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Clash of Season Features
Two Unbeaten Tank Teams



Hockey Team Satur

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Oatmen May
ace Badgers
hy Courtright
Due to the knee injury he suf-
red in the Illini meet last week-
d, Captain Bill Courtright quite
obably will not see action this
Lturday when the wrestlers face
isconsin following the Gopher
ge clash.
Courtright sustained his injury
the third period of his bout with
we Shapiro of Illinois, National
)legiate 165-pound champ, but
turned to the mat to finish out
e final frame in addition to two
ertime periods.
pith, Allred Return
A little sunshin'e somehow man-
ed to peep into the Michigan
mp this week when regulars
aurice Smith and Johnnie All-
I returned to action after a brief
nit on the injury list. Coach Keen
ay use these boys at 136 and
8 pounds, respectively, against
e Badgers if they round into
The Badgers have a seasoned
tfit, well stocked with returned
termen from last year's squad.
isconsin will be strongest in the
wavier brackets where Tony Bar-
ro will wrestle at 175 and Bill
nnett, a 230-pounder, will grap-
at heavyweight.
George Curtis, Conference
amp at 145 pounds back in '44,
s returned to the Michigan
estling scene and may appear
the Wolverines this Saturday.
s 4

Fencers Seek Approval

Ray Chambers Leads Foilmen
In Quest of Formal Recognition

A faithful band of fencing en-
thusiasts are constantly working
out at the Intramural Building
and Waterman Gymnasium these
days with no hope of representing
the school in formal competition-
in the near future.
Back in 1942 over 4000 names
were submitted on petitions.to the
appropriate individuals for even-
tual action and recognition by the
Board in Control of Intercollegiate
Athletics. Nothing has since been
heard about the request. Yet the
men are practicing continuously
day after day.
Impressive Group
The group at the I-M Build-
ing includes some skilled fenc-
ers; namely Norman Barnett who
boasts a midwest rating, Jack
Dreher, Minor Vandermede, and
the unofficial coach Ray Cham-
bers. The Waterman group is
mentored by Richard Suswerda, an
old hand at the sport. He claims
to have several men under his
tutelage that are really top notch.
It is his opinion that if the
school had a fencing team, it
could win the conference cham-
pionship in a year with the avail-
able material. He went on to say
that he had previously been re-
quested to coach a fencing team
here, but without any compensa-
Fencing today has spread to'
most schools in the country. The
Big Nine is represented by Ohio
State, Minnesota, Northwestern,
Illinois and Purdue. In the local

area Wayne, Michigan State, the
University of Detroit, Lawrence
Tech, and Case have teams, but
NOT Michigan.
No Special Build
As an indication of the popu-
larity of the sport here, before the
war there were 170 men and 130
women taking instruction. At the
present time the figure is less
impressive but growing steadily as
more and more students are find-
ing out about 'the fencing facili-
ties. The reason for such wide-
spread interest is apparent on
realizing that in 1939 a national
poll of sport coaches voted fencing
tops for the qualities of timing,
coordination, sportsmanship, quick
reactions, grace, carriage and
Fencers need not be of any spe-
cial build, for the sport consists
of three weapons, the epee, sabre,
and foil, each of which is par-
ticularly adapted to different
Although the season which ex-
tends from October to February is
just about over, the men are hop-
ing for some sort of miracle to
occur so they would find them-
selves on a team representing
Michigan for next year. Any ac-
tion of this sort depends solely on
the Athletic Board.
Anyone interested in learning
how to fence will be gladly* ac-
cepted at either Waterman in the
afternoons, or at the I-M Building
on Wednesday and Friday from
4 to 6 p.m., and other afternoons
for practice.

i 4

Daily Sports Editor
DURING the past decade sports
at the University of Michigan
have become crystallized into a set
form, with football on the top ped-
estal, and basketball, baseball,
swimming, hockey, wrestling, ten-
nis, golf, and track arranged side
by side on a slightly lower rung.
The objectionable fact is not
that these sports occupy a top po-
sition in the athletic heirarchy-
they warrant their emphasis be-
cause of their high spectator-ap-
peal. But what is dangerous is
that other sports have been com-
pletely crowded out of the var-
sity picture; as often happens,
crystallization has meant sterili-
Yesterday The Daily present-
ed a few facts and arguments
concerning boxing as the first of
three activities which should be
introduced into the Wolverine
athletic system as letter-win-
ning sports. Today, in the ac-
companying news article, the
story of fencing as seen, or not
seen, at Michigon today is un-
The case for fencing may even
be considered a little stronger
than that of boxing; for the es-
tablishment of the sport on a var-
sity level would not be an intro-
duction, but a re-introduction.
Fom 1927 until 1933 Michigan had
a recognized inter-collegiate fenc-
ing team participating in offi-
cial Western Conference cham-
pionship and dual matches.
After the conclusion of the
1933 season the sport was dis-
continued as the result of a
policy of economizing initiated
by the University due to the
depression. It has never been
Now that the finanial situation
is a little different, there is no
valid excuse for the continued ab-
sence of fencing from varsity com-
petition. Asking the same four
questions raised in connection
with boxing yesterday, we arrive
inevitably at the same conclusion.
WHILE fencing would probably
not develop into a self-sup-
porting activity, the overall fi-
nancial picture'at Michigan, as
mentioned yesterday, is certainly
not a dark one. Just as an exam-
ple, official figures have revealed
that the University had the larg-
est football attendance of any
school in the nation last year.
That interest exists in fencing
is attested to by the continued
daily practice of enthusiasts at
the I-M building.
Answering the third question,
competition is readily available.
In the conference, OSU, Minne-
sota, Northwestern, Illinois, and
Purdue have fencing squads, while
locally Wayne, Michigan State,
Detroit, Lawrence Tech, and Case
all have teams.
Finally, facilities are already on
hand. It doesn't take an elabor-
ate arena to stage a fencing meet.
For Real a
I Dancing Enjoyment

