1/4/48 Honolulu
Ivan Kameroff drew Maurice LaChappelle, Jack Sherry beat Jules LaRance, Tony Felici
drew Ali Hassen, Harry Dellis beat stan Miyashiro, Wally Tsutsumi beat Wimpy WIllington
dq.

1/11/48 Honolulu
Ted Travis beat Ivan Kameroff, Pan Manlapig beat Ali Hassen, Maurice LaChapelle beat
Tony Felici dq, Jimmy Gonsalves beat Jules LaRance, Abel Rodrigues beat Mike Casey.

1/18/48 Honolulu
Pan Maniapig beat Ted Travis, Maurice LaChapelle beat Bob Corby, Buck O'neil beat
Harry Dellis, Ivan Kameroff beat Ali Hassen dq, Bull Pugh beat Mike Casey.

1/25/48 Honolulu
Ed Strangler Lewis beat Butch Levy, Maurice LaChapelle beat Ali Hassen, Bob Corby
drew Ivan Kameroff, Al Lolotai beat Bull Pugh, Charley Takase beat Buck Lee.

2/1/48 Honolulu
Ted Travis beat Maurice LaChapelle, Ivan Kameroff & Pan Manlapig beat Bob Corby &
Ali Hassen, Buck O'Neil beat Jimmy Gonsalves, Mike Casey beat Wimpy Willington.

2/8/48 Honolulu
Ivan Kameroff drew Ted Travis, Pan Manlapig beat Bob Corby, AL Lolotai beat Kimon
Kudo, Harry Dellis beat Abel Rodrigues, WImpy Willington beat Charley Takase.

2/15/48 Honolulu
Maurice LaChapelle beat Ivan Kameroff, Dude Chick drew Pan Manlapig, Al Lolotai beat
Bob Corby dq, Kimon Kudo drew Buck O'Neil, Mike Casey beat Buck Lee.

2/22/48 Honolulu
Ted Travis beat Maurice LaChapelle, Bob Corby beat Dude Chick, Ivan Kameroff drew Ali
Pasha, Al Lolotai beat Charley Shiranuhi, Abel Rodrigues beat Mike Casey.

2/29/48 Honolulu
Ted Travis beat pan Manlapig, Maurice LaChapelle beat Ali Pasha, Ivan Kameroff beat
Bob Corby dq, Charley Shiranuhi beat Harry Dellis, Stan Miyashiro beat Bull Pugh.

3/7/48 Honolulu
Ivan Kameroff &  Maurice LaChapelle beat Tony Felici & Ted Travis, Bob Corby no
contest Ali Pasha, Buck O'Neil beat Axel Madsen, Abel Rodrigues beat Stan Miyashiro.

3/14/48 Honolulu
Ted Travis beat Bob Corby, Maurice LaChapelle beat Tony Felici, Ivan Kameroff drew Ali
pasha, Harry Dellis drew Kimon Kudo,  Mike Casey beat Buck Lee dq.

3/17/48 Honolulu
Oki Shikina beat Ali Pasha, Ivan Kameroff beat Kimon Kudo, Charley Shiranuhi beat
Harry Dellis, Buck O'Neil beat stan Miyashiro, Abel Rodrigues drew Charley Takase.

3/21/48 Honolulu
Maurice LaChapelle drew Ted Travis, Bob Corby beat Ali Pasha, Ivan Kameroff beat
Charley Shiranuhi, Al Lolotai drew Axel Madsen, Bolo Bataan beat Wimpy Willington dq.

3/24/48 Honolulu
Oki Shikina beat bob Corby, Kimon Kudo & Charley SHiranuhi beat Harry Dellis & Ali
Pasha, Al Galento beat Mike Casey, Stan Miyashiro drew Bull Pugh.

3/28/48 Honolulu
Oki Shikina beat Ivan Kameroff, Maurice LaChapelle beat Bob Corby, Ali Pasha drew Vilai
Su'a, Al Galento beat Kimon Kudo, Abel Rodrigues beat Mike Casey.

4/4/48 Honolulu
Oki Shikina beat Ted Travis, Jack Claybourne drew Maurice LaChapelle, Ivan Kameroff
beat Ali Pasha, Bob Corby drew Al Galento.

4/11/48 Honolulu
Ted Travis beat Jack Claybourne, Ivan Kameroff beat Red Vagnone, Maurice LaChapelle
beat AL Galento,  Bob Corby beat Charley SHiranuhi, Abel Rodrigues beat Harry Dellis
dq.

4/18/48 Honolulu
Ted Travis beat Oki Shikina, Tony Morelli beat Maurice LaChapelle, Ivan Kameroff beat
Bob Corby dq, Mike Casey drew Al Galento.

