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THE TEAM'S THE THING:
Balance Is Key to 'T k Titles
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By DICK HURST
Balance does it.
Iowa had Wally Ris, Yale
Allen Stack, La Salle College
Joe Verdeur-but Michigan
the NCAA Champion.
THAT WAS LAST year's story
:n collegiate swimming. But again
this year from top to bottom right
down the line Michigan's 1948-
1949 swimming squadthas thebpo-
tentialities to be the team to beat
in the big-time circuit.
"Michigan's isn't ta team that
depends on the performance of
any one individual for its vic-
In fact, the team that won the
.Big Nine, NCAA meets and took
second in the AAU bout last year
sent only one man to the Olym-
pics last summer. That was Bob
Sohl, outstanding breast stroker,
whi ranks among the top three in
the nation and took third in his
Scanning the roster in an at-
tempt to figure out this year's
possibilities, two consistent win-
ners from last year's aggregation'
HARRY HOLIDAY, last year's
captain and one of the nation's
finest back strokers, is gone and
along with him went Gil Evans,
the class of Michigan's divers last
But although no team can lose
men like Holiday and Evans and
not miss them, there are others
who should fit in well to ease
In other events, a strong con-
tingent of veteran swimmers
should prove the class of Big Nine
scoring ability during the dual
At 440 yards the Wolverines
have a one-two punch that has
been the opposition's nemesis in
past Big Nine meets. Gus Stager
and Matt Mann III are the speedy
duo and the only man to get home
ahead of them last year was
OSU's perennial, Bill Smith. Last
season, the event gained the repu-
tation as the "best race of the
meeti" when, in 18 times out,
Mann won ten. of the 440's and
Stager won eight.
* * *
IN THE 220 yard free style
these two gentlemen are just about
as tough with Stager holding a
slight advantage over Mann at
the shorter distance. Bolstering,
the one-two punch are Johnny
McCarthy and Jay Sanford. Me-
Carthy just missed the money in
the NCAA 1500 yard event last
spring taking a sixth place.
In the sprint free style events,
Dick Weinberg heads the list of
returning lettermen. Weinberg
is one of the outstanding free
style sprinters in the nation.
Last year he was a lot of the 46
points that whipped OSU 46-38
in the dual meet of the season.
Weinberg won both the 50 and
100 yard dashes nipping Halo Hi-
rose in both events, then came
back to anchor the 400 yard relay
team to the victory that clinched
Again in the Big Nine Champ-
ionships Weinberg brought home
valuable points losing only to Ris
in the sprint event. Behind Wein-
CO-CAPTAINS Dick Wein-
berg (left) and Bob Sohl will
lead the Wolverines natators
this year as they altenpt to
defend their Western "Confer-
ence and NCAA titles.
men who will be tough to beat.
berg are at least three more dash
Dave Tittle, Tom Coates, and Bill
Kogan who were all excellent per-
formers last season are back to
pick up the points.
* * *
AROUND TO HELP out Bob
Sohl in the breast stroke are sev-
eral outstanding prospects. Pat
Hayes is back from the service to
take up where he left off (he was
one third of the former world's
record medley team); while Bill
Upthegrove, Bill Austin, and
Charlie Moss are planning to
churn up the butterfly canes.
And if these veterans aren't
enough there are a bunch of
sophs working out at the pool but
still in the "top secret" drawer
who should keep this year's team
right at the top of the collegiate
No Relation to Clowning
Gym nas ts'
By BILL BRENTON
"High bars, flying rings, doubl
twists, peach basket-all sounc
terrific, but what do they al
In an efforts to give the Mih-
igan student an insight into the
fine points of gymnastics,
Coach Newt Loken explained
the details of the activity.
The muscled, agile gymnasts
perform their twisting, turning
stunts in six events: high bar
side horse, flying rings, paralle
bars, tumbling and trampoline
Ten men comprise a varsity
team with a maximum of three
participating in each event
Three qualified judges award thE
five places in each event on the
basis of a 100-point perfect per-
formance. The arbitors judge 60
of the points for the form and
continuity exhibited by the ath-
lete and the remaining 40 markers
for the difficulty of the maneu-
Performances are scheduled
according to expected showing
with the supposedly less skilled
men frolicking first.
Each gymnast has a set routine
before mounting his apparatus.
The tricks are not uniform be-
tween men or event, however.
Gracefulness and form count
heavily and, like a diver, the gym-
nast deliberately starts his mount,
shows his wares and then dis-
mounts in the same graceful man-
Although degrees of difficulty
are not awarded in the mat and
bar sport, difficult tricks do
bring greater point totals.
Crowning point of a high bar
addict is a perfectly executed
giant swing, a complete swing
around the bar in a hand stand
"High legs," pivoting completely
around the horse with the hands
on the rungs, is tops in side horse
achievement. Swinging shoulder,
head stands, and cut and catch,
where the supple gymnast lets go
and then catches on again, lead in
flying ring tricks.
A somersault back over the bars
and a 'peach basket,' the descrip-
tive title applied to a somersalt
underneath the bars, are dazzlers
on the parallel bars apparatus.
Double twists, alternating full
twisters and consecutive flips call-
ed 'bounders' are a few of the
tumblers stock and trade.
Probably most thrilling event of
all, the trampoline reverberates as
the last event in the meet with the
.tramp' artists going through the
difficult contortions of triple back
twists and 'fliffifs,' a double som-
ersalt with a half twist.
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. "And All Pasha is pounding
Gentleman Jim's face into the
The Gent's screaming bloody
murder. Folks, I wish you were
here. . . This is the goriest battle
I've ever seen."
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EVER SINCE the televisors
found out that the people in the
beer joints,. hash houses, and pri-
vate homes enjoy seeing two
mayhem wrestling, they have been
broadcasting these bouts and call-
ing them wrestling. This has re-
are not fixed. A long time ago
derstood after watching a tour-
Gargantuans engage in legalized
kindled many people's interest in
this ancient sport.
Many persons might be sur-
prised to find out that this
'sport' no more resembles col-
legiate wrestling than Sophie
Tucker resembles Rita Hay.-
In contrast to professional wres-
tling, college wrestling decisions
are not fixed. A long time ago
professional wrestling results
ceased to be called sport news and
began to be considered drama.
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THE PURPOSE of the contest
was not to test the skills of the
participants but to give the cus-
tomers a good time for their
money. The wrestlers were like ac-
tors in a play.
They became very adept at fak-
ing holds that would in an actual
match be capable of seriously in-
juring the participants.
These holds of course are
barred from collegiate wrestling
because the wrestlers are not
faking and their purpose in the
match is not to maim each oth-
er. Most of the fancy holds
seen over television fall into this
A collegiate match is divided
into three periods. If there is a fall
in the first period, the match is
over. If a fall occurs in the second
period, the person pinned must
pin his opponentt in the third pe-
riod within the same time or lose
NATURALLY, IF the first fall
doesn't occur till the. last period,
the winner of that fall wins the
If no falls occur in the match
a man can win by a decision.
Points are given the match for
accomplishing different things.
A wrestler receives points for
near-falls or switching from a de-
fensive position to an offensive
one. Points are also given for
escapes from holds, takedowns,
and time consumed .riding' a man.
All these terms can easily be fun-
derstood after watching a tour-
nament for a few minutes.
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