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Wolverine Eleven Gains IABITWO-THIRDS:

Cagers Get Ilini, OSU Outrun Thinelads

Sixth Ranking in Nation

Trackmen Yield I n ' Title
To Illinois' Unbeaten I nners

fmllaiia, Army, Navy
Han(I Only Losses
By DICK BURTON
Placing second in the Western Con-
ference standings and sixth among
the gridiron teams of the nation,
Miehiganfs 1945 football team dis-
played a team spirit and fighting
heart that stands alone in the foot-
3all annals of the school.
Fritz Crisler has never coached a
younger nor more inexperienced tear
than the one which took the field
against Great Lakes last Septembei
in the season opener. With a start-
ing lineup which included six 17-
year-old freshmen and a squad which
averaged 181 years of age, the Wol-
verines crushed the sailors 27-2," de-
feating a team which later proved
to be one of the best in the country.
Lose to Indiana
On the following Saturday, how-
ever, the Wolverines faced the finest
grid squad the University of Indiana
had ever produced. In a game that
eventually decided the Conference
championship, Michigan fell before
the powerful Hoosier team by a score
of 13 to 7, -although the Wolverines
came within five yards of a winning
touchdown in the last minutes of
play.
A highly-touted Michigan State
team was virtually helpless against
the Spirited Maize and Blue at Mich-
igan Stadium and the Wolverines
chalked up their second victory of
the season by the overwhelming score
of 40 to 0.
Come from Behind
A Northwestern touchdown in the
first few plays of the game placed
1946 Football Slate

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By ARCHE PARSONS
Small as it is, "2 J&" is a figure that
will live in the minds of Coach Ken
Dcherty's track squad for many years
as the most vivid memory of the
1946 indoor season.
By this margin, the Wolverine ag-
gregation suffered its only two losses
of the season, one a dual meet de-
feat at the hands of a rowerfil Illi-
nois outfit, and the other an un-
successful attempt to defend the in-
door Big Ten title against the same
Illini team.
Mile Relay Decides
In the Conference championships
at Chicago, the final result of the
meet hung in the air until the finish
of the last event, the mile relay. Hugh
Short, transfer quarter-miler from
Georgetown, where he set the world's
record for 600 yards, was matched
against Herb McKenley, who earlier
in the evening had tied the world in-
door 440 mark of 48.1 seconds held

by tie fous W]ve nue t- Bob
Ufer.
The Iilrcin, quar t tx as not to be
denied, and McKunl1: hit the tap:
first to snatch the title away from the
Maize and Blue. Michigan was forced
to return ione w ith only two chain-
pionships. Team Captain Charles
irdsall wen tne two-nile event and

SxtI Spot
Score 12 Priu-Miis
For 19-Gamne Slate
By BERNIE MEISLIN
Displaying a championship brand

'it Coifereice Outdoor Meet

IPuzrdue, Notre lanmc
Bow to '1' Tiiekisiqii
By ALYS GEORI3E
After losing men who scored 231
of the 55 2 3 points which the Michi-
gan track team racked up at the in-
door Conference meet, the Wolver-
ine thinclads had to be satisfied withj
third place in the Big Ten outdoor
meet this year behind the power-lad-
en Illinois squad and a surprising
Ohio State team.
Paced by Herb McKenley, who
sliced the world's record for the quar-
ter-mile by two-tenths of a second,

HAL WATTS

A NA TIONAL KING:
Courtright Leads Wrestlers
o Third Spot in Conference

Sept. 28
Oct. 5
Oct. 12
Oct. 19
Oct. 26
Nov. 2
Iis
Nov. 9
Nov. 16
Nov. 23

Indiana, here
Iowa, here
Army, here
Northwestern, here
Illinois, here
Minnesota, at Minneapo-
Michigan State, here
Wisconsin, here
Ohio State, at Columbus

