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THE MICHIGAN DAI"Y TUESDAY,
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FEBRUARY 27,1962
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CONFERENCE MEET:
Big Ten Mat Crown Up for Grabs

By TOM ROWLAND
Minnesota? Michigan? Michigan
State?
Pick almost any of the Big Ten
teams for championship honors at
the conference wrestling meet at
Minneapolis this weekend and
you've got a potential winner.
It's been a topsy-turvy, wide-
open wrestling winter in the Big
Ten, and the conference meet is
sure to be more of the same. For
the first time in many a winter
any Big Ten university can send
a crew 'of grapplers to vanquish
any other on any given weekend.
Roundrobin Non Sequitur
Proof? Michigan flattened Ohio
State in decisive fashion, Ohio
State tied then-unbeaten, title-
defending Michigan State, and
Michigan downed the Spartans.
Michigan State rolled over Minne-
sota handily, and then, the next
night, the Gophers steamrolled
the Wolverines.
Michigan eased by Indiana, and
then the Hoosiers roared back to
tie Michigan State. So round and
round it goes, and who'll win? It's
your guess.
Spartans Favored
Michigan State, last year's
champs in the meet at East Lans-

ing by virtue of a four-point mar-
gin over Michigan, will certainly
be among the top favorites to
grab the crown again this winter.
The Spartans lost only one meet
this season-to Michigan.
State's Okla Johnson, feather-
weight fireball who took the 115-
lb. individual title in last year's
meet, is still around. But since
a season ago the weight has been
dropped from competition, and
the Spartans haven't made much
use of Johnson, who suffers from
an acute case of insufficient
weight in the 123-lb. class.
Three 'M'- Champs
Michigan, twice-defeated this
year along with some strong vic-
tories, will have one of the three
individual medalists of a year ago
on hand when the Wolverines try
to make it past second place this
weekend. He's Fritz Kellermann,
who took an individual title at 130-
lbs. The Wolverine senior has been
competing in the 137-lb. class this
winter.
Northwestern, a team that fin-
ished sixth last March, will have
the services of two past-champs.
Rory Weber, bruising heavyweight
title-defender, has recovered from

an arm injury that put him out of
commission for part of this win-
ter's schedule and will be ready
for action. Al Jaklich nipped
Michigan's title chances with a
championship win over Wolverine
Jack Barden at the now-extinct
191-lb. weight last year.
Purdue, second last season and
strong again this winter, will go
with defending 167-lb. champ Bob
Marshall to lead the way for the
Boilermakers. Marshall fits the
championship role: he was 157-lb.
title-holder two years ago.
Huff Challenges Kellermann
Iowa's Tom Huff figures to give
Michigan's Kellermann a rough
tangle in the 137-lb. department.
Huff, the only Big Ten wrestler
to decision Kellermann two years
in a row, didn't get much of a
chance to show his wares in the
conference meet last winter; .he
was pinned in the opening bout.
Minnesota finished eighth' last
year-but the Gophers are- bound
to skip up a few slots this time
around. Easily picked as the con-
ference's most improved team,
Minnesota rebuilt from last year's
ineligibility and injury-riddled
squad to pose as one of the big-
gest threats for the Big Ten title.

Harris' 17 and Cole's 18 were too
much for the Hurryin' Hoosiers
who were too cold from the floor
to do any damage against Michi-
gan's man to man defense.
The Hoosiers shot a frigid 30
per cent in the first half, com-
pared to the Wolverines' 37 per
cent. Indiana started out with the
zone defense that was so effective
against Michigan the first time;
but they quickly reverted to their
usual man to man as the Wol-
verines pulled ahead 37-23.
Wolverines Get Hot
With 13:12 remaining in the
first period, Michigan got hot and
poured in 11 consecutive points
in a minute and 47 seconds to
jump ahead 23-15.
Michigan's 24 point half time
margin was due mostly to the
Wolverines hitting 25 of 29 free
throws, and outmuscling the
Hoosiers on the boards, 38-23.
Four Wolverines finished in
Icers Meet
Germans
In .Detroit
The Michigan hockey team con-
cludes its regular season schedule
tonight when it takes on the West
German National team in Cobo
Hall's Convention Arena.
The Wolverines will be seeking
their 22nd win of the year against
three defeats. It will be the sec-
a nd time this season that the
team will have played in Detroit.
In the first game at Cobo Hall,
the Wolverines trounced the Uni-
versity of Toronto, 8-3. Michigan
coach Al Renfrew is hoping that
tonight's game will be as suc-
cessful at the gate as Michigan's
first encounter in the plush arena.
The Toronto game attracted the
largest paying crowd ever to! wit-
ness an athletic event in the
Arena.
The West Germans, who were
scheduled at the last minute when
the Czech Nationals canceled their
engagement, will provide Michigan
with sort of a warm up game for
the Western Collegiate Hockey
Association playoffs this weekend
at Ann Arbor. The Germans were
fourth in the world championships
last year.
Tickets for the game can be
purchased at the Athletic Ad-
ministration Building or at Cobo
Hall. The price for students is the
same as for a regular home game.

