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Teams Begin Big Nine

Title Quests


olverines Are Underdogs'
Ohio State in Swim Meet

Matmen Begin
Wrestling Meet
Prelims Today

4Three-Way Runner-Up Battle
Seen in Indoor Track Duel

Wolverine Sextet Meets Michigan Tech
In Final Two-Game Series of Campaign



Illinois All But Conceded Cinder,
'M', OSU, Badgers Best Bets for


COLUMBUS, 0., March 6-With
the idea of having nothing to lose
and everything to gain, 15 Michi-
gan swimmers arrived here to-
night preparatory to throwing4
everything they have into the
Buckeye pool tomorrow morning
for the opening of the 37th An-
nual Western Conference Swim-
ming Championships.
Ohio State, defending cham-
pions and hosts for this year's
classic, are top-heavy favorites
to repeat their 1946 triumph,
and everyone is speculating not
on who will win, but by how
many points the Buckeyes can
take the crown.
Coach Matt Mann and his
charges are ever hopeful of being
able to dampen some of this en-
thusiasm, and if determination
could spell victory, the Wolverines
would come home with the title.
The Maize and Blue squad is also
enlthusiastically .awaiting the
chance to avenge the 58-26 drub-
bing they received from the Buck-
Competition tomorrow will start
immediately at 9:30'a.m. with the
1500 meter race sdheduled for that
time. Coach Mann is not yet de-
cided on his entries, but they will
be chosen from Gus Stager, Jay
Sanford and Wally Stewart.
The rest of the day will be
taken up in, preliminary heats
and diving competition and then
tomorrow evening the finals of
the heats run during the day
will be on the docket. Finals in

the 50-yard and 220-yard free-
styles, the 150-yard backstroke,
the 300-yard medley relay, and
the one-meter diving are sched-
Wolverine entries in the "50"
will come from Harry Holiday,
Dick Weinberg, Tom Coates andy
Bill Crispin, while Stager and,
Sanford will try for places in the
330. In the backstroke, Holiday
and Art Johnson will be the Wol-
verine choices. ,
The 300-yard medley trio will
consist of three of the following
men: Holiday, Sohl, Weinberg and
Crispin. And in the diving the
Maize and Blue will enter Captain
Alex Canja, Gil Evans, Ralph
Trimborn and Tom O'Neill.
Saturday will be just as busy,
with heats being run during the
day and the meet ending at
night with the 440-yard and
100-yard freestyle, the 200-yard
breaststroke, and the 400-yard
freestyle relay finals.
In the "100" Coach Mann will
choose from the same entries as
he does in the "50," while Stew-
art will try to gain a final berth
in the "440." Sohl, Irv Einbinder
and Bill Upthegrove are Michi-
gan's entries in the breaststroke
and the 400-yard relay team will
be comprised of four of the six
freestylers making the trip.
Thus by Saturday night swim-
ming fans will know whether the
stories of Ohio State's invincivil-
ity are myths or reality.

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Michigan's wrestlers entrained
yesterday for Evanston, Ill., where
they will begin the preliminary
matches in the Big Nine Wrestling
Championships t o d a y on the;
Northwestern University mats.
Maurice Smith, scrappy Wol-
verine 136-pounder, was the last
addition to the eight-man lineup,
having won the nod over Ed
Grimes in a playoff match late
Keen Changes Lineup
Coach Cliff Keen made several
changes in the roster for the big
tourney. Offensive strategy led
him to.shift Captain Bill Court-
right down to his regular weight
of 155 pounds where he reigns su-
preme in the Conference. Bob
Betzig, Michigan's sensational
155-pounder, was moved up to
165 to complete the switch.
Wolverine George Curtis, former
Big Ten 145-pound titlist, was
sidelined with the flu early this
week and Phil Carlson was hand-
ed the 145-pound assignment.
Hugh Mack, regular 175-pound-
er, did not make the trip due to
an ailing knee, aggravated in the
recent Michigan State meet. Let-
terman Ward Peterson will wrestle
in his place.
Johnson To Wrestle
A comparative newcomer to the
varsity, Bob Johnson, earned the
121-pound assignment by virtue
of his fine performances in the
last two "B" team meets. John
Allred will appear in his usual
slot at 128 pounds and Dan Dwor-
sky will handle the heavyweight
Illinois' star-studded aggrega-
tion will give the Wolverines their
toughest opposition in the tussle
for the crown. The Fighting Mini,
defending Conference champions,'
trimmed the Wolverines, 15-11,
earlier this season and will be
out to do it again.
Illinois will enter the meet with
three returning champions from
last year in the lineup. Dave Sha-
piro, NCAA and Big Ten 165-
pound titlist, will spark the Ilini
Iowa Has Strong Team
Rough competition is also ex-
pected from the Iowa squad. The
Hawkeye team is built around a
talented group of ex-servicemen
headed by Joe Sarpello, 175-
pounder, who won the National
AAU crown in '42.
Indiana, runner-up in last year's
meet, has another well balanced
squad which includes several top-
notch e n t r i e s. The Hoosiers
dropped a 14-12 decision to Illi-
nois in dual competition earlier
this season, but surprised every-
one by crumbling before the Wol-
verines who handed them a 34-6
Purdue, winner of the 1945
championship, has been hampered
by injuries this season, but will
be in there pitching in the Con-
ference clash. The Boilermakers
handed Michigan its worst defeat
of the current campaign, 20-10.
This year's Michigan basketball
team finished higher in the Con-
ference standings than it has at
any time since 1937 when it ranked



