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Wrestling Russell's 28 Tops Wolverines
(Continued from Page 1)

By BOB CARNEY state's more popular wrestlers-a
state champion named Cliff Keen
In Oklahoma, where d u s t -left the land of the Sooners and
storms plague farmers and foot- landed in the Michigan Law
ball coacheskrun for the Senate, School, having decided on the
wrestling iing. life of an attorney.
When two good mat teams Keen got his law degree, but
meet, as many as 15,000 fans may never tried a case. He's been
be on hand, and a boy with good c o a c h in g Michigan wrestling
high school training in the sport teams since that first year, and
will receive more college offers has been as successful as any
than an all-A student. coach in the country.
About 40 years ago, one of the In that time, Keen has won
more wrestling meets, 237, than
any other Big Ten coach, and
currently fields a team that has
won 31 straight times.
Two weeks ago, he was honored
by the Big Ten for his 40 years
of service, when the Big Ten
championships were moved from
Columbus, Ohio, to Ann Arbor.
Third Straight
Among" the gifts Keen received
that day was his third straight
championship, the 11th of his
career. Five of his wrestlers cap-
tured individual championships, as
the Michigan team totaled a ree-
ord 88 points.
Keen, of course, cited "the
great team effort" of his matmen
as the key to the surprisingly-
lopsided victory. But the "experts"
attribute the Wolverines' success
to a different source.
"Michigan's had more success
than any other team in the Big
CLIFF KEEN Ten in recent years, and it's due

almost entirely to Keen," says demonstrate a new hold or tech-; himself. "The value of wrestling Van Breda Kolff is a fiery kind
Wisconsin coach George Martin, nique. is the lessons it teaches in self- of coach, yet at the same time
whose Badgers fell to the Wolver- .At the meets, his manlier is discipline ami self-reliance I try easy-going and jocular. Between
ines this year. similar, rising only occasionally to take in ) considerat ion the seizures of anger on the bench
One of Keen's own wrestlers, from his seat, and rarely yelling. wrestler's singularity, and work when his face would turn a bril-
who has been with the Michigan But his teams are aggressive, on individual techniques." he says liant crimson he would be joking
coach for the past four years, determined and this year led the Complementing the traits thatj with his players on what he con-
says "I could write a book about conference in number of falls. have'made Keen the coach he is, sidered to be horrendous or lu-
the man. He's fantastic." Why? is a quick sense of humor In a dricrous calls by the referees.
His Formula? Beneath Keen's serenity is a discussion of would-be oppor-cnis Sometimes he would get so pos-
But how does a coach gain such firmness, that makes Pxterior earlier ".i the year. for exampic, itively furious at the refree that
respect and such success over a harshness or excessive discipline Keen singled out one face and he would leap up off the bench
period of 40 years in a sport that unnecessary. It is typified in some asked if the wrestler wasnI f-,a and then literally grab himself by
has undergone the amount of advice Keen gave to one of his h s home state of Oklahoma 'I ne the knees before he raced on to
change that wrestling has? "boys" after a season which answer was yes. "Thought so," the court.
c , h. didn't show too much progress. snapped Keen with a big smile. The affable Dutchman thought
"I've tried to coach in the din' s "He coes have that str-n, in- he had his share to yell about
Michigan tradition as epitomizedi "You've got tomean busness- elig't look sn't he?" part cularly with the officiating.
by Fielding H. Yost," says Keen, <inRbothmeschoolsdeanddinrwleystgting,
who worked under Yost in his said Keen. "If you're going to go Retirement? His demigod, Bradley, got into
early years at Michigan. "I've al- halfway, you might as well not1 After 40 year's of course, the foul trouble early, picking up his
ways attempted to stress sports- even take the first step." question of retirement has often third late in the first half, and
manship, realizing that athletics j 'Want to Workbeen put to Keen. His reply has his fourth with just over a minute
manshipeerealizingethatnathleticsse'Want traWork'saow
is only part of the individual's The wrestlers who've been with ays been the same, gone i the second. Bradley show-
whole education." Keen for a few years, know his "As long as I have the health, ednohis fourth. Fortunately fr
Keen's methods are as, much ways, and hold a great deal of opportunity and inclination. in Van Breda Kolff's vascular system,
his own as his record. His manner respect for him. "He's the king going to keep on coach ig., he Ba '-
is quiet, his use of discipline rare. of coach who doesn't have to says. "If my enthusiasm begins aleys fifth was not a ques-
At a normal practice, he watches push," says one senior. "You want to wane, I'll call it quits." 'You could here the slap from
calmly from the side of the mat, to work for him. Then he slips on his sweat here," he said on the bench when
periodically taking on one of the According to Keen, tha initia- clothes and tennis shoes and heads Princeton's fatal moment came
wrestlers himself, in order to tive must come from the wi estler for the mat. with 5:04 remaining. Michigan was
up 77-67 at that time.
Tonight's championship game
will be televised on Channel 2, at
10 p.m. EST. The contest will also
.. '<.*. be a'red on radio over WUOM-FM,

