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By FRED KATZ
The clock has struck midnight
for Indiana's cinderella team, de-
fending basketball champions of
the Big Ten.
The Hurryin' Hoosiers hurried
their way from a most dismal
1957-58 pre - conference showing
(one victory, six losses) to edge'
out Michigan State for the title
and a berth in the NCAA tourna-
But the loss of Archie Dees,
everybody's All-American, plus all
but one starter, Bob Wilkinson,
makes Indiana a definite outsider!
in the league title-chase that be-
gins next month.
Another spine-tingling race is
seen in the offing with Purdue,
Northwestern, MSU and Iowa con-
ceded the best chances of wresting
the Conference laurels from the l seasoned group that could figure
Hoosiers. to go all the way.
Both Purdue and Northwestern New Hawk Coach
boast of complete starting quintets Iowa, sole possessor of sixth
returning. And both were plenty place last year, could move up a
rugged last year. The former couple of notches under its new
finished in 9 second place tie with coach, Sharm Scheuerman. At 24,
Michigan State, while Northwest-
ern rested in fourth place.
The Boilermakers, paced by
center Willie Merriwether, have
excellent balance with veterans
Wilson Eison, Harvey Austin, Bob
Fehrman and Bill Greve. Their
defense., second only to MSU,
should be improved even more by
a strong reserve squad.
Northwestern provided its new
coach Bill Rohr with the school's
best record in a decade last year.
This season the Wildcats are a
ormer Gym Captain Turns Coach,
7orks as Loken's Assistant This Fall
recently dropped the sport. ".. .
but I'll probably teach in a high
school for awhile to get some ex-
Asked about a return to Michi-
gan, the former captain mentioned
that Loken is "probably going to
be here for many years to come."
The former Big Ten and NCAA
champion who reactivated the
sport at Michigan in 1947 was
cited by Gagnier for his success
in building up the sport on cam-
Eyeing a chance at berths in
Evanston or Lafayette, the "fresh-
man coach" noted that he might
be interested in repeating Loken's
story at Michigan. The "Madisonj
Avenue" instinct of making gym
meets colorful and interesting is
one technique that the Wolverine
coach has used to good advantage..
... Illinois forward
Scheuerman is the Big Ten's
youngest head coach and moved
into the post when former Hawk- i rs mir urquoise
eye mentor Bucky O'Connor diedEhuJewelry
in an auto crash last winter.
team around John Green, the Con-
ference's best All America bet.
Jumping Johnny averaged 18 O*Christmas Cards
points and led the league with
17.8 rebounds per game.
League Balance from all over the World
The other six teams aren't con-
sidered championship caliber at
the present, but all should be im-
proved over last season.
Illinois, previously handicapped
by lack of a big man have 6'8" \
Vern Altemeyer and 6'8" John
Wessels fighting for the pivot0 anrIJE@
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position. This will leave Governer30
Vaughn, last year's center, free toI
move to ismorefamil"a ad WILLIE MERRIWEATHER
spot. ..Purdue scorer__________________________________
Michigan hasn't been as for- --__
tunate in coming up with the good c c.i 5'ti- -- - - -
big man and will suffer from the 9 to 5:30 every day.
loss of 6'6" Pete Tillotson, the
number six scorer in the Confer- Mon. and Fri. evenings
ence. The Wolverines have two-
year veterans M. C. Burton and
George Lee, along with Terry
Miller and sophomore sensation
John Tidwell to tie up the slack.
Loss of Howard
Ohio State is the only other
team under new management as
Fred Taylor replaces Floyd Stahl.
