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Pucksters Encounter Detroit Auto Club To


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Wrestlers, Trackmen To Seek
Big Ten Titles This Weekend


Daily sports Editor


Matmen Have Four
Wins, Three Losses
Terminating its 1946 schedule,
Michigan's varsity wrestling team
will compete in the Big Ten Confer-
ence matches this Friday and Satur-
day with Coach Newt Law's Illini
grapplers as hosts for the occasion.
The Wolverines end their season
with a record of four wins and a trio
of defeats in dual competition. Ac-
cording to Coach Cliff Keen, this
year's squad was as good a team as
he has led. Keen has coached con-
tingents which have won the Confer-
ence championship on two occasions
and placed second four times. He
was also doubly pleased with the
team's performances as only one man
on the squad had any wrestling ex-
perience before grappling for the
1946 aggregation.
Squad Showed Progress
The team gradually progressed
with each succeeding match and
the season was marked by the con-
sistency which every man displayed
in delivering a stirring perform-
ance when called upon. The climax
of the year was the surprising up-
set handed Michigan State's Spar-
tans, which, previous to encounter-
ing the Maize and Blue wrestlers,
was rated one of the best college
squads in the entire nation.
Another highlight of the season
was the return to competition of Dick
Kopel, a veteran of three years in the
Armed Forces. Kopel was Conference
champion at 121 pounds before leav-
ing school. His first match was
against State, at 136 pounds, and de-
feated an Oklahoma state champ at
that weight.
Michigan wrestling teams have
never fallen below the .500 mark in
dual competition, and this year came
through to keep up that precedent.
Keen Unsure of Starters
Keen isn't sure as yet who will def-
initely go in the Conference matches
at Champaign. A certainty to start
is Capt. Bill (Corky) Courtright, who
will grapple in the 155-pound class.
Courtright has lost but one match
this year that being to Illinois color-
ful 165 pounder, Dave Shapiro.
At 121 pounds, Keen intends to use
either Kopel or Jim Stark, who has
competed at that weight all season.
Stark has a record of six victories as
against one setback. Kopel might be
used in the 128-pound division, but
if not, Keen will give John Allred the
nod. Allred was the regular 128-
pounder throughout the schedule and
has but one blemish, his first match
in competition against Indiana, on
his record.
Since Stu Snyder has graduated,
three men are vying for the call in
both the 136- and 145-pound brac-
kets. Wayne- Smith, Art Clements,
and Maurice Smith are the contest-
ants for the berths, and all have seen
considerable action this year.

Michigan Underdog
To Ilini at Chicago
Michigan will enter the Indoor
Track Championships to be held in
Chicago this weekend as underdogs to
the thinclads from Illinois.
Illinois for the first time will have
a team that has balance, the strong-
point of Michigan teams in the past
years, as well as a large number of
individual stars. The Illini have so
far taken the measure of every op-
ponent, including the Wolverines in
a thrilling meet held in Ann Arbor
two weeks ago.
In an interview yesterday the Maize
and Blue coach said "Illinois has
about 20 men that have the ability
to make points for their team."
The Illini perhaps are strongest in
the dashes and hurdles where there
is plenty of secondary strength in ad-
dition to two individual title holders.
Bill Buster and George Walker
copped the honors in the dash and
hurdle events respectively.
In the dual meet held here both
Bob Mathis and Jack Pierce finished
ahead of Wolverine Bob Swain. In
the hurdles Bill Cooley will support
the Illinois cause with Walker.
In the quarter-mile Coach Leol
Johnson will have six men who have
shown considerable talent in their
early season performances. Herb Mc-
Kenley, who for several seasons was
one of theoutstanding track stars in
the East, has bested Hugh Short,
Michigan's recent transfer from the
same part of the country.
Marce Gonzalez, Gene Bedell, Joe
Hayes, Bob Rehberg and Buster all
have turned in very creditable times
in either the mile relay or 440-yard
In the distance events the Illini are
much stronger than usual. Bedell,
Don Brennema, Vic Twomey, and
Eric Hughes are all capable perform-
ers. Twomey is a freshman star who
took the measure of Michigan's best
two' miler, Charles Birdsall, in their
only outing this season.
In the field events the Illini will
be paced by two title holders, Bob
Phelps, who last year won the pole
vault, and "Dike" Eddleman, title
holder in the high jump and point
getter in the broad jump. Illinois
also has three other vaulters who
have cleared 12 feet, while Buster
has done well in the broad jump
The proof of this team balance is
proven by not only their two thirds
of a point victory over the Wolverines.
Just last week the Illini completed
their pre conference meet schedule
by completely overshadowing Indiana
by the almost unbelievable score of
Candidates for varsity tennis
team should report to the Sports
Building at 1 p.m. any day this

