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Mat Squads Ex

The Michigan wrestling squad
apparently does not believe in the
old adage, "United we stand, di-
vided we fall."
Coach Cliff Keen, in fact, open-
ly defied the warning by splitting
his team last week between the
Midlands tournament in La-
Grange, Illinois, and the Wilkes-.
Barre, Pennsylvania, tourney. The
The grapplers still managed al
fourth-place finish in the Mid-
lands, to which they sent most of
their competitors, and a sixth-
place spot at Wilkes-Barre.
"Although we weren t guing for
team points as such at the tourna-
ments," Keen emphasized, (the
tournaments awarded only indi-
vidual titles, not team) it is sig-
nificant that we managed to finish
as high as we did. With 35-40
schools ando clubs represented in
each tournament, our men showed
up very well in team totals 'con-
sidering that our squad was split."
Fehrs Named Best
And split it was, if more in qual-
ity than quantity. Bob Fehrs,
Michigan's two-time Big Ten 123-
pound champion and twice run-
ner-up in the national champion-
ships, copped first place in his
weight division at Wilkes-Barre.
In the process he was named the
meet's outstanding wrestler.
Geoff Hansen, a sophomore who
Keen expects to start at 13(}
pounds this Saturday against In-
diana in Bloomington, took fourth
place in Pennsylvania. '
As Keen observed, however, the
major emhpasis was. on "giving
the team members some good
competition before the dual meet
season starts, and assistant coach
Rick Bay and I an idea of whoI


should start early in the season."
In most cases members of the mat
squad who live in the east decided
to participate at Wilkes-Barre,
while those who live in the Mid-
west saw action at La Grange.
James Defeats Porter
At the Midlands, national heavy-
weight champion Dave Porter of
the Wolverines had to settle for
third place, but lost his only
match to Joe James, a former
national champion himself. Iron-
ically, Porter lost to James last
year in the Midlands as a sopho-
more, and then proceeded to win
all his succeeding matches.
"Porter wasn't really ready to
go," Keen believes.'"He was right
out of football and then exams,
and hadn't had time to practice.
And he lost to an outstanding
wrestler." Michigan's 240-pound
giant won all his other bouts by

