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Backstroke Event Will Highlight
Close Dual Meet With Ohio State


Quintet Points
Toward Upset
Win Over Foe
Ohio Sate Lantern Rates



Michigan Mat Squad To Meet
Student-Coached Findlay Oilers



Swimming fans who trek down to
the Sports Building Pool for the
Michigan-Ohio State dual meet to-
morrow night will be treated to the
pre-scheduled racing of the Big Ten
backstroke championship.
For the two favorites to cop the
Conference crown, Wolverine Dick
Riedl and Buckeye Mark Follansbee,
are slated to stage an advance show-
ing of the title event when the Maize
and Blue tankers meet the challenge
of the Scarlet and Gray.
And a strong challenge it will be
too. Ohio State is out to end the
long-standing Michigan domination
of collegiate swimming which dates
back to 1938 when another aggrega-
tion from Columbus handed the
Mannators their last dual meet loss.
Since that ill-fated day the Wolver-
ines, save for two ties in 1940 with
this same Buckeye crew coached by
wily Mike Peppe, have been riding
the victory trail.
So the Peppemen have a man-
sized job cut out for them, and on
the shoulders of Follansbee will ride
a large portion of the Buckeye hopes
to repeat that feat of 1938 and tum-
ble the Michigan mermen from their
lofty perch.
Only asophomore, Follansbee is
one of the most deadly feared back-
strokers in the country. He started
his college days at Princeton, but al-
leged scholastic difficulties in the


East's tradition-steeped institution
forced the natatorial star from Tiger-
land and lured him to the home of
the Buckeyes.
According to stop watch compari-
sons, the Buckeye ace should trim
the varsity's star backstroker. But
races aren't won by previous timings'
and performances, and Riedl is one
of the best competitors in the Con-
ference. He will be matching his long
years of experience and his famil-
iarity with the pool against the Ohio
State sophomore's inexperience and
undenied speed when the two clash
here tomorrow night. And the win-
ner should be the next Big 'Ten back-
stroke champion.
The other Wolverine entry in this
event will be either Ted Horlenko or
sophomore Johnny Weise, with the
former probably getting the nod to

battle Will Ryan for the valuable
third place points.
But the 150 yard backstroke event
won't be the only meeting of Riedl
and Follansbee. The first race of the
night, the 300 yard medley relay, will
see them lead off for their respective
teams in 'an effort to buildl up a size-
able advantage. And that will be only
the beginning, for the medley relay
will be one of the tightest duels of
the evening with Ohio State using
Charley Spangler in the breaststroke
and Capt. John Leitt in the free style
to offer the Wolverine medley trio of
Riedl, Jim Skinner and Gus Share-
met their most serious threat of the
Likewise Michigan's national
breaststroke champion Jim Skinner
will have his hands full. Not only
does he clash with Spangler in the
medley but he also will face the
Buckeye butterfly ace in the 200 yard
breaststroke event. Last year Spang-
ler captured fourth place in the Na-
tional AAU title race here in Ann
Arbor, finishing just a few yards be-
hind the winning Michigan star. To-
morrow night Jim will be out to re-
peat his victory performance over
the Ohio State entry.
Coach Matt Mann can call upon
either John Sharemet or sophomore
DaveLevy to compete with Skinner
against the Buckeye, while Steve
Grimm will probably round out the
Columbus breaststroke duo.
The meet will get under way at
7:45 p.m., with an admission charge
of 40 cents per person upon the pre-
sentation of an identification card.

