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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

ymnasts Host Title Meet

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free exerecise and tumbling; and
Lewis Fenner on the side horse.
Loken then got warmed up on
the subject of the five and "one
half" boys returning from last
year's squad which never quite
reached its potential because of
injuries and drop outs. He was
quick to explain the "one half"
returnee.
"Bill Skinner, last year's cap-
tain, will only be with us for a
semester." Skinner is a terrific
tumbler, and along with Jimmy
Brown, formed a formidable duo
for two years. In 1959, Skinner
was third and Brown fourth in
the NCAA Meet. Last year, both
were beset by injuries late in the
season, hampering their perform-
ance.
Most Valuable
Stepping into Skinner's captain
shoes is little Rich Montpetit, who
also was voted most valuable by
his teammates at the conclusion
of the season. Montpetit (pro-
nounced Mont-pa-teet) is an all-
around performer who was third
in the Big Ten last year.
Michigan's only other points in
the Conference meet were gar-
nered by Skinner and Brown in
tumbling, and the "Tramp Twins,"
juniors Tom Osterland and T.
Francis, who were second and
sixth respectively in the Confer-
ence.
Osterland's story is a "rags to
riches" one of success. He had
never tumbled before,his freshman
year, but exactly one summer ago,
he worked on a Trampoline in his
home of Mountain Lakes, N.J.,
which certainly paid off. He fol-
lowed up his Big Ten achievement
with another runnerup finish in
the NCAA.

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Francis is a diver-tumbler, who
alternated his time between the
swimming pool and the gym. He
did an amazing job, considering
he sometimes competed in a meet
in each sport on the same night.
The other returning letterman
is senior Barry Feinberg, whose
best event is the high bar.
Michigan will feel the loss of two
others, Al Stall and Wolf Do-
zauer, keenly. Both were all-

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Tragic Accident
Michigan gymnasts Al Stall
and Ken Sakamato died in an
auto accident in Georgia early
this summer. They were return-
ing from a cheerleading clinic
they had conducted in Florida.
Stall, a senior, had earned three
varsity letters, while Sakamato,
a sophomore, had earned a re-
serve letter.
around competitors with a lot of
drive and ability.
However, their slump at the
time of the Big Ten, plus the fact
that the gymnasts didn't have
the services of top stars Nino Mar-
ion and Ron Munn, undoubtedly
cost the gymnasts a higher finish.
Both were ineligible the entire
year.
Marion was a high scorer for the
1959 squad while Munn was a
former national AAU champ.
The Michigan coach sees I111-
nois as his team's chief competi-
tion this year. "We're working
toward the Big Ten title and with
these excellent prospects coming
up, our chances are good," said
Loken.

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