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Mann Worried
About Freestyle
Relay Positions
Patten Is Question Mark;
Burton, Kivi, Sharemet
Sure To Hold Places
Michigan's once-defeated swim-
ming team took everything but a
game Michigan State crew's trunks
as it swept to a 59-25 triumph in
East Lansing last Monday night, but
Coach Matt Mann left .the scene of
victory with as big a headache as he's
ever had in his many years as Wol-
verine tank mentor.
For the cagey Michigan coach has
a problem on his hands. And if it
isn't solved by 'the time Michigan
defends its Big Ten title in Ann Ar-
bor next weekend, the mighy Wol-
verines, perennial rulers of the West-
ern Conference seas, may see them-
selves dethroned.
The perplexing problem revolves
around one event, the 400 yard free-
style relay which will be the last
race on the Conference program. And
Mann, for the first time within mem-
ory, isn't sure he can enter a quar-
tet that will breeze home the winner.
Patten In Relay?
Swimming for the Maize and Blue
tankers on that relay team in most
of the Wolverine dual meets to date
have been Capt. Dobby Burton, Gus
Sharemet, Lou Kivi and Jack Patten.
Man is certain of one thing-Burton,
Sharemet and Kivi will be there
when the event is announced in the
Big Ten Meet. But about Patten's
husky frame drapes the big question
mark, the uncertainty,-that his ordi-
narily genial Matt scowling over his
breakfast coffee these days.
Not that Patten isn't good enough
to fit in with the other lands. No,
the problem is a far cry from that.
In a nutshell it's this: Patten will
swim the event preceding the wind-
up, the 440 freestyle which he is
favored to win; as well as the 220, and
Mann is wondering if the Michigan
ace will have enough left to go all
out in the relay. Only one man in
Wolverine history has been able to
stand the gaff of all three grueling
races, Tom Haynie, great distance
star of 1938.
Fast Leg Against Yale
Patten, who didn't swim the 440
agasint Yale, turned in a lightning 52
second 100 for his leg on the quartet
that fateful night. But he was rela-
tivelĀ§ fresh then. Against Ohio State,
when he had previously won the 220
and 440 events, he gave his all in
relay but the best he could do was
56 seconds flat.
If Mann feels that Patten won't be
able to get under 54 after swimming
the 220 and 440 in the Conference
Meet, he will then be face to face
with his toughest problem of the
Only two other Michigan free-
stylers are under consideration for
the open berth, juniors Bob West and
Bruce Allen. The best that either
has done for the 100 is 54.3. But if
one of them can show enough stuff
in practice sessions, Mann may take
a chance and enter him as the fourth
Riedl In Experiment
And if the Wolverine mentor feels
that his freestylers won't make the
grade, he may conceivably turn to
backstroker Dick Riedl. In an experi-
ment, Mann put Riedl in the relay
against Michigan State last night,
and the dorsal star responded with
a surprise 53.4 performance. But he
had only been in one other event, and
in the Conference battle he, like Pat-
ten, will have to swim $wo others-
the medley relay and the 150 yard

In the National Collegiates, Mann's
problem will be alleviated because
Patten will have a day's rest before
the relay. In the Big Tens, he'll have
to climb out of the pool and jump
right back in. All Matt can do is
experiment and hope.
Ninet iger Players
Remain Dissenters
In Payroll Slash
LAKELAND, Fla., March 3.-(P)-
The Detroit Tigers, currently en-
gaged in their bitterest holdout battle
on record, today admitted ingenuity
on the part of some of the dissenters,
but the club is standing firm in itst
take-it-or-leave-it mandate.
General Manager Jack Zeller dis-
closed today that one of the bargain-
ing ball players has a personal man-
ager, while another's correspondence
is attended to by an attorney. There
are nine unsigned players.
"The trouble is," declared Zeller,
"that these players do not seem to
realize the country is at war."
Zeller, the big Texan who has full
authority in Detroit's baseball affairs
while club owner Walter 0. Briggs
devotes his attention to war indus-
tries, made it clear today that a
lighter pay roll was made necessary
by the prospect of a decline in base-
ball revenue because of the war.
"Mr. Briggs did not go into base-
ball to make money," Zeller declared.

i z
Daily's front page had
such as "Capone Offers Ai
For Lindbergh Baby," a
Hindenburg Says Re-Ele
Prevent War" A hatles
Berman professor named
mond sauntered down to
House that March day anc
gan tradition was born.
For Phil, you see, took
hand and announced t
by his calculations a lI
garded Indiana cinder squ
edge Michigan's overwheli
orites in the weekend's in
ference meet, 28-27.
other experts grew into
guffaws after the first nig
in which the Wolverines
qualifiers, while Indiar
Thoved five into the finals
24 hours later the Hoosiers
with one mighty evening
both Michigan's vaunted
premacy and Diamond's
standing. from that time
dope sheets have been emir
cessful and annually go
mium to Detroit papers an
national news services.
Phil has missed just tW
doping the last 18 C
clashes, iii the outdoor
ments in 1936 and 1940.
all by way of a leadup to I
lar prognostications on th
ence Indoor clash this
Phil foresees an Ohio S
by 16 points over Illinois,
AND the Frank McCarthy
verines, Diamond predi
no better than 27% points
If the injured Frank recov
to compete, Phil declares,1
total will rise, but still not
overtake the Buckeyes. He

