Peter Sauer

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Peter Sauer
Peter Sauer.jpg
Birth name Peter Sauer
Born (1900-02-02)February 2, 1900
Norka, Volga Region, Russia
Died September 11, 1949(1949-09-11) (aged 49)[1]
Warm Lake, Idaho, United States
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Masked Marvel
Peter Sauer
Pete Sauer
Ray Steele
Billed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Billed weight 210 lb (95 kg)

Peter Sauer (February 2, 1900 - September 11, 1949), was an American professional wrestler, better known by the ring name Ray Steele. He was born and raised in Norka, a German colony in Russia, in 1900 before immigrating to Lincoln, Nebraska in 1906.

Steele worked a catch wrestling style in his early career. 16 May 1934 he wrestled Orville Brown to a 30-minute draw.[2] He gained some notoriety in 1936 when he faced heavyweight boxing contender Kingfish Levinsky in a mixed match, which Steele won in 35 seconds. Steele's biggest accomplishment in the sport was winning the National Wrestling Association's World Heavyweight Championship from Bronko Nagurski in St. Louis, Missouri on March 7, 1940. Steele would hold the belt for over a year before losing it back to Bronko Nagurski on March 11, 1941 in Houston, Texas.

Sauer served as a mentor to many young stars, including Lou Thesz before his death of a heart attack[3] in September 1949.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
  • Other awards
  • George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame (2002)
  • Pioneer Era inductee to the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame (2008)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wrestling Game Mourns Ray Steele". Classic Wrestling Articles. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  2. ^ LoW Orville Brown Wrestling History: "A second thirty-minute draw was the final result of a match against Ray Steele in St. Louis on May 16th."
  3. ^ Wray, J. G. "Wrestling Mourns Ray Steele" St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Sept. 13, 1949)

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