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Wolverine Athletic


ckey Team Hurt Most
file Swimmers Gain

IM' Gymnasts Travel to OSU
In Search of Conference Win

The gain and loss of academic
gibility at the completion of the
it semester has brought several
w faces into Michigan athletic
nts and at the same time forced
7ers to the sideline for the
ing term.
The hockey team was the hard-
hit, losing four players al-
ugh adding one. Gaining the
st from newly acquired eligi-
ty is the swimming team which
s five additional men, but it
1 lost one.
Basketball lost one and gained
> while Gymnastics lost one
6n. Track and Wrestling, the
er winter sports, had their
ters intact to start the second
Pucksters Hurt
Ul Renfrew's hockey team, a
illenger for national honors,
I be forced to go without the
vices of sophomore center Bill
Lly, junior Pat Cushing, and de-
semen Tom Wilson and Den-
kt the same time, sophomore
ter Red Berenson gained his
ribility. Berenson was not eli-
le for competition during the
t semester because he dropped
of school last winter to com-
e for the Canadian team in the
rid Amateur Championships in
erenson, the leading scorer for,
champion Canadians in that
rnament, had to spend this
t semester in residence before
could become eligible.
diition Can't Overcome Loss
lis presence is a decided asset
the Wolverines, but his addi-
l cannot replace the loss of the
er four.
'he loss of forwards Kelly andi
hing will force Renfrew to call
)n all of his reserve talent.
[eanwhile, Michigan's swim-
s, expected to be hard pressed
retain their National and Big
i titles, have gained five swim-
's, while losing only one, Karri
kho, a sophomore who failed
rain his first eligibility.
oach Gu's Stager's squad, pre-
isly thin in the freestyle divi-'
, has regained John Urban-
, Andy Morrow and Carl
oley, who earned 35 points be-
en them in the Big Ten and!
AA meets last year. The tank-
Z also got Jim Kerr, a sopho-.
e gaining his first eligibility.-
Webster Returns
he Wolverines have also gained
services of diver Bob Webster.
medal winner in the Pan-
rican games this past sum-
Webster is expected to bol-1

ster an already outstanding group
of divers.
Although happy, Stager added,
"We're glad to get these fellows
back, but we should have never
lost them in the first place."
Michigan's already thin basket-
ball squad was dealt another blow
when starting forward Scott
Maentz was declared ineligible.
Maentz's loss coupled with that
of Dick Clark, out as a result of
surgery, has weakened the start-
ing five.
Brown Replaces Maentz
Maentz's spot will be taken by
Bob Brown, who just joined the
squad. Cooach Bill Perigo is also
expected to gain added bench
strength in the person of Jon Hall,
who, like Brown, joined the team
for second semester action.
Ron Munn, National AAU and
Pan-American Champion in re-
bound tumbling, has left school to
participate in a State Department
Tour of Africa. His loss leaves the
Wolverines with only two rebound
tumblers, Tom Osterland and 'T'
Track and Wrestling were not
affected one way or the other al-
though Don Corriere, defending
Big Ten wrestling champion in the
157-lb. class, has returned to
school after dropping out in Oc-

Michigan's gymnastics crew
travels to Ohio State tomorrow in
an attempt to boost the season
dual meet record to 5-2 after a
rugged schedule following finals
saw the gymnasts take it on the
chin twice at the hands of Big
Ten opponents.
The Wolverines will also be try-
ing indirectly tomorrow to avenge
the lopsided defeat suffered by
the basketball team last Monday
in Columbus. At the same time,
Michigan will be going all out to
record its second win of the year
against Big Ten schools compared
with the two losses.*
Minnesota and Illinois dealt
the Wolverines the two defeats
thus far, the former loss coming
in a "double dual" or (triangu-
lar) meet in Minneapolis, Jan. 16
before the mid-term exam break.
Although losing to Minnesota,
b ythe score of 59-53, the Wolver-
ine gymnasts trounced Western
Illinois, 81-31 as Rich Montpetit,
a star throughout the meets,
chalked up four firsts.
After finishing exams, the Wol-
by the score of 59-53, the Wolver-
linois and on two successive
nights, Jan. 29-30, faced rugged

foes -- Southern Illinois, and de-
fending Big Ten champ, Illinois.
Michigan came out victorious
against the former, 61-51, but fell
to the Illini, 64-47. The Wolverines
trounced Indiana, 82-30, in the
other half of the triangular con-
test at Champaign.
"Illinois was Just too good,"
said Coach Newt Loken, discuss-
ing, the trip. The hosts .thus
avenged last year's 58-54 upset
at Ann Arbor. Abe Grossfeld
starred for the winners, scoring
16 points In his last collegiate
meet. He graduated at the end of
the fall semester.
Montpetit Outshines Grossfeld
However, Montpetit outshined
Grossfeld by scoring 18 points, and
he also chalked up five firsts
against Indiana, a career high 30
points for him.
The two meets were a paradox
since Southern Illinois had beat-
en Illinois only the week before.
Also in the former meet, Michigan
tumbler Jim Brown beat Jack
Wiley who defeated him in the
NCAA championships last March.
In that meet, Wiley was second,
Captain Bill Skinner of Michigan
third, and Brown fourth. After
Brown had turned the tables at
S. Illinois, Skinner reversed the
situation on him at Champaign.
Montpetit continued his high
scoring against S. Illinois with 21
points, while Al Stall added 11 in
one of his many strong showings
during the Wolverines' road trip.
"To put it all in a capsule," said
Loken, "exams prevented the boys
from reaching a peak. We don't
want to make excuses, but the
missed practices during finals hurt
the team's performances in the
meets. Now that the boys have
come through exams with flying

