolds via dq (2-1)
• Russell Riley beat Eddie McMillan (2-0)
• Doug Henderson beat George Hartay (2-1)
Referee: Ole Erickson
NOTE: The new indoor arena was located at South Sixth and Oak streets. Alvis Grindstaff, a local youngster, performed a contortionist act between the matches.

The West Texas Athletic association, will henceforth be controlled by a partnership of promoter Marvin Barackman and Jim Wakefield, a former promoter.
Under the new set-up, Barackman will remain as promoter, with Wakefield as the matchmaker. Big Jim, in his first announcement, said that he expects to bring in such drawing cards as Yaqui Joe, Danny McShain, Gene LaBelle, Gorilla Poggi, Nick Bozinis, Walter Stratton, Rod Fenton and Bulldog Jackson.
First card under the joint management will be offered a week from tonight.
- Abilene Morning News, Friday, Nov. 6, 1936

Friday, November 6, 1936
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Eddie O’Shea beat Sailor Jack Lacy
• Russell Riley beat Ace Abbott (2-1)
• Yellow Dragon beat Sammy George (2-0, 35:00)

Friday, November 13, 1936
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Russell Riley vs. Bob Cummings
• Gene LaBelle vs. Sammy George
• Herb Parks vs. Wildcat Johnson
NOTE: The results for this card were not reported. The arena was often referred to as the Sport-A-Torium from this date.

Friday, November 20, 1936
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Andy Tremaine beat Wildcat Johnson (9:00)
• Yaqui Joe drew Gene LaBelle (30:00)
• Handicap match
Danny McShain beat Sammy George & Yellow Dragon (34:00)
Referee: Ray Clements
NOTE: The Yellow Dragon was unmasked as Floyd Byrd of Louisville, Kentucky, who “said that he rassled as an unknown because his parents are against him being in the tin-ear business.”

Friday, November 27, 1936
W.T.A.A. Arena
• Joe Dorsetti drew Russell Riley (15:00)
• Andy Tremaine beat Floyd Byrd via dq (1-0, 30:00)
• Danny McShain beat Gene LaBelle (2-1)
Referee: Ray Clements

Friday, December 4, 1936
• Buck O’Neil drew Joe Dorsetti (15:00)
• Jerry Markus beat Russell Riley (2-0)
• Andy Tremaine beat Floyd Byrd (2-1)

Friday, December 11, 1936
• Ernie Arthur beat Joe Dorsetti (12:00)
• Andy Tremaine beat Buck O’Neil (1-0, 30:00)
• Yaqui Joe beat Jerry Markus via dq (2-1)

Friday, December 18, 1936
• Ace Abbott drew Ernie Arthur (15:00)
• Andy Tremaine beat Dale Haddock (1-0, 30:00)
• Jerry Markus beat Sailor Tex Watkins (2-1)
Referees: Dale Haddock (main event), Gene Blackley (opening matches)
NOTE: The proceeds from this card were donateds to the Goodfellows fund and totaled $33.07.

Friday, December 25, 1936
• Dale Haddock drew Art Perkins (15:00)
• Bob Cummings beat Ernie Arthur (1-0, 30:00)
• Andy Tremaine beat Jerry Markus (2-1, 22:00)
Referees: Dale Haddock (main event), Gene Blackley (opening matches)

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Friday, January 1, 1937
• Ernie Arthur beat Jerry Markus via dq
• Bob Cummings beat Art Perkins (20:00)
• Nick Bozinis beat Yaqui Joe (2-1)
Referee: Dale Haddock
NOTE: Four matches were “fought” in place of the scheduled three – Big Jim Wakefield, matchmaker for the tin-ears, placed his skill against that of a ladder and apparently lost when a rung broke as he clambered down from a loudspeaker booth, injuring Wakefield’s left knee, right ankle and shin and left shoulder. Both will recover.
Jerry Markus, loud Hebrew who had refused to grapple in anything less than a main event – for fear it would hurt his national standing, was ordered by the state commissioner to climb into the ring with Ernie Arthur in the quarter hour opener – which never officially got underway.
Before the referee had entered the ring or Arthur had taken off his robe, Markus crossed the ring and applied his demon special – the Jerusalem pump handle hold. The ref, Detroit Tiger Haddock, gave the match to Arthur, after disqualifying master brain Markus. Wakefield announced that Markus had been fined an undisclosed sum for his act.
- Abilene Morning News, Saturday, Jan. 2, 1937

NOTE: The card scheduled for January 8 was cancelled due to bad weather. The advertised card was a battle royal featuring Jerry Markus, Dale Haddock, Yaqui Joe, Nick Bozinis, Bob Cummings and Art Perkins.

Friday, January 15, 1937
• 6 Man Battle Royal winners: Art Perkins and Dale Haddock (order of elimination: Yaqui Joe, Nick Bozinis, Bob Cummings, Jerry Markus)
• Yaqui Joe drew Nick Bozinis (15:00)
• Jerry Markus beat Bob Cummings (1-0, 30:00)
• Dale Haddock beat Art Perkins (2-1, 32:10)
NOTE: It would appear that Jim Wakefield was promoting the cards on his own from this card until the end of February.

Friday, January 22, 1937
• Yaqui Joe drew Bob Cummings (20:00)
• Nick Bozinis beat George Bennett (1-1, utc)
• Jerry Markus beat Dale Haddock (2-1)
Referee: Doc Mueller
NOTE: Sailor Moran was introduced to the crowd from ringside.

Friday, January 29, 1937
• Ace Freeman drew Joe Kopecky (20:00)
• Sailor Moran beat George Bennett (1-0, 45:00)
• Nick Bozinis drew Bob Cummings (1-1, 90:00)
Referee: Dale Haddock

Friday, February 5, 1937
• George Bennett drew Joe Kopecky (20:00)
• Nick Bozinis beat Ace Freeman (2-1, 33:00)
• Sailor Moran beat Bob Cummings (2-1, 29:30)
Referee: Dale Haddock

Friday, February 12, 1937
• Joe Kopecky drew Nick Bozinis (20:00)
• Sailor Moran beat Ace Freeman (1-0, 45:00)
• Gorilla Poggi beat Dale Haddock (2-1, 35:00)
Referee: Doc Mueller

Friday, February 19, 1937
• Sailor Moran vs. Walter Stratton
• Joe Kopecky vs. George Bennett
• Gorilla Poggi beat Nick Bozinis
NOTE: The February 20 newspaper is not currently available.

Friday, February 26, 1937
• George Bennett drew Ace Freeman (20:00)
• Walter Stratton beat Nick Bozinis (1-0, 45:00)
• Sailor Moran beat Gorilla Poggi (2-1, 58:00)
Referee: Blondy Cross

Friday, March 5, 1937
• Jerry Markus drew Joe Kopecky (20:00)
• Gorilla Poggi beat Ace Freeman (2-0, 30:00)
• Sailor Moran beat Walter Stratton (2-1)
NOTE: Marvin Barackman’s name was again attached to the wrestling cards, while Jim Wakefield’s name was now absent. Wakefield would become promoter in Wichita Falls later in the year.

