Akron, Ohio: January 7, 1961
Lord Layton and Fritz von Erich beat Ray and Roy Shires (DQ) ... Sato Keomuka beat
Red Lyons ... Bearcat Wright beat Frank Valois ... Billy Parks beat Cyclone Smith

Akron, Ohio: January 14, 1961
Duke and Sato Keomuka beat Lord Layton and Fritz von Erich (DQ) ... Bearcat Wright
beat Ray Shires ... Happy Humphrey beat Joe LaCort ... Bobby Bell vs Baron Gattoni

Akron, Ohio: January 21, 1961
Bearcat Wright and Fritz von Erich beat Duke and Sato Keomuka (decision) ... Lord
Layton beat Happy Humphrey ... Red Lyons drew with Chris Tolos ... John Tolos beat
Reggie Parks

Akron, Ohio: January 28, 1961
Fritz von Erich beat Duke Keomuka ... Bearcat Wright beat Sato Keomuka ... Mike
Valentino beat Billy Parks ... Brown Panther beat Pee Wee James

Akron, Ohio: February 4, 1961
Duke and Sato Keomuka beat Fritz von Erich and Bearcat Wright ... Ilio DiPaolo beat Doc
Gallagher ... Mike Gallagher drew with Red Lyons ... Reg Parks beat Frank Valois

Akron, Ohio: February 11, 1961
(German Death Match) Fritz von Erich beat Duke Keomuka ... Argentina Rocca beat Doc
Gallagher ... Ilio DiPaolo drew with Mike Gallagher ... Larry Moquin beat Angelo Savoldi

Akron, Ohio: February 18, 1961
Chris and John Tolos beat Lord Layton and Fritz von Erich ... (Midgets) Baby Cheryl beat
Little Dagmar ... Reggie Parks beat Mike Gallagher ... Frank Valois beat Howard Martin

Akron, Ohio: February 25, 1961
Chris and John Tolos beat Ilio DiPaolo and Fritz von Erich ... (Colored Girls) Ethel
Johnson and Ramona Isbell beat Elaine Ellis and Mary Hillis ... Don Juan drew with
Ramon Lopez ... Reggie Parks beat Dan O'Shocker

Akron, Ohio: March 4, 1961
Bearcat Wright and Ilio DiPaolo beat Duke and Sato Keomuka (decision) ... Hercules
Romero beat Ralph Smith ... Don Juan beat Manuel (Ramon) Lopez ... Reggie Parks
drew with Mike Valentino

Akron, Ohio: March 11, 1961
Chris and John Tolos beat Doc and Mike Gallagher ... Billy (Red) Lyons beat Killer
Kowalski (DQ) ... Tony Marino beat Frank Valois ... Reggie Parks beat Ramon Lopez

Akron, Ohio: March 18, 1961
Chris and John Tolos beat Bobo Brazil and Bearcat Wright ... Lou Thesz drew with
Hercules Romero ... Ilio DiPaolo drew with Sato Keomuka ... Red Lyons beat Larry Moquin

Akron, Ohio: March 26, 1961
(Sunday afternoon) ... Chris and John Tolos beat Ilio DiPaolo and Bobo Brazil ... Hercules
Romero beat Sato Keomuka (DQ) ... Dick Beyer beat Mike Gallagher (DQ) ... (Midgets)
Bouncing Burke and Brown Panther beat Farmer Pete and Lopez

Note: No doubt, the reporter mixed up the midgets names.

Akron, Ohio: April 1, 1961
Mike Gallagher beat Gorgeous George ... Chris and John Tolos beat Red Lyons and
Hercules Romero ... Doc Gallagher beat Dan O'Shocker ... Frank Valois beat Don Juan

Akron, Ohio: April 8, 1961
Duke and Sato Keomuka beat Ilio DiPaolo and Bearcat Wright ... Fritz von Erich beat
Hercules Romero ... Gene (Big Daddy) Lipscomb beat Ramon Lopez ... (Midgets) Irish
Jackie and Farmer Pete beat Bouncing Burke and Chico Morales

