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Elected 1943 Grid Captain;

Wistert Most



Paul Tops 'M' Scorers;,
Big Al Stages Comebackl
(Continued from Page 1)
the opening gun. By the time of the Northwestern tilt, however, he hit
his stride and continued to the final game.
The rise of Wistert was just as outstanding. "Ox" never played football
in high school but was captain of the baseball team and a member of the
track squad. On coming to Ann Arbor, however, he decided to point his
athletic abilities toward football as his brother, Francis "Whitey" Wistert,,
did. His brother was a Michigan All-American tackle in 1933 and Al fol-

Fitting Climax for the Ox

lowed his footsteps to the same honor
nine years later.
Starred As Sophomore
"Ox" found freshman ball to his
liking and showed great promise. As a
sophomore he was a national sensa-
tion at the regular left tackle spot for
Michigan. He has been in this spot
for the past three years. Wistert was
boomed for All-American honors as a
soph but barely missed.
in the 1941 season Al was the ob-
ject of a lot of harsh words. His play
slipped greatly from the standard
that he had set the year before. But
he was still good enough to hold his
position. At times Al even considered
quitting the squad, but he stuck the
season out.
Makes Great Comeback
Last summer he was determined to
make a comeback. He took a job
working in the open and, under the
hot sun he got in top shape so he
was ready to go when the Great Lakes
game rolled around. From that game
on he received the acclaim of all the
newsmen and sportscasters that saw
him play. The best games of his
Al "Ox" Wistert, yesterday voted
Michigan's most valuable player,
informed the Daily last night that
he intends to enter the sacred
bonds of matrimony Jan. 2, the day
after the annual East-West classic
in San Francisco.
The lucky gal is Miss Eleanor
Koenig, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
William Koenig of Glendale, Calif.
Al said that the wedding will take
place in Los Angeles.
career were against Notre Dame and
Iowa this year.
In those games he was all over the
field making tackles on both sides of
the line and clearing the way 3r
Wolverine backs with his vicccs
blocking on would-be tacklers. He Is
truly All-American calibre and his
mates could pick no better for te
Stars at Three Sports
White, nicknamed "Whizzer," was
one of the most versatile athletes
ever to graduate from River Rouge
High School as he earned 11 letters.
He was captain of his football team,
state hurdles champion in 1940, and
was named All-State guard for his
basketball play.
He is now enlisted in the Marine
Reserve and is expecting call in the
spring. He is majoring in physi d
education and plans to enter the
coaching field after the war.
Wistert was not on hand to receive
his honors as he was still in Chicago
where he received the "Wailing Wall"
award Monday night. Al is registered
for the draft and is expecting to be
called soon.
Boston 5, Detroit 2
Great Lakes 55, Milw'kew Teach. 36
The Interfraternity and Resi-
dence Hall swimming meet will be
held at a date to be announced in
the near future.
Earl Riskey,
Director of Intramural

.Players Vote
Otto Graham
BRest Opponent
When Michigan's gridders named
their All-Opponent team and the
most outstanding player whom they
faced this season, they differed great-
ly with the nation's sports writers on
one player. That player was Otto
Graham, sensational Northwestern
Graham has been overlooked by
most of the All-American selectors so
far this fall. He was ranked on a first
team in only one case-the Detroit
Free Press Big Ten team. But the
Wolverines recognized him for the
great athlete that he is.
Against Michigan he was always aj
threat. He kept the Wildcats in the!
battle by tossing two touchdown aer-
ials and completing 20 out of 29 tos-
No other player came close to Gra-
ham in the team's choices. Other
backs mentioned were Paul Sarring-
haus of Ohio State, Tom Farmer of
Iowa and. Bill Daley of Minnesota.
Played under Handicap
In most cases the Purple flash was
cited for honors because of his great
passing under extreme odds. The
Wolverines also mentioned the weak
defense that he had to contend with.
Sarringhaus was named because "his
fight contributed to our defeat to -a
considerable extent."
The Maize and Blue players did
not include players of the Service
teams on their All-Opponent team.
Ohio State placed the most men, four,
while Minnesota, Northwestern, Illi-
nois had two each.
The 1942 All-Opponent team:
End: Bob Shaw, Ohio State
Tackle: Dick Wildung, Minnesota
Guard: Lin Houston, Ohio State
Center: Bill Vickroy, Ohio State
Guard: Joe Pawlowski, Illinois
Tackle: Lou Rymkus, Notre Dame
End: Bob Motl, Northwestern
Quarterback: Ray Florek, Illinois
Halfback: Bill Daley, Minnesota
Halfback: Otto Graham, Northwestern
Fullback: Gene Fekete, Ohio State

