i 10 1961
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Icers Open Playoff
Two Encounters with Gophers
To Determine NCAA Position
Series at Miirnesot
Phi Delta Phi, Law Club Gain Fina
In Pro Fraternity Basketball Actio
By DAVE ANDREWS
Months of scraping and scram-
bling reaches a head tonight when
Michigan takes on Minnesota in
the first of a two-game total goal
playoff series in Minnesota's spa-
cious Williams Arena.
The series will produce one of
the two WCHA representatives to
the NCAA tourney next week.
Michigan Tech and Denver will
settle the other position in the
Pioneer's rink in a similar series.
Precedent has shown, that while
the 'final selection is made by a
coaches' committee composed of
the three sWCHA coaches not in-
volved in the playoffs, the winner
gets the bid.
Neither Michigan nor Minneso-
ta is conceding a thing, but both
coaches, Al Renfrew and John
Mariucci remain pessimistic.,
Both have solid arguments on
their respective sides.
Mariucci, though admittedly
happy with home ice for the se-
ries, has repeatedly pointed out
that the Wolverines whipped his
Gophers three times in four games
in regular season play..
Renfrew counters with the fact
that Minnesota is greatly improv-
ed and has been all but invincible
in Williams Arena this year, post-
ing a 9-1 record in league play.
Michigan handed the Gophers
its only loss in Minneapolis. The
Gophers have the revenge angle
going for them. The Wolverines
have the best player in the league:
in Red Berenson, but Minnesota
will have 8,000 fans on its side
at each game.
Whatever happens, the capaci-
ty crowds that will witness, the
struggle for existence can expect
collegiate hockey at its best high-
lighted by a severe contrast of
The Gophers, personnel-wise,
have only one Canadian, defense-
man Louis Nanne from Sault Ste.
Marie, Ont. The Wolverine's have
-only one American, defenseman
Butch Nielson from Minneapolis.
With the two contrasting styles
of play accented by coaches Ren-
frew and Mariucci the fans oan
expect quite a show. The Gophers
because of the abundance of tal-
ent from the Minnesota high
school hockey program, have plac-
ed the accent on speed and preci-
sion passing. ,
Michigan, on the other hand,
with its talent coming out of the
rougher Canadian Junior circuits,
plays a "shoot and chase it" type
game with the accent on checking
rather than precision.
It was this rugged brand of
play, however, that cost the Wol-
verines the opening game of the
regular season series at Minne-
apolis and brought howls of "poor
officiating" from many observers.
In that game Michigan drew 12 of
14 penalties handed out, and spent
the majority of the night in the
sin-bin. Three of the four Gopher
goals in their 4-2 win came on
The Wolverines reversed the
score the next night and then
came back to belt the Gophers
twice in Ann Arbor, 4-3, and 9-3.
Heading the Minnesota attack
will be the line of Gary Smaltz-
bauer, Len Lilyholm, and Dave
The Wolverines have a few
threats of their own in Berenson,
Larry Babcock, Joe Lunghamer,
and Billy Kelly, to name a few,
and since Renfrew revamped the
lines after the double loss to Den-
ver three weeks ago, the Wolver-
ines have perked up,
Chances are that Jim Coyle will
open the series in the nets, and
Dave Butts will handle the chores
the second night, but should Coyle
have a good game tonight, it
wouldn't be a surprise to see Ren-
frew stick with his little senior on
By DON BURNESS
Victories by Phi Delta Phi and
the Law Club in first-place play-
offs highlighted last night's pro-
fessional fraternity action at the
With former Michigan captain
Pete Tillotson and ex-Carlton
great George Walls leading the
attack, Phi Delta Phi easily de-
feated Delta Sigma Delta 57-26.
Tillotson completely dominated
the defensive boards as well as
netting 14 points, while back-
courtman Walls scored 23 points
including a seven-for-seven effort
at the foul line.
