1880s and 1890s

by Mark Long


19 Jan, 1880

American Greco-Roman Champion William Muldoon Defeats Thiebaus Bauer

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American Greco-Roman champion William Muldoon defeats Thiebaus Bauer in New York City. This victory, plus a subsequent win over Englishman Edwin Bibby, allows Muldoon to make a successful claim to an “unofficial” early version of..Read More

23 Mar, 1880

William Muldoon Battles Professor William Miller to a Draw

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The “Solid Man” William Muldoon battled Professor William Miller to a draw for the American Greco-Roman Title in front of 3,000 fans at Madison Square Garden. While the fans were given an eight hour match,..Read More

15 Feb, 1886

Evan “Strangler” Lewis Breaks Opponents Leg in Match


Two weeks after Evan “Strangler” Lewis defeated Matsuda Sorakichi with his patented stranglehold, the two met in Chicago for a rematch. After the prior match left him spitting out blood, Matsuda warned Lewis not to..Read More

13 Jun, 1887

Tom Connors Best Evan “Strangler” Lewis Amidst Multiple Fouls

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In front of a crowd of 3,000 fans in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Tom Connors defeated Evan “Strangler” Lewis in match marred by multiples fouls. Connors was awarded the matched after the first three falls ended because..Read More

02 Mar, 1893

Evan “Strangler” Lewis Captures the American Heavyweight Title


Evan “Strangler” Lewis defeated Ernest Roeber to unify the American Greco-Roman title and the Catch-As-Catch-Can titles into the American heavyweight title. The best of five falls match took place in New Orleans, Louisiana and the..Read More

20 Apr, 1895

Martin “Farmer” Burns Wins the American Title from Evan “Strangler” Lewis

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Martin “Farmer” Burns defeated Evan “Strangler” Lewis to capture the American title. After Lewis won the first fall, Burns battled back to win two straight in  front of an angry crowd in Chicago, Illinois. The..Read More

04 Jul, 1898

The Terrible Turk Dies in the Sinking of La Bourgogne Ocean Liner

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After defeating Evan “Strangler” Lewis in a match in Chicago, Illinois, Yusuf İsmail (better known as the Terrible Turk) quickly headed back to Europe aboard the SS La Bourgogne ocean liner. He was returning to..Read More

18 Dec, 1899

Farmer Burns Defeats Frank Gotch in 11 Minutes

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Farmer Burns defeated Frank Gotch in in just 11 minutes in Ft. Dodge, Iowa. Despite the ease of his win, Burns is impressed by the young Gotch and offers to train him. Gotch, with only..Read More

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