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%fBy BUD MENDEL
Daiy Sports Editor
COLLIER'S All-American team was announced today. It was brought to
the public eye with little of the flurry of advance publicity that usually
marks the All-American issue of the popular magazine. In fact, there isn't
even mention of it on the cover.
The so-called official All-American, drawn up by the dean of Amer-
ican sportswriters, Grantland Rice, after a polling of ten representative
sports. editors all over the country, this Collier's team honors a great
Michigan guard and ignores a great Michigan tackle..
Julie Franks, junior Wolverine guard, was named by Rice to a first
team post on the mythical squad. Al Wistert, senior tackle, was listed as
an also-ran behind Minnesota's Dick Wildung and Army's Bob Olds.
The race for the guard positions was close, and in the final bal-
loting Franks and Lynn Houston of Ohuio State were selected. We have
no argument with this. We like it. We think Franks deserved it, and
we're glad to see him receive his just reward.
BUT we can't help wondering about Wistert. In every game on the tough
Wolverine schedule Wistert was a top-notch lineman, most of the time
the outstanding lineman on the field. Yet, he was overlooked in favor of
Wildung and Olds.
Maybe the Collier's All-American Board can see something unap-
parent to a novice like the Benchcomber. There is no doubt that the
gentlemen on the Board are better qualified through years of experi-
ence to pick an All-American team. Still and all, we can't fathom the
failure to select Wistert.
He has been named on practically every other mythical team, named
without any hesitation. He was considered the best tackle on the field in
every Michigan, game during the season.
In our book, Al Wistert is an All-American, just as much so as any
man selected on the Collier's team. We make this contention without
any fear of national circulation dropping because two men are named
from the same school or because too many men are picked from the
same sector. A strong suspicion lurks that the Collier's honor team is
ehosen with these thoughts in mind.
STILL on the subject of All-American teams, Newsweek Magazine has both
Wistert and Franks in its first team lineup. This leaves only one more
major All-Americah to be released, the Associated Press. It will be published
in this paper tomorrow morning, which is one way of putting in a plug for
the circulation department.
Come to think of it, these All-American teams don't ring too true.
Quite frankly, we're willing to wager that there are football players in
this nation, performing for colleges, who will outplay any man on the
Collieir's team or any other All-American squad.
As one Detroit columnist pointed out, there are only two men, Sid Luck-
man and Sammy Baugh, who were collegiate All-Americans playing in the
Pro Football championship tussle between the Washington Redskins and
the Chicago Bears this Sunday.
The fellows who were undergraduate unknowns smear the All-Stars
like so much butter in a frying pan. And what does that prove? Just
that a typewriter athlete can't make one fellow a better football player
than anybody else by calling him an All-American.
COURTRIGHT GETS SOME HELP:
Wrestling 'Outlook Improves
Paul Keen Joins Coaching Staff

Track Meet
Date Changed
Michigan's inter-class track meet,
originally scheduled for tomorrow af-j
ternoon at Yost Field House, has been
held over until Tuesday night at 7:30
p.m.
Shift in the date of the battle for
class honors was made by Varsity
Coach Ken Doherty in order to give
spectators a better chance to attend.
"I feel that this meet will provide
as many interesting and exciting
races and events as any we had last
season,' Coach Doherty asserted,1
"and it's the kind of affair that ap-
peals to the fans."
A total of 139 athletes have already
qualified and a number of additional
trackmen were expected to join that
group after special trials this after-
noon and tomorrow.
The freshman class holds an edge
in number of men qualified for the
finals with 60, followed by the sopho-
mores and juniors with 31 apiece,
and the seniors with 17. Additional
trials are expected to bring the num-
ber of competing athletes to about
150.

