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Thinclads Seek Conference


Today; Sextet Gains



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r * Thitinclads Have Chance
t Optimistic Prediction
Daily Sports Editor
* * * *
FRANKLY this is going to be an optimistic column. Nothing short of un-
bounded optimism could prompt a prediction that Michigan will win the
Conference Indoor Track crown in the face of near-unanimous opinion that
Ohio State will grab the title with a margin over the Wolverines of from four
to 20 points.
This done-sheet, however-like most paper predictions-has a quali-
fication, an IF clause, neatly wrapped up in a 190-pound bundle of in-
jured track talent, Frank McCarthy. IF the versatile junior ace has
sufficiently recovered from his hip injury to go at near-peak effective-'
ness-and there are heartening indications that he has, although there
is only one place where it will be concretely proven or disproven-the
Wolverines have a chance in our book.
AS ALWAYS, the intangible factors, the unpredictables such as spirit, cour-
age, and will to win all are bound to play a vital role in crowning the
eventual champion. They have won tight meets before for Michigan, and
they cannot be discounted in this one.
The following predictions, without McCarthy, give the power-laden
Buckeyes a four-point margin, 40-36, over the Wolverines, with Illinois'
sophomore-studded cinder crew third with a total of 32. If McCarthy does
compete and performs well a 42-38 Michigan victory is in sight with the
Illini dropping a point to 31.
60-Yard Dash-1. Farmer (Iowa) 2. Thomas (Michigan; 3. Hammond
(Ohio); 4. Piel (Michigan: (5). Wright (Ohio.) Thomas beat Hammond
in last year's indoor meet, while Piel has also defeated him. Piel, h'owever,
has been bothered by a leg injury and has competed only once in the current
indoor campaign. Watch a third Wolverine ace, sophomore Len Alkon, for
a dark horse spot.
440-Yard Dash-1. Ufer (Michigan); 2. Rehberg (Illinois); 3. Owen
(Ohio); 4. Collins (Ohio); 5. Price (Indiana). A new World's record is
definitely within range of Ufer's piston legs. There is some doubt about
which two events Rehberg will enter. Concensus of opinin says it will be
this and the 880.
880-Yard Dash-1. Kane (Indiana); 2. Matthews (Michigan); 3. Ken-
dall (Indiana); 4. Rehberg (Illinois); 5. Roxborough (Michigan). Kane is
not in top shape. If he is pressed very hard in the mile, Matthews may edge
him for first. Yates of Ohio is a very strong threat to place, and it is Rox-
borough's job to keen him out.
Mile Run-1. Kane (Indiana): 2. Mitchell (Indiana); 3. Kendall (Indi-
ana); 4. Seib (Illinois); 5. Ingersoll (Michigan). The trio of Hoosier aces
can end this any way they want, unless Rehberg does enter. Ingersoll has a
good chance for a berth since Gill of Minnesota is injured and will not run.
Keep an eye on Ackerman and Glas of Michigan for a possible surprise.
Two-Mile Run-1. Mitchell (Indiaia): 2. Gladding (Illinois); 3. Leon-
ardi (Michigan); 4. Dunn (Illinois); 5. Kiracofe (Ohio). The last three will
be almost a tossup with McKean of Michigan also in close.
70-Yard Low Hurdles-i. Wright (Ohio); 2. Thomas (Michigan); 3. 01-
sen (Illinois); 4. Pinney (Michigan); 5. Vollenweider (Iowa). Two im-
portant places at stake here with inches probably deciding the berths. Thom-
as must beat Olsen and Pinney, bothered by a foot injury, must place to keep
Michigan in the race.
70'Yard High Hurdles-. Wright (Ohio); 2. Olsen (Illinois); 3. Vollen-
weider (Iowa): 4. Hoeflinger (Ohio): 5. Kron (Purdue). If McCarthy is in
shape, give him a third and shove the other two men down. Byerly of Michi-
gan also may equal Kron-
Shot Put-1. Beirle (Wisconsin); 2. Fitch (Minnesota); 3. Simmons
(Ohio): 4. Ostroot (Michigan); 5. Hirsch (Michigan). Possibly Ostroot will
do much better, for he is potentially capable, and Simmons, an uninspired
performer. may very easily fail to place as high.
Pole Vault-1. Defield (Minnesota); 2. Williams (Wisconsin); 3. tie
among Kincheloe (Chicago), Segula (Michigan), and Anderson (Wisconsin).
An injury to Schmidt, Ohio State ace who was definitely a third place win-i
ner, throws the bottom places wide open. Segula has vaulted well in prac-
tice recently, while Kinheloe, possibly a better performer, has been troubled]
by an injured leg muscle.
Broad Jump-1. Farmer (Iowa): 2. Dupre (Ohio); 3. Lewis (Illinois); 4.
Gould (Illinois); 5. McFadzean (Wisconsin). Again McCarthy, if okay,+
should grab a place here. Give him fifth if he competes. Also watch Michi-
gan's Roosevelt Stiger, who may edge McFadzean.'
High Jump--1. Hoeflinger (Ohio); 2. Edwards (Illinois); 3. tie amongl
Smith (Northwestern), Crable (Ohio), and Starck (Illinois). McCarthyi
Icould take a third, but would have to be in top shape. Otherwise let this?
other trio tie and take two points apiece.l
Mile Relay-1. Michigan: 2. Ohio; 3. Purdue; 4. Minnesota; 5. Indiana.
Michigan's time is three seconds faster than the Bucks.. But if the meet de-l
pends on the outcome, watch for a torrid finish.

