Nezperce Boy in Championship Wrestle

The wrestling championship of the Idaho State School for the Deaf at Gooding will be decided the afternoon of Christmas day, when Johnnie Wallace, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chancey Wallace of this city, and Ben Yearwood, for seven years a student of the Illinois State School, will make an hour’s endurance trial on the mat.

They will go in at 130 pounds, and are well matched all around for the contest.  Yearwood claims that he held the championship at the Illinois school at 110 pounds, and has thrown all comers at the Gooding school except young Wallace whom he has not yet tried.  Johnnie Wallace is an all-around amateur athlete, and has held the boxing championship of his school since the winter of 13-14, when he defeated the next best ring performer who had him bested considerable in size and weight.  Johnnie is very popular here at his home, and the outcome of his wrestling bout will be watched with much interest by his grown-up as well as his many younger local friends, who are all banking him to win.

Source: Nezperce Herald, December 2, 1915.

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