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Steve Yohe
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New research by Mark Hewitt. Has new results for Londos, Steele & Wladek Zbyszko. Also promoters Ed and John Contos.


12/15/27-Pete Dallas, who claims the world middleweight wrestling title, is in Macon and challenged all wrestlers in the area. A.D. “Archie” Holton immediately accepted the defi. Holton is a veteran mat man and formerly claimed the world lightweight championship. He has been teaching a wrestling class at the Macon YMCA. His prize pupil is heavyweight Mose Karesh. Karesh is anticipating making his pro debut soon to settle a growing animosity with Jack Sanderson, “the Terrible Swede”, of Atlanta.
Charlie Morgan of the American Legion sports committee has been trying to arrange a boxing card for 12/23, but has met some obstacles. He is considering switching to a wrestling card featuring Dallas, Holton, Karesh and Sanderson.
The Macon Telegraph noted, “That Macon, which used to be one of the best wrestling towns in Georgia, will get another chance to return to the mat sport, seemed evident yesterday.”(12/15/28)

2/4/28-Macon YMCA-1st Southern Amateur Wrestling Tournament
Amateur wrestling teams from Macon, Atlanta, Charleston and Jacksonville…the Atlanta YMCA mat team won three division titles and tied for a 4th…finals: lightweight: “Stumpy” Guest, Atlanta beat Theodore Abbey, Atlanta…welterweight: Jim Botsaris, Atlanta beat Ben James, Macon-UTC…middleweight: Ward Wylie, Atlanta beat Pete Forlidas, Macon…light-heavyweight: Austin Walter, Atlanta drew Lipscomb, Jacksonville…heavyweight: Jay Steadman, Jacksonville beat Moses “Mose” Karesh, Macon…the Macon coach was Archie Holton, a veteran wrestler…Karesh was Holton’s prize pupil…referees: Church Smith, George Lewis… “Both kept the melee within the amateur rules and kept roughness from starting.” (Macon Telegraph; 2/5/28)
Notes: Karesh “did not show the form that he had been displaying in practice.”

2/6/28-Municipal Auditorium promoters: Ed and John Contos under the auspices of the Macon American Legion
Contos brothers’ debut card in Macon…Scotty McDougal, 214 lbs. beat “Eagle Tom” Marvin, 207 lbs.-1st and 3rd falls…Ivan Mickailoff drew John Paxos…Mose Karesh drew Andy Brown-30 minutes, no falls…referee: Archie Holton…attendance: 300.
Notes: For publicity Marvin paraded around town wearing an Indian headdress. Marvin, who also boxed was often billed as “Chief” Tom Marvin or Chief White Feather. Although his opponent was a pro, Karesh received no financial compensation in order to preserve his amateur status.

2/14/28-Municipal Auditorium (Contos)
Scotty McDougal beat John Paxos…“Eagle Tom” Marvin drew Charley Hanson…referee: Archie Holton…Archie Holton beat Bob “Rough House” Ruble…referee: Mose Karesh.
Notes: This was billed as Holton’s comeback.
Marvin challenged to either wrestle or box McDougal.

3/7/28-Municipal Auditorium (Contos)
Jimmy Londos, 198 lbs. beat Scotty McDougal…Whitey Hewitt beat Mike Getson (substitute for Mike Anglin, of Atlanta)-one fall match…referee: Archie Holton…plus a battle royal.
Notes: Joe Hollander of Birmingham and lightweight championship claimant issued a challenge to Holton. Londos wrestled barefoot. He was said to have posted a $5000 side bet in Atlanta for a title match with Ed “Strangler” Lewis.

3/16/28-Municipal Auditorium (Contos)
“Eagle Tom” Marvin beat Scotty McDougal-KO, 5th round, ten round boxing contest…Whitey Hewitt, 205 lbs. beat Big Jack Evans, 215 pounds…Archie Holton, 135 lbs. drew Joe Hollander, 133 lbs., “world lightweight champion”-one fall each…Mose Karesh, 188 lbs. beat Pete Zbyszko, 175 lbs.-one fall…referee: John Contos.
Notes: Zbyszko had issued a challenge to meet Karesh.
The Marvin/McDougal bout was billed as a “grudge fight”.

3/30/28-Municipal Auditorium (Contos)
Jimmy Londos beat Whitey Hewitt…Wladek Zbyszko drew Pete Sauer (aka Ray Steele)…referee: John Contos…plus two boxing bouts.

4/11/28-Municipal Auditorium (Contos)
John Paul Jones drew Charlie Hanson…Archie Holton beat Guy Tucker-18 minutes, one fall with a back hammerlock…plus a boxing bout.
Notes: Hanson issued a challenge to throw any man in Macon within ten minutes or award him $50 if he failed. Contos announced that the offer was good for any local amateur and that the bout would be staged between the semi-final and the main event. Contos added “that neither he nor Hanson would be responsible for any injuries that might occur…and that they would enter the ring at their own risk.”
There were no takers. Hanson was known for issuing this “all-comers” challenge. On 3/1 in Atlanta he faced six opponents, agreeing to throw them all within one hour. He tossed William G. Brown, Bob Fitzpatrick, Tom Anglin, Bob Ruble and Doc Lanford, but failed to throw John McGuire in the remaining 38 minutes of the handicap contest.