Akron, Ohio: April 15, 1961
Fritz von Erich and Bill MacMurray beat Chris and John Tolos ... (Girls) Mary Reynolds
and Lula Mae Provo beat Jane Conrad and Babs Wingo ... Mike Gallagher drew with Billy
(Red) Lyons ... Mike (Rudolph) Valentino beat Danno O’Shocker

Akron, Ohio: April 22, 1961
Duke and Sato Keomuka drew with Ilio DiPaolo and Fritz von Erich ... Lou Thesz beat
Chet Wallick ... Larry Moquin beat Frank Valois ... Red Lyons beat Hurricane Smith

Akron, Ohio: April 30, 1961
(Sunday afternoon) ... Red Lyons and Bearcat Wright beat Chris and John Tolos
(decision) ... Ilio DiPaolo drew with Duke Keomuka ... Mike Gallagher beat Dick Beyer ...
Dino Bravo beat Mike Valentino

Akron, Ohio: May 6, 1961
Fritz von Erich vs Duke Keomuka ... Mike Gallagher vs Sato Keomuka ... Doc Gallagher
vs Dino Bravo ... Mike Valentino vs Hurricane Smith

Akron, Ohio: May 13, 1961
Chris and John Tolos beat Fritz von Erich and Bearcat Wright ... Dino Bravo beat Bill
MacMurray ... Mike Valentino beat Cyclone Smith ... Vic (Dick) Garza beat Pergimal ...
Note: Lineup has Victor Schmidt ... another newspaper error.

Akron, Ohio: May 20, 1961
Bearcat Wright beat Sato Keomuka (DQ) ... Dino Bravo and Ilio DiPaolo drew with Chris
and John Tolos ... Oscar Verdu beat Chet Wallick ... Dino Bravo beat Mike Valentino ...
Note: Gorgeous George was scheduled to be DiPaolo's tag team partner, but didn't
appear; Bearcat Wright was announced as Ohio Heavyweight champion.

Akron, Ohio: May 27, 1961
Chris Tolos, John Tolos and Sato Keomuka vs Bearcat Wright, Ilio DiPaolo and Fritz von
Erich (NC) ... (Colored Girls) Ethel Johnson and Ramona Isbell beat Lola Laray and Mary
Ellis (Hillis?) ... Frank Valois beat Wally Greb ... George MacArthur vs Cyclone Smith

Akron, Ohio: June 3, 1961
Bobo Brazil and Bearcat Wright drew with Chris and John Tolos ... Fritz von Erich beat
Sato Keomuka (decision) Mike Tracy drew with Frank Valois ... Crusher Verdu beat Chet
Wallick

Akron, Ohio: June 10, 1961
Fritz von Erich, Red Lyons and Bearcat Wright beat Sato Keomuka, Chris Tolos and John
Tolos ... Mike Valentino beat Mike Tracy ... Bob Nandor drew with Crusher Verdu ...
Frank Valois beat Samson (lineup has Bill MacMurray)

Akron, Ohio: June 17, 1961
Doc and Mike Gallagher beat Ilio DiPaolo and Red Lyons ... Fritz von Erich drew with
Sato Keomuka ... Bob Nandor beat Oscar Verdu ... Chet Wallick drew with Mike Valentino

Akron, Ohio: June 24, 1961
Fritz von Erich and Bearcat Wright beat Taro and Sato Keomuka (DQ) ... Hercules
Romero beat Mike Gallagher ... Red Lyons beat Crusher Verdu ... Mike Tracy beat
Ramon Lopez

Akron, Ohio: July 1, 1961
Fritz von Erich, Bearcat Wright and Ilio DiPaolo beat Duke, Sato and Taro Keomuka ...
Red Lyons beat Chris Tolos ... John Tolos beat Edouard Carpentier ... Dino Bravo beat
Buddy O'Brien

Akron, Ohio: July 8, 1961
Edouard Carpentier and Fritz von Erich vs Sato and Taro Keomuka ... Killer Kowalski vs
Ilio DiPaolo ... Hans Schmidt vs Dino Bravo ... Red Lyons vs Mike Valentino

