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rew Calls Denver 'Best Team Ever'


'M' Track Team Re-uni


t thow good is the Denver
y team?
owing no more about the
ers than what their con-
flow of press releases had
d, I set out to the Coliseum
esent the question to the
gan coach, Al Renfrew.
ile waiting for Renfrew, I
some of the articles taped to

the blackboard, Most of the ar-
ticles were on Denver.'
The stories went something like
"Lead by Jerry Walker's 28th
and 29th goals of the season, Den-
ver clobbered the
"Lead by Jerry Walker's sev-
enth hat tric kof the season, Den-
ver swept by the ...
"Led by Jerry Walker's four


goals, Denver shut out the ..."
And so on.
Oh well-every team has their
big. scorer. Maybe Denver is a one
man team? I filed it away for fu-
ture consideration.
Averaging Eight a Game
One fact was bothersome, how-
ever. While Walker was scoring
his two goals a game, the whole
team was 'averaging almost eight
a game.
And then came to mind what
the Colorado College coach, Tony
Frasca, had said. "Michigan threw
more shots at us in these two
games (last weekend) than any
team in the league." And then in
almost the same breath he added,
"but, Denver is just so great."
Not Unbeatable
Even so, however, Denver is
not unbeatable. Michigan Tech
proved that by beating the Pion-
eers-once. And, the Tech coach
had said that the Wolverines
could beat Denver if they kept
playing as well as they had against
his Huskies.
And besides even the publicity
directors are in doubt about Den-
ver's greatness. Michigan's Les
Etter had called, them a rocket-


To Host Spartan Thin

powered team and the Denver di-
rector referred to them as a jet-
powered team. And that's clearly
a contradiction.-
I decided to leave it up to Ren-
"Is Denver really that good?"
He slowly shook his head. "Den-
ver's the best college hockey team
I've ever seen."
What with Walker?
This covered quite a bit of ter-
ritory, so I switched to Walker.
"Do you plan to double-team
"That would be suicide," he
quicly said.
"They've got nine real good for-
wards." "Huh," I asked.
"They've got twelve, but they
only skate nine," he shot back.
He pulled out a Denver press
release. (There's always one han-
dy.) "See this guy," he said, point-
ing to a name. "He scored some
goalst against us last year and
can't even make the squad this
year." He turned to hand the
trainer some more Denver clip-
pings for the board. I
Who Needs Defense
"How about their defense?" I
"They're very good."
"What kind of strategy are you
going to 'use?"
"Hit the net with the puck," he
I pressed. "Can we beat them?"
Renfrew shrugged his shoulders.
"It's going to take a top perform-
ance from all of our players," he
He turned to go, so I settled on
a parting shot. "Do they have any
"Their trainer isn't so good,"
he said with a laugh.
And that-seemed like a good
place to stop.




... two-mile star ... Spartan jumper
I Not Overconfident
For Meet With Minnesota

'Twas an early mathematician
who reasoned that whole is equal
to the sum of its parts and greater
than anyone of them.
Friday night in Yost fieldhouse;
Michigan's defending indoor Big
Ten track champions hope to add
the final proof to this statement,
when they meet Michigan State
in a dual meet starting at 7:30
Since the indoor season began,
in December Wolverine trackmen
have traveled hither and yon-but
never as a complete team. InY
December middle distance star,
Wally Schaffer and broad jumpera
Doug Niles traveled to Chicago to
compete in the windy city's
Christmas meet. -
Ran at Boston
Four weeks ago distance men
Ergas Leps and Dave Martin ran1
in the Boston Games while their
teammates were preparing for the
Michigan State Relays on Febru-
ary 4th.
And last Saturday night while
the majority of the Michigan
squad was competing in the AAU
Relays in Yost fieldhouse, Coach
Don Canham, fleet hurler Bennie
McRae, and the crack one and
two mile relay teams were com-
peting in the Los Angeles Invita-
Tomorrow night, however, Can-
ham will pull the parts together
and rally his forces for the first
time, and the result could be as
awesome as last year's dual meet
in East Lansing, which the Wol-
verines won 87 to 54.
Canham's Appraisal
After verifying that this meet
will bring the whole squad togeth-
er for the first time, Canham
gave his unabashed appraisal of
the contest. "State is strong in the
sprints, broad jump, and distances.
But don't forget that Robbie's
back in school now. I think we're
going to be too strong for them."
Canham's uninhibited optimism
is well founded. The "Robbie" he
refers to is Big Ten sprint cham-
pion Tom Robinson who has re-
turned to school after competing
in the Olympics and in a post
Games tour through Europe.
Robinson, who last year swept
all the Conference sprint events,
will compete in the 60-yd. and

