George Hackenschmidt Fails to Stanislaus Zbyszko in 90 minutes

by Mark Long

Stanislaus Zbyszko - historyofwrestling.comIn a match held in Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York, Stanislaus Zbyszko declared himself the victor over  George Hackenschmidt when Hackenschmidt failed to throw him in 90 minutes. The match was actually a battle to see whom would next fight World Heavyweight champion Frank Gotch. Hackenschmidt, a former world champion himself promised that he would throw the Polish challenger twice within 90 minutes. Zybyszko, however was extremely talented himself, and although slightly bigger than Hackenschmidt, moved quite nimbly around the ring, while also having the strength to wrestle Hackenschmidt down on the mat.

Hackenschmidt argued (correctly) that he had not “lost” the match and that it was instead a draw. He would later sue a wrestling magazine which declared that he had lost and won the case, being awarded 300 pounds.