1945 CAPTAIN - Mert Church,
leader of Michigan's 1915 swim-
mers and member of Ust season's

Conference eanpio
relay team.

410 yard

Even though there won't be many
Conference records broken, the Big
Ten's initial peacetime swimming
meet this weekend at Minneapolis
will reflect a definite transition from
war to peace.
For not one of 1945's winning times
xvould be fast enough to win this
year. In fact, some of the '45 times
wouldn't even gain a place.
Michigan's Mert Church took both
the 50 and 100-yard freestyle sprints
last year with clockings of :23.8 and
:52.5 respectively. This year Halo
Ilirose of Ohio State has been timed
in :23.4, :23.5 and :23.6 for the 50
and has done :52 in the 100.
Particularly interesting is the 200-
yard breast stroke in which no less
than five Conference breast strokers
have already topped the 2:35.8 clock-
ing of 1945 co-champions, Heini Kes-
sler of Michigan and Vern Ojampa of
Minnesota. Ohio State's Jim Coun-
silman has the best time so far with
a 2:25.6.
Dick Maine of Iowa has already,
clipped nearly six seconds off the 150-
yard backstroke time made by In-
diana's -Knight, 1945 Conference
backstroke king. Maine's best this
year is 1:?6 as compared with
Knight's winning 1:41.9 in 1945.
Jack Hill of Ohio State holds a pair
of "bests" for 1946. His 2:10.7 in the
220-yard freestyle event is well ahead
of KeodNakama's title-winning 2:14
in 1945.
300-yard medley relay teams from
Ohio State, Michigan, Iowa and
Northwestern have all bettered the
Wolverine's 3:06 winning time for
the event in 1945. The Ohio State trio
has the year's best effort, a fast 2:56.
Michigan's 3:44.2 by its best 400-
yard freestyle relay quartet of
Mert Church, Bob Breen, Gordie
Pulford and Charley Fries gave the
Maize and Blue a first in the event
in '45. Coach Matt Mann's 1946
crew boasts a freshman quartet of
Charley Moss, Matt Mann, III,
Dave Tittle and Dick Weinberg that
has twice hit 3:33.8, nearly 11 sec-
onds better than '45.
No, there probably won't be many
Conference records broken this week-
end. But the days of mediocre war-
time swimmers are over. There'll be
a lot of good times turned in this
weekend heralding the return of col-
lege athletics to peacetime activity.

DETRO11'. March 5 --- The
Boston-bound Detroit Red Wings
have a chance Wednesday night to
lodge themselves in third place in
the National Hockey League, provid-
ing they can stage a performance
which will equal their last meeting
with the fading B'uins.
That was on Feb. 24 when the
Bruins invaded Olympia Stadium
here and retired at the end of the
game on the short end of a 4-3 score.
They were completely outplayed and
only a pair of goals in the final period
shortened the Detroit lead to a less
lopsided figure.
Wednesday night's game will be
the final meeting of the two clubs in
the regular season, and each is cred-
ited with three wins, three losses and
three ties. The last time Boston
downed Detroit was on Feb. 13 when
the Red Wings were shut out 3-0.

