by Pat Rosa
An oldish man wrapped his gray coat closer around his throat as he hobbled down the steps of the Seventy-first Regiment Armory. He pulled a gray fedora lower over his eyes, limped painfully to the corner and called a taxi.
Carl Pojello almost never calls a taxi. He'd rather walk. If the distance is great, like from the Park Avenue drill shed to his home in upper Manhattan, he will across town to Fifth Avenue, up the darkened society lane several blocks, then take a bus home.
Browning used an outside toe hold and leg twist, an expedient seldom resorted to in wrestling matches of today. The end came after one hour, two minutes and 45 seconds of wrestling, the like of which seldom is seen in any modern arena.
George Bothner, venerable referee whose legs twice have been broken by refusal to give in to identical holds, was the only one who sensed the end.
"I thought he had him over in the other corner," Bothner said, "but Carl wiggled out of it. I don't know how he did. It's a vicious hold. Browning got it again almost immediately and I knew Carl would have to quit."
"It is my own fault," Pojello explained. "I never should have let him maneuver me into such a position. It was a hard match, a very hard match."
Truly it was a wrestler's wrestling match. Champion Jim Londos sat with chin in his cupped hands, eyes glued to the ring, impervious to the cheers and jeers of the nearby populace.
Promoter Jack Curley, something of a wrestling fan himself, had no time for smiles and repartee among his ringside friends. His eyes were on the ring. Danno O'Mahoney, here from Ireland in hopes of lifting the world heavyweight championship, watched with a look of amazement.
Browning and Pojello both used more holds, breaks, bridges, wiggles and catlike maneuvers than the entire card of ordinary wrestling bouts usually offers. They were on their feet a lot and when on the mat were engrossed only in breaking holds.
Pojello took the offensive right from the start. He kept it throughout the match. Browning's tactics were for the most part purely defensive. Both got rough at times, but only when the spectators seemed to demand it.
Plenty of rough and tumble tactics were crowded into the earlier matches, however. Both Ernie Dusek and John Swenski were in and out of the ring half a dozen times before Dusek won with a body slam in 20:03. Steele pinned Harry Fields in 19:02 with a body slam; Alphonse Bisignano floored Wee Willie Davis in 11:07; Hans Kampfer dropped Henry Piers in 14:23, and Lutze was given the decision over Abie Coleman in thirty minutes.