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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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Hopes for Third Straight Conference Crown
Fade with Swimmers' Defeat by Ohio State

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Mann Refuses To Concede Title to Buckeyes;
Wolverines Count on Tcam Balance To Win

Hopes of the Michigan swimmers
for their third straight Conference
crown inrthe Big Ten meet this week-
end at Minneapolis took a big nose-
dive over the vacation when the Wol-
verine natators absorbed a 57-27 plas-
tering at Ohio State.
Matt Mann, III, gave the Maize
and Blue their only win of the meet
in the 440-yard freestyle event but
he didn't have to face the Buckeye's
ace, Jack Hill. With the meet tucked
away, the Ohio mentor, Mike Peppe,
kept Hill under wraps and what
might have been a thrilling race
turned into an easy win for Mann.
But there were a few bright spots
and Coach Matt Mann refuses to con-
cede the title without a fight. For one
Wit .Tigers
At Lakeland,
LAKELAND, Fla., March 4-(/P)-
Paul (Dizzy) Trout, a 20-game win-
ner in the American League for two
straight years before a combination
of ailments cut him down to 18 wins
last season, chiefly from lack of work,
believes his lame back won't be both-
ering him in 1946, but he has more
than his share of minor pains and
aches in the Detroit Tigers' spring
camp.
Because Dizzy, the Hoosier work-
horse, is determined to get into shape
quickly, he's Trainer Jack Homel'st
No. 1 customer on the rubbing table.
Working Hard
Pitching batting practice almost
daily to strengthen his arm; running
and running again to build up his
legs, Trout has hardly a muscle that
isn't stiff and sore.
"My back is stiff, my arm is stiff,
my shoulder's sore, my legs are sore-
I've even got blisters on my toes,"k
Dizzy groaned at the windup of ones
of the Tigers' early Lakeland work-
outs.
"To tell you the truth, I believe the
only thing about me that isn't stiff
and sore is my hair."
Manager Steve O'Neill, marveling
at the wonders of Florida weather in
bringing his Detroit Tigers along at
a fast conditioning pace, declared to-
day that he "never saw anything like
the stage we reached in our first week
of camp-why we're actually 10 daysc
ahead of any training season I canI
remember. It's remarkable."I
Tigers 'Way AheadN
Satisfied that his 50-odd Tiger can-
didates reported in grade A shape,c
nossibly because half of them arei
a'vice dischargees, Steve declared,I
"we started 'way ahead in condition-a
ing, and we're staying ahead.
"Why, who ever heard of playingt
a nine-inning squad game after ac
week of training? That's what we did.f
Ordinarily we'd have three or four
six-inning games before we started
playing nine.i
"Not only the pitchers, but the hit-r
ters too are 'way ahead. We're going4
to be playing in June form when theY
season opens-at the rate we're
going."
Detroit centerfielder Barney Mc-b
Cosky, who pulled a hip muscle in av
practice baseball game last week, wasp
not in uniform today and Trainer h
Jack Homel said he probably would p
lay off another week because of the
cool weather.
Pitcher Al Benton, Stubby Over-A
mire, George Caster, Virgil Trucks,C
Hal Manders and Fred Hutchinson L
worked during batting practice rounds L
as the Tiger sluggers showed no im-I
provement in their hitting.'

