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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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JUST KiBITZING!
M'Athle icsFallShy of DesiredGoal

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By ]DICK;.KRAUS
Daily Sports Editor
ACADEMICALLY Michigan may
have all the best of it, but as
far as athletics are concerned,
Michigan State is a better school.
If you admit that the function
of a University's athletic pro-
gram is to fulfill the athletic
needs of its student body, the
Spartans come a lot closer to coin-
plete success than this illustrious
institution. In addition to offer-
ing varsity competition in all the
sports recognized by Michigan.
they have inter-collegiate activ-
ity in cross crountry, boxing, and
fencing.
This doesn't mean that Mich-
igan State's student body is in-
terested in those sports and ours
isn't, it means that we are too
slow in recognizing new nteeds,
or too fast in weighing the
amount of interest as against
the probable drawing power of a
new sport such as fencing.
For the past year or so there
has been a concerted campaign
afoot to secure University recog-
nition of boxing and fencing.
A year ago the Board in Control
of Intercollegiate Athletics ap-
pointed a committee to find out
whether college boxing is dang-
erous or not. Boxing already has
met the Board's first test, the
financial one, since it outdraws
everything but football and bas-
ketball everywhere it has been
sanctioned. To say this committee
is slow is an understatement.
Michigan State and Wisconsin
have had boxing teams for a num-
ber of years with plenty of fi-
nancial rewards and no harmful
effects reported.
If the sport is too dangerous
it should be outlawed altogether.
but it isn't as evidenced by the

pression. FLASII: The depression
is over.
Not only is it a very inex-
pensive sport but Michigan al-
ready has most of the necessary
equipment on hand. 'There are
about $200 worth of sabres and
epees at Waterman and the I-M
building. Another $100 would
be enough to buy all the epees a
teeam would need.
There is a definite campus in-
terest in fencing and there are
two separate groups working out
on this campus. At the I-M build-
ing the nucleus for one of the
best squads in the Conference is
on hand. Ed Miellef (see cut),
Pete Wong, and Andy Turner have
proved themselves among the
Midwest's best fencers in recent
Detroit tournaments.
Meanwhile Richard Suzwerda
has been instructing a promis-
ing group at the Waterman gym.
As early as a. year ago Suzwerda
said that Michigan had enough
talent on campus to be a Big Nine
title threat within two years.
A few days ago Micllef expres-
sed the same opinion.
This is a big, wealthy Uni-
versity. Whenever we have in-
terest and facilities, there is no
reason for it to be unrepresent-
ed in any sport officially recog-
nized by the Intercollegiate
Athletic Association.
When Fritz Crisler, chairman
of the Board in Control of Inter-
collegiate Athletics, decided to
i stay here rather than go to Cali-
fornia last year, he announced
the University's new athletic
building project (scheduled to get
underway in about six months),
he said the program was necessary
"if all students are to have the
opportunity to participate in ath-
letics."
Let this column tall Mr. Cris-
ler's attention to the fact that the
boxers and the fencers are caner
to hell) him achieve his goji
the opportunity of all students to
participate in athletics.

C1g+rl Facing.
Ru '1).404411" Bitli
With 13iAce yes
Selhnfit Itlr Leads Foe
for Saturday's Game
"I won't be able to rest easy un-
til the next two games are over."
This is Coach Ozzie Cowles sen-
timent on the pending home
games against Ohio State and
Iowa-which are certain to be no
bed of roses for the front running
Wolverines. The Buckeyes, in their
last four starts, have knocked off
three of the most formidable Con-
ference quintets plus a not-so-
weak Michigon State five.
Off to Slow Start
After a slow start, Ohio State
came roaring past the mid-way
point with a 70-66 win over the
Wolverines in Columbus. Since
then, they've been going in one di-
rection, straight up the Big Nine
standings where they are now tied
for fifth with a 5-6 record.
Coach Tippy Dye, a second year
mentor like Cowles, will bring a
sophomore group, led by Dick
Schnittker, into Yost Field House
Saturday night. In the first en-
counter the Wolverines tried un-
successfully to gum up the sharp-
n'fast shooting OSU cagers a man-
to-man defense, but they did
everything right that night and
the percentages were with them.
Schnittker Third in Scoring
Schnittker, who has vaulted
into third place in individual
scoring, is a 6'4" forward and the
target for passes under the bas-
ket from his feeding teammates.
Because of his height and speed,
the Sandusky, O. product is deadly
on pivot shots according to Wol-,
verine Don McIntosh.
Stopping Schnittker, however, is
not going to be the complete an-
swer to stopping Ohio State, for it
is not a ome-man outfit. Whether
Michigan will stick by its man-
1( nan or change to a zone de-
lcense won't be decided probably
until ten minutes before game
time.

Wolverine Tracksters Face
Good Spartan TeaniiF' idbay
Smliith, Dianetti, Sehepetlrs, joinlson l I4a
Central Conference Chaimpionhi ip Sqiuai I