Friday, March 12, 1937
• Joe Kopecky drew Walter Stratton (20:00)
• George Bennett beat Jerry Markus via dq (2-0, 19:30)
• Sailor Moran beat Gorilla Poggi via dq (2-1, 44:00)
Referee: Claude Swindell

Friday, March 19, 1937
• Gorilla Poggi drew Joe Bauer (20:00)
• Walter Stratton drew Jerry Markus (1-1, 45:00)
• Joe Kopecky beat Sailor Moran (2-1, 39:30)

Friday, March 26, 1937
• Joe Bauer drew Walter Stratton (20:00)
• Gorilla Poggi beat Art Belcher (1-0, 45:00)
• Joe Kopecky beat Jerry Markus (2-0, 44:00)
Referee: Blondy Cross

Friday, April 2, 1937
• Joe Kopecky drew Joe Bauer (20:00)
• Jerry Markus beat Art Belcher (1-1, 15:00, utc)
• Walter Stratton beat Gorilla Poggi (2-0, 38:00)
Referee: Speedy Franks

Thursday, April 8, 1937
• Joe Bauer drew Ernie Arthur (20:00)
• Jerry Markus beat Art Belcher (2-0, 23:00)
• Walter Stratton drew Joe Kopecky (1-1, 90:00)
Referee: Speedy Franks

Thursday, April 15, 1937
• Joe Bauer beat Speedy Franks (19:00)
• Tex Hager drew Ernie Arthur (1-1, 45:00)
• Walter Stratton beat Jerry Markus (2-1, 55:00)
Referee: Doc Mueller

Thursday, April 22, 1937
• Speedy Franks drew Ernie Arthur (20:00)
• Walter Stratton beat Joe Bauer (2-1, 55:00)
• Tex Hager beat Jerry Markus (2-1, 18:15)
Referee: Doc Mueller

Thursday, April 29, 1937
• First Round
Joe Bauer beat Ernie Arthur (15:00, judges)
Tex Hager beat Jerry Markus (9:00)
Walter Stratton beat Speedy Franks (8:00)
Klem Kusek beat Ace Abbott (11:00)
• Semi-Final
Klem Kusek beat Walter Stratton (30:00, judges)
Tex Hager beat Joe Bauer via dq (9:00)
• Final
Klem Kusek beat Tex Hager (14:00)
Referee: Doc Mueller
NOTE: Ringside judges were Bill Brown, local wrestling commissioner, and former Abilene wrestling promoter Eddie Cockrell.

Thursday, May 6, 1937
• Joe Bauer beat Ace Abbott
• Tex Hager beat Ernie Arthur (2-1)
• Klem Kusek beat Walter Stratton (2-1)
Referee: Speedy Franks

Thursday, May 13, 1937
• Joe Bauer drew Tex Hager (15:00)
• Ernie Arthur beat George Bennett (2-1)
• Klem Kusek beat Walter Stratton (2-1)
Referee: Doc Mueller

Thursday, May 20, 1937
• Elimination matches
Ernie Arthur and Joe Bauer beat John Nemanic
George Bennett beat Ace Abbott
Tex Hager beat Klem Kusek
Joe Bauer beat Ernie Arthur
Tex Hager and George Bennett beat Joe Bauer
• Final
Tex Hager beat George Bennett
NOTE: The format of the tournament is not clear, but newspaper reports in both the Abilene Morning News and Abilene Daily Reporter listed the same matches, with no explanation as to why some eliminations involved three wrestlers.

Thursday, May 27, 1937
• Ernie Arthur drew Doc Mueller (15:00)
• John Nemanic beat Joe Bauer (2-0)
• Klem Kusek beat Tex Hager (2-1)
Referee: A.B. Nail

Thursday, June 3, 1937
• Tex Hager drew Speedy Franks (15:00)
• John Nemanic beat Ernie Arthur (2-0)
• Klem Kusek beat Joe Kopecky (2-1)

Thursday, June 10, 1937
• John Nemanic beat Doc Mueller
• Jack Terry beat Tex Hager (1-0, 45:00)
• Klem Kusek beat Gorilla Poggi via co (2-1)
Referee: A.B. Nail

Thursday, June 17, 1937
• Jack Gorman drew Jack Terry (20:00)
• Gorilla Poggi drew John Nemanic (1-1, 45:00)
• Jack Reynolds beat Klem Kusek (2-1)
Referee: A.B. Nail
NOTE: Jack Reynolds’ world welterweight title was not at stake since Kusek, at 167 pounds, was over the weight limit. Gorman was a substitute for Ernie Arthur.

Thursday, June 24, 1937
• Jack Gorman drew Speedy Franks (20:00)
• Jack Terry beat Klem Kusek (2-1, 21:00)
• John Nemanic beat Gorilla Poggi (2-1, 31:00)

Thursday, July 1, 1937
• Arnold Ross beat Speedy Franks via dq
• John Nemanic beat Jack Gorman (1-0, 45:00)
• Sheik Mar Allah beat Tex Hager (2-1)

NOTE: There was no card on July 8, while the Sportatorium cooling system was improved.

Thursday, July 15, 1937
• Jack Gorman beat Al Dinger (9:00)
• Vic Weber drew Jack Terry (1-1, 45:00)
• Sailor Tex Watkins beat Sheik Mar Allah (2-1)

Thursday, July 22, 1937
• Jack Gorman beat Sheik Mar Allah via dq (8:00)
• Sailor Tex Watkins beat Pancho el Pulpo (1-0, 45:00)
• Vic Weber beat Jack Terry (2-1)
Referee: Bill Gross

Thursday, July 29, 1937
• Rex O’Sullivan drew Al Dinger (20:00)
• Sailor Tex Watkins beat Jack Terry (1-1, utc)
• Vic Weber beat Sheik Mar Allah (2-1)
NOTE: Terry was unable to return for the third fall, and had to be carried to the Hendrick Memorial hospital where he was treated for bruising, although his condition was not serious.

Thursday, August 5, 1937
• Jack Terry drew Sheik Mar Allah
• Tarzan Krause beat Rex O’Sullivan (2-0)
• Sailor Tex Watkins beat Vic Weber (2-1)

Thursday, August 12, 1937
• Sheik Mar Allah beat Rex O’Sullivan (6:00)
• Tarzan Krause beat Jack Terry (2-0)
• Sailor Tex Watkins beat Vic Weber (2-1)
Referee: Ernie Arthur

Thursday, August 19, 1937
• Ole Erickson beat Sailor Tex Watkins (15:00)
• Cyclone Mackey drew Vic Weber (1-1, 45:00)
• Tarzan Krause beat Sheik Mar Allah (2-1)

Thursday, August 26, 1937
• Vic Weber beat Pancho el Pulpo (11:00)
• Tarzan Krause drew Cyclone Mackey (0-0, 45:00)
• Sailor Tex Watkins beat Sheik Mar Allah (2-1)
Referee: Ole Erickson

Thursday, September 2, 1937
• Sailor Tex Watkins beat Pancho el Pulpo (12:00)
• Vic Weber beat Tex Hager (1-0, 45:00)
• Cyclone Mackey beat Tarzan Krause (2-1)
Referee: Ernie Arthur

