Dusek-Dillon Clash In Local Mat Fight

Lawrence Daily Journal-World – April 26, 1957

The heated rivalry existing between Joe Dusek and Black-Jack Dillon, stemming from their tag team wrestling partnership here April 9, will probably produce one of the roughest showdowns of the spring season Saturday.

Dusek and Dillon, tossing aside any thought of the regional title, will settle their own personal mat differences in the featured match on Saturday’s well-balanced three-event program in the Community Building ring.

The matches, sponsored by the Lawrence Junior Chamber of Commerce, will get under way at 8:30 with the Community Building doors opening at 7:15.

It was Dusek who demanded an individual square-off with Dillon and Bob Craddock, matchmaker for the Jaycees, quickly rallied to Joe’s cause and told Dillon to accept the challenge or stay out of Lawrence.

Mat science will provide a change of pace in the semi-wind-up when Mike DiBiase, a three-time Big Seven intercollegiate wrestling champion, tackles Larry Hamilton, a popular ring personality who has become known as the “Elvis Presley of matdom.”

DiBiase, who also played football for the Cornhuskers, rates as one of the greatest wrestlers to enter the pro ranks from the Midwest in recent years.  He toured extensively through Canada before returning to his Lincoln home a month ago.

Hamilton has been absent from the local mat scene for the past five weeks.  He departed for Texas in early March and quickly became a top drawing attraction throughout the Lone Star state.  Larry returned to St. Joseph last week and he’s right back in the thick of the title milling.

Thor Hagen, the “flying Viking” from Minneapolis, tackles rough-houser Rip Hawk in tonight’s opening match.

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