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SATURDAY, FED. 5, 19,14

THE MCINDAIL.Y

PAGE TBREE

BrURPAY, FEP. 5, 1944PAQE ~

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Cagers Swamp Indiana, 65-49, for Second Big

Ten

Victory

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TAKING IT EASY
By ED ZALENSKI
Daily Sports Editor
Open Letter to Coach Claude Reeck - .
YOU CAN fool some of the people some of the time, Mr. Reeck, but you're
bound to get it in the end. And don't look so surprised, because I am
referring to our little chat during the wrestling match last Saturday between
Michigan and your Purdue boys. You must remember it quite vividly, Mr.
Reeck, because our boy, Jim Galles, was trying not to muss his hair and
still pin that rugged Boilermaker in the 175-pound division, Bruce Porter.
Do you follow me, Mr. Reeck?
No doubt, you were a bit irked by the ease with which Galles
handled Porter. I wouldn't be surprised, if the 17-9 beating Coach
Ray Courtright pasted in your record book, didn't help to make you
fell a bit bitter. After all, Mr. Reeck, your Boilermakers were un-
defeated up to the Michigan match, and you probably had visions of an
unbesmirched record.
The first thing you said to me after I had introduced myself was some-
thing about our Wolverines being pretty lucky. You inferred, I mean you
came right out and said that your Purdue grapplers would have won in a
waltz, if three of the boys hadn't been restricted for the week-end. And I
fell for your line,Mr. MReeck. What a sucker I was!
"My boys, you said, would have taken this match if Sam Johnson,
Art Aerne, and Joe Hersch had been available.' Well, Mr. Reeck, I
didn't know a great deal about your Boilermakers, so I believed what
you told me. However, some of your boys talked after the match. And
I took time out to look through the pages of your college daily, the
Purdue Exponent. What I found out made your words sound mighty
peculiar,
y OU TOLD ME that Sam Johnson was terrific and could have tied Bob
Gittins in knots. Your boys gave a different version to the story. Sam,
they said, was known as "Rosin-Back." I'll give you one guess why. Sam,
they added, had spent so much time on his back in recent matches that
the boys were beginning to wonder.
The Exponent also enlightened me. Here's what it said about your
victory over Northwestern, particularly about Johnson. ". . . Art
Nethercote, Northwestern's veteran 128-pounder, had little trouble in
pinning Sam Johnson in 4 minutes and 45 seconds." And Tom Somers
wrote this about the Illinois match . . . "Illinois took over the lead
for a short time by means of a pin in the 128-pound match. George
DeLong of the Illini pinned Sam Johnson of the Boilermakers."
So, your boy Sammie is terrific, Mr. Reeck. The only thing terrific
about Sammie, Mr. Reeck, is his utter fascination for the prone position on
the canvas with the Field House lights shiming in his beaten eyes. Was
Sammie restricted the week-end of the Wheaton College match when
Casey Stengel wrestled at 128 pounds and lost a decision? I think you
should ask the nice Navy men to restrict Sammie every week-end, Mr.
Reeck. You might win one of those 128-pounders some day.
What really made mq mad that I had allowed myself to be .your
dupe, Mr. Reeck, was the Exponent story days before the Michigan
match. Buried in the second paragraph was this sentence ... "In
the 128-pound class it will be either Stengel or Johnson." What have
you got to say now, Mr. Reeck?
ERHAPS, Mr. Reeck, I should add a word or two about Aerne. He has
wrestled twice and won both times. According to the Exponent, he
barely nosed out Bob Hughes of Illinois. The other match he won easily.
And, perhaps, a word about Joe Hersch. You derided Galles and said
Hersch could beat him. When I informed you that Jim, a former Confer-
ence champion, was toying with your boy Porter purely for the massage
effects of the mat, you backed down and said he couldn't pin Hersch. If I
was a betting man, Mr. Reeck, I would give you odds that Galles" will pin
Hersch in the Conference finals, providing they meet.
What does all this boil down to? Well, Mr. Reeck, I am firmly
convinced that Gittins would have added another mat burn to Johnson's
shoulders. And I am just as sure that Chip Warriek, Michigan's 145-
pounder, could have given Aerne a wrestling lesson. Perhaps, it's f
fortunate for your undefeated grappler that he didn't make the trip.
W HAT did it profit you, Mr. Reeck, to fool me into thinking that your
team was terrifically weakened? You've had your fun. Now, I'm having
mine. And he who laughs last . .'