Michigan on the defensive in their
second Conference battle but the
Wolverines came from behind to de-
feat the Wildcats, 20-7. The Crisler-
men showed their ability to capitalize
on the breaks of the game, a quality
in which they persisted throughout
the season.
New York fans will be a long time
forgetting the courageous, hard-
fighting Michigan team which pitted
itself against Army, one of the most
powerful gridiron machines ever as-
sembled in football history. But the
great Doc Blanchard, speed special-
ist Glenn Davis, and the Army pow-
er proved too much for the Wolver-
ines. The Cadets triumphed, 28-7.
Score Three in Final Period
Returning to Conference competi-
tion, Michigan faced the University
of Illinois at Champaign in a -game
played in 70 degrees of heat. After
battling through three scoreless quar-
ters, the Maize and Blue finally broke
through to score three touchdowns
in the last quarter, capturing their
second Conference victory, 19-0.
A capacity crowd of 85,143 packed
the huge Michigan Stadium to watch
the Golden Gophers of Minnesota
pit their weight against the fighting
Wolverines. The result was a terrific
upset in which Michigan completely
dominated the game, handing the
Gophers a 26-0 defeat.
Navy played host to Michigan at
Baltimore and the Wolverines sue-
cuimbed to the Middies, 33-7. The
Maize and Blue lost two excellent
scoring opportunities in the first half
of the game and was unable to
threaten the Navy's lead thereafter.
Purdue Passing Checked
Purdue's dangerous passing weap-
on boomeranged when they clashed
with Michigan November 27 in Mich-
igan Stadium, and the Boilermakers
suffered a stinging 27-13 defeat. The
visitors' defense crumbled under the
hard-hitting, fast-rushing Wolverine
attack and Boilermaker Bob DeMoss,
freshman passing artist, had little
chance to exercise his skill during
the entire game.
The Wolverines assured themselves
3f second place in the Conference
when they turned back a powerful
Ohio State team, 7-3, in a thrilling
battle. The Buckeyes netted three
points on a field goal by Max Schnitt-
ker to break a scoreless tie, but with
the help of some timely breaks and
a determined defense, the Wolverines
came back to score a last-quarter
touchdown.
Use Plenty of Subs
Crisler used a two-team system
throughout the season, sending in an
offensive line when Michigan had
the ball and substituting a defensive
combination when the Wolverine op-
ponents were in nnseicin *Lt

By CHUCK LEWIS
After a dismal start Michigan's
wrestling team ended a satisfactory
season gaining third place in the Big
Ten Conference and producirfg two
Conference champions, and one na-
tional king.
Highpoint of the season came on
the night of March 23 at Stillwater,
Okla., where Bill Courtright, cap-
tain of the team, won his match from
Jack St. Clair of Oklahoma A. &
M., 4-3, to take the National Colle-
giate Athletic Association 155-pound
title.
Courtright, known to his team-
mates as Corky, was the backbone of
the team throughout the year, and
the team's spirit was largely due to
his leadership. He5also took the Big
Ten title in the 155-pound division.
In the seven dual matches, Corky
lest but one match to Dave Shapiro,
national 165-pound champ from Illi-
nois. In winning his Big Ten title,
Courtright set a record by pinning
all four of his opponents.
Smith Takes Conference Title
Wayne Smith, freshman from Fort
Dodge, Ia., was the other Conference
title holder of this year's squad.
Smith wrestled in both the 136- and
145-pound divisions during the sea-
son and won his crown in the lower
class. Although he had had no pre-
vious wrestling experience before re-
porting to Coach Keen at the be-
ginning of the season, Smith showed
great improvement and won his
championship after having been out
of action as a result of an operation.
Another high spot of the season
was the return of Dick Kopel to ac-
tion. Kopel was Conference champ
at 121 pounds before leaving school
three years ago but returned in time
for the Michigan State meet. Wrest-
ling at 136 pounds Kopel de-
feated a State champ from Oklahoma
and later placed third in the Big
Ten meet. He trimmed himself down
to 121 pounds for the Nationals but
was eliminated in the semi-finals.
Other Mainstays
The other mainstays of this year's
squad was Jim Stark at 121 pounds,
John Allred in the 128-pound class,
Maurice Smith and Art Clements in
the 145-pound division, Stu Snyder
at 155, Ward Peterson and George
Chiames who wrestled at 175 pounds,
and Dan Dworsky, heavyweight
grappler. Besides Courtright, the on-
ly other wrestlers with but one loss
in dual competition were Stark and
Allred, both consistent winners
throughout the season.
The grapplers' record for the sea-
son was four wins against three set-
backs. The climax of season's com-
petition was the Michgan State meet
in which the highly-touted Spartans
went down to defeat before the in-
experienced Wolverines, 15-9. Pre-
vious to meeting Michigan, the Stat-
ers were considered one of the best
college teams of the country.

