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MARCH 2, 1966

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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Battles

Illinois, MSU Top Gymnastics Opponents

Matmen Must Whip Gophers, Spartans

By BILL LEVIS
It is always hard to lose. But it
is even harder to lose after a long
consecutive winning streak, and it
seems hardest of all to lose to your
arch rival.
The Michigan gymnasts exper-
ienced that fate when they fell to
Michigan State, 190.45-188.35 Sa-
turday in East Lansing. Gone was
the hope for an undefeated season
and gone was the 16-meet winning
streak accumulated during three
years.
Still, the Wolverines have some-
thing to be thankful for as they
journey to Bloomington for the
Big Ten championships this, Fri-
day and Saturday.
Last year, the Big Ten team
champion was decided solely on
the basis of dual meets during the
season, and only individual cham,
pionships were determined in the
Big Ten meet. By that system, un-
defeated Michigan State would be
this year's undisputed champ.
Two-Third Hopes
- This year, however, the winning
team must also count on its per-
formance at the Big Tens on Fri-
day, because, the dual meets only
compose one-third of the i crown
Michigan State goes into the Big
Ten finals with seven points (one
for each win), Michigan with six,
and Illinois five.
To take the Big Ten title, the
Wolverines must place higher than
Michigan State and Illinois which
practically necessitates a first
place finish.
The Big Ten meet is scored as
a dual meet would be. Each team
' is competing against each of the
others, only at the same time.
The State meet gave Michigan
a sample of the type of competi-,
tion they must face for the titles.
The Spartan's are led by all-
around performer Dave Thor, who
took two firsts against the Wol-
verines. Another threat, of course,
is Jim Curzi, who is defending
NCAA champ on both the high
and parallel bars. Michigan coach
Newt Loken also sees sophomores
Ed Gunny on the rings and hori-
zontal bar, and Bob Cordaro on
"' Iboard
Tickets for the last home
basketball game, with North-
western, go on sale today at the
ticket 'office, from 8:O a.m. to
4:30 pm.
Tickets for this Thursday's
first - round hockey play - off
game between Michigan and
Michigan State may be pur-
chased at the ticket office.
Prices are the same as for the
regular season games.
SPORTS NIGHT EDITOR:
JOHN SUTKUS

the trampoline as stern competi-
tion.
Referring to Michigan State,
Loken seems pleased and relieved
that the Big Ten meet is in
Bloomington instead of East Lan-
sing. He notes, "their crowd had a
big effect last weekend. They gave
thunderous applause for their
hometown favorites, but when our
boys performed, there was almost
absolute silence." Also, home
equipment seems to help in the
clutch. With the meet in Indiana,
neither Michigan or Michigan
State appears to have an advan-
tage.
Wisconsin, though no threat for
team honors, has one of the Big .
Ten's top vaulters in Bob Henecke,
who finished first against the
Wolverines earlier this year. Iowa's
threat is Ike Heller, who also is
a top prospect in the parallel
bars.
Individual Titles
Though team title will be de-
cided on Friday, there still is a
lot happening on Saturday. At
4 p.m., gymnasts will compete for
the individual titles in the floor
exercise, side horse, trampoline,
vaulting, high bar, parallel bar,
rings and all-around champion-
ship.

The Wolverines have high hopes
for individual honors. The floor
exercise team is led by the Fuller
twins, Chip and Phil (Phip), who
are both rated high in the Big
Ten. The duo's stiffest competi-
tion appears to come from Dave
Thor who beat Phip Fuller in last
week's meet, and Illinois sopho-
more Hal Shaw.
In the side horse, Loken picks
Art Baessler as a top threat. From
Iowa, Mark Slotten and Ken Gor-
don seem very strong. Illinois ace
John Eliason is a top challenger
along with Spartan Dennis Smith.
Minnesota boasts Bob Hoechert,
who scored a 9.5 against the Blue.
Tramp Champ
Trampoline prospects are led by
Wayne Miller, the 1965 national
AAU trampoline champ. Other
prime contenders are Cordaro of
MSU and Illini sophomore Cookie
Rollo.
Gary Vander Voort rates as a
high bar favorite. He finished
third last year behind Big Ten
and NCAA champ Jim Curzi. Be-
sides Curzi, V'ander Voort also
faces stiff competition from
Gunny and Thor.
On rings, senior Rich Blanton,
rates as a strong challenger along
with junior Cliff Chilvers.