4/20/28-Wrestler Pete Sauer, coming to Macon for a wrestling card, took the opportunity to issue a challenge to meet Young Stribling, Tommy Loughran, Gene Tunney, or “any boxer in the country” in a mixed match. Promoter Ed Contos seconded the challenge and said that if Stribling failed to take up Sauer’s mixed bout challenge he’d be willing to match any wrestler against Stribling in a winner-take-all boxing contest.

4/21/28-Municipal Auditorium (Contos)
John Paul Jones beat Joe Zikmund-disqualification…Pete Sauer beat Jack McGuire…referee: Archie Holton…plus two boxing bouts.

4/24/28-Municipal Auditorium Georgia Peace Officers’ Convention Athletic Show
Ben Jones beat Kid Sessions (substitute for Archie Holton)-two straight falls…Sam Shaw drew Ben Herndon…plus boxing matches.

5/7/28-Municipal Auditorium (Contos)
Joe Zikmund beat Tom Anglin, Doc Lanford and Jack Humberto-handicap contest…Archie Holton, wrestler beat Eddie Stowers, boxer-mixed contest…Archie Holton drew Jim Botsaris, Atlanta amateur wrestler-20 minutes.
Notes: Holton had issued a challenge to meet any boxer of his weight in a mixed contest. He pinned Stowers in one minute and 29 seconds.
Botsaris, 18 years old, is said to be a member of the Olympic mat team and was not paid for this contest in order to keep his amateur status intact.
Zikmund is billed as the mayor of Brainerd, NE.

5/16/28-Municipal Auditorium (Contos)
John Paul Jones beat Joe Clancy (substitute for no-show Joe Zikmund)…Archie Holton drew Jim Botsaris-one fall each…referee: George Romanoff…plus a boxing bout and a battle royal.

5/20/28-Ed Contos announced that he is leaving Macon but hoped to be back in the fall to promote another season of wrestling there.

6/1//28-Municipal Auditorium promoter: Archie Holton, auspices of the American Legion
Notes: A wrestling card was planned featuring George Romanoff and Archie Holton in matches. It’s unverified whether or not it took place.

11/16/28-Riverside Auditorium (Holton)
Season opener…Rough House Nelson beat Sammy Miller-2nd and 3rd falls…Bull Martin, 210 lbs. beat “Gunboat” Maud Farley, 198 pounds-two straight falls…Archie Holton, 142 lbs. drew Gene Campbell, 145 lbs.-30 minutes, no falls…referee: Mose Karesh…plus a battle royal.
Notes: Chris Jordan, former middleweight champion was introduced to the crowd and challenged the winner of the Nelson/Miller match. Boxer Johnny Dill was also introduced and issued a challenge to fight Baby Stribling.

11/29/28-Riverside Auditorium (Holton)
Chris Jordan beat Bob Fitzpatrick-two straight falls…Sammy Miller beat Clarence McAdams-two straight falls…Clyde Graves drew Louis Stamatis, Macon YMCA welterweights.
Notes: Jordan is said to be 44 years of age. He has a standing challenge to meet “any man in the world weighing up to 160 pounds” for a side bet winner-take-all.
An additional scheduled bout between local YMCA amateurs Ben Herndon and Sam Shaw failed to take place.
On the same night Louis Stamatis had been advertised to be wrestling Richard Karkley at the Knights of Pythias Central City Lodge. Stamatis and Karkley were called “two of Macon’s best”.

12/6/28-Riverside Auditorium (Holton)
Chris Jordan beat Sammy Miller-UTC…Archie Holton beat Girard Cohen-one fall contest…Bobby Lentz, Atlanta beat Bonny Wilson, Columbus, GA…Charlie Metro and Mack Sherry, “college wrestler” from Evansville, IN sent challenges.
Notes: Jordan won the first fall, Miller the second, but was forced to quit due to an injured forearm. “Jordan’s exhibition of wrestling was the best that I have seen in a local ring, including the Contos shows of last season”. (Macon Telegraph; 12/7/28)
Holton won in 6:02 with a body scissors and arm bar.
The card was originally scheduled for 12/5.

UTC-unable to continue
FTT-failed to throw in a handicap contest

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Any idea where Ed Contos went from here? When did he start in Baltimore? Was this Ed's first promoting after being brought in by his brother John, or did he promote prior to this?

What were the conditions that led to Baltimore going from John Contos to Ed Contos w/ Vince McMahon?

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This was one of Chris Jordan's only ventures into the deep south during his active wrestling career. He spent the better part of 1929 in Macon, and returned later to promote there for about a year.


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