Monday, September 7, 2015

HIGH SCHOOL BAND FUNDRAISER


March 19, 1963
SALISBURY, NORTH CAROLINA
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52 Years Ago

Some of professional wrestling's biggest stars will be featured on an all-star card at the PRICE HIGH SCHOOL * gymnasium in Salisbury, N.C., tonight.

GEORGE BECKER and BILLY TWO RIVERS, perhaps the most popular tag team to ever work together in the Carolinas, will clash with rugged bullies SWEDE HANSON and ALDO BOGNI in the two-out-of-three falls main event.

HANSON, who is sometimes called "Big Foot" for the simple reason that he wears a size fourteen shoe, is one of the most brutal grapplers on the wrestling circuit. He specializes in drop-kicks, and his huge feet come in mighty handy in this maneuver.

TWO RIVERS, a full-blooded Indian, is particularly popular with the younger generation of fans. Many Carolina younsters have copied his "Mohawk" style haircut (probably to the dismay of many parents).

Negro wrestlers are featured in the other matches.

SWEET GEORGIA BROWN, from Columbia, S.C., clashes with EDNA CHARLES of Jackson, Mississippi, in a girls' match.

PAUL HARRISON, from Dallas, Texas, and JIMMY BALLARD, from Memphis, Tennessee, two rugged Negro grapplers, will face one another in the opening contest.

The first match starts at 8:15 p.m. A large crowd is expected, so come early.



And the results...

GEORGE BECKER and BILLY TWO RIVERS were too much for SWEDE HANSON and ALDO BOGNI in the main event wrestling match at PRICE HIGH SCHOOL last night. The good guys took two straight falls over the bad guys. BECKER took BOGNI for the first fall with his "abdominal stretch." TWO RIVERS' war dance followed by tomahawk chops took the toll of HANSON for the second and deciding fall.

In the other matches, EDNA CHARLES won over SWEET GEORGIA BROWN, and PAUL HARRISON pinned JIMMY BALLARD.

A crowd topping 1200 attended with proceeds going to the PRICE HIGH SCHOOL band program. Another wrestling show may be booked in the near future, it was reported.



* PRICE HIGH SCHOOL was the then all-black high school in the Salisbury City School system.

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