Osterland Jumps to Gym Fame

of New York City, Osterland grew
up amidst a pack of youngsters
that found pleasure in swinging
through the trees. "We used to
build tree houses, swing from vines
and climb around quite a bit. I
always liked to fly through the
air that's probably why I took
such an interest in the Trampoline
later on," said Tom.
No Specialty
Ironically, the Michigan cap-
tain never competed on the
Trampoline before he came to
Michigan. In high school he was
well rounded, sportswise, but with
no great speciality. The varsity
swimming, football and track
teams kept him busy for most of
the school year. "I was far from
a record setter at any of them,"
Tam added. -
"If there was one thing I did
like best it was diving. There was
a lot of water around our area
so I naturally took to swimming
fairly early."
With an engineering career in
mind, Osterland sent applications
in to MIT and other Eastern
schools. "After 'thinking it over,
however, I decided that I wanted
to go to a University with a cam-
pus life as well as a fine engineer-
ing school. I also had desires of
being a collegiate diver so I choose
Michigan," Osterland explained.
Not Good Enough
Osterland's hopes of a diving
career vanished early. After a few
weeks in Ann Arbor, Michigan's
diving coach Bruce Harlan said he
was too far behind the other men
to make the squad.
That was the year Michigan was
three deep in good divers. Dick
Kimball, NCAA champion and
present Michigan diving coach,
Bob Webster, later an Olympic
champion and Alvero Gaxiola also
an All-American, made it tough
for any newcomer to make the
squad, including Osterland.
"While in high school the divers
used the Trampoline to warm up,
so one day I decided to go down
to the intramural building and
bounce around," stated Osterland.
"I got to like it a lot and started to
watch the techniques of Michi-
gan's nationally ranked Tramp-
oliners of that year, Dick Kimball
and Ed Cole."
A New Interest
"They took an interest in me
and began helping me out. Soon
I was pursuing the sport quite
seriously. Later Coach Newt Loken
took notice and I became a mem-
ber of the gymnastics team," Tom
added.
In two years Osterland was
ranked as one of the nation's best

-Daily-James Keson
SELF-MADE HERO-Michigan gymnastics captain Tom Oster-
land, shown here on his specialty, trampoline, entered the Univer-
sity hoping to become a diver. Under the tutelage of Newt Loken,
Osterland progressed to become NAAU champion last year on
trampoline.

rebound tumblers, finishing run-
ner-up in the NCAA, Big Ten and
NAAU meets in 1960 and winning
the Big Ten and NAAU champion-
ships last year.
In 1961 Osterland added tumb-
ling to his repetoire and became
a quick success. In the Conference
championships he finished second
to the great, Hal Holmes of Illi-
nois. This year he and Holmes
are again prime contenders for
Big Ten honors.
Captains Squad
Elected as captain this year by
his teammates, Osterland has fit-
ted well into the new role, ac-
cording to Coach Loken. "Tom is
a capable leader, who does every-
thing well and leads by example.
He's a fine representative of his
sport."
"I've never regretted coming to
Michigan. Being a gymnast has
enabled me to travel around the
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people. It's been great and I've
enjoyed every minute of it," Tom
concluded.
This weekend Tom Osterland
closes out his career in the Big
Ten championships. Win or lose
he'll have a place on the ledger
of Michigan's all-time gymnastics
greats.

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