Garabaldi Fights At Arena Tuesday

The Southeast Missourian – April 25, 1955

Beauty and brawn will highlight the Odd Fellows wrestling presentation Tuesday night at the Arena.  Wilbur Snyder, wrestlings newest sensation, will meet a very unpopular rough neck doing business as “The Mask” in the main event.

The beauty department will be represented by Bonnie Watson, a vivacious blonde and Mae Weston dark haired veteran mat performer when they trade holds in the semi-final match.

Ralph Garabaldi, of the celebrated wrestling Garabaldis, will meet four times Pacific Coast champion Vic Holbrook in the opening match.

Young Snyder 234 pound former all round athlete of the University of Utah, has accomplished in three years what most wrestlers work a lifetime to get.  Snyder is rated as the No. 1 challenger for champion Lou Thesz’s world crown.  At the age of 25, he stands a good chance of being the next champion.  Friday night, Snyder met Thesz and seemed to have the match won but Thesz gave him a back drop and defeated him.  Promoter Leonard Thomas reports that he weighs 270 pounds and is a rough house type wrestler.  This match is scheduled to go 2 out of 3 falls with a 1 hour time limit.

Bonnie Watson, 21 years old and 5 foot 6 inches tall, took up wrestling 3 years ago.  Bonnie, of Irish descent was born in West Union, W. Va., and is fast being recognized as one of the best of the young girl wrestlers.

Mae Weston, is one of the pioneers of professional wrestling having been one of the first girls to enter the business.  Mae, who is 33, married and lives in Columbus, O., with her husband, Bill Murphy.  Mae says she may retire and become a housewife this year after she gets one crack at June Byers’ mat crown.  This match is scheduled to go 2 out of 3 falls with a 1 hour time limit.

Vic Holbrook 260 pound mat star of Hollywood, Calif., and 240 pound Ralph Garabaldi of St. Louis will meet in the opening match which is scheduled to get underway at 8:15.  This match will be 1 fall or a 30 minute time limit.

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