Swimmers
To Meet Ohio
State Today
Nakama Is Buckeye's
Main Threat Against
Powerful Wolverines
By BUD LOW
The Wolverine swimmers should
have no trouble in chalking up their
third Conference victory of the sea-
son when they play host to Ohio
State at three o'clock this afternoon,
for the Buckeyes have little more
than Captain Keo Nakama-and
prayer.
Nakama Is Main Threat
Nakama, the Hawaiian torpedo,
who is one of the best swimmers in
the country, is slated to capture the
220 and 440. Buckeye Coach Mike
Peppe will probably enter his free-
style ace in either the 50 or the 100
in addition to the two longer events,
but little Keo will have his hands
full in eithei race. Undoubtedly Matt
Mann will split up the Mert Church-
Charlie Fries combination by putting.
the latter in the century and Church
in the shorter event. Both men have
done quite a bit better than Na-
kama's best time in these two sprints.
Freshman Paul Maloney is expec-
ted to give Nakama a battle in the
440, and the Maize and Blue star will
be out to break five minutes in the
quarter-mile. Nakama is National
1,500 meter champ, while Maloney
holds the one and five-mile titles.
Ohio State's only other chance for
a first rests on the shoulders of their
diver, Bob Stone. Stone has been
looking good in recent meets against
Northwestern and Oberlin, and a vic-
tory for the Buckeyes in this event
is predicted.
From all observations it appears
as though the mermen are from 20 to
25 points better than the Scarlet and
Gray squad from Columbus. The
Buckeyes have shown up very poorly
in their two meets so fiar, and the
Ohioans seem destined to lose their
Big Ten, National Collegiate and
National AAU titles which they an-
nexed last year.
Michigan Is Out for Revenge
Coach Matt Mann will probably
enter the same team today that swam-
two weeks ago against Great Lakes.
The times of the whole team, with
the exception of breaststroker Heini
Kessler, have been below par in the
meets to date, but it is expected that
the varsity will go all out in seeking
revenge for the defeat they suffered
at the hands of the Bucks in the
Conference last year.
Johnny Revolta Takes
Lead in Golf Opener
PHOENIX, Ariz., Feb. 4.-(P)-A
hot putter aided Johnny Revolta, Ev-
anston, Ill., in shooting a 66 on the
par 71 Country Club course today to
give him an early lead in the $5,000
Phoenix Open Golf Tournament.
Three birdies on the first nine gave
Revolta a two under par 34 going
out. He came in with a three under
par 32 after sinking a 20-foot putt
for a birdie on the 410-yard 17th
hole. He dropped another 20-footer
on the sixth.