Akron, Ohio: July 15, 1961
Bearcat Wright and Edouard Carpentier beat Chris and John Tolos ... Ilio DiPaolo drew
with Hans Schmidt ... Ricki Starr beat Dominic Bravo ... Mike Tracy beat Crusher Verdu
(DQ)

Akron, Ohio: July 22, 1961
(German Death Match) Sato Keomuka beat Fritz von Erich ... Red Lyons drew with Taro
Keomuka ... Sandy Scott beat Crusher Verdu ... Dandy Andy beat Farmer Pete ... Dandy
Andy beat Tom Thumb

Akron, Ohio: July 29, 1961
(Special referee: Fritz von Erich) Sato and Taro Keomuka beat Bearcat Wright and Ilio
DiPaolo (DQ) ... Mike Gallagher beat Miguel Perez ... Masked Marvel beat The Crusher
... Sandy Scott drew with Mike Valentino

Akron, Ohio: August 5, 1961
Bearcat Wright and Ilio DiPaolo beat Sato and Taro Keomuka ... Doc and Mike Gallagher
beat Red Lyons and Miguel Perez ... Mr. Professor beat Ramon Lopez ... Sandy Scott
drew with Crusher Verdu

Akron, Ohio: August 12, 1961
Sato Keomuka vs Bearcat Wright (NC) ... (Midgets) Farmer Pete and Andy Moore beat
Tom Thumb and Bouncing Burke ... Professor X beat Buddy O'Brien ... Sandy Scott drew
with Frank Valois

Akron, Ohio: August 19, 1961
Ilio DiPaolo beat Sato Keomuka ... (Girls tournament final) Lola Laray beat Mary
Reynolds ... Elaine Ellis vs Mary Hillis ... Mary Reynolds vs Babs Wingo ... Lola LaRay vs
Betty White ... Lulu Provo vs Patty Neff ... Jane Conrad vs Mary Ellis

Akron, Ohio: August 26, 1961
(LWTM) Lee Chona LaClaire beat Lola LaRay ... Bobo Brazil and Professor X beat Sato
and Taro Myaki ... Bob Leipler beat Chet Wallick ... Sandy Scott beat Abe Zvonkin

Akron, Ohio: September 2, 1961
Ilio DiPaolo beat Taro Keomuka ... Professor X beat Sato Keomuka ... Miguel Perez beat
Oscar "The Crusher" Verdu ... Chet Wallick drew with Mike Valentino

Akron, Ohio: September 9, 1961
Chris and John Tolos beat Bearcat Wright and Ilio DiPaolo (DQ) ... Hans Schmidt beat
Taro Keomuka ... Billy (Red) Lyons beat Sato Keomuka ... Mike Gallagher beat Chet
Wallick

Akron, Ohio: September 16, 1961
Chris and John Tolos drew with Red Lyons and Bearcat Wright ... Hans Schmidt beat
Sato Keomuka ... Dino Bravo beat Taro Keomuka ... The Crusher beat Ramon Lopez

Akron, Ohio: September 23, 1961
Chris and John Tolos beat Ilio DiPaolo and Hercules Romero ... Roy Diamond beat The
Crusher ... Miguel Perez beat Ramon Lopez ... Chet Wallick drew with Frank Valois

Akron, Ohio: September 30, 1961
(Special referee: Jim "Black Panther" Mitchell) Bearcat Wright beat Hans Schmidt (DQ) ...
Hercules Romero beat Sato Keomuka ... (Girls) Mary Reynolds beat Barbara Chandler ...
Red Lyons beat Dominic Bravo ... Mike Gallagher drew with Roy Diamond

Akron, Ohio: October 7, 1961
Bearcat Wright, Ilio DiPaolo and Red Lyons beat Hans Schmidt, Chris and John Tolos ...
Titanic Thompson beat Dominic Bravo ... Mike Valentino drew with Crusher Verdu ... Roy
Diamond beat Doc Gallagher

Akron, Ohio: October 14, 1961
The Sheik beat Red Lyons ... Chris and John Tolos beat Dominic Bravo and Roy
Diamond ... Titanic Thompson (Frank Shields) beat Jim Brant ... Jim Brant beat Ramon
Lopez

