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BRUARY 9, 1960

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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restlers Have Good Chance
'o Take First in Big Ten Meet

UNDEFEATED THIS SEASON:
Olm Does Well at Important Post

By' DAVE LYON
Associate Sports Editor
Michigan will win this year's Big
Ten wrestling championship by a
good margin.
Provided Michigan State and
Iowa don't attend the Conference
meet here March 4-5.'
Chances are fairly good they'll
be here, though, and those two
teams are thekones the host Wol-
verines must reckon with in their
quest for Coach Cliff Keen's 10th
Big Ten mat title.
Picking Big Ten team winners
in wrestling is an intriguing and
hazardous occupation, for many
things can happen between now
and Big Ten meet time to affect
a team's chances in the Confer-'
ence skirmish.
Last year, for example, Michi-
gan and Michigan State were
dealt severe blows just before Big
Ten weekend when Wolverine
heavyweight Fred Olm and State's
157-pound Bob Moser both re-
ceived serious injuries in the same
dual meet.
With Moser and Olm unable to

compete for their teams, the Spar-
tans finished only five points be-
hind champion Minnesota and the
Wolverines only three points far-
ther back. The story might have
been different had the injured
men been available.
Taking things as they are now,
at any rate, this is how the teams
look from here:
1-Michigan, 2-Michigan State,
3-Iowa, 4-Minnesota, 5- Ohio
State, 6-Northwestern, 7-Purdue,
8-Indiana, 9-Illinois, 10-Wis-
consin.
These predictions are not neces-
sarily sure-fire. If they fail to pan
out they will be forgotten; if they
come true they can be publicized.
The grounds on which the teams
are so ranked follows.
MICHIGAN should accumulate
most of its points in the 123, 167,
177, and heavyweight classes. Mike
Hoyles, Dennis Fitzgerald, Karl
Fink, and Fred Olm rate among
the best in their divisions. The
"Wolverines should also score at
130 and 147.

Further enhancing Michigan's,
chances for the title are the home-
crowd advantage and the tradition
of Keen-coached teams to gradu-
ally improve through the dual-
meet season, then wrestle their
best in the Big Ten meet.
MICHIGAN STATE has cham-
pionship material in Norm Young
at 137 (Conference 130-pound
titlist in 1959) and Moser at 157.
The Spartans should add points
at 130, 147, 177, and heavyweight.
IOWA'S sophomore-laden team
has one veteran, Gordon Trapp,
who was runnerup in the heavy-
weight class in last year's meet.
The Hawkeyes are also capable of
scoring points at 123, 130, and
157.
MINNESOTA'S balanced squad,
led by 137-pounaer Chuck Coffee,
will also depend on its entries at
147, 157, 167, and 177 to build up
its team point total.
OHIO STATE will rely on 130-
pound Dave Camaione and 177-
pound Vince Gonino to pull the
Buck's back into the Big Ten's
first division. They may also score
at 157 and heavyweight.
NORTHWESTERN'S hopes rest
on 167-pound Art Kraft and 123-
pound Joel Crabtree. PURDUE,
with 147-pound Dominic Fatta and
167-pound soph Bob Marshall, has
a chance to beat out the Wildcats.
INDIANA has 177-pound George
Ihnat and little else. ILLINOIS
with 177-pound Tom Trousil and
heavyweight Bob Salata could very
well finish higher than ninth.
WICONSIN'S hopes for avoiding
the cellar rest on 137-pound Bill
Gorman.
The Wolverines will have to be
at their peak if they want to grab
their first Big Ten crown since
1956. The last four Confernece
team champions have won by
margins of four points or less, and
all indications point to another
tight scrap for the title this time.

By DAVE LYON
Associate sports Editor
In some ways, the heavyweight
is the most important member of
a wrestling team.
It is the custom of dual wrestl-
ing meets to be conducted in or-
der of ascending weights, with the
lightest grapplers (123 pounds)
squaring off first, then 130, 137,
and so on right up through heavy-
weight.
Thus in close meets the unlim-
ited class bout assumes an im-
portance out of proportion to the
preceding matches. If his team is
trailing (or leading) by less than
five points, the outcome of the
heavyweight match can swing the
meet's result.
A good unlimited grappler is
therefore a valuable asset. Michi-
gan is fortunate in having Fred
Olm, a heavyweight whom Coach
Cliff Keen can depend on to come
through in the close meets.
Olm's first opportunity to shine

came in the only match he won
his sophomore year. (He had re-
placed the ineligible Steve Zervas
at midseason.) In the closing dual
meet against a mediocre Ohio
State team, Olm salvaged a 14-14
tie for Michigan by posting a 9-4
decision.
Last year Olm saved three
meets for Michigan by taking de-
cision victories., He incurred a
painful knee injury in the Indi-
ana tussle, but held on gamely to
take a 9-6 decision and give
Michigan a two-point triumph.
This year the Niles senior has
posted an enviable 4-0-2 record
against some of the nation's fore-
most collegiate matmen, and
ranks as a prime contender for
the Big Ten heavyweight title. He
trounced Pitt's big Tom Hall to
cap the 17-11 Wolverine win, and
drew with Iowa State's tough Jan
Schwitters to preserve a close
three-point Michigan v i c to r y
margin.

