Sport: Bethlehem's Champ

For all the slapstick and clowning that has wrecked professional wrestling, the honest amateur variety still has its loyal fans. Probably the No. 1 wrestling town in the U.S. is Bethlehem, Pa. (pop. 66,340), home of Lehigh University. Probably the U.S.'s No. 1 wrestler: National Champion 147-lb. class) Edward ("Ike") Eichelberger, captain of Lehigh's wrestling team.

Whenever Lehigh wrestlers travel out of town, half of Bethlehem huddles over its radios to get a hold-by-hold report. When the Engineers take on a visiting team, home-town rooters pack the house. Last week, when Ike...

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