Varsity Sextet
SShades Frosh
In 54 Thriller
* Phil Diamond Predicts
Loud, Gillis Are Standouts;
* Buckeyes In A Breeze Freshman Front Line
By HAL WILSON Forces Play In Game
Daily Sports Editor By HALE CHAMPION
In one of the most hotly-contested
* * * * games played on Coliseum ice this
2 and the Diamond selections, straight from year, a cocky Varsity sextet had to
headlines the professorial feedbag: scrap every inch of the way as it
id In Hunt - a -nosed out a well-balanced frosh out-
d In s H t 60-Yard Dash-, Hammond, Ohio; fit, 5-4, last night.
and "Pres.2, Farmer, Ohio; 3, Thomas, Michi- The freshmen, led by their classy
ction will gan; 4, Wright, Ohio; 5, Piel, Michi- first line of Wilf Ahonen, Tack Hobbs
ss, smiling gan' and Bob Opland, threatened the Var-
Phil Dia- 440-Yard Dash-1, Ufer, Michigan; sity goal time and again only to be
2, Rehberg, Illinois; 3, Owen, Ohio; turned back by net-minder Hank
the Fieldi 4, Collins, Ohio; 5, Anthony, Purdue. Loud, who weathered a real storm
Y a Michi-Kof frosh-propelled rubber as he
880-Yard Run-, Kane, Indiana; turned in the game's outstanding
pencl in 2, Matthews, Michigan; 3, Kendall, promne
pencil in Indiana; 4, Rehberg, Illinois; 5 performance. ,
a all that Y a; 4, RJohn Corson, assisted by Bob Col-
ightly-re- Yates, Ohio lins and Warner Forsythe, gave the
uad would Mile Run,-1, Kane, indiana; 2, regulars their first goal and a lead
ming fav- Mitchell, Indiana; 3, Kendall, Indi- which they never relinquished despite
door Con- ana; 4, Gill, Minnesota; 5, Seib, Illi- the fact that most of the game was
nois. inside the Varsity blue line.
. M ,Ahonen, who turned in the coveted
ost of the Two-Mile iun-, Mitchell, Indi- 'hat trick' for the frosh, tied up the
fullfledged ana; 2, Gladding, Illinois; 3, Dunn, battle with ,his first goal on a pass
ght's trials nis; 4, Kiracofe, Ohio; 5, Leo- from Hobbs and Opland, and the
placed 15 iardi, Michigan. first period ended with no more scor-
na barely 70-Yard Low Hurdles-1, Wright, ing.
. But just Ohio; 2, Olsen, Illinois; 3, Thomas, Kemp got the Varsity's second
shattered, Michigan; 4, Pinney, Michigan; 5, marker as the going got hotter, but
of work, Vollenweider, Iowa. Ahonen came right back to deadlock
cinder su- 70-Yard High lurdles-1, Wright, it as the kid line sailed past the de-
amateur Ohio; 2, Olsen, Illinois, 3, Vollen- fense to beat Loud, who didn't have
on, Phil's weider, Iowa; 4, Hoeflinger, Ohio; 5, a chance.
ently suc- Kron, Purdue. Johnny Gillis, stellar defenseman,
at a pre- took things in hand as he rifled home
d even the Shot Put-I, Bierle, Wisconsin; 2, two unassisted goals in quick succes-
Firth, Minnesota; 3, Sinmond, Ohio; sion, one of which frosh goalie Phil
vice while 4, Ostroot, Michigan; 5, Hirsch, Mich- Montgomery never saw as it shot into
igan. a corner of the net.
eengage- Pole Vault-, Defield, Minnesota Rudy Reichert chipped in one of
Which is and Williams, Wisconsin (tie); 3, his rare goals at the beginning of the
his oracu Schmidt, Ohio; 4, Kincheloe, Chi- third- period to end the Varsity scor-
e Confer- cago; 5, Segula, Michigan, and An- ing, but the fireworks were still to
weekend. derson, Wisconsin (tie). * come.
tate win Broad Jumnpe-1, Dupre, Ohio; 2, 1 Led by Hobbs, the frosh put five
48 to 32. Faymer, Iowa; 3, Lewis, Illinois; 4, forwards on the ice and slam-banged
Gould, Illinois; 5, McFadzean, Wis- away for the last fifteen minutes,
-less Wol- consin. sending two shots home in the close-
cts will do ing minutes.
on paper. High Jump-1, Hoeflinger, Ohio; 2, Capt. Paul Goldsmith, unable to
ers in time ith, Northwestern Edwars play because of a knee injured in a
linois; 4, Starck, Illinois; Crable, fall during the last Minnesota battle,
Michigan's Ohio, Johnston, Ohio (three way tie). will probably be missing from the
enough to Mile Relay-1, Michigan; 2, Ohio; Wolverines' line-up tomorrow night
re are the 3, Purdue; 4, Minnesota; 5, Indiana. against Michigan Tech.


