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Cagers, Tankmen, Wrestlers CinContests Over Wee


Cager's Record
Improved Over
Past Campaigns
Condition, Balanced Attack
Big Factors In Teams'
.833 Half-Way Mark
Excellent conditioning and a
well balanced attack have brought
the Wolverine basketball squad past
the halfway mark in its current cam-
paign with one of the best records a
Michigan court team has established
in recent years.
Michigan's quintet has won 10 out
of 12 starts for an average of .833,
which is .118 points better than its
.615 average at this same point last
year when it had won eight out of
thirteen contests.
Better Than Last Year
A year ago when it resumed com-
petition in the Big Ten race at the
opening of the second semester,
Michigan was already out of the run-
ning for the title having suffered four
defeats in six starts, but the present
set-up presents a much more pleas-
ant picture.
Out of four Conference games
played to date the Wolverines have
won three to tie for second place with
Indiana, and they are in an excel-
lent position to overtake the league
leading Purdue quintet, which has
kept a clean slate by capturing its
four contests.
However, Michigan faces a diffi-
cult task in trying to stay in the thick
of the fight, and if it can get by the
first two hurdles, Northwestern and
Indiana, on Feb. 10 and 12, its
chances for keeping up near the top
will be greatly strengthened.
Indiana, Northwestern Rated Tops
Triumphs over these squads will
bring to the front the real power
and ability of the Michigan basket-
ball team, since the Wildcats and
Hoosiers are rated among the best
squads in the Conference and the
One highly important factor that
is favorable to the Wolverines is that
to stop them one must stop five men,
for it has become a Michigan- habit
to take turns in leading the attack.
Four different men have paced Mich-
igan in its Conference games, Her
Brogan against Ohio, Mike Sofiak
in the Wisconsin tilt, Charlie Pink
was in front against Iowa; and Jim
Rae was the pace setter in the Illinois
Because of the fine shape the ma-
jority of the squad is in, it is not very
likely that the let up in drills be-
tween now and the end of finals will
greatly effect its condition. Eight
games remain on the schdule for next
semester and all of them are with Big
Ten opponents.
Meet Planned
Philadelphia, Los Angeles,
'Frisco Enter Bids
NEW ORLEANS, Van. 22.-(R)-
Lorenzo diBenedetto, president of the
National Amateur Athletic Union, to-
day declared that the Pan-American
Games were "a certainty" for this
year and might become a permanent
series for Western Hemisphere na-
"This would certainly solidify re-
lations of the Americas," he said. "Of
course it calls for time and first we
must get a full organization set up
to start the 1940 games."

He said plans for staging the games
in the United States this summer, in
lieu of the Olympics which are among
the war casualties, had "passed the
talking stage," with work already
under way for organizing a definite
program. The AAU committee which
he appointed to take steps for thex
1940 games, he added, is looking be-
yond this year toward a permanent
periodic meet for the Americas.
The AAU president said Latin
American countries were "ready to
participate," and that the first sug-
gestion for the games, to supplant the
Olympics this year came from Alex-
ander Hogarty, an American who is
athletic director of Ecuador.
Cities bidding for the games in-
clude Philadelphia, with a $500,000
offer; Los Angeles, cash offer and
1932 Olympic facilities; and San
Francisco, backed by Mayor Angelo

Michigan Mat Star


Varsity 155-pound grappler Har-
land Danner stepped out of his
class Saturday night when he did a
masterful job in pinning John
Ferguson, Northwestern 165-pound-
er. Danner is a good bet to regain
the Conference title he held in
Former Varsity
Line Sets Pace
InCity HoBckey
Boasting an array of former col-
lege stars and top flight amateur
players, the Blue Front hockey team
of Ann Arbor has been showing some
excellent hockey. This same team
under the name of, Gauss Bakers last
year won the Southeastern Michigan
Hockey League championship. This
season it has compiled eight victories
to lead the league again.
Veteran Front Line
The entire front line of Michigan's
last year's varsity, Al Chadwick,
George Cooke and Evie Doran, make
up the Blue Front's first line. Cooke
and Doran are taking post-graduate
work at the University, and Chad-
wick is ineligible for competition
this year.
Besides these three, Michigan has
several other representatives on the
squad. Herb Raskin, '40, is goalie,
and so far this season has recorded
two shutouts.
John Meechem, former Harvard
player and present law student here,
and "Doc" Sibilski, ex-Michigan
puckster, comprise the rest of the
Wolverine representation.
Wolverine Prospects
Two youngsters, both planning to
enter the University next fall, have
been the surprises of the season. They
are Max Peet and Bill Lowrey, son
of the Michigan coach. Both are
wings and both show promise of be-
comning stars.
The remainder of the squad is com-
posed of amateur players from Ann
Arbor and Detroit. Five men from'
the Molars, crack team from Detroit,
have been starring for the Blue
Looking for new words to conquer,
the Blue Fronts are angling for a
game with the varsity. As yet they
have been unsuccessful, but in the
words of one of the players, "We are
hot on their tail."
All league games are played in the
Coliseum on Sunday mornings. Be-
side the local games there are two
other league games played and ad-
mission for all three is only 25 cents.

