Paavo Applies Final Touches To Mat Card

Tacoma News-Tribune – October 9, 1953

Completion of this Friday night’s Bronko Nagurski-Luther Lindsey wrestling card, which also features a meeting between Frank Stojack and the Masked Marvel, was announced Thursday by promoter Paavo Ketonen.

Leo (Numa) Anderson and the Ram have been booked as opponents in the one-fall, 30-minute special event, Ketonen revealed, while Bronko Lubich and Frank Schneider will collide in the one-fall, 20-minute opener.

The promoter also said he was laying plans to match the winner of the Nagurski-Lindsey match with Lou Thesz when the world’s heavyweight champion makes another visit to the Northwest in the near future.

Lindsey, who lays claim to the world’s Negro heavyweight crown, went to a draw with Thesz here two months ago in Lou’s first defense of his crown against a colored challenger.

Nagurski, the longtime football star (All-American at the University of Minnesota and an all-time National Football League all-star with the Chicago Bears), has likewise met Thesz before, but a draw with the champion was his best performance.

The match between Stojack and the Marvel has created just as much interest among Tacoma mat fans as the headline attraction. Stojack’s Pacific Coast junior heavyweight championship won’t be on the block, but the Mask can be counted upon to press his demands for recognition as the kingpin of the 205-pounders if he wins.

Stojack, recently crowned world’s lightheavyweight titlist, has dinciated he will abdicate as Coast junior heavy champion, but insists than an elimination tournament be conducted to determine his successor.

Nagurski and Lindsey will wrestle in a one-hour time limit match, best two falls out of three, while Stojack and the Mask will got at it over the 45-minute route, also best two falls out of three.

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