Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:  Friday, January 3, 1936
(The Arena) … International Wrestling Tournament … Ernie Dusek b. Chief Little Wolf (19:36)
(match was called the “roughest and most brutal yet most sensational match held in Philadelphia
in three years”) … Ivan Managoff b. Marin Plestina (23:12) … Frank Judson b. Rusty Westcoatt
(dec., 30:00) (match billed as being in the “consolation round”) … Joe Cox b. Harry Kent (14:19)
(consolation match) … Sandor Vary b. Bill Sledge (14:51) … (promoter:  Ray Fabiani) …
(referee:  Jimmy Wilson) … (judges:  Tommy Howes, Thomas Kohlhaus) … (timekeeper:  Joe
Cervino) … (5,000 fans)

*A report in the Friday, January 10, 1936 edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer stated that Ernie
Dusek was suspended for a month by the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission for his actions
recently in Pittsburgh.  It was also reported that Danno O’Mahoney was “banned” in Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:  Friday, January 17, 1936
(The Arena) … International Wrestling Tournament … Dean Detton b. Hank Barber (39:28) …
Dick Shikat b. Ivan Managoff (18:04) … Vic Christy b. Harry Finkelstein (16:09) … Sandor Vary b.
Rube Wright (15:31) … Joe Cox b. Sergei Kalmikoff (dec., 30:00)  … (promoter:  Ray Fabiani) …
(referees:  Dave Benner, Willie Clark) … (judges:  Tommy Howes, Thomas Kohlhaus) …
(timekeeper:  Joe Cervino) … (6,000 fans)
Note:  It was reported that Shikat recently returned from Germany.  He arrived back in the United
States on January 10.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:  Monday, February 3, 1936
(The Arena) … International Wrestling Tournament … Yvon Robert b. Ray Steele (22:36) …
Hank Barber b. Joe Dusek (dec., 30:00) … Dr. Len Hall b. Jimmy Coffield (18:34) … Ivan
Managoff b. Joe Cox (dec., 30:00) … Joe Savoldi b. Rusty Westcoatt (19:51) (Savoldi used
dropkicks to gain the win) … (promoter:  Ray Fabiani) … (referees:  Stan Baumgartner, Jimmy
Wilson) … (judges:  Dave Benner, Thomas Kohlhaus) … (timekeeper:  Joe Cervino) … (7,000
fans)
Note:  The Philadelphia Inquirer article on this program, written by Perry Lewis, had a lot of high
praise for Yvon Robert.  The paper said:  “With all due respect to Dean Detton, Hank Barber and
other youngsters who have recently broken into the grappling spotlight, it must be recorded that
Yvon is the most finished of the lot.  He is fast, strong, durable and he operates with a surprising
amount of finesse for a 21-year-old lad who has been in the wrestling sptlight only a few months.”

*As of February 6, 1936, Danno O’Mahoney suspension was lifted in Pennyslvania State.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:  Monday, February 17, 1936
(The Arena) … International Wrestling Tournament … Yvon Robert b. George Zaharias (37:11)
… Olaf Oleson b. Floyd Marshall (15:43) … Al Bisignano b. Dr. Glen Hall (30:00) … Rudy Dusek
b. Ralph Garibaldi (19:17) … Ernie Dusek b. Abie Coleman (34:55) … (promoter:  Ray Fabiani)
… (referee:  Jimmy Wilson) … (5,000 fans)
Notes:  It was said that by this time, Robert had defeated Ed Don George, Hans Steinke, Jim
Browning, and Ray Steele.  Ralph Garibaldi was 21 years of age.  “Glen Hall” was billed as being
from Seattle.  Rudy Dusek was making his return “after a long period of illness.”

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:  Friday, February 28, 1936
(The Arena) … Dean Detton b. Ed “Strangler” Lewis in the finals of the international tournament
(31:51) (Detton earned a title match with Danno O’Mahoney) … Hank Barber b. Ernie Dusek
(dec., 45:00) … Emil Dusek b. Dobie Osborn (13:36) … Olaf Olson b. George Koverly (DQ) (10:
55) … Dick Shikat b. Tom Jenkins (7:16) … (promoter:  Ray Fabiani) … (referees:  Dave Benner,
Billy Clark) … (judges:  Tommy Howes, Thomas Kohlhaus) … (timekeeper:  Frank Delvicchio) …
(5,000 fans)
Notes:  The Philadelphia Inquirer (2/28/1936) stated:  “Like his veteran opponent, Detton has
been a star matman almost from the day of his entry into the professional field.  After a brilliant
campaign in the West, during which he went to the semi-final of the Los Angeles tournament last
year to be eliminated by a wrenched knee during his bout with Jim Browning.  Detton invaded the
East and since has defeated Browning, Hans Steinke, Sergei Kalmikoff and Hank Barber, while
he held Chief Little Wolf, another Coast rival, to a 45-minute disqualification verdict.” The paper
said that Detton’s “tortuous” toehold was compared “favorably to that of Frank Gotch by veterans
of the game who watched the great Humboldt, Iowa champion when he was king of the mat
world.” The finals of the tournament drew only 5,000 people, compared to 7,800 fans who were
drawn to a program at the Camden Armory on April 23, 1936.  That show featured all four
Duseks and Joe Cox.  Jenkins was billed as being from Chicago.

