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State Defeats Matmen, 17-13; Sextet Beaten By Illino

's, 6-2


Kopel Upsets National Champ;
Becker Twins Great lii Defeat
(Continued from Page 1)
pinned-yes, I said pinned-the Spartans' National Junior 121 pound cham-
pion, Herb Thompson. After more than a period of a savage see-saw battle
for each single point the Michigan sophomore suddenly brought the fans
screaming to their feet with a quick reversal that culminated with his
cementing Thompson's shoulders to the iat with a double arm tie-up over
the head. The time was 5:53.
It is with a head bowed low in deepest humility that the writer recants
his words of yestermorn apropos of Dick Kopel.
There were two other victories on falls. In the 128 pound struggle
State's National Collegiate titleholder, Cut Jennings, had just too much onI
the ball and overcame the magnifi-5
cent challenge thrown at him by
Varsity's Mauritz (Bunny) Ander-
son in his collegiate wrestling debut.
Bunny fought the battle through to
the last second with an unconquer-
able spirit, but was finally downed
in 7:37 by a bar arm and half Nel-

" Chicago's Athletic Plan
SPurdue's Curriculum
_DailySports ditor
* * * *

Captain Jim Galles submerged him-
self one weight division to 155 pounds
and pinned a game, but outweighed
and completely outclassed Johnny
Marrs of State in 4:20.
Both of Michigan's Becker boys,
Mel and Mary, were bested last night,
but each can hold his head high even
in defeat. Mel was tossed into the
arena against the Spartan's regular
145-pounder, Bill Maxwell, but re-
cently recovered from a shoulder in-
jury. It was a battle of titanic fury
all the way, Mel's first in varsity com-
petition, and the final score of 11-5
in State's favor can give no idea of
the Wolverine's heroic performance
against a national champion.
Mary Becker regularly wrestles at
145 pounds. Last night he faced off
against John Spalink in the 175 pound
contest. Going into the fray spot-
ting a more experienced foe from 10
to 15 pounds, only -his indomitable
will to win staved off a first-period
fall, and enabled Mary to fight on
even terms a physically and techni-
cally superior opponent to whom he
finally bowed by -a point score of
Ray Deane had Bo Jennings of
Bast Lansing on the run throughout
the entire final three minutes of their
136 pound scrap. But Bo's clever de-
fensive work enabled him to maintain
his slim 3-2 lead and thus cop the
Something's the matter with Bill
Courtright. Last night he*was shift-
ed to the 155 pound match, where it
wat well believed he could success-

FELLOW named T. Nelson
Metcalfe holds the position of
Athletic Director at the University
of Chicago. This title plus a five-
cent piece will buy a package of gum
almost anywhere in the United
Mr. Metcalfe, it seems, holds a
minimum of authority in his posi-
tion under the present setup at the
Midway institution. Often shoved
into the embarrassingly - brilliant
Oublic spotlight because of the foibles
of Chicago's athletic program, Met-
calfe now is currently on the pan
for the Maroons' new system of phys-
ical education. r1
Maroon authorities, nettled in-
to action by numerous pointed
comments, have adopted a pro-
gram for physical preparedness
of male students at Chicago. This
new plan, it was announced, was
arranged upon request from the
Army and Navy to broaden and
step up athletic programs in order
that time may be saved in military
"UT into this plan, the academic-
minded University of Chicago of-
ficials injected a half-way measure
to end all half-way measures.
Despite heated objections of the stu-
dent newspaper and Chicago metro-
politan ,apers, Maroon authorities
have stubbornly decided to back
up their physical preparedness
scheme by "social pressure" rather
than by compulsory training periods.
According to Metcalfe: "It will be
up to the athletes to exercise social
pressure on their fellow students in
the dormitories, fraternity houses,
and classes."
The sports editor of the Daily
Maroon, Werner Baum, charac-
terized the idea of "social pres-
sure" as "silly, senseless, wrong in
principle and inefficient."
Then he went on to say: "Un-
doubtedly the fault is not Mr. Met-
calfe's. For years , it has been

