St. Louis, Missouri:  Tuesday, January 16, 1923
(The Coliseum) … World Heavyweight Champion Ed “Strangler” Lewis b. Giovani Tiverio
(2-0) … World Light Heavyweight Champion Jim Londos b. Jack McCarthy (2-0) … Dan
Koloff b. Carl Schultz (40:30) … (promoter:  John Contos) … (referee:  George Baptiste)
Notes:  Giovani Tiverio was billed as being 5’7” and weighing 205.  Jim Londos was billed
as a claimant to the light heavyweight championship.

St. Louis, Missouri:  Friday, January 19, 1923
(Francis Gymnasium of Washington University) … Phil Evans b. Alex Stavenitz (2:00)
(mixed match) (Evans was an amateur wrestler for the school, while Stavenitz was a
boxer)

*The Friday, January 26, 1923 edition of the East St. Louis Daily Journal stated that
Missouri Middleweight Champion Gus Eisel was planning to hold programs at the Rock
Springs Turner Hall (Boyle and Chouteau Avenues) in St. Louis.  “Eisel is suffering from
an infection in his eyes and will be unable to perform, but will act as matchmaker.”

St. Louis, Missouri:  Sunday, February 4, 1923
(Rock Springs Turner Hall) … Al Wasem b. Carl Armbruster (2-0) (Wasem “successfully
defended his title as 135-pound king of the Mound City”) … Joe Sanderson b. Young
Carter (dec., 20:00) (Carter was a substitute for William Martin) … Elton Easterday b.
Earl Sanders (26:00) … “Def” Pearce b. Chester McCormick (17:00) … (matchmaker:  
Gus Eisel) … (referee:  George Baptiste) … (sponsored by:  Rock Springs Athletic Club)

St. Louis, Missouri:  Thursday, February 8, 1923
(The Coliseum) … Jim Londos b. Dan Koloff (2/3) (Koloff won the first fall in 7:48, Londos
won the second in 1:23:00, Londos took the third in 29:10) (winner to wrestle Ed Lewis)
… Stanislaus Zbyszko b. Wallace Duguid (2-0) … Boris Demitroff and Kozak Sanosian
drew (40:00) …  (promoter:  John Contos) … (referees:  George Baptiste, Lloyd Carter)
Notes:  Wallace Dugid was billed as being a former “member of the Royal Mounted Police
of Canada.” Londos reportedly arrived in St. Louis from Kansas City.

Jefferson City, Missouri:  Wednesday, February 14, 1923
( ) … Marin Plestina b. Bill Murdock (2/3) … Chris Jordan b. George Hanson

Edwardsville, Illinois:  Monday, February 19, 1923
( ) … Jim Londos b. Boris Demitroff (2-0) (Demitroff was a substitute for Kozak Sonosian)
… Joe Milla b. John Porall
Notes:  Londos was reported to be the light heavyweight champion.

St. Louis, Missouri:  Tuesday, February 20, 1923
(The Coliseum) … World Heavyweight Champion Ed “Strangler” Lewis b. Jim Londos
(2/3) (Lewis won the first fall in 1:46:34, Londos took the second in 13:15, Lewis won the
final in 19:10) … John Freberg b. Carl Schultz (2-0) (Schultz suffered a dislocated right
knee) (Freberg was a substitute for Renato Gardini, who “injured his arm in training.”) …
Al Wasem b. Young Yousif Hussane (21:10) … (promoter:  John Contos) … (referee:  
George Baptiste) … (8,000+ fans)
Notes:  Londos predicted that he would beat Lewis for the championship and was called a
jiu-jitsu master.  The East St. Louis Daily Journal called Lewis “Robert Fredericks.” During
the main event, a Greek flag was in Londos’s corner, while a U.S. flag was in Lewis’s.  A
band played between matches.  Londos weighed 195 compared to Lewis’s 226.  The
paper said that Lewis was “suffering from an infection of the eyes caused in a bout about
a week ago.”

St. Louis, Missouri:  Friday, February 23, 1923
(Bond Avenue YMCA) … Prince Hassell b. Frank Glenn (2/3) … a number of boxing
matches … (referee:  John Eubanks)

Wood River, Illinois:  Saturday, February 24, 1923
(Palace Hall) … World Light Heavyweight Champion Jim Londos b. Boris Demitroff (55:
00) … Harry “Speedy” Schaeffer b. Dago Joe (23:00) … Joe Stedon b. Fred Seioee (15:
00) … (600 fans)
Notes:  Boris Demitroff was reportedly “in charge of a gymnasium at Wood River,” and
was planning to bring wrestling shows to his facility.  It was said that he was the instructor
of wrestling at the “Wood River gymnasium.”