300-yd. dashes. If Robinson doesn
have things his own way it wi
be because of teammate Job
Gregg, who won the 65-yd. das
at the Michigan State Relays, o
State's Zack Ford, fourth in the
Conference 300 last spring.
An outside threat in the sprini
will be State's' swift sophomor
Don Voorheis. Voorheis, a for
mer Michigan class $ prep champ
holds Spartan frosh outdoor marl
of :09.7 in the 100 and :20.9 h
the 220.
Tremendous Duel
One of the hottest individua
duels of the evening should tal
place in the broad jump, whic
match Michigan's Les Bird ar
State's Sonny Akpata.
Akpata won the event at th,
Michigan State Relays and wa
third in the Michigan AAU mee
both times leaping over 23'. Bir
although he is winless this yea
holds the Michigan indoor broE
jump mark at 24' 10%", which I
set as a sophomore.
Strongest Event
Michigan State's strongest even
appears to be the two mile, whe:
lettermen Bill Reynolds and Ge:
ald Young return. Last sprin
Reynolds finished third in ti
conference two mile with a 9:12
clocking, while Young was thir
in the outdoor two mile in 9:25.
Last Saturday "Young won th
Michigan AAU event in 9:19.6, d
feating the Wolverines' Jim W;
man, who finished third.
In addition to the broad jum
the pole vault also looms as
toss-up affair. The event cou
conceivably be a repeat of th
Michigan AAU where State's B
Alcorn, and Michigan's Rod Den
hart tied, for first at 13'6".
Unexpected Addition
Denhart has become an une:
pected addition to the Wolverin
squad. He competed unattache
in the AAU meet, but is now elig
ble after transferring from Gran
Rapids JC.
The middle distance events ai
the remaining field events appe
to belong to Michigan, however.
In the hurdles the Sparta:
will have to get an outstandii
performance from sophomore B
Mann to even come close to tr
Wolverine duo of Bennie McR
and Dick Cephas.





Dayton 70, Duquesne 67
Detroit 62, Canisius 58
Southwestern (Kan.) 81, Kansas Wes-
leyan 74
Drew 64,.Brooklyn Poly 54
DePauw 86, Evansville 85
Geneva 77, St. Francis (Pa.) 59
Louisville 117, Ohio U. 84
Memphis State 81, Middle Tennessee
Pittsburgh 60, Fordham 58

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Professor of Ecclesiology, Woodstock College

After beating two of the top
teams in the country, Illinois and
Southern Illinois, one might think
that the Wolverine gymnasts
would ease up on their training,
but not so, they are working even
"The team is staying in top
condition for the upcoming meet
with Minnesota this Friday," saidt
Michigan Coach Newt Loken. "But
our biggest objective is the Big
Ten meet on March 3rd."
Loken was especially pleased
There has been a change in
time of both the track and
gymnastic meets this weekend.
The duel track meet between
Michigan and MSU has been
moved from Saturday night to
Friday night at 7:30 p.m. The
gymnastics meet will be held
Friday at 4:00 p.m.
with, the fine performances turn-,
ed in by Tom Osterland, Capt.
Richard Montpetit, and Gil La-
Osterland, placed first in re-
bound tumbling and tumbling. His
performance on the trampoline
included such tricks as the diffi-
cult double twisting double back-
ward somersault.
Doing his routine on the high
bar, Montpetit has done forward
and backward giants, eagle giants,
and the especially dangerous flank
Gil Larose, who has been do-
ing very well in free exercise, has
earned scores as high as 92.5, and
92 in the last two meets, and is

