IBE MICHIGAN DAILY
THURSDAY, MAY 12, 1960
TINE MICIHGAN DAILY THURSDAY, MAY 12. 1960
Ietmen Stop Spartan treak,
ibie Loses Number One,
am Power Carries Match
'M's' High-Flying Les Bird
Top Hope in Coming Meet
By TOM WEBBER
Michigan State's dual meet win
treak ended at 16 yesterday as
dichigan's netters soundly de-
feated the Spartans 7-2.
Despite Jerry Dubie's first loss
ince the spring trip, Michigan
howed a strong team performance-
in stopping high-rated Michigan
State. Dubie played somewhat be-
ow his usual game while losing
7-5, 6-1 to Brian Eisner in number
Eisner, a sophomore, played a
iteady game as he broke Dubie's
service several times and in turn
ek T eam
By BOB ROMANOFF
Weightlifting is neither recog-
nized by Michigan's Athletic De-
partment nor does it enjoy club
status such as the Sailing Club
>r Cricket, Rugby and LaCrosse
Roger Mahey, President of the
Education School, has plans to
correct this oversight. He plans to
Drganize a. weightlifting club with
he hopes of eventually making it
a varsity sport as it is now at
Mahey claims that there are
nen on this campus with the po-
ential of winning the NCAA
Weightlifting Championships if a
eam is organized. Based on scores
Df the winners of this year's NCAA
neet there are men on this cam-
pus who regularly do better.
Last weekend two Michigan stu-
lents competed in the Michigan
State Senior Weightlifting Cham-
pionships and both men won titles
n their weight division. The meet
was held at East Lansing and at-
racted 1,500 fans.
Gary Lewis, competing for Ann
Arbor Gymkhana, won the 132-lb.
division with a three-lift total of
635-lbs. He lifted 205-lbs. in the
press, 185-lbs. in the snatch and
45-lbs. In the clean-and-Jerk.
Pat Machnik competing unat-
ached won the 148-1b. title with
% three-lift total of 670-lbs. This
was based on lifts of 205-lbs. in
he press, 195-lbs. in the snatch
and 270-lbs. In the clean-and-
displayed a strong serve of his
In the number two and three
singles Frank Fulton and John
Wiley both played well-controlled
games to give Michigan a pair of
victories. Fulton combined well-
placed lob shots with a good net
game to defeat pill Hotchkiss, 6-2,
4-6, 6-0. This match featured a
number of long volleys in which
Fulton forced the play and usually
took the point. In the longest
match of the day, John Wiley
dropped Doug Smith 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.
Wiley played a cautious game,
wearing his opponent down. He
displayed a strong net game while
taking the last set easily.
Ken Mike, who has been both
very good and very bad in his
matches thus far, suffered sting-
ing defeat at the hands of Michi-
gan State's Ron Mescall, 6-2, 6-1,
in the number five singles.
This defeat was offset by the
play of Jim Tenney and Bruce
MacDonald in number four and
six singles. Tenney handily de-
feated Roger Plagenhoff 6-3, 6-2.
MacDonald was easily defeating
Ron Henry 6-2, 6-1, with a selec-
tion of soft shots that Henry
The number one doubles pro-
vided the best match of the day
as both Michigan's Dubie and
Wiley, and the Spartans' Eisner
and Smith showed brilliant net
play. The game was marked by
frequent long, close - in volleys.
Both teams turned in tremendous
shots with Dubie and Wiley finally
The play in the number two
doubles match was slow and care-
ful. Fulton and Mike combined
lobs and hard drives to defeat
Hotchhiss and Plagenhoff. Fulton
again impressed with his sliding
saves and strong play as the Spar-
tan combo was beaten 6-3, 7-9, 6-4.
Easily Disposed of
The Wolverines' number three
doubles team of MacDonald and
Tenney quickly disposed of Henry
and Mescall 6-3, 6-1.
Coach Bill Murphy was "very
satisfied" with the performance
of his team. Murphy seemed par-
ticularly pleased with the way in
which the recently relined doubles
teams won their matches.
Snap MSU Streak
Singles: Eisner (MSU) def.' Dubie
(M), 7-5, 6-1; Fulton (M) de. Hot-
chhiss (MSU), 6-2, 4-6, 6-0; Wiley
(M) def. Smith (MSU), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1;
Tenney (M) def. Plagenhoff (MSU),
6-3, 6-2; Mescall (MSU) de. Mike
(M), 6-2, 6-1; MacDonald (M) def.
Henry (MSU), 6-2, 6-1.
Doubles: Dubie-Wiley (M) det.
Eisner-Smith (MSU, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2;
Fulton-Mike (M) def. Hotchhiss-
Plagenhoff (MSU), 6-3, 7-9,6-4; Ten-
ney-MacDonald (M) def. Mescall-
IHenry (MSU), 6-3, 6-1.