*The Wednesday, February 28, 1923 edition of the East St. Louis Daily Journal reported
that Ed “Strangler” Lewis wanted, before signing a match with Dan Koloff, his opponent to
sign a contract that allowed him “to clamp five successive headlocks from a standing
position at the start of the bout.” The handicap stipulation was not agreed to.

St. Louis, Missouri:  Wednesday, March 7, 1923
(The Coliseum) … World Heavyweight Champion Ed “Strangler” Lewis b. Dan Koloff (2-0)
(Lewis won the first fall in 8:20 and the second in 1:03:45) (it was said that Lewis used a
“total of forty-six headlocks to win the two falls”) … Ivan Linow and Jim Londos drew (45:
00) (match stopped at 10:00 to allow the main event to start) … Renato Gardini b. Jack
Roller (16:30) … (promoter:  John Contos) … (referee:  George Baptiste)
Notes:  Linow wore a “heavy crop of whiskers and a mustache curled up on the ends,”
which was “grown to allow him to fill a moving picture contract and which has been
growing since last August.” The paper said he “appears much different from the Linow
who wrestled around here before.” Gardini was making his local debut.

St. Louis, Missouri:  Sunday, March 11, 1923
(Rock Springs Turner Hall) … Wrestling and Boxing Exhibitions … Jim Londos b. Joe
Klinger (24:00) … Dan Koloff b. (?) (14:00) … (benefit for Missouri Middleweight
Champion Gus Eisel, who was suffering from a “serous” eye disease) … ($379.30 was
made for Eisel)

Wood River, Illinois:  Monday, March 19, 1923
(Kil-Dare Theatre) … Boris Dimitroff and Kozak Sanosian wrestled to a no contest
(Sanosian won the only fall of the match in 13:00, but needed two falls of three to win the
match) (Wood River policeman Ed McGire and deputy sheriff Ed Cobine stopped the
match at midnight) (1:46:00) (the officers had earlier halted the match due to he
roughness, but allowed it continue) (the wrestlers reportedly wanted to continue) …
Elmer “Socks” Hoose and Harry “Speedy” Schaeffer drew (1-1) (match halted at 10:00 to
allow the main event to start) … Leo Crystal  and Charles Meyer wrestled an exhibition
(15:00) … (referees:  John Contos, Kid Hauser) … (200 fans)
Notes:  Elmer “Socks” House was from Alton, Illinois.  Wood River City Judge Charles
Meyers fined both Dimistroff and Sanosian $3 each for “disturbing the peace” when an
argument broke out after the match was called.  According to the East St. Louis Daily
Journal, “no one could be found who could definitely state anything about the supposed
law which made it necessary to stop the match when both hands of the watches met at
the top.  These arguments and Sanosian’s statement that Dimitroff owed him $10 brought
on the renewed hostilities in which the judge took over the referee’s job.”

St. Louis, Missouri:  Wednesday, March 21, 1923
(The Coliseum) … Stanislaus Zbyszko b. Cliff Binckley (2-0) (Zbyszko won the first fall in
52:49 and the second in 6:48) … Jim Londos b. Ivan Linow (1:01:23) (Contos “set aside
a purse of $700 for this match with the winner getting all of it.”) … Renato Gardini b.
Jatrinda Gobar (33:25) … Al Wasem b. George Webster (17:40) … Leo Crystal and
Charles Meyer wrestled an exhibition (15:00) … (promoter:  John Contos) … (referees:  
John C. Meyers, Joe Sanderson) … (according to the newspaper, “only a very small
crowd attended the show.”)
Notes:  Clifford Binckley was billed as an “Ohio State University star” in both wrestling and
football, standing 6” and weighing about 225.  He was said to be an “All-American
halfback and Big Ten Conference wrestling champion.”  Binckley reporedly drew with Ed
Lewis in Tulsa “two months ago.” Leo Crystal was an 11 year old and Charles Meyer was
9.  They both were from Wood River and weighed around 60 pounds.  Webster was billed
as being from Princeton.  The next show was billed as being set by Contos for
Wednesday, April 25 with Joe Stecher coming in to wrestle John Freberg.

