Clipped From The Mexia Daily News
Time Wrestling In Mexia Again The strongest man in America has chosen wrestling as his new profession. Olympic weightlifter Ken Patera sent records toppling wherever he competed throughout his amateur career. He'll be in Mexia for the wrestling match being sponsored by the Jaycees at 8 Saturday night. An all-around athlete in high school, Patera hurdled, high- jumped, wrestled and was active in football, baseball, and basketball. While in college at Brigham Young University, he broke dozens of records and became Western Athletic Conference champion in discus and shotput, and third in the world in shotput. Later that year, he decided to concentrate his efforts on weightlifiting. No one has ever dominated weightlifting as Ken Patera has during the four years he competed competed in and for,.the United States. In 1969 he won the National Junior Championships, and in the process set four national and four world records in one meet. That same year he won the Senior National Championships and became the first man in history to lift more than 500 pounds overhead. The strength of the man is overwhelming when one compares compares his record with any other. Consider Patera's record with , for instance, that of 1956 United States Olympic Champion, Paul Anderson. Anderson won in Olympic competition with an impressive 1,102 pounds. Patera's best total is 1,397. He dominated weightlifting while competing for the United States and he'll dominate the world of professional wrestling before many years haye passed.