But loss of Frank Howard leaves p
little room for optimism in Co-/NC 1 4. it
Minnesota could be the surprise
after having found a fine sopho-me n
more center last year in Ron John-
Wisconsin, Big Ten cellar dwell-
ers, will rely on two sophomores,
Ivan Jefferson and Torn Jackson,
to improve upon their 1957-58
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berth. Corriere did his prep wres-
tling at Hill School, Pottstownmi
Pa., the same school that produced
Dennis Fitzgerald a fullback on
the Wolverine grid team this fall,
appears to be on top in the race PENDLETON-the "must"laIel for virgin wool gar-
fork th 6-pudpost. Karl PND T N-h mut ie orvgnwol a-
F nk, former Michigan high school ments. Sport shirts, topster jackets and lounging robes
champ, is contending for the 177-Sprsntsjaksongg
lb. slot. for men-skirts, '49er jackets, topmaster jackets, plaid-
Heavyweight Fred Olm, the only master jackets, sweaters, lounging robes for women-
other returnee besides Murray and stadium blankets and davenport throws for family gifts.
123-pound Mike Hoyles, will have
to hustle to keep Guy Curtis of All most reasonably priced.
South Bend, Ind. from beating him
out for that berth. Curtis, who
played guard on the football team, COMOY-world famous London-made pipes, always the
is a former Indiana prep title-
holder. favorite gift for pipe smokers.
With only a week to go before
Michigan opens its rugged dual-
meet schedule Dec. 12 at Cornell, DOPP KITS-the outstanding cases for containing toilet
Keen is mainly concerned with his
team's conditioning. If all the articles when travelling.
sophomores live up to their billing
and if everybody rounds into shape GATES-MILLS leather and knitted gloves, lined and un-
as they should, Michigan could
have a very successful pre-Big Ten lined.
meet season and move into con-
tention for the Conference title.
ENRO-shirts, pajamas in all of the new materials.
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coaching skill," Gagnier added.
Working as an assistant in the By DAVE LYON This season. Keen has only three
Intramural Department, Gagnier Wolverine Wrestling Coach Cliff returnees around which to build a
handles the co-recreational pro- Keen's long interest in promoting team, which means he must again
grams besides teaching archery- collegiate-style wrestling on the depend heavily on sophomores to
a skill he developed counseling at high school level may be starting fill out the squad. But, unlike other
summer camps. to pay dividends for his Michigan recent years, Keen is blessed with
Hopes for Big Ten teams, an abundance of sophs who have
After ending his fellowship at When given the opportunity, had high school experience.
Michigan, Gagnier mentioned that ' Keen has not hesitated to do his Because of their successful high
he would like to start his coaching share in extending the sport to school careers, plus their develop-
career somewhere in the Midwest. secondary schools throughout th ment as freshmen last season, the
"I would like to stay in the Big state, and to help to popularize it sophs give every indication of pro-
Ten because I like their way of on other levels, too. He has served viding the necessary ability and
operating." as director of the state high school balance that could put Michigan
Two schools which .,appear on mat meet, and has also shown in- n the runnn for Big Te n
Gagnier's list are Purdue and terest in AAU and Olympic com- next March.
Northwestern. The Boilermakers petition.
have no team and the Wildcats More Wrestlers State Champs
Partly because of Keen's efforts, Many of this year's sophomores
Smoreand more high schools now were state champions in high'
have wrestling programs, more school. Ambrose Wilbanks, 130-
boys are going out for the sport, pound former Michigan prep titlist
U K KN B00 T _and the result is that college mat from Ypsilanti, together with 137-
teams are getting more men who poun sophs Wilfrid Hildebrandt of
N have had previous grappling ex- Toledo and Jim Agnew of La
perience. Grange, Ill., may force senior cap-
This year Keen, it appears, will tain Larry Murray to fight for a
start benefitting from that :fact, starting berth.
He has had a chronic problem Murray can go either 130 or 137,
!during recent years: many of the although he competed at the latter
afreshmen and sophomores on his weight most of last season because
"M" teams have had no high Max Pearson, now graduated, held
school training. And with a limited down the 130-lb. slot. Hildebrandt
#number of lettermen returning is a former runnerup in the Ohio
each year, the coach has had to state prep tournament.
present for competition a squad J.ames Blaker, former Illinois
ade up largely of untried grap- state champ from Park Ridge, is
plers.____topcotnefr the 147-lb. slot.
Sophs at157 Pounds
Dick Fronczak of Lansing, for-
By appohtfinen t mer Michigan prep titlist, and Don
m ufatrran Corriere are two sophs who will
apparently fight for the 157-pound
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