Paper Tiger

S. ILLINOIS WINS, 59.5-58:

7r Gymn
Special To The Daily
IOWA CITY-Michigan's hopes
for an NCAA title in gymnastics
were abruptly halted last night as
Southern Illinoissqueaked past
the Wolverines 59x/2-58 in the
Mideast Regionals.
In preparation for the meet,
Michigan Coach Newt Loken em-i
phasized the importance of the
vaulting competition and his anal-
ysis held true as the Salukis took
one-two-three in the event.
Vaulting, also known' as long .
horse, is a new dual meet event
this year and has been plaguing
the team all year.
The Wolverines started out in
fine form and held a solid lead
until the gymnasts came to the
fatal event.
Mike Henderson, the defending
national champion, won the floor
exercise with a score of 9.0. He de-
feated Frank Schmitz, a sopho-
more who is considered one,of the
tops in the nation as well as being
second in the world on the tram-
The Wolverines stretched the
margin to 19-13 when Art Baessler
led the team to a one-three-five
finish on the side horse.
Then came the featured attrac-
tion, the trampoline, where
Schmitz would meet world champ
Gary Erwin and his cohorts-
Fred Sanders and John Hender-
son. In last year's nationals, the'
trio took an unprecedented sweep.
Erwin unloaded his triple back
and near flawless form to earn
a 9.6 while Sanders and Schmitz
tied for second at 9.45.
This left Michigan in good
shape heading into the high bar
competition. The Salukis' Bill
Wolf won with a 9.45, but the
Wolverines took three places to
stay ahead.

asts Fall
Then came vaulting and disas-
ter as Brent Williams led the
Southern Illinois sweep.
TherWolverines attempted a
comeback on the parallel bars with
Gary Vander Voort and his one-
hand handstand taking first, and
Ken Williams and Alex Frecska
following with a third and fourth.
On the still rings, Wolf took his
second first of the evening and
Michigan had to settle for third,
fourth, and fifth.
Southern's final points came in
all-around where Larry Lindauer
won against no Michigan competi-
tion. Loken prefers to go with his
specialists rather than shoot for
the first in just one event.
Today, the regional for the in-
dividual qualifications will be held.
The Wolverines will be represent-
ed with 13 competitors. The top
six finishers in each event will
move on to the inter-regional at
Penn State as will Southern Il-
linois for the team inter-regional
son (M) 9.0; 2. Schmitz (SI); 3.
Lindauer (SI); 4. P. Fuller (M); 5.
C. Fuller (M).
SIDEHORSE - 1. Baessler (M)
9.2; 2. Lindauer (SI); 3. Vanden
Broeck (M); 4. Tucker (SI); 5.
Frecska (M).
TRAMPOLINE-1. Erwin (M) 9.6;
2. Sanders (M) and Schmitz (SI);
4. Hamilton (M); 5. Dvorat (SI).
HIGH BAR-1. Wolf SI) 9.45; 2.
Frecska (M); 3. Cashman M); 4.
Tucker (SI); 5. Vander Voort M)._
VAULTING-1. Williams (SI) 9.2;
2. Schmitz (SI); 3. Lindauer (SI);
4. C. Fuller M); 5. Henderson (M).
Voort (M) 9.4; 2. Folf (SI); 3.Wlnd-
liams (SI); 4. Frecska M); 5. Lin-
dauer (SI).
STILL RINGS-1. Wolf (SI) 9.4;
2. Cook (SI); 3.. Blanton M); 4.
Vander Voort (B); 5. Chilvers(M).
ALL-AROUND-1. Lindauer (SI).

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TOO LATE IS DENNIS PAPP'S attempt to block a jump shot by
Cazzie Russell in the Michigan victory over Dayton in the NCAA
regional last weekend. Last night Cazzie Russell tallied 28 points
and led the Wolverines to a 93-76 victory over Princeton in the
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WRESTLING COACH CLIFF KEEN (at right) stands with the Michigan team after the Wolverines
captured the Midlands Tournament title during the Christmas holidays. Celebrating his fortieth
year as Michigan coach, Keen has guided eleven of his teams to conference titles, with his third
straight coming earlier this year. His teams currently boast a dual meet winning streak of 31.


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