Tillotson, Walls and Co. led 26-4
at the half and coasted from then
on. John Downs, an agile forward,
hooped 17 points for Delta Sig.
M. C. Burton brilliantly drove
and hit eight-for-nine from the
field for the Falcons, but the depth
of the Law Club enabled it to post
a 42-36 win.
No one hit double figures for the
LYING DOWN, ON THE JOB-Michigan Defenseman Bernard
Nielson lies down to stop a shot during hot action in last Satur-
day night's Michigan-Michigan State game at the Coliseum. Sur-
rounding Nielson are Red Berenson (9), goalie, Jim Coyle and
Dale MacDonald (12). (Note arrow pointing to puck.)
Law Club as Burton stopped for-
mer Bradley ace Jo Billy McDade
and ex-Utah center Dee Condee
for a net total of 13 points.
The Woliverine alumnus totaled
22 tallies himself, was a thorn in
OUR FACES ARE RED
It has been brought to The
Daily's attention that it has
been in error in stating that
Wisconsin holds the Big Ten
Indoor Track record with 754
points. Much to the embarrass-,
ment of The Daily, Michigan
holds the record set in 1944.'
the winners' attack and controlled
both boards in a tremendous indi-
McDade blanketed the Falcon
star, but Burton stood out to the
approval of over 60 spectators.
But Emmet McCarthy sank 30-
foot jumpers, Larry McCormick
drove for layups, and Burton had
little assist from his mates. The
result was victory for a frustrated
and amazed Law Club ,quintet,
Burton left deJected, but his per-
formance drew compliments even
frondi opponent Condee.
Thus the Law Club' varsity
which has four ex-collegians will
face Phi Delta Phi next, week for
the title won last year by the Fal-
Phi Epsilon Kappa tripped Nu
Sigma, Nu, 48-42, in a second-place
playoff encounter. -The winners
took an early 'six-point lead and
maintained their advantage
Footballers Gary McNitt and
Reid Bushong pace.d Phi Epsilon
Kappa with 22 and 11 points re-
spectively, as they frequently drove
for important baskets.
For the second consecutive week
Nu, Sig was lead by Larry Robson
who netted 13 points. Tom South-
well contributed 10 point in a los-
In other action John Bor
13 points helped Delta The
defeat Alpha Omega, 41-28
professional fraternity cc
The game was evenly played
the last three minutes whei
gard hit for three quick lay
wrap up his team's win.
Also in professional frab
action, Alpha Kappa Phi t
Phi Delta Epsilon, 37-33, a
independent contests, the for
whipped 526 Club, 23-22;
Scholars had no difficulty
feating Lawyers, 20-12; and
shaded Nads, 37-35.
SENIOR WRESTLING CHAMP:
Fitzgerald Gives 'All' on Mat, Gridiron
,. . .battles for puck
Wilt Scores 67 Points
To Spark Warrior Win
By JIM BERGER
"He gets every nickel's worth
out of his ability," were the words
of Cliff Keen, Michigan mat
coach, in describing team captain
Fitzgerald, one of the most suc-
cessful wrestlers in Michigan his-
tory, won his second straight Big'
Ten crown last week in East Lans-
ing, where just months before this
same athlete made Michigan grid-
iron history by returning a Michi-.
gan State kick-off 99 yards for a
Indeed, his entire athletic ca-
reer is exemplified by his accom-
plishments on the football grid-
iron and on the wrestling mat.
Fitzgerald is a local boy. He was
born in Ann Arbor, and went to
high school at St. Thomas's,.
where he starred in football and
After graduation, he entered the
Marine Corps and it was there
that Fitzgerald first came into
contact with wrestling.
During his final year in the
service he first began to wrestle
and it was for the express purpose
of staying in shape for football.nd
Fitz, who likes all sports and
especially those dealing with phys-
ical contact, took to wrestling im-
mediately and compiled an unde-
feated 6-0 record during that last
year in the service.