"I'm tremendously pleased at
Fred's improvement," Keen says.
"He's come a long way in three
years, and now he can hold his
own against anybody."
Olm, who currently weighs 215,
is aching for a crack at the Big
Ten crown. Last year he was in-
jured in a dual meet and was
forced to sit out the Conference
meet.
But he has shaken off a series
of minor ailments this season and
barring further troubles should
give Iowa's Gordon Trapp, MSU's
John Baum, Illinois' Bob Salata,
and Northwestern's Rory Weber,
a real battle in the Big Ten meet
here in March.
Olm, a physical education ma-
jor carrying a B-plus average,
wants to be a wrestling coach aft-
er he graduates this summer. His
record shows he has learned much
in three years of instruction from
Cliff Keen, one of the sport's most
gifted teachers.

FRED OLM
. .. greatly improved

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N U To Host
'M' Tomorrow
An improved Northwestern
wrestling squad will host Michi-
gan's mat forces tomorrow after-
noon at McGaw Hall in Evanston.
Coach Cliff Keen's Michigan
crew, recently rated by the Ama-
teur Wrestling News as fourth-
best in the nation, is favored to
take its sixth straight dual meet
win.
Last year Ken Kraft's Wildcats
placed seventh in the Big Ten,
but this season they have been
strengthened by sophomores Tim
R un n e t t e, Don Millican, Jon
Sampson and Rory Weber.
The Wildcats' best man is senior
Art Kraft (the coach's brother),
a 167-pounder who will go against
unbeaten Wolverine Dennis Fitz-
gerald tomorrow in a match that
pits perhaps the two best men in
the Big Ten at that weight.
Another good bout is in store
at 123, with undefeated Mike
Hoyles going after Wildcat veter-
an Joel Crabtree.

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Matmen Extend Streak
with Three More Wins

Michigan's wrestlers rolled along
to three more dual meet victories
during the semester break to run
their season record to 5-1.
Captain Mike Hoyles, with three
pins; Dennis Fitzgerald, Karl
Kink, and Fred Olm all posted a
trio of triumphs apiece to main-
tain their unbeaten season records.
Hoyles and Fink are now 5-0-1;
Fitzgerald 4-0-0; and Olm 4-0-2.
A resume of each of the meets
follows:
JAN. 16-MICHIGAN 24, OHIO
STATE 6. Hoyles registered a fall
in 6:53 over Buck Don Green. OSU
captain Dave Camaione stopped
Willard Root, 11-1. Fritz Keller-
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and Wilf Hidebrandt pinned Dick
Selby in 8:48.
OSU's outstanding soph Mike
Barnett came close to pinning Jim
Blaker, 6-2. Fitzgerald dumped
Dave Hull, 10-1; and Vince Gonino
defaulted to Fink because of a
second-period injury. Olm cleaned
up on Bill Sexton, 7-2.
JAN. 30 - MICHIGAN 17,
PITTSBURGH 11. Hoyles took
merely 65 seconds to flatten Harry
Dick. Pitt's great Larry Lauchle
squeaked by Ambi Wilbanks, 3-2;
Panther soph Daryl Kelvington
pinnedKellermann in 2:35; and
John Zolikoff got past Blaker,
3-2.
Dick Fronczak started a string
of four Michigan wins by besting
August Arrigone, 4-3. Fitzgerald
blanked Joe Schmitt, 4-0; Fink
got a takedown with six seconds
left for the two vital points in a
5-3 decision over Lenny Vuocolo;
and Olm handled Tom Hall, 8-2.
FEB. 1-MICHIGAN 23, PUR-
DUE 3. Willard Root started the
rout by beating Bob Graff, 7-1. for
his first collegiate wrestling win.
Hoyles moved up to 130 and re-
corded one of Michigan's fastest
pins by flattening Mike Klonski
in 33 seconds. Kellermann dumped
Chip Rose, 5-2, but Dominic Fat-
ta stayed unbeaten by topping
Michigan's Hildebrandt, 4-1.
Blaker broke a personal three-
match losing string by besting
Bob Woodard, 5-1. Purdue's great
soph Bob Marshall forced Fitz-
gerald to come from behind for a
narrow 3-2 decision. Fink pre-
vailed over Dick Mitchell, 6-1, and
Olm shut out Steve Moriarty, 4-0.

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