few photographs from this tournament are known to exist. The
main group of photographs below were taken by Bob McAlister, a public relations
person for the Greenville Memorial Auditorium in Greenville SC hired
to market the Auditorium and assist management in dealing with the
promoters of various events. Sandy Scott was Crockett Promotions'
local promoter in South Carolina and Western North Carolina at that
same time. Bob rode up to Greensboro with Sandy on the day of the US
tournament event and got permission to be at ringside to shoot these
pictures. These sixteen photographs were given by Bob to our friend
Don Holbrook years ago. They were extra copies he had of the dozens
he took that night.
The bottom three photographs were shot by veteran wrestling photographer the late Gene Gordon.
Two of them
were located after a lengthy search through the archived negatives by
their owner Scooter Lesley. The other was sent to us by a collector.
We are fortunate to be able to present
these photographs here. - D. Bourne
JOHNNY WEAVER vs. PAUL
WAHOO McDANIEL vs. HARLEY RACE
PAUL JONES vs. TERRY FUNK
THE ABOVE PHOTOS BY BOB MCALISTER
FROM THE COLLECTION OF DON HOLBROOK
Gene Anderson backdrops Johnny Weaver
in the opening round of the tournament.
Photo by Gene Gordon from the
collection of Daniel Walker.
NOTICE THE CUT OVER TERRY FUNK'S EYE IN
THE PHOTO ON THE RIGHT. TERRY GOT THAT CUT THE HARD WAY,
AS DISCUSSED BY PAUL AND TERRY IN THERE
MEMORIES OF THE EVENT.
THESE TWO PHOTOGRAPHS BY GENE GORDON
PROVIDED BY SCOOTER LESLEY © DITCHCAT