Bridgeport, Connecticut:  Friday, January 5, 1940
(The Mosque) … World Heavyweight Champion Bobby Bruns b. Karol Krauser (39:40)
… Orville Brown b. Brunek Zagurski (16:10) (Zagurski was “knocked unconscious,” and
tended to by Dr. Frank C. Buckmiller.  Buckmiller ordered him to a hospital, and the
wrestler was taken to St. Vincent’s hospital via ambulance) (Zagurski, who professed a
neck injury, was released several hours later “and was taken back to New York for
further treatment by his own doctors”) (Brown worked as a heel throughout the “rough”
match) … Joe Dempsey and Juan Olaguivel were both counted out … Maurice
LaChappelle and Gino Martinelli drew (30:00) … Hans Schwarz b. Primo Delmonte (16:
39) … (promoter:  Joe Smith) … (matchmaker:  Jack Pfefer)
Notes:  The Bridgeport Telegram stated that Bobby Bruns had defeated Maurice Boyer
for the “disputed” world heavyweight title.  Following his match with Zagurski, Brown was
arrested by Sergeant John Quinlivan on a “breach of peace charge” and “later
released at police headquarters under bonds of $1,000.”  Pfefer was billed as “Jake
Pfefer” by the local newspaper.

Bridgeport, Connecticut:  Friday, January 12, 1940
(The Mosque) … Orville Brown b. Gino Martinelli (34:50) … Karol Krauser b. Juan
Ologuivel (10:10) … Maurice LaChappelle and Hans Schwarz drew … Bad Boy Brown
b. Wladyslaw Dalski (13:25) … Michele Leone b. Primo Delmonte (20:45) … (promoter:  
Joe Smith) … (matchmaker:  Jack Pfefer) … (referee:  Paddy Jones)

Bridgeport, Connecticut:  Friday, January 19, 1940
(The Mosque) … Dropkick Murphy vs. Karol Krauser … Bad Boy Brown vs. Gino
Martinelli … Joe Dempsey vs. Maurice LaChappelle … Michele Leone vs. Brunek
Zagurski … Juan Olaguivel vs. Hans Schwarz … (promoter:  Joe Smith) …
(matchmaker:  Jack Pfefer)
Note:  This show was postponed due to “snow and cold.”

Bridgeport, Connecticut:  Friday, January 26, 1940
(The Mosque) … Dropkick Murphy and Karol Krauser drew (more than 90:00) (match
stopped at the 11:30 p.m. curfew) … Gino Martinelli b. Bad Boy Brown (DQ) … Maurice
LaChappelle b. Joe Dempsey (25:05) … Juan Olaguivel b. Hans Schwarz (23:25) …
Michele Leone and Brunek Zagurski drew (30:00) … (promoter:  Joe Smith) …
(matchmaker:  Jack Pfefer)

Bridgeport, Connecticut:  Friday, February 2, 1940
(The Mosque) … World Heavyweight Champion Bobby Bruns and Dropkick Murphy
wrestled to a double countout (39:50) … Dave Levin b. Primo Delmonte (15:15) … Bad
Boy Brown b. Brunek Zagurski (17:10) … Karol Krauser and Maurice LaChappelle drew
(30:00) … Patrick Cavanaugh b. Juan Olaguivel (1:10) … (promoter:  Joe Smith) …
(matchmaker:  Jack Pfefer) … (referee:  Paddy Jones)

Bridgeport, Connecticut:  Friday, February 9, 1940
(The Mosque) … Dave Levin b. Bad Boy Brown (19:08) … Michele Leone b. Brunek
Zagurski (countout) … Patrick Cavanaugh b. Maurice LaChappelle (25:20) … Maurice
Boyer and Dropkick Murphy drew (30:00) … Juan Olaguivel and Hans Schwarz drew …
(promoter:  Joe Smith) … (matchmaker:  Jack Pfefer) … (referee:  Babe Caddock)

Bridgeport, Connecticut:  Friday, February 16, 1940
(The Mosque) … Wrestling Tournament … Patrick Cavanaugh and The Great
Mephisto were both counted out in the tournament final (after the match, the two
wrestlers continued fighting, finally being broken up by Jones and promoter Smith) …
first round matches:  Dave Levin and Dropkick Murphy drew (15:00) … Michele Leone
and Brunek Zagurski drew … Pat Cavanaugh b. Otto Wallick (6:15) … Karol Krauser b.
Bad Boy Brown (1:35) … The Great Mephisto b. Maurice LaChappelle (6:40) … second
round matches:  Pat Cavanaugh b. Michele Leone (10:55) … Bad Boy Brown b. Brunek
Zagurski (7:35) … The Great Mephisto b. Maurice Boyer (3:40) … third round
matches:  Pat Cavanaugh b. Karol Krauser (9:50) … The Great Mephisto b. Bad Boy
Brown (8:30) … (promoter:  Joe Smith) … (matchmaker:  Jack Pfefer) … (referee:  
Paddy Jones)

Bridgeport, Connecticut:  Friday, February 23, 1940
(The Mosque) … Patrick Cavanaugh b. Maurice LaChappelle (25:10) (LaChappelle
was a substitute for The Great Mephisto) … Zim Zam Zum b. Hans Schwarz (12:40) …
Dropkick Murphy b. Bad Boy Brown (16:10) … Michele Leone and Otto Wallick drew
(30:00) … Maurice Boyer and Dave Levin drew … (promoter:  Joe Smith) …
(matchmaker:  Jack Pfefer)

Bridgeport, Connecticut:  Friday, March 1, 1940
(The Mosque) … “Popeye” the Swedish Angel b. Dropkick Murphy (3:50) … Zim Zam
Zum b. Otto Wallick (18:50) … Patrick Cavanaugh b. Fritz Zeigfried (34:55) … Maurice
Boyer and Juan Olaguival drew … Maurice LaChappelle and Hans Schwarz drew (30:
00) … (promoter:  Joe Smith) … (matchmaker:  Jack Pfefer) … (referee:  Paddy Jones)
Notes:  The Bridgeport Telegram stated that “the so-called ‘Swedish Angel’ is not
related to Maurice Tillet, the ‘French Angel,’ who is also touring the eastern circuit, but
he is reported to be at least as homely.” It was reported that before the matches, Angel
was in a State street restaurant, and “consumed two raw steaks, 12 potatoes and three
containers of coffee.”