Thursday, September 9, 1937
• Gust Johnson drew Jack Hagen (20:00)
• Tarzan Krause beat Tex Hager (2-1, 24:00)
• Sailor Tex Watkins beat Cyclone Mackey (2-1, 32:00)
Referee: John Berg, Minneapolis

Thursday, September 16, 1937
• Jack Hagen drew Cyclone Mackey (20:00)
• Gust Johnson beat Otto Ludwig (1-0, 45:00)
• Sailor Tex Watkins beat Tarzan Krause (2-1, 40:00)
Referee: John Berg

Thursday, September 23, 1937
• Jack Hagen drew Tarzan Krause (20:00)
• Gust Johnson beat Sailor Tex Watkins (1-0, 45:00)
• Cyclone Mackey beat Otto Ludwig (2-1)

“Choke him off, choke him off!” Such screams in the night make the wrestling arena at South Seventh and Oak streets a nuisance, a resident of that section of the city told the city commission yesterday.
“My wife trembled all over last night – she asked me if they were killing each other,” said the aged complainant. “I don’t call it wrestling. I call it fighting. They even break each other’s jaws,” he declared.
He had appeared, accompanied by C.L. Hailey, attorney, to present a petition signed by more than 100 persons, asking that the arena be moved. Hailey said he had no part in circulating the petition, but had appeared at the request of several southeast Abilene residents.
“It’s hard to furnish legal amusement in Abilene without raising the objection of someone,” Mayor Hair stated. “It’s hard to have athletic sports without noise.
“There was complaint about the skating rink – it made too much noise, and we asked them to move. There is the question of whether we are going to confine entertainment to picture shows or not,” Hair continued.
He suggested that if the situation were such as had been described, the recourse for the residents of the section around the arena would be the district court.
The petition had set out both noise and congested traffic as constituting a nuisance on Oak street when the wrestling arena is operating, as many as four nights some weeks.
- Abilene Reporter-News, Saturday, Sep. 25, 1937

Thursday, September 30, 1937
• Otto Ludwig drew Tarzan Krause (20:00)
• Sailor Tex Watkins drew Jack Hagen (1-1, 45:00)
• Gust Johnson beat Sheik Mar Allah (2-1)

Thursday, October 7, 1937
• Jack Hagen beat Otto Ludwig (16:00)
• Sheik Mar Allah drew Ace Freeman (1-1, 45:00)
• Gust Johnson beat Cyclone Mackey (2-1)

Wrestling arenas and skating rinks are a “real detriment and disturbance” in Abilene, the Taylor county grand jury said Wednesday in a report to Judge Milburn S. Long of 42nd district court.
The grand jury recommended that the city investigate complaints being made by residents in the vicinity of the local wrestling arenas and take such action and steps that will regulate the operation of these devices within the residential districts of the city.
The report read:
“It has been called to our attention that at a certain wrestling arena established in the residential section of Abilene has been the cause of much disturbance to the citizens and their families who reside in that section of the city. We made an investigation of this situation and are of the opinion that wrestling arenas, skating rinks and such devices are a real detriment and disturbance when permitted to operate in any reasonably thickly populated residential section of the city, and after mature deliberation we are of the opinion that a city of Abilene’s standing should use all means at its command to protect the quiet, law abiding, tax paying citizens against such disturbance and noise making devices; and we, the Taylor county grand jury, having the peace and happiness of our citizens in mind, respectfully recommend that the city investigate these different complaints and take such action and steps that will regulate the operation of these different devices within the residential section of the city.”
There is one wrestling arena in Abilene – the Sportatorium at South Seventh and Oak streets. Marvin Barackman, promoter and manager of the arena, was out of town last night. Ole Erickson, who is temporarily in charge of the entertainment stadium, had nothing to say in regard to the grand jury’s action.
- Abilene Reporter-News, Thursday, Oct. 14, 1937

Thursday, October 14, 1937
• Gust Johnson drew John Nemanic (20:00)
• Sailor Moran beat Tarzan Krause (2-0, 31:00)
• Jack Hagen beat Ace Freeman (2-1, 31:00)

Thursday, October 21, 1937
• Gust Johnson beat Ace Freeman (16:00)
• 6 Man Battle Royal winners: John Nemanic and Otto Ludwig (order of elimination: Jack Hagen, Sailor Moran, Cyclone Mackey, Sheik Mar Allah)
• Jack Hagen drew Sailor Moran (15:00)
• Sheik Mar Allah beat Cyclone Mackey (22:00)
• John Nemanic beat Otto Ludwig (2-0, 36:00)

Thursday, October 28, 1937
• Jack Hagen beat Otto Ludwig (14:00)
• Gust Johnson beat Cyclone Mackey (1-0, 23:00, utc)
• Sheik Mar Allah beat John Nemanic (2-1, 42:00)

Thursday, November 4, 1937
• Buck Lipscomb vs. Jack Hagen
• Don Rainier vs. Sailor Moran
• Sheik Mar Allah vs. Gust Johnson
NOTE: The results of this card were not reported.

NOTE: At some point in early November, promoter Marvin Barackman was hospitalized with what was only described as a “serious illness.” By the end of the month, with the aid of blood transfusions from his wife, he was said to be on his way to a recovery. In his absence, Ole Erickson promoted wrestling at the Sportatorium.

Thursday, November 11, 1937
• Don Rainier drew Mickey McGuire
• Buck Lipscomb beat Gust Johnson
• Sailor Moran beat Jack Hagen (2-1)

Thursday, November 18, 1937
• Ace Abbott drew Gene Blackley (20:00)
• Jack Hagen beat Don Rainier
• Gust Johnson beat Buck Lipscomb (2-0)

Thursday, November 25, 1937
• Ace Abbott vs. Ike Cazzell
• Gust Johnson vs. Jack Hagen
• Sailor Moran beat Buck Lipscomb (2-0)
NOTE: The results of this card were not reported.

Thursday, December 2, 1937
• Ike Cazzell drew Billy Venable (20:00)
• Bob Cummings drew Dick Sampson (30:00)
• Gust Johnson beat Sailor Moran (2-1, 34:00)
Referee: Ole Erickson

Thursday, December 9, 1937
• First Round
Dick Sampson beat Gene Blackley (9:00)
Bob Cummings beat Ike Cazzell (15:00)
Gust Johnson beat Billy Venable (15:00)
Ace Abbott beat Tom Willoughby (4:00)
• Semi-Finals
Bob Cummings beat Ace Abbott (15:00)
Gust Johnson beat Dick Sampson (15:00)
• Final
Bob Cummings drew Gust Johnson (1-1, 60:00)
Referee: Ole Erickson

Thursday, December 16, 1937
• Ace Abbott drew Ole Erickson (20:00)
• Bob Cummings beat Billy Venable (2-1)
• Ike Cazzell beat Dick Sampson (2-1)

Thursday, December 23, 1937
• Ace Abbott beat Billy Venable via dq (2-1)
• Sailor Tex Watkins & Dick Sampson beat Bob Cummings & Ike Cazzell (2-1)
NOTE: The first team match to be held in Abilene. This was not tag team wrestling, which was a later innovation. In this variety, all four men were in the ring at once. A fall was scored by eliminating both men of a team by any of the usual means. An eliminated wrestler could play no further part in the fall. Once a fall was scored, the next fall would start with all four men back in the action.

