TIE MICHIGAN DAILY
PREVIEW TO IUSHOWDOWN:
Wolverine Swimmers Face Badgers
By CLIFF MARKS
hen Michigan's gymnasts op-
weak Wisconsin tonight at
in the I-M gym, Al Stall,
verine all-around competitor,.?
do just what the word im-
is coach, Newt Loken has
ed Stall "a real competitor who
s his best under intense com-
.tive pressure." Stall himself
nits that he does better under
ssure, but doesn't know why.
I seem to be more relaxed un-
pressure," he said, "but there's
particular reason for it." This
adox may not make sense to
casual observer, but it would
e were to see Stall under pres-
e at its highest.
tall, a senior in physical edu-
on, started in gymnastics
ite by accident." "My dad en-
ed me in a YMCA program
when I was real young," he re-
called, "and I became interested
in everything, not only gymnas-
Turned to Gym
"However," he continued, "I
turned to gym because there
weren't too many fellows in it,
and I did fairly well. Everyone
likes what he does well."
He also mentioned that he was
weak and shy when he started
at the Dayton (Ohio) "Y" and
no one (least himself) expected
him to become the top gymnast
that he is.
His first meet was the Second
Annual Indianapolis Turner's af-
fair in Dec. of 1952, and after that
he started entering on his own,
in "Y" meets mostly. Stall won
the all-around YMCA title twice,
and, finished second ih rebound
tumbling in the national YMCA
meet. Former Illinois star Abe
VI' Wrestlers at Illinois,
'o Face Weakened Squad
By DAVE LYON
Associate Sports Editor
Coach Buel (Pat) Patterson's
hard-luck Illinois wrestling team
faces probable defeat when it
hosts Michigan in a dual meet to-
night at Champaign.
The Illini, a second-division Big
Ten team when the season began,
were considerably weakened by
the recent loss of five of the eight
regulars. Three failed to make
SOCIAL FRATERNITY "A"
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Zeta Beta Tan 36, Theta Delta Chi 19
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grades, two others dropped out of
With his team decimated, Pat-
terson expects this season "could
well be the worst" in a coaching
career dating from 1927, whan he
graduated from Oklahoma State,
Michigan Coach Cliff Keen gradu-
ated from there three years ear-
Michigan's forces, under the
guidance of Keen and assistant
Steve Cole, are expected to ag-
gravate Patterson's misery. The:
Wolverines are 9-1 this season in
The only weights the Illini may
win are at 137, 177, and heavy-
weight. Inactive most of this sea-
son, Illini Captain Rex Whitlatch
expects to be ready at 137. Tom
Trousil mans the 177-pound post
and Ken Kraml is at heavyweight.
The Illini took a 10-day road
trip just before their wave of in-
eligibilities. They lost to Kansas
State, 27-3; Oklahoma State, 25-
3; Oklahoma, 30-0; and beat Mis-
After tonight's meet, Michigan
moves on to Bloomington to face
Indiana, which defeated North-
western, 15-11, in its last outing.
Grossfeld also competed in that
"I never was a winner nation-
ally," he said, "just a second place
finisher." This last remark also
applied to the Midwest Open
when he was second in the long
horse in his freshman and senior
(this) year. However, he has won
the Michigan AAU all-around
Stall said that his biggest thrill
to date, was when he finished
third in a Detroit AAU meet with
Michigan teammates Wolfgang
Dozauer and Nino Marion ahead
of him. This typifies his team
spirit and thrill of competition.
Another example of his tre-
mendous competitive spirit is that
he has hitchhiked to Sarasota, Fla.
twice (for the annual Gym Clinic)
and many times to Dayton, so
that he could compete in meets.
"I try to 'hit' them all," he said.