Bridgeport, Connecticut:  Friday, March 8, 1940
(The Mosque) … “Popeye” the Swedish Angel b. Patrick Cavanaugh (4:25) (Angel
used a bearhug) … Maurice Boyer b. Juan Olaguivel (59:00) … Zim Zam Zum b.
Maurice LaChappelle (17:10) … Michele Leone and Fritz Zeigfried drew … Hans
Schwarz b. Otto Wallick (19:50) … (promoter:  Joe Smith) … (matchmaker:  Jack Pfefer)

Bridgeport, Connecticut:  Friday, March 15, 1940
(The Mosque) … No wrestling show held

Bridgeport, Connecticut:  Wednesday, March 20, 1940
(The Mosque) … Zim Zam Zum b. Juan Olaguivel (13:10) … Patrick Cavanaugh b.
Maurice Boyer (20:15) … Cliff Knutson b. Fritz Zeigfried (20:35) … Otto Wallick b.
Wladyslaw Daiski (16:50) … Maurice LaChappelle and Hans Schwarz drew …
(promoter:  Joe Smith) … (matchmaker:  Jack Pfefer) … (referee:  Paddy Jones)

Bridgeport, Connecticut:  Friday, March 29, 1940
(The Mosque) … “Popeye” the Swedish Angel b. Zim Zam Zum (17:55) … Patrick
Cavanaugh b. Maurice Boyer (31:00) … Juan Olaguivel and Fritz Zeigfried drew (30:
00) … Juan Olaguivel b. Otto Wallick … Michele Leone b. Hans Schwarz (22:25) …
(promoter:  Joe Smith) … (matchmaker Jack Pfefer)

Bridgeport, Connecticut:  Friday, April 5, 1940
(The Mosque) … Wrestling Tournament … Patrick Cavanaugh b. Wladyslaw Dalski (6:
20) … Cliff Knutson and Andy Meixner drew … Lou Farino and Al Norcus drew …
Angelo Martini b. John Vanski (6:35) … John Melas and Fritz Zeigfried drew … Lou
Farino and Andy Meixner drew … Cliff Knutson b. Al Norcus (5:10) … Fritz Zeigfried b.
Angelo Martini (5:20) … Patrick Cavanaugh b. John Melas (6:25) … Pat Cavanaugh b.
Cliff Knutson in the finals of the tournament … (promoter:  Joe Smith) … (matchmaker:  
Jack Pfefer) … (referee:  Paddy Jones)

Bridgeport, Connecticut:  Friday, April 12, 1940
(The Mosque) … Popeye the Swedish Angel b. Andy Meixner (DQ) (15:30) … Juan
Olaguivel b. Lou Farino (26:10) … John Melas b. Al Norcus (21:55) … Vanka Zelezniak
b. Wladyslaw Dalski (12:35) … Angelo Martini and Juan Olaguivel drew (30:00) …
(promoter:  Joe Smith) … (matchmaker:  Jack Pfefer) … (referee:  Paddy Jones)

Bridgeport, Connecticut:  Friday, April 19, 1940
(The Mosque) … Andy Meixner b. Zim Zam Zum (23:10) (Zum suffered a back injury) …
Pat Corrigan . Juan Olaguivel (DQ) … Otto Wallick b. John Vansky (22:15) … Vanka
Zelezniak b. Tony Milano (9:20) … Mike Haller and Al Norcus drew (30:00) …
(promoter:  Joe Smith) … (referee:  Paddy Jones)
Note:  Olaguivel fought with the referee and faced a possible suspension by the
Connecticut State Athletic Commission.

Bridgeport, Connecticut:  Friday, April 26, 1940
(The Mosque) … Karol Zbyszko b. Andy Meixner (23:43) (flying tackles) … Juan
Olaguivel b. John Melas (16:25) … Lou Farino and Otto Wallick drew (30:00) … Angelo
Martini b. Al Norcus (18:10) … Vanka Zelezniak b. John Vansky (Vanski) (17:40) …
(promoter:  Joe Smith) … (referee:  Paddy Jones)
Notes:  Zbyszko was called the nephew of Stanislaus and Wladek Zbyszko and was said
to be making his local debut.  No show next week due to the Shriner’s Fund benefit at
the Mosque.  Next wrestling show would be held on May 10.

Bridgeport, Connecticut:  Friday, May 10, 1940
(The Mosque) … Andy Meixner and Juan Olaguivel were both disqualified … Lou
Farino b. Al Norcus (21:20) … Angelo Martini b. Pietro Travalini (14:50) … Michele
Leone b. Fritz Zeigfried (18:40) … Pat Corrigan and John Melas drew (30:00) …
(promoter:  Joe Smith)
Note:  Nothing found for May 17.


Research by Tim Hornbaker
November 1, 2007
Bridgeport Wrestling Results - 1940