Ohio State Picked Over
Wolverines AtChicago

Michigan's Strength
May Aid Team To
(Continued from Page 1)

In Sprints,
Upset Win

Middle Distances
Over Buckeyes

angles as far as the Wolverines are
concerned. The high-scoring thin-
clad, who majors in the high hurdles,
the high jump, and the broad jump,
sustained a severe contusion of the

looms as a very important factor in
the Michigan cause. Kane has yeti
to approximate anything like his
form of last season when he ran
rough-shod over all competition and
if the Hoosier ace is not in top con-
dition by tonight, there is every pos-
sibility that Wolverine Dave Mat-
thews might beat Kane to the tape.
Michigan Strong In Sprints
Especially strong in the sprints and
middle distances, Michigan expects
to pick up most of its points in the
track events up through the 880. The
Wolverines are weak in the distance
runs, but a crop of newcomers, es-
pecially Ernie Leonardi, John Inger-
soll, and Willis Glas, are possible
point winners, along with veterans
Will Ackerman and John McKean.
In the field events Michigan's
strength is thin, but possible point
winners can be found on every side.
McCarthy in the high jump and
broad jump, Bob Segula in the pole
vault, and George Ostroot and Gene
Hirsch in the shot put are all po-
tential additions to the Wolverine
total of points.
Traveling Squad
The following members of the thin-
clad squad will make the trip to Chi-
cago: Ackerman, Len Alkon, Bud1
Byerly, Chuck Donahey, Glas, John-
ny Kautz, Ingersoll, Joe Lahey, Mat-
thews, Mc Car thy, Buel Morley,
George Petterson, Capt. Al Piel,
Chuck Pinney, John Roxborough,
Roosevelt Stiger, Al Thomas, Bob
Ufer, and Jim Sears.
Also in the traveling team are:
Leonardi, McKean, Segula, Ostroot,
Hirsch, and Hank Schmidt.

I-M Tourneys
Reach Playoffs
Four New Tournaments
Begin; Open House Set
March, along with its bitter winds,
brings the biggest Intramural pro-
gram of the year, In addition to
Open House Day this month will
see completed some 40 tourneys.
Already in the fraternity 'A' bas-
ketball league playoffs half the teams
have been eliminated and only four
teams remain. Tuesday night Sig-
ma Phi Epsilon defeated Chi Phi,
24-13, Phi Gamma Delta barely edged
out Acacia, 16-14, and Kappa Nu
conquered Zeta Beta Tau by a 19-151
score. The fourth remaining con-
tender, the Dekes, eliminated Sigma
Alpha Mu several nights earlier while
the Kappa Nus, one of two teams
failing to draw first-round byes, was
disposing of Phi Kappa Psi, 23-17.
In the independent basketball
league, playoffs are about to start
with four section winners already
qualified and a fifth soon to be deter-
The problem of entries is still
bothering the I-M Department. In
fact it is becoming acute. Several
all-campus tourneys still lack suffi-
cient entries to get underway. Thel
data on these events is as follows:
Handball Doubles entries will be
accepted up to Monday noon. Play
starts on that afternoon.
Paddleball entries are far below
normal. Entries are being accepted
for a limited time.
Tennis play starts on Sunday. En-
tries may be turned in through Sat-
Badminton entries must be in by
Saturday noon as play starts on the
same afternoon.
Twenty-One entries are still need-
ed before play can start. Entries
should be handed in immediately, as
play must get underway within the
next four days.

