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Wrestlers And Puckmen InAction Here Saturday


Sextet Returns
And Therein
Lies A Story
im rovement In Defense,
Goldsmith's Play Please
Lowrey In Tech Series
Braving the long trip through the'
wilds of Northern Michigan, Hockey
Coach Eddie Lowrey and his gallant
band of puckmen arrived in Ann Ar-
bor late yesterday afternoon-a bit
weary, but still in one piece after a
tie and a defeat against Michigan
Tech at Houghton.
Nothing had been heard from the
squad after they had embarked last
week for the two game session
against the Engineers. Finally, after
many attempts, word sifted in late
Monday night which told of the
weekend results. But here any con-
tact with the team reached an abrupt
end. They were expected to return
either Tuesday or yesterday morning.
Still nothing was heard,
Early yesterday afternoon prepa-
rations were being made to secure a
team of hearty dogs to harness to a
couple of sleds that somebody got
for Christmas. Arrangements were
made with an owner of some experi-
enced caines. And supplies were set
Team Finally Arrives
Finlly, in a last desperate at-
tempt, Lowrey's home was contacted
and a feminine voice helped the
caller to a sigh of relief when she
gave information to the effect that
the, team had ;arrived at 5 p.m. It
was indeed a great day for all those
In an explanation, Coach Lowrey
told how bad connections were made
in Chicago (still don't know what
they were doing there) and that the
return had to be postponed. To top
it all off, the squad was unable to
practice last night because their
equipment had still to arrive.
About the two battles against Tech,
Lowrey had muh to say. "The de-
fense showed a marked improve-
ment," he said, "but those boys from
Michigan Tech had just too much
speed." He continued to say that
Captain Paul Goldsmith did his best
work of the season in the two en-
First Game Is Tie
In their first game on Saturday
night the sextet looked like they were
going to open up the New Year with
their first victory. Led by counters
by Goldsmith and Max Bahyrch the
team went into the last three min-
utes of the final period with a one-
goal advantage (2-1). A close de-
cision sent defenseman Jim Hull to
the penalty box and Tech turned on
the heat to tie the score. The con-
test went into overtime, but neither
team was able to punch through an-
other goal. Michigan 2, Michigan
Tech 2.
Monday's follow-up game found
the two teams determined to garner
a decision. They battled hard all
night to thrill the assembled throng.
In this final game the speed advan-
tage which the Engineers held proved
the margin of victory. Michigan Tech
lost no time in their victory charge,
and finally wound up with a 4-1 win
over the Wolverines and the mythi-
cal State Championship.
Wolverines Are Improving
One definite fact came out of the
frozen north: The Wolverines are
coming along, and with the addition
of the ineligibles at the turn of the
second semester they will provide

some tough competition for the com-
ing opposition.
In the nets Hank Loud is consis-
tently turning in some very capable
work. The defense in front of him is
getting better with every game. Thus,
a strengthened front line will ice a
much better Wolverine team.
Saturday night at the Coliseum
Michigan will face the Point Ed-
ward A.C. from Sarnia, Canada. The
visitors hold victories over the Wol-
verines whichwere made in the past
two seasons. They are an experienced
club with many capable men. The
game should be a marked improve-
ment over those seen thus far on the
home ice.

* Biggy Munn Relaxes
" Cage Blarney
Daily Sports Editor
LINE COACH Clarence "Biggy"
Munn had an off day from his
rigorous banquet schedule yesterday
and spent most of the afternoon kib-
itzing down at basketball practice.
Biggy is traveling the Roast
Beef 'Circuit with great reguarity
these post-gridiron season days
and yesterday was enjoying a brief
break in the schedule which takes
him all over the Midwest to high
school and alumni banquets with
motion pictures and tales of Michi-
gan's football campaign.
TUESDAY Munn was guest at a
Furniture Men's Convention in
Grand Rapids, tonight he's some-
where else in the endless succession
of good will appearances from which
will stem much of Michigan's grid
talent along about 1946.
"All our game movies are re-
ceived well," Biggy reports, "but
the Northwestern series are prob-
ably most in demand."
"You know,'' he said, moving into
a different subject, "I think this
basketball team of Bennie's will hit
its stride within the next couple
days. It's a young team, of course,
but bound to improve with ex-
perience. Wouldn't be surprised if
they put up a great scrap against
Illinois here Saturday."
SOMEBODY mentioned that they
understood the Purdue game
which/the Wolverines dropped 36-18
was on the rough side with more than
the usual number of fouls. This
brought a round of reminiscing.
Somebody else recalled hearing
of a tale about Bernie Bierman
when he played a little basketball
as an undergraduate at Minnesota.
Bernie, it seems, was primarily a
football player, an excellent half-
back. But he turned out for bas-
ketball his sophomore year and
played out the season, although
dropping it his last two years to
concentrate on the gridiron sport.
ERNIE, so the tale went, helped
win only one game in his brief
collegiate cage career. Minnesota
was playing Purdue at the time El-
mer Oliphant was a Boilermaker of-
fensive ace. Bierman wasn't much
of a; scoring threat, but he did have
excellent defensive talents, so he
drew Oliphant for the evening.
"He'd come dribbling right don
the floor fast," Bernie is quoted as
relating the story, "and come right
at me. I wasn't sure how to stop
him, so I just charged in to meet
him. He was a football player, too,
and I guess he fell back on his
instincts, because every time I
came out, he'd pivot and throw his
hips into me. The officials called it
a double foul. It took just four'
and a half minutes for the two of
us to be fouled out.
"I remember, shaking hands with
Oliphant when we were leaving the
floor. I told him I was sorry he
was going out but figured that as
matters stood I had got the better
of 'him. Ie didnt get it at first.
What I meant was that he hadn't
made a point, which was 20 below
his average. I hadn't made any
either, but that was just par for