Thursday, December 30, 1937
• Ole Erickson drew Gene Blackley (20:00)
• Bob Cummings beat Benny Wilson (1-0, 45:00)
• Dick Sampson beat Billy Venable (2-1)

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Thursday, January 6, 1938
• Benny Wilson beat Billy Venable (2-1)
• Bob Cummings & Ace Abbott beat Dick Sampson & Gene Blackley (2-1, 22:00)

Thursday, January 13, 1938
• Benny Wilson beat Dick Sampson (2-1, 21:00)
• Andy Tremaine drew Bob Cummings (1-1, 90:00)

Thursday, January 20, 1938
• Andy Tremaine beat Benny Wilson (2-1, 37:30)
• Bob Cummings beat Dick Sampson (2-1)

Thursday, January 27, 1938
• Tex Hager drew Ace Abbott (20:00)
• Jack Mandell beat Andy Tremaine (1-0, 45:00)
• Tetsura Higami beat Bob Cummings (2-1, 33:00)

Thursday, February 3, 1938
• Gene Blackley drew Blondy Chrane (20:00)
• Bob Cummings beat Ole Erickson (1-0, 45:00)
• Tetsura Higami beat Tex Hager (2-1, 46:00)

Thursday, February 10, 1938
• Tex Hager drew Blondy Chrane (20:00)
• Andy Tremaine beat Bob Cummings (1-0, 45:00)
• Jack Mandell beat Tetsura Higami (2-1)
Referee: Ole Erickson

Thursday, February 17, 1938
• Bob Cummings drew Blondy Chrane (20:00)
• Andy Tremaine beat Otto Ludwig (2-1, 29:30)
• Tetsura Higami beat Jack Mandell (2-1, 26:00)

BIG SPRING – Mrs. L.D. Chrane of Big Spring was in a serious condition at a local hospital as a result of a car crash 19 miles east of here early today. She suffered back injuries.
Her husband and John C. Short, driver of a tank truck with which the Chranes’ car collided were discharged after emergency treatment at the hospital.
Chrane wrestled in Abilene last night, meeting Bob Cummings in the curtain raiser at the Sportatorium.
Mrs. Chrane, the former Margaret Weed, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Weed, 1642 North English, accompanied her husband here yesterday.
- Abilene Reporter-News, Friday, Feb. 18, 1938
NOTE: Mrs. Chrane died from her injuries later that day.

Thursday, February 24, 1938
• Art Belcher drew Ace Abbott (20:00)
• Dick Sampson beat Don Williams (2-1, 35:00)
• Andy Tremaine beat Pasha Bairam Bey (2-1, 43:00, dq)
Referee: Ole Erickson

Thursday, March 3, 1938
• Dick Sampson vs. Ace Abbott vs. Don Williams
• Andy Tremaine vs. Pasha Bairam Bey
NOTE: The results of this card were not reported.

Thursday, March 10, 1938
• Andy Tremaine beat Don Williams (12:00)
• Dick Sampson beat Jerry Hollis (2-1)
• Pasha Bairam Bey beat Benny Wilson (2-1, cor)
NOTE: This card was a fund-raiser for Blondy Chrane.

Thursday, March 17, 1938
• Andy Tremaine vs. Ace Abbott
• Don Williams vs. Pasha Bairam Bey
• Basanta Singh vs. Joe Kopecky
NOTE: The results of this card were not reported.

Thursday, March 24, 1938
• Gene Blackley beat Count Von Bromberg (18:00, dq)
• Soldier Thomas beat Basanta Singh (2-0)
• Joe Kopecky beat Pasha Bairam Bey (2-1, 39:00)

Thursday, March 31, 1938
• Soldier Thomas beat Gene Blackley
• Count Von Bromberg beat Ace Abbott
• Joe Kopecky beat Pasha Bairam Bey

Saturday, April 9, 1938
• Bill Hall beat Frank Marcus (19:00)
• Joe Kopecky beat Ace Abbott (2-0, 30:00)
• Count Von Bromberg beat Soldier Thomas (2-1, 36:30)
NOTE: This card had been scheduled for April 7, but was postponed due to cold weather.

Thursday, April 14, 1938
• Ace Abbott beat Ole Erickson (15:30)
• Count Von Bromberg beat Bill Hall (2-1)
• Soldier Thomas beat Joe Kopecky (2-1, dq)

Thursday, April 21, 1938
• Pasha Bairam Bey beat Bill Hall (11:00)
• Soldier Thomas drew Ace Abbott (1-1, 45:00)
• Joe Kopecky beat Count Von Bromberg (2-1, 43:00)

Thursday, April 28, 1938
• 6 Man Battle Royal winners: Ace Abbott and Bill Hall (order of elimination: Joe Kopecky, Count Von Bromberg, Prince Omar, Pasha Bairam Bey)
• Joe Kopecky drew Count Von Bromberg
• Prince Omar beat Pasha Bairam Bey
• Ace Abbott beat Bill Hall (2-1)

Thursday, May 5, 1938
• 7 Man Round Robin tournament (participants: Jack Hagen, Gorilla Poggi, Dick Sampson, Joe Kopecky, Prince Omar, Count Von Bromberg, Pasha Bairam Bey)
NOTE: The results of this card were not reported.

Thursday, May 12, 1938
• Blacksmith Pedigo vs. Prince Omar
• Jack Hagen vs. Dick Sampson
• Joe Kopecky vs. Bob Cummings
NOTE: The results of this card were not reported.

Thursday, May 19, 1938
• Jack Lacy beat Jack Bloomfield
• Clete Duval beat Jack Allison (2-1)
• Jack Purdin beat Jo Jo the Pinhead (2-1)

Thursday, May 26, 1938
• Jack Gorman drew Clete Duval (20:00)
• Jack Bloomfield beat Leo Alexander (2-1, dq)
• World welterweight title
Gus Kallio* beat Ace Abbott (2-0, 29:30)
Referee: W.O. Rike

JUST RAMBLING by Bruce Francis
Wrestling promoter Marvin Barackman announced several weeks ago that he had severed connections with all syndicates, Dutch Mantell’s bunch in particular. Evidently, he has done just that on account of he’s not using the same boys who for so long made both Abilene and San Angelo. The Tom Green countians still have the gang that prevailed here ‘lo these many months. Barackman is independent in that he uses any and all available grapplers, boys who have stayed shy of the syndicates. Incidentally, Marvin is the hard luck champ of these parts. For seven long months now he has been in and out of hospital because of an infected jaw. Even so, he’s still cheerful and looking ahead. One of his dreams includes a new outdoor wrestling arena on the north side.
Although unconfirmed, we hear rumors of a new promoter for grappling in these parts. According to out secret operatives the promoter will go for heavyweights of the Billy Edwards, Man Mountain Dean etc. type. According to our way of figuring, one bunch of wrestlers is enough for anybody’s town.
- Abilene Reporter-News, Thursday, Jun. 2, 1938
NOTE: Barackman had been booking wrestlers through Dutch Mantell for almost two years, although the Abilene-San Angelo circuit was a separate circuit to the Amarillo-Lubbock circuit.