St. Louis, Missouri:  Friday, April 13, 1923
(South Broadway Athletic Club) … World Lightweight Champion Jack Fisher b. Al Wasem
(1-0) (Wasem was unable to continue after losing the first fall) (1:41:00) (Wasem was
reported to be locked in a toehold for ten minutes) … Lloyd Carter and Joe Klinger drew
(52:00) … Joe Sanderson b. William Doller (2-0) … (referee:  George Baptiste) …
(sponsored by:  South Broadway Athletic Club)
Notes:  Wasem was billed as the Missouri Lightweight champion.  He was being “given a
chance to regain the world’s lightweight championship (135 pounds) from Jack Fisher.”
Wasem “lost the title to Fisher several years ago,” according to one report in the East St.
Louis Daily Journal.  Another report stated that Fisher won the title six years earlier.  
Wasem was said to be a wrestling instructor at Washington University.  Fisher was from
Oklahoma City.  Doller was from Maplewood, Missouri.

*Contos cancelled his planned Stecher-Freberg show at the Coliseum on April 25, and
then announced that he was staging a program on May 17.  He wanted Stecher to
wrestle Dan Koloff in the main event, and then wanted Jim Londos to battle Renato
Gardini.  That show was also cancelled.  Contos didn’t run any other programs through
September 9, 1923.

St. Louis, Missouri:  Thursday, June 28, 1923
(Polish Hall) … Wladek Zbyszko b. Ivan Orloff (2-0) … Jack Kelly b. Barney Kuczma (17:
48) … Edward Richter vs. John Zastrow … (matchmaker:  Stanley Zielinski) … (referees:  
Steve Santorski, Harry Schaeffer) … (timekeeper:  Dr. Ed E. Rommer) … (benefit for the
Polish World War veterans)
Notes:  Wladek Zbyszko was billed as the World Graeco-Roman wrestling champion.  
According to the Wednesday, June 27, 1923 edition of the East St. Louis Daily Journal,
“Zbyszko returned from Europe a couple of months ago where he won the world’s title in
Graeco-Roman wrestling and is now on a campaign to gain a match with Ed “Strangler”
Lewis for the world championship.  Wladek is a brother of Stanislaus Zbyszko, former
champion, and is considered by Eastern critics to be Lewis’ most dangerous rival.” The
Friday, June 29, 1923 edition of the paper said:  Zbyszko “has defeated Ed “Strangler”
Lewis, world’s champion seven out of nine times, and who now has $2,500 posted with
the athletic commission at New York for a title bout.” Ivan Orloff was billed as being 6’2”
and weighing 212 pounds.  Zbyszko was 6” tall and 225 pounds.  Jack Kelley and Barney
Kuczma were both local grapplers.

St. Louis, Missouri:  Friday, June 29, 1923
(Polish Hall) … Wladek Zbyszko b. Carl Wendell (18:00) … Harry “Speedy” Schaeffer b.
Steve Sanders (21:05) … (matchmaker:  Stanley Zielinski)
Notes:  According to the Sunday, July 1, 1923 edition of the East St. Louis Daily Journal:  
Zbyszko was quoted as saying:  “I defeated Lewis seven out of nine times during the past
four years, previous to the time he won the championship of the world from my brother.  
As long as Lewis is the champion, I hardly expect I will be given a chance but I do intend
to do everything in my power to get this match.  Thse matches in this vincinity will close
my wrestling season.  I live at 3 West Sixty-ninth street, New York City, and live at Old
Orchard, Me., during the summer months.  My brother, Stanislaus, is now at the latter
city.  Ever since Lewis won the title from Stanislaus, I have been after him for a bout and
for many months I have had $2,500 posted with the New York athletic commission in
effort to force Lewis into giving me a match.  I intend to start on a visit to Europe in
August and return to the United States about the latter part of October or the first of
November.  Stanislaus and myself will open a still more strenuous campaign next fall and
winter, as both of us are after Lewis.” Wladek claimed brother’s age, which had been long
disputed, was 43.  He said he was 28 years old.  They are from Kracow, Poland.

*A search of the East St. Louis Daily Journal found no mention of professional wrestling in
the St. Louis area between June 29, 1923 and September 9, 1923.

*In the Sunday, September 30, 1923 edition of the East St. Louis Daily Journal, Harry
Cook and James Solari were said to be the matchmakers for the Business Men’s Athletic
Association.  They staged boxing shows regularly.

*In the Sunday, October 14, 1923 edition of the East St. Louis Daily Journal, Bob English
was said to be a 160 pound wrestler from Indianapolis.  He was looking for matches,
particularly with Harry Schaefer.  He “claims to have been in the game ten years and to
have lost only about seven of his 200 matches.  Jack Reynolds, Lee Umbles, Jack Burns,
“Bulldog” Martin and Whitey Dowd are some of the wrestlres he has met.”