M atmen Show
Spirit After
Big 10 Victory
Keen Pleased By Showing
Of Lower Weight Men;
Face Spartans Feb. 10
Michigan's matmen started an-
other week of drilling yesterday af-
ternoon with a noticeable display of
spirit as a result of their first taste'
of Big Ten victory Saturday over
Evident in the Wolverines' win
against a rather weak Wildcat team
were a determination and condition
that seemed lacking in their loss to
Illinois the week before, according
to Coach Cliff Keen. Confidence
that may have been shaken by the
Illini should have taken a rise after
Saturday's triumph.!
Lightweights Come Through !
Looking back on last week's win,
the standout performances, as far as
Coach Keen is concerned, were
turned in by the men in the lower
weights, Michigan's troublesome
weakness in these divisions did not
appear against the Wildcats.
Joe Robinson, obviously in better
shape than he was a week ago, turned
in a welcome victory over Northwes-
tern's 128-pounder, Bob Vanderpool.
The 136-pound spot took on a rosier I
hue with Jack Sergeant's surprising
decision over Joe Gluckman, rated
as one of the best in the Conference.
Johnny Paup gave a fine perfor-
mance as he defeated Hank Puharich,
Northwestern's sophomore 145-pound
Provide Thrills
The thrills from the spectators'
standpoint began with the 155-pound
class. Art Paddy, after a little dif-
ficulty in keeping his man on the
mat, finally came through in his
substitute's role with a pin. Harland
Danner, who seems to be showing
signs of the form he displayed as
Conference champion in 1938, moved
up a division and was in complete
control from the time he stepped on
the mat until he flattened Wildcat
John Ferguson..
Jim Galles duplicated his team-
mate's feat by climbing into the 175-
pound class and quickly subduing
Dick Trubey. The Wolverine sopho-
more is living up to his advance
The Wolverines' next opponent,
Michigan State, met Northwestern's
grapplers last night. Among the
spectators was Coach Keen, getting
a line on the opposition his squad
will meet when they face the Spar-
tans at East Lansing Feb. 10.

Horatio Alger ...
Editor's Note: This column is writ-
ten by Herb Lev, senior assistant on 7
The Daily Sports Staff.l
A LL OF US are tired of success
stories. We hear so many of
them and they're all so much alike.
But here's one about a sophomores
athlete who we feel really merits the'
space, so without any further warn-
ing, we'll proceed.
While young Gus Sharemet was
blasting all the existing free style
marks from the Detroit scholastic
record books, his brother John, three 1
years older, was working in a Detroit
department store, attending Wayne
University night school, and squeez-
ing in an occasional swim at the
YMCA in between times.
As an All-American free-styler,
Gus Sharemet enrolled at Michi-
gan last year, hoping to follow in
the footsteps of Taylor Drysdale,
Tom Haynie, Walt Tomski and
the other Detroit scholastic im-
mortals who made good for Matt
Mann. John enrolled too, but it
was merely as Gus's brother, as
far as the athletic fraternity was
The eyes of local sport fans
were focused on Gus Sharemet
during the winter of '38-39. "An-
other Haynie," some of the ex-
perts claimed, looking toward the
time a year hence when the great
middle distance swimmer would
be graduated. "Better than Tom-
ski," said those who observed the
big fellow working in the sprints.
Maybe a combination of both, be-
came the general impression
when Gus started assaulting all
the freshman records, without
any regard for distances.
Meanwhile brother John was de-
veloping into quite an acceptable
breast-stroker, but nobody took him
seriously, so overshadowed was he
by his younger brother's past and
present feats. But undaunted John
plugged on. He became the squad's
hardest worker and kept shaving sec-
onds off his time trials week in and
week out.
Finally it all began to pay divi-
dends this fall when the papeis began
to boom the 'Sharemet brothers' in-
stead of 'Gus Sharemet and brother.'
And John, who in the course of a year
bas developed from scratch to a point
where he ranks as the Wolverines'
Lest breaststroke bet since the days;
of Olympian Jack Kasley, he more
than lived up to the obligations of
his 50 per cent interest in the brother
act. Swimming 2:27.9 to push Ohio
State's famed Johnny Higgins to the

