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Team Aims At Fourth Consecutive

Big Ten Crown


Grapple Squad
In Conference
Boilermakers Given Edge;
Deane And Kopel Rate
Change To Take Titles
Yesterday we gave you a quickie on
where the team strength in this
week-end's Big Ten mat tourney is to
be found. Today starts a concise con-
sideration of the lads who will be bar-
arming and cross-facing it out for
the individual titles. There's room
here to get a look at half the field,
the rest follows tomorrow.
In the 121 pound weight there are
two good boys, and one of them is
better. Purdue's Mickey McDonald
isn't Conference champ yet, but that's
only because the tournament has not
been run off. This is of course only
on paper and because Mickey did a
very neat job in copping the Midwest
A.A.U. title last December.
Kopel Getting Primed
Roy Pickett of Iowa and our own
Dick Kopel however do not accept
all this guff about McDonald being
invincible. Pickett is undefeated this
season and Dick has been recovering
in the past few days his midseason
fire and class and is daily getting
increasingly primed for big doings
Friday and Saturday in Chicago.
One class up, at 128 pounds, it
again looks like Purdue. It is not
strange that Casey Fredericks is the
Boilermaker captain. After three
years of competition he has yet to
lose his first varsity match. Russ Mil-
lei of Iowa is also a very potent look-
ing number in this bracket.
The lightweight class is going to
put on one mad scramble. Iowa's Loy
Julius is last year's 128 pound Con-
ference champ and he would be high-
ly -ldkt' t~i except that he now
sports a bunged up knee which has
caused hini to d'op his last two
matches. If Loy gets himself patched
up in time he's going to be tough to
beat, but even then Ohio State's Joe
Stoia;,- the 'high-riding Illini's Alex
A1ia and our own suddenly rejuven-
ated Ray Deane are going to have a
lot to say in the playoffs.
Welterweight Division
If the 136 pound division is a
scramble the welterweight one is a
just plain muddle. Nobody knows for
siire just how go who js.. Bob Britt
of Purdue is recognized as a distinct
toughie. So is our own rapidly rising
Johnny Johnson.
4d Kemp of Iowa has a high rating
among the connoisseurs of the mat
sport and still retains it even after
being pinned by an upstart Illinois
sophomore name of Rolly Rayburn.
The time of this incredulous fall
was a very curt 1:65, which may in-
dicate that something freakish was
Involved which Mr. Kemp is not likely
to let recur in the big show this week-
end. And then finally there's Min-
nesota's George Culbertson, who took1
second in the National Collegiates
two years ago and will attempt to'
demonstrate in the Big Tens that he
has not lost the touch.]


Present Records Sure'To Fall
At Conference Swimming Meet

Michigan's heavily-favored swim-
ming team may break as many as five
Big Ten records, and appears almost
certain of cracking at least three,
when it defends its Western Confer-
ence title in the Sports Building Pool
Friday and Saturday.
The Wolverines, who will be aiming
for their fourth consecutive Confer-
ence crown, have *already bettered
three of the existing marks in dual

ten. The junior distance ace has al-
ready been clocked under the Big
Ten 220 yard freestyle mark of 2:13.6,
established by Wolverine Tom Haynie
in 1938, four times in competition this
season. To date his best time is 2:11.7,
and he is expected to once again bet-
ter the record in the finals Satur-
day night.
But the other two standards that
Michigan is conceded a chance to
smash may still be intact when the
final count is taken Saturday night.
Big Gus Sharemet, the handsome
Wolverine freestyle star, will be one
of the key figures in the attempt to
erase these marks. National breast-
stroke champion Jim Skinner will be
the other.
Gusto Out For Record
The'Great Gusto will try to crack
his own record of 52.1 for the 100
yard freestyle which he set two years
ago. Against Yale °he did 52.2. At
other times this season he has been
as high as 54.6. But if his smooth
stroke is under control Saturday
night, Sharemet has a better than
even chance of obliterating his own
Conference record.
Skinner, on the other hand, will be
seeking to crack a mark that has
stood since 1936-the 200 yard
breaststroke record of 2:23.9 which
was established by another Wolver-
ine, Jack Kasley.
To date this year; Skinner's best
time has been 2:26.8. But last season
the Maize and Blue star unofficially
smashed every existing record when
he streaked the distance in the light-
ning time of 2:21.8. And on one
other occasion he bettered Kasley's
mark. Saturday night he may do it

