|Monday January 8, 1962
|The following newspaper articles were originally published in the
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette newspaper. They appear here for historical
preservational purposes only.
Big Mat Card Featured At Auditorium
Antonino (Argentine) Rocca, the pride of the Italians, South
Americans, and Puerto Ricans, will tangle with Crusher Lisowski,
the Polish Powerhouse, in the main match of Promoter Toots Mondt's
all-star wrestling show at the Civic Auditorium tonight.
The top-ranking pair will meet in a three-fall affair, with the winner
getting a possible title shot with Buddy Rogers, the current champion.
In other topnotch singles matches, Johnny Valentine will meet Big
Moose Cholak, a 410-pounder; Bruno Sammartino, local Italian strong-
man, will go against Mr. America Stanlee, another muscleman; Ace
Freeman, Hungarian champ, will oppose Red Berry; Man Mountain
Campbell will tangle with Alex Kostopoulos, Angelo Savoldi will
grapple Zivko Kovacic and Chet Wallick will encounter Billy Fox.
Two tag team matches will round out the card. In one, the
Kangaroos, world champs, will pit their rough stuff against Bearcat
Wright and Sweet Daddy Siki, the Jamaicans.
The midgets Sky Low Low and Fuzzy Cupid will rassle Little
Beaver and Tiny Tim in the other four man match.
The show will get under way at 8:30 and tickets for the show will
be available at the Civic Auditorium all day.
|Rocco Knocks Himself Out!
Crusher Gains Mat Win
Crusher Lisowski of Milwaukee was a winner over Antonine (Argentine)
Rocco in the main event of Promoter Toots Mondt's wrestling show at
Civic Auditorium last night.
The 240-pound Polish Powerhouse gained the edge when Rocco, 229,
missed with a flying kick and landed on the floor outside the ring where
he was counted out.
The Crusher won the first fall after 5:49 with a body slam. Rocco came
back 4:42 later to make the Crusher submit with a back breaker. The
finish came at 1:56 with Referee Izzy Moidel toiling over the prostrate
Bruno Sammartino, 250, Allison Park, put a bear hug on Mr. America
Stanlee, 240, Hollywood, Cal., to win at 8:03 and it took Johnny
Valentine, 240, Seattle, only 42 seconds to dispose of Man Mountain
Campbell, who was making his second appearance of the night.
Big Moose Cholak, Valentine's opponent failed to arrive in time for
the bout and Campbell substituted for him. Valentine wound it up in a
hurry with a "nut-cracker" and body press.
Ace Freeman, 213, New York, defeated Red Berry, 210, Pittsburgh,
Kan., at 9:53 and the midget team of Brown Panther and Tiny Tim
scored two out of three falls over Sky Low Low and Fuzzy Cupid.
The crowd was announced at 8086 and the gate was $20,435.
Zivko Kovacic, 220, Northside, pinned Angelo Savoldi, 220, Hoboken
N.J., with a reverse full nelson at 9:46.
Alexandros Kostopoulos, 225, Athens, Greece, continued his winning
ways in a "heady" bout with Gypsy Joe.
A local grappler, Steve Novak, Lawrenceville, employed the cobra
twist (not a dance) to subdue Man Mountain Cambell, 330, Elkdon,
Md., after 9:22.
The Bonecracker, a Squirrel Hill product, 215, consumed only 39
seconds before making Gordon Zarbo, 220, Cleveland, yell quits with a
In the opener, Chuck Wallick 215, Youngstown, O., felled Billy Fox,
210, Cleveland, with a boston crab, at 12:56.
The Kangaroos world tag champs, scored the first and third falls to
beat Bearcat Wright and Sweet Daddy Siki in a tag team match which
followed the main event.