finish, and whipping Yale's Ed
Gesner the following week, has estab-
lished John as an equally valuable
member of Matt Mann's crew as his
more heralded and more experienced
kid brother.
* *1 *: *
1. What Cleveland's motive
was in trading the popular and
consistent Bruce Campbell for
Roy Bell and his .235 average.
2. Why Charley Gehringer was
ignored in Saturday's Informa-
tion Please query, relative to the
former Michigan students who
have made good in big league
3. If Dye Hogan will continue
his pre-season improvement and
finally, in his senior year take
his rightful spot among the top
half-milers in the Conference.
4. What's become of Bill Cart-
mill, one of the shining lights of
the basketball team's successful
eastern trip.
5. What's to be done with Bill
Combs when he gets back in the
scholastic graces next month and
rejoins the wrestling squad?
6. If friend eligibility will for
once play ball with the winter
sports team and put Michigan
within reach of four Big Ten
7. (And don't shoot). Who's
going to replace Chicago on the
football schedule.
augh, last year's baseball cap-
tam is getting set to leave for Florida,
where he'll seek to catch on with
some professional team ...Peck, who
receives his degree next month,
played with New Orleans in the
Southern Association last summer,
but requested and received his free
agency after the recent New Orleans-
Cleveland mix-up.. .
Although Tom Harmon is the only
footballer seeing much service with
the Varsity cage squad, Charley Pink,
Jim Rae and Mike Sofiak all gained
some fame as scholastic gridders.
Pink was an All-City quarterback in
Detroit, Sofiak a halfback at Gary,
Indiana's Froebel High, Rae, a star
end in Toledo . . . Jake Townsend,
assistant basketball coach is averag-
ing better than 15 points per game
playing for the Oldbru five in the
Ann Arbor Recreational League .-.
Among his team-mates is Paul Niel-
sen, football end and former mem-
ber of the Varsity court squad . .
Dave Nelson, the sophomore halfback
has entered the local Golden Gloves
Tournament and will compete in
the 160 pound class .


Swimmers Ride
Crest Of Wave
As DualChamps
Rig 1, National Collegiate
Cha inpionship Meets Are
Next For Wolverines
It was all quiet on the Michigan.
swimming front yesterday as the
Western Conference and National
Collegiate champ'ions returning from
their highly successful Eastern inva-
sion turned their attentin to the
oncoming final examinations.
A few of Matt Mann's natators
dropped around for some light work-
outs, but they took it easy. Their
sea-going activities are over for
awhile now. By one bold stroke,
Michigan conquered the swimming
empire last week in defeating Yale,
the powerhouse of the East 46-29.
Dual Meet Champs
As the Eastern writers pointed out,
the 1940 dual swimming season is
over now, and the champion has
been crowned. In only two weeks
of competition, the Wolverine forces,
according to their coach "the strong-
est I have ever had" scored impres-
sive victories over such perennial
powers as Ohio State and Yale.
All that is left ahead now is the Big
Ten and National Collegiate cham-
pionships which will be held in
March. Because of the Wolverine
dual meet record, they will be top-
heavy favorites to successfully de-
fend both of these crowns.
As everyone expected, the Eli-
Wolverine struggle turned out to be
a natural. A capacity crowd of al-
most 3,000 looked on at the ."meet
of the year" in which six out of the
eight races ended in touch finishes
with desparately thrust hands spell-
ing the margin of victory.
Welsh Wins Easily
Only the 440-yard free style which
Jim Welsh won from Rene Chouteau
by nine feet after coming from be-
hind, and the medley relay which the
Wolverines took by a six foot margin
failed to cause the judges any trouble.
One thing that showed up in the
Eastern invasion was the capable
Wolverine reserve material. While
Bob Kiphuth was forced to use men
like Howie Johnson and Ed Pope in
three different events, Matt Mann
swam none of his champions in more
than two. And it all showed up in
the end, the final free style relay.
The weary Johnson was given a four-
foot lead as he set out for the anchor
lap, but sophomore Gus Sharemet
was fresh and ready. He swain his
century in :51.8 seconds to overtake
the speedy Eli star and gain seven
points for the victorious Wolverine
Sink Gotham Squad
The meet in New York Saturday
night against the NYAC was an anti-
climax. Michigan had accomplished
its purpose in downing the Yale
squade, and anything that came after
the New Haven victory was "just
Fun or no fun, the Wolverines
swamped the Manhattan lads 48-27,
and it was only the expert swimming
of veteran Peter Fick that held up
the faces of the New York squad.


