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TUE SDAY, FEB. 1, 1944



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Defend Millrose



Quartet Will Appear in
Garden Saturday Night
Ufer, Nosed Out by Short Last Year, To Taugle
With Bourland, Herbert, in 600-Yard Dash

Grapplers Get
Set for Meeting
With Gophers

ig Ten Scoring Ace

Daily Sports Editor
A veteran Michigan two-mile relay
team will defend its 1943 Millrose
Games championship Saturday night
at Madison Square Garden, New
York, in this year's renewal of the
famous event.
Bob Ufer, National Indoor and Big
Ten Conference quarter-mile cham-
pion, will anchor the crack quartet
which includes John Roxborough,
Captain Bob Hume and his twin
brother, Ross.
Ufer Points for 600
Last year's Wolverine team with
1943 captain, Dave Matthews, run-
ning instead of Bob Hume, defeated
the East's topnotch quartets in the
Tank Suad To
l 'h
Fce 014), State
Here Sat-iday
ith Conference victories over
Northwestern and Purdue behind
them, the members of the University
of Michigan swimming team are
looking forward to the coming meet
with the Buckeyes of Ohio State,
which will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday
in the Sports Building pool.
Matt Mann's boys have started
practice for their all-important meet
next week, which will feature Ohio's
Kio Nikama, second member of the
Hawaiian twins who brought fame
to Columbus last season. Nikama
teamed with Bill Smith to form one
of the finest swimming combinations
in the history of Inter-Collegiate
competition. The stalwart boy from
the East will swim in the 220-yard
and 448-yard freestyle events. Swim-
ming against him for the Wolverines
will be Ace Cory in the 220 and Paul
Maloney in the grueling quarter-mile
Mann Expresses Confidence
"The boys all did well Saturday,
and the team is shaping up much
better than I expected," commented
Coach Mann when asked about the
performance of his team against the
Boilermakers. "We should make a
fine showing against Ohio State and
Kio Nikama next week," he added.
The Purdue meet was highlighted
by the excellent showings of Chuck
Fries and Heini Kessler in their re-
spective events. Fries made the best
comparative time of the afternoon,
by winning the 100-yard freestyle
race in the excellent time of :52.9.
He barely nosed out his teammate,
Mert Church, in the event. With this
fine performance, it is expected that
both Fries and Church will give their
Buckeye opposition quite a run for
their money Saturday. Kessler also
turned in an impressive performance
by finishing far ahead of the field in
the 200-yard breaststroke event.
Buckeyes First Conference Test
Larry Koppin and Bob Branch
proved that Coach Mann can ldepend
upon them in future competition, by
their fine showings in the 50-yard
freestyle event. These two boys are
freshmen on ihe Squad, and Satur-
day was their first actuil meet con-
The Ohio State meeting should
further show who in the Big Ten will
be seriously considered for the Con-
ference championship. The Buck-
eyes have several of the members of
their last year's championship team
besides Nikama and this aggregation
of mermen will give the Wolverines
their first hard Conference test.

fast time of 7:47.4, just short of the
Millrose record of 7:44 set by George-
town in 1925. The odds are favoring
the Maize and Blue team to retain its
crown and break the 19-year-old
Ufer will carry a double load again
this year. He will compete earlier in
the evening in the special 600-yard
dash with his principal opposition
coming from Cliff Bourland, South-
ern California comet, who won the
National Collegiate Outdoor 440-yard
dash last year, and Jimmy Herbert,
three-time Millrose winner, who was
nosed out by Ufer in the 1943 Mill-
rose event.
Wolverine Broke Record
In losing last year's 600 to Hugh
Short, sensational Georgetown star,
Ufer forced the winner to a terrific
1:10.2. This tied the world's record
set by the late Johnny Borican.
Ufer's time of 1:11 broke the former
Millrose record of 1:11.2 set by Her-
Herbert came back in the 600 at
the Chicago Relays and nosed out
Ufer in 1:11.7. Indications point to a
terrific battle between Ufer, Bour-
land and Herbert, especially since
the California runner holdsathe 1943
outdoor championship in the quarter
at 47 second flat. Ufer's winning
time in the best indoor 440-yard ever
run was 48.1 second last year.
Ross Hume Enters Mile
Michigan's other individual com-
petitoi' will be Ross Hume, who is
scheduled to compete in the Wana-
maker mile besides the relay. The
all-star field in the mile includes Gil
Dodds, 1943 Millrose king; Bill Hulse,
Metropolitan AAU champion; Frank
Dixon, former National Scholastic
mile champion, and Earl Mitchell,
former Indiana ace.
The Wanamaker event is strictly
invitational, Hume receiving his bid
on the strength of his victory in the
Conference mile last spring. Hume
appears to be in condition to run a
4:20 mile, which should not rate him
more than a fifth place in this all-
star field. Coach Doherty has indi-
cated that he did not expect his miler
to do any better than that against
these men.
Swanson, Segula To (o
Doherty has also announced that
Elmer Swanson, burly hu'dler, will
definitely compete in the high hur-
dles against such performers as
Whitey Hlad, former Michigan Nor-
mal timber topper; Bob Wright, Ohio
State's Conference champion in 1942,
and Jim Fieweger, second in the 1943
Nationals. Sixth member of the team
will be Bob Segula, pole-vaulter. Dick
Bariard, a 1:58 half-miler, is still
being considered as an alternate for
the relay quartet.
Cagers Look to
National Meet
NEW YORK, Jan. 31,-(/P)-The
country's leading college basketball
teams can start checking time tables
for Kansas City and New York.
With the announcement today of
the dates for the National Invitation
Tournament at Madison Square Gar-
den, the 1944 Tournament book was
filled. The Invitational, bringing to-
gether eight hand-picked quintets,
will be held March 16-20-22 and 26.
During the same period the Na
tional Collegiate Athletic Association
will run off its western tournament
in Kansas City, March 24 and 25,
and its eastern finals in the Garden
March 23 and 25.