fie. iiman HIo a ten took the 810- ef ball on their home court, but fail-
yai- dHonors. The final {core st 00(1:
i llis .0 : ihign, 55r s2 d:ing to win more than one-third of+
,I e Wlve:. s pganrtilly avenged their games on the road, Michigan's
this defeat bly y aping Illinois in cage squad concluded th. 1945-46
the Purdue Relays at Lafayette, a season with a total record of 12 wins
fitting going-away present to two of and seven losses, and a Big Ten rec-
Michigan's all-time greats, the Hume ord of six victories balanced by an
twins, Ross and Bob, who wound up equal number of defeats, good for a,
their careers with another excellent sixth place Conference finish.
performance. Running together on The Wolverines were invincible in
the distance medley relay, they turned
pre-Conference tuneups, taking the
in their last victory under the Maize measure of Michigan Central, Romu-
Thomason, Leonard u lus Air Base. Michigan State, Great
I thhomas steoar f thwe sas Lakes and Utah before opening their
In the first meet of the season, Big Ten slate against a strong In-
Michigan walked off with the team diana five.
honors at the Michigan State Re-
lays, this meet was highlighted bya Selects Starting Five
thrilling tattle between Bob Thom- Coach Bennie Oosterbaan decided
ason. young Wolverine mile prospect, on a starting quintet of John Mul-
and Bill Leonard. Notre Dame's dis- laney and Glen Selbo at forwards,
tance star. On the mile anchor leg of Dave Strack, back from the 1942
the distance medley relay, this pair squad, and Toledo freshman Bob
fought it out the entire way, with Harrison at the guard posts, and
Thomason the winner by inches. sparkplug Pete Elliott at center.
Doherty's thinclads took two out of With but few switches in the start-
three meets here at Ann Arbor, ing positions, these men carried the
swamping Ohio State and Purdue in bulk of Maize and Blue cage burdens
one triangular affair, and taking through the year.
Notre Dame and Michigan State into In the opening Big Ten game,
camp in another. The only loss was Michigan's string of wins was brought
that 2/3-point heart-breaker to Illi- to a halt by Indiana in a thrilling
nois. 67-58 overtime battle. This loss was
Two other performers can be sin- the only Wolverine defeat on their
gled out for a word of praise during home court during the season.
the indoor campaign. Elmer Swan- Risen Leads OSU to Win
son, former Big Ten hurdles cham- One week later at Columbus, Ohio,
pion and slugging star on the current the hoopsters again faced stern op-
baseball team, returned to the Uni- position,'going down to defeat at the1
versity after service in the Marines hands of the Buckeyes, 57-40, as Arn-
to treat the fans to several commend- old "Stilts" Risen poured 15 points1
able performances on the cinders. through the hoop for OSU.,
Charles Fonville, outstanding fresh- Illinois came next. In a sensation-
man shot putter, cracked Bill Wat- al contest, Glenn Selbo dropped in a
son's first-year record in this eventast-mnte, lso rogedMichi-
heaving the iron ball 50 ft. 10 in., to last-minute foul shot to give Michi-
establish himself as a definite threat gan its first Big Ten win and an up-
to the world :tandards in years to set over the Illini, 49-48.
come. Spartans Even Scoret

CHUCK FONVILLE -- Freshman
shot putter and discus thrower,
who smashed all shot put records
for Conference first-year men with
a 52 ft. 6 5-8 in. heave.
the Illini more than doubled the
score on Ohio State, piling up 66%
points. The Buckeyes snatched sec-
ond plate from Michigan by 612
points, repeating their previous dual
meet victory over the Wolverines.
Turn in Best Performanres
Despite their defeat Coach Ken
Doherty's thinclads turned in some
of their best performances of the
season. Val Johnson was clocked in
21.5 for the 220, to give Michigan
fourth place points in this event.
Two-miler Ed Johnson stuck close
to the leaders during the eight-lap
grind over a sloppy track to garner

BILL COURTRIGHT

another fourth place for the Wol-
verines.
Michigan's mile relay team of Val
Johnson. Bill Haidler, Hap Coleman
and Hugh Short turned in its best
time of the year at the Conference
meet. nosing out Ohio State for sec-
ond place in 3:15.7, the fastest time
recorded by a Wolverine quartet since
1939.
Charles Fonville and George Os-
troot entered the scoring column
for Michigan by taking secondband
fifth in the shot put and grabbing
third and fourth in the discus throw.
Fonville's 147 ft. 7 in. throw breaking
the freshman discus record formerly
hcid by Bill Watson.
Return to Pre-War Standards
The times turned in during the
outdoor meets this year show that
track competition is returning to its
pre-war standards. Although finding
itself on the short end of an 80-42
score in its dual meet with Illinois,
the Michigan thinclads recorded some
of their best performances of the
season. Fonville broke the fresh-
iman shot put record for the third
time this year with a heave of 52
ft. 6% in., while Ostroot got off the
best toss of his collegiate career, 49
ft. 334in.
Bob Harris came through with a
leap of 6 ft. 4 in. in the high jump,
which he was unable to duplicate
again during the season. Although
trailing McKenley across the finish
line in the 440, Wolverines Short
and Coleman were clocked in 47.6
and 47.7, two of the fastest quarters
ever turned in by Maize and Blue
thinclads.
Defeat Purdue, Notre Dame
In its three other dual meets of the
outdoor campaign, Michigan's track
squad swept to impressive victories
over Purdue and Notre Dame, but
was upset by a fast-improving Ohio
State squad 67-55. Although hamp-
ered by rain and a soggy track, as in
every other meet of the season, Herb
Barten cracked his fourth freshman
record of the year in the meet with
the Buckeyes, being clocked in 1:56.5
for the 880.
Although they were unable to bring
back four titles from the Penn Re-
lays as they did in 1945, the Michigan
thinclads took third in the mile re-
lay, fourth in the two-mile relay,
fifth in the sprint medley relay and
Ostroot captured second place in the
discus throw.

