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Wyoming in

Last Non-Conference Game

Second Day of Wrestling
Tourney Clears Picture
Skillman Decisions Gittins in See-Saw Match;
Johnston, Freeman To Appear in Return Bout

Cowboy Tilt Precedes
Opener With Ohio State
Wolverines Hope To Gain Experience for
Conference by Meeting Tall Wyoming Squad
When Michigan's basketball squad tangles with the University of
Wyoming Saturday night in the Field House, it will mark the last non-
Conference game for the Wolverines before the Big Ten opener with
Ohio State Dec. 30.
It is particularly fortunate that Michigan's cagers will be meeting
the Wyoming quintet, for this game will give them a chance to gain
some experience against a tall squad, which will come in handy in Big Ten
competition. Coach Bennie Ooster-

As the second day of the intra-
squad wrestling tournament came to
a close, the semblance of a picture of
the probable starters began to take
Because of a mild upset yesterday
when Fred Booth decisioned Jim
Zumberge, 10-4, the complexion of
the 145-pound division has changed.
Zumberge had previously defeated
George Darrow, who was then con-
sidered the probable leader in this
In the featured match of the day,
Newton Skillman won a decision over
Bob Gittins by the narrow margin of
9-7 This was a see-saw engagement
in which the lead changed hands
five times until Skillman decided it
by blanket ;riding Gittins for the
majority of the final period, after he
had come from behind to tie the
Johnston in Close One
In what may be termed the second
Pucksters Will
Pla yNine Tilts
Sextet Faces Vickers
In First Fray of Year
The Wolverine hockey team will
swing into action January 6 when
thesextet opens the 1945 season fac-
ing the Vickers Hockey Club of De-
This is the twenty-fourth year of
hockey competition for the Univer-
sity of Michigan puck squad, and the
schedule has nine games of which
Minnesota is the only collegiate team.
Another oddity that concerns the
schedule, is that allthe games will
be played at home except when the
Wolverines travel to Minneapolis to
meet Minnesota.
The opening tilt is Jan. 6 against
Vickers. Jan. 13 the Wolverines op-
pose Minnesota at Minneapolis; Jan.
20, London Athletic Club; Jan. 27,
Brantford Athletic Club; Feb. 3, Min-
nesota plays a return engagement
here; Feb. 10, Waterloo Athletic Club;
March 3 Point Edward; March 10,
Owen Sound Junior Team; and
March 17, London R.C.A.F.
All the squads are Canadian ex-
cept for the Gophers, and every
match will be played on Saturday and
start at 8 p. m. Many of the teams
will not be new to the Maize and Blue
pucksters. Last season the Wolver-
ines faced Vickers, London A. C.,
Brantford, and it was the first time
since 1923 that the Michigan ice
team did not oppose Minnesota. The
Anal standings of the 1943-44 seasui4
for the Wolverines was five wins
against three defeats.
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featured match of the day, as it was
equally as important in the 128-
pound division as was the Skillman-
Gittins meeting in the 136-pound
bracket, Bob Johnston eked out a
4-3 decisionbover Dick Freeman in a
match that might have been decided
either way. In fact, the engagement
was so close that Coach Wallv Weber
stated that he would pit the same
two grapplers against each other
when the wrestling team resumes
training after the Christmas vaca-
Stuart Snyder, a 155-pounder, won
his second decision in as many days
by triumphing over Gene Ross. This
bout started at a terrifically fast
pace, with a touch of drama being
added to the proceedings when Sny-
der received a cut over his right eye
which continued bleeding throughout
the remainder of the match.
Snyder Wins
The score was very close going into
the third period when Snyder got a
good hold on Ross and succeeded in
pinning him after one minute and
31 seconds of the final period had
elapsed. Snyder, by winning this
match, elevated himself to the front
ranks of the 155-pound contestants.
The only other match of the day
produced a victory for Bob Spiegel
over Hugh Stancliffe, 7-0, in the 175-
pound class. Spiegel now appears as
the chief threat to Hank Mantho in
this division. Mantho has not been
able to participate in this tourna-
ment because of a wrenched back.
I -
Texas Cotton
Bowl Expects.
Record Crowd
DALLAS, Dec. 20-(IP)-Don't be
surprised, say Cotton Bowl officials,
if the big stadium is jammed to the
last row Jan. 1 when Texas Christian
and Oklahoma A. and M. hook up in
a wide-open battle.
It's because of the prospective of-
fensive struggle that tickets to the
ninth annual Bowl game are going
like ice cream cones at a county poli-
tical rally.
P. C. Cobb, director of ticket sales,
said today there had been the largest
advance reservation for any year ex-
cept 1941 when Texas A. and M. met
Fordham. Around 25,000 tickets have
been disposed of. They're now sell-
ing between the five-yard and goal
Cobb would not forecast a sell-out
of 46,500 but other bowl officials
thought prospects were good for the
stadium to be filled as it was in
Time For a Change?
Michigan has not won a Western
Conference basketball championship
since the season of 1928-29. That
year the Wolverines racked up 14
victories against two defeats while
scoring 475 points to the opposition's
333. Only one of the setbacks was
suffered in Big Ten competition.
The cagers also came out on top
of the heap in 1926-27, this time with
a 14 and three record, out-scoring
their opponents 571 to 425.
Cardinals Vote Dividend
ST. LOUIS, Dec. 20.-(/P)-- The
Board of Directors of the world
champion St. Louis Cardinals voted
a $3 dividend to the club's 130 stock-
holders today.