colors, we will start our big drive
for the Big Ten meet.*
After Ohio State, the Wolver-
ines lhave three straight home
contests against Big Ten teams
Iowa, Wisconsin, and Michigan
State, followed by the Big.- Ten
Cahmpionships at Minneapolis,
March 4-5.
Loken said that both Iowa and
MSU will pose'serious threats as
the Hawkeyes have already beat-
en S. Illinois, and the Spartans,
who face S. Illinois and Illinois
this weekend, edged Michigan in
the Midwest Open.
swim club
The Ann Arbor Swim Club,
dominated by Michigan coeds,
won two meets on its between
semester road trip, beating the
Dayton Dolphins, 74-39, and the
Indianapolis Athletic Club, 69-32.
These wins left the Club un-
beaten in the Midwest Swim
League, but two important meets
are coming up. The Club will
travel to Toronto, Feb. 13, to face
the Toronto Etobecoke, Canadian
National Champions. The follow-
ing week, Feb. 20, the Riviera
Club of Indianapolis, featuring
National champ Becky Collins will
swim here at 10:00 a.m. with the
Indiana - Michigan meet in the
The Club, which practices from
5:30-7:30 in the Union pool, has
seven Michigan students on the
team, with two more expected to
join with the cowing of the new

POETRY IN MOTION - Rich Montpetit, one of Coach Newt
Loken's stalwart gymnasts, does a hand stand on the parallel bars.
He was a top point getter for the Wolverines on their recent road
trip after exams.



Tumblers Brown, Skinner Rank Among Nation's Best

Much of Michigan's gymnastics
success the last two years has
been due to the continued fine
performances of tumblers Jim
Brown and Bill Skinner, whose
toughest competition in many dual
meets is between each other.
The tumbling duo, looked upon
by Coach Newt Loken collective-
ly rather than singularly, have es-
tablished themselves among the
finest men in the nation in their
event. Last year in the NCAA
meet, Skinner was third and
Brown fourth.
"Jim and Bill are two of the
finest tumblers that I've ever had
at Michigan," said Loken. "They
have come along tremendously
from virtual unknowns to take
their place among the top tumb-
lers in the country."
Both agreed that competition
between them is only of a friend-
ly nature, with each one pushing
the other. "We're lucky to have
each other to work with," said
Skinner, a senior and captain of

the gym team.
Career Started Late
Skinner's career in gymnastics
didn't start until he entered col-
lege at the Air Force Academy
four years ago. He was only there
four months due to an odd heart
beat which prevented him from
flying, but his coach, former
NCAA tumbling champ Bob Sul-
livan, helped him get off to a good
beginning in tumbling.
Before going to the Air Force,
Skinner had been an all around
athlete in his native Canada, par-
ticipating in football, basketball,
and track. "When I went to col-
lege, I just wasn't good enough
for any of my old sports, so I
took up gymnastics," he said.
Actually, Skinner said that he
learned to tumble at 3:00 a.m. in
a hotel room. "Two guys held me
while I did a back handspring, a
basic step in the tumbling rou-
Michigan Choice Accidental
"It was an accident that I end-
ed up here," he said, "I just hap-
pened to come to Ann Arbor first,
after leaving the Air Force, and'
liked Michigan so well that I de-'
cided to stay. I didn't even know
Newt, but I met him real fa-t."
Skinner's decision has proved to
be a real good one for Michigan
as well as himself. He is now in
his fourth year of civil engineer-
ing with one mare to go, and also
has an extra semester of eligi-
bility remaining next fall, when
he will again captain the cheer-
Although relatively new at the
tumbling game, Skinner, a mem-

ber of both Triangle and Michi-
gamua, (campus honoraries) has
tucked a few titles under his belt.
Won Title in First Meet
In his very first gymnastics
meet, he won the Junior Men's
Tumbling Title in the Capadian
AAU championships in the sum-
mer of 1957. As a sophomore, he
was fifth in the Big Ten, and last
year was fourth in the Confer-
ence, and third in the NCAA. This
year he finished fourth in the
Midwest Open.
His running mate, Brown, edged
him out in the Midwest meet, tak-
ing third as the rivalry continued.
However, the modest Georgian
(he is from Atlanta) doesn't have
the same kind of interesting story
as his tumbling partner. He start-
ed his athletic career as a diver
when his dad, a diver himself, be-
gan teaching him at a very tender
age. He then switched to gymnas-
tics as a sophomore and didn't
dive any after that.
Brown Tops in High School
Brown came to Michigan as a
top gymnast in his home state,
although not necessarily a tumb-
ler. He won the State Tumbling
Championship in his junior and
senior years, but also captured the
all-around and rebound tumbling
crowns at the same time. "There
wasn't much competition around
home." he said.
There is competition in the col-
lege ranks though, and Brown
chalked up a first in last year's
Big Ten preliminaries as a soph-
omore, then finished third, and
added a fourth in the NCAA.
This year he has made some ex-
cellent showings including his fine
performance in the Midwest mieet,
Brown is a member of Sphinx.
He also agreed with Skinner
that gymnastics is psychological,
as the individual's shape stays
fairly constant depending on in-
juries. "If the performer is men-
tally ready, he'll hit."
Loken had a further tribute to
the two tumblers, "Besides dis-
playing championship ability on
the mats, Jim and Bill are ex-
tremely fine gentlemen and ex-
cellent representatives of the Uni-
versity of Michigan."
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SHEER STRENGTH-Jim Brown exhibits his great arm strength
on the still rings. Actually, Brown is a specialist in tumbling,
where his strength really helps, forming a two-man team on the
mats with Captain Bill Skinner that is tough to beat.

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