Michigan Easy Victim;t
Doyle Ready For Action
If fight and the will to win can
bring home victories to Coach Ben-
nie Oosterbaan's basketball team, you
can count tomorrow's game with1
Ohio State in the Michigan win col-
umn. .
Despite their poor Conference rec-
ord of one triumph as against fivea
losses, those scrappy Wolverines are
out to show the Buckeyes and their
newspaper--the Ohio State Lantern
-that they are far from toothless
and that their offense is far from
The Lantern had this to say of the
Maize and Blue cagers: "Only Chi-
cago's offense is less potent and while
the defense is impressive, the differ-
ence explains the miserable record of
the Michigan cagers." And at the
end of his story the Ohio State sports
writer said: "The Buckeyes clash
with the Wolverines only once this
year so it will be an all-out affair.
Should the Wolverines get tired of
using only the Chicago Maroons as
their basketball doormat, it might
turn into a basketball game. At this
writing, it appears as though the only
thing that will happen will be that
the Wolverines will get tired."
Yesterday's practice session was
just a preview of what Ohio State's
uprising cagers can expect. Coach
Oosterbaan divided the team into
two squads and let the "whites," com-
posed of Ralph Gibert, Jim Mandler,
Capt. Bill Cartmill, Bill MacConna-
chie and Leo Doyle, who made his
first appearance of the week on the
court, work the ball in and take a
shot only when they were clear.
Morrie Bikoff and Mel Comin al-
ternated in the "white" line-up and
added scoring punch to the Michigan
offense. Very few shots were wasted
and the Wolverines kept dropping
them in from all angles.
However, every player is well aware
of the difficulty in stopping a team
when that team is as hot as the
The Health Service reported
last night that Tom Kuzma,
Michigan's star sophomore foot-
ball player, was ill with pneumon-
ia. Dr. Gilbert De Ryke said his
condition was not serious.
Buckeyes are at the present. In their
last two games against Iowa and
Northwestern, they have scored 105
points, and every man in the start-
ing five is a potential high scorer.
Most of the Buckeye success in
these two games has been due to the
all-around play of sophomore Bud
Wise and the sharp-shooting of Max
Gecowets Wise has proven himself
to be a classy ball-handler and has
set the stage for numerous Buckeye
scoring plays. Gecowets tallied 16
points against Northwestern and 16
against. Iowa and set up the winning
scoring play in the'Iowa game by
stealing the ball from one of the
Hawkeye players and iassing it to a
teammate who scored the winning
two points.
Ohio State is one of the few teams
in the Conference to beat the Great
Lakes Naval Training Station team
The Buckeyes have been sow in
rounding into tip-top shape as is
evidenced by the fact that Dick Fish-
er, third leading scorer in the Big
Ten last year, has been riding the
bench in most of their games.

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THERE COMES A TIME in the life of every Daily sports writer when he
must needs turn to his inmer self and query, "How, now, what has be-
come of the old fire, the esprit de corps which once made Michigan athletic
teams the scourge of the middle west?"
For it is true indeed that, of the three Wolverine clubs or aggrega-
tions which are in operation at the present time (viz. the cagers, the
pucksters and the grapplers), none has given evidence that it will be a
force to be reckoned with during the remainder of the current season.
Take the case of the embattled hardwood forces. Before the season
opened, there were those observers who thought that the men of Ooster-
baan were in for a successful year. True, the team was a young one but it
seemed to have more ability than the cagers of 1941-42. Coaches would
tremble, people said, at the prospect of meeting Mighty Michigan.
But, look you what has happened. The Wolverine basketballers have
managed to salvage but one Big Ten win from a total of six. And the only
coaches who tremble when the Maize and Blue cagers take the floor are
Bennie Oosterbaan and Ernie McCoy. And they, as you well know, are the
coaches of these same Michigans.
In the case of the wrestling team, it really cannot be said that
prospects look bleak on the basis of contests in which the grapplers
have thus far engaged. They have beaten Penn State, tied Kansas
State and lost to Michigan State. The Kansans and the Spartans are
two of the best mat outfits in the nation but, still, the fact remains that
Cliff Keen's lads have copped but once in three attempts.
When we come to hockey, it is with a thrill of satisfaction that we
recall the upset victory which Eddie Lowrey's team-that-won't-be-beaten-
can't-be-beaten aggregation scored over once mighty Minnesota last night.
(Incidentally, it is becoming increasingly evident why Gopher Coach Larry
Armstrong refused to schedule Illinois this year. He said the Illini were
too rough. It is to laugh.) But facts are facts and the fact remains that
the Wolverine pucksters cannot be classed as mighty, something which
was not true a few years back. And this saddens us.
Tomorrow, the swimming team will take up the cudgel and try to put
Michigan back in the win column. In all probability, the natators will be
successful. And then the track team will swing into action and quite pos-
sibly into a winning season. In the spring, it will be golf, tennis and base-
ball, in all of which the Wolverines are generally fairly potent.
But those things are in the future and we are concerned with the
present. What is to be done? Who are we to answer that one? We'll
smash the scribes' code by not trying to prescribe for the ailing Michi-
gan winter sports teams. But let's hope that things will be different
a year from now and that there will be no period of two months during
which every Wolverine victory is an upset.
And there is a definite likelihood that things will be different next
winter. For from the hockey and basketball fronts comes reports of fresh-
man teams which battle the Varsities on even terms. We say this with
trepidation but, who knows, perhaps things are looking up.