Sidehorse Hopeful Art Baessler
The all-around title appears to In conclusion, Loken says, "The
be a three-man race between Thor, boys are all healthy. Their spirits
Illinois' captain Bill Silhan and are very strong. The loss to Michi-
Vander Voort. As a soph last year, gan State could possibly be a
Vander Voort took fourth in the blessing in disguise. We just have
conference. to win it this weekend."

IN CONFERENCE MEET
M' Tankers Pose Threat to Hoosiers

By CARL RAYFORD
"You pay your money, and you
take your choice."
That is Michigan wrestling
coach Cliff Keen's understand-
ably noncommital attitude on the
Big Ten Wrestling Champion-
ships to be held Saturday and
Sunday in Champaign, Ill.
Three teams are in the running
for the crown: Michigan State,
Minnesota, and Keen's Wolver-
ines. The result of the dual meet
season makes prognostication a
risky business. This season Mich-
igan finally lost one to the
Gophers to end a string of 34
victories.
Minnesota in turn lost to MSU,
but Michigan pinned a defeat on
the Spartans last Saturday. Any-
one of these three could take the
title, but only the Wolverines have
grabbed the championship three
years in a row and are working
toward a fourth. Another consid-
eration is that the matmen's lone
defeat came when the squad was
ailing. Presently, the team is in its
best physical condition of the
year.
.750 Favorite
Michigan is a top contender in'
six of the eight weight classes and
is favored to win at least two. The
strong points are at opposite ends
of the ladder - 123, the lightest
class, and heavyweight.
Lightweight Bob Fehrs is de-
fending champ and tries to pin all
his opponents. The victims this
year include Don Behm of MSU,
who would be Fehrs' main chal-
lenger unless the Spartan moves
up to his customary 130-pound
classification.
Sophomore heavyweight D a v e
Porter established himself as the
man to beat when he bullied Mich-
igan State's defending champion
Jeff Richardson.
If MSU's Behm goes back to
the 130-pound class (where he
won the title last year), he'll still
find himself locking horns with a
strong Wolverine foe. He will be
Dave Dozeman, who was third in
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the nation in 1964. Another man
to watch is Minnesota's Larry
Lloyd.;
Michigan captain Bill Johan-
nesen will seek a second straight
title at 137, with his main op-
ponent being another Spartan-
Dale Carr. The two tied at 1-1
last weekend. Cal Jenkins at 145,1
on the other hand, will have the,
most trouble with a Gopher, un-
defeated favorite Bob Henry.
Kamman Returns
At 157 Michigan has another
defending champion, Jim Kam-
man, who just returned to action
last weekend when he lost to Spar-
tan Dick Cook by only a point.
Cook is the favorite, but if Kam-
man works out the kinks due to
inactivity, Cook will have a tough
time winning that first place

By JIM LaSOVAGE
Acting Associate Sports'Editor
In the Western Conference
Swimming and Diving Champion-
ships the next three days, 18
events ranging from 2 to 66
lengths of the Iowa Fieldhouse
Pool and one to three meters in
the springboard competition, only
three teams have any kind of
chance for the team title.
And prospects for two of them
seem rather gloomy, judging from
previous performances this season.
It is again, as it has been for the
past five years, Indiana which is
favored to cop the title. Dual
meets means nothing now. The
winner is decided on which team
racks up the most points in these
three days of intense competition.
Michigan and Michigan State
are the other two teams figuring
to remain in the meet for, a while.
In the dual meet season, Michigan
and Indiana lost -only to each
other,-while the -Spartans lost one
meet-to each. But it is the depth
of the Hoosier squad which is ex-
pected to clinch the meet for them.
While the two Michigan teams
would stand a chance of topping
any other conference in the na-
tion, their respective depths can-
not quite sound out that of the
Hoosiers.
If anyone has a chance to beat
Indiana, it is the Wolverine squad.

medal. Minnesota will also have
a strong entry in Lee Gross.
Fred Stehman will carry the
Blue hopes into the 167-pound
class where there is a big supply
of equally outstanding wrestlers.
Wayne Wentz of Michigan will
compete at 177 and, as could be
expected, will have trouble from
the Spartans and Gophers.
For wrestlers who don't figure
to go all the way, the draw of
matches will have a lot to do with
team points. If a weaker man
should draw some of the top men
early, he has less chance of ad-
vancing and picking up team
points.
Adds Keen, "The whole thing
will turn on little events."
There are eight big ones to go
with them.

