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hree Conference Meets on Weekend's Sch


Thinclads' Hopes for Fourth Straighi Crown
Based on Team Balance, Strength in Distance

Matmen To Ring Down
Curtain in Big Ten Meet
V "

Divers laise Natators' Hopes
In Fight for Conference Title
NEwtfCQomer ' (Neil the Minnesota meet after only two
weeks of practice and turned in a
rs,,,r ,,l ,,,,,,,erM ice showing.
IFor the first time this year Mann

Humes, Thomason
Are Threat in Mile
Team balance and strength in the
distance events will be the Michigan
answer to Illinois' bid to take away
the Big Ten Indoor Track Crown that
the Wolverines have held for the past
three seasons in the track carnival
that opens tomorrow in Chicago.
In the past Maize and Blue teams
have won several team titles although
they did not take as many individual
crowns as did other teams.
Wolverines Won Despite Owens
Back in the days of the great Jessie
Owens, Ohio State took a majority
of firsts, but the Wolverines took
team honors by piling up points with
numerous seconds, t h i r d s, and
fourths, in almost every event.
Then last year in it's eyelash vic-
tory over the same Illinois squad, it
was outstanding strength in the dis-
tance events that brought the laurels
to Ann Arbor.
Ken Doherty will take 22 men on
the trip to Chicago, probably the
largest contingent from any one
school. And it is hoped that Chuck
Lauritsen and Chuck Birdsall, lead-
ing Wolverine pole-vaulter and two-
miler, will be able to compete. Both
athletes are at present on active duty
in the Navy in Virginia.
Mile Run Strongest
Michigan will probably field its
strongest entry in the mile run. The
Hume twins, Ross and Bob, will run
with Bob Thomason, who is the out-
standing miler on the squad this sea-
son. Bob has run in the last three
Wolverine meets while Ross has seen
action only against Illinois.
In the two-mile, in addition to
Birdsall, will be Dean Voegtlen and
Rog Kessler, two much improved thin-
clads. In the other distance run, the
half-mile, Wolverines Herb Barten,
who has turned in a 1:58.5 perform-
ance; Archie Parsons, Chuck Lok, and
Thomason will all be striving for
Short Seeks Revenge
Hugh Short will again be out to

Wrestling this weekend for the last
time during the current season,
Coach Cliff Keens grapplers will leave
today for Champaign where they will
compete in the Western Conference{
Wrestling meet.
Competition will be strong this
year, for many veteran wrestlers have
recently been discharged from the
armed services. Many of the matches
will be closely fought.
Three Favorites At 121
Leading off in this weekend's
tournament will be the 121 pounders.
In this class Mike Rolak, Joe Kes-
selring, and Michigan's Jim Stark are
the favorites. Rolak and Kesselring
will wrestle for Indiana and Ohio
State respectively. Also favored in
this division is Bob Burwell of Illi-
nois, who was Big Ten champ in 1944.
This year's heavyweight matches
should prove very interesting. Con-
tenders for honors in this bracket are
Illinois Bob Wilson, Ohio State's
George Bolas, and Wisconsin's Bill
Bennett. Wilson, former conference
champ, has already defeated Bolas,
last year's conference winner, while
Bennett is undefeated for the season.
"Corky" Favored At 155
Bill Courtright, Michigan's cap-
tain, is favored in the 155 pound
division. George McCool of Indiana,
and Warren Gregory of Purdue will
also be tough contenders for the title
in this class.
Keen competition will be seen in
the 165 pound matches. Pre-match
favorites are Illini Dave Shapiro, and
Iowa's Dick Gray. Both men were un-
defeated in this weight.
Bob Antonison, Mike Rajoevich,
and Dick Moore are the favorites at
175 pounds. Wrestling for Illinois,
Purdue, and Indiana respectively, An-
tonison and Rajcevich are former
conference champs, while Moore has
an unblemished record for this sea-
Macias Is Undefeated
Romeo Macias, wrestling at 128
pounds for Iowa, is most likely to win

the title in this weight. Macias, who
was last year's conference champ, is
undefeated in two years of Big Ten
competition. Also favored in this
class is Dick Kopel, recently returned
to Michigan from the armed services.
Kopel is also a former conference
Four men are favored in the 136
pound matches. These are Bob Quim-
by of Indiana, Joe Garcia of Illi-
nois, Wayne Smith of Michigan, and
Bill Mottelson of Purdue. Smith has
been out of training because - of ill-
ness, and Wolverine mentor Cliff
Keen hopes that he will be able to re-
gain his earlier form before starting
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knotted the count 30 seconds later.
The Auto Club scored twice more in
the initial frame on goals by Levine
and Bobby Palmer.
Celley netted another marker for
the Wolverines in the second period
on a pass from Grant at 1:43 of the
second period. No scoring took place
until 16:09 of the second period when
Jacobson made his second goal.
The first 57 seconds of the final
period saw both clubs increase their
score by one, Mandino for the Auto
Club, and Grant for the Maize and
From then on in it was all in favor
of the Wolverines. Jacobson scored
his last goal at 3:12 and MacMillan
netted two at nine and ten minutes
respectively. The last goal came on
a pass from Jacobson. The Wol-
verines seemed content with the score
and spent the rest of the time fighting
off determined but fruitless bids by


