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EBRUARY 10, 1959 THE MICHIGAN DAILY
mers Strong Despite ost Divers

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By DICK MINTZ
An academic chip in the other-
wise infallible armor of the Wol-
verine swim squad was hardly no-
ticed by coach Gus Stager during
yesterday's practice at the Varsity
Pool.,
Only Dick Mehl, a sprinting
free-styler, was lost to the squad
because of academic difficulties.
"We're in a better position now
than we have ever been," said
Stager.
Divers Weakened
A gloomy pallor complexioned
the far side of the pool, however,
where the divers perform in a
practice divorced from the swim-
mers. Diving coach Bruce Harlan
lamented the loss of half 'of the
top diving foursome in the nation
because of grade difficulties. Bob

Webster, a promising sophomore
who was vying with Dick Kim-
ball for number one position
among the- divers, and veteran
standout, Alvaro Gaxiola, were de-
clared ineligible. This leaves Kim-
ball alone in the number one spot,
followed by Joe Gerlack and Ron
Jaco. Jaco, a sophomore, was a
gold medal winner in the Detroit
High School diving championships
two years ago. He was also runner-
up in the Jr. National A.A.U.
championships.
Tee Francis, another outstand-
ing sophomore performer, was
added to the casualty list when he
broke his leg two weeks ago.
Turner Moves Up
By this process of elimination
Tony Turner was thus insured the
fourth berth on the team. Turner,

an Olympic diver, has performed
too erratically in the past to merit
a starting berth this year. Harlan
thinks that added practice how-
ever, will make" him a more con-
sistent performer.
The strength of the diving
squad can be readily judged when
an Olympic performer like Turner
has to fight for the low rung on
the four-man team.
The meet against Indiana dur-
ing the inter-semester break add-
ed testimony to the overall
strength of the Michigan team.
The Hoosiers were regarded as the
team, that would offer the Wol-
verines their greatest competition,
but they fell far from expectations
on the short end of a 66-39 score.
The Wolverine 400-yd. medley
relay was particularly impressive

RANKED BY DUAL MEETS:
Wrestlers Prepare for Big Ten Meet

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By DAVE LYON
One full month remains until
the Big Ten wrestling meet on
March 6-7 in Iowa City, but it's
not too early to speculate on how
the various teams around the
Conference line up.
The Big Ten meet climaxes a
two-month period called the "reg-
ular season," which is composed
primarily of dual meets between
Conference. teams. As far as di-
rectly determining individual or
team championships in the Big
Ten, these dual meets mean noth-
ing. Everything depends on the
two-day . Big Ten affair next
month.
Serve Two Purposes
The "regular season" meets,
however, do serve two purposes.
They enable grapplers around the
Conference to get into top physi-
cal condition by co mp etin g
against topflight wrestlers; and
they enable scribes to juggle dual-
meet scores and come up with an
evaluation of the, teams based on
their performance against each
other.
On the basis of what has hap-
pened so far this season, the fol-
lowing comparative list of teams
might be made :
1m Iowa, 2. Illinois, 3. Michigan,
4. Minnesota, 5. Indiana, 6. Michi-
gan State, 7. Purdue, 8. North-
western, 9. Wisconsin, 10. Ohiol
State. '
The following observations can
be made about the teams, read-
ing froi first to last:
IOWA - Defending Big Ten
champions, the Hawks have rolled
past five Conference opponents in
compiling a .600 dual meet record.
Half the Iowa squad is undefeat-

ed, with 1958 Conference 137-lb.
champ Gene Luttrell and Big Ten
123-lb. runnerup Larry Moser
leading the way. Iowa is weak in
only two divisions-147 and 157.
* * *
ILLINOIS - The Illini missed
the title last year by three points,
but there are five returning let-
termen this season, led by 1958
Conference 147-lb. champion Wer-
ner Holzer, and veterans Tom
Gabbard and Rex Whitlatch. Illi-
nois was edged by Iowa but over-
whelmed Purdue, 23-5, so far.
* * *
MICHIGAN -A young team,
capable of much improvement be-
fore the Conference test next
month. Michigan has edged In-

diana and scuttled Northwestern
and Purdue so far, and faced Illi-
nois in an important meet last
Saturday.
* * *
MINNESOTA - The Gophers'
3-1 dual-meet record is marred
only by a loss to Iowa, which is
no disgrace. Lettermen Bill Wright
and Jim Reifsteck, both of whom
placed in the 1958 Big Ten meet,
are backed by a promising group
of sophs and juniors.
** *
INDIANA -- The Hoosiers were
second-best in the Conference un-
til a wave of ineligibilities and in-
juries between semesters reduced
their strength. Four men - in-
cluding both heavyweights-didn't
make their grades, two veterans
are shelved for the season by, in-
juries, and 147-lb. Nick Petronka,
undefeated in three seasons of
dual meets, has graduated. There
isn't too much left at Blooming-
ton.
*
MICHIGAN STATE - The
Spartans resemble Michigan in
the fact that they are young, hav-
ing as many as six sophs in the
lineup at one time. Indiana easily
took care of State, 20-7, but MSU's
sophomores are talented, and can
improve to a great extent in the
coming month.
PURDUE - Barely beaten ley
MSU, 14-12, Purdue has beaten
Northwestern for the only win in
its 1-4 record. Stan Henderson
(123) and Dominic Fatta (137)
lead a Purdue team that should
do little improving on last year's
seventhi-place Big Ten finish.
* * *
NORTHWESTERN-The Wild-
cats, rather strong in the middle
four weights, are weak in the
other four. Led by 157-lb. Art
Kraft and 167-lb. Chuck Arends,
Northwestern has beaten only
Ohio State, 15-9, in four dual
meets.
WISCONSIN-Half the Badger
squad ended up on their backs in
Iowa's recent 29-3 victory in a
dual meet. Wisconsin finished a
poor ninth in the Conference meet
last year, and can be picked- to
finish no higher this season.
** *
OHIO STATE - Dave Cam-
aione, veteran 130-pounder, could
prosper in the Big Ten meet and
give OSU enough pointsto escape
the cellar. The Bucks have Cam-
aione, 177-pounder Vince Gonino,
and little else.

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