Sonnenberg Wins Wrestling Match By Blow To Jaw
Montreal – Oct 21 – Gus Sonnenberg, former Dartmouth football star, who is recognized locally and in some of the United States as heavyweight wrestling champion of the world, was successful in defending his title here last night when he defeated Henri Deglane, winner of an Olympic championship for France in 1924 by two falls to one.
A record crowd of over 7,500 spectators saw Sonnenberg take the first fall with a flying tackle in 19:20. Deglane evened the count 18:20 later and the champion won the deciding fall after an interval of 8 minutes.
The fall that gave the champion his triumph ended the local wrestling season and climaxed in dramatic fashion one of the most spectacular bouts ever seen here. Deglane apparently had victory within his grasp after two crushing crotch and body grips had stunned the titleholder badly when Sonnenberg suddenly loosed a blow to the jaw that sent Deglane back downward on the mat. The groggy champion then fell on him for the fall.
Stanley Stasiak, giant Polish wrestler, lost to George Vasel, California Greek, after 14 minutes of a rugged semi-final. Stasiak was disqualified by referee after the Pole had stunned Vasel badly with a series of rabbit punches.