Mildred Burke Wins But Berry Is Held To Draw

St. Joseph News-Press – January 23, 1943

More than 4,500 wrestling fans last night helped Gust Karras celebrate the 10th anniversary of his St. Joseph wrestling promotions and this all-time record crowd saw Mildred Burke make a successful defense of her woman’s world title against Betty Weston, while Wild Red Berry, light heavyweight champion, was held to a draw by Prospector Pete in the other title clash on the card.

Miss Burke, resplendent in white ring togs and in the best condition of her career, eliminated Miss Weston in straight falls by way of leaving little doubt of her superiority over the women grapplers. The first fall came in eight minutes after Miss Burke broke up a Texas rules attack to put Miss Weston on the defensive with a series of headlocks.

The Ohio girl continued to rough it in the other sessions but the champion, who is ready to open her first invasion of California, ended the contest in seven minutes. This time she employed an alligator clutch to subdue the girl who roughed her way through the elimination tournament last week to gain a shot at the title.

Berry returned to the Auditorium after an absence of 10 years to demonstrate the form that has taken him to the top. He gained the first fall in 21 minutes with his ivy twist, but Pete evened the match after Berry had tried to ram the prospector’s head into the ring post but himself was thrown against that support. The remaining seven minutes of the match were extremely rough.

Mae Young won the other woman’s match of the night over Gladys (Kill ‘Em) Gillem to gain a booking with Elviry Snodgrass here next week. Miss Gillem was her usual businesslike self, but was at a disadvantage when it came to speed. The blonde blaster got the jump on her and that was the difference.

Jack Dillon took the opener from Elmer Snodgrass in 11 minutes.

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