fully turn back State Captain Tuffy
Merrill's bid for victory. But Corky
was entirely too lethargic out there
on the mats, and when pitted
against one of the visitor's National
Junior champions that you can't be
and get away with it. Bill lost, 8-4.
In the evening's closing attraction
Johnny Greene turned time back two
months and worked the old football
tackle to such fine advantage on
Spartan Mike Dendrinos that he kept
the latter liberally spread all over
the mat for nine minutes and there-
fore was awarded a walkaway 7-1

common knowledge that the ath-
letic department here is a pawn
of the administration to a degree
unequalled at any other Western
Conference institution. I know as
a fact that a compulsory setup was
proposed but that it was turned
down by elemets in the adminis-
EVIDENTLY the idea behind the
"social pressure" scheme is that
any system of compulsory physical
education would be out of step with
the entire Chicago plan which is
based upon individual initiative.
Commenting on this, Baum de-
clares: "The plan for conditioning
is absolutely sound and is excellently
designed for its purpose. But it must
be made compulsory or it will not be
efficient. If the administration feels
that social pressure is more within
the spirit of the Chicago plan at a
time like this than, is compulsory
athletics, I can only feel sorry for
their blind, stubborn outlook."
It's difficult to see how any plan
depending solely on the loose term
"social pressure" for enforcement
can succeed. Athletic Director
Metcalfe himself, according to the
Daily Maroon, was in favor of com-
pulsory training until he bucked
the admiiistration.
THOSE who need the physical
training most, those who lack the
physical equipment requisite for the
welfare of our nation most will likely
be least affected by any such course
of action as that adopted by
the University of Chicago. Students
such as those who devote the great-
est part of their waking hours bur-
ied in a book, who rarely take time
out even for a movie, who have,
through many years of physical in-
activity, acquired a dread of exer-
cise-and there are more of these,
perhaps, than you may realize-will
be ipoved but slightly by "social
An example of a much more in-
telligent approach to the problem
at hand-whipping the greatest
number of people into fit physical
condition as quickly as possible-
can be found down at Purdue Uni-
versity. Last spring the school
adopted an eight-week selective
course in physical training for
which 223 students registered.
Based upon several measurable
events, these men averaged an im-
provement of 16.9 percent.r
LAST FALL Purdue added a re-
quired course to its curriculum.
Students affected by the new ruling
-approximately 1,000 men-received
one hour academic credit for two
hours of supervised activity each.
week plus one hour of vigorous op-
tional outside physical activity. Com
parative tests on measurable events
showed an improvement of 25 per-
Contrast the figures. The com-
pulsory training plan covered 1,000
students, the voluntary less than
one-fourth. The former program
gave an average improvement in
physical skills of 25 percent, the
voluntary less than 17.
- have adopted the compulsory
physical education training plan.
They have decided not to tolerate
half-way measures.

Collins, Hillman Score Michigan
Goals; Penalties Feature Contest
(Continued from Page 1) and scored one minute later (11:20).
The marker was turned in by Bob
than half of the first 20-minutes was Miller, with Clint McCune getting an
played inside the Illinois blue line. assist. A little more than eight min-
At 6:20, however, Louis Ferranti utes later Miller got his second goal
brake loose and after a good pass Sof the night to give the visitors a 4-1
from Clint McCune, the big defense- Action continued to gain momen-
man blasted the first score into the tum at the start of the third period.
Michigan nets. This marker gave the Finally, at 3:06, Doug Hillman scored
Illini a 1-0 lead at the end of the on a fine pass by the ever-battling
first period. During the period Hank Collins from behind the Illini nets,
Loud, Michigan's goalie, was farted and the Wolverines drew closer with
Loud, Michign gale, was fioed the score now standing at 4-2.
to make but one save. The Illinois Illinois then started to really turn
on the pressure, and within the next
two minutes they countered two more
goals, the first by Aldo Palazzari
(4:07), and the second following close
behind with brother Mario taking a
double pass from Aldo and DePaul
ang scoring (5:05).
The remaining 15 minutes were
the wildest of the battle. Johnny
Braidford and Ed Reichert were sent
crashing into the boards by hard
body-checks. Both had their wind
knocked out, but recovered and were
able to continue. With but 0:48 see-
onds to play, Paul Goldsmith was
victim of the hardest check made all
night by tough Amo Bessone.


