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Additional particulars were furnished, by the cable service to Sydney papers of the- great wrestling contest botween Frank, Gotch, the American, eUampion, and George Backensohniidt, the Russian "Lion," which took place in Chicago on 4th September. Immense interest was taken in the event, and; th!e Baseball Park, where ilie contest was decided, was not large enough to accommodate the crowd. As it was, 30,000 were around the arena, at 2 o'clock, while there were 40,000 outside clamoring for admission. It was feared that there would fee trouble. The police, however, were well represented, and kept the crowd in check.

While the crowd waited for the cliiampions to appear there were rumors flying >ix>und to the effect that the referee would1 officially declare fjata off. IK-, was reported everywhere that JEackenschmidt was; uniraihed, and in. apparent substantial tion of this report the Russian's friendis seemed reluctant to wager. Gotch. was aocompanied • by his manager, Klank, Farmer Burns, arid iWesterguard Rogers. Immediately upon entei?ing the. arena, Goteh, catching sight of his wife and aged mother, who occupiedi a box, moved1 to them. • The Chief of Police, McSweeney, lost no time in declaring that all bets were off. Gotcih. appeared nervous. The reports with, regard to HackenBchmidt's condition were to a. certain extent,confirmed when he made His appearance, inasmuch as he had; a viable corporation. After sparring for holds, the Russian tried a. trip, but Gotch was too quick, ®nd with, a leg; hold dropped the Russian on to his face. , Regaining his feet quickly, Hackeueohmidt 1 manoeuvred1, and got behiud his opponent, with, the,result that he momentarily threw Gotch,. Both men assumed1 a crouching attitude, and they sparred for an. opening. Hackehsehmidt rushed in and attempted to turn Goteft/over with i trip. The American's alertnessr, however, enabled. Hun to ,secure Hacken^ \ schmidt^a/foot.' *.He |*oo4\him on hi* -, '7^bicad; tlie oxwdi^yellailg^^Ud. ©hi&eriris their countryman on. Simultaneous with this act Gotch.'s right hand Bought the Russian's leg, while his left nfcnd closed! like a, tentacle on his right wrist. Then a reverse body-loek-wirist-iiold won the-first fall for Gotch. The bout had lasted 14min.. 1 15sec, and! the crowd was almost hysterical in its delight. After the handshake it-, was apparent that Gdtph was more confident, while Hackenstehmidt changed his tactics. He set about to wear Gotefr down by his bull-like strength. The effort induced roughness, and each man bore traces of the struggle. In five and a half minutes of; strenuous effort on the part of each man> Gotch, secured the famous too holds, which in the previous contest bad so disconoßrted the Russian, and which it is /declared' has never been broken by Any man. ■.The Russian Lion failed to counter the dreadful hold, and in a'JFew seaonds had signalled! Ms defeat. Tlie second fall wast, therefore, Gotoh's ; and he was declared the winner to the , accompianiment of tumultuous cheer-

Gotch demonstrated his superiority throughout the contest in every turn and twist. The explanation of the decisive defeat of the Lion rested on the fact that Gotch was trained to a nicety, whilst his opponent was fat. Jack Ouriey, the manager of Hackenschmidt, declared that hismr,n was injured as the result of the toe bold, the ligaments being so badly torn by Gotch's iron grip that he wa's compelled to quit.

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WRESTLING., Marlborough Express, Volume XLV, Issue 215, 18 September 1911

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WRESTLING. Marlborough Express, Volume XLV, Issue 215, 18 September 1911

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