Record Crowd Sees Carnera At Armory

Wenatchee, Wash., Daily World – December 12, 1952

Primo Carnera, former world’s heavyweight boxing champion, now turned wrestler, provided the attraction to draw the largest audience of mat fans in local history last night.

The Armory was jammed to standing-room-only capacity as 904 spectators watched the 276-pound Carnera show his skill as a wrestler.

A tag team of Abe Yourist, 222 pounds, and Rudy Kowalski, 200, was hardly a match for the giant ex-boxer, however. Taking on the two smaller men one at a time, Carnera pinned Kowalski and then Yourist in an elapsed time of 11 minutes.

After he settled his huge frame on an opponent, there was no way to escape the inevitable shoulders-on-the-mat result.

In other bouts, Steve Gob defeated Hardy Kruskamp in a two of three-fall main event, and Dick Hayes of Seattle won over Jack Kontos, Ellensburg, in the opener.

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