Lou Thesz Grapples To Draw But Bronko Still Champ

St. Paul Pioneer Press – March 22, 1941

Bronko Nagurski is still the National Wrestling Association champion. In the defense of his title against Lou Thesz of St. Louis, at the St. Paul Auditorium theater, Friday night, he wrestled to a one-hour draw. Only a defeat could have stripped him of his championship.

A small but enthusiastic crowd saw Nagurski and Thesz in an hour of grappling that held the spectators on the edge of their seats, with Nagurski apparently on the edge of being pinned at least a half dozen times.

The smallest turnout of fans in the four-year record of the St. Paul Athletics Aid Fund, for which the card was held, will result in a payment of only $207.63 to the Aid Fund.

The semiwindup of the card also went to a draw, with hero Rudy Strongberg of Philadelphia and villain Jim Wright of San Antonio failing to reach a decision in their allotted 30 minutes.

Villainy triumphed over heroism in one of the 30-minute preliminaries when Ralph Garibaldi of St. Louis pinned Walter Podolak of Minneapolis in 16 minutes of a scheduled, 30-minute bout. Garibaldi made Podolak quit by a toehold.

Stanley Myslajek of Minneapolis defeated Charles Haraben of Doraville, Ga., in nine minutes of the scheduled 30-minute opener.

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