"They'll know they've been in
a meet, before the night is over,"
Coach Matt Mann stated yester-
day, referring to the highly-touted
dual meet scheduled for 8 p.m. to-
morrow between the two ranking
powers in national swimming cir-
cles, Ohio State and Michigan.
Both squads are unbeaten this
year in dual competition and the
Buckeyes have not lost a dual
meet since 1945. Coach Mike Pep-
pe's charges last year swept aside
all competition to annex the Big
Nine, National AAU, and NCAA
Feature event of the evening will
undoubtedly be the diving in which
Peppe will pit Miller Anderson and
Bruce Harlan against Michigan's
Captain Alex Canja and Gil Evans.
Anderson won almost every diving
event of last year and is unde-
feated this year.
Evans and Canja have rounded
into peak condition and have been
spending every available minute
in practice. Diving will be from
the high board and the expected
crowd should witness some of the
finest exhibitions of diving ever
In other events the Buckeyes are
equally well-fortified. In the free-
styles, Michigan's Dick Weinberg
will meet the cream of the crop in
the persons of Halo Hirose, Bill

Smith and Ted Hobart, while in
the longer freestyles, Jack Hill,
national 220 and 440 champ is re-
garded as tops in his events.
In the breaststroke, Bob Sohl,
Michigan sensation, may expect a
rough evening from Buckeye Jim
Counsilman. Sohl has recorded,
as his best time this year, a 2:21.5,
while Counsilman has negotiated
the distance in 2:25, and another
Buckeye, Earl Trumble, has bet-
tered Wolverine Bill Upthegrove's
best effort of 2:29.8.
The backstroke is virtually con-
ceded to Michigan on the strength
of Harry Holiday and his record
breaking tactics,-
In the relays the Wolverine trio
of Holiday, Sohl and Weinberg
have recorded a time six seconds
better than Ohio in the 300 yard
medley, while the Buckeye quar-
tet of Smith, DeGroot, Hobart and
Hirose are favored to cop the final
event, the 400 yard freestyle relay.
Tickets for tomorrow night's
Michigan-Ohio State swimm-
ing meet at the Sports Build-
ing will go on sale at 8:30 a.m.
today at the Athletic Admini-
stration Building.
Tickets for Saturday night's
Michigan-Waterloo H o c k e y
Club game at the Coliseum
will go on sale at 8:30 a.nm. to-
morrow at the Athletic Ad-
ministration Building.

After annexing the mythical
Big Nine championship and split-
ting a pair of contests with the
Minnesota Gophers last weekend,
the patched-up Michigan hockey
squad is preparing to stave off
the invasion of the Waterloo
(Ont.) Hockey Club this Saturday'
at the Coliseum.
The hardest blow is the possi-
bility that George Balestri, stal-
wart defenseman, will be unable
to participate in the Waterloo tilt.
Both Bill Jacobson and Al Ren-
frew are recovering from injuries
sustained in the Gopher series,
but they expect to be ready to go
Jack MacDonald, Wolverine ace
goal tender, is fully recovered
from the note infection that put
him in the ,University Hospital
last week. MacDonald's stellar
play in the Maize and Blue nets
last weekend was outstanding,
and his improved tending has
been instrumental in the Wolver-
ines' winning ways in the last two
Coach Vic Heyliger is planning
to shift his forward lines again.
For the first time this season, he
will use the high-scoring line of
the 1945-46 campaign together.
This trio consists of Gordon
MacMillan at center, with Jacob-
son, who has been playing center
on the second line, and Renfrew



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Co c o sSatisfied with
Cager's Play
"I'm very well satisfied with the
performance of the team," com-
mented coach Ozzie Cowles cop-
cerning the Wolverine cagers'
week-end road trip.
"The boys are in good spirits
and played well against both Iowa
and Purdue," added the cage
Iowa Played Freshmen
"Even though we were playing
away from home and under a se-
vere handicap, we gave them both
real -scares and looked like a
mighty good ball club."
Commenting on the 55-46 defeat
suffered at Iowa Saturday night,
Cowles revealed that the Hawk-
eyes started two new freshman
stars in the place of Dick Ives and
UerWb Wilkinson who contributed
largely to their victory.
Mikulich Plays Well
Cowles was very pleased with
the performance of Bill Mikulich
in the game against Purdue Mon-
day night. The Wolverine mentor
started the flashy guard in order
to contend with the speed of "Red"
Anderson, Boilermaker forward.
When informed of the rumored
unsportsmanlike conduct of the
Purdue fans during the course of
the game, coach Cowles was quick
to dampen any further criticism
of the Big Nine foe. "The attitude
of the crowds at both Iowa and
Purdue was very fair."
Michigan Sportsmanship Lacking
"I believe the sportsmanship dis-
pliyen by both these schools was
superior to that of Michigan fans
at the Wisconsin game last week.
We are trying to teach the team
sportsmanship, but it is very diffi-
cult when Michigan students con-
duct themselves in that manner."
"I am hoping that in the future
the students will give a better ex-
hibition of fair play."
Cowles went on to say that
early season talks of a confer-
ence championship were unfound-
ed since the Wolverines had yet
to meet its toughest opposition.



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