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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 1948'

THE MIICHIGAN DAILY

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Ref's Decision
Costs Matmen
Big NineTitle
By JACK MAY
But for the bewildering ruling
of a referee, Michigan's wrestlers
would be the Western Conference
champions for 1948, instead of
sharing second place with Iowa
and Illinois one point behind
winning Purdue.
Bob Betzig, Michigan captain,
twice was penalized in his final
match with Ken Marlin of Illin-
ois' for using an illegal hold, the
same cradle hold that enabled him
to pin two earlier opponents in
the tourney.
Slim Margin
Purdue's title winning point
total of 24, was one more than
that of the second place trio.
Wolverine Jim Smith brought
home the only slice of bacon for
the Maize and Blue as he out-
pointed Miles Taylor of North-
western 8-1 for the 136 pound
Conference championship. Smith
had things pretty much his own
way throughout the match.
Curtis Bws
Michigan's second finalist,
George Curtis didn't fare quite as
well as his teammate and had to
settle for the runner-up slot of
the 146 pound division champion-
ship. Curtis bowed to Warren
Jones of Ohio State, 9-4.
Michigan's wristlers, under the
very able leadership of Cliff Keen,
took three points on falls, while
gathering 20 for team actio'
throughout the two day meet.
During the regular season, the
SeeMATMEN, Page 8

Six 'M'Captains All in Same 'Boot'

By REV BUSSEY
Six Michigan captains will all
be feeling the pinch of their vari-
ous sized boots as each one leads
to tne starting post a Western
Conference championship team.
The leaders who will be out to
retain those titles are Dom To-
masi, of the undefeated Big Nine
and Rose Bowl football conquerors.
Bill Roberts, head of the basket-
ball squad, Al Renfrew, of the
"royal" hockey "mounties," and
co-captain swimmers Dick Wein-
berg and Bob Sohl.
In the spring Hal "Tubby"1
Raymond will lead the Wolver-
ine diamond aggregation which
tied Illinois for a share of the
Conference crown in '48. The
baseball team, starting out slow-
ly, finished in a fiery blaze at
Champaign, by splitting a cru-
cial series with the Illini. They
salvaged one title out of a very
disappointing spring season for
Michigan athletics.
Tomasi is a little guy. If he
walked past the average student
on the diag, he'd n'ever be taken
for the "guard that makes the
Michigan offensive go." That's
what former gridiron coach "Fritz"
Crisler said about Dom after last
year's overwhelming season.
About 5 ft. 8 in., weighing in
at 180 pounds soaking wet, Dom
pulls out of the line for those
all-important key blocks against
opponents twice his size. "Sur-
prise" is his by-word, because,
according to Tomasi, the opposi-
tion never expects him to hit as
hard as he does.
After playing three years in

the big-time college ranks, Dom
admits that he still gets buck-
fever the night before every
game. But after the first hard
"encounter" it's no longer a bed
of roses-only the side thorns
that keep the guy with the per-
petual brush-cut hopping until
the 60 minute spectacle is over.
In addition to football, Tomasi
has been a regular at second base
since his freshman year in 1945.
At the opposite end of the yard

teammates, Renfrew hails from
parts across the northern border,
Canada, but unlike the rest, he
calls Toronto home.
Along with Gord McMillan at
center and Wally Gacek at the
other wing, Renfrew can claim the
distinction of playing on a line
that set the record for scoring
the most points in intercollegiate
competition.
Al, a shy guy off the ice, took
more interest in setting up plays
than in producing all the goals.
Nevertheless, he netted enough
to push his total past the 100
point mark, the third Michigan
hockey player to achieve this.
It was a difficult choice for
Michigan's Big Nine and NCAA
swimming champs to make when
election time came around. The
only safe way out was to name Bob
Sohl and Dick Weinberg co-cap-
tains.
Both Sigma Chi fraternity
brothers, the two started churn-
ing for Coach Matt Mann in their
freshman year: They won Big Nine
titles in '46-'47-Dick taking. a
double dose in the 50 and 100
yard freestyle as Bob clipped the
200 meter breaststroke.
Along with backstroke Harry
Holiday, retiring captain, Sohl
and Weinberg composed the
medley relay team which holds
the world's record. Their indi-
vidual accomplishments added
to their team work thus made

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stick is long Bill Roberts, a six-
feet-seven-inches of steadily im-
proving center material. From
Harmon - on - the - Hudson, New
York, Roberts came to the Mich-
igan scene with the advent of re-
juvenated basketball under newly-
acquired coach Ozzie Cowles.
That was only two short years
ago, during the '46-'47 season,
when Cowles took a handful of
freshman players and moulded
them into the following season's
Big Nine cage sensations. Rob-
erts, in his first year, looked as
green as the first apple on the
tree. He was clumsy and didn't
always know the right thing to
do.
Off the court Bill appears and
acts like the suave, former Army
Air Corps officer. With a polished
sense of humor, he knows how to
take both work and a lot of rib-
bing. And it has paid off. He
has the confidence on the Yost
Field House hardwood that he has
during off hours and he's ripened
into a capable pivot man that
Coach Ernie McCoy can count
oin.
When the Wolverines played in
the NCAA tournament in Madison
Square Gardens last winter, it was
Roberts' homecoming appearance
for the folks back in New York.
As the cagers lost to Holy
Cross and whipped Columbia in
the East, the hockey team trav-
eled west to Colorado Springs
where they annexed the NCAA
championship.
Finishing his third season with
the sextet was Al Renfrew, left
wing on the best line in collegiate
hockey last year. Like most of his

