So it was fun, but will it replace Bobo Brazil? Not for a long time, and probably never as a team sport. With lower prices, better gymnasiums, larger rings and more experienced promoters, and using a tournament format, it might do well in wrestling-happy places like Waterloo, Iowa, Oklahoma City and Bethlehem, Pa., then, perhaps, catch on in bigger cities.
Because so few people were anxious to "be on hand for the birth of real professional wrestling," Fitch had to chop the prize money from $1,000 to $500 for first, $500 to $250 for second and $250 to $100 for third. Sportade (an imitator of Gatorade) donated $500 for the outstanding-wrestler award. This was won by Fehrs, who thus went back to Harvard with $1,000, which was $1,000 more than he had ever made wrestling. For that matter, it may well be the only $1,000 he'll ever make wrestling in or out of the trout season, with mail delivery twice a day and with a free double truck ad in the Bethlehem Globe-Times.