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June13_1974 - Easy Win For 'Joltin' Joe JOE BLANCHARD, who...
Easy Win For 'Joltin' Joe JOE BLANCHARD, who consented to an interview following his easy victory over part time wrestler A! Garcia in the semifinal match, said you can't expect to compete in the ‘big time" matches weighing under 220 pounds A wrestler com petes in a world of big guys Blanchard added Blanchard, now 45 and weighing 245 completely outclassed the younger Garcia Garcia usually a referee, was standing in for the Texan a 180-pounder who didn't show Garcia weighed in at 230 but he knew few wrestling holds well Blanchard's sloppy execution of the abdominal stretch produced a quick submission from the flabby Garcia, who kept pulling his trunks up Blanchard also drew support from the crowd Blanchard's skill in the nng is well known He was 1950 Big Eight Con ference wrestling champion, as a collegiate wrestler for Kansas State He played various positions on the line for the Edmonton Eskimos of the* Canadian Football League Blanchard recalled playing against Jim Cason, former Life Begins at Forty champ Cason was playing for the Saskatchewan Ruff riders of the CFL. as a defensive back Cason also played with the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football league Blanchard wrestles only occasionally now. spending most of his time as a wrestling promoter in San Antonio When Blanchard travelled the wrestling circuit, he would cover as much as “2,500 miles a week A wrestler might be wrestling in Fort Wayne. Indiana on Monday, in Denver, Colo and Milwaukee. Wis in the middle (rf the week and Cincinnati. Ohio on Sat urday His son. a referee, was injured during a match recently when Mephisto committed a piledriver on the younger Blan chard His father (called "Joltin" Joei was seeking a revenge match with the wrestler, but Mephisto has left the area Blanchard said. wrestlers are self employed, "they can come and go as they please Blanchard added that it wasn t unusual for a wrestler to be in disagreement with a certain referee or promotor

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  1. Valley Morning Star,
  2. 18 Jun 1974, Tue,
  3. Page 6

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