Thursday, June 2, 1938
• Jack Gorman vs. Dutch Tennant
• Leo Alexander vs. Johnny LaRue
• Jack Bloomfield vs. Teddy Waters
NOTE: The results of the card were not reported.

Thursday, June 9, 1938
• Jack Bloomfield drew Al Perry (20:00)
• Johnny LaRue beat Ole Erickson (1-0, 45:00)
• Sailor Moran beat Leo Alexander (2-1, dq)
Referee: Cliff Landers

Thursday, June 16, 1938
• Jack Bloomfield beat Jack Lacy (14:00)
• Jimmy Shafer beat Al Perry (2-0, dq)
• Johnny LaRue beat Sailor Moran (2-0, 36:00)
Referee: Cliff Landers
NOTE: It was said of the main event that “fans dubbed their match ‘a dud.’” The Ross sisters, young acrobats, entertained the crowd between matches.

Thursday, June 23, 1938
• Jack Gorman beat Jack Allison (11:00)
• Johnny LaRue beat Buck Hickson (2-0, 17:00)
• Jack Bloomfield beat Al Perry (2-1, dq)
Referee: Cliff Landers

Thursday, June 30, 1938
• Jack Gorman drew Toby Smith
• Jack Bloomfield beat Buck Hickson (2-1, 37:00)
• Al Perry beat Johnny LaRue (2-0)
Referee: Ole Erickson

Friday, July 8, 1938
• Gene Blackley drew Jack Lacy
• Al Perry beat Leo Alexander (1-0, 45:00)
• World welterweight title
Gus Kallio* beat Otis Headrick (2-1, 14:30)
Referee: Cliff Landers
NOTE: This card was rescheduled from July 7 due to bad weather, with Headrick a substitute for Johnny LaRue, who had a prior commitment. The main event, was said to have “sent the cash customers home growling” due to the disappointing performance of champion Kallio.

Thursday, July 14, 1938
• 6 Man Battle Royal winners: Eddie O’Shea and Clete Duval (other participants: Jack Lacy, Gene Blackley, Otis Headrick, Jack Allison)
• Jack Lacy drew Gene Blackley (20:00)
• Otis Headrick beat Jack Allison (2-0)
• Eddie O’Shea beat Clete Duval (2-0, 20:00)
Referees: Cliff Landers, Ole Erickson
NOTE: Duval and Headrick were substitutes for the advertised Jack Gorman and Red Rodgers.

Friday, July 22, 1938
• Gene Blackley drew Bill Barton
• Jack Lacy beat Otis Headrick
• Tommy Tassos beat Eddie O’Shea (2-1, 20:00)
Referee: Ole Erickson
NOTE: This card was rescheduled from July 7 due to bad weather.

Thursday, July 28, 1938
• Semi-Finals
Tommy Tassos beat Gene Blackley
Eddie O’Shea beat Jack Lacy
• Third Place
Gene Blackley beat Jack Lacy
• Final
Tommy Tassos beat Eddie O’Shea
NOTE: This tournament was held since Otis Headrick and Bill Barton did not appear. The scheduled card had been Tassos vs. Headrick, O’Shea vs. Lacy and Blackley vs. Barton.

Thursday, August 4, 1938
• Otis Headrick beat Eddie O’Shea (2-1)
• Sergeant Rich & Tommy Tassos beat Chico Salazar & Gene Blackley (2-1)
Referee: Cliff Landers, Jack Lacy
NOTE: Otto Ludwig challenged Rich from the crowd after the main event.

Wednesday, August 10, 1938
• Eddie O’Shea beat Chico Salazar (13:00)
• Otto Ludwig beat Otis Headrick (1-0, 30:00)
• Tommy Tassos beat Sergeant Rich (2-1)

Thursday, August 18, 1938
• 6 Man Battle Royal winners: Clete Duval and Eddie O’Shea (other participants: Otis Headrick, Tommy Tassos, Otto Ludwig, Red Lindsay)
• Otis Headrick beat Tommy Tassos (18:00)
• Otto Ludwig beat Red Lindsay (2-1)
• Clete Duval beat Eddie O’Shea (2-1, 34:00)
Referee: Jack Lacy

Thursday, August 25, 1938
• Red Rodgers drew Clete Duval
• Otto Ludwig beat Otis Headrick (2-0, 42:00)
• Jack Lacy beat Eddie O’Shea
Referee: Tommy Tassos
NOTE: Due to his loss, O’Shea had to don a pink baby hat and drink milk from a bottle.

Thursday, September 1, 1938
• Clete Duval vs. Tommy Tassos
• Eddie O’Shea vs. Otto Ludwig
• World women’s middleweight title
Molly O’Shea vs. Ada Burns
NOTE: The results of this card were not reported.

Thursday, September 8, 1938
• Jack Gorman beat Jack Lacy
• Eddie O’Shea beat Henry Lockett
• Middlewest middleweight title
Tommy Tassos* beat Otto Ludwig (2-1, dq)
Referee: Cliff Landers

Thursday, September 15, 1938
• Jack Gorman beat Henry Lockett via dq
• George Thomas beat Gene Blackley (2-1)
• Tommy Tassos beat Ace Abbott (2-1, 33:00)

Thursday, September 22, 1938
• Gene Blackley drew Ole Erickson (20:00)
• George Thomas beat Jack Lacy (2-0, 13:00)
• Midddlewest middleweight title
Tommy Tassos* beat Ace Abbott (2-1)
NOTE: A lot of the patrons thought that Tommy’s opponent should have been awarded the belt. Referee Ole Erickson didn’t concur in that opinion. He declared Tassos winner of the main event match, after knocking out Abbott. The reason Ole knocked out Abbott seemed to be that Tassos wouldn’t stand back and let Abbott crawl through the ropes. Tommy and Ace had been dueling across the strands, Tommy inside the ring, and Ace on the outside.
- Abilene Reporter-News, Friday, Sep. 23, 1938
NOTE: The rematch would take place on Marvin Barackman’s regular Monday night boxing card at the Sportatorium on September 26.

Pugilism smacked strongly of lower grade wrestling in at least one bout last night at the Sportatorium.
Nor was it entirely because both the principals were grapplers by trade. A large measure of the credit is due the third man in the ring, referee Ole Erickson, who also sports a cauliflower ear or two.
Two disputed decisions, spaced by a pair of creditably fast bouts, enlivened proceedings. The program was a crowd pleaser, if hardly according to Hoyle.
Although carded only as a prelim, the main event from the fans’ viewpoint was a grudge battle between Tommy Tassos and Ace Abbott, who attempted to settle last week’s unsatisfactory mat verdict with gloves. Referee Erickson raised Tassos’ hand after Abbott had been shaded for four rounds. Each weighed in the neighborhood of 170 pounds.
Dr. R.W. Varner, one of the two judges, hopped to his feet in protest. “Tommy couldn’t possibly have won,” he shouted. “We both gave it to Ace.” The seconds judge, who gave his name as L. Copeland, confirmed the physician’s report.
Varner said he scored all four rounds for Abbott, disqualifying Tassos for rather free use of his knee in the clinches. Copeland said his card showed three rounds for Abbott, for the same reason, and the fourth even.
Erickson smiled blandly. “Why, you cotton-picking…” he started to address the booing crowd. He was howled down. Erickson let the decision stand, and Varner abandoned judging for the evening. Promoter Griffin, who said any contest was strictly up to Abbott, promised there’d be another referee next week.
- Abilene Reporter-News, Tuesday, Sep. 27, 1938

Thursday, September 29, 1938
• Joe Parelli drew Allen Parker (20:00)
• Wayne Johnson beat Ace Abbott (2-1)
• Gus Kallio beat Jack Bloomfield (2-0, 26:00)

Thursday, October 6, 1938
• Jake Brown drew Gene Blackley (1-1, dcor)
• Tommy Tassos & Ole Erickson beat Ace Abbott & Sergeant Rich (2-1)
Referee: Jack Lacy
NOTE: The new location for wrestling was 1041 South Third street. Evidently wrestling had been held outside during the summer months, but there is no indication of when this started. The address of the wrestling arena did not change all year before this card was announced.