*The Monday, March 2, 1936 edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer stated that Ray Fabiani had
returned from Boston “last night,” where he negotiated a match between World Heavyweight
Champion Danno O’Mahoney and Dean Detton with the former’s manager Jack McGrath.  The
paper said:  “This will be one of the few times in championship history that the titleholder will not
be a favorite among the fans and spectators.  Because of his brilliant record in Philadelphia,
Detton will carry the acclaim of the crowd and a victory would raise him to the highest peak of
popularity here, where the fans have all but adopted him as a native son of the City of Brotherly
Love.” This affair was planned for next Monday night in Philadelphia.  However, the next day, the
paper reported that Dick Shikat beat O’Mahoney in New York City for the championship.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:  Monday, March 9, 1936
(The Arena) … Yvon Robert b. Dean Detton (59:26) (countout) (Detton’s first local loss) … Hank
Barber b. Sergei Kalmikoff (12:03) … Olaf Olson b. Tiny Morgan (16:34) … Sandor Vary b.
Jimmy Coffield (13:47) … Rudy Dusek b. Rusty Westcoatt (7:47) (Dusek bled profusely from a
cut above his right eye, caused by his opponent) … Joe Cox and Ernie Dusek drew (30:00) …
(promoter:  Ray Fabiani) … (referees:  Dave Benner, Jimmy Wilson) … (judges:  Herman Cherin,
Billy Clark) … (8,500 fans)
Notes:  Kalmikoff wore a beard, was scarred, and tattooed – “very unusual looking,” according to
the local newspaper.

*On Friday, April 17, 1936, the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission suspended heavyweight
champion Dick Shikat from wrestling in the state until he and his manager, who was reported to
be Joe Alvarez of Boston, appear before the committee.  Shikat reportedly refused to honor
signed contracts signed by his manager.  Shikat and Alvarez were said to have had a five year
contract on file with the commission.  The commissioner Joseph H. Rainer said that “titles are won
and lost in the ring,” and that they had no plans to strip Shikat of the championship.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:  Monday, April 20, 1936
(The Arena) … Dean Detton b. Chief Little Wolf (32:32) … Ivan Managoff b. Hank Barber (15:00)
… Joe Dusek b. Felix Miquet (8:58) … Al Bisignano and Charley Strack drew (30:00) … Olaf
Olson b. Steve Znoski (9:53) … Fred Grubmeier and Mike Mazurki drew (20:00) … (promoter:  
Ray Fabiani) … (referees:  Stanley Baumgartner, Ted Tonnenman) … (judges:  Pat Clark, Frank
Delvicchio, Thomas Kohlhaus)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:  Tuesday, May 5, 1936
(The Arena) … Yvon Robert b. Chief Little Wolf (29:59) … Charlie Strack b. Mike Mazurki (12:42)
… Rudy Dusek b. Sandor Vary (27:44) … Jim McMillen b. Scotty McDougall (15:10) … Gus
Sonnenberg b. Al Bisignano (22:25) … Ed Lewis b. Olaf Olson (6:18) … (promoter:  Ray Fabiani)
… (referees:  Stan Baumgartner, Billy Clark, Jimmy Wilson) … (7,500 fans)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:  Monday, May 18, 1936
(The Arena) … Dean Detton b. Ernie Dusek (38:57) … Danno O’Mahoney b. Rudy Dusek (DQ)
(12:46) (O’Mahoney was managed by Jack McGrath) … Charlie Strack b. Al Billings (14:37) …
Chief Little Wolf b. Joe Dusek (16:42) … Emil Dusek and Gino Garibaldi drew (30:00) …
(promoter:  Ray Fabiani) … (referees:  Stan Baumgartner, Jimmy Wilson) … (judges:  Thomas
Howes, Thomas Kohlhaus) … (9,000 fans)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:  Monday, June 1, 1936
(Outdoor Arena) … World Heavyweight Champion Vincent Lopez b. Chief Little Wolf (15:41) …
Rudy Dusek b. Abe Coleman (15:35) … Dick Powell b. Eli Fischer (12:53) … Charley Strack b.
Felix Miquet (11:55) … Joe Cox and Gino Garibaldi drew (30:00) … Gus Sonnenberg b. Ivan
Managoff (dec., 30:00) … (promoter:  Ray Fabiani) … (referees:  Billy Clark, Stan Baumgartner)
… (judges:  Thomas Kohlhaus, Jimmy Wilson) … (6,000 fans)
Notes:  The Philadelphia Inquirer (6/1/1936) stated that Lopez was recognized as the
heavyweight champion in 19 states, “having gained his claim to the throne by winning the
International wrestling tournament at Los Angeles.” This marked Lopez’s Philadelphia debut.  
Strack was an “Olympic veteran from Spring Valley, NY.”










Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:  Monday, September 28, 1936
(The Arena) … Dean Detton b. Dave Levin to capture the World Heavyweight Title (2:05:52)
(Levin lost eight pounds during the match) (Levin suffered rope burns behind his knee during the
bout) (Detton was managed by Jack Washburn) … Jim McMillen and George Zaharias drew (45:
00) … Bobby Bruns and Chief Little Wolf drew (15:00) … Abie Goldberg b. Paddy Mack (8:28) …
Harry Fields and Mayes McLain drew … Hardy Kruskamp b. Roy Stewart (5:15) … Teddy Keys b.
Jimmy Spencer (5:17) … Al Bisignano b. Jack Washburn (7:21) … (promoter:  Ray Fabiani) …
(referees:  Dave Benner, Billy Clark) … (judges:  Stan Baumgartner, Thomas Howes) … (9,000
fans)
Notes:  Season Opener (Fabiani’s 13th indoor season).  Detton was favored to win the
heavyweight championship.







Research by Tim Hornbaker
Philadelphia Wrestling Results - 1936