Geneva Wrestler in State Finals – Geneva 1943

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(Sports in the News from The Geneva Republican Newspaper, March 5, 1943)

Bob Williams, Geneva’s 115 lb. captain qualified for the state wrestling finals to be held at the University of Illinois.  Williams and Al Birch were the only Geneva wrestlers to place in the sectional tournament held at Morton high school.  Williams won the second place award in the 155 lb. class and Al Birch won the third place shield in the 95 lb. class.  Only first and second place winners in four sectional tournaments throughout the state qualified for the state finals.

Williams pinned Young of Morton and won a 6 to 0 decision from Sandiford of Joliet to reach the sectional finals last Saturday.  Bob looked very impressive in both of these bouts and although his opponents had good records for the season, Williams had little difficult in winning.  In his championship bout Bob was pitted against Bayles of Proviso and lost a 4 to 3 decision.  It turned out to be one of the fastest and most interesting of all the championship bouts.  It was Williams only defeat this season and his third in two years.

Al Birch reached the semifinals by outpointing Svendsen of Elgin 8 to 1.  Gerl of Joliet outpointed him 4 to 2 in the semifinals.  Al won third place honors by winning decisions from Meserole of Blue Island Gregor of Morton.

This is a post in celebration of the Geneva History Museum’s 75th anniversary, 1943 – 2018.

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