It was in the service that Fitz
won his "biggest" mat victory.
During one of his matches, the
inexperienced Fitzgerald was pair-
ed with a former all-America, who
hadn't been beaten in two years,
opponent but pinned him.
After the Marine Corps, it
the University of Michigan
athletic stardom in wrestling
During his sophomore y
and Fitzgerald to the surprise of
everyone not only defeated his
Fitzgerald, in his first experience
with NCAA wrestling (the Marines
wrestled Olympic, Greco-Roman
Style), was runner-up in the Big
In his junior year, Fitz let-
tered in football, was undefeated
and untied in nine dual wrestling
meets, and won the Big Ten 167-
lb. wrestling crown by clobber-
ing Joe Mullins of Iowa, 12-3.
This year was the climax of his
athletic career. On the gridiron,
he was one of the sparkplugs of
a winning Michigan team. The
previously mentioned kick-off re-
turn will live for years in the'
memories of Wolverine support-
On the mats, Fitz chalked up
another outstanding year, culmin-
ated by his shutout victory of
Michigan State's John McCray in
the Big Ten 177-lb. finals.
Sunday, March 12
"The most remarkable thing
about Dennis is his ability to sell
himself out 100 per cent," said
Keen about his champion.
"He's a terrific competitor, a
fine leader, and an inspiration to
the team," continued Keen, in
lauding his team captain
Keen seemed to sum up his
feelings concerning "his boy" in
describing Fitzgerald's football
"A lot of guys run faster than
Fitz, and are a lot shiftier, but
he just works his hardest and gets
the most out of his ability."
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Philadelphia 46 31 .597
Syracuse 38 39 .4941
New York 21, 57 .2693
W L Pet.
x-St. Louis 50 28 .641
Los Angeles 35 42 .455 :
Detroit 32 45 .416 :
Cincinnati 32 45 .4161
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Niel Nowell, a 6'2" guard, is ,the
third starting junior. As the fast-'
est man on the squad, he leads the
0SU fast break. He also tied Seig-
fried for the 13th position among
the Conference's scorers with a
Senior Richie Hoyt, though not
of the same caliber as the other
four starters, is a good dependable
ballplayer and rounds out the
Whether or not Ohio State is
superior to the "Whiz Kids" will
never really be known. The game
was different in those days.
As Michigan's basketball Coach
Dave Strack, who competed
against the Whiz Kids as a Wol-
verine 'star, commented, 'They
were-a great bunch of ball players.
They'd excel in any era."
+ Ohio State has but one confer-
ence game remaining. It plays Illi-
nois Saturday night. The Illini
will be defending a legend1 in that
contest .and the memory of the
Whiz Kids will be workng for them
all the way.
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Knicks in a National Basketball
Boston 119, Detroit 118
SYRACUSE-Bill Russell drop-
ped in a one-hander 'with 15 se-
conds left last night to give Bos-
ton a 119-11$ victory over Detroit
and hurt the Pistons' chances for
a playoff spot in the National
Syracuse 129, St. Louis 119
Syracuse defeated St. Louis,
129-119, in the second game of
the doubleheader before 2,784 at
the War Memorial Auditorium
Montreal 6, New York 1
MONTREAL - Bernie (Boom
Boom) Geoffrion scored three
goals last night, raising his season
total to 46 and his National Hoc-
key League career total to 300 as
the Montreal Canadiens beat the
New York Rangers, 6-1.
Geoffrion's three goals left him
only one behind the output by
Toronto's Frank Mahovlich, and
four shy of retired Maurice Rich-
ard's record of 50 in one season.
Detroit 5, Boston 2
Howe applied his super scoring
touch to two goals and personally
clinched the National Hockey
League's final playoff berth for
Detroit last night in a 5-2 victory
The all time NHL high scorer
got the decisive goal early in the'
second period, then added a
clincher less than eight minutes
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