In Three Years Of Dual Competition
BY JACK FLAGLER many other of Keen's boys whc
There's a young fellow who's been needed a little more polish tO put
working out down at the Field House them in the dangerous contender
most winter afternoons for the past class.
four years. Spends his time on the y .Jim started his winning ways back
iin Clark High of Hammond, Ind.,
wrestling mats up over the training where Kip Taylor, now Ann Arbor
rooms and it seems that his workouts High mentor, was then coaching. In
have been pretty successful as far his junior year at Clark. Galles won
as Michigan's athletic record is con- the state 145 crown and after adding
cerned. a few more pounds, copped the 155
This young fellow has lost only one title as a senior.
match in dual competition in the Won AAU Title
past three years and he now holds While biding time before getting
the 175 pound Big Ten title with lit- into collegiate varsity competition
tle likelihood that it will be taken Jim took a first in the Michigan AAU
away from him in the Conference meet at 165 pounds in his freshman
meet scheduled at Chicago Univer- year. Then as a sophomore he com-
sity a week from Friday. pleted the season with second place
The Name Is Galles }: in the 165 division under his bell
Need we go further before we tell and only one defeat, to McDaniel
you that this exceptional grappler is of Indiana who was Conference
our own Captain Jim Galles and a champ at that weight,
tougher and trickier mat technician This defeat was the only blemisr
would be hard to find today in col- h on an otherwise spotless college grap-
legiate competition. Jim is a good " pling career. Last season Jim weni
natured, perfectly proportioned spec- through undefeated and ended ui
imen of 175 pounds. He knows every wearing the 175 pound crown.
trick of the wrestling trade so well sg h i i
now that Coach Keen uses him to Galles gives the credit for his ma
teach many of his aspiring tryouts CAPT. JIM GALES achievements to Cliff and ort Rob.
the right and wrong of mat tech- ertson, assistant coach last year.
nique. Wolverine grappling hopes as Johnny "I thought I knew a lot about
In fact, Galles is greatly respons- Greene and Al Wistert who is shape wrestling when I came up here," Jim
ible for the rise of such erstwhile ing up better every meet, besides said last week, "but I found out that

Wolverine Cagers Finish Campaign

With Oosterbaan


Poorest Record

"All's well that ends well" so the
saying goes, but all didn't end well
for the Wolverine cagers who have
just finished their worst season un-
der Bennie Oosterbaan since the gen-
ial mentor took over the coaching
reins in 1939.
In fact the Maize and Blue ended
a very disastrous campaign as far as
victories and defeats go, winning only
six games and dropping 14. But tak-
ing a look at the record book, one
finds that the season wasn't as dis-
mal as all that. It had its bright
spots as well as its dark ones.
The opening game of the year here
at Ann Arbor with the Wolverines'l
traditional rivals, the Spartans of
Michigan State, provided the fans
with their first glimpse of the 1942
edition of the basketball team and
they left the Field House with a good
impression. Michigan had won with-
out much difficulty, 37-20, and fol-
lowers of the cage sport thought that
the Wolverines might go some place
this year. They did, but not where
everybody hoped they would.
Four Losses During Vacation
What happened next is put on the
losing side of the ledger. Michigan
met fourquintets during the Christ-
mas vacation, and came home empty
handed. Notre Dame won; Butler
won, Marquette won, and Iowa won.
Then as school resumed, the Var-
sity five met Purdue, with its sharp-
shooting team, and'took a 36-18 lac-
ing. Illinois was next on the docket,
and although the Wolverines fought
like a pack of victory-hungry wolves
-they were still seeking their first
Conference win-they lost by a
mere four points, 44-40. The Illini's
sophomores were no myth and Fred
Vance, Andy Phillip, Ken Menke and
Jack Smiley-Vance and Phillip, the
two guards, in particular-were too
much for the Wolverines to cope
Top Wildcats, 34-32
But victory at last came to Michi-
gan's basketball charges as they up-
set the pre-game dope by beating
Northwestern's Wildcats on their own
court at Evanston, 34-32. In this I
game, Oosterbaan uncovered a stellar
player in sophomore Ralph Gibert.
In the next two games against
Minnesota and Wisconsin, the Maize
and Blue cagers dropped back into
their lethargic type of play and lost
both contests by big margins,
The losing streak was short-lived,
however, as the quintet came back to
its home court and soundly trounced I
Ohio State, 53-39. Michigan had one
of its good nights and the Buckeyes
were lielnless before the Wolverine

