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Tuesday, March 25, 1969

THE MICHIGAN DAILY Tuesday, March 25, 1969

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cke bitter crown

To Michigan's gymnasts, taking
the Big Ten crown on Saturday
was like eating ice cream after a
tonsils operation. It just didn't
taste as good as it should have.
After failing in their bid for
the NCAA spot on Friday, nothing
will taste very good to the Wol-
verines for a while. The trip to
the national finals is what Mich-
igan really wanted, but missed by
45 hundreths of a point.
The margin of failure was so
slight that one could give any
number of reasons for the Wol-
verines' faltering. The most glar-
ing of these is the sidehorse score.
Michigan started the meet off on
the wrong foot by losing over two
points to Iowa in the event. This
is not the easiest way to win a
gymnastics meet, as the Wolver-
ines will attest. They spent the
rest of the day just trying to over
come the deficit. There was even
some speculation as to the credi-
bility of the scores, which totaled
only 25.3.
Michigan coach Newt Loken
states, "The sidehorse scores really
hit us hard. The 25.3 was one of
our lowest scores all year and
actually the boys performed quite
well. We were very shocked by the
Another incident which could
have cost Michigan the meet was
the injury of George Huntsicker
during the floor exercise. His 6.95

total forced the Wolverines to use
Rick McCurdy's score of 8.75.
Huntsicker can usually be counted
on to score a 9.3 in the event. Lo-
ken points out, "Huntsicker's in-
jury could have cost us the whole
thing. We were hurt by .5 points,
which would have been enough to
pull out the meet."
Michigan almost did pull it out..
They performed brilliantly the
rest of the day, only to fall short
by a fraction. Final score; Iowa


161.55, Michigan 161.10. Illinois
qualified for third place.
Loken was, nevertheless, proud
of his team. "In the rest of the
events the men did a fantastic
job. We bombed everybody out of
the rings. The parallel bars were
great." The trampoline score of
27.45 didn't count, of course, in
the NCAA qualifying.
The Wolverines woke up on Sa'
turday with a sour taste in their
mouths, probably not quite be-

lieving that they wouldn't be go- score. The .45 margin of defeat in
ing to the NCAA's. The Big Ten the preliminaries becomes even
finals were still to be held, how- more ridiculous,
ever, and Loken knew that his Iowa was obviously content to
team would have to pull itself to- leave with the NCAA qualification,
gether. and nothing else, under its belt.
"I was concerned whether t h e Michigan blasted them 189.9-185.-
team could fire up for the finals, 525.
they were so depressed after Fri- Michigan was forced to be con-
day." tent with sending only individual
Michigan took the hurt in stride, entries to the NCAA's. Saturday
however, as they managed to cap- night six Wolverines qualified,
ture their seventh Big Ten title with Dave Jacobs and Dick Rich-
in the past nine years. This time ards taking Big Ten champion-
the Wolverines not only beat ships. Going to the NCAA's will be
Iowa in the total score, but also in D a v e Jacobs (floor exercise),
the six NCAA events. Without the Charley Froeming (rings), Sid
trampoline score Michigan still Jensen (all-around). Richards
came out on top by over three (parallel bars), Ron Rapper (par-
points. allel bars), and Ri c k McCurdy
This time The Wolverines scor- ! (all-around).
ed a 26.05 on the sidehorse. Loken McCurdy also finished first in
states, "We scored higher on Sat- the overall all-around competi-
urday in the sidehorse, but o u r tion. Jensen will also compete in
performance in the event was not the long horse and high bar. He
that much better than on Friday.," finished the weekend with a total
This only underlines the possible of 23 different routines under his
discrepency in Friday's sidehorse belt.
Unseld wins MYP;
Pats wheel and deal
By The Associated Press
* NEW YORK - Wes Unseld, the rookie from Louisville who
helped Baltimore from last place in 1968 to the Eastern Division title
this season, has been named the Most Valuable Player in the Nation-
al Basketball Association.
Unseld, the first rookie to win since Wilt Chamberlain in 1960,
easily beat out Willis Reed of the New York Knicks, 310 points to
137, in the balloting among NBA players.
Billy Cunningham of Philadelphia was third with 130, Bill Russell
of Boston fourth with 93 and Elgin Baylor of Los Angeles fifth with
89 in the voting based on five points for a first place vote, three for
second and one for third.
0 BOSTON - The Boston Patriots traded Nick Buoniconti, five-
time All-American Football League 4middle linebacker, to Miami and
1969 All-Star corner-back Leroy Mitchell to Houston yesterday in a
pair of multiple-player deals.
The, Pats got quarterback Kim Hammond, linebacker John Brani-
lett and an undisclosed draft choice from Miami for Buoniconti.
Houston gave up cornerback Larry Carwell, flanker Charley
Frazier, running back Sid Blanks and linebacker Ron Caveness in
exchange for Mitchell and an undisclosed Boston draft Choice.


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CHARLEY~FROEMING displays the form which qualified him
for the NCAA finals on the rings. Froeming took the individual
honors in Saturday's competition at the Events Building. Five
other Wolverines also qualified for the finals in Seattle, Wash-
ington the week after next.

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