. . three years one of the leading Maize and Blue gridders, his
moment of greatest glory came yesterday with the announcement that
his teamates had voted him the "most valuable player" on the Michigan
eleven this fall.
Basketball Offense to Be Built
around Captain Jim Mandler

London A.C. to
Face Michigan
in Ice Opener
Canadian Pucksters
to Test Green Team
A green but fighting Michigan
hockey team will pry the lid off its
1942-43 season Saturday night when
they play host to a London Athletic
Club sextet of Canada in a game
which should be the key to the Wol-
verine puck fortunes for the year.
Five letter winners, led by Captain
Hand Loud, are returning from last
year's team that won two, tied two,
and lost the remaining 14. Besides
Loud at goal the veterans include
three wings, Bill Dance, Bob Kemp,
and Roy Bradley, and one defense-
man, Ed "Black Rudy" Reichert.
Opland Returns
The war has given Coach Eddie
Lowrey his manpower problem too.
Two thirds of last year's freshman
"kid" line that Lowrey planned to
move up to the varsity intact, are in
the armed forces. Only Bob Opland
returned to school. "With these fresh-
men, Jack Hobbs, Wilf Ahonen, from
the kid line, and Dick Wenzel who's
also in the armed forces, we'd have
one of the best college teams in the
country," Lowrey said, "but I think
we've still got a pretty good team."
Lowrey is working with two dif-
ferent forward lines in an attempt to
give Michigan the scoring punch it
lacked in previous years, Opland, a
converted right wing, will be at center
on one, flanked by Bill Dance and
Bob Kemp, while Roy Bradley and
Jack Athens are at the wings on the
other line, with Roy Anderson at cen-
Loud Is Fixture
At defense Reichert, Fred Bryant,
and Bob Derleth, a football player,
seem to have the size and desire to
knock down all opponents who come
their way, and two of the threewill
probably start Saturday. Only cer-
tain starter, however, is Loud, who
has been a fixture in the Michigan
nets for the last two years.
The London squad will take on all
three Big Ten teams on this trip,
tangling with Illinois and Minnesota
after playing the Wolverines.
All-Star Baseball Game
Slated for Shibe Park
CHICAGO, Dec. 1.- UP)- The
Major Leagues set their 1943 All-Star
spectacle today for Philadelphia's
Shibe Park on Wednesday, July 7, and
wrestled with many other problems
including night baseball and the op-
eration of the Phils in the National
League next year.
The All-Star game will be played
again for baseball's "ball and bat"
fund for service men and will be the
American League's home game. Whe-
ther a second contest in the manner
of last year's clash with a team of
service stars at Cleveland would be
played was not yet known, the presi-
dents of the two Major Leagues said.

(Since boththelBenchcomber andI
the Cracker Barrel are sick in bed,
today's guest column is written by Dick
Simon, former member of the Daily
sports staff.)
Now that Michigan's 1942 football
season is history, we'd like to take
this opportunity to praise the work
of three of the many men behind the
success of the Wolverine gridders-
Clarence "Biggie" Munn, line coach,
Bennie Oosterbaan, end coach, and
Capt. George Ceithaml.
When fall practice rolled around
early in September, "Biggie" Munn
had to find two ends and a tackle
to fill the holes left by graduation,
and this was no easy task. To com-
plicate matters more, Cecil Bovee,
one of the most promising sopho-
more ends to come to Michigan in
quite a long time, suffered a dislo-
Scated shoulder the second day of
practice and was lost for the sea-
Munn's development of Bill Pritula,
a center, into a first string tackle
was a stroke of genius, and the husky
junior played almost sixty minutes of
every contest. At guard, Munn nursed
Walt Freihofer, a converted end, from
the middle of ,spring training, and
again it paid off. For Freihofer was
able to relieve Bob Kolesar who was
able to practice only a short time
for three times a week, because of
his medical school work.
The end situation looked far
from rosy with Bovee out, but
Oosterbaan, a great handler of
flankmen, took Phil Sjiarpe and El-
mer Madar in hand and the results
speak for themselves. Sharpe,
though no star, played a steady

game throughout the season and
was on the receiving end of 11
passes good for a gain of 164 yards.
With Madar, changed over from
quarterback, at the other end spot,
Coach Fritz Crisler was able to work
the end around play with some degree
of success for the first time in two
years. Madar's rapid development, in
particular, was through the expert
coacliing of the genial Bennie who
did his best to teach the tricks of the
trade to both Sharpe and the 170-
pound Madar.
Ceithaml's choice as quarterback
on the all-conference team this
year was a fitting climax to his
brilliant career as field general and
captain of the Wolverine forces.
Cy was a natural leader and we
personally feel that if the big Chi-
cago boy had not been at the helm
this year, Michigan would be just
another team instead of the great
team it was, and great is the word.
George's blocking, play calling and
pass catching were unsurpassed, even
by "Big Mike" Evashevski, Michigan's
stellar captain in 1940. Words of
praise just don't come big enough to
describe the work that Ceithaml did,
and we're sure his naihe will go down
in the books as one of Michigan's
greatest captains.
ERS: Steve O'Neill, new manager
of the Tigers, says that Dick Wake-
field, former Michigan baseball star
who is back in school at present
completing his work, will be one of
the top ten batters in the American
League next season Ohio State
elected tackle Chuck Csuri captain
for the 1943 campaign Monday



