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Bill Courtright, Mat Captain,
Leaves School; Plans to Enlist


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News that Captain Bill Courtright,
wrestling captain, had withdrawn
from school and intends to join the
army came as a distinct setback to
the hopes of the Varsity matmen. Not
only will Bill's presence be missed be-
cause of his ability on the mat-he is
the present National Junior A.A.U.
titleholder in the 165 pound class, but
also because of his leadership quali-
Bill, however, has decided that he
can better serve his country by enter-
ing the armed forces -nove than by
remaining in school waiting to be
called. "I might just as well go now,"
Bill modestly stated, "because every-
body else is going up and I don't see
why I should be an exception." To
those who know Corky this reply will
not seem strange for he has never
been the last to get into anything.
This season, having been chosen to
lead his teammates, Bill would have
been invaluable both from a wrestling
and coaching standpoint. Since Ray
Courtright, his father, is coaching
wrestling for the first time, Bill was

being counted upon heavily to assist
in tutoring the rest of the squad in
the intricacies of the "wing," "guil-
lotine," "stretcher" and other similar
grappling techniques.
Likemany other athletes, Bill did
not become a star in' college, rather
he remained one. After a rather fair
career in high school in which he
only won the State mat crown three
times in the 155 pound division, was
voted the most outstanding wrestler
in the state. in his senior year, and
also won letters on the football team,
Bill moved into the big time colle-
giate ranks. But he was unimpressed
by the supposedly big names and he
immediately won a varsity berth. In
both his sophomore and junior years
Corky finished third in the Big Ten.
Both years he also came close to win-
ning the National Collegiates, being
beaten each time by Virgil Smith of
Oklahoma A.&M. by the narrowest
of margins. Each time Smith went on
to win the title. Last year Corky
placed third, however. Besides being
a top-notch wrestler, Bill is also no
mean golfer, playing on the varsity
links squad for two years.
Monday Bill will undergo an oper-
ation to fix a trick knee which has
been bothering him since last season
when it was injured. After that he
will remain in Ann Arbor long enough
to recuperate before the Army calls
hii to active service.

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SOMEHOW or other, a certain ex-e
Michigan athletic star pops up inv
this column as regularly as a certainN
breakfast food company would havea
you eating their product every morn-P
ing. ,
Well, that man is here again,.
His name is Bill Combs, Wild Bil
Combs, the rough and tough little
gent with the Texas drawl who
captained the Wolverine wrestlers
in 1940.
Not so long ago we reported that
Wild Bill, now in the Marines, had
held off single-handed an attacking
force of eight Japs in the Solomons
and then killed the last one with a
grappling hold after his tommy gun
had jammed. Next it was learned that
indestructible Billy had laid flat the
jiu-jitsu instructor at the Marine
training school in Quantico when
said instructor had selected Mrs.
Comb's most famous offspring as his
guinea pig in a demonstration to the
And now the amazing young man7
is in the news again. We receivedz
this report from Lou Carpenter,
formerly of The Daily business
staff, who has been corresponding
with the former nemesis of Mid-t
western mat circles since he: left
school to serve the armed forces.
In that battle with the Japs, Combs
was wounded an sent to the .Marine
Hospital Base in San Diego. He
planned to enter Marine Officers
School as soon as he recovered, but
something happened to change his
mind. Here's what.
If you remember, 30 Marines
were killed when they attempted to
take a group of Japaneserwho had
waved the flar 'of truce to-signify
surrender. When the Marines ad-
vanced, they were mowed clown by.
machine-gun fire. Of the 30 casual-
ties, 14 were men in Combs' com-
pany, the 14 remaining of the origi-
nal 22.. And~ that's why Wild Bill 9,s
giving up his commissiontofight
again as' a leatherneck.
From his letter to Lou, "Those fel-
lows were responsible for saving my
life more than once and our friend-
ships weren't 'just casual ones. I've
never wanted to do anything so much
'before in my life as get those- Japs."
And, believe us, we'd hate to be
in some slant-eye's shoes when Bill
Combs talks like that.
SOME hardy soul, who bravely signs
"Joe Fan" to a letter, writes in to
The Daily and asks us why America's
favorite collegiate newspaper has giv-
Sport Shots
The Campus Bowling League has
been going for only three weeks, but
already it is threatening to become
a runaway race with a tean known as
the Splits doing the runfing away
and seven other teamns doing the
chasing. The Splits have played nine
games without once being 'on the
short end of the score. Their closest
rivals are the Kingpins and the Bil
liard Room Blimps (that's what they
are called) who have each won six
of nine games.
The last team to unsuccessfully
challenge the Splits was the Kingpin
five who last Tuesday dropped three
straight games to their fast stepping
opponents while the Splits set a new
league high series of 2,563.

