Capacity Crowd Expected As Girls Wrestle Again

The Progress-Index – August 23, 1957

ANOTHER CAPACITY CROWD like the one shown above at last week's Richmond wrestling show is expected tonight as the same girls, Babs Wingo, challenger, (left) and Ethel Johnson, Negro girls champion, tangle in the ARE show tonight.

ANOTHER CAPACITY CROWD like the one shown above at last week’s Richmond wrestling show is expected tonight as the same girls, Babs Wingo, challenger, (left) and Ethel Johnson, Negro girls champion, tangle in the ARE show tonight.

An extra 500 seats will help take care of an expected capacity gathering tonight at the State Fair Grounds for promoter Bill Lewis’ professional wrestling program which features a pair of Negro girl wrestlers in a Texas-rules match.

Lewis also has announced that he is augmenting his house staff to handle the throng, which should number in the vicinity of 5,000.  There will be additional ticket sellers and ushers to handle the gathering.

Since last week’s top crowd of 5,000 which was standing-room-only, jammed its way into the main exhibition building at the Fair Grounds, Lewis had 500 more seats placed in his arena.

Ethel Johnson, 137, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Babs Wingo, 142, New Orleans, will meet in a return tussle here this evening in one of a double main event.  Ethel Johnson was the winner last week although some said she benefitted from a “quick” call by the referee.  Promoter Lewis has rematched these two Negro girls for a two out of three falls, one hour Texas-rules match for a purse of $700.  The winner will get $400 and the loser $300.  Under Texas rules, nothing is barred save the stranglehold.

Sharing the interest with this scrap will be a tag team match, two out of three falls, one hour.  Pat O’Hara, 220, of Tampa, Fla., and Ali Bey, the 230-pound Turkish star, will come to grips with the Russians, Karl Fuzoff, 230, and Ivan Bornov, 220, both of Odessa.

A highly-rated newcomer, Red Bastien, 215, of Minneapolis, mixes with Jack O’Reilly, 220, of Amarillo, Tex., in the opening duel, one fall, 30 minutes.

Walter Buckner, 210, of Roanoke, Va., will referee all matches this week, promoter Lewis has announced.

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