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Sextet Aims at
Wolverines To Oppose
Sault Ste. Marie Team
With four straight victories to its
credit, Michigan's hockey team will
be aiming for number five at 8 p.m.
tomorrow at the Coliseum when the
pucksters encounter the Sault Ste.
Defense tactics are the theme of
this week's practice sessions since the,
defensemen appeared faulty in cover-
ing up in front of the net and did
not take care of the break-away
plays fast enough in last Saturday's
tilt. The return of Clem Cossalter,
varsity defenseman, to top form has
bolstered the team. Cossalter was in-
jured during scrimmage two weeks
ago, and has seen little action since
then, but i expected to play to-
Little is known about the Sault
Ste. Marie team, other than it is
composed of experienced Canadian
pucksters. Last season theWolver-
ine's opponents captured 20 out of
22 tilts, and the Maize and Blue puck
mentor expects tomorrow's engage-
ment to be a tough game.
Up to date Heyliger's charges have
averaged almost seven goals a game.
The Wolverines have been scored on
12 times while they have marked up
27 points. Leading the team in scor-
ing is Bill Jacobson with six goals,
and Wally Grant holds the distinc-
tion of marking in every game.
The Wolverines will play their first
Big Ten game on Jan. 18, here,
against Minnesota and will follow it
up with a return match against the
Gophers on the 19th. Prior to that,
Michigan is scheduled to meet the
De Lasalle Junior Club of Toronto,
on Jan. 2, and Sarnia, on Jan. 5.
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By MARY LU HEATH
Associate Sports Editor
WITH Jan. 1 approaching, the answers to the Associated Press's annual
poll of questions on the outstanding sports figures and events of the
year trickle into the headquarters of the news service from sports desks all
over the county. With Daily sports interests centered in one college, it would
hardly be fitting for us to speculate on the standouts in the national sports
scene. But it is proper, we submit, to examine the AP questions from the
Michigan standpoint alone. N
Michigan teams had another of their customary top years. Conference
titles were bagged by the swimming, indoor track, tennis, and baseball
squads, with the other major aggregations pressing the Big Ten leaders.
The basketball team gave Iowa, the eventual champions, a bad night of it
one winter's evening in Yost Field House. The outdoor track squad won
all its meets right up to the final all-out excursion, and finished second to
Illinois in the Big Ten meet. And the golf squad lost out in the Confer-
ence tournament only after it had beaten all its scheduled opposition, in-
cluding the '45 titlist, Ohio State.
The Associated questionnaire itself, while a survey of the entire sports
field, deals with individual players and events as well as teams. We realize
that we are sticking our neck out a la dopesters who make the weekly foot-
ball predictions, but here goes, anyway.
WHO WAS THE MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR?-There were many
,outstanding athletes at Michigan in 1945. Jack Weisenburger, the fresh-
man who brought down major letters in football, basketball, and baseball
to become a possibility as the first 11-letterman in Michigan history, is a
leading contender for any "best" title. Joe Ponsetto, Michigan quarter-
back who gained honorable mention on the All-American despite an in-
jury which kept him out of action most of the season, is another.
Our own pick is Ray (Red) Louthen, the pitcher who won eight games for
the Wolverines. Louthen, a Western Michigan V-12 transfer, had beaten
Michigan the preceding season, but turned the tables to defeat his former
teammates last spring. He notched an amazing earned run average of 1.13
besides failing to drop a single decision.
WHAT WAS THE OUTSTANDING TEAM?-We would say the Michi-
gan football eleven fits that category most appropriately. Although they
lost three games to the top teams in the country, the gridders came back
in a strong finish to clinch second place in the Conference for themselves.
Inexperienced at the beginning of summer practice, superlative coaching
had molded them into a first-rate, smooth-working aggregation by the
time the final whistle sounded at the Stadium.
WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST SPORTS SURPRISE OF THE YEAR, TEAM,
OR INDIVIDUAL?-Two overtime losses by the cagers fill the bill. In its
first game of the season against the defending champions, Ohio State, the
Wolverine quintet forced the Bucks into a 44-41 overtime. Called potentially
the "top team in the country" by Basketball Coach Bennie Oosterbaan, the
Ohio Staters left Ann Arbor with renewed respect for the Michigan squad.
The same general pattern was followed midway in the season when the
quintet held Iowa to a tie decided by another overtime decision which went
to the Hawks, 29-27.
Tangle at Feld House
Keen Se s Semifinals, Finals for Thursday
As Mat hopefuls Vie for Varsity Berths
By CHUCK LEWIS
Preliminaries and quarterfinals of
the all-campus wrestling tournament
will be held this afternoon at 4:00
p.m. on the mats of Yost Field House.
This tournament, the first of its
kind in recent years at the Univer-
sity, is being held in conjunction
with conditioning the varsity wres-
tling team for its first dual matches
against the University of Indiana at
Bloomington on January 19, but any
regularly enrolled student in the Uni-
versity is eligible to participate.
The finals of the tourney will be-
on Thursday, December 20, and
the weighing-in exercises last
night. In the 121-pound division
are Jim Stark, Bra- Straatsma,
and Frank Drayton. John Allred,
Bill Lamb, and Jon Driefus will
wrestle at 128 pounds. At 186 will
be Maurice Smith, Dick Richard-
son, and Bob Evrsele, while the
145 pounders inluewayne Smith,
Bob Jobson, Hank Ismond, Chuck
Martz, Sy Hunter, and Bob Wein-
gartner. Jack Russell, Stu Snyder,
Bill Cranston, and Pete Clements
will grapple carrying their 155
pounds, and among the 165s will
* * C
NEW YORK, Dec. 18--(!)-Hank
Borowy, a slender righthander whose
sale by the New York Yankees to
Chicago clinched the pennant and
almost won the world series for the
Cubs, paced the National League
pitchers in both won and lost percen-
tage and earned run average.
Official 1945 pitching figures re-
leased today showed Borowy's record
of 11 wins and two defeats was easily
the best and his earned run mark of
2.14 gave him a decided advantage
over runner-up Harry Brecheen of
be Sam Spevak, Bill Womendorf,
and Sol Quackenbush.
Footballers Ward Peterson and
George Chiames will compete at 175
pounds with Bob De Nuyl, Sam Bos-
worth, and John McGowan. The
heavyweights wrestling in the tour-
nament are Tom Jones, R. W. Sny-
der, Stu Wilkins, Al Wahl, and Walt
The only two lettermen on this
year's squad, Captain Bill Courtright
and Art Sachsel, will not wrestle in
the tournament but will be used in
the capacities of referees.
Gold medals will be awarded to
the winners in each weight divi-
sion, and every match will consist
of three two-minute periods.
This is the first bit of competition
for' the wrestlers this season.
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fusing scores last winter after the New
York scandals came to light."
In connection with last year's ru-
mors of gambling operations, The
Daily was also asked by the Athletic
Department to refuse scores of all
Wolverine athletic events to telephone
The 1944 investigations of basket-
ball gambling, centering around
games played in Madison Square Gar-
den, finally resulted in the discovery
that several members of the Brook-
lyn College team had agreed to
"throw" several games.
At that time it was revealed that
telephone calls seeking results of
games played here were a common
occurrence, although any suggestion
that Michigan players might partici-
pate in any "deal" were denounced
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"greats" and the National Profes-
sional League's most valuable player
in 1944, says he has reached the end
of the gridiron trail.
In an interview with the Atlanta
Journal, the former Georgia All-
American said a knee injury prompt-
ed his decision to devote his time to
his face in Youngstown, O.
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