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580 bring Oov- Wigwam cop keg- 1. Post Bay Hans Schmidt Tests Lure A t A rmory Hans Schmidt--who has set all-time gate records in wrestling arenas throughout the nation-rreceives a top of his crowd-drawing ability tomorrow when he tangles with Pat O'Connor at the Benton Harbor' Armory. HANS SCHMIDT hit a big 265 finale to take second with a 624. Mart Zindler had the only other 600 score with a 609. Other good scores were: Chuck Buschert, 598; Prank Kasischke, S93; Buss Jorgensen, 592; Earl Mueller, 589; Jule strefllng, _. 587; Bert VanTnunp, 567; George Dowling, Dowling, 586. If the match were held on a regular Saturday -wrestling night, Promoter Rex Sheeley would have doubt that Schmidt could Jam Armory, but a Wednesday card something new and fan reaction uncertain. Wrestling addicts flock to see Schmidt because they like to see the snarling German lose. So was the. lure that in a- 10-month period from October, 1652, to August, August, 1953, Schmidt drew gross of $1,321,000 i n matches throughout the nation which Is considered a record. Hans did all right in two appearances here last year pulling capacity capacity houses against Vern Qagne. Schmidt lost both matches but it was because of illegal tactics rather than inferior ability. O'Connor is a popular figure Harbor mat crowds and hns ployed here three times recently, defeating Bob Orton, Mighty Atlas , and Sheik of Araby. With both grapplers possessing the size and brawn to win, the battle shapes up as test of O'Connor's holds against the brutal violence Schmidt. The semi-final tomorrow will be tag team with Bobby Nelson and Each Malkov meeting Jerry and Mel Dove. Rock Columbo will face Paul DeOallls In the preliminary preliminary starting at 8:30.

Clipped from The News-Palladium, 05 Jan 1954, Tue,  Page

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