Akron, Ohio: October 21, 1961
The Sheik beat Bearcat Wright ... Chris and John Tolos beat Red Lyons and Roy
Diamond (Nick Bockwinkel) ... Tony Manos beat Ramon Lopez ... Dominic Bravo drew
with Crusher Verdu

Akron, Ohio: October 28, 1961
The Sheik beat Hans Schmidt ... (Midgets) Brown Panther and Tiny Tim beat Pee Wee
James and Sky Low Low ... (Girls) Elaine Ellis beat Mary Hillis ... Don Kindred drew with
Frank Valois

Akron, Ohio: November 5, 1961
(Sunday) ... Ilio DiPaolo vs The Sheik ... Doc and Mike Gallagher vs Chris and John Tolos
... Ralphael Halpern vs Don Kindred ... Tony Marino vs Dominic Bravo

Akron, Ohio: November 11, 1961
Ilio DiPaolo, Doc Gallagher and Mike Gallagher beat Hans Schmidt, Chris Tolos and John
Tolos ... Dominic Bravo (DeNucci) beat Ramon Lopez ... Raphael Halpern beat Red
Lyons ... Tony Marino beat Crusher Verdu ... John L. Sullivan beat Tony Manos

Note: The wrestler billed as John L. Sullivan was not Johnny Valiant (Thomas Sullivan).

Akron, Ohio: November 18, 1961
The Sheik beat Mike Gallagher ... Ivan and Karol Kalmikoff beat Tony Marino and Jim
Brandt ... Hans Schmidt beat Ilio DiPaolo ... John L. Sullivan beat Jim Brady

Akron, Ohio: November 25, 1961
The Sheik beat Masked Man ... (Handicap Match) Happy Humphrey beat Frank Valois
and Jack Sherman ... Ivan and Karol Kalmikoff beat Tony Marino and Mike Valentino ...
John L. Sullivan drew with Vince Bryant

Akron, Ohio: December 3, 1961
(Sunday) ... Doc and Mike Gallagher vs Ivan and Karol Kalmikoff ... Ilio DiPaolo vs Happy
Humphrey ... Kurt Stein vs John L. Sullivan ... Johnny Barend vs The Crusher

Akron, Ohio: December 9, 1961
Ivan and Karol Kalmikoff beat Doc and Mike Gallagher ... The Sheik beat Red Lyons ...
Johnny Barend drew with Kurt Stein ... Emil (Vince) Bryant beat The Crusher (DQ)

Akron, Ohio: December 16, 1961
The Sheik beat Bobo Brazil (DQ) ... Ivan and Karol Kalmikoff drew with Johnny Barend
and Ilio DiPaolo ... Kurt Stein beat Red Lyons ... Vince Bryant beat Mike Valentino

Akron, Ohio: December 23, 1961
Tony Marino and Ilio DiPaolo beat Baron Gattoni and Ivan Kalmikoff ... Tony Marino beat
Frank Valois ... Ilio DiPaolo beat Ramon Lopez ... Johnny Barend beat Vince Bryant ...
Baron Gattoni drew with Frank Valois
Note: Bad weather caused Dick Beyer, Doc Gallagher, Kurt Stein, The Sheik, and
Crusher Verdu to miss the show.

Akron, Ohio: December 30, 1961
(Promoter Walter Moore's 20th year of presenting mat cards) ... Ilio DiPaolo vs Kurt Stein
(NC) ... (Midgets) Farmer Pete beat Irish Jackie ... (Midgets) Billy the Kid beat Farmer
Pete ... Tony Marino beat Baron Gattoni ... Frank Valois beat Mike Valentino ... Ivan
Kalmikoff drew with Johnny Barend

Notes:
The Masked Marvel, the Professor, Professor X, and the Masked Man had to be Hans
Hermann.  Two days earlier, The Sheik unmasked Hermann in Cleveland.
There were always a lot of no shows, so Akron has a lot of matches that made me
wonder.
It should be Vince Bryant instead of all the other names.


Research by Don Luce
Akron Wrestling Results - 1961