Baseball Team
To Take Usual
Southern Trip
Wolverines Schedule Four
Games In South; Cancel
Series With California
Despite the University's revised
academic calendar eliminating spring
vacation, the Michigan baseball team
will make its annual Southern trip
again this year, Coach Ray Fisher
announced yesterday.
In their jaunt south the Wolver-
ines will be limited to a four-game
schedule which includes Navy, Mary-
land, Virginia and Georgetown.
"I would have liked to have ar-
ranged for double the number of


E'IN W FO I O illl
0 ew Thinclad Sensation
0 Uf er Does It Again
Daily Sports Editor
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... may help medley relay team
set a new record in Big Ten meet
here Saturday.
meet competition this year. But since
the records have to be smashed in
the championship meet, the perfor-
mances of the Maize and Blue tank-
ers cannot yet be listed in the official
Only one Big Ten standard does
not belong to Michigan. The lone
exception i the 300 yard medley re-
lay mark of 2:56.8 established by
Ohio State in 1939.
But, if past performances present
an adequate basis of conjecture, the
Wolverines will shove the Buckeye
record by the boards this Saturday
night. This season, Michigan has
chalked up a 2:55.6 time in the event;
and with Dick Riedl, John Sharemet
and Gus Sharemet out to better it,
the Scarlet and Gray mermen will
likely find themselves minus one, Big
Ten record.
Relay Mark May Fall
Two years ago a crack Michigan
freestyle quartet set the existing Con-
ference 400 yard freestyle relay mark
of 3:32.4. This year, a Maize and
Blue relay team composed of Capt.
Dobby Burton, Lou Kivi, Jack Patten
and Gus Sharemet was clocked in
3:29.4, against Yale. Coach Matt
Mann will send the same crew, with
the exception of Bob West for Pat-
ten, after a new standard Saturday
night, and if the Wolverines can
paddle as fast as they did in the ill-
fated Yale meet, a new mark will be
in the books to stay.
Other record - breaking honors,
however, are being reserved for Pat-

Tigers Anni-ounce
Probable Batting
Order For Season
LAKELAND, Fla., March 10.-(A1)-
While talk of a possible player deal
between the Detroit Tigers and
Washington Senators died down to-
day, Manager Del Baker turned his
attention to selection of a batting
lineup for the Tigers' first Grape-
fruit League game here Friday with
the St. Louis Cardinals.
Allowing for last minute substitu-
tions, it appeared that this might be
the Detroit batting order not only,
for the exhibition series but for thej
American League season :
Billy Hitchcock, ss, or Jimmy
Bloodworth, 2b.
Roger Cramer, of
Barney McCosky, If
Rudy York or Rip Radcliff, l1
Pinky Higgins, 3bj
Don Ross or Bob Patrick. rf
Hitchcock or Bloodworth
Birdie Tebbetts, c
Paul Trout and Hal Newhouser, p
(for Friday's game).
If Baker follows this plan, there
would be four new Tigers in the line-
up in Hitchcock, Bloodworth, Cramer
and the right fielder, Patrick or Ross.
Providing York agrees to salary
terms, the Tigers would have the
same power hitting trio of McCosky,
York and Higgins in the center of
the lineup.-
But York still had not signed his
contract, along with holdouts Bobo
Newsom, Johnny Gorsica, Luther
Thomas and Billy Sullivan, although
the first sacker participated in a long
practice session today in preparation
for the final intrasquad game to-
morrow between teams headed by
coaches Charley Gehringer and Mer-
vyn Shea. The other four holdouts
are absentees.

games that we now have, but the
boys can't afford to miss that .much
school," Fisher pointed out.%
"There are quite a few Southern
schools that Michigan has built up
a rather colorful rivalry with, but the
elimination of the spring vacation
makes it necessary to have to forget
about .them for awhile."
Aside from a shortened spring pro-
gram the Varsity will be' able to play
its regular number of games with
Big Ten and other Midwestern
The California-Wolverine series,
which usually ends the season, will
not be played because the Bears can
not be in Ann Arbor until a week after
the second semester ends.
Michigan had the rare fortune last
year of not having a single game
called off on account of improper
weather conditions. According to
Fisher, that's the first time in 22
years with the Wolverines that his
teams have been able to play every
scheduled game.


