Bastiens Grapple To Draw

New York Post – May 1, 1960

Red and Lou Bastien retained their U.S. tag team title during Saturday night’s professional wrestling show at the Island Garden when the 11 p.m. curfew imposed by the New York State Athletic Commission halted the most grueling main event ever staged at the West Hempstead arena.

A crowd of 2,552 were on their feet from start to finish as the Bastiens wrestled to a heated draw with challengers Eddie Graham and Killer Kowalski in a match that lasted 31:50.

Neither team lived by the rules during this explosive encounter as free-for-alls marked every minute of action. Promoter Arnold (Whitey) Carlson hopes to stage a rematch at his club in the near future.

Other matches found Prince Maiava pinning Tony Altomare; Arnold Skoaland taking the measure of Pete Sanchez, and Donn Lewin rallying to beat Al Smith. The opening event between Jack Davis and Johnny Walker wound up a draw.

The grunt and groaners return to the Island Garden on Saturday night, May 14, with Dr. Jerry Graham and his brother, Eddie, making their first appearance together here since last May.


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