THIS STORY for some reason re-
minded Munn of his basketball
cqaching days back at Albright. His
team played some of the best in the
East, according to Biggy, and some-
times-had a pretty rough time of it.
"There was the time for in-
stance," Biggy began, "when we
were playing on a court a little
similar to the set-up we have right
here in our Field House. I sat on
one side of the scoring table and
the other coach on the other side.
Well, the captain of my team some-
how became involved in a fight
right across the floor from us.
"The other coach and V jumped
up and started on the floor in order
to stop it, but some quick-thinking
fellow turned out the gymnasium
lights in an effort to halt the scrap
a little quicker.
"And this was fine," Munn con-
tinned, "except some over-enthusi-
astic band member seated on the
other side of the court reached on-
to the playing floor and gently
tonked my captain with his saxo-
OOSTERBAAN sent, his cagers in to
the showers and sauntered over.
The conversation, by this time, had
shifted from sweet music to-of all
things-soy beans and their place in

Penn State To Pit Impr'essive
Mat Record Against Wolverines

Scrappy Varsity Puckster

Coach Charles Speidel brings his
Penn State wrestling squad to Ann
Arbor Saturday with an impressive
1941 record and four lettermen re-
turning from last year.
The Nittany Lions lost only one
meet, to Princeton, last season while
winning seven others, the Wolverines
being one of their victims, when they
succumbed, 14-12, in a close one
which tied up the six-meet rivalry of
the two teams at three-all.
Lions Have Eastern Champ
One of the invaders' outstanding
performers is junior Charley Riden-
our, who as a' sophomore turned in
a brilliant six-win, two-loss season
record, besides copping the 121-lb.
championship in the Eastern Inter-
collegiates. He was the only Penn
State man to place in that meet and
with a year's experience should be a
tough one for opponents this year.I
Another letterman is Captain Glen
Alexander in the 155-lb. class, a stea-
dy, dependable lad, according to re-
ports, who should have a mighty
successful season. Alexander won
four while dropping two last year.
The Lions also have a lot of faith
in a burly heavyweight by the name
of John M. IL Kerns, otherwise an-
swering to "Mike." Although he won
only five while losing three last sea-
son, Kerns took a second in the East-
ern Intercollegiates and lost out in
the semi-finals of the National by a
one-point margin.
Another Returning Letterman
The other returning letter winner
is Clair Hess in the 128-lb. division.
As a junior last year, Hess had a,
pretty fair record of five and two
against very tough competition, and
he has been showing improvement
steadily from season to season.
The other four weight divisions
are more or less big question marks
as yet, with sophomores very likely
getting a chance to fill the Lions'
ranks so sadly depleted by gradua-
tion last year. At 145-b, junior Al-
len Crabtree seems to have the nod,
but with a dubious record of one and
one last year, he is still an Unknown
In the same boat but with a little
more experience is a senior, Ralph
Sayre, Jr., at 165. Sayre lost two
matches as a sophomore and didn't
get a chance to see action at all last
year. Both Sayre and Crabtree are
being closely pressed for top posi-
tions by very likely sophomore can-
didates, and there may be a lineup
switch before Saturday.
Other Weight Groups,Open
The other two weight groups are
still wide open. Sophomore Jim Foust
is running evenly with Ronal Cris-
man, who understudied last year's
Uncertainty Forces
Dodgers To Delay
SigningOf Players
NEW YORK, Jan. 7.---P)-Be-
cause of the war the Brooklyn Dodg-
ers have decided to postpone mailing
1942 contracts to the National League
champions until next month, but
most other ,clubs insisted today they
were following a "business as usual"
The doubt'of the Dodgers was ex-
plained by secretary John McDonald:
"We operate on a budget and in
normal seasons we have a payroll of
around $300,000. But right now I
don't guess anyone knows what re-
ceipts to expect from next seasof
and we're going to sit on the situa-
tion a few weeks before committing
ourselves on salaries."
President Larry MacPhail is toying
with the idea of including bonus
clauses in the contracts of some of
his higher-priced stars, McDonald
added, so their salaries would reflect

whatever financial success the Dodg-
ers might have next summer.
So far the Dodgers have signed
two players-pitcher Kirby Higbe
and batting champion Pete Reiser.
But they expect some trouble in
reaching terms with first baseman
Dolph Camilli, who was voted the
League's most valuable player, and
possibly with some of their other
stars. The salaries of at least five
of their cast run into five figures,
with Joe Medwick probably tops at
about $20,000. Camilli would like to
get into that range. He was supposed
to have been paid $15,000 last year.

