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Gymnasts Defend Crown


Habits can be awfully hard tot
break, and Michigan Gymnasticse
Coach Newt Loken hopes that hisc
Big Ten champions will continuer
to be set in their ways. .
Michigan has won the confer-t
ence crown for four consecutive8
years and must be considered the1
solid favorite for number five int
'65. The Wolverines lose just threeT
men from last year's squad.
Last year's Big Ten victory wasf
no rout as the year before when
Michigan obliterated the opposi-
tion. Iowa and Michigan State
made determined bids to unseat
the "M" gymnasts, but superiorx
depth won out. Captain Arno Las-c
cari, Mike Henderson, Gary Er-<
win and John Hamilton won first
places for the Wolverines in, thek
meet. All but Lascari will be1
Leaves Hole
The loss of Lascari is a large
one indeed, however. Lascari won1
his specialty, the parallel bars,
while finishing fourth in the all-
around competition. He did this1
despite a painful elbow injury1
which plagued him through the
entire meet. Lascari could never
reach the heights most observers2
expected of him because the in-
jury bothered him from the be-
ginning of the season to the end.t
Mike Henderson is back to com-
pete in his specialties, tumbling
and free exercise. He won tum-
bling in the Big Ten meet ahead
of graduated teammate Phil Bol-
ton- to cinch the championshipt
for the Wolverines. Henderson had
somewhat of an off year in freej
exercise as he could not find the
form which had made him NCAA1
champion the year before. Coach1
Loken is hoping that he will re-
gain the timing he inexplicably
lost and become a solid two
pronged threat. Dave Brod will
back him up in tumbling, as will
John Hamilton on occasion, and
a couple of sophomores from Pen-
saloca, Fla., the Fuller twins,
Chip and Phil.
In recent years tumbling has
always been a Michigan monop-
oly except for Hal Holmes of Il-
linois, and this season would ap-
pear to be no exception.
Another Michigan monopoly,
even more restrictive than tum-
bling, is the Trampoline. This

year's' captain Gary Erwin is the
best Trampolinist in the confer-
ence and NCAA champion for two
consecutive years. His chief com-
petition will probably come from
his own teammates, John Hamil-
ton and Fred Sanders. Hamilton is
a pressure performer who always
looks good in the big meets. He
tied Erwin in the Big Ten meet
and finished second to him in the
NCAA. Fred Sanders finished
fourth in both the Big Ten and
NCAA, but there is only a shade
of difference between him and Er-
win and Hamilton.
Outside of tumbling and Tram-
poline the Wolverines do not have
clear cut supremacy, but they can
compete with the best. Senior
Alex Frecska showed himself to
be a solid all-around performer
last season, picking up points on
the sidehorse, high bar, and par-
allel bars. John Cashman, a jun-
ior, scored consistently around 91,
last season on the high bar plac-
ing fifth in the Big Ten. With
graduation losses in the conference
he could be up in the top three
this season.
Need Horseman
Sidehorse appears to be a weak-
ness for the Wolverines with the
graduation of Paul Levy. Loken
is hoping to find someone among
the sophomores to help him out.
Sophomores will be vital to the
Wolverines chances - for a repeat
performance.hGary Vander Voort,
who won the high school all-
around championship in Illinois
two years ago, will have to take
up much of the slack resulting
from Lascari's graduation. Vander
Voort is strong on the parallel
bars, high bar, and still rings,
places where the Wolverines will
need all the points they can get.

Chris VanDen Broek is another
soph upon whom Loken is count-
ing. An Ann Arbor product, he
showed well as a freshman in the
all-around events.
A big question mark for the
Wolverines this season will be Rich
Blanton who sat out last season
with a severe shoulder injury. He
underwent surgery and Loken
hopes he will come back strong.
Blanton has an excellent reputa-
tion on the still rings.
Tim Mousseau, Art Baessler, and
Ken Williams are other sopho-
mores who figure to score for
Three Team Race
Judging by past performances
it would appear that Michigan
State and Iowa will again press
Michigan for conference honors.
Michigan State will have Jim Cur-
zi, a powerful all-around gymnast,
who can score a lot of points all
by himself, plus Todd Gates, an
outstanding performer on the par-
allel bars. MSU has lost Dale
Cooper who never lost a meet in
three years in the Big Ten on the
still rings. Reportedly they have
a sophomore on the sidehorse who
counld be a potential national
Iowa has a team with two stars,
Glenn Gailis and George Hery.
The Hawkeyes ended a string of 21
dual meet victories for the Wol-
verines last season, and came with
-in 17 points of dethroning them
in the Big Ten meet.
On the national level the Wol-
verines will attempt to improve
upon their third place NCAA fin-
ish. Southern Illinois and South-
ern California which finished
ahead of Michigan both suffered
crucial graduation losses.

BY ANYONE'S STANDARDS the outstaanding trackman on the Michigan squad was Kent Bernard.
Bernard is shown above finishing the qualifying heat for the 440 at the Big Ten championships last
May. Bernard did this 440 yards in :46.0, the fastest time run in 1964 in the world at that date. He
should make a strong -bid for a medal for Trinidad in the Tokyo Olympics.
Bernard, Soudek Break MarlKs

(Continued from Page 7)
In the only away indoor meet
of the season Michigan overpower-
ed the powerful Chicago Track
Club 88-53.
In the only other, indoor action,
the Michigan Federation Cham-
pionships, the Wolverines garnish-
ed eight firsts as they set four
meet records. The records were set
by Schmitt in the shot, Bernard
in the 600, Kelly in the 880, and
the mile relay team. Meet records
were tied by Reid in the 60-yard
dash and Nuttall in the 65-yard
high hurdles.
Opening Outdoor Meet
For the opening outdoor meet
t' of the season Michigan traveled
to the Kentucky Relays. The only
first for the Wolverines was scored
by Soudek who set a new varsity
record of 1776".
The trackmen next traveled to
F Columbus where they did a little
better with three firsts. Soudek
was again first in the discus as
were the mile and the two mile
relay teams.
At the nationally renown Penn
Relays Soudek captured the discus
crown while the shuttle hurdle
relay team composed of Nuttall,
Woodton, John Henderson - and
Norm Kohns edged runnerup
Maryland with a :59.0
While the Penn Relays were
going on the rest of the team was
at home competing in the Mich-
igan Federation Open and walk-
ng away with eight firsts.
Three Varsity Records
As a tune up for the outdoor
championships Michigan traveled
to Penn State where they downed
the Nittany Lions 90-41 with a
big onslaught on the record books.
Three varsity records were broken

by the Wolverines in that one'
Ammerman jumped 6'10" to
erase the old high jump mark of
6'91" set by Ted Williams back
in 1962. The leap by Ammerman
was the best of the collegiate
track season when he made it.
Soudek broke his own discus
record again with a heave of
The other varsity record was set
by Bernard who ran a :47.1 to
break his own record of :48.0 for
a 440 around two turns.
Following the Big Ten outdoor
meet Michigan competed in the

C e n t r a 1 Collegiate Conference'
track meet at South Bend. Soudek
beat Henderson who had upset
him in the discus in the confer-
ence meet. In doing so Soudek
again bettered the 180' mark with
a heave of 183'.
Ammerman was also able to get
revenge as he jumped 6'9" and
beat conference champ Miller by
two inches while Bernard repeated
his Big Ten victory with a :46.9 in
the 440.
In team scoring Michigan tied
for second with Western Michigan
at 34 points as host Notre Dame
won with 351/2 points.

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