wtmmers Play 'SecoiuI Fivule
To Ohios State its Big Te,i , 1NCAA 1

Frosh-Studded Team
Gains Winning Record
By CLARK BAKER
Daily Sports Editor
"Playing second fiddle" was the,
role of Michigan's swimming team
during the 1945-6 season as the Wol-
verines wound up snapping at Ohio
State's heels in dual competition and
at the Conference and NCAA meets.
With a well-balanced lineup studd-
ed with promising freshmen, Coach
Matt Mann's charges churned to se-
ven triumphs in nine dual meets and
completely dominated the Michigan
State AAU meets.
The two Maize and Blue setbacksr
came at the hands of Great Lakes
and Ohio State. The Great Lakes ag-
gregation coached by former Wolver-
ine, Dobby Burton, sank Mann's
crew in their opener, 43-41. A week
later the Wolverines turned the tables
on Burton's squad at the Lakes, 46-
'38.
OSU Tops Nation
Ohio State was the class of the na-
tion. The Bucks drowned Michigan,
57-27, at Columbus and went on to
score overwhelming triumphs in the
Big Ten, NCAA and AAU meets. In
the Conference meet the Buckeyes
outscored Michigan, their nearest ri-
val, 75-38. Their margin over the
Wolverines in the NCAA meet was
61-37. Michigan did not compete in
the AAU meet.
Other victories for the Maize and
Blue came over Northwestern, 47-34;
Purdue, 49-32; Michigan State, 48-
36; Wayne, 56-28 and 52-32; and
Minnesota, 56-28. Michigan State
came up with a strong team which

took third in the NCAA meet behind
Ohio State and Michigan.I
Outstanding for Michigan were
Matt Mann, III, freshman son of the
Wolverine mentor, Dick Weinberg,
Charley Fries, Dave Tittle, Gil Evans,
Alex Canja, and Bob Matters. Young1
Mann was the leading Maize and:
Blue scorer. He swam the 220 and
440-yard freestyle events, and was
one of the leaing distance free-
stylers in the nation.
Weinberg and Tittle, both promis-
ing first-year men, gave the Wolver-1
ines strength in the 50 and 100-yard
free-style dashes. Along with letter-
man Fries they were consistent pointi
winners. Evans and Canja returned1
from the armed forces to plug one oft
Michigan's biggest gaps in the div-l
ing. Evans svored a second in the
NCAA high board event.1
Matters Shines in Medley Relay i
Matters swam both breaststroket
and backstroke for Mann's outfit.,
Swimming on the 300-yard medleyt
relay team Matters came up withl
some fast times. Other key men on1
Mann's team were breast strokerl
Bob Sohl, diver Ralph Trimborn andt
freestyler Charles Barnes and Char--
ley Moss, all freshmen.
A quartet of Wolverine freshmen,
Moss, Mann, Tittle and Weinberg,
twice smashed the collegiate frosh
mark for the 400-yard freestyle relay
by churning that distance in 3:33.8,
nearly five-tenths of a second under
the mark set by a Yale foursome in
1939.
The return to peace was heralded
by a number of near-record per-
formances in the Conference. It was
figured that not a single one of
1945's tinning teams would be good
enough to win again this year.

After traveling to East Lansing,
where the Spartans evened their rec-
ord with the Wolverines, the cagers
went to Chicago to swamp the lowly
Maroons, 81-23, in the first contest
of the weekend, only to lose the next
evening to Northwestern and Max'
Morris, 60-41.
Home again, the hoopmen downed
the Wildcats in a return battle by
a 56-37 score. A second loss to Indi-
ana at Bloomington, 46-43, was fol-
lowed by a startling 62-46 upset vic-
tory over Ohio State at Yost Field
House. The Buckeyes went on to cop
first place in Conference standings
and receive a bid to the NCAA meet
in New York.
Win at Home Again
Two away games resulted in losses
to Wisconsin and an Illinois squad
rejuvenated by the return of two
"Whiz Kids.' Back home the Wolver-
ines once again donned cloaks of in-
vincibility, clipping Wisconsin 66-56,
Chicago's hapless Maroons by an 18-
point margin and Great Lakes 56-50.
Michigan closed the season, having
led the Big Ten in scoring and plac-
ing Capt. Dave Strack on the West's
team in the annual East-West bas-
ketball game. It was the last year in
which Strack and Selbo would com-
pete in Maize and Blue uniforms,
but Bob Harrison, captain-elect Pete
Elliott and John Mullaney will form
the nucleus of the 1946-47 quintet.

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