Coach, Pleased by Win
Over Purdue, Expects
To Eliminate Faults
Jubliant over their impressive
victory over Purdue's grapplers,
thereby establishing themselves as
the Conference favorite, the Wolver-
ine matmen started preparations this
week to meet Minnesota at 3 p.m.
Saturday in Yost Field House.
Coach Ray Courtright feels that
his boys should have had more falls
than they did. and the wrestling
squad is going to undergo an inten-
sive practice this week, correcting
some of the mistakes made and
working on pinning holds, as well as
Corky stated that "I was well
pleased with the match as a whole.
Of course we made some mistakes,
but they will be corrected this week."
Michigan is now rated as the chief
contender for the Big Ten title, and
they have more than an even chance
to cop the crown in Chicago Feb. 19.
However, Coach Claude Reeck, Pur-
due mentor, said that the Boilermak-
ers were not at full strength when
they met Michigan here last Satur-
day, but would be looking ahead to
the Conference meet.
Commenting on the individual
matches, Coach Courtright said that
three of them could have gone either
way for the Maize and Blue, "and
the decisions could go in our favor
the next time."
In the lightweight divisions, Corky
thought that Bob Reichert and Bob

Michigan's own "mighty
mite," who once more forged into
the Western Conference individual
scoring lead with a total of 109
points in eight games to top his
nearest rival by three points.
Gittins looked good for newcomers,
and mentioned the fact that Michi-
gan needed more matches to give
some of his boys more experience.
He thought that the matches of
Lowell Oberly and George Curtis
could have gone either way; "they
were that close." However, Corky
did not feel that either of these boys
lost any credit in those close match-
es, and that Oberly and Curtis have
confidence that they will do better
in the Conference finals against
these same men from Purdue. .
Courtright liked the showing Hugh
Wilson made, and attributed his de-
feat to the superior experience of his

Coach Blames
Cage Defeats o
Poor Conif idenice
Team Closes llonie
Stand Against indiana;
King Tops in Scoring
Two setbacks at the hands of Ohio
State's Buckeyes have entrenched the
Wolverine cagers deeper into seventh
place in the Conference standings
with a record of one win against
seven losses.
According to Coach Bennie Ooster-
baan, the main trouble with this
year's squad "has been a lack of con-
fidence in their own ability to cope
with the more highly-touted teams
in the Western Conference race."
Since Michigan's 52-45 triumph over
Illinois, the Wolverines have suffered
six consecutive defeats at the hands
of Wisconsin, Purdue, and Ohio State
respectively. Oosterbaan also stated
that "in each one of the two-game
series against these three teams,
Michigan has held the lead in all of
the first games, but lacked that final
drive which is so essential for a
team's success. After having met de-
feat in the first game of these two-
game series, naturally the Wolverines
were at a psychological disadvantage
for the second game."
Oosterbaan made another valuable
observation when he said "that the
spirit of this year's squad was the
finest he has seen in a long time.
Even though the team realized that
they were out of the running as far
as the Big Ten championship was
concerned, the boys-continued to dis-
play 'excellent spirit,' in the face of
heavy odds."
About the only bright spot on Mich-
igan's cage front this week was the
return of Tommy King to first place
in the race for 'individual scoring
honors. King bagged 39 points in the
two games against the Buckeyes giv-
ing him a total of 109 points in eight
Conference tilts, or an average of
approximately 14 points a game.
The Wolverine cagers will conclude
their home season this week-end in
a pair of games against Indiana Fri-
day and Saturday. The Hoosiers are
still in quest of their first Conference
victory, having dropped five games
this season, two to Ohio, another pair
to Iowa's unbeaten Hawkeyes and a
single game to Purdue's champion-
ship-bound quintet. This record
stands as one of the poorest ever
accumulated by an Indiana aggrega-
tion. The Hoosiers have in the past
been noted for teams of consistently,
top-flight calibre.