Cliff Wise, Michigan's num-
ber one pitcher last spring, was
elected captain of the 1947
baseball team in a run-off elec-
tion yesterday afternoon.
Initial balloting was held
Wednesday and resulted in a
tie between the flinger from
Jackson, and Howard Wikel,
infielder and pitcher from the
1943 aggregation.
Wise returned last year to
resume his position as leading
hurler of Michigan's nine, a
spot which he left to do a five
year stint in the Army in 1941.
The lanky right-hander gar-
nered seven wins and no de-
feats last season to help pitch
the Wolverines to second place
in the Big Nine Conference. His
best effort of the 1946 cam-
paign was a four-hit master-
piece as he shut out Western


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Earns Ilonors
Except for the unfinished Wis-
consin-Purdue game, all the re-
turns on the 1946-47 Big Nine
cage season are in, and the early
balloting finds Michigan's Mack
Suprunowicz elected on the first
team of one All-Star squad and
the second team of another.
The Wolverine was named to
the Free Press All-Conference
first team along with Ralph
Hamilton, (Ind.) Jim McIntyre,
(Minn), Walt Lau tenbacoh,
(Wis.) and Jack Smiley, (111.).
He was named to the United
Press second five as Hamilton and
Maclntyre were the only men to
make both first teams. The rest
of the top UP quintet included
Paul Hoffman (Pur.), Herb Wil-
kinson, (Iowa), and Glen Selbo,
Bob Cook, (Wis.) teamed with
Suprunowicz as the UP's second
pair of forwards, while Jack Un-
derman (OSU), Lautenbach and
Smiley completed the runner-up

When the preliminaries of the Big Nine Indoor Track Champion-
ships begin tonight at Champaign, Ill., Michigan's thinclads will begin
a struggle against Ohio State and Wisconsin for runnerup honors,
while Illinois, the defending champs, is a sure bet to repeat its victory
of last year.
The Wolverines' best hope for an individual title rests on the
broad shoulders of record-smashing Chuck Fonville. The Maize and
Blue shot putter and Illinois' Norpian Wasser will hook up in the rub-
ber match of their personal dual. Both Wasser and Fonville hold one
decision in their two meetings so


far this season. The Conference
meet record of 51 ft. 8 3/8 in. has
already been bettered by these
two iron ball tossers as well as by
Fortune Gordien of Minnesota.
Close Battle Seen in 880
A battle right down to the wire
is in prospect for the half- mile
title when defending champion
Herb Barten or Don Queller of
Michigan, Illinois' Bob Rehberg,
Mal Whitfield of Ohio State and
Indiana's Tom Deal churn up the
cinders. The smooth - striding
Whitfield has turned in the best
time in the 880 this year, a 1:55.1
clocking against Michigan last
week while all the other contend-
ers for the crown, except Barten,
have broken. 1:56 this season.
In the two-mile defending
champion Charlie Birdsall of
Michigan will have to fight off
the bids of John Twomey of Illi-
nois and Wisconsin's Don Gehr-
mann to retain his title. Of the
three distance men, Twomey has
come through with the fastest
clocking this year, 9:16.2, while
Gehrmann has stepped the dis-
tance in 9:26.8.
McKenley Out for Record
Illinois' fast-flying Herb Mc-
Kenley should have no difficulty
snaring his second indoor quarter-
mile title. The high-stepping
Jamaican has uncorked a 48.3
quarter this season and has a
good chance of lowering the
American indoor record of 48.1
which he tied at the Big Nine
meet last year.
The Illini's strength is not con-
fined to the cinder paths. They
can count on sure points from
Bob Richards, a pole vaulter in
the 14 ft. class, and Dike Eddle-
man who has cleared the high
jump bar at 6 ft. 6 in.
Walker, Wright in Hurdles
Two former Conference cham-
pions will skim overithe hurdles
when defending title .- holder
George Walker of Illinois and
Buckeye Bob Wright tangle in
both the highs and the lows. Both,
however may find themselves nip-
ped at the tape by Bill Porter of
Northwestern, w h o hia s tied
Wright's Conference mark of 8.5
for the highs this year.
A fast mile relay is in prospect
when Illinois, with McKenley an-
choring, Michigan and Ohio State
clash in the final event of the two
day meet. The Illini foursome
are rated the' class of the field
on the basis of their 3:19.2 clock-
ing this season with the Maize
and Blue quartet a close second.

