From the archives | July 18

Fenway wrestling match lasts til wee hours

Champs still divide crowd

The wrestling industry this morning is still ruled by two champions.

In a most melodramatic finish at 2:35 this morning, Ed Don George of North Java, N.Y., and Jimmy Londos of Athens, Greece, finished just where they started at 11 last night.

Wrestling before some 30,000 spectators, the largest number of spectators ever to attend a wrestling event in Boston, at New Fenway Park, George and Londos had each won a fall in rather quick order.

George takes first fall


The initial fall had gone to George in 27 minutes, 57 seconds with a wristlock and body press and the second to Londos in 34 minutes, 9 seconds, with an inside crotch, body lift and slam.

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And so the two grapplers, each of whom is recognized as champion in various corners of the country, went after the deciding fall. They began the rubber set-to at 12:22 a.m. and they were both out on their feet at 2:35.

Just before the bout terminated, both Londos and George tumbled out of the ring simultaneously. Referee Ted Tonneman gave them plenty of time to get back and both George and Londos by super-human efforts managed to crawl back inside the ropes. A few seconds later, Londos attempted a back fall. He was spinning Ed over his shoulder when suddenly something slipped and the pair of pachyderms landed on their domes.

There was no chance of their continuing and Referee Ted Tonneman called a halt to the affair.

Most of the 30,000 people were still in the park when the end came. Several thousand swarmed around the ringside and waited for the wrestlers to revive, which they did after 15 minutes.