One interesting f e a t u r e in
Stall's gymnastics career and rise
to success is that his YMCA never
had a coach, "and we taught our-
selves." Othe:- members of the "Y"
group were Tom Gumph, Ohio
State's diver and rebound tumbler,
and Jack Ryder, now at Florida
State, formerly at Illinois, who
finished third in the Midwest
Open two years ago.
Tonight, then, the fans will be
able to see Stall "compete" and
Loken has announced an added
attraction in the person of three
girls from Flint Junior College
who were on the U. S. Pan Ameri-
can Gymnastics team, Teresa
Montefusco, Sharon Phelps, and
Judy Klauser. Their coach, Herb
Vogel, will bring them to give an
A Western Michigan hockey
team. will be here this evening to
play an exhibition game against
an all-star team from the I-M
Western Michigan has started
a hockey program in the hope that
if the sport catches on it can be-
come a varsity sport at the Kala-
Game time will be 8:00 and a
50 cent admission will be charged
to cover rink expenses.
By HAL APPLEBAUM
Michigan's swimmers will try
to add another win to their 32
meet streak tonight when they
host Wisconsin at Varsity Pool in
a prelude to tomorrow's showdown
battle with Indiana.
The Badgers, possessors of a 3-5
record are not expected to fully
test the Wolverines, who will be
saving most of their best swim-
mers for tomorrow afternoon's
Wisconsin is led by sophomore
sprinter Ron McDevitt, Whose
clockings of :22.5 for 50-yards and
:49.5 for 100-yards are ambong the
bset in the nation this year.
McDevitt will be challenged in
the 50 by Frank Legacki, Carl
Woolley andi Jim Kerr, but he
should handle the field in the 100,
in which Michigan's best are ex-
pected to be withheld from action.
On the basis of times turned in
in previous meets this season
Michigan men will be favored in
all other events.
One of the few Wolverine stars
who will swim tonight will be
breaststroker Ron Clark. Clark,
who recently set an American rec-
ord in the 200-yard breaststroke,
will be joined by Ken Ware as the
Michigan representative in this
Butterfly star Dave Gillanders
will be given the night off to rest
for his meeting against Mike Troy
HARD WORK-Al Stall, one of Michigan's all-around gymnasts,
practices on the still rings in preparation for tonight's meet with
Wisconsin. Stall has been called by his coach, Newt Loken, "an
intense competitor under pressure."
Death Takes Al Simms,
M' Pucksters' Top Fan
tomorrow and the butterfly spots
will probably be handled by Ed
Pongracz and Mike Natelson or
Reserves To Swim
Michigan Coach Gus Stager,
who celebrated his 37th birthday
yesterday, has a large group of
swimmers from which to choose
the rest of the lineup for the Wis-
consin meet and in all likelihood
he will try to give all of his re-
serves a chance to swim, as the
stars rest for tomorrow's long an-
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Philadelphia 42 22
Syracuse 37 27
New York 26 36
Gt. Louis 38 23
Detroit 25 37
Minneapolis 16 43
Cincinnati 16 49
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By DAVE COOK
Michigan's hockey team, point-
ing towards a comeback in the
final weeks of the season, suffered
a sharp personal blow yesterday
morning with the sudden death of
Al Simms, 53.
Called "our finest fan and big-
gest booster" by Wolverine Cap-
tain Bobbie Watt, Simms always
sat behind the Michigan bench,
and stopped in at the dressing
room after every game, win or
"He knew all the fellows per-
sonally," said Watt, "And we were
always welcome at his home.
Some of the guys have been Al's
guests for weeks at a time."
"This has really hit hard," said
senior Bob White. "Al was our 'old
man' around here -- a father to
some of us."
Recently, Simms, along with
Coach Al Renfrew, had taken the
entire team to a Detroit-Montreal
"I thought our recent losses
were tough to take," Renfrew said.
"And then something like this."
Simms, a close friend of former
Michigan coach Vic Heyliger, be-
came a companion and supporter
of Renfrew's after Renfrew took
up his duties in 1957.
' Funeral services will be held
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