Wrestling Championship of the World.
I Steadman aud Pierri met in_the Freotrade Hall, Manchester, on April 14th, to contest for the wrestling championship of the world. George Steadman has long been invincible in his own particular style, and year after year hio 'burly form may be seen in the arena at the fatuous Grasmere . sports. Somej idea of: his physical strength may be formed from the following figures :—His height .is sft 10|in ; chest, 48in ; thigh, 26in ;. calf, 18in ; and'biceps, 17in ; whilst his weight is "over 19st. 1 He is in his 44th year, having been born in 1846. His opponent, Antonio" Pierri,. better known; as " The, Terrible, Greek," ; is a much younger and ( more agile man, and is an almost perfect specimen, of mankind. Possessed of immense strength, he is symmetrically built, and, with youth'on'his side,'it'.was' generally anticipated that she would prove more than a i match ■ for-' his" opponent; (limi.:J« he was much, the'lighter in weight viz., 16st 41b. Steadman looked quite an old man, and extremely, stout, as he faced his opponent for tliVfirst' fall, 'which was in the Cumberland style. It occupied barely a minute,- as Steadman, exerting himself at the outset, lifted Pierri off his feet, swung him round .like a child, and. dropped him on his knees. He was cheered to the echo by the 8000 spectators present at this his first success ; but it had been quite anticipated, as no one has ever successfully opposed the Cumberland man in his own style. After a short interval the contestants opposed each I other iii, the Gr«eco-Roma'n style, which adn^B of (fche r miejrgripping, fsush; othervin,, ihe "upper part of the body ~bnly.'" *Tof some time neither could gain the slightest advantage, but Pierri seemed much^more confident, wliile Steadman was evidently ill at ease. 4" 'Alb last the Greek- forced 'his opponent on the flour, and he lay there like a log, even the immensity-of"the power brought tp bear on, him, .failing to move his body Wore \than .a., few. inches.In trying to extricate himself, however, Steadman gave his opponent ..an opportunity of which he availed himself, and ,^fter;a.severe bout, the second trial was; awarded to Pierri. The' excitement of'^ the spectators was almost atieveir heat, as ■ for the. last time, the combatants faced each other, this: time to. wrestle Jin^the:: ' catch-as-catch-can' style. The rules,of this competition, as the names signifies,* give the antagonists every latitude," and it was hoped that Steadman would.prove victorious. For some time noither could gain a decided advantage, though several times Pierri' found himself in difficult positions, from which, however, he escaped with wonderful ability. At last' Steadman threw him, and seemingly had him at his percy) With almost tiger-like, activity, however, 'Pierri escaped, 4jind at last got his opponent in the same cposition ; (is, in ,rtKe ,'jprevious bout. Steadman followed exactly similar tactics as in the Grseco-Roman contest, with the same result, as, after patiently contenting himself with allowing the Greek to exert all bis strength without gaining any advantage, he seemed to tire of the 'waiting game,'and endeavored to gain ithe mastery, when with a magnificent effort Pierri gained the third, and winning fall. Steadman was beaten by skill and science, and took his defeat in a thoroughly English spirit. He immediately challenged his opponent to wrestle again a'few weeks hence, the best two out of three falls in different styles. This match, will in all probability be contested in Manchester.
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Wrestling Championship of the World., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2432, 4 June 1890
Wrestling Championship of the World. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XIV, Issue 2432, 4 June 1890
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