one of the big factors in Michi-
gan's rise as one of the best teams
in the nation.
As a special attraction to Fri-
day's meet will be the leading
girl's team in the country, a group
from Flint Jr. College. The girls,
Judy Klauser, Inez Coan, and
Donna Schaenzer will perform on
the balance beam and in free
They are all members of the
Pan American team and have
competed against the Russian fe-
male gymnasts.
With this meet, the last home
dual meet of the season, the
Michigan squad intends to show
fans the form they hope to use
in becoming the Western Confer-
ence champs, and not runner up
to Illinois again.


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Wrestlers Hope To Stay Unbeaten

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Michigan's undefeated wrestling
squad is going to have some real
competition as the Northwestern
Wildcats, and the Michigan State
Spartans invade Ann Arbor.
Northwestern will be at Yost.
Field House at 2:00 Saturday aft-
ernoon,- while the men from State
will be here on Monday for a 4:00

victorious in one of the heavier
Cliff Keen, Michigan mat coach,
in comparing the two wrestlers
said, "Weber is greatly improved


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p.m. engagement.
The Wildcats, who finished
fourth in the Big Ten last sea-
son for their best campaign in
years, have six returning letter-
men. Among them is the phenom-
enal Rory Weber, who wrestles
at heavyweight.
Tough as Sophomorer
a sophomore, Weber won the
Big Ten Heavyweight title and '"<
finished fourth in the NCAA tour-}
nament. This year Weber has won }
the heavyweight championship in
the Wilkes tournament and is un-
defeated in dual meet corpeti-
He has won three of his six
victories by pins and the only
time an opponent scored on him,
Weber defeated him 16-3.
Michigan also has quite a
heavyweight in undefeated and r
once tied Karl Fink. In Michi-
gan's 'eight dual meets to date,
the Wolverine heavyweight has
scored four pins, and in the KARL FINKS
Wilkes Tournament, he too, was- *. heavy grappler
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over last ,year, but so is Fink;
it should be a great match."
On being asked whether the
Northwestern meet will be a
"puschover," Keen replied with an
emphatic, "Heck, no, they beat
Army, which is the power of the
East this year, they'll be tough."
Michigan State, third in the Big
Ten last year, and a real contend-
er for this year's title, has a
team loaded with depth.'
In the lighter weights, Michi-
gan's ,weak spot, State is packed
with power,
Virginia Champ
Okla Johnson, a sophomore
wrestling at 115-lbs., was runner-
up in the 1959 Pan American
Games, And was high school
champion. of Virginia for four
Atthe 123-lb. weight, the. Spar-
tans have George Hobbs, a return-
ing letterman, and in the 130-lb.
class, they have Jerry Hoke, the
'59 Big Ten Champion, the NAAU
champion in '58 and in '59, and a
member of the United States
Olympic team.
Letterman Norman Young will
wrestle at 137-lbs., while State
wrestling Coach Fendley Collins
has letterman Duane Wohlfelt and
also sophomore Gary Kling to
chose from.
Imposing Depth
MSU's great depth is truly il-
lustrated at the 191-lb. division,
as the Spartans have three cap-
able men.
Jack Barden, the Michigan
sophomore in the 191-lb. class,
can, according to Keen, provide
competition for any of State's 191-
lb. trio.
"He's been wonderful," said'
Keen 'in referring to the unde-
feated Barden, whose close vic-
tories have helped the Wolverines
a great deal this year.
One Common Foe
It is important to note that
the same Pittsburgh team which
the Wolverines defeated 22-6, beat
State 17-8. However, Keen pays
no attention to this fact.
"They've got ten good guys, and
anyone of them can go," said the
Michigan Coach about the Spar-
tans, who ruined Michigan's un-
defeated Big Ten dual meet record
last year, and who have the po-
tential to do it again.

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