This department wouldn’t be surprised to hear any day now that old Marvin Barackman, the genial grappling promoter for our city, has moved up to the big leagues with his promotional genius in that daffiest of all sports.
What a shame and pity it is that some of our leading wrestling promoters draw down huge wads of folding money for producing such screwy ideas as putting on a wrestling match in the mud. They are paid more important money for hitting upon the better idea of putting their pachyderms through their paces in a ring covered with mushy ice cream.
Why go to all that trouble to have the customers clamoring at the box office for ringside tickets? Our Mr. Barackman gives the game a new wrinkle tonight at his indoor Sportatorium without the bother and expense of even messing up the mat. That’s where his genius comes in.
So mean and so violent are his battlers tonight that Mr. Barackman does not feel it is safe for the principals or for the spectators who will be on the edge of the ringside seats to have only one referee. Each man is to have a referee.
Working from this angle the fans are assured a whacky evening’s entertainment. They may see Tommy Tassos risk the Middlewest middleweight wrestling belt (first won by Barackman back in 1922) in a titanic tussle with Sergeant Rich. But that’s just a teaser. Our Mr. Barackman has signed Ole Erickson, who doesn’t exactly admire the sergeant, and Jack Lacy, who is said to have said some mean and nasty things about Mr. Tassos, as officials. If our Mr. Barackman was looking for a twosome to keep law and order in the ring, he couldn’t have picked a better riot squad.
Wouldn’t the customers have a screwball tossed at ‘em if Messrs. Erickson and Lacy really do keep order in the ring. But that’s a fresh angle the customers will have to take a chance on not getting.
- Abilene Reporter-News, Thursday, Oct. 13, 1938

Thursday, October 13, 1938
• Jake Brown vs. Jack Lacy
• Ace Abbott vs. Ole Erickson
• Middlewest middleweight title
Sergeant Rich beat Tommy Tassos*

Thursday, October 20, 1938
• 4 Man Battle Royal winners: Jack Lacy and Gene Blackley (order of elimination: Ace Abbott, Ole Erickson)
• Ace Abbott drew Ole Erickson (20:00)
• Gene Blackley beat Jack Lacy (2-0)
• Gus Kallio beat Tuffy McMullen (2-0)
NOTE: Tuffy McMullen was moved into the main event to replace the advertised Tommy Tassos. The battle royal replaced the advertised undercard.

Thursday, October 27, 1938
• 6 Man Battle Royal winners: Ace Abbott and Eddie O’Shea (other participants: Ole Erickson, Jack Lacy, Gene Blackley, Jack Gorman)
• Ole Erickson beat Jack Lacy
• Gene Blackley beat Jack Gorman (2-1)
• Ace Abbott beat Eddie O’Shea (2-1, 50:00)
NOTE: Abbott, Blackley, Erickson and Lacy were substitutes for the advertised Lee Metcalfe, Jack Toone, Doc Poole and Tuffy McMullen.

Thursday, November 3, 1938
• Jack Curtis beat Gene Blackley (2-1)
• Ace Abbott beat Roy Yoder (2-1)
• Masked Marvel beat Eddie O’Shea (1-0, 60:00)
Referee: Jack Lacy

Thursday, November 10, 1938
• Jack Gorman beat Roy Yoder (17:00)
• Ace Abbott beat Masked Marvel (2-0)
• Tex Hager beat Sergeant Rich (2-1, dq)
Referee: Jack Lacy

Thursday, November 17, 1938
• Eddie O’Shea drew Lee Metcalf (20:00)
• Tex Hager beat Gene Blackley (2-0)
• Middlewest middleweight title
Sergeant Rich* beat Ace Abbott (2-1, 39:00)
Referee: Jack Lacy

Wednesday, November 23, 1938
• Clete Duval beat Ole Erickson
• Otis Headrick beat Tex Hager
• Middlewest middleweight title
Sergeant Rich* beat Ace Abbott (2-1, 51:00)

Thursday, December 1, 1938
• 6 Man Battle Royal winners: Tex Hager and Eddie O’Shea (other participants: Blondy Chrane, Irish McGee, Ole Erickson, Cowboy Beard)
• Blondy Chrane drew Irish McGee
• Ole Erickson beat Cowboy Beard (2-1)
• Tex Hager beat Eddie O’Shea (2-0, 32:00)

Thursday, December 8, 1938
• Blondy Chrane beat Cowboy Beard (15:00)
• Tex Hager beat Irish McGee (2-1, dq)
• Ole Erickson beat Ace Abbott (2-0)
Referee: Jack Lacy
NOTE: Erickson’s real name was given as John Halvard.

Thursday, December 15, 1938
• Irish McGee beat Lee Metcalf (14:00)
• Gus Wisbar beat Billy McEuin (2-1, dq)
• Ole Erickson beat Gus Kallio (2-1, 49:00)
NOTE: Said to have been only Kallio’s second defeat since 1930. After the first fall of the main event, Tom Goodeagle (known in Abilene wrestling circles as Jack Lacy) was married to Ina Lucille Everitt, with the rites being performed by Rev. W.C. Ashford.