'HIS isn't the Point With Pride or View With Alarm department. You'll
find that back on page four, But just this once we'd like to take excep-
tion to current opinion in some New York athletic circles and chip in with
a little argument.
A fellow named Gil Dodds-slim, wiry, bespectacled, and a Divinity
student all rolled up in 135-pounds of running talent-is the latest
sensation on the board tracks in the East. He pushed Greg Rice to
an 8:53.7 clocking in the two mile run a couple weeks back, the second
fastest ever run. Then last week he edged NYU's Les MacMitchell in
the fourth fastest mile in history, 4:08.7.
'[HIS, from a track unknown, was cnoi'h to seid the New York journal-
ists scurrying for the files. They came up with a story to the effect
that one windy day last autumn the 23-year-old proacher's son from Falls
City, Nebraska, presented himself to Jack Ryder, cinder coach of Boston
College, with little more background than a burning ambition to run and
a correspondence course via Uncle Sam's postal service on "How to Run."
Which sounds fine-- -but strays from the straight and true more than a little.
On the face of what has thus far been piresented, the moral might
be to stock up with three-cent stamps and just start in pounding the
cinders. But investigation a little deeper than the metropolitan journ-
alists care to indulge in-for that would weaken their story--shows that
Dodds merely had some technical correspondence with a fellow Nebras-
kan, Lloyd hahn, and that he has had considerable track background
before surprising the East. So much background, in fact, that lie was
a national champion.
1IICHIGAN'S German professor, Phil Diamond, watched Gil win the Na-
tional Collegiate cross-country run up in East Lansing last fall. And
he had to out-distance some pretty fair runners to do it. Earl Mitchell,
for instance, who easily nabbed the Western Conference two-mile crown
last weekend.
Dodds is good, sure, amazingly good. But all the type and ink
in the world couldn't make him the runner lie is today. He had o back
up his natural talent with plenty of work, training, conditioning and
he had to acquire finesse, pace and experience. His running talent
definitely was not born overnight out of a mail-course method.
And just what does this prove? Perhaps an anti-climactical moral will
suffice: don't believe half you read in the newspapers, and discount 90 per
cent of the resty,.
SPORTS HASH: In a practice match the other day Michigan's Western
Conference championship tennis team lost a 5-4 decision to a crew of
Detroit stars led by Gene Russell, Michigan State titlist, Jim Tobin, last
year's Wolverine captain, and other net standouts,
WORLD CHAMPION Bob Ufer, newly crowned, came within three-tenths
of a second of shattering another world record yesterday in Wolverine
time trials . . . he powered his way 600 yards around the Michigan track
in 1:11.1, which approaches Jimmy Herbert's mark of 1:10.8 made under
stiff competition . . . Ufer's clocking is a new Varsity, and Field House
record, bettering Warren Breidenbach's former standard of 1:12.2.

Frosh Hockey
Squad Downs
One of the finest freshman hockey
teams in Michigan history handed a
surprised varsity a 7-5 licking at the
Coliseum last night. Paced by the
brilliant kid line of Jack Hobbs. Will
Ahonen, and Bob Opland. the year-
ling team held the lead throughout
the game, with the exception of a
few minutes in the second period,
and took a well-earned victory.
Play started slowly and it wasn't
until after the turn of the first pe-
riod at 13:05 that Ahonen banged
in a 20 footer to set the yearlings in
the lead. Hardly giving the varsity
,time to recover, Hobbs followed this
shot up with a sizzling poke into the
left corner of the net at 14:16.
Reichert Scores
Then two minutes later just as it
was beginning to look like a bad
night for the upperclassmen Rudy
Reichert took advantage of a struggle
for the puck in front of the net to
send it bouncing into the net for the
final score of the period.
The first half of the second period
saw the varsity play its best of the
evening. At 6:00 Bob Kemp grabbed
the puck in a mixup and rammed it
home. 'Max Bahrych followed this
up 45 seconds later with a goal un-
assisted. A couple of minutes later
after the frosh had powered their
way down the ice, Bahrych inter-
cepted the puck and the senior line
raced the length of the ice and passed
through the helpless defensemen to
score, Bahrych from Reichert, at
Yearlings Take Over
From then on it was all yearling.
Opland scored on a pass from Aho-
nen at 12:08. At 14:24 Ahonen out-
guessed Hank Loud to score unassis-
ted. Opland also soloed three minutes
later Leading 5-4 at the beginning
of the third period, the frosh kept up
their pace as Hobbs sent two shots
in the net on passes from Opland,
the second as pretty as has ever
been seen on Coliseum ice. Bob Col-
lins, who played a hard game all
evening, then sent in a final marker
assisted by Johnny Corson as the
varsity fought in vain to close the
Following the game Coach Lowrey
named the traveling squad which
will leave this afternoon for the final
two games of the season with Illi-
nois. They are Capt. Paul Goldsmith
(unable to play in last night's game),
Johnny Gillis, Kemp, Bahrych, Rei-
chert, Bill Dance, Loud, Collins, Roy
Bradley, and Corson.