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ily Sports Editor
en so much publicity to Tom Kuzma
while practically ignoring the other
Wolverine backs, whom he claims
are every bit as good as the Gary
Flash. He' also suggests that Daily
sports writers could better direct
their energy to the rennaissance of
something resembling school spirit.
Well, Joe, here's your reply. Tom
Kuzma, contrary to your opinion,
is a great halfback. He was handi-
capped all year by injuries, and
when he finally did shake off these
injuries to show his old form, the
story by Bob Shopoff you mention
was printed. And if you'll look up
here in The Daily files, you'll find
a similar story on every other
Michigan back who has turned in
good performances. Neither Bob
Shopoff nor this writer is preju-
diced in favor of Tom Kuzma or
any other particular athlete, and
when an athlete does come through,
we like to boost him along as much
as we Can.
Now about this school spirit stuff.
It's .great, and .I'm sure you'd enjoy
reading about in this column and
other. columns every day. And I'm
sure such articles would put school
spirit in your ;heart and in the hearts
of all Michigan students. No, Joe,
you either have it or you don't.
Nevertheless, Joe, did you see the
crowd waiting for 'the Michigan
team when it came home from that
Minnesota loss? And did you see
the really spirited throng that
greeted the Wolverines at the sta-
tioj, after, the victory over Notre
Dame? As said before, you have it
or you don't. And if you have it, we
don't need to give .it to you, and if
you don't have it, we can't give it
to you-s nach 'as. we'd'.like to.

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Michigan to
Pilay -Fewer
Cage Games,
Shortages of transportation facili-
ties forced radical changes upon the
1942-43 Michigan basketball sched-
ule. Most notable changes were the
elimination of the usual home-and-
home basis of Big Ten tilts and the
reduction of Conference games from
15 to 12.
To save on wartime travel the
Western Conference makers decided
to have each team play only a dozen
games instead of 15, last year's num-
ber. Also the teams will meet in
two-game series on the same court
rather than each going to the other
school, thus reducing travel about 50
per cent.
SCHEDULE, 1942-1943
Dec. 7-Michigan State College
At Ann Arbor
Dec. 12-Marquette. . . .At Ann Arbor
Dec. 17-Selfridge Field At Ann Arbor
Jan. 4-Michigan State College
At East Lansing
Jan. 9-University of Illinois
At Champaign, Illinois
Jan. 11-Northwestern University
At Evanston, Illinois
Jan. 16-University of Wisconsinb
At Ann Arbor
Jan. 18-University of Wisconsin
At Ann Arbor
Feb. 6-University of Indiana
At Bloomington, Indiana
Feb. 8---University of IndianaI
At Bloomington, Indiana
Feb. 15-Purdue University
At Ann Arbor
Feb. 1h-Purdue University
At Ann Arbor
Feb. 20-Ohio State University
At Columbus, Ohio
Feb. 22-Ohio State University
At Columbus. Ohio
Feb. 27 -University of Chicago
At Ann Arbor
Mar. 1-Northwestern University
At Ann Arbor


Roy Bradley Awarded
Scholastic Scholarship
The Board in Control of Athletics
for the University of Michigan an-
nounced yesterday that Roy K. Brad-
ley has been awarded a $100 'scholar-
ship for the Michigan athlete with
the highest scholastic record for the
1941-42 school year, Bradley is a wing
on the hockey team.

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Last night the University of Michi-
gan Alumni Club of Detroit gave its
annual football banquet at the Mich-
.igan Union. Because of the war, the
coveted 'M' rings were awarded to
all of the major letter winners in-
stead of only to the seniors.

Detroit Alumni Club
Has Annual Grid Bust



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Sextet~ t Open
Michigan's hockey team will be out
for revenge this Saturday night when
it meets an experienced outfit from
tle London A.C. in :the -first home
game of' the season. It was this same
London ,Sextet ,that ,handed Coach
Eddie 'Lowrey's charges two defeats
last year, ' two the year before, and
so on for several years back. But this
year it may be a' different story, for
the Wolvdtin'e. puckmen have .more
than a fighting chance for victory.
The face-off will be at 8:00 in the
The probable starting line for

Here Saturda
Michigan will see Bob Opland, a
sophomore 'who may be the star of
the team this year, at center, and
Bob Kemp and Bill Dance at the
wings., The first string defense com-
bination will probably be footballer
Bob Derleth and Bob Stenberg, who
has, seen action for the Wolverines
both on the gridiron and diamond.
Hank Loud, team captain, will tend
the nets.
The second line will be Roy Ander-
son, at center, and Roy Bradley and
Jack Athens at the wings. Fred Bryan
and "Black Rudy" Reichert will form
the second defense combination.






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