K.O. Koverly Disqualified

Los Angeles Times – June 13, 1940
By Al Wolf

Last night’s rassle class at the Olympic quite possibly had the rare good fortune ot see a shooting match, although such things have long been considered as extinct as the dodo bird.

A stranger who gave the name “Del Rosa” plunked down five bucks for a license and examination, borrowed a set of trunks from one of the boys and attempted to win a “C” note by staying 20 minutes with Lee Wykoff, who has been making that offer to the house weekly.

For his “fin,” the unknown, a stylish-stout party, got just 2m. 3s. of roughing up from the recent tourney victor before being erased with a body press.

In the main event, which started long after the average bedtime, Pantaleon Manlapig was the victor over K.O. Koverly. After each had won a fall, Mr. Koverly ungracefully clamped the Filipino’s noggin between the twisted ropes, then got outside the ring and pummeled him merrily. But referee Don McDonald counted him out for his absence from the battleground, a technicality that incensed Mr. Koverly – to put it most mildly.

Rube Wright took two out of three from Hans Steinke, who substituteed when Vincent Lopez again played hookey. The team match for once gailed to go over with the 4,500 patrons. In it, Jules Strongbow – sporting an Indian-style haircut – and Tiny Roebuck used Hardy Kruskamp and Tarzan White for battering rams against the corner posts and thereby rendered them hors de combat at an early hour. Other results:

Frederick Von Schacht defeated Tarzan White in 17m. 25s (White injured leg and was unable to continue); Hardboiled Haggerty pinned Vic Hill in 5m. 34s. , body press; Max Krauser pinned Wee Willie Davis in 7m. 11s., airplane spin; Crusher Billings pinned Pete Peterson in 14m. 36s., body press, and Bobby Coleman and El Pulpo drew, 20m.

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