* * w


May .

1 15-Navy at Annapolis, Md.
116-Maryl'd at College Pk, Md.
I 17-Virginia at Charlottesville,
1 18-Georgetown at Wash'gton.
l 21-Western Michigan at Kal-
1 24, 25-Purdue at Ann Arbor.
27-Mich. Normal at Ypsilanti.
[28-Mich. State at Ann Arbor.
1 29-Notre Dame at Ann Arbor.
1, 2-Indiana at Bloomington.
4-Notre Dame at South Bend.
5-West'n Mich. at Ann Arbor.
8, 9-Northwest'n at Ann Arbor.
11-Michigan Normal at Ann
12-Wayne at Detroit.
15, 16-Illinois at Champaign.
18-Chicago at Chicago (Dou-
28-Mich. State at E. Lansing.
29, 30 - Ohio State at Ann


Trakmen Seek linth Straight
Title At Butler Relays Saturday

Unsuccessful in its attempt to re-
capture the Western Conference in-
door track titl at Chicago last week-
end, the Wolverine thinclad crew will
set out for Indianapolis Friday to
compete in the famous Butler Relays
in an attempt to win its ninth con-
secutive crown in the annual mid-
western track carnival.
With such powerhouse aggrega-
tions as Ohio State, new Big Ten in-
door champion, and Notre Dame en-
tered in the meet, the Wolverines are
conceded only a very slight chance
of bringing the cup back to Ann Ar-
bor. Despite their victory in the
Western Conference meet, the Buck-
eyes are rated slightly beneath the
Irish as favorites to cop the title.
Wolverine Chances
But if the results of last year's But-
ler Relays can be taken as any sdrt of
criterion, the Wolverines' chances
might be much greater than they ap-
pear on paper. For last year, too, the
Wolverines had been nosed out of the
Big Ten meet, that time by Indiana,
and went to Butler in the role of un-
derdog to the Hoosiers' power-stack-
ed squad.
Running second to Indiana up un-
til the final event of the night, the
mile relay, the Wolverines put one of
the best baton-passing crews in their
history into that race in a final des-
perate effort to overtake the Hoos-
iers' lead. Paced by Warren Breiden-
. . - . ,. f _- __

But with the Buckeyes and the Irish
taking points away from each other,
Michigan might edge its way up be-
tween the two favorites and eke out
another win.
And if, as last year, the ultimate
outcome of the meet depends on the
winner of the mile relay, the Wolver-
ines have just as good a chance of
coining through with a victory as
they had last year. For the present
Wolverine mile relay team has de-
feated both Ohio State and Notre
Dame in previous meets this year and
paced by Bobby Ufer, the new world
champion in the 440 yard run, the
Michigan baton-passers should be
able to hang up another win over
their two arch-rivals.
The Wolverines will compete
against many of the outstanding
track stars in the country at Butler,
including such record holders as
Buckeye Bob Wright in the high and
low hurdles, Hoosier Campbell Kane
in the half-mile and mile, Pitt's Bill
Carter and Ohio State's Ralph Ham-
mond in the 60 yard dash, and In-
diana's Earl Mitchell in the two-mile
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