'Hose-Nose' Runs Again

BOB UFER
. . . star of the track team, will
compete again in the 600.-yard dash
and in the two-mile relay, when
the team attempts to break the
Millrose, Record, in the Millrose
Games at Madison Square Garden
today.
Tea m petes
In Milirose
Games Again
By BILL LAMTBERT
Michigan's veteran two-mile relay
team will compete in the Millrose
Gaines tonight at Madison Square
Garden with the two-fold purpose
of defending their 1943 champion-
ship and establishing a new record
in their specialty.
Three of last year's squad, Bob
Ufer, John Roxborough and Ross
Hume are out for a greater victory,
and Ross's brother Bob Hiume will
take Dave Matthews' place to round
out the squad. All these sprint aces
have been running the 880-yard run
under 1:58, and if they live up to
expectation, should burn up the
boards in tonight's race of the year.
Victory, however, will be a tough
accomplishment as competition will
surely be the best that is available
during thie war period. Last year's
victory, it will be remembered, was
only garnered by the slight margin
of a yard and a half as Bob Ufer
came from behind in the last thirty
yards to break the tape.
Ufer, National Indoor and Big Ten
Conference quarter-mile champion,
will compete in a special 600-yard
run against a host of the country's
best talent, namely Cliff Bourland,
Southern California ace; Jimmy
Herbert. whom Ufer just beat to the
wire last year, and Joe Nowicki,
holder of the 1943 half-mile event.
Ross Hume, who won the Confer-
ence mile last spring, will be com-
peting in the Wanamaker mile, a
strictly invitational classic. The
Wolverine star will have to do better
time than he has ever turned in
before, in the face of such crack
iilers as Gil Dodds, 1943 Millrose
winner; Bill Hulse, Metropolitan
AAU champion; Frank Dixon, vet-
eran National Scholastic mile cham-
pion, and Earl Mitchell, former Indi-
ana miler.
The balance of the squad will be
made up of Elmer Swanson, strap-,
ping hurdler, who will run against a
picked field, and Bob Segula, ace
pole vaulter, who has been under
Coach Doherty's tutelage for three
seasons. Dick Barnard, who has been
turning in good times-in the 880" and
who was making a strong bid for a
spot on the 2-mile relay team, did
not make the trip.
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Matmen Play
Host to Green
Gopher Squad
Michigan Team Bids I
For Third Successive
Win of the Campaignf
By HANK MANTHO
Michigan's "title bound" wrestlers'
will put their untarnished slate on'
the block at 2:30 p.m. today in the
Yost Field House, as they bid for
their third successive win of the sea-
son against an inexperienced Minne-
sota team.
Minnesota arrived in town today
via Detroit and both teams will weigh
in at 9:30 a.m. The starting time of
the meet has been moved up a half
hour and will begin at 2:30 p.m. in-
stead of 3 p.m. as per-usual. This
was done because the Gopher mat-
men are miainly composed of Navy
men and they only have a 48-hour
leave.
Matmen Have Extensive Practice
The Maize and Blue wrestlers have
had intensive practices all week in
preparati'on for today's Conference
tilt with Minnesota. They concen-
trated mainly on take-downs, pinning
holds, and correcting some of the
major mistakes made in previous
matches, with a few individual bouts.
Bob Reichert, Jim Galles, and
Johnny Greene are the only three
Wolverines undefeated to date, and
their efforts to continue these win-
ning streaks should prove to be an
added sidelight.
Galles and Greene will compete
against the two top-notch perform-
ers of the Gopher squad when they
meet Roddy Lister and Verne Gagne
in the 175-pound and the heavy-
weight division, respectively. Both
of these men are also undefeated and
will bring envious records with them.
Lister and Gagne Are Undefeated
Lister has scored falls over each
opponent that he has encountered
this year; Gagne, ex-footballer, has
only wrestled once this year as he
just took over the duties of Capt.
Bill Aldworth, who has been injured.
However, Gagne made a name for
himself at Robbinsdale High School,
winning the 175-pound state title in
his junior year and the heavyweight
crown in his senior year.
Coach Ray Courtright feels confi-
dent that Michigan will win, but be-
lieves that Minnesota will give a good
account of itself, as was evidenced
by his last statement, "You never saw
a Gopher just lay on his back against
any Michigan squad."
STARTING LINEUPS
MICHIGAN Wts. MINNESOTA
Reichert 121 Wingard
Gittins 128 Perkins
Oberly 136 Brock
Warrick 145 Curry
Curtis 155 Nelson
Wilson 165 Doseff
Galles 175 Lister
Greene Hvy. Gagne
Hawkeyes Call Off
Dual Atihletic Mees
IOWA CITY, Iowa, Feb. 4.-WV)-
The University of Iowa announced
today the cancellation of its two-
meet 1944 indoor dual track card with
Minnesota and Wisconsin. Earlier
this week the Hawkeyes called off
their dual wrestling schedule with the
same schools.
The cancellations were due to lack
of manpower, E. G. (Dad) Schroeder,
director of athletics, said. Iowa will
be represented, however, in the Big
Ten wrestling and track champion-
ships by several athletes, Schroeder
added.