Mile Relay, 440
Worries Fade
For Thinclads
Editor's Note: Second article in track
series by Herm Epstein.
Last spring when the Michigan
quarter-milers were wrecking records
in the 440 and one-mile relay events,
anyone who was inclined to look into
the future would have said that there
was one spot where Ken Doherty
wouldn't have any worries.
But, true to his heritage as a mem-
ber of the coaching profession, Ken
has come through with a bumper
crop of things with which to harass
The boys are back-three great
sophomore 440-men now are juniors
with a full year of tough competition
behind them. But, they're having
trouble getting into shape. That is,
two of them are.
Entered In Prout 600
Warren Breidenbach has come
along so well this year that the Con-
ference 440 champion has been en-
tered in the Prout 600 Saturday night
in Boston. Running the 660-yard
dash just before Christmas, Warren
bettered every time listed in the rec-
ord books, running 1:20.5, which is .7
seconds better than Paddy Driscoll's
record set back in 1925. Doherty says
that Warren is undoubtedly improved
over the corresponding time of last
season, but hastens to add that at
this time last year, Breidenbach's
ability wasn't suspected of being so
great. Anyhow, he's alright.
However, the other two junior aces
Phil Balyeat and Jack Leutritz are
far from being ready, Leutritz not
even being in school. But, Jack will
be back for the second semester, and
will probably be in shape by the time
of the Conference meet. Another of
'Ken's worries has been dissipated by
the complete healing of what for a
time looked like a badly hurt knee.
Balyeat has been having his share
of the bad breaks thus far. First, he
injured an arch. Then, when that
cleared up, he hurt his back, and no
sooner was that in a stage where he
could begin getting into condition
than he re-injured the arch. Unless
further complications set in, though,
Phil should start in again within a
week or two.
Fourth Position Undecided
That fourth man being sought for
the open position on the mile relay
team has become one of two persons
-Bill Dobson and Bud Piel. Dobson
is a natural quarter-miler, while Piel
is perhaps the most promising of the
dashmen. Both have displayed excel-
lent ability in the 440, and the fial
decision may be dependent upon how
much Piel's sprinting talents are
Despite Dhorety's pessimism, this
great group of quarter-milers should
be raring to go before the indoor sea-
son is half over. Besides Breiden-
bach's being the champ, Balyeat was
third and Leutritz fourth in the Con-
ference last -may
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Puck.en Provided Thrills In defeat

It was no upset.
Michigan's hockey team wasn't ex-
pected to defeat Larry Armstrong's
Gopher steamroller and it didn't, but
in absorbing the two beatings from
the invincible Minnesotans the un-
dermanned Wolverines treated the
capacity crowds which jammed the
Minneapolis Arena Thursday and
Saturday to some of the most thrill-
ing hockey that has been seen around
the twin cities this season.
Aside from a bad first period in
the opening game in which the Go-
phers blasted home five goals, the
Wolverines made the Minnesota
squad open up for every tally it regis-
Saturday night's 5-2 win was the
Gophers' tenth consecutive victory of
the season and continued them on
their way towards a new mark in col-
legiate hockey history.
"They've got a real hockey team

up - there," Coach Ed Lowrey said.
"I think they are tops in this coun-
Lowrey was also generous in praise
for his own team which put up such
a spirited battle against overwhelm-
ing odds. The Michigan coach was
particularly impressed by the "sensa-
tional" netminding of Capt. Spike
In the first game, James made 39
saves, 21 of them in the final period,
in comparison to Marty Falk's 13.
In the second game, the Wolverine
captain turned aside 36 shots, while
Falk only handled 13.
The two contests were typical of
past meetings between the two schools
and lacked very little in the line of
hard-checking, wide-open hockey.
Altogether, 12 penalties were meted
out, and four of these were five-min-
ute majors for fighting. Charley
Ross received two of these, tangling
in the first game with co-captain
Frank St. Vincent, and in the second

contest with the other co-captain,
John Mariucci.
Right-winger Babe Paulsen was the
big gun of the series with four goals
and five assists. The fast-skating
Minnesota forward chalked up three
goals and three assists in Thursday
night's game alone. The other wing,
Hayden Pickering, was close behind
him with four goals and two assists.
St. Vincent brought the first line's
total up to 11 goals and 13 assists by
scoring three times while getting six
assists. Big John Mariucci was held
scoreless in both games, but was
credited with four assists.
Larry Calvert led Michigan's at-
tack with one goal and two assists.
Bob Collins sprang to life on the
second line and marked up one goal
and one assist. Charley Ross scored
once on a solo, while Samuelson also
rang up one goal.
The Wolverines will meet the On-
tario Agricultural College's strong
team tomorrow night at the Coliseum


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