Ol#Ig Stpors L d I to r

Just to refresh your memory, Michigan won five of the eight
miaitchels, one on a fall by Jim Galles, former Conference champion at
175 pounds. Three of these victories were scored over oppbnents who
were not originally listed on the program. Casey Stengel subbed -for
Sam JIohnson at 128 pounds and lost to Bob Gittins; Bob Amnistrong
replaced unbeaten Art Aerne at 145 pounds and was easily deesioned
by Chip Warrich; and Bruce Porter wrestled for Joe IHersch at 175
pounds and was pinned by Galles in 7:08.
(OACH Claude Reeck, who has been at Purdue for six years, gave me
Sthe inside story on the substitutions. Johnson, Aerne, and Hersch were
restricted for the week-end by the service units in which they are .enrolled,
and could not make the trip. This required three last-minute changes in
the line-up and put inferior men against Gittins, Warrich, and Galles.
Coach Reeck felt that Michigan .would not have beaten the team he had
originally filed with Michigan's wrestling mentor, Ray Courtright. I doubt
that and I am sure that Corky does too.
On the basis of mast nerformances and exherienee, Johnson would
have beaten Gittins at 128 pounds. And, if Reeck was giving me
the straight done on Aerne, his undefeated '145- pountder is as good as
Newt Copple and could have taken Warrick. This sounds plausible and
I can believe it. But when Reeck told me that Hersch could have given
Galles a battle at 05 pounds and escaped being pinned I scoffed,
Maybe Herschi was better than Porter, but he would have had his hands
full trying to keep from being pinned.
ALLY WEBER, assistant football coach, who announced the match,
kept up a running line of chatter during the Galles-Porter battle. When
Porter walked out Wally called him 'a study in insipid inertia." After the
first few minutes of the bout were over and it became obvious that Galles
was playing a "cat-and-mouse" game with his Purdue foe, Wally compared
the match at that stage to the first words from a recent hit tune, "Won't
you tell me when?" The only \thing tough about the Purdue grappler,
Wally said, was the growl on his face. The growl soon changed to a look
of desperation at the impending fall.
Wally hit home when he compared the match to "a Gestapo going
after a dying soldier." Porter, he said, "couldn't even stand on 'his
constitutional rights in a situation like that." At one state 'of the
match, Jim had his Purdue opponent tied in knots and Wally came out
with "Galles, you're a doctor (he is enrolled in Michigan Medical
School). not a chiropractor." When the match was over Wally thought
the janitorial staff should thank Jim for sweeping the mat so well.
And Galles, trying to make a match out of it despite his foe's inexper-
ience and inferior ability, couldn't help laughing when he pinned Porter
and looked up at the referee as if to say, "Well, I guess It's about time to
stop this foolishness. Is it okey if I pin him now?" And he did. Porter
appeared crestfallen and unhappy.
i HOURS - 9 A.M. to 6'P.M. DAILY I

Jni' ( .mui Purd e 0oit.
" ON'T scrac:h Purdue ofi your list of Conference title possibilities just
because the Boilermaker grapplers took a 17-9 beating from Michigan
Saturday at the Field House. The match, it is true, set up the Wolverines
as a definite threat, but it failed to do.justice to Purdue's previously un-
beaten squad. The story lies in the first three changes made in the Purdue

Ice men Ouplay Vickers Sextet
But Stumble 7in Tthird Period

Michigan's hockey team took a 4-3
defeat at the hands of the VickersI
Sports Club Saturday night, afterI
holding the visiting club to a 2-2 tie
during the first two periods of the
The fact that the score was tied
after two periods was important be-
cause it indicates that the varsity
squad was, at least equal in strength
to the Vickers crew. It doesn't tell
the whole story, however, because
during the major portion of the first E
period and the entire second period,
the Michigan sextet looked far super-
ior to the Detroit team. Ted Greer
and Vince Abbey, first string for-
wards, were playing clever hockey,
outskating their opponents at almost
every turn, catching each other's
passes, and back-checking carefully.
Third Period Was Bad One
The third period was the stumbling
block for the varsity squad. The pe-
riod started sluggishly and the Maize
and Blue sextet seemed to have lost
all the spirit that was so apparent
in the earlier periods. There were
several examples of sloppy stick-
handling, and when Vickers' de-
fenseman Eno Tullpo made a goal
after only four and three-quarters
minutes of play, it was no great sur-
prise to anyone.
From this time on the puck stayed
consistently on Michigan ice, and it
was only because of the sustained
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efforts of defensemen Henderson and
Messinger, plus the well-timed cage-
minding of Dick Mixer, that Michi-
gan managed to hold off the con-
centrated Vickers' drive until 12:18.
Rally Starts at Eend of Game
It wasn't until the last five min-
utes of play that the Michigan for-
ward line again showed a, ay fight,
and then it was the second string
line that started the action. Little
Jack Athens made three rapid at-
tempts to score but was stopped each
time by Eno TulIpo and Frank Gres-
nick, stalwart Vickers' defensemen.
Then Gordie Anderson pulled inside
the defense but was unable to make
his shot count. Herb Upton finally
made the last Michigan tally.
Coach Eddie Lowrey was disap-
pointed in the outcome of the game,
mainly because it could so easily
have been another victory for his
squad. However, he admitted that
two of the Vickers goals were scored
when Vickers wings were left un-
covered and had perfect opportunities
for scoring.
This week-end the sextet will take
on a squad from Paris. Ont., a club
which has met Michigan teams many
times before.


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