4/25/48 Honolulu
Ted Travis beat Tony Morelli, Oki Shikina beat Ivan Kameroff, Bob Corby beat Maurice
LaChapelle, Vilai Su'a beat Mike Casey, AL Lolotai beat Bull Pugh.

5/2/48 Honolulu
Lee Grable beat Ted Travis won Hawaiian Title, Tony Morelli beat Bob Corby,  Harry
Dellis beat Abel Rodrigues, Whitey Whittler beat Al Lolotai, Mike Casey drew Bull Pugh.

5/9/48 Honolulu
Oki Shikina beat Tony Morelli dq, Al Lolotai & Leo Wallick beat Bob Corby & Whitey
Whittler, Charley Shiranuhi beat wimpy WIllington, Vilai Su'a beat Bull Pugh.

5/16/48 Honolulu
Lee Grable beat Oki Shikina, Leo Wallick beat Tony Morelli, Whitey Whittler beat Bob
Corby, Buck O'neil beat Buck Lee, Harry Dellis drew Abel Rodrigues.

5/23/48 Honolulu
Leo Wallick beat Lee Grable, Pan Maniapig beat Whitey Whittler dq, Bob Corby drew
Charley Shiranuhi, Al Lolotai beat Abel Rodrigues, Stan Miyashiro drew Wimpy Willington.

5/30/48 Honolulu
Pan Maniapig & Leo Wallick beat Lee Grable & WHitey Whittler, Bob Corby beat Vilai
Su'a, Buck O'Neil beat Wimpy WIllington, Harry Dellis beat Buck Lee.

6/6/48 Honolulu
Lee Grable drew Pan Maniapig, Leo Wallick beat Whitey Whittler, Oki Shikina beat Bob
Corby, Buck O'Neil beat Harry Dellis, Frank Merrill beat Bolo Bataan.

7/18/48 Honolulu
John Swenski beat Lee Grable, Kimon Kudo & Martin Tanaka beat Jimmy Lott & Tony
Ross, Harry Dellis beat Abel Rodrigues, Bolo Bataan beat Fred Tam.

7/25/48 Honolulu
Lee Grable drew John Swenski, Martin Tanaka beat Jimmy Lott, Tony Ross beat Charley
Shiranuhi, Harry Dellis beat Axel Madsen, Frank Merrill beat Buck Lee.

8/1/48 Honolulu
Martin Tanaka beat John Swenski, Lee Grable beat Tony Ross, Kimon Kudo drew Jimmy
Lott, Vilai Su'a beat Harry Dellis.

8/8/48 Honolulu
Martin Tanaka beat Lee Grable won Hawaiian Title, John Swenski beat Jimmy Lott, Jimmy
Gonsalves beat Tony Ross, Charley Shiranuhi beat Buck O'Neil.

8/15/48 Honolulu
Lee Grable & Jimmy Lott beat John Swenski & Martin Tanaka, Kimon Kudo beat Tony
Ross dq, Jimmy Gonsalves beat Charley Shiranuhi, Buck O'Neil beat Abel Rodrigues.

8/22/48 Honolulu
Martin Tanaka beat Lee Grable, Bud Curtis beat Jimmy Lott, John Swenski beat Tony
Ross, Buck O'neil beat Harry Dellis.

8/29/48 Honolulu
Martin Tanaka beat John Swenski, Bud Curtis drew Lee Grable, Jimmy Lott beat Tony
Ross, Charley Shiranuhi beat harry Dellis.

9/5/48 Honolulu
Bud Curtis beat Martin Tanaka dq, Lee Grable beat Jimmy Lott, Red Vagnone beat John
Swenski, Harry Dellis drew Ben Pilar.

9/12/48 Honolulu
Martin Tanaka beat Lee Grable, Jimmy Lott beat John Swenski, Bud Curtis beat Red
Vagnone dq, Wimpy Willington beat Harry Dellis.

9/19/48 Honolulu
Martin Tanaka beat Jimmy Lott, Lee Grable drew Red Vagnone, Bud Curtis beat Charley
Shiranuhi,  Kimon Kudo beat Abel Rodrigues.

9/26/48 Honolulu
Red Vagnone beat Martin Tanaka, Jimmy Gonsalves beat Lee Grable, Bud Curtis drew
Jimmy Lott, Buck O'Neil beat Wimpy Willington.

