Crowd Mark Equalled For Night’s Matches

Kentucky New Era – January 16, 1947

One of the largest crowds ever to see a wrestling match in Hopkinsville was on hand last night at the armory to witness a three-bout card featured by a win for a newcomer to the list of women wrestlers, Helen Hild, over Evelyn Wall.

Miss Hild won in a straight fall over Miss Wall in match pitting two of the prettier of the feminine grapplers.

The feature of the two men’s matches was the disqualifying of the referee during the bout.  Don Cortez was officiating in the match was officiating in the match between Jack Welch and Don Rodriguez when the powers that be got the idea the referee was helping Rodriguez at every opportunity.

Al Szasz, who had wrestled earlier in the evening, was pressed into service as a substitute referee, and Welch went on to win the match after dropping the first fall.

In the night’s first bout Szasz had dropped the first fall to Billy Venable, then rallied to take the last two and the match.

The crowd, some 200 above the previous week, was estimated at 1,200.  That figure would put the turnout on par with any wrestling match attendance in the city’s history.

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