Coos Bay OR Times – February 19, 1949
A near riot resulted over last night’s decision in the final fall of the feature wrestling match at the Coos Bay Armory.
Bill Weidner, the favorite, met Bulldog Clements in the feature event, and was one fall behind when he suddenly decided not to take any more rough stuff from Clements and knocked him out of the ring. He also knocked the referee, Jack O’Reilly, out of the ring and refused to let either man back in the ring, kicking them back down on the floor each time they tried to climb through the ropes.
The referee awarded the match to Clements, as they stood beside the ring, but the fans complained loudly. O’Reilly was encircled by irate fans and, when he shoved one of them back into the ringside seats, disaster almost struck. However, the wrestlers came out of the dressing rooms and escorted O’Reilly out of the danger zone.
Weidner returned to the ring, and insisted that promoter Thor Jensen make Clements come back for another fall, but Jensen stated that the referee’s decision stood.
The middle match also was a wild fracas, with Herb Parks trying everything in the books on Maurice LaChappelle. Parks had LaChappelle definitely groggy after 11 minutes of the bout, but lost the fall at the last minute when he ran amok and consistently fouled his opponent. Referee O’Reilly awarded the fall to LaChappelle.
LaChappelle took the second and deciding fall with a punishing series of spinning head locks that left Parks gasping for air.
Rene LaBelle won the opener in 15 minutes from O’Reilly, on a surprise fall, flying off the ropes with a full-speed elbow slam on O’Reilly that caught him unawares.