week. To replace Balestri, Coach
Vic Heyliger will dress reserve de-
fensemen John Maturo and John
Griffin. Neither has participated
in competition to date.
Jacobson is still ailing from a
severe groin injury suffered in
the Minnesota series and aggra-
vated in practice last week. Be-
cause of the blond forward's
absence, Herb Upton will play
left wing on both the second
and third lines. i
Gordy McMillan 'nd Al Ren-
frew, the two leading scorers on
the squad, will play on the first
line with Dick Stairak complet-
ing the trio. Wally Gacek will

Closing a successful 1946-47
hockey season, the Michigan sex-
tet will face Michigan Tech in a
two-game series this weekend, the
first of which will be at 8 p.m. to-
night in the Coliseum.
Again the pucksters will enter
a contest ' at less than "full
strength. George Balestri, ace
defenseman, and Bill Jacobson,
star center, both will be -out of
action. These two men have
been instrumental in Michigan's
fine showing this year.
Balestri, who has a phenomenal
total of 11 goals for a defenseman,
was called home because of the
death of his father earlier this
There are still a limited
number of tickets available for
the Michigan-Michigan Tech
hockey games today and Sat-
urday. Students may pur-
chase them in the Athletic Ad-
ministration Building between
8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. today.




center the number two combine
with Upton and Ted Greer flank-
ing him. Greer was hurt in the
Windsor Spitfire game last Satur-
day but will be able to play to-
night. The third line will see
George Peugeot and Sam Stead-
man playing with Upton.
Captain Connie Hill and Bob
Marshall will bear the brunt of
Michigan's defense in their last
two games of the season, and
Jack McDonald will again be
the Wolverine's guardian of the
The Huskies from Houghton
come to Ann Arbor with a record
of five wins and 11 defeats, but
this does not tell the whole story,
as their opponents have scored
only seven more goals than they
have. Also the Engineers have

had 147 more of their shots
ped at the goal crease than
two goalies, Jack Noblet an(
Waite, have halted.
There are two brother
on the Houghton squad.
Mark, and Roy Olsen are al
wings, while their Coach I
Maki has two brothers, I
and Alfred, playing on his I
Minnesota holds four vi(
over the Huskies, one of
went into overtime and
which were closely con
games. On the other han
Wolverines have a record c
wins, one loss, and one tie
the Gophers, and so the
and Blue will have two bus
nings tonight and tomorrow
Michigan Tech invades the





Hinsdale and Adams House
swimmers took both ends of a
doubleheader to enter the quar-
ter-finals in the residence halls
swimming and water polo cam-
The Hinsdale waterpolo outfit
dropped Green House, 3-1, with
Jack Huckins scoring all three
goals for the winners. In the
nightcap Hinsdale's natators cap-
tured firsts in most of the indivi-
dual events to sink Tyler, 36-25.
Versatile Art Fields churned in
ahead of the field in the 25 yard
breaststroke and then won the low
board diving for Hinsdale.
Adams gained the quarter-finals
in waterpolo in a convincing 3-0
manner over Williams, while their
swimming crew outpointed, Chi-
cago, 33-28. By virtue of a for-
feit from Prescott, Allen-Rumsey
advanced to the fourth bracket
in swimming and to the same po-
sition in water polo as they de-
feated Winchell, 2-0. Prescott for-
feited in water polo to Chicago
and Green House submerged
Vaugn, 38-23, thus rounding out
the quarterfinal list with the fin-
als slated for the I-M Open House

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Pete Elliott, Michigan basket-
ball captain, was the only other
Wolverine to be cited for stand-
out Conference play, being
named to the Free Press second

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Suprunowicz received addition-
al honors when he was named to
the Michigan State All-Opponent
five despite the fact that he ac-
counted for only 19 points in two
games against the Spartans. Wis-
consin's Cook, John Brennan and
Kevin O'Shea, (Notre Dame), and
Ralph Beard (Kentucky) were al-
so named to the Spartans All-Op-
ponent slate.
All Fouled Up
WHITTEMORE, Ia., March 6---
(P)-When a member of th'e Al-
gona Independents fouled out in
the closing seconds of a basketball
game with Whittemore it was the
ultimate misadventure for Algona
The player who fouled out had
just dropped in the basket which
deadlocked the contest at 57-57.
But lie was Algona's fifth player
to leave the game on fouls and
Algona had brought only five mer
here for the contest.
The oppositionless overtime was
a breeze for Whittemore.
The University Skating Club
will perform prior to the hockey
games at 7:30 p.m. tonight and
tomorrow night.



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