Stan Holek
Born(1933-04-04)April 4, 1933[1]
Chatham, Ontario, Canada[1]
DiedNovember 28, 2015 (aged 82)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Stan Holek
Stan Lisowski
Stan Neilson
Cowboy Elliott Hardy
Stan Lutze
Billed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[1]
Billed weight240 lb (110 kg)[1]
Billed fromMilwaukee, Wisconsin
Trained byBert Ruby[1]
Ed Farhat[1]
Larry Shane[1]

Stan Holek (April 4, 1933 – November 28, 2015) was a Canadian professional wrestler, better known by his ring names, Stan Lisowski and Stan Neilson. He became known for being part of two famous "brother" tag teams, the Lisowskis (with Reggie Lisowski) and the Neilsons (with Art Neilson).

Professional wrestling career

Holek originally got into wrestling after his older brother began wrestling in Detroit.[1] At age 18 in 1951, he debuted after training with Bert Rubi, The Sheik and Larry Shane in Detroit.[1] He then began teaming with Reggie Lisowski as the Lisowski Brothers.[1]

After the team split up, Holek began teaming with Lisowski's old partner Art Neilson.[1] Neilson and Holek became known as the Neilsons.[1] The Neilsons would become AWA World Tag Team Champions in 1962 defeating the team of Bob Geigel and Stan Kowalski. They lost the title later that year to Mr. High (Doug "Gilbert" Lindzy, no relation to the latter Doug Gilbert) and Mr. Low (Dick Steinborn).

In addition, Holek wrestled as Stan Lutze in New England in the 1950s.[1] He also toured Japan in the 1960s.[1]

Personal life

Holek grew up on a farm in Chatham, Ontario, and has an older brother named Laddie.[1] He moved to California in 1960 and later became an American citizen.[1] He then worked in the rodeo for 13 years and he worked in gold mines in Nevada.[1]

He was married twice.[1] He was married to his second wife for over 30 years, and they have two daughters.[1] He died on November 28, 2015, after a two year battle with colon cancer.[2]

Championships and accomplishments

  • AWA World Tag Team Championship (Indiana version) (4 times) - with Art Neilson


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Oliver, Greg (October 6, 2004). "How Holek became Lisowski then Neilson". SLAM! Wrestling. Archived from the original on January 15, 2013. Retrieved 2009-12-10.((cite web)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  2. ^ Oliver, Greg. "Stan Holek was as tough as they come". Slam! Sports. Archived from the original on December 5, 2015. Retrieved 13 December 2018.