Pucksters Win Glory lin 2-2
Deadlock With Michigan Tech.

(Continued from Page 1)
alty was handed out (Collins, 5:28),
both teams holding back waiting for
a break.
Michigan got started early in the
second frame, and kept much of the
play inside the Tech blue line. Bill
Dance finally broke the scoreless tie
at 9:37, taking a fine pass from the
side off the stick of Collins. Four
minutes later. Meyer came out to
make a remarkable save after Bob
Kemp had skated in all alone.
Captain Petaja tied up the game
Maybe Saturday . . .
Michigan (2) Pos. Mich. Tech (2)
Loud G Meyer
Gillis RD Mars
Reichert LD Beebe
Bahrych C Wilson
Kemp RW Kellow
Bradley LW Petaja (c)
Michigan Spares: Collins, Corson,
Hillman, Dance and Forsythe.
Michigan Tech Spares: Robil-
lard, Cronenworth, Thornton, Lyford,
Crandall and Dorffi.
Scoring: none.
Penalty: Collins.
Scoring: (i) Michigan : Dance
(Collins), 9:37. (2) Michigan Tech:
Petaja (unassisted), 18:24.
Penalties: none.
Scoring: (3) Michigan Tech: Dorf-
fi (Mars), 5:52. (4) Michigan: Cor-
son (Dance) 16:50.
Penalty: Petaja.
Scoring: none.
Penalties: Gillis (2), Wilson.

late in the period (18:24), going in
all alone anct catching Loud off
guard. Michigan 1, Tech 1.
Sloppy stick-handling kept the
Wolverines from countering early in
the third period. Max Bahrych's of-
fensive play was the only glad spot
in the opening minutes. Dorffi put
the visitors in the lead after taking
a pass from teammate Arnie Mars
Behind, the Wolverines started
scrapping harder, and at 16:50, John
Corson slapped the puck into the
nets to give the Maize and Blue squad
new life. Dance received an assist.
The period ended with Kemp being
robbed of a possible winning marker
by Meyer again.
In the ten-minute overtime period,
Michigan was a man short for four
minutes, but Tech couldn't capitalize
on its advantage, and the battle
ended in a 2-2 tie.
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hip in the Pitt meet last Friday and
since then has been unable to work
out. If McCarthy is sufficiently re-
covered to compete at his peak form
this weekend, the Wolverines can
pick up at least six more points which
the pre-meet predicters did not take
into consideration.
Indiana's Campbell Kane, pre sent
Big Ten mile and half-mile king, also
Hase ball Tea in
Lacks Veteran
Mound Corps
If the old saying that "pitching is
,ninety percent of the game" means
anything, the Wolverine baseball
team's chances of retaining the Big
Ten crown are very slight.
For the first time in 22 years, Mich-
igan is starting its spring seasoni
without a returning pitcher. Coach
Ray Fisher was counting on at least
two of his last season's hurlers to
head this year's mound staff, but the
present war crisis has ruled those
plans out.
Cliff Wise and Lefty Muir, the two
players Fisher expected back, have-
n't returned to school. Wise is now
employed in a defense plant in Jack-
son, and Muir has enrolled in Medi-
cal school. Many college baseball ex-
perts considered Wise to be one of
the most promising, pitchers in the
Big Ten. The sophomore star was
the backbone of Michigan's cham-
pionship mound staff while having
one of the best records in the Con-
Local fans thought last year that
Mickey Stoddard would be Fisher's
number one pitcher, but Cliff's daz-
zling speed soon made him the most
respected hurler on the squad.
Muir was a very average pitcher
when the Wolverines opened their
1941 season and was supposed to be
used only as a relief hurler. The big
left hander learned fast under Michi-
gan's capable coach, however, and
won four games as a starting pitcher
before the season was over.
Right now Fisher has over thirty-
five pitchers working out daily in the
Yost Field House, very few of whom
have had any experience other than
high school ball.
It will be a tremendous job for
Fisher, who is an ex-big league pitch-
er himself, but after the excellent job
he did with Wise and Muir last year,
it won't surprise anybody if Michi-
gan has a couple of first class hurl-
ers by the time the umpire yells,
"play ball."_

