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FRIDAY, JANUARY 22, 1966

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

PAGE SEVEN

Consistent Clawson Means Moving1Michiganl

1

By HOWARD KOHN
"How come I've never heard ofs
John Clawson before?"c
That's a Michigan freshmanI
talking,. a freshman who hasg
watched a host of Wolverine
basketball stars on television as
they captured Big Ten titles thet
last two years.1
That was the era of Bill Bun-<
tin, Cazzie Russell, Larry Tregon-1
ing, George Pomey and Oliver
Darden, standouts from the lucra-
tive recruiting of the early sixties'
who held down the top five posi-
tions.
But this year, after playing at at
second-string guard slot for twot
seasons, John Clawson moved in-
to his own starting job at for-
ward. Coach Dave Strack and1
100,000 Michigan fans were de-]
pending on the 6'4" senior to fill
the void left by graduation.
No Pressure
If Clawson feels any pressure
about his new responsibilities, he
won't admit it. "I'm just glad to1
be back playing forward. It's a
Cagers on Tube
The Minnesota game will be
televised on channel 2, WJBKi,l
tomorrow at 1:30, contrary to
conflicting information previ-,
ously given here. Some tickets
are still on sale at the Athletic
Administration ticket window ;
today until 4:30.
more exciting position . . . you
have a chance to shoot and to
jostle for the rebounds," explains
Clawson.
So far this campaign, he's tak-
en advantage of the opportunity
to place second in team scoring
and third in rebounding.
4 "John's a 'hard worker and an
excellent ball handler," praises
assistant coach Jim Skala. "He
compares favorably to Tregoning
in the corner spot. He's been more
than capable as both an offensive
forward and defensive guard."

(Clawson drops back to play out-I
side on defense.)S
Clawson has been the most
consistent scorer, other thang
Russell, with 194 points in 131
games.
A Pleasant Surprise
"The most pleasant surprise,
though, has been his play off theE
backboards," adds Skala, who is
one person who knew of Clawson
before this year. <
Skala was one of the coaches£
who helped persuade the Naper-
ville (Ill.) all-state prepper to
register at Michigan. "I was in-
terested in a couple of colleges,
but a visit to the campus and a
talk with the coaches convinced
me to pick Michigan.
"I also thought I'd have a bet-
ter chance at making the team
because they were relatively low
down,'' he smiles. "That was be-
fore the championships."
Clawson's basketball background
dates back a long time. "I can't
remember when I started playing,
but my first organized competition
was in the eighth grade."
The 200-pounder also found
time to earn letters in football
and track, in addition to basket-
ball, while competing in a subur-
ban league outside of Chicago.
However, he didn't meet up with
Cazzie until college.,
In his freshman year, the soft-
spoken Illini recruit also met Van
Tillotson, a frosh cager from Lud-
ington. "Van and I have been
great friends ever since," says
Clawson.
The two Wolverines have room-
ed together for the past three
years and are currently sharing
an apartment with another cager,
Dan Brown.
Culinary Expert
"John's a good cook. He makes
a very delicious pot roast," Tillot-
son says in all sincerity. And, as
an afterthought, "He doesn't
snore."
Both Clawson and Tillotson are
active in the Fellowship for Chris-
tian Athletes group, which Bob

Timberlake helped initiate last
year.
A frequent visitor at the FCA
gatherings is head trainer Jim
Hunt. "John is a fine athlete and
an effective leader," lauds Hunt.
"Anyone who meets him will find
an example of the true Michigan
athlete."
Law School Next
Clawson is a Business Ad stu-
dent who plans to enter law school
along with Tillotson somewhere
on the west coast next year.

Clawson also admits, though
blushingly, to having a girlfriend
at the University of Washington.
Informed sources report that he
spent all his leisure time with her
while in Portland for the Far West
Classic over the holidays.
Split Personality
On the basketball court, how-
ever, he becomes more like Rich-
ard the Lion-Hearted than Romeo.
In the Northwestern game last
Saturday, he sparked a second
half comeback that erased an 11

point deficit.
"That game was probably my
greatest thrill in four years,"
Clawson admits. Playing in front
of his hometown crowd, the strong
forward garnered 18 points and 12
rebounds-most of them in the
last 20 minutes.
Commenting on the pressing
defense, which Michigan has in-
corporated into its strategy this
season, Clawson says, "You have
to be always thinking and hustl-
ing for it to be effective."
What does John Clawson think
of the Caz as a teammate?
"His passing is the most impres-

sive part of his game. He has
tremendous perceptive ability, and
as soon as you're open, over comes
a pass."
And what does Jim Myers think
of playing with John Clawson?
"Daddy Cool" is sporting a cut
lip after he and Craig Dill tried
to dump Clawson in the high
jump pit before a practice session
Tuesday. "Little John" caught
Myers with his elbow during the
horseplay and gave him the
souvenir.
Which might make Minnesota
and Lou Hudson think twice
Saturday.

This Weekend in Sports
FRIDAY
WRESTLING-Michigan vs. Minnesota, Sports Bldg., 7:30
SWIMMING-Michigan vs. Michigan State, Matt Mann Pool,
7:30.
HOCKEY-Michigan at North Dakota
SATURDAY
BASKETBALL-Michigan vs. Minnesota, Yost, 1:30
HOCKEY-Michigan at North Dakota
GYMNASTICS-Michigan in the Flint Open
Gopher Matmren Visit
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JOHN CLAWSON pushes a shot past Tennessee's Ron Widby
in the season opener. Clawson has been averaging 14.9 points
per game, second to Cazzie Russell on the team, since he broke
into the starting lineup.