Thursday, December 22, 1938
• Ace Abbott drew Billy McEuin
• Roy Reynolds beat Gus Wisbar (2-1)
• World welterweight title
Gus Kallio* drew Irish McGee (1-1, 120:00)

Thursday, December 29, 1938
• First Round
Blondy Chrane beat Benny Mathis via dq
Ole Erickson beat Roy Reynolds (15:00)
Irish McGee beat Ace Abbott (12:00)
Count Antonio Marino beat Joe Moreno
• Semi-Finals
Blondy Chrane beat Ole Erickson (15:00)
Count Antonio Marino beat Irish McGee
• Final
Count Antonio Marino beat Blondy Chrane

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Thursday, January 5, 1939
• Benny Mathis beat Chief Thomas Goodeagle (17:00)
• Joe Moreno drew Jack Allison (1-1, 30:00)
• Irish McGee beat Count Antonio Marino (2-1, 47:00, cor)

Thursday, January 12, 1939
• Jack Allison beat Joe Moreno
• Count Antonio Marino beat Benny Mathis
• Irish McGee beat Ole Erickson (2-1, dq)
Referee: Chief Thomas Goodeagle

Thursday, January 19, 1939
• Allen Plummer beat Jack Gorman (10:00)
• Jack Allison beat Count Antonio Marino (2-0, dq)
• Middlewest middleweight title
Sergeant Rich* drew Irish McGee (1-1, 90:00)
Referee: Chief Thomas Goodeagle

Thursday, January 26, 1939
• Jack Allison drew Irish McGee (20:00)
• Allen Plummer beat Sergeant Rich (2-1, dq)
• Count Antonio Marino beat Ole Erickson (2-1, 31:00)

Thursday, February 2, 1939
• 4 Man Battle Royal winners: Count Antonio Marino and Irish McGee (other participants: Jack Gorman, Jack Allison)
• Jack Gorman drew Jack Allison
• Count Antonio Marino drew Irish McGee (1-1, 45:00)
• Ole Erickson beat Sergeant Rich (2-1)

Thursday, February 9, 1939
• Ivan Kovalsky beat Jack Allison (10:00)
• Irish McGee beat Doug Henderson (2-0)
• Count Antonio Marino beat Doc Mueller (2-1, 37:30)

Thursday, February 16, 1939
• 6 Man Battle Royal winners: Irish McGee and Ivan Kovalsky (other participants: Jack Gorman, Doug Henderson, Barney Lobby, Eddie O’Shea)
• Jack Gorman beat Doug Henderson (12:00)
• Barney Lobby beat Eddie O’Shea (19:00)
• Irish McGee beat Ivan Kovalsky (23:00)
• Bill Canny beat Ole Erickson (2-1, 41:00)

Thursday, February 23, 1939
• Tex Hager drew Barney Lobby (20:00)
• Ole Erickson beat Bill Canny (1-0, 45:00)
• World welterweight title
Gus Kallio* beat Irish McGee (2-1, 49:00)

Thursday, March 2, 1939
• Eddie O’Shea beat Jack Lacy (35:00)
• Blondy Chrane beat Barney Lobby (2-1)
• Ole Erickson & Pete Becker beat Tex Hager & Bill Canny (2-0, 76:00)

Thursday, March 9, 1939
• 6 Man Battle Royal (participants: Gene Blackley, Count Antonio Marino, Blondy Chrane, Eddie O’Shea, Bill Canny, Ace Abbott)
• Tex Hager vs. Barney Lobby
NOTE: The results of this card were not reported

Thursday, March 16, 1939
• Steve Netry drew Blondy Chrane
• Count Antonio Marino beat Gene Blackley (2-1)
• Eddie O’Shea beat Barney Lobby (1-1, utc)

Thursday, March 23, 1939
• Steve Netry beat Black Mask (2-1)
• Count Antonio Marino drew Otis Headrick (1-1, ddq)
• Barney Lobby beat Eddie O’Shea (2-1, dq)
Referee: Jack Lacy

Thursday, March 30, 1939
• Ken Gaston beat Eddie O’Shea
• Barney Lobby beat Steve Netry (1-0, 16:00, utc)
• Middlewest middleweight title
Sergeant Rich* beat Count Antonio Marino (2-1, 45:00)
Referee: Ole Erickson

Thursday, April 6, 1939
• Eddie O’Shea drew Steve Netry
• Ken Gaston beat Count Antonio Marino (2-1, 31:00)
• Middlewest middleweight title
Sergeant Rich* beat Barney Lobby (2-0, 27:00)

Thursday, April 13, 1939
• Jack Lacy beat Eddie O’Shea (12:00)
• Barrie Reneau beat Ken Gaston (2-1, 37:00)
• Sergeant Rich beat Benny Wilson (2-1, dq)
Referee: Ole Erickson
NOTE: This was Marvin Barackman’s last card as promoter, with Jim Wakefield returning in that role. Wakefield would start booking most of his wrestlers through the Amarillo booking office.

Tuesday, April 25, 1939
• Mickey Durano drew John Nemanic (20:00)
• Frankie Hill drew Sugi Hayamaka (1-1, 45:00)
• Mildred Burke beat Margie Carson (2-0, 18:00)
• Ernie Peterson beat Count Antonio Marino (2-1, 46:00)

Tuesday, May 2, 1939
• Sugi Hayamaka beat Bill Walker (18:00)
• John Nemanic beat Count Antonio Marino (1-0, 45:00)
• Ernie Peterson beat Frankie Hill (2-1, 56:00)

Tuesday, May 9, 1939
• Mickey Durano beat George Thomas (16:00)
• Sugi Hayamaka drew Ernie Peterson (1-1, 45:00)
• John Nemanic beat Sergeant Rich (2-1, 58:00)
Referee: Art Belcher

Tuesday, May 16, 1939
• Pete Tripodes drew Sugi Hayamaka (20:00)
• Ernie Peterson beat Sergeant Rich (1-0, 45:00)
• John Nemanic beat Mickey Durano (2-1)

Tuesday, May 23, 1939
• Gil LaCross drew Ernie Peterson (20:00)
• Benny Wilson drew Pete Tripodes (1-1, 45:00)
• John Nemanic beat Sugi Hayamaka (2-1, 46:00)

Tuesday, May 30, 1939
• Sugi Hayamaka beat Art Belcher (17:00)
• Pete Tripodes drew Ernie Peterson (30:00)
• Gil LaCross beat Benny Wilson (2-1)
Referee: John Nemanic

Tuesday, June 6, 1939
• Sugi Hayamaka beat Stanley Buresh (10:30)
• Dale Haddock beat Dick Wayne (21:00)
• Gil LaCross beat Ernie Peterson (2-0, 40:00)
Referee: John Nemanic

Saturday, June 10, 1939
Paramount Theater
Att.: 1,300
• Ace Abbott drew John Nemanic (15:00)
Referee: Pete Kendall
NOTE: This match took place at a fundraiser for the Abilene police department.

Tuesday, June 13, 1939
• Sugi Hayamaka beat Sailor Jack Adams (dq)
• Pete Belcastro drew Dale Haddock (30:00)
• Danny McShain beat John Nemanic (2-0, 32:00)
Referee: Otto Ludwig

Tuesday, June 20, 1939
• 6 Man Battle Royal winners: Pete Belcastro and Gil LaCross (other participants: Otto Ludwig, Sugi Hayamaka, John Nemanic, Dale Haddock)
• Otto Ludwig drew Sugi Hayamaka
• John Nemanic beat Dale Haddock (dq)
• Pete Belcastro beat Gil LaCross (2-0)
Referee: Sailor Jack Adams

Tuesday, June 27, 1939
• Sugi Hayamaka drew Otto Ludwig
• John Nemanic drew Sailor Jack Adams (30:00)
• Pete Belcastro beat Dale Haddock (2-1, cor)

Tuesday, July 4, 1939
• Dale Haddock drew Frank Wolff
• Pete Belcastro beat Sailor Jack Adams (25:00)
• Jiu-jitsu jacket match
Sugi Hayamaka beat Otto Ludwig (2-1, 53:00)

Tuesday, July 11, 1939
• Billy McEuin drew Dale Haddock
• Frank Wolff beat Sailor Jack Adams (19:00)
• Pete Belcastro beat Otto Ludwig

Tuesday, July 18, 1939
• Billy McEuin drew Sailor Jack Adams (20:00)
• Dale Haddock beat Sugi Hayamaka (14:00)
• Frank Wolff beat Pete Belcastro (2-1)

Tuesday, July 25, 1939
• Sugi Hayamaka beat Sailor Jack Adams
• Billy McEuin drew Charlie Carr (1-1, 45:00)
• Frank Wolff beat Dale Haddock (2-1)
NOTE: There was another change in management as Tip Dalton became the new promoter, with Jim Wakefield recovering from illness in his Wichita Falls home.