eel inTourneys By Utlul0ime
Burt Merical, a part-time per-
former last year, turned in a first- By GRETCHEN TWIETMEYER
place performance to head the
Blue delegation at La Grange, When it comes to Michigan
solidifying his bid as a 145-pound aquatics, divers have it all over
regular. "And Jim Kamman and swimmers in fringe benefits.
Fred Stehman were both very im- While the waterbound tankers
pressive at 152 pounds," Keen merely scudded about in Matt
maintained, Kamman grabbing Mann Pool over Christmas vaca-
second and Stehman copping third tion, diving coach Dick Kimball's
at that weight. "Right now I think boys flew to Florida.
I'll start Stehman at 152 and move Back at home they also have
Kamman up to 160 pounds against more haunts than swimming coach
Indiana." Gus Stager's swimmers. They have
Sophomore Cornell Edged their own private dungeon.
Pete Cornell, a highly-touted "MBehad an entrance marked
sophomore, "lost a close one at "Mechanics Room" and two musty
sophomoe, "ostgh "Ha cosi one aflights of stairs beneath it lies a
177,," Keen sighed. "He's still green I high-ceilinged chamber complete
and an unfinished wrestler, but F with grotesque contraptions and
did well for a sophomore and may ominous grumbling machines.
start against Indiana. After that,
I'm afraid, we have nothing to FRED STEHMAN But it Modern Times
bragabou." Bt itisn't a medieval torture
brag about." Keen stressed. "It was very good, chamber-it's a practice room,
Gordon Weeks, expected to be a especially considering that most rigged with ropes to help divers'
stalwart at 137 pounds, was in- other schools had had previous perfect their somersaults. And
jured after defeating two op- competition this season and hadn't there Kimball incongrously related
ponents, but practiped today with just been through exams." the results of the Florida diving
the squad. Porter also suffered And after this the Wolverines meets as he assisted sun tanned
a minor injury which is not ex- won't have to divide in an at- sophomore Jay Meaden on his
pected to keep him out of action. tempt to conquer. flips.
MSU Takes Midlands - -------- In the College Forum meet, All-
An ominous note for the grap- Top Ten American Fred Brown took first;
plers' Big Ten title chances was By The Associated Press in woman's competition, Micki
the pheformance of the Michigan w L Pts. King, who dives with the men s
State, to whom Michigan was run- 1. UCLA (38) 8 0 389 team, won and Lani Token, daugh-
ner-up in last year's standings 2. Louisville n (1 0 339 ter of Michigan's gymnastic coach,
ne-p3. North Carolina (1) 9 0 309
and who ran away with the Mid- 4. New Mexico 9 1 215 placed. Micki also won the women's
lands' mythical team champion- 5. Houston 11 1 169 springboard in the AAU meet
ship. 6. Texas Western 8 2 108 while Meaden was second in the
7. Providence 8 2 93
"Needless to say, they're going 8. Cincinnati 8 1 92 men s contest.
to be tough for any one in our 9. Kansas 9 2 51 Micki again copped first in
conference to lick this year," 10. Bradley 9 z 44 women's springboard in the Inter-
nTe. ts yeare Mississippi state 8 0 44 national meet December 28, bu
moaned Keen. The Spartans are others receiving votes, in alpha- nat et, Decemer 2, bu
combining nearly all their starters betical order: Boston College, esle Bush 1964 Olympic chai
from last season with products of Creighton, Dayton, Florida, Georgia pion, squeezed her out in tower
Tech, Harvard, Illinois, Iowa, Mich- competition. Micki and Lani (who
an outstanding 1966 freshman igan State, New Orleans, Loyola,
squad. Princeton, Rhode Island, St. John's, again) outshone the men's com-
"But our team's overall per- Seattle, Southern Methodist, Syra- petition, but freshman Bruce
form c cn tbe overaloked, cuse, Utah, Utah State, Vanderbilt, McManaman placed eighth and
formance can not be overlooked," Western Kentucky, West Virginia. Meaden tenth.
Calm Coach
irKimbal, in his usual unruffled
ynner, named Brorwn and
V g Meaden as his choices for tomor-
row's Minnesota relays, Michigan's
The purported $200,000 which first real swimmen meet of the
Miami offered was the Michigan season. Commented Kimball, "If
atins ric numer ad thethey dive well, they have a chance
Florida playground will receive of winning.
Back at ground level, Stager
the nation's second-leading pass cited the progress of his stay-at-
receiver and unanimous All- homes. "We've been working hard
American split end. and look pretty good," he en-
The mosquito-like Wakabayashid
Hard work is a mild word for
who ts tands only 5'6" and weighs it. Michigan tankers spent at least
140 pounds, played out his college j.two days after their last exams
eligib lty last semester in typical at Matt Mann and returned the
form. Fin-hing up with 37 points Wednesday after Christmas to
in 11 games, the 23-year-old cap-
tain led the Wolverines to a spec-
tacular 10-0-1 record before the
semester break.
Wakabayashi, whose hore is
Chatham, Ontario, is assigned to * *
tue Centtral Hockey League team
irl Memnphis and is expected to
begin playing for them irlr:ed- A dc:s