A WAY SERIES:
Hot leers Take on Third-Place Nodaks

By DAVE WEIR
Rather than the Little Brown.
Jug, two untarnished won-lost
records and a 34 meet winning
streak will be at stake tonight
when Michigan's wrestlers play
host to Minnesota.
Riding the crest of two surpris-
ingly easy victories, the' matmen
from Minneapolis have six letter-
men and two fine sophomores in
their lineup, which Wolverine
Coach Cliff Keen calls, "much
better than last year's, which was
one of the finest in the league."
After watching his charges
sweat through their daily practice
session yesterday, Keen decided on
the probable starters for Mich-
igan in tonight's big match. The
eight men dressed in Blue will try
to preserve the longest winning
streak that any Wolverine team
can boast of.
Asked about what effect the win
string has on the team, Keen re-
plied, "It actually doesn't affect
the boys at all. We are not out
just to run up a string. But since
it has happened we are very
happy, and we take a good deal
of pride in our record. There is
no pressure or strain on the boys
because of our past success. We
simply take our opponents one at
a time."
'Minnesota is led by 157-pound
captain Lee Gross, along with re-
turnees Larry Lloyd (130), Bob
Henry (147), John Klein (167),
Bob Ramstad (177) and heavy-
weight mammoth Jon Staebler,
who tips the scales to 245.

Keen has kind words for all of
these veterans. "All six are top-
notch performers; they will be
ready for whoever we can offer."
Sophomore Wayne Hansen will
most likely get the nod to go
against Gross, who is the defend-
ing Big Ten champion in his class.
Hansen is filling in for Jim Kam-
man, who injured a knee in last
week's Northwestern match.
Keen describes Lloyd as a man
"everyone wanted" after he won
the Iowa state'championship in
1962. With Dave Dozeman tem-
porarily sidelined with a sprained
back, Gordon Weeks will face
Lloyd.
Michigan's Cal Jenkins will
wrestle Henry at 147, and soph
Bill Waterman will be opposite
Klein in the 167 pound division.
Two more first-year men for the
Wolverines draw tough assign-
ments for tonight's meet. Wayne
Wentz m e e t s Ramstad, who
wrestles at 195 pounds in the 177
class, and Dave Porter will be pit-
ted against the giant Staebler.
Coach Keen says that the weight
difference "is not going to bother
Porter. The one thing Staebler
has going for him is experience."
At 123 pounds, Jim Anderson
will take on Big Ten champ Bob
Fehrs of the Wolverines. The
other newcomer to the Minnesota
lineup is 137-pounder Terry Bar-
rett, who will face Wolverine cap-
tain Billy Johannesen.

By JIM TINDALL
Special To The Daily
GRAND FORKS-It will be 10
degrees below zero here by the
time Michigan's hockey team faces
off against North Dakota tonight,
but the Wolverines are hoping
that their sticks are as hot as they
have been for the last few weeks.
Michigan is on a five-game
WCHA winning streak which gives
them solid possession of second
place in the conference, ahead of
third-place North Dakota. The
Maize and Blue have won seven
of their last eight games, while the
Nodaks have come out on top in
three of their last four.
Hospitality for Visitors
Thus far this year the Michigan
team has done extremely well on
their opponents' home ice. When
asked about this, Coach Al Ren-
frew said on Thursday, "This is
really:unusual, and the only ex-
planation that I can see for it is
that the league is so well-balanced
this year. For instance, in the last
two weekends, visiting teams have
won eight of the 12 games played
in the conference.
"We know that North Dakota is
very good in their own rink, but
we're going to try to get our share
of the breaks and come out with
at least a split." Last weekend the
Nodaks split a two-game series
with WCHA and NCAA champion
Michigan Tech on their home ice.

"North Dakota is a great skat-
ing team and this is probably the
best part of their offense. Part of
the reason for this is that they
get a lot- of their boys from the
western U.S. and Canada where
they just skate all day. (Only 14
of the 19 members of the Nodak
team are from Canada.) The
North Dakota offensive philosophy
is, 'You might be able to score on
us, but we will always get those
goals back'."
Homecoming
The series will be a kind of
homecoming for Coach Renfrew
as he coached there for one year
just before he came to Michigan.
Reflecting his year there he said,
"Grand Forks is a great hockey
town. They will probably be pack-
ing them in for this series. When
I was there the students used to
stand in line in 20 below zero
weather just to get tickets. There
is no doubt about it, hockey is
THE sport there."
Coach Renfrew does not plan
any changes in his lineup for the
series, and the team is physically
in good shape for the series. Mel
Wakabayashi, last year's WCHA
scoring champ, ranks rather low
among the conference scorers at
present, but Michigan has played
four fewer WCHA games than sev-
eral of the teams in the league.
Wakabayashi has been picking
up a couple of points every game
and hopes to add a few more this

weekend. The 155-pound center
presently has 32 points for the
season.
"Waka's" North Dakota coun-
terpart will be center Dennis
Hextall, a. three-year veteran of
WCHA play. Last year he was
second in team scoring, and this
season he is tied for the scoring
lead, as of last weekend, with 13
goalsand 15 assists.
On one wihg Hextall will have
Terry Casey of Great Falls,
Mont., who also had 28 points
after the Michigan Tech series on
15 goals and 13 assists.
Both coaches will be using soph-
omores in the nets for the series.
Nodak Coach Bob Peters will be
calling upon -Mike Curran whom

Renfrew described as, "One of
the better goalies that they say
they have had in the past few
years."
Four Goals a Game
Curran has allowed an average
of about four goals per game.
Michigan will start Harold Her-
man in goal again this weekend.
According to Renfrew HermnaU has
really improved lately Wand has
sparked several of the recent
wins.I
One week from today Michigan
will have to face WCHA titlist
Michigan Tech at home in a series
that could decide the conference
championship. B o t h of these
games will begin at 8 p.m. in the
Coliseum.

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