Tuesday, August 1, 1939
• Otto Ludwig drew Billy McEuin
• Dale Haddock beat Sailor Jack Adams (2-0)
• Charlie Carr beat Pete Belcastro (2-1)
Referee: John Nemanic

Tuesday, August 8, 1939
• Otto Ludwig drew Billy McEuin
• George Wagner beat John Nemanic (2-1)
• Charlie Carr beat Dale Haddock (2-0)
NOTE: McEuin was a substitute for Buck Davidson, who had an injured leg.

Tuesday, August 15, 1939
• George Wagner drew Dale Haddock
• Billy McEuin beat Buck Davidson (2-0)
• Frank Wolff beat Charlie Carr (2-1)

Tuesday, August 22, 1939
• Charlie Carr drew Red Shadow
• Dory Detton drew Otto Ludwig
• Frank Wolff beat Billy McEuin (2-1)

Tuesday, August 29, 1939
• Don Carver drew Charlie Carr
• Red Shadow beat Billy McEuin (2-0, dq)
• Frank Wolff beat Otto Ludwig (2-0)

Tuesday, September 5, 1939
• Otto Ludwig beat Bill Hall (6:30)
• Charlie Carr beat Don Carver (2-1)
• Red Shadow beat Billy McEuin (2-0, 30:00)

Tuesday, September 12, 1939
• Billy McEuin drew Don Carver
• Otto Ludwig drew Charlie Carr (1-1, 45:00)
• Frank Wolff drew Red Shadow (1-1, nc)
NOTE: Frank Wolff, the stout fellow from Johannesburg, South Africa, last night gained a victory of unofficial standing over the Red Shadow, mystery grappler. There was no one inside the ring at the finish, however, to dispute Frank’s claim, so he raised his own arm as a signal of triumph. The Shadow, in the final session, had run amuck, knocked out referee Tom Goodeagle, and jumped from the ring.
- Abilene Reporter-News, Wednesday, Sep. 13, 1939

Tuesday, September 19, 1939
• Billy McEuin beat Flash Walker (18:00)
• Red Shadow beat Jack Lacy (2-1, 23:00)
• Don Carver beat Charlie Carr (2-1, 19:00)
NOTE: The newspaper could not decide whether to bill Goodeagle as Tom Goodeagle, Chief Thomas Goodeagle, or Jack Lacy.

Tuesday, September 26, 1939
• Johnny Bear drew Flash Walker
• Otto Ludwig drew Duke Ruppenthal (1-1, 45:00)
• Red Shadow beat Don Carver (2-1)
NOTE: Johnny Bear was most likely Joe Bauer, who was using the name Johnny Bauer in New Mexico.

Tuesday, October 3, 1939
• Ray Clements vs. Jack Lacy
• Don Carver vs. Bill Walker
• Charlie Carr vs. Red Shadow
NOTE: This card was cancelled, although no explanation was given.

Tuesday, October 10, 1939
• Joe Dorsetti drew Jack Lacy
• Charlie Carr beat Ray Clements (1-0, 45:00)
• Rod Fenton beat Red Shadow (1-1, utc)

Tuesday, October 17, 1939
• Joe Dorsetti beat Willard Walker
• 6 Man Battle Royal winners: Rod Fenton and Charlie Carr (other participants: Crusher Burns, Red Shadow, Don Carver, Soldier Thomas)
• Crusher Burns drew Red Shadow (15:00)
• Don Carver drew Soldier Thomas (15:00)
• Rod Fenton beat Charlie Carr (2-1)
Referee: Dutch Mantell
NOTE: Wrestling moved to the new Sportatorium, above Fain’s Pharmacy at South First and Chestnut. Don Carver also gave a jiu-jitsu exhibition against 240 pound McMurry freshman E.J. (Tiny) Young. Willard Walker had previously appeared in Abilene as Bill Walker and Flash Walker.

Tuesday, October 24, 1939
• Crusher Burns vs. Don Carver
• Rod Fenton vs. Joe Dorsetti
• Soldier Thomas vs. Charlie Carr
NOTE: The results of this card were not reported.

Tuesday, October 31, 1939
• Joe Dorsetti drew Don Carver
• Rod Fenton beat Tom Goodeagle (2-0, 20:00)
• Soldier Thomas beat Red Shadow (2-0, 21:00)
Referee: Cliff Landers
NOTE: The Red Shadow was unmasked as Jose Rodriguez of Madrid.

Tuesday, November 7, 1939
• Count Antonio Marino beat Johnny Bear (16:00)
• Don Carver beat Rod Fenton (2-1, dq)
• World junior light heavyweight title
Gorila Ramos* beat Soldier Thomas (2-0, 39:00)
Referee: Dutch Mantell

Tuesday, November 14, 1939
• Count Antonio Marino beat Ace Abbott
• Frankie Hill beat Joe Dorsetti
• Soldier Thomas beat Dizzy Davis (2-1, 57:00)

Tuesday, November 21, 1939
• Don Carver beat Dizzy Davis
• Frankie Hill beat George Hackenschmidt (2-0, 25:00)
• Rod Fenton beat Count Antonio Marino (2-1)

Tuesday, November 28, 1939
• Joe Bauer drew Don Carver (20:00)
• Frankie Hill drew Soldier Thomas (1-1, 45:00)
• World junior light heavyweight title
Gorila Ramos* beat Rod Fenton (2-1, dq)
Referee: Ole Erickson

Tuesday, December 5, 1939
• Don Carver drew Joe Bauer
• Frankie Hill beat Count Antonio Marino (2-0, 44:15)
• Rod Fenton beat Soldier Thomas (1-1, utc)
Referee: Dutch Mantell
NOTE: Soldier Thomas was a substitute for the injured Gorila Ramos, who was to have defended his world junior light heavyweight title. Although injured, Ramos did appear before the crowd, his infected hand bandaged. Thomas was injured in the second fall when he fell onto a ringside bench and was unable to continue.

Tuesday, December 12, 1939
• Clyde Wood drew Count Antonio Marino
• Soldier Thomas beat Joe Bauer (2-0)
• Southern light heavyweight title
Frankie Hill* beat Rod Fenton (2-1)
NOTE: Hill was the holder of the Louisiana version of this title.

Tuesday, December 19, 1939
• Joe Bauer drew Count Antonio Marino
• Frankie Hill beat Clyde Wood (2-1)
• Soldier Thomas beat Rod Fenton (2-0, dq)
Referee: Ole Erickson
NOTE: It was announced that wrestling would return on January 2.

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