The mystery surrounding thisl
Findlay College wrestling team which
meets the Wolverine matmen at 3t
p.m. tomorrow in Yost Field House
has finally been brought out in the s
open with a mild sort of a bang.
According to all available reports,
the small Ohio college has a colorful
and potentially dangerous bunch of1
grapplers with a suicide schedule and,
of all things in this decade, a student
Coached By Student
The invaders, who call themselves
the Oilers, are coached and captained
by a rugged 145 pounder, senior Jake
Diemert, one of two lettermen re-
turning from last year.
Diemert hails from Wesleyville,
Pa., this is his second year as the
Oilers' mat mentor, and if his record
of last year is any indication of his
ability, the Wolverine grapplers bet-
ter be on the ball Saturday lest there
be indeed an ignonimous upset.
Last season in the Inter-States
Meet, composed of teams from Ohio,
Indiana and Michigan, Diemert's boys
took a good third behind Kent State
and Michigan State, and since the
Lansing aggregation was second in
the Nationals also, the Findlay grap-
plers are not to be passed off as
breather fodder.
Pretty Fair Record
Their record to date this year is
pretty fair-four wins, two losses and
a tie. Despite the scarcity of letter-
men, there seems to be no dearth of
good material down Findlay way,
where wrestling is evidently more or
less of a fetish with the sport fans.
The entire squad of 18 men is com-
posed entirely of freshmen and soph-
omores with the exception of one
junior and Diemert, and all things
considered they've done a pretty fair
job under his tutelage.
The strongest divisions on the Oil-
ers squad are right in the middle. Be-
sides Diemert at 145, the other let-

terman, junior Keith Hummon, looks
like a worthy opponent at 155, and
a sophomore, Frank Gren, who went
to the finals in the Inter-States and
was one of the two winners against
Ohio as a freshman last year, cap-
ably holds down the fort at 165.
The only other Findlay grappler
with a record of sorts is a tough
sophomore 121 pounder, one Igna-
tins Mancuso, who also scrapped his
way to the Ti-State finals.
The rest of the jobs are held down
by some willing and evidently pro-
gressiv youngsters whose main
drawback is lack of experience which
they are picking up as the Oilers ex-
tensive schedule is played out.
* * *
('i o riight Out Of Meet
Coach Cliff Keen announced yes-
teriday that his ace 165 pounder, Bill
Courtright, is definitely out of to-
morrow's match with the Findlay
College Oilers.
Courtright is suffering from a
twisted knee which he picked up in
practice the other day and has been
giving him so much trouble that
Coach Keen has decided not to sacri-
fice him in tomorrow's meet.
Elward Fired As Purdue
Director; Will Still Coach
LAFAYETTE, Ind., Jan. 22.-W)--
The Board of Trustees of Purdue
University voted today to relieve A.
H. (Mal) Elward of his duties as
Athletic Director but retained him as
head football coach until Dec. 31,
There was no indication as to whe-
ther Elward would be retained as
football coach after that date.
Rumors that a shakeup in the Boil-
ermaker athletic family was due have
been current since the close of the
football season, in which Purdue won
only two games, tied one and lost

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