its second victory of the season over
the Wolverines, but with a little more
added punch in its offense, Michigan
could have won. Iowa won again,
and Michigan went to Chicago in

game of the year, but the team could-
n't outlast Purdue's sharp-shooters.
The Wolverines fought with every-
thing they had, but victory just was-
n't in the books.
And out of that 20-game schedule,
what did the Wolverines salvage?
First of all, Jim Mandler, junior cen-
ter, set a new Conference scoring
record of 164 points for a Michigan
player during one season. The old
mark of 135 points was set by Jake
Townsend back in 1938. The new
record is over a period of 15 games
while Townsend's mark was during
a 12-game season.
Oosterbaan will lose only Capt. Bill
Cartmill, Bob Antle, a reserve who
saw much action during the latter
part of the season, and Don Holman,
who sparked the team during the
last six games of the campaign.
Returning will be Mandler, Leo'
Doyle, a classy ball-handler, Mel
Comin, as good a shot as anybody on
the team, Gibert, who was kayoed by
old man ineligibility before the sea-
son was over, Morrie Bikoff, a sopho-
more good at either guard or forward
who was plagued by injuries all sea-
son long, Bill MacConnachie, a husky
sophomore guard, and Bob Shemky,
a rangy forward.
With one year's experience behind
them, the sophomores should be im-
proved, and with Mandler, Doyle,
and Comin forming the nucleus of an
experienced squad, bigger and better
things should be in store for the Wol-
verine cagers next season.

Powerful Buckeye Track Team
Favored II Confere1nce
y BOB STAHL to keep his laurels this year, alti
Down at Yost Field House, on the he will face some very capable
track team's bulletin board, is a clip- sition, including Michigan's
ping .-from a Detroit paper of 1935, Matthews and Rehberg of Il
in which is related a very interesting who defeated the Hoosier ace i
account of how the Michigan cinder Boston A. A. meet's half-mile
squad of that year came from be- earlier in the season.
hind in the Western Conference out- Kane's biggest threat in the
door meet to sweep to another Big run will come from his own t
Ten track title by erasing a tremen- mates, Earl Mitchell and Paul
dous lead which Ohio State had es- dall. In the two-mile run, Mit
tablished in the first events of the the Hoosier sophomore, appea
day. hold the top hand, with Illinois
Led by the great Jesse Owens, who Dunn expected to force him t
in that meet established three world limit.
records, tied another, and set new
Big Ten marks in four events, the
Buckeyes were making the most con-
certed attempt in their history to
capture their first Western Confer-;fA
ence track crown. It was the Wolver- :y
ines who' foiled them on that day ..
back in 1935,6[
Wright Paces Buckeyes
This year, for the first time since
then, the Ohio State team is making
another concerted attempt to win a
Conference meet. Paced by their
sensational hurdler and dash star,
Bob Wright, the Buckeyes are out v '(X
to do willful mayhem on any other
team in the Conference who threat-
ens their bid. And, from the looks
of things, it's going to take plenty
of history's repeating itself for the C
Wolverines, or any other track squad,
to foil Ohio State's designs in the
Big Ten meet at Chicago this Friday $
and Saturday.
With very probable points in every
event on the card, the Buckeyes are
favored by almost every fan who at-
tempts to dope .the meet. In fact, THE DOWNTOWN
the biggest contest will probably
come in the fight for second place,
with Illinois expected to be battling
tooth-and-nail with the Wolverines
for the runner-up spot.
Hammond In Sprints
Ohio State holds most of its power W9e Serve
in the sprints and hurdles, with
Ralph Hammond picked to take the 30O SOUT
60-yard dash and Wright getting
the nod in both hurdle events. Com-
petition is expected to be a little - -
closer in the middle distance races,
however, with the points probably
being more widespread.
Bob Ufer, ace Wolverine quarter-
miler, is almost a certainty to gain
a first place for Michigan in the
440-yard run. With a best time to
date of 48.8 seconds, the wing-footed
Ufer is at least two seconds better
than his closest competitor, who will
probably be Illinois' outstanding
sophomore, Bob Rehberg.
Campbell Kane, present Big Ten
half-mile and'mile king, is expected




hopes of getting back in the win col-
umn at the expense of the hapless
They won in Chicago and then re-
turned home and beat the Chicago-
ans again on the Yost Field House
court. Michigan ended the season last
Monday night by playing its best


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