Daily Sports Editor
* * * *

One spot on the Michigan basket-
ball team seems to be sewed up right
now. That is theall-important posi-
tion of center. For the third straight
year big Jim Mandler will take care
of any worries Coach Bennie Ooster-
baan might have about the spot.
The rangy pivot-man, who also will
captain the Wolverines during the
coming season, has been ranked with
the past Michigan great courtmen.
He came to Michigan from Chicago
and quickly drew the attention of
Freshman Coach Ray Fisher. As a
sophomore he replaced Jim Rae who
had graduated and was second high
scorer of the squad. Last year he was
better yet.
Leads Wolverine Scorers
The Wolverine captain led the team
in scoring by racking up 230 points
in 20 games and scored more points
in Big Ten tilts than any Michigan
player has been able to garner in the
past. The record was held by Jake
Townsend who made 135 points in
the 1937 - 38 campaign, but Jim
smashed it by collecting 164. He
played in every game and for his ef-
forts was named the most valuable
player in the squad.
It is around Mandler that most of
the Michigan offense will be built
this year. His left or right handed
hook shots from the free throw circle

are always dangerous. His speed and
height (he's six feet, four inches tall)
give him an advantage as a ball hawk
and add to his outstanding play.
Michigan's practice yesterday hit a
rapid pace as Coach Oosterbaan read-
ied his squad for the opening battle
agaist the Spartans of Michigan
State next Monday night at the Yost
Field House.
Oosterbaan has to develop polish
and team play in the squad before

wrestling Team Takes Shape
with Ray Courtright at Helm

King football's reign is over but
that other rough-'em-up, tear-'em-
apart sport, wrestling, will move into
the picture soon with Coach Ray
Courtright at the helm. Ray replaced
Cliff Keen when the latter entered
the armed forces last year;
And already Ray is having his
troubles. Son Bill Courtright who is
captain of this year's squad recently
quit school for the Army. Considering
the fact that Ray is new to the
wrestling game Bill's departure will
be doubly felt for he was not only
expected to win many points for the
Varsity but also to assist his dad in
teaching new men some of the tricks.
Coach Courtright has never coached
wrestling, and as he states, "I have
to learn the sport first so I can teach
the other fellows."
A definite schedule has not yet
been arranged, but Coach Courtright

hopes to schedule a number of Big
Ten teams. Some varsity wrestlers
will probably enter the Mid-West
AAU meet to be held about the mid-
dle of December, also.
The squad will probably include
three lettermen while five places have
yet to be decided. The lettermen in-
elude Manley Johnson at 145. Dick
Kopel at 121, and John Greene,
heavyweight. Johnson is a Big Ten
titleholder and was second in the na-
tionals last year. Kopel placed fourth
in the nationals.
But the other berths are still wide
open, and although Coach Courtright
has some good looking material, he
admits that it is too early to predict
what the new lads will do under com-
Larry Loftus and Bob McDonald
seem to carry the future hopes in the
lighter divisions.

Ohio State Receives Top Football'
Ranking; Michigan Rated Ninth

NEW YORK, Dec. 1.- (IP)- The
Western Conference champion, as
usual, is on top of the nation's foot-
ball heap. When Ohio State whipped
the Iowa Navy Pre-Flight team 41-12
last Saturday while Holy Cross was
wiping out Boston College, 55-12, the
sports experts participating in the
Associated Press ranking poll were
sufficiently impressed to vote the
Buckeyes into first place and drop
B.C. to eighth.
In the final tabulation of the 1942

season, Ohio State is credited with
1,432 points, the highest final total
in the history of the Associated Press
poll. They were picked for first place
by 84 of the 156 voters and top sec-
ond-place Georgia by 93 points. Geor-
gia received 62 first-place votes while
Wisconsin and undefeated Tulsa drew
four apiece and William and Mary
and Holy Cross one each.

Ohio State (84)......

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... high scorer for the Wolverine
cagers last winter, he is being
counted on to lead them again this
the opening whistle. Potentially he
has the material for a fine team on
hand if they live up to expectations.
During the two hour drills yesterday
which stressed speed and quick pass-
ing, Dave Strack and Harold Ander-
son made themselves the contenders
for starting berths from the sopho-
more ranks.

Alabama ..............


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