thing Charlie Fries didn't make the
Ohio trip but will be available for
the Big Ten meet this week-end. His
presence will add valuable points in
the free-style sprints and strengthen
both relay teams.
Two of Mann's freshman freestyl-
ers, Dave Tittle and Charley Moss,
have looked very good in their last
starts. Both have been clocked under
:53 for the 100-yard distance and
Tittle pushed Buckeye star, Halo
Hirose, to a record :52 in the 100 at
Columbus.
The presence of Bob Matters may
bring the Wolverines a win in the
medley relay. Matters picked up a
lot of ground against the Buckeye's
Jim Counsilman in the breast stroke
leg of the relay last week. If Mann
can gain a little more speed on the
backstroke leg, the Wolverines might
possibly score an upset.
Matters turned around and swam
backstroke in the 150-yard back-
stroke race against Ohio State, fin-
ishing second to Buckeye Dick Fet-
terman. The Buckeyes took a one-
two monopoly on the breast stroke
event when former National AAU
king, Counsilman, and Earl Trumble
wound up in that order ahead of
Wolverines Bob Sohl and Heini Kes-
sler.
On his sterling performance at
Columbus Buckeye Ted Cristakos will
be a big favorite to cop the low-board
diving honors. The Ohioan looked
sharp in handing Michigan's duo of
Alex Canja and Gil Evans its initial
defeat. Canja finished second while
State's Miller Anderson edged Evans
for third.
Ohio State will probably walk off
with individual honors this week-end
while Michigan will rely on team
strength in seconds and thirds to off-
set the Buckeyes' individual lum-
inaries. Scoring is on a 6-4-3-2-1
basis so that a combination of second
and third more than counters a first.
Detroit Fi Yhts
For fce Loop
Playoff Berth
With Montreal still leading the pack
despite Sunday's loss to the Detroit
Red Wings, the National Hockey
League race moved into the home
stretch this week.
Toronto, last year's Stanley Cup
champions, have been virtually elim-
inated from, the play-offs, trailing the
Red Wings and Boston Bruins who1
are tied for the third position, by 10
points. With only six games to play
the Leafs have only a mathematical
chance of ending up 9mong the first
four teams.t
Meanwhile the high-riding RedI
Wings have won four and tied four1
in their last eight games and are
now within striking distance of the1
leading Canadiens who won last
year's N.H.L. title.t
The Montreal sextet has played 44
games and leads Chicago Blackhawks
by a single point, having scored 24
victories and gained 4 ties for 52
points. Boston and the Red Wings
have 48 points, but the Bruins have
played one more game than Detroit,
The standings:
'eam.s .1 ,. GF, GA.
Montreal ..... .24 16 4 52 147 1 16
Chicago .....22 15 7 51 179 148
Boston ...,.....20 17 8 48 145 141
Detroit ....... ..19 15 10 481121 122
Toronto ........16 22 6 38 145 162
New York ......10 26 9 29 123 171

Mat Hopes Rise
After Victory
Over Spartans
Big Ten Meet Slated
This Week at Illinois
Since the beginning of finals week,
Michigan's wrestling team has an-
nexed two victories, including a sur-
prise 15-9 upset over Michigan State's
highly-touted matmen, and is now
preparing for its season finale, the
Conference meet Friday and Satur-
day in Huff Field House in Cham-
paign, Ill.
At the end of dual competition,
Coach Cliff Keen's charges have four

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Cliff Keen's veteran wrestler who
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AAU king, Gale Mikles, his ini-
tial, defeat last week.
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The highpoint in this season's sched-
ule was the win garnered from the
Spartans. Keen said that the memory
of that eventful occasion will never
be forgotten.
Against State, the Wolverines were
faced by five state champions and
one national champion, but emerged
victorious in five of eight matches.
The feature of the match was the
victory of Michigan's Captain Bill
Courtright over Gale Mikles, last
year's National AAU champion at
145 pounds.
Another highlight was the return
of Dick Kopel to the mat. Kopel was
in service for three years. Prior to
his induction he was Conference
champion at 121 pounds. Against
Michigan State he rose to the occa-
sion, grappled at 136 pounds, and
defeated a former Oklahoma State
champion.
Keen said he was never happier
than he was over the showing of his
boys on that occasion. He said they
put on an amazing exhibition and
wrestled enough above their heads to
beat what is supposed to be one of the
strongest college wrestling squads in
the nation.

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Garden Mobbed
NEW YORK, March 4-(/P)-Bas-
ketball fans stormed Madison Square
Garden in such numbers for tickets
to the National Invitation Tourney
today that 50th Street was closed to
vehicular traffic and extra mounted
police had to be called to keep the
throng orderly.
Garden officials estimated that 10,-
000 tickets were sold in the first four
hours. The tourney is scheduled for
Mar. 14, 16, 18 and 20 with Ken-
tucky; Bowling Green, Ohio; Muhl-
enberg; St. John's of Brooklyn; Syr-

aciise and Wesl'Virginia already
picked for the eight,-team field. Ari-
zona, Rhode Island, North Carolina,
Louisiana State and Duke have been
mentioned for the two remaining
spots.
NEW YQRK, March 4--(/")-Jack
Dempsey, one-time heavyweight;
champion of the world, today was
named president of Boxing Promot-
ers of America, Inc., for a four- to
six-year period at a reported salary
of, $50,000.

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