By DAVE LOEWENBERG
Michigan's cagers finally snapped
their seven 'game losing streak by
pounding out an easy 65-49 triumph
over a weak Indiana five last night
at the Field House.
Elroy (Crazy Legs) Hirsch paced!
the Wolverine attack by rolling up
eight field goals and six free throws
for an impressive total of 22 points.
Hirsch's play under the backboard
was nothing short of sensational, asj
this versatile athlete, time and time
again, leaped into the air to snareE
enemy rebounds.
Tommy King, Michigan's top scor-
ing conference ace, continued his
drive for the individual scoring
championship as he chalked up five
field goals and six charity tosses for
a total of 16 points. King has now
scored 125 points in nine Big Ten;
tilts, giving him an averageBof ap-
proximately 14 points a game.
Wolverines Take Lead
Michigan jumped into an early
3-0 lead on a basket and free throw
by King. Dick Peed, Indiana's fine
center, then counted for the Hoosiers,
and the score read 3-2. Hirsch and
King then registered two free throws
apiece for the Maize and Blue, apd
Coach Bennie Oosterbaan's crew held
an 8-2 advantage. $am Young, In-
diana's sharpshooting guard, then
dumped in two baskets and a free
throw and Indiana trailed the Wol-
verines by a narrow 8-7 margin. In-
cidentally, this was the closest that
Indiana came to overtaking the ram-
paging Wolverines in the entire
game. John Leddy then sank a one-
handed shot from the free throw cir-
cle, putting the Wolverines ahead 10-
7.
From this point on, Michigan
started to roll and sparked by leaping
Elroy Hirsch and Dave Strack, the
Maize and Blue jumped into a com-
manding 24-9 lead. Indiana then in-
jected a little life into their attack,
and managed to score three baskets.
Michigan, not to be denied, again
started another scoring barrage, and
a few minutes later, the half ended
with the local squad on top, 32-21.
The second half opened with a free
throw by Indiana's forward, Gene
Faris, but Michigan countered quick-
ly on Hirsch's one-handed shot from
the left side of the court, and the
score read 34-22 in Michigan's favor.
The Wolverines then began to put
the pressure on, and after nine min-
utes of play, Michigan had coasted
into an overwhelming 48-20 lead.
King and John Leddy were the stars
in this Wolverine splurge.
Maize and Blue Continue the Rout
Indiana tried valiantly to fight
back but lacked the experience to
cope with Michigan's fast-breaking
aggregation. Even though Coach
Oosterbaan sent in a maze of substi-
tutions, this failed to keep the lgaize
and Blue from continuing their scor-

ing rampage, with Wolverines storing
almost at will, the game ended sever
al minutes later, and Michigan. had
registered its highest score of the
season, a 65-49 triumph over a hap-
less Indiana quintet.
In a preliminary tilt, Michigan's
re serve team whipped an array of
Marine footbaal stars 28-27 last night
at the Field House.
The two teams will clash again to-
night at 8 p.m. in the Field House to
wind up the two-game series. Indiana
Coach Harry Good intimated that
his team will put up a better showing
than its spotty performance in last
night's affair, but all indications
point to another Wolverine triumph,
their third in Conference competi-
tion.,

Wolverines Trip Hoosier
Quintet in Fine Fashion
Hirsch Racks Lp 24 Points To Lead Attack;
King Continues To Set Big Ten Scoring Pace

TIME MIX

INDIANA (49)
Retlherford, f ....
Rowland, f ......
Ray, f.. .... .
Shields, f.......
Faris, f . ........ .
Peed, c .........
Young, g ........
Mercer, g ........
Brandenburg, g . .
Lewman, g .......

