Thesz-Fraley Match Heads Tuesday Card

Dallas Morning News – September 1, 1942

Hot on the comeback trail, former world heavyweight champion Louis Thesz, who lost the title only two years ago in Houston, rules a slight favorite over Pat Fraley, colorful Irish heavyweight, in their two-out-of-three-fall battle that will headline the Dallas Wrestling Club’s weekly program Tuesday night at the Sportatorium.

If the sensational St. Louis star can dispose of Fraley, currently one of the most popular heavies in the southwest, he will advance another step closer to cornering Bill Longson, the present champion, in a title match. Fraley, 234-pound Omaha Irishman, has been turning in some sensational performances lately, however, and his headly flying leg-lock has never been working better.

Because of his slightly superior knowledge of scientific grappling, coupled with his speed and splendid physical condition, the younger Thesz is slightly favored Tuesday night. The ex-champ tips the beam at 229 pounds.

Headling an outstanding card of preliminary events will be a one-fall, thirty-minute time-limit scrap between two of the rowdiest tin-ears in the South, 251-pound Lee Henning and 230-pound Ray Clements, the wild westerner from Lubbock. Henning, with his backbreaker hold, rules slight favorite.

Two of the most rugged men in the game, Henry Piers, 235, and Goon Henry, 253, will tangle in the special event. The program will get under way at 8:30 p.m. when Shreveport’s Roland Meeker attempts to halt the unruly tactics of Rough Roy Graham, the Corsicana ranch owner.

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