captain, at 136 lbs. Neither have had
a chance to perform in public yet.
The same situation exists at 175
lbs., where Bob Morgan, another
sophomore, and Bob Sproat, a junior
who didn't see action last year, are
the main aspirants. These boys are
still green, but advance notices at-
test to their ruggedness.
This is Speidel% sixteenth season
at State. In that time he has com-
piled one of the most enviable rec-
ords in the business, winning 78
matches, losing only 17, and tying
two for a percentage of .814. Before
coming as mentor to State, he was
amateur wrestling champ of New
Jersey, a member of the 1924 Olym-
pic squad, and wrestling instructor
at the New York Athletic Club.
Lions Outstanding Wrestlers
The Lions themselves have long
been one of the outstanding wrestling
aggregations of the country. Since
the sport began in 1909, they have
rung up 156 wins against 31 losses"
and six draws for an .824 percentage
record. Only two other ;teams have
been able to stay ahead in the win
column in that time, Navy with
twelve wins out of fourteen and Iowa
State with three out of four.
The Wolverines have the next most
impressive record against them with
their three wins and three losses, so
Saturday's matches will be in the
nature of a "crooshul" series.

Max Bahrych, junior member of
Coach Lowrey's hockey squad, is
one of the hardest players on the
ice in every game. The scrappy
wingman scored one of the Wolver-
ine goals against Michigan Tech in
last Saturday night's encounter.
Hillsdale 38, Griffin J. C. (0.) 36
Pittsburgh 64, Carnegie Tech 34
New York U. 53, Manhattan C. 42
Pennsylvania 45, Swarthmore 24
Dubuque U. 30, Iowa State Col. 46
Notre Dame 34, Wash. (St. L.) 31
Lafayette 67, Fort Dix 23
Rutgers 54, Lehigh 46

Louis Picked Over Buddy Baer



Brown Bomber Is Out For Blood Friday As He Seeks
/ To Keep Up Great 'Second Fight' Kayo Record

NEW YORK, Jan. 7.-(A)-Joe
Louis is considerably annoyed when
another fighter dumps him out of
the ring-especially when he lands
on his head.
He is also somewhat irked when he
is accused of any foul tactics. And
r ~
he is always put out at any kind of
a "squawk" from a rival
Buddy Baer did all of these things
to the Bomber last May before Joe
stopped his challenge in six rounds.'
Now, Louis isn't angry at the big,
easy-going Californian, but he's that
proud thiat he doesn't want such a
matter as this to stand in the books
without a clear-cut settlement.
So, he figures on walking out in

Madison Square Garden's ring Fri-
day night and belting Buddy over-
rapidly, This corner believes he'll do
it just that way, and that Buddy
won't be on hand when the gong
sounds for round four.
Those return engagements have
always been more or less fatal for
fellows who've survived one waltz
with Louis. Max Schmeling tried it,
and then decided parachuting was
safer. Arturo Godoy crowded and
crouched for 15 rounds in his first
ride on the merry-go-round. The
second time Joe turned out the lights
in half that distance. Bob Pastor
rode a bicycle the route once. Next
trip to the post he was floored six
times and then the roof fell in.
Of course, an accident can happen
this time. Buddy is big and strong
and apparently unafraid of playing
with the Bomber's dynamite a second
time. He has that right, hand that
tagged Joe last spring, and he could
conceivably pull the trigger on it
again. But if training work and men-
tal attitude mean anything,'he's go-
ing to find himself working with a
different dancing partner this time.
And when Joe. has a peeve on, it
hasn't been safe, up to now, trying
to knock a chip off his shoulder.
That's the chief reason the betting
boys in the 49th Street shops will
just about let you write your own
ticket in this 20th defense of Louis'
record run as heavyweight champion.
Louis donned the big gloves for his
final sparring session today. The
champion went one round each
against four sparring mates. Joe will
be out on the road tomorrow morn-
ing and then will rest until time to
motor to New York for the weighing-
in at noon Friday.






Hogan Leads Qualifiers
For Los Angeles Open

20% R eductions

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 7.--(P)-Not
a whit discouraged by favorite Ben
Hogan's sizzling 63, the golfing con-
tingent went out today in search of
qualifying places in Los Angeles'
$10,000 open.
Hogan, the pride of Hershey, Pa.,
clipped nine strokes off the Hillcrest
course par yesterday in a warmup, to
tie a record set 11 years ago by Leo
Diegel. He and other top-flight per-

OFF 20%
The Coats -Coverts, Fleeces
The Suits - Single or Double-


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Formerly 35.00
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Formerly 25.00

Now 34.00
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