Thesz To Get Shot At Nagurski’s Mat Title

St. Paul Pioneer Press – March 16, 1941

Former world’s champion Lou Thesz is going to get his long delayed crack at the National Wrestling Association title. Tony Stecher announced Saturday the St. Louis Hungarian grappler had been signed as Bronko Nagurski’s opponent at the St. Paul Auditorium Friday night.

The title bout, a one-fall, one-hour time limit match, heads the card sponsored by the Dispatch-Pioneer Press to aid underprivileged amateur athletes in St. Paul.

And once again Stecher, who bears the reputation of being the Middle West’s best matchmaker, has come up with an attraction for the benefit card that would grace any arena in the country, including Madison Square Garden.

Thesz is one of the most popular figures in the mat world and is rated 1-2-3 among the leading contenders. He is 26 years old but has already held the NWA title on two occasions. His last term as titleholder was from February, 1939, when he defeated Everett Marshall, to June that same year when he was defeated by Nagurski in Houston, Texas.

And had that match been a one-fall affair such as Friday’s bout will be, Thesz would have retained the title inasmuch as he beat the big Bronk in a spectacular first fall, picking him right out of the air after Bronko had loosed one of his famous tackles and turning it into an airplane spin of his own to win the fall.

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