*John Contos was the promoter for the October 18, 1923 show, mentioned in a
promotional article on October 14, 1923 in the East St. Louis Daily Journal.

St. Louis, Missouri:  Thursday, October 18, 1923
(The Coliseum) … Joe Stecher b. John Freberg (1-0) (1:06:00) (Friberg suffered a
fractured rib on his left side and was unable to continue) … Pat McGill b. Joe Kalza (12:
10) … Dan Koloff b. Jack Sterling (6:32) (Sterling was a substitute for Bill Leon) …
(promoter:  John Contos) … (referee:  John Meyers) … (“small attendance”)
Notes:  Season Opener.  Leon was said to be from Akron, Ohio.  McGill was from Omaha
and Kalza was from Boston.  In the October 18, 1923 edition of the East St. Louis Daily
Journal, it was said that “Little is known of Friberg around here, but John Contos,
promoter, states that the Swedish veteran has won from all the big boys except Zbyszko,
Lewis and Stecher.  Both Friberg and Stecher have won from Jim Londos, Greek star.  
Friberg performed the feat at Moline, Ill., back in 1919, in one hour and 45 minutes, while
Stecher thre the Greek grappler in two hours and 50 minutes.” Freberg was called
“Friberg” in newspaper reports.

*A “veteran” Chicago promoter and matchmaker named Jim Mullen was taking over the
boxing reigns of the Angelica Physical Culture Club, reported in the October 23, 1923
newspaper.  His inaugeral show on October 30 was said to be the “best fistic card staged
on the West Side in years.” He drew an estimated 7,000, paying $13,500, to see the
“interesting show,” according to Earl Brady of the East St. Louis Daily Journal.

*Boxing was big in St. Louis around this time.  Aside from Mullen’s work at the Coliseum,
there was Tommy Sullivan matchmaking at the Lafayete Athletic Club and the work of
Cook and Solari for the Business Men’s Athletic Association.  Additionally, there was
amateur boxing being run by the Sixth Infantry of Jefferson Barracks.

St. Louis, Missouri:  Monday, November 5, 1923
(Odeon Theater) … Joe Stecher b. Ivan Mikiloff (2-0) … William Demetral b. Nick Gotch
(11:13) (Gotch was a substitute for Carl Schultz) … John Evko b. Boris Dimitroff (1:03) …
Jim Longos (Logas?) b. John Stoeff (24:00) … (promoter:  Tom Packs) … (referee:  John
Meyers) … (announcer:  Frank Witt)
Notes:  The East St. Louis Daily Journal stated that Tom Packs was a “veteran Chicago
sports promoter.” It was said that the “Russian Bear” Ivan Mikiloff wrestled a four hour
draw with Jim Londos and “made Stanislaus Zbyszko travel a fast pace for more than
three hours to win a fall match.” The Mikiloff-Londos match was said to have taken place
at Youngstown, Ohio.  Mikiloff was 6’4” and weighed 225.  John Evko was said to be a
“protégé of [William] Demetral.”

*The East St. Louis Daily Journal was searched through November 9, 1923.

St. Louis, Missouri:  November 22, 1923
( ) … Joe Stecher b. Dan Koloff … John Evko b. Charlie Cutler … Renato Gardini b. Gus
Anderson … Joe Sanderson b. John Orphan … Jim Logis and George Tragos drew …
(promoter:  Tom Packs) … (small crowd in attendace)
Notes:  Jim Londos and Wladek Zbyszko failed to show.

St. Louis, Missouri:  December 13, 1923
( ) … World Heavyweight Champion Ed “Strangler” Lewis b. Josef Gurkeweicz (2-0) …
Stanislaus Zbyszko b. Yousif Hussane … Jim Londos b. Hans Schmitt … Renato Gardini
b. Jack Bruno … Jim Logas b. Joe Sanderson … (promoter:  Tom Packs)
Notes:  Steve Yohe noted:  “Joe Stecher was at arena to issue challenge to Lewis but
was denied entrance to ring by manager Billy Sandow.  Lewis said he would refuse to
wrestle if Stecher was allowed to speak before match, so Stecher and manager Anton
Stecher issued the challenge between 1st and 2nd falls.  He offered Lewis $15,000 for a
match.  Lewis said Stecher would have to defeat Zbyszko and Pesek first.”


Research by Tim Hornbaker
February 14, 2011
St. Louis Wrestling Results - 1923