O’Connor And Rocca Take Team Match

Chicago Tribune – October 23, 1954
By Frank Mastro

It was a happy affair at the International Amphitheater last night when Patrick O’Connor and Argentina Rocca, a pair of wrestlers who grapple strictly according to the mat rules, triumphed over Reggie Lisowski and Art Nielsen, two villainous characters, in the team tag match that headlined a wrestling show for which 7,506 patrons paid $18,129 to witness.

O’Connor and Rocca sent their followers into mild hysterics by flopping the villains in 12 minutes 15 seconds to record the first fall. The match was scheduled with a one-hour time limit and when the clock ran out, Lisowski and Nielsen still were trying to square the match, with the result the popular heroes were returned the victors by virtue of their opening fall.

Missing from his customary seat at ringside was Dr. Mitchell Corbett, 68, veteran physician for the Illinois boxing commission, who underwent a major operation in Mayo Brothers hospital in Rochester, Minn., yesterday and was reported in serious condition last night.

Yukon Eric won the semi-windup, defeating Hans Hermann in 8:50 with a submission hold. Preliminary results:

Billy Goelz beat Benito Gardini (21:25), Don Leo Jonathan beat Tiger Jack Moore (6:10) and Great Karpozilos drew Great Yamato (30:00).

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