THE VICTOR-National Amateur Champion Jack Nicklaus of
Ohio State (right) congratulates Michigan's Joe Brisson after
the Wolverine golfer upset him in last weekend's M-OSU meet,
Brisson's victory makes him a serious challenger for'Conference
honors at Michigan State next week.
IBrisson 'M' Titlist Hope
By OTTO PENZLER
Les Bird, Michigan's outstand-
ing broad jumper, is one of the
many Wolverine thinclads looking
forward to the Big Ten meet next
Bird has a little more incentive
than most of his teammates.
Last year, in the Big Ten meet,,
Bird was injured and had to settle
for no better than a fourth place.
His leg has continued to give him
trouble all this year, and he seldom
takes the full number of jumps
allowed him in meets. He and
Coach Canham have feared fur-
ther damage to his pulled muscle,
and have hoped to save him for
the competition in East Lansing.
"It feels pretty good now," said
Bird, "better than it has for
In the recent Penn Relays, Bird
won his event, topping the na-
tion's foremost broad jumpers. The
year before, he had done the same,
with a leap of 25'13%", one of the
top _dozen distances in the world
for that year's competition.
Bird's athletic career began in
high school, where he was a con-
sistent victor in the broad jump,
pole vault, high jump and 300-yd.
In 1925, DeHart Hubbard set the
varsity record in the broad jump
with a leap of 25'10/8" which has
held up for these past 35 years.
Bird fell short of that mark by
only 10 inches in 1959 as a sopho-
more. This year he has not per-
formed near his potential because
of the recurrent leg ailment. Per-
haps next year, with a healthy
and more experienced Bird in
competition, Michigan may see a
new record set.
Paul Foreman is expected to'
provide strong competition for
Bird as a strong team from Illinois
attempts to retain its outdoor
track title. Foreman beat the
hampered Bird last year. Although
Michigan's captain Lou Williams
topped them both for the Confer-
erice title. All eyes will be on these
two men as they battle it out for
this season's top honors.
Even after the Big Ten Meet,
Bird will have competition ahead
of him this season-the NCAA and
AAU meets, and his country's
Olympic trials on his road to
The NCAA meet will be held at
the University of California and
representing Michigan, in his spe-
cialty, will be Bird as he hopes to
help bring the track championship
Since his leap inthePenn Re-
lays was good enough to top all,
college athletes competing there
for two consecutive years, Bird
should go into the meet with -a
lot of confidence to help him.
The AAU meet will again find
one of the nation's topbroad
jumpers seeking another award
to add to his already impressive
As he concludes this season's
activities, the West Indies Olympic
team will have the good fortune
of having Bird on the slate as a
competitor. The West Indies will
also have the services of Michigan
lettermen Robinson and Tony Seth
in Rome this year.
The tall, slender young man
from St. John's Antigua High
School will be facing some of the
top athletes in the world when he
competes in the Olympic games.
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How does it feel to beat the Na-
tional Amateur Champion?
According to Joe Brisson, num-
'ber one man on the Michigan golf
team, "It sure feels great."
And he should know.
Brisson knocked off Jack Nick-
laus, the sophomore from Ohio
State who has been tearing the
links apart lately, in last Satur-
day's match with the Buckeyes.
. Bitter Day
Not only did Brisson's victory
come against such an outstanding
opponent, but it was accomplished
with an even par round on a raw
Add to this the fact that the
weather has prevented the Mich-
igan squad from getting into top
physical condition for the grueling
36-hole tour and you have a trully
It isn't the first big win Brisson
has copped in his golf career.
When he was sixteen years old, he
took first place in the Detroit
District Junior Golf Tournament.
A couple years later he added
the Michigan State JC Golf Tour-
nament title to his prizes. Brisson
also notes unassumingly that he
has won the Grosse Pointe Farms
Country Club title several times,
no small feat in itself.
No Pro Prospect
Brisson, now a junior in engi-
neering school, has no professional
golfing plans in mind. "I definitely
am going to play in as many
amateur tournaments as possible
though when I graduate," he adds.
Right now though, Brisson has
only one major golfing event in
mind, The Big Ten championships
at East Lansing a week from Sat-
urday--and a chance for another
win over Nicklaus.
"If everyone comes through,"
Brisson says, "I definitely feel we
have an excellent chance to wini
the Big Ten Championship."
"Although we don't have any
stars," he modestly adds, "we do
have balanced playing and good
He thought that Purdue, Iowa,
and Indiana would be the team
to beat. "They're all good and
tough," he says.
Iowa's squad has been bolstered
this year by a couple of transfers
from Houston, one of whom has
beaten Nicklaus several times.
What about Ohio State?
"They've got two of the top play-
Entries are now being ac-
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"To win the title, you've got to
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"I think we've got them."
And who knows? Michigan
could have the medalist, too. Bris-
son has beaten Nicklaus once. He
could do it again.
It's been done before.
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