THE MICHIGAN DAILY
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7, 1962 THE MICHIGAN DAILY
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By CHARLIE TOWLE
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Ever since the inception of re- combinations Michigan has
bound tumbling (trampolining) as ed three of the best.
a regular gymnastic event in 1948, Erwin Best
Michigan has had a tradition of Gymnastics coach Newt
superior trampolinists:. Gymashtic yoac Newt ha
In that year Bob Schoendube feels that, "you would ha
captured the National Amateur give Erwin the nod as the b
Athletic Union championship. In the three because of his %
the following three years, 1949- the Midwest meet."
1951, Ed Buchanan copped the Erwin comes from Arli
NNAU title twice, the National Heights, Ill., a suburb of C
Collegiate Athletic Association and attended Arlington
title three times and the Big Ten School, where he picked u
title once. In the years 1957-1959, sport. Unlike a great deal
Ed Cole brought the Big Ten title country, where high school
to Ann Arbor three times. nastics is relatively unknow
Peak Year Chicago area has quite a we
ear .r M veloped program, reflected
1959 was a peak year for Michi- high finishes of such state C(
gan on the trampoline. Besides hg Iinis on sute Ic
Cole's titles in the Big Ten and as Illinois and Southern Illir
NCAA events, Ron Munn in the Erwin originally started
AAU and Pan American Games tumbler but had to quit beca
and Dick Kimball, present diving injuries. While recovering fro
coach, in the Midwest Open also bruises obtained from the
came home with titles. Tom Oster- Erwin turned to the tram'
land, captain of the gymnastic which seems a great deal
squad last year, added Big Ten, He hasn't stopped bouncing
NCAA and AAU titles to the Mich- Erwin chose, Michigan be
igan record book during his tenure. "it had a good gymnastic teal
All of which brings us to the it is a good school," which
object of this history Gary Erwin, to be a point of agreement
John Hamilton and Fred Sander, three.
sophomore. trampolinists. Never Satisfied
Both Erwin and Sander have He has been trampolinin
won National Junior champion- four years and spends 10
ships while Hamilton took the hours a week during the
Canadian National championship. working out, mostly on his
Last weekend in Chicago, for the binations of tricks. Perhap
Midwest Open, Gary Erwin took reason for his success is that
first in the meet for the second never satisfied with his per
year running. Meanwhile, team- ance. "I'm always having ti
mates Sander and Hamilton took on a few tricks," he says
second and sixth respectively. In toughest trick in his routin
an event in which contestants are cording to his own feeling
allowed 12 bounces and are judged triple-back-somgersault.
Hamilton Form Trampoline Trio
t he is
Erwin has a slight weight prob-
lem. He likes to go into a meet at
around 150 lbs. but his ordinary
weight is around 160 lbs. Before*
meets he has to cut down to one
meal a day for a couple of days
before the meet in order to make
his playing weight.
Fred Sander gives his home town
as Palm Beach, Fla. He started
trampolining in the YMCA and
has been at it for three years.
He originally started as a pole
vaulter in high school but switch-
ed to trampolining, perhaps figur-
ing that it, instead of pole vault-
ing, was the best thing for heights.
The average trampolinist performs
at about 12 to 15 feet above the
trampoline which is about four
feet off the floor.
Michigan trampolining w a s
dealt a severe blow with the un-
fortunate head injury to Lew Hy-
man. The injury was doubly bad
because, besides the loss of Hy-
man, the other performers might
be slowed down due to the psy-
chological effect of the injury.
Sander spoke for all the gym-
nasts when he said that the Hy-
man incident would not bother
him because, "I know myself."
John Hamilton comes to Michi-
gan from Amarillo, Texas. He has
been active in rebound tumbling
much longer than the other two,
starting in 1953. His original prac-
tice ground was the Amarillo Mav-
erick Boy's Club. Because of the
lack of good gymnastic teams in
Texas, he decided to migrate north
where he could compete with the
According to Hamilton he
"spends very little time on devel-
oping new tricks. Most men use the
same tricks, only the styles are
Hamilton points with Texan
pride to the fact that he has
never learned a new trick in the
belt (A safety device which is
fastened around the waist of a
novice and then run over pulleys
to prevent falls). He also expects
to compete for the Wolverines as
a free exercise man.
Hamilton injured his knee in
the 1961 Midwest Open and is
still wearing protective bandages.
This year's Midwest was the first
meet for him since that time, a
layoff of a year. Despite this fact,
he still managed a sixth-place
Loken's face breaks into a
broad grin when asked how he
feels having three topflight tram-
polinists competing at the same
time will effect each man's per-
formance. "The competition be-
tween the three should keep them
all going all out," Loken com-
mented. "The three help each
other with their routines and in
addition Ed Cole sometimes lends
a hand in the coaching chores."
Right now they are practicing
for a triangular meet with Iowa
and Indiana, Jan. 12. In which
they will meet the biggest chal-
lenge to their dominance of the
event, George Hery of Iowa.
Whether they are as good as
the Munn, Cole, Kinmball trio of
1959 remains to be seen. "Only
after the NCAA, NAAU and Pan
American Games will we be able
to judge if they are the best,"
Name Tresh AL's
Switchhitter Tom Tresh of the
New York Yankees was named
the American League's Rookie of
the Year last night, receiving 13
of 20 votes cast.
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