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Wolverines To Face Strong Marquette Quintet

By BOB SHOPOFF
Michigan's quintet will swing into
action again Saturday when they
meet the strong five from Marquette
University at the Yost Field House.
Coach Bennie Oosterbaan's squad
will be seeking their second victory
of the young season as they copped
the opening tilt from Michigan State,
36 to 31, in a thrilling overtime battle.'
Saturday night will bring a much
tougher team into the Field House
for the Wolverines' opponents as the
Hilltoppers boast of a scrappy squad
which lacks individual brilliance, but
relies on speed and precision team-
work to challenge its foes.
Varsity Shows Pight
In their meeting with State, the
Wolverines met a weak quintet as the
Spartans made many errors and
missed plenty of scoring chances. But
Oosterbaan's five had the fight and
fire in it to outlast its rival. The main
difficulty of the Varsity was that
they were nervous since severalsof the
players were seeing action in their
first college game. With the spirit and!
ability of these new courtmen, Michi-

Ray Kuffel, who was high scorer for
the Hilltoppers last year. Kuffel will
match his play against that of Capt.
Jim Mandler as they both hold down
the pivot positions on the respective
squad.
Battle of Centers
The Marquette center :,ill yrield one
inch in height to the Michigan cap-
but nothing else. He is a main-t
sta inthelinupbecuseof isout-
saknderTthehbaskh is
battle of centers should be the bright
the ame hichappears to
t spot of the game which appears to
be "tp notch tilt.
Coach Bill Chandler, who ndas pi-
loted the Hilltoppers over twelve sea.
}": sons, has eight lettermen for a nu-
cleus of his team. Others besides Kuf-
fel are Bob Pierce, George Collentine,
and Al Skat at forwards; Bob Rosen-
,?. dahl at center, and Bill Chandler, Jr.,
k 1t }Burt Bril and Jerry Schudrowitz at
S. ,'the guard spots. Bill, Jr. is the son of
the coach. Last year he was a forward
- - KsH FL ersbut his father shifted him to guard
..tops Hilltoppers at the start of this year.
Completing the starting lineup for
gan should improve with each game. the Marquette team will probably
Heading the Marquette roster is find Kivisto and Skat at the forwards,

Bril and Schudrowitz at guards and
Kuffel at center. This gives an all
veteran quintet.
Coach Bennie Oosterbaan at pres-
ent is uncertain who will start at the
forward positions Saturday. .ne
starter is definite and that is big BEb
Wiese, who starred in th opening
tilt as he collected 11 points. The
other spot is the two-way battle be-
tween Harold Anderson, a sophomore,
and Ralph Gibert, a veteran of last
year's games and starter in the State
fray. Both will see action.
Varsity Improves
Oo-terbaan said yesterday that the
quad has shown signs of improve-
Xnent during this week's drill, but
.heir play has been spotty. Special
attention has been given to develop-
ing shooting accuracy and team play
this week and the results have satis-
ied the Wolverine coach.
Gridders Merv Pregulman and D6n
Robinson may see some action in
Saturday's game. Pregulman has re-
tained the position which he held on
the football team - center - while
Robby is slated as a guard.

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grapplers ' so far this season, Coach
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Reason number one is that Paul
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encyclopedia of grappling techniques.
For concrete proof of his abilities is
the fact that he coached at Oklahoma
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Versatile Athlete
Like Coach Courtright. Keen was a
versatile athlete, winning nine letters
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is attending Michigan on a leave of
absence from Oklahoma U. and is
taking graduate work. Fortunately
Coach Keen expects to be here for the
rest of the year, although his leave of
absence prohibits him from coaching
in anything other than an advisory.
capacity.
Reasons number two and three to
bring joy in the Wolverine camp are
a pair of very classy 121 pounders,
Larry Loftus and Bob McDonald.
They are probably the best new men
on the team, and Coach Courtright's
orly complaint is that they both
wrestle at the same weight.
Loftus Given Edge
If the edge is to be given to either,
it goes to Loftus who usually beats
M%cDonald by about a point in the
inter-squad matches, so close is the
battle between the two being waged
for the regular 121 berth.
Strikingly enough, Loftus and Mc-
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Both were swimmers in high school,
a'd both were good. Loftus swam
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