but is chock full of spunk. TakeI
that from his closest friend since
high school days and still his
teammate, Dom Tomasi.
Last summer, Raymond broke
his leg trying to steal a base. He
wore a cast during the fall se-
mester, and when Fisher issued
the call for pitchers and catchers
in November, Raymond was the
first to show up for assignments
and drills-the removable brace'
being stored in the locker over two
hours every day.
The boys on the team like to
tell about "Tubby" during the
Iowa series. It was a comical sight
watching little Raymond stand up'
for his rights to Umpire Major-'
kurth, a midget-sized giant who
weighed close, to 300 pounds tow-
ering over the Wolverine peanut.
Swimmers
Place in All
Tank Posts
As befitting the Western Con-
ference and NCAA swimming
champions, Michigan natators
captured berths in all eleven
events in the recently announced
1948 All - American swimming
team selected by the College
Swimming Coaches of America.
The Wolverines were the only
school in the country to have
men place in all the divisions.
However, only Michigan's cham-
pion 300-yard medley relay team
was awarded a first place, while
their arch rivals Ohio State gar-
nered three first spots but were
shut out of two events.
Two Wolverines grabbed sec-
onds on this year's squad. Bob
Sohl, Michigan's sole Olympic
swimmer was runner up to the
incomparable Joe Verdeur in the
200-yard breaststroke. His best
time for the year was a 2:17.5
clocking against Keith Carter of
Purdue in a dual meet in the
Michigan pool.
Harry Holiday, Michigan's ace
backstroker slipped to second in
his specialty, as Allen Stack of
Yale was named for first honors.
Holiday only lost one race all
year and that was to Stack in the
NCAA meet here in March.
In the sprint events, it was
Dick Weinberg who took the
laurels for Michigan. Anchor
inan on the medley relay team,
Weinberg was honored in both
the 50-yard and 100-yard dis-
tances. His two seconds in the
Big Nine meet and his fourth
and third in the NCAA event
gave the Wolverines needed
points. ,
Breaking into Ohio State's vir-
tual monopoly of the high and low
springboard diving, Gil Evans
brought home the bacon for
IMichigan, gaining positions in
both events.
Gus Stager, who was reon-
sible in no small way for Michi-
gan's triumph in the NCAA
meet, was honoredyby spots in
the 220, the 440 yard and the
1500 meter free style events,
while teammate Matt Mann III
joined him in the 440 and the
1500.
In the last event, the 400 yard
freestyle relay, Michigan's four
man team gained the fourth spot
in this national ranking.

Paton Volleys
Way to Big9
Singles Crowii
Wolverine Net Team.
Second in Conference
The seascn record doesn't count.
Although Michigan's tennis
team won 7 matches and lost only
2 during the regular 1948 season,
they couldn't quite win the con-
ference title.
The favored Wolverines were
edged by Northwestern despite
spectacular work by Andy Paton
who won the individual title and
Paton and Bill Mikulich who
teamed up to win the number one
doubles crown.>
The team, coached by Bob Dix-
on, was a seasoned outfit that
played steady tennis all season
only to be nipped in the Big Nine
Championships by the Wildcats.
The netters started their season
with the annual Dixie tour and
found southern hospitality a lit-
tle rough. North Carolina and
Virginia both whipped the Wol-
verines, then Michigan turned
around and edged Duke.
Back in their own back yard
the Wolverines gave little indica-
tion that they were going to make
a strong bid for conference honors.
Both Michigan State and Notre
Dame beat them before they found
themselves, but suddenly catching
fire, Michigan started to roll and
piled up seven victories in a row
previous to the Big Nine Cham-
pionships.
Western Michigan, Kalamazoo,
and Illinois fell easily; then
Northwestern's defending cham-
pions were nosed out 5-4 in the
most closely contested match of
the season. Purdue and Western
Michigan fell along the way, then
to climax the dual match season
the Wolverines stopped Michigan
State to avenge the early season
defeat.
Throughout the season, Andy
See TENNIS, Page 8

A fast improving track squad
was Coach Ken Doherty's parting
gift to the University, when he
left at the end of this last season
to accept a similar post at Penn-
sylvania.
Newly appointed Coach Don
Canham will have such individual
stars as Herb Barten, distance
star, and stellar shotputter Char-
lie Fonville as a nucleus for next
year's campaign.
Pramising Frosh
In addition, a promising crop
of lost year's freshman give prom-
ise that Michigan's 1948-49 cin-
der squad will be one of the
strongest.
The biggest piece of news to
Wolverine track fans was the set-
ting of a new world mark in the
shotput by Fonville. He sent the
16-pound sphere 58'%" in the
Kansas Relay's to eclipse the for-
mer mark held by Jack