Brisco Wins World Title

The Houston Post – July 21, 1973

Oklahoma’s Jack Brisco became the first man to win the world’s heavyweight wrestling title in a Houston ring since 1942 when he scored a sensational three fall victory over Harley Race in Sam Houston Coliseum Friday night.

The last time the title changed hands here Bobby Managoff beat Canada’s Yvon Robert in November of 1942.  Before that, Bronko Nagurski defeated Louis Thesz here June, 1939.

Race had won the title from Dory Funk, Jr., in Kansas City on May 24, ending Funk’s four-year reign.  Before Friday’s match, Race was given a new $10,000 gold belt by National Wrestling Alliance president Sam Muchnick, but Brisco’s win took the belt from Race before he had a chance to wear it.

Brisco was born in Oklahoma and went to high school in Blackwell, Oklahoma.  He was all-state fullback, but also top wrestler in the state and when he went to OklahomaState, he passed up football to become National Intercollegiate champion, with an undefeated record.

Brisco led during the majority of the first fall.  But the wily Race survived to slam Brisco to the mat and take the opening fall in just over 12 minutes.

Brisco threw everything he had into evening the score.  He caught Race in his leg breaker, forcing the man who held the belt to submit.

When they came out for the final fall, Brisco set the pace.  When Race threw Brisco into the ropes, expecting to toss him into the air for a back drop, they hit, with Brisco coming high.  The move knocked Race down with Brisco on top and the fall was scored to the new National Wrestling Alliance champion.

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