The Wolverine track team is in
for another tough one Friday
night when they tangle with their
intra-state rivals from Michigan
State in Yost Field House.
It will be the final warm-up
for the Michigan cindermen before
the Big Nine meet a week hence
in Champaign.
The Spartans, who sport a nar-
row victory over Ohio State, will
bring to Ann Arbor one of the
finest squads ever to represent the
Lansing school.
Thanks to Mr. Jennison, of
scholarship fame,the State team
has rocketed to national promi-
nence with such performers as
Horace Smith, Jack Dianetti,
Jack Schepers and Fred John-
son..
At least one of this quartet per-
forms in every event and it was
they who were the big guns which
brought MSC the Central Collegi-
ate Conference championship.
Fortunately for the Wolverines,
Schepers, who is the MSC's best
quarter miler will not participate
because of illness.
In defeating the Buckeyes by
less than a point three weeks ago
State was able to overcome the
menace of timber topping Lloyd
Duff. In the high hurdles Horace
Smith nipped the versatile Ohio
by a step and in the lows both
Smith and Fred Johnson finished
ahead of him.
Jack Dianetti who is the Spar-
tan's pride and joy in the mid-
die distances will probably duel
Michigan's Herb Barten in both
the mile and the half.
Dianetti beat Ohio's Bill Clif-
lord in their meeting up in Lan-

sing and is capable of giving Bar-
ten quite a race.
Although the Spartans wer'e able
to squeeze past Ohio State. their
lack of depth and their concen-
tration of strength in only a few
events coupled with the absence
of Schepers should provide Mich-
igan with a better than average
chance for taking their intra-
state rivals into camp.
Performing as they did against
Ohio last week the Wolverines
can win with a little to spare.
Track is unpredictable, how-
ever, and one bad break can send
a coach's plans astray and re-
verse the outcome of an entire
meet.
Herkimer Hoedager
bought a '48 Ensian.

CAMPUS FENCER-Ed Micllef, University of Michigan fencer
who recently won the Michigan State Junior Epee champion-
ship and who could be the mainstay of a Wolverine fencing squad.
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State
Street

I-M boxing tourney, which al-
ready has a large number of
entries.
Last year the tournament was
carried out with success and no
mishaps. Amateur boxing differs
from professional boxing in just
as great a measure as amateur

Ohio State Wrestlers Next Foe
For Maize and Blue Mat SqiUad

It's no disgrace to lose to the
best team in the country even if
the majority of its members are
from your state.
Such was the case last Monday
night. Seven of the eight grap-
pers of the Michigan State wrest-
ling team hail from Tulsa, Okla-
homa, while our own coach, Cliff
Keen, is a product of Oklahoma
A. and M. College, long a manu-
facturer of championship wrest-
ling squads.
It was a friendly rivalry but
Keen himself stated that his boys
were just fighting over their
heads. The Spartan team was bol-
stered by three national champs,
besides having a more experienced,
squad.

Michigan's next foe will be the
Buckeyes of Ohio State whom we
take on this Saturday at Colum-
bus. The Buckeye record runs
parallel to that of the Wolver-
ines, having downed Northwest-
ern and Minnesota with relative
ease, tied Purdue, and lost to
Michigan State by a similar lop-
sided score.
Keen will employ the same line-
up Saturday as he did against
the Spartans. With the confer-
ence meet less than two wveeks
away, Keen has been stressing
quick take-down holds, tricky
strategy, and general all around
aggressiveness in an attempt to
sharpen up the team.

wrestling differs from the prok
variety.
Why Michigan has no fencing
team is something that only the
powers-that-be can say. From
1928 to 1933, the Wolverines had
a varsity fencing team. It was
discontinued because of the de-
NC State A gain
Tops Nation 's
Court Squads
NEW YORK, Feb. 25-(IP)-
Averaging 311/2 points more than
their opposition, North Carolina
State's "Hoosier Hotshots" soared
to the top again this week in their
see-saw battle with Rhode Island
State for the scoring crown in ma-
jor college basketball.
The Wolfpack has tallied 2,004
points in 26 games for an average
of 77-1 per contest. These figures
include games of Feb. 21. N.C.
State's overall record .is 24 victo-
ries and two defeats.
Rhode Island, which led a week
ago, dropped into second place.)

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REVENGE MOTIVE:
Wolverine Tankmen .eady
To Snap.Ohio State Streak

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One thought seems uppermost
in the minds of every member of
Matt Mann's swimming team as
they resumed practice with a ven-
geance yesterday, and that was
the forthcoming duel with Ohio
State Saturday and the chance
to prove that Michigan is deserv-
ing of the ranking of the best
tank squad in the country.
The task before them is to stop
the Buckeye string of 20 consecu-
tive dual victories and two years
of "grand slam" champions. Led
by the amazing Hawaiian, Bill
Smith, the men of Mike Peppe
have amassed a brilliant record
and the Wolverines are deter-
mined to end that streak.
Smith Favored
Smith, who swims any free-
style will probably go in the 100,
220 and 440-yard freestyles and
should be tough to beat in all
three events. This, coupled with
the abundance of divers, makes a
difficult assignment for Michigan.
In addition to Smith the Buck-
eyes have Halo Hirose and Bill
Zemer, two topnotch sprinters as
well as Lenny Adell in the dis-
tance events. Bob DeGroot, who

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turned in a 1:36.2 clocking against
Michigan State last weekend and
Bill Rodenbach, who has improved
tremendously give the Bucks con-
siderable, strength in the back-
stroke.
'M' Breaststroke Strong
In the breaststroke, Peppe will
rely on Earl Trumble, who has not
shown too well this year and here
the Wolverines are expected to
pick up their biggest accumula-
tion of points.
Divers Miller Anderson and
Bruce Harlan are regarded as the
best one-two punch" in the coun-
try and must be given the edge
in the high board event. The med-
ley relay trio will probably be
DeGroot, Trumble and Zemer,
while the freestyle relay will be
Smith, Hirose, Zemer and Bob
Congelliere.
Experts are predicting that
State will edge the Wolverines
on a basis of previous records, but
,if one were to use comparative
times the nod would go to Mich-
igan, so anyway you look at it this
meet should be the finest of the
year.

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