In last year's meet, the Wolverines
finished second by a margin of
447-409-a margin more than ac-
counted for by the Hoosiers' div-
ing alone. Discounting the two
diving events, the Wolverines
would have had the higher total.
This year it could be much the'
same. Indiana is slightly weaker
comparatively, w'h i le Michigan
State and Michigan have improved
slightly.
Michigan's ace is senior Bruce
Brown, and he has Bob Walmsley
and Fred Brown backing him.
Ohio State has two national
champs in Randy Larson and
Chuck Knorr. Ken Sitzberger is
the Hoosiers' best, and behind him
are Rick Earley and Charley Neel,
both twp-time letter' winners for
the Hoosiers.
Optimistically'...
With a little luck in the diving,
and with performances equal to
those of last year's team, Mich-
igan could hang on to the end.
Of the 16 swimming events,
seven are freestyle. All of these'
will be dominated by Michigan,
MSU, and Indiana. Michigan has
turned in the best times in the
two relays of 400 and 800 yards.
Scanning a list of the top 12
performances in the individual
events, those places which earn
points in the finals, one can see
that there are few contenders
from teams other than the big,
three.

Northwestern has a prospect in
sprinter Rich Abrahams, one of
the top men in the 50. Ohio State
has Bill and Jack Betzhold and
Tom Lakin, and Wisconsin offers
Mark Marsh. In the distance
races, the Buckeyes claim Ben
Donaldson and the Badgers John
Lindley. It is highly likely that all
the other places will be filled by
Hoosiers, Spartans, and Wol-
verines.
Strong in Freestyle
Michigan's point producers in-
clude Bill Groft, Bill Farley, BobI
Hoag, Carl Robie, John Salassa,
Captain Rich Walls, Ken Wiebeck,
and Tom Williams. This is prob-
ably the strongest group of free-
stylers in the Big Ten, and one of
the best collections ever on a
single team outside the Olympics.
Both State and Indiana have
good challengers. MSU's lineup in-I
cludes Ken Walsh, Jim, MacMil-
lan, Darryle Kifer, Gary 'Dilley,
Joe Buys, Ed Glick, and Denny
Hill. The Hoosiers' Ken Utley has
turned in this season's fastest
times in both the 100- and 200-
yarders, and he is backed by Kev-
in Berry, Scott Cordin, Bob Win-
dIe, Bob Williamson, Ken Webb,.
John Newman and John Ogden.
Best Time
In the other team event, the
400-yard medley relay, again the!
Wolverines have the fastest re-
corded time this season. But In-
diana is close, behind, and cap-

able of pulling an upset.
Ohio State's Bob Hopper will
be a main contender in the 200-
and 400-yard individual medley
races. Robie, Webb and State's
Pete Williams are the others who
will be fighting for the title.
State has the top backstroker
in Gary Dilley, and Michigan's
Russ Kingery and Indiana's Pete
Hammer are the strongest chal-
lengers. Depth is important here.
But Michigan's depth does not
carry over to the breaststroke. Be-
hind ace Paul Scheerer, John Vry
is the best bet. But ahead of him
are Art Smith and Tom Tretheway
of Indiana, Bud Blanchard of Wis-
consin, and Chuck DeVlaming of
OSU.
No Depth
The butterfly is another stroke
in which Michigan lacks depth.
After Robie, there is little. Tom
O'Malley is good for points in the
100-yarder, but in the 200-yarder
there is a lot more competition.
Indiana has Berry and John Col-
lins. OSU has Tom and Dick
Gable.
Thus, with its strongest men,
Michigan may lead the way in in-
dividual winners, but lack of depth
outside the freestyle events will
hurt. Although the Wolverines
could pick up a few points on the
Hoosiers in the backstroke, the
individual medley, breaststroke,
diving and butterfly edges go to
the Bloomington boys.

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