Diving, which cost Michigan's swim-
ming team the NCAA title in 1945,
may well help the Maize and Blue
natators take their third straight
Conference title this weekend at
Wolverine coach, Matt Mam, fig-
ures that his divers will at least make
it interesting for Ohio State's heav-
ily-favored tankers. Among the Maize
and Blue swimmers who entrained for
Minnesota country yesterday were a
quartet of divers and on them Mann
is basing his hopes for the crown.
Two Lettermen to Dive
The Michigan boardmen are veter-
an lettermen Alex Canja and Gil
Evans, freshman Ralph Trimborn and
a newcomer, Tommy O'Neil. Canja
and Evans have been Wolverine main-
stays all year while Trimhorn has
shown fine form in the number three
spot for Mann's crew.
O'Neil enrolled at school last semes-
ter in the refresher course for vet-
erans. He immediately turned out for
the Maize and Blue tank squad and
impressed Mann so much with his
diving that the Wolverine coach de-
cided to prepare him for the Confer-
ence meet. O'Neil dove exhibition in

will use Bob Matters in the 200-yard
breast stroke event. In the 100-yard
distance Matters is the top breast
stroker in the Conference. If he can
make the 200-yard distance, the Wol-
verines may pick up some valuable
All Finals on Saturday
Michigan will get a break on the
event schedule. All the finals will be
held on Saturday night making it
impossible for the Buckeyes to con-
centrate Halo Hirose, their only sure
point-winning free-styler, in more
than three events. Mann will have
a pair of top-ranking sprinters in
Charles Fries and Dick Weinberg.
Thus, it is almost certain that one
of the relay events will fall to the
Wolverines. Fries has not faced Hi-
rose this year and Weinberg was not
up to par last month at Columbus.
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HOPEFUL LEADER . . . Elmer Swanson, star Wolverine hurdler, who
has been elected acting captain of the track team to replace Dick
Forrestel who is on active duty in the Navy.

top Herb McKenley in the quarter-
mile. Horace Coleman, Bill Haid-
ler, Val Johnson, and Jim Pierce are
all under consideration for the re-
maining positions at this distance.
The four men to start in the mile
relay have not yet been named.
Elmer Swanson and Neil Macintyre
will enter the high hurdles for the
Wolverines. Swanson, John Larsen
and Jack Martin will run in the
hurdle event. Bob Swain's Navy
transfer has taken Michigan's only
entry.in the dash.

Michigan's strongest field event will
be the shot put, where Chuck Fonville
and George Ostroot are rated closely
behind Purdue's Bill Bangert. Bob
Harris will be the only contestant in
the high jump, while Bob Baker and
Larsen will compete in the broad
jump. Lauritsen and Lou Fintel will
be Michigan's pose vaulters.


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WHEN COACH FRITZ CRISLER calls his gridders out for spring practice
next month, he no doubt will feel as though it's old home week down at
Perry Field. For the Michigan mentor will be grecned by some very familiar
I8' c' swhic'h have been absent from this campus for quite some time.
Amonig those returning to the Wolverine grid picture after a stretch
with the armed forces are Paul White, Jack Karwales, Bob Chappius,
Bob Vernier, and Elmer Madar. Cliff Wise and Jack Petaskey are also
reported back. Merv Pregulman, All-American guard in 1943 may be
back for next fall's grid campaign but at present is still in the Navy.
White was elected captain of the Maize and Blue grid squad for the '43
season after leading his team in scoring the previous year. Paul was
called into service after the Minnesota game and saw action as a Marine
pilot in the Marianas. Last week he stopped off in Ann Arbor with his
brother. John, a transfer from Ohio State, is also expected to play for Michi-
gan lhis year.
A little over his playing weight which was about 185, Paul is dwarfed by
brother who stands about six-foot-four and weighs in around 225 pounds,
Incidentally John played tackle for the Buckeyes in '42, and his presence at
Michigan will certainly be appreciated by Mr. Crisler.
With the return of Karwales, Madar, and possibly Petoskey Michigan
will not be lacking in end talent. Especially since Captain Art Renner is one
of the last season's regulars certain to return. Karwales played both end
and tackle for the Wolverines in '41 and '42 and helped the Collegians de-
feat the Washington Redskins in the annual All-Star game the following
summer. With the army, he also played for the 3rd Air Force and the
Hawaiian Flyers. He returned to school this term.
'w0B(c,1APPIUS and Bob Vernier, Michigan's Toledo "twins" are also
back. Both played football and baseball together in high school
and then came up to Michigan. Vernier won his football letter at the
quarterback spot while "Chappie" was one of Crisler's ace passers.
Neither, however, may turn out for spring praceice since both have
shown talent on the diamond also and will probably play for Coach Ray
fisher instead.
Madar was Michigan's starting end for two seasons prior to entering
the army. Petoskey, brother of the Wolverine's Ted, was another Wolver-
ine letter winner. Wise won a pair of letters and was one of the leading
Maize and Blue halfbacks in '41 and '42.
Twoi more of Michigan's greats have recently joined the pro ranks.
Ed Frutig who played end here a few years back recently signed a contract
with the Los Angeles club of the new All-America Conference at a reported
salary of $7500, which is a few thousand more than he made playing for
the Detroit Lions this last year.
Bob Kolesar, who is now an intern in Cleveland has pit his name on a
contract to play for the Browns, also an All America Conference entry.
Kolesar won three letters and was a standout guard as a member of Michi-
gan's "Seven Oak Posts" line in 1942.

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