PACKERS GAIN-Left halfback Irv Comp (arrow) plows through the scattered New York Giants' line
to gain for the Green Bay Packers during the first quarter of the game in the Polo Grounds at New York.
The Packers won 14 to 7.
Team Balanceo Aid Michigan Swimmers
In '45 Quest for Conference,National Honors

Freesty lers Stand
Out in Swim Gala
Last Saturday's Swim Gala showed
for a certainty the makeup and+
material of the 1945 Wolverine swim-J
ming squad, which is out after Con-]
ference and National honors this
year, according to Coach Matt Mann.
The team appeared to be well-
balanced, boasting surplus power in
several departments, and showing
pctentialities good in the others.
The freestylers looked especially
good in the sprints, relays, and dis-
tance events. Captain Mert Church
and Chuck Fries in particular, showed
up well for their pre-seasonrtraining,
and Coach Mann looks forward to'
great things for this duo in the forth-
coming, meets. Duane Drake and
Charlie Higgins also have improved
in the past weeks, and may prove to
be large factors in Michigan's plans
for 1945.
Kessler Shines
In the 220-yard freestyle, Jack
Zimmerman placed third to Bill Ko-
gan and Matt Mann III, to put a
pleased smile on Coach Mann's face.
Zimmerman has been working hard
this year, and the arduous practice
is beginning to pay dividends.
In the breaststroke events, Heini
Kessler. sophomore ace, reigns su-
preme. Kessler churned through the
water to win the 100-yard breast-
stroke in the comparatively fast time
Dies in Detroit
Charles Henry (Chuck) Widman,
Michigan halfback who inspired
Louir Elbel to write the "Victors"
during the 1$96 ootoau season, died
Tuesday night in a Detroit hospital
after an illness of several weeks.
Widman, 65-year-old retired vice-
president of the Murray Corporation
of America, made the 85-yard run
against the University of Chicago
which gave Michigan the Thanksgiv-
ing Day game against the Chicago-
ans and lifted the spirits of Elbel,
depressed by the five point margin
by which the Wolverines trailed.
The '98 team, one of the best
Michigan aggregations ever assem-
bled, according to Fielding H. Yost,
was losing, 11-6, with three minutes
left to play when Widman took the
ball for his 85-yard jaunt up the
field. The final score was 12-11, and
the Wolverines went on to clinch the
Conference championship.

of :65.8. His times have been steadily
improving, and he may come close to
a new record before the season is
over, according to Mann.
In the backstroke department Gor-
don Pulford and Bob Munson are the
Maize and Blue's main hopes. They
placed second and fourth respectively
in Saturday night's competition, but
showed good form and potential win-
ning ability, while losing. Coach
Mann is planning a lot of work for
these two fellows, and holds high
hopes of backstroke points in the
future meets.
Divers Improve
Bill Gomez and Carl Agriesti, Mich-
igan's two divers, although not plac-
ing in their event, got off some fine
dives to give an indication of their

possibilities. Fancy diving is one of
the most demanding competitive
events as far as perfection is con-
cerned, and entails long hours of
practice. These boys, says Mann,
have the necessary natural ability,
and their scheduled training program
will go a long way toward giving
them the consistent perfection need-
Using the Swim Gala as a basis,
the Michigan mermen are in good
shape, and the coaching staff feels
quite sure that championships in
swimming will once more return to
Ann Arbor.

baan's chief worry this season has
been the lack of height among the
cagers, since any starting combina-
tion he could put on the floor would
not average more than six feet. Be-
cause of the 6 ft., 4 in. average of
the Cowboy team, this game will
provide an excellent opportunity for
Michigan to take stock of its forth-
coming Conference hopes.
Three Stand Out.
Standouts for the Cowboys so far
this season have been center George
Nostrand, 6 ft:, 9 in. transfer to Wy-
oming from High Point (N. C.) Col-
lege, and forwards Bob Porter and
George Eliopulus.
Porter, another transfer from High
Point, measures a casual 6 ft., 4 in.
in height. He is a very fast man
and an exceptionally good shot. Elio-
pulus, a 17-year-old freshman, is 6
ft., 2 in. tall, a fine shot, and a scrap-
py defense man.
The Wyoming team, which includes
seven freshmen and five sophomores,
boasts of no returning veterans from
the squad which won the national
championship in a thrilling overtime-
contest with St. John's in Madison
Square Garden two years ago, and
claims only one returning letterman
from the 1942 team. He is Leon
(Stretch) Brown, 6 ft., 4 in. guard.
The scarcity of veterans was caused
by the discontinuation of Wyoming's
basketball schedule last year.
Oosterbaan Experiments
Coa-gh Oosterbaan has been experi-

menting with combinations to com-
bat the tremendous height advantage
of the Wyoming squad. One radical
change in play which the Wolverine
coach might initiate is the fast break,
which might be able to give the small
but swift Michigan players an advan-
This would be a great change from
the customary form of attack, the
slow, methodical, set play style of
basketball, which Michigan has used
during past seasons.
Red Wings To
Face Rangers
DETROIT, Dec. 20-(P)-The De-
troit Red Wings, alone in second
place in the National Hockey League
after an even break in three games
since last Sunday, continue their
busy Christmas week schedule here
Thursday by meeting the New York
Since slapping the Rangers 10-3
here six weeks ago, the Wings have
made three appearances against the
New Yorkers-all in the East--and
had considerable difficulty coming
out of the series with a win, a tie
and a defeat.
After Thursday's tilt, the Wings
tackle third place Toronto twice
straight-at Toronto Saturday and.
here Christmas night.










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