net-minder, Ray Killen, turned back
only seven Wolverine tries.
Illinois began turningonthe heat
in the second period, and the gener-
al all-around play of both squads
started to roughen up a bit: At 4:08,
Roland DePaul took a double-pass
from the Palazzari brothers and
countered, giving the Illini a two-
goal margin with which to work. Six
minutes later (10:29) Bob Collins,
who turned in his best game of the
season, set the 650 fans into an up-
roar when he cracked a hard shot
into the Illinois nets from 20 feet out.
The excitement of the fans began
to grow with every second, and the
pitch was kept up by the hard-check-
ing of both teams. With their lead
reduced, the Indians went to work

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Ohio State, Michigan Are Pre-Season
Favorites To Take Indoor Track Title

It is with great anticipation that
the Wolverine cindermen are looking
forward to the Big Ten indoor meet,
scheduled for March 6 and 7 in Chi-
cago, for this year the members of
the track squad will not be out to
retain the title which they held for
so long-this year, the Wolverines
will be out to regain the title which
was taken away from them by a
bunch of fast-stepping Hoosiers from
Indiana last spring.
The race for the Western Confer-
ence indoor title might turn into a
free-for-all this year with Michigan,
Indiana, Ohio State, Illinois, and
Wisconsin all possessing plenty of
power. It is more probable however,
that the all-important week-end in
March will see the Wolverines and
the Buckeyes battling it out for first
place with Indiana, Illinois, and Wis-
consin placing next in that order.
Graduation Hits Hoosiers
.The way the drug-store track ex-
perts down at the Field House have
it figured out, both Michigan and
Ohio State should be capable of scor-
ing, somewhere around 45 points,
which is usually plenty to take the
title home to roost. Indiana, in spite.
of the excellent showing made last
year, when the Hoosiers took both

the indoor and outdoor crowns away
from the Wolverines, has suffered
heavily from graduation this year
and, at the most, is not expected to
amass more than 30 points.
It is the Buckeye; who are expected
to be the class of the Conference
this year. With such established stars
as the sensational Bob Wright in the
high and low hurdles, Leroy Collins
in the 440, Ed Porter in the half,
and Gene Kiracofe in the two-mile
event, Buckeye coach Larry Snyder
has turned up with an impressive
crop of sophomores this year who
are determined to take the Big Ten
crown back to Columbus,
Wolverines Strong In Sprints
The Michigan team, which is ex-
traordinarily strong in the sprints
this year, should outpoint the Buck-
eyes in the 60 yard dash. Capt. Al
Piel and sophomore Lenny Alkon
have both sprinted the distance in
6.4 seconds this season, a plenty fast
time in any conference, but they will
receive plenty of opposition from
Ohio State's Capt. Ralph Hamnond,
second place winner in the outdoor
meet last spring.
The hurdle events will probably be
all Ohio Mate, with the long-striding
Wright, who mopped up in most of

his races last year, completely re-
covered from all the minor injuries
which have dogged his footsteps in
the past. Frank McCarthy, Wolverine
timber-topper is an almost certain
second-place winner in the highs,
however, while Al Thomas, dark
horse of the hurdlers this year, and
sophomore Chuck Pinney will give
Michigan strength in the lows.
Field Events Even
The Buckeyes and Wolverines are
just about evenly matched in the
field events, with Ohio State pre-
dominating in the high jump but
Michigan holding most of the bright-
er prospects in the shot put. The
outcome of the meet might conceiv-
ably depend on the outcome of the
mile relay then, but this does not
offer much of a clue. Both teams
have an abundance of quarter-milers
who are capable of running a very
good mile relay, so that this event
too will probably be a tooth-and-nail
battle down to the finish tape.

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