Honolulu, Hawaii:  Sunday, October 3, 1948
(Civic Auditorium) … Tournament … Oki Shikina b. Red Vagnone in the finals to win the
tournament … Oki Shikina b. Bud Curtis … Oki Shikina b. Jimmy Lott … Red Vagnone b.
Lee Gralbe … Red Vagnone b. Jimmy Gonsalves (10:04) … Jimmy Lott b. Kalmon Kudo
(decision) … Vilai Su’s b. Charlie Shiranuhi (decision) … Jimmy Lott b. Vilai Su’s
(countout) … Ben Pilar b. Bucky O’Neill … (promoter:  Al Karasick)
Notes:  The winner of the tournament would challenge Tanaka for the Hawaiian junior
heavyweight title on October 10.  

Honolulu, Hawaii:  Sunday, October 10, 1948
(Civic Auditorium) … Jack Claybourne and Oki Shikina b. Lee Grable and Jimmy Lott
(2/3) … Stan Miyashiro b. Wimpy Willington … Bud Curtis b. Red Vagnone (2/3) … Ben
Pilar and Abel Rodrigues drew … (promoter:  Al Karasick) … (referee:  Rubberman
Higami)
Notes:  Jack Claybourne was scheduled to arrive from Australia on Thursday, October 7.  
Shikina was billed as a “master of leverage and judo holds.”

Honolulu, Hawaii:  Sunday, October 17, 1948
(Civic Auditorium) … Jack Claybourne b. Red Vagnone … Oki Shikina b. Lee Grable
(2/3) … Bud Curtis and Jimmy Lott drew … Stan Miyashiro b. Abel Rodrigues (12:43) …
(promoter:  Al Karasick) … (referee:  Rubberman Higami)

Honolulu, Hawaii:  Sunday, October 24, 1948
(Civic Auditorium) … Hawaiian Junior Heavyweight Champion Hisao “Martin” Tanaka b.
Jimmy Lott (2/3) … Jack Claybourne and Oki Shikina drew … Bud Curtis b. Brother Frank
(DQ) …. Charlie Shiranuhi b. Frank Merrill (8:47) … (promoter:  Al Karasick)
Notes:  The Hilo bowling team was in attendance as a guest of the promoter.  Brother
Frank was a Mormon from Provo, Utah.  Tanaka was a judo expert from Los Angeles.

Honolulu, Hawaii:  Sunday, October 31, 1948
(Civic Auditorium) … Jack Claybourne b. Martin Tanaka to capture the Hawaiian Junior
Heavyweight Title (2-0) … Brother Frank b. Jimmy Lott (24:20) … Bud Curtis and Kimon
Kudo drew … Jimmy Gonsalves b. Bucky O’Neill (7:33) … Bolo Bataan and Wimpy
Willington drew … (promoter:  Al Karasick)
Note:  Claybourne captured the “Ring gold belt.”

Honolulu, Hawaii:  Sunday, November 7, 1948
(Civic Auditorium) … Jack Claybourne b. Chief Little Wolf (2/3) … Brother Frank and Oki
Shikina drew (1-1) … Dick Raines b. Bud Curtis (10:30) … Stan Miyashiro b. Bolo Bataan
… Jimmy Gonsalves b. Jimmy Lott … (promoter:  Al Karasick) … (referee:  Charlie Carr)

Honolulu, Hawaii:  Sunday, November 14, 1948
(Civic Auditorium) … Jack Claybourne b. Brother Frank (2/3) (referee stopped the match
after a cut was opened above Frank’s right eye) … Chief Little Wolf and Dick Raines b.
Kimon Kudo and Oki Shikina (2/3) … Jimmy Gonsalves b. Charlie Shiranuhi (11:45) …
Bucky O’Neill and Stan Miyashiro drew … (promoter:  Al Karasick) … (referees:  Charlie
Carr, Rubberman Higami)

Honolulu, Hawaii:  Sunday, November 21, 1948
(Civic Auditorium) … Jack Claybourne and Dick Raines drew … Chief Little Wolf b. Oki
Shikina (2/3) … Brother Frank b. Jimmy Gonsalves … Earl Rasmussen b. Bucky O’Neill
…Abel Rodrigues b. Wimpy Wilington … (promoter:  Al Karasick)
Notes:  The Honolulu Star Bulletin stated that Jack Claybourne “personifies skill and
speed in the squared arena.  He is as powerful and strong as he is clever and fast.”  Dick
Raines was “originator of the backbreaker hold, claims he is the roughest man in the
world.”