workouts twice a day but that is
beside the point. The workouts are
new of a different type-the
tankers swim more milage with
less rest in between. For example,
they will swim five 500's with less
than a minute's rest between,
which Stager judges, is more
strenuous exercise than any ol his
previous teams have done.
Team captain Carl Robie, who
can win in just about any event,
figures that this kind of training
"helps him as much as anybody.
I have a swimming background
so I'm used to it, and it's especial-
ly good because I didn't swim this
summer. In the long run, distance
Huffing Sprinters
The approach seems to be work-
ing with everybody except the
sprinters, who are not conditioned
to take the extra distances. The
team is, the coach puts it, "be-
gining to shape up."
Specifically, the team is shaping
into "multimen" who can swim
different types of events. An ex-
ample is Lee Bisbee, who according
to Stager, "does the butterfly ex-
tremely well and also has an ex-
cellent distance freestyle, which
fits in well with our dual meet re-
Mike O'Conner, initially a dis-

tance swimmer, is now sprinting
as well. And John Salassa besides
showing tremendous ability in the
medley relay is also being con-
sidered for the backstroke. !
The Minnesota relays this Sat-
urday should be a triple race be-
tween Indiana, Michigan State,
and Michigan. The Hoosier sta-
tistical edge has probably been

n' Give Tankers Extra Mileage

pared, however, by the loss of
three swimmers out for six weeks.
due to automobile accidents. Loss
of champion Bill Utley, one of In-
diana's best, will hurt them most,
With this break to "put them
back in the race," the Michigan
tankers, anxious to escape the
confines of their maize-and-blue
pool, are cautiously optimistic.



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Wakabayashi, Clanc
Two ex-Michigan star athletes,
All-America end Jack lancyand
Wakabayashi, have already signed
contracts to enter the professional'
'xranks. Clancy is now contracted
tc play for the Miami Dolphins of
the American Football League
}4 ~ .j A while Wakabayashi was signed by
Detroit of the National Hockey
League and then sent down to
their farm club at Memphis, Tenn.'
Clancy, as a five-year player,
was fortunate to be picked in the
1966 football drafts of the National
and American football leagues,
the last drafts before they finally,
got together to end the bonus baby
era with their recert merger. Con-
sequently, Clancy (to his delight)
was fought over by St. Louis of
the, NFL and Miami of the AFL,'
the two teams which drafted him
JACK CLANCY as a "future."
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Washington to play Washington St. and then to Seattle to play
Washington. These are two of the roughest places in the country
to play at and these are the first two away games that the UCLA
sophomores have ever played. This should be a good test."
That UCLA was playing in the Classic on their home court is
indeed a relevant point. For the Pauley Pavilion fans, 14,000 strong
are a rabid, cocksure bunch and provide Lew and his mates with a
maniacal, almost sadistic backing. Occasionally they will even cheer
on the opposition a bit, just out of sheer boredom. The Bruin official
scorer, one Michael Marienthal, a part-time scout for the Los Angeles
Rams, calls technical fouls on UCLA opponents if they do not recite
their name properly when they report into the game.
Alcindor is lackadaisical and appears almost oblivious to the
happenings going on around him, even when he is on the court.
He stays in the defensive court when the Bruins get a fast break
and he doesn't go back on defense when the opponents get a
And he is slow and rarely moves from his low pivot position on
offense. When he gets the ball he dangles it for a while, appearing to
meditate on whether or not he should shoot. When he does shoot he
scores, almost at will.
sHe's played 150 games in his six year basketball carreer and has
lost only once, when a senior in high school. Thus he is rather im-
passive, looking down on the procedings with the disdain of someone
who knows all the ropes and has also mastered them all.
Alcindor seems to take more pleasure in passing off to a team-
mate for an assist than in scoring, just because it is something to
break the boredom. And the public address announcer always an-
nounces the UCLA assists too, though he rarely does it for the
"Basket by Lucius Allen .,. assist Lew Alcindor."
"Basket by Lynn Shackelford.. . assist Lew Alcindor."
I think though, that there's one assist that this fellow misses
whenever Alcindor scores. That's the one I'd like to hear, the one that
makes you think twice when someone suggests that Alcindor is un-
equivocally "the greatest."
"Basket by Lew Alcindor ... assist Mother Nature."

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