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ngut's 'Ugly Duckling' Surprises
Sophomore Tankman Improves
Under Wing Of Famed Mentor


"He was the worst swimmer when
he came up here last year."
So says Matt Mann, the Wolver-
ines' renowned coach, of Walter Van
Stewart, the consistent quarter miler
of the Varsity swimming team. He
had a terrible stroke, lie couldn't
turn with any speed, and he didn't
even look like a swimmer when bhe
entered Michigan. With all the cards
stacked against him, a bystander
would ask what Mann saw in this
California boy to warrant a berth on
the frosh squad last year? The an-
swer is given by the times he regis-
tered as a freshman in pre-season
Stewart Develops Fast
After a year under Matt Mann's
tutelage Walt developed into a sure
second or third place winner in the
440 yard freestyle. Swimming in the
second slot behind Michigan's John
Patten he hasn't received much at-
tention due to the sensational per-
formances of Patten. While Patten
has been breaking numerous records
in the event, Walt has been covering
the distance in an average time of
5:02. These times stamp Stewart as
one of the leading "440" men in the
Big Ten. He can be compared in
the same class with Patten and Jack
Ryan of Ohio State.
Today, Walt is in the best condi-
tion of his career and Matt feels that
Ryan will be in for plenty of trouble
to take a sec.ond place behind John
Patten in the Big Ten conference
INigh School Star
Stewart travels a great distance
from San Diego, Calif., to attend
Michigan. As a high school swimmer
he swam in the 220 yard freestyle

and the individual medley, one of the
most gruelling races in the book for
a young swimmer.
Watching him {ompete in recent
meets it doesn't seem that he is a
good swimmer because a comparison
is unconsciously made with swim-
mers like Gus Sharemet and Patten.
His improvement is apparent only to
close observers of the tank squad.
Of course there is room for plenty
more improvement according to Matt.
With two more years of competition
before him it is quite possible that
there will be more speed developed
out of this California boy.
** *
With a little more than a week
left before the Big Ten swimming
meet here in Ann Arbor, the Wolver-
ines have only one dual meet left be-
fore the all-important conference
spectacle. Tomorrow night, the tank-
sters invade Minneapolis to swim the
Minnesota Gophers. The Gophers
are not reputed to be too tough, but
this season they boast the best dual
meet record in 15 years with six
wins and one loss, losing only to
the Buckeyes by the overwhelming
score of 60 to 24.
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Mat Squad's Marvin Becker
Looms As Conference Winner

Of course this kid making his Var-
sity wrestling debut couldn't possibly
defeat the enemy team's captain. Be-
cause their leader was their best man
and this team was a very tough Penn
State outfit.
So Mary Becker went out and the
best he could hope for was a moral
victory by putting up a good show.
Mary won the match, 13-8. He won
it going away.
As a matter of fact his perform-
ance turned out to be the theme of
his season's work in dual meets. In
three more matches at his regular
155-pound weight he tamed two more
team captains and one other, unti-
tled adversary.
Becker Is Unparalleled
No. Mary is not undefeated. He
spotted a very tough cookie 15 pounds
or so in the Michigan State meet and
another gent 10 pounds against Find-
lay, and even the way he fights for
nine straight minutes at a pace
which is stronger at the finish than
at the start, even that couldn't match
the strength advantage of his oppo-
nents. But in his own 155-pound

High, where, after dropping his first
two competitive matches in his jun-
ior year, he swept through the suc-
ceeding matches of that and his
senior season and racked up an octet
of straight triumphs,
No Favorite Method
Mary's high school coach came
from Ray Dean's home town in Iowa.
Cliff Keen is one of those fabulous
Oklahoma A&M-ers. Which may ex-
plain why the Varsity 155-pounder's
style is not a too sharply defined
one, smacking of one particular
school of mat lore. He has, appar-
ently, no favorite method of attack
and' no choice holds. He is, in fact,
not overly classy looking in action,
But he has that one thing that no
coach can give to a guy if he doesn't
have it and without which the classi-
est mat technician becomes a lemon
when the going gets rough.
There are those who favor Ted
Seabrook of Illinois to cop the Con-
ference 155-pound title on March 14.
Others say Mary has a good chance.
Now we've never seen Seabrook in
action, but we've watched our boy
more than somewhat.I


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