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PAGE EIGHT

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

THURSDAY, F'EBRUARY 23, 1967

PAGE EIGHT THE MICHIGAN DAILY THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1967

Gymnast

Baessler

Reflects

Loken

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By JON SISKIN
Art Baessler slammed his fist
violently against the table.
"We want to win this meet with
Iowa more than anything. For the
seniors on the squad, this next
week and a half is the most im-
portant period in our gymnastic
careers. We've got a streak going
in winning the last six Big Ten
crowns, and we're not about to
let the seventh one get away."
Baessler, the Michigan side
horse specialist who placed third
in the Big Ten last year, has
grown accustomed to the winning
spirit of Coach Newt Loken and
Michigan gymnastic squads over
the last few years. He and all the
other members of the team realize
that a loss to Iowa Saturday would
virtually extinguish all hope for
their seventh consecutive league
championships.
Should the Hawkeyes win, it
would give them a final league
record of seven victories against

no losses. The Wolverines would
finish at 5-2 in a three way tie
with Michigan State and Illinois
for second place. If this comes to
pass, Michigan would have to
place first in the Big Ten Meet
and Iowa finish fourth for the
Wolverines to win the title out-
right.
Baessler notes that "if we beat
Iowa. both squads would enter the
conference meet with identical 6-1
records, and our chances for the
championship would be greatly
enhanced. A first place finish for
us in the Big Ten meet then would
be good enough to wrap it up."
Baessler, a vital cog in the Wol-
verine gymnastic machine, has
been involved in the sport since
his freshman year in high school.
"I attended Lane Tech high
school in Chicago, where I tried
out for the football team my first
year. After my failure on the grid-
iron, I decided to go out for
gymnastics."

He had first become interested
in gymnastics when, at the tender
age of five, he worked out on ap-
paratus in a Chicago YMCA. "I
worked their for about four years,"
Baessler reflected, "and my inter-
est perked up again in high
school."
His decision to come to Mich-
igan was based on several fac-
tors. "I visited the campus a cou-
ple times, and really liked what
I saw. My main area of interest
was in chemical engineering, and
Michigan offered an excellent en-
gineering program. In addition to
this, coach Loken's recruiting
pitch was so appealing that I could
hardly turn him down."
Baessler certainly must have
been sold on the University, be-
cause he rejected a scholarship
offer from Iowa. "Even though
Michigan didn't offer. me a scho-
larship, I still was so impressed
with what it had to offer aca-
demically and athletically that the

decision wasn't even close." scascn. Coach Loken has the con-
Although he worked as an ail- iiderce in us, and we believe we're
aroound performer in high school. more than equal to Iowa's cial-
his sole concern at Michigan has le'ige"
been the side horse. "Colleges Btessler expects that some of
aren't interested any more in the t e flaws in the Michigan State
all-around men, because it's tre-
mendously hard to gain profici- meet will not be present this time
ency on all pieces of apparatus. Wayne Miller, who missedi the
At the start of my freshman year MSU encounter due to severely
the coach and I decided that I srraijed ankies, will rtturn to the
would devote all my time to pol- lineup and will undoubtedly add
ishing my routine on the horse." I.oints to the Wolverine total
Baessler, in regard to the Iwa "Wayne's a fantastic competitor
meet, is hopeful. "There are seven and he always seems to come up

with a brilliant performance in
the clutch," he exclaimed,
He has been disappointed with
the overall spirit in football and
basketball games here at Mich-
igan. "The only time the tans
seem to fire up is in a tight situa-
tion; at other times it's really
tough to work up any enthusiasm
whatsoever."
Last summer he worked in a
warehouse hauling crates from
May through June in order to
earn enough money to travel to.
Europe for the second half of the

se1nors on the squad. Over the:
last two years we've become very
close, and t.is meet xith Iowa is
the final regular meet of our
careers. We're so fired up that it s
corceivable that we'll hit our rou.
tines better than we have this

NHL ROUNDU P:
Rangers(
By The Associated Press
NEW YORK-Bob Nevin scored
a goal with the game just 70 sec-
onds old and goalie Ed Giacomin
made it stand up with his seventh
shutout of the National Hockey
League season as the New York

irit
vacation period. "I earned $1,000
in two months which enabled me
to make the trip."
"I met Chris Vanden Broek (A
fellow gymnast who works on the
high bar and side horse) in Aus-
tria and we bumped around Eu-
rope for two months. We went as
far north as Berlin and as far
south of Florence. We traveled in
a VF, and the total cost of the
trip was only $800. I'll never for-
get the experience, and I hope to
some day do even more traveling
over there."
Afte' graduation, Baessler plans
to enroll at the University of Illi-
nois for graduate work in business.
Before that, however, there's the
meet with Iowa, the Big Ten meet,
and then the nationals. "Just to
know that there will be no more
meets after this year is hard to
realize. After eight years of hard
work and competition, I think all
of us seniors will die a little at
the end of the season." A Big Ten
championship certainly w o u l d
make the dying a little bit easier.
Scores
NBA
Chicago 117, New York 103
Boston 135, Baltimore 120
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Eastern Michigan 99, Alma 64
Louisville 86, Drake 63
Marshall 77, Miami (Ohio) 62
No. Michigan 105, Michigan Tech 66
Cincinnati 92, Wichita 63
No. Carolina State 65, Georgia Tech 61
Toledo 93, Western Michigan 71
Florida 90, Florida state 75
Virginia Tech 87, Richmond 80
North Carolina 79, Maryland 78

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aipWings
Rangers blanked the Detroit Red
Wings 1-0 last night.
The victory was the third'
straight for ' the second-place
Rangers and moved them to with-
in 10 points of the league leading
Chicago BlackhHawks who were
idle. Detroit has lost five of its,
last six games.
Nevin scored his fifteenth goal
of the season on a play made pos-
sible by a fine effort by Phil Goy-
ette.'
Goyette fought off Alex Del-
vecchio and Gary Bergman be-
hind the Red Wings' net, and got
the puck to Nevin who was un-
guarded in front. Nevin's short
blast beat rookie goalie George
Garner cleanly.

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New York 26 19 8
Montreal 22 23 7
Toronto 21 21 9
Detroit 22 29 3
Boston 15 32 7
YESTERDAY'S RESULTS
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New York 1, Detroit 0

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