Wolverine Sextet Shoots For
Sixteenth Triumph of Season
Hockey Teamii Has Onc Victory 1) oDate
Over Club To Be Played at Windsor Tonight
Michigan's hockey team, encountering the Detroit Auto Club tonight at
Windsor, will be shooting for its second consecutive victory over the Detroit
sextet which recently captured the International Amateur Hockey League
Coach Vic Heyliger's charges expect to face a much more improved team
than the one they defeated earlier this season at the Coliseum, 4-2. Reports
on the Detroit club indicate that it is -
one of the top amateur squads in the fense positions will be Captain Connie
country, and boasts several outstand- Hill and Clem Cossalter, with Mac-
ing puckmen who were instrumental Donald guarding the goal.
in downing the Bright's Goodyears
team in the International champion- lige 1wl alternate his starting
ship series. Hr li newi t enter iW a tg
The Maize and Blue's main prob- forward line withcenter Walt Gacek
lem will be stopping Herb Jones and and wingmen Neil Celley and Wally
Pete Bocchini, leading scorers for the Grant, while Bob Marshall and
Detroiters. Jones was the big gun inJnsonwilinterchange with Hil
the title clinching tilts, accounting and Cossalter.
for a total of seven goals and four After the Auto Club game, the Wol-
assists, also managing to mark up two verines have two more encounters

1946 CAPTAIN - Heini Kessler,
present swim leader, who will
head the Mermen this weekend at
Minneapolis in the Conference
Dodgers Roast
Father and Son
-(P--Brooklyn has a unique fath(
and son story this spring in rook
outfielder John "Jack" Corriden, JI
and his 59-year-old dad coach John
by Corriden, Sr., of manager Le
Durocher's board of strategy.
Red-faced Johnny Sr. is gettir
one of the biggest thrills of his
years in baseball from his son's fig]
for a job with the Brooklyn ball clu
yet he remains strictly neutral-or
neutral as a father ever can be aboi
his own son.
It was all planned years ago, f
when the elder Corriden was manaj
ing and coaching around the min
leagues after his playing days we
over, Jack was always out at the par
shagging balls in the outfield
playing catch with the players.


Any second-semester freshmen,
sophomores or upper classmen in-
terested in trying out for The
Daily sports staff report at 4:15
p.m. today to the Publications
hat tricks, while Bocchini was credited
with the deciding goal which gave
the Auto Club the International Ama-
teur crown.
Wolverines Weakened
Michigan will not be at full
strength since three varsity players
have been declared ineligible. The
Wolverines have lost the services of
defensemen Ross Smith, Bob Arnot,
and Jack Maclnnes who tended the
nets for 20 straight games. Ching
Johnson Jr. will substitute for Smith
and Jack MacDonald has replaced
MacInnes. The Maize and Blue's new
goalie made his initial appearance of
the season last week against Michi-
gan Tech.
Taking the ice for the Wolverines
in tonight's contest will be Gord Mac-
Millan at center flanked by Bill
Jacobson and Al Renfrew. In the de-


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Ex-Coast Guard Mat Coach
Now WrestlingforMichigini



Coach Cliff Keen's wrestling squad
can boast of one of the youngest ex-
coaches in the business in the person
of 18-year-old ex-Coast Guardsman,
Wayne Smith, of Fort Dodge, Iowa.
Smith, or "Smitty," Michigan's
top 145-pounder, began his career as
a coach shortly after entering the
Coast Guard. His skill on the mat
attracted the attention of the train-
ing program directors and he was
drafted for duty as a physical edu-
cation instructor and wrestling
He conducted classes in "dirty"
fighting tactics and calisthenics ,
during the day, and an extra-cur-
ricular class for those interested
in learning to wrestle.
"Most of the boys had never wres-.
tied before," Smith recalled, "but
they seemed to enjoy it. Just before

I got my discharge, I refereed a
After holding his job for a month,
Smith won an appointment to An-
napolis. He was discharged and is
currently taking preparatory courses
at Michigan for the Naval Academy.
In his Big Ten wrestling debut,
lie was defeated by Indiana's Elias
George, whom he described as "the
strongest man I ever met."
After the Indiana meet, Coach
Keen had Smith shed enough pound-
age to enable him to wrestle in the
135 pound class against Purdue. His
decisive 15-6 winover Willis Stanton
proved the effectiveness of the move.
The Fort Dodge youngster began
wrestling while still in junior high
school. He won the "Seven City" 128
pound championship when he was a
senior in high school, and he finished
third in the Iowa State meet just be-
fore entering the Coast Guard.

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