G
5
2
0
0
.5
S3
1
1
1
0

TOTALS ... .18

1
4
0
0
0
4
2
1
0^
2
0
13
F
0
0
0
6
2
0
0
1
15

PF
4
1
0
1
2
1
1
0
1
1
12

T'
14
4
0
0
14
8
.3
2
4
0
49
TP
16
12
0
2
2
2
8
1
65

MICHIGAN (65)
King, f ..........
Strack, f ..... .
Wiese, f........
Thompson, f.
Hirsch, c
Shrider, g......
Lund, g ....,.....
Leddy, g ....,... .
Ketterer, g ..,... .

Cx
6
0
1
8
0{
1
4
0

PF
1
2
0
U
2
2
1
2
2
12

TOTALS . ...25

Halftime score: Michigan 32; In-
diana 21.
Badge rs Upset
Wildcat Quintet

MADISON, Feb.

4.-tAl-Wiscon -

sin handed Northwestern its first '
setback in the current Big Ten bas-
ketball race tonight, downing the
Wildcats 50 to 47 in a double over-
time contest before a capacity crowd,
of 12,200.
After trailing through most of the
regulation game, Wisconsin went
ahead 37 to 33 with five minutes left
to play. Center George Felt slipped
under the basket for a Northwestern
score, but guard Russ Wendland, a
former Wildcat star himself matched
it, leaving the Wildcats still behind
by four points. Felt and guard Jerry
Carle, however, countered once each
to tie the count at 39-39 as.the gun
sounded.

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Sextet Meets ParisSquad Tonight

By J0 ANN PETERSON
When the varsity hockey team
takes to the ice at 8 o'clock tonight
against a squad from Paris, Ont., it
will be the continuation of a rivalry
which has existed for several seasons.
If the Maize and Blue loses it will
be for the fifth straight time to the
Canadian cub, which always brings
a powerful team to Ann Arbor. So
there is more than the usual amount
of determination to win. It will be
something of an attempt on the part
of Michigan to shatter the Paris jinx
which has lasted for four years.
Abbey To Play
Vince Abbey,4 who was unable to
practice during the early part of the
week because of an injured knee, will
be in the line-up tonight. This saves
Coach. Eddie Lowrey the problem of
re-arranging his forward wall, and
will leave Lowrey with the line which
was so successful in the Fingal en-
counter a fortnight ago, and was
only slightly weaker last week-end.
Abbey, Ted Greer, centering, and
Johnny Jenswold, will make up the
front line. At the defense posts will
be Tom Messinger and Bob Hender-
son who have played throughout sev-
eral of the contests, giving out an

excellent style of hockey. Dick Mix-
er, who has done well in the nets
will again get the call for goalie.
Upton Makes Second Line
The second line which alternates
frequently with the starting wall, will
be manned by Jack Athens, Capt.
Bob Derleth, and Herb Upton. Upton,
Purdue Spills
Buckeyes, 59-49
COLUMBUS, 0., Feb. 4.-(A)-Pur-
due's Boilermakers outspeeded and
outfought Ohio State in the last half
tonight to gain a 59 to 49 victory over
the Buckeyes and thus retain their
perfect record in the Big Ten basket-
ball race. It was the second Western
Conference defeat for Ohio State.
The Buckeyes led for more than
half the game, having a 24 to 21 mar-
gin at half-time. When Purdue got
out in front, however, at 30 to 29
the Boilermakers never relinquished
their advantage.

freshman wing, has not seen much
action in the past two games as
Lowrey has built up his second line
with Gordie Anderson at left wing,
but Upton has shown considerable
strength during recent practices and
will get the nod over Anderson.
The Paris line-up has not been as-
certained as yet, and no record of
what the team has done so far this
season is available. However, Lowrey
is confident that the Canadian club,
as usual, will bring along a group of
experienced players who can be
counted on to give the Michigan
squad a bang-up battle.

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