Honolulu, Hawaii:  Sunday, November 28, 1948
(Civic Auditorium) … Jack Claybourne b. Brother Frank (2-0) … Chief Little Wolf b. Dick
Raines (2/3) … Oki Shikina failed to beat both Jimmy Gonsalves and Bucky O’Neill (30:
00) (Gonsalves held him through the entire match) … Earl Rasmussen b. Abel Rodrigues
(12:37) … (promoter:  Al Karasick) … (referee:  Rubberman Higami)

Honolulu, Hawaii:  Sunday, December 5, 1948
(Civic Auditorium) … Hawaiian champion Jack Claybourne b. Chief Little Wolf (2/3) …
Sellie Samara b. Brother Frank (17:20) … Leo Wallick b. Dick Raines (decision) (1-1) …
Stan Miyashiro and Bucky O’Neill drew … Vilai Su’a b. Earl Rasmussen … (promoter:  Al
Karasick) … (referee:  Rubberman Higami)
Notes:  The Honolulu Star Bulletin on December 1, 1948 reported that with Jack
Claybourne and Seelie Samara appearing on the next program, it marked the “first time
in the history of wrestling in Hawaii [that] two outstanding Negro stars are apparing on
one show.” Sellie (the newspaper spelled it this way) was billed as being from Kansas
City.  “Claybourne holds a gold belt presented to him in New York when he won the
‘Negro heavyweight mat title.’ Samara says he is after the belt.” It was going to be Samara’
s local debut.  The next day, there was an article printed in which it was said that Karasick
was wondering whether the head butt was a legal maneuver in wrstling.  He “wired the
National Wrestling Association for an opinion on this question.” Claybourne was going to
wrestle Chief Little Wolf with his “Hawaiian mat belt” on the line.  “The Negro star from
Boston won the grappling prize from Lee Grable two months ago.” Another report stated
that this was going to be Claybourne’s first defense since winning the belt from Hisao
Tanaka, and that he was undefeated in Hawaii.  Notably, his title was not mentioned as
being a “junior” or non-heavyweight championship.  It was regularly just a few months
earlier.  This may be a shift on Karasick’s part to bring more heavyweights into the
territory.

Honolulu, Hawaii:  Sunday, December 12, 1948
(Civic Auditorium) … Jack Claybourne and Seelie Samara vs. Brother Frank and Dick
Raines (2/3) … Chief Little Wolf vs. Leo Wallick … Kaimon Kudo vs. Vilai Su’a … Abel
Rodrigues vs. Charley Takase … (promoter:  Al Karasick) … (benefit for the Christmas
Fund of the Honolulu Council of Social Agencies)
Notes:  Oki Shikina, Vilai Su’a, Abel Rodrigues and Charley Takase were all “local stars.”

Honolulu, Hawaii:  Sunday, December 19, 1948
(Civic Auditorium) … Dick Raines b. Jack Claybourne (34:16) … Sellie Samara b. Chief
Little Wolf (21:56) … Leo Wallick b. Brother Frank (40:05) … Oki Shikina b. Vilai Su’a (12:
45) … (promoter:  Al Karasick) … (benefit for the Star-Bulletin’s annual Salvation Army
Christmas Fund)
Notes:  In the December 18, 1948 edition of the Star Bulletin, there is a photo on page 12
of Karasick with wrestlers Su’a, Little Wolf, Shikina, Samara, Brother Frank, Wallick,
Claybourne, and Raines huddled around him.

Honolulu, Hawaii:  Sunday, December 26, 1948
(Civic Auditorium) … Sellie Samara b. Dick Raines (2/3) … Bomber Kulkovich b. Jack
Claybourne (DQ) (1-0) (45:00) … Basher McDonald and Leo Wallick drew (30:00) … Ben
Pilar b. Bucky O’Neill (12:36) … Earl Rasmussen b. Bolo Bataan (3:24) … (promoter:  Al
Karasick) … (referees:  Frank Merrill, Rubberman Higami)
Notes:  Bill “Basher” McDonald (MacDonald) was said to be a veteran of 14 years in pro
wrestling.  H ewas from Scotland.  “The ‘Basher’ headed west about six months ago.  
During his time on the North American continent he has toured the mainland and
Canada.  This is the furthest west from the ‘Old Country’ McDonald has been.  McDonald,
many times holder of the ‘Gold Belt’ in Scotland, last won it in 1947 and still has
possession of it.  That makes him the champion of Scotland.  The name of ‘Basher’
McDonald is well known in the eastern hemisphere, he having appeared in rings in South
Africa, Belgium, Denmark, Holland, Switzerland, France and the British Isles,” according
to the December 25, 1948 edition of the Star Bulletin.  “During the war, McDonald was a
sergeant instructor in the Royal air force, teaching the boys how to take care of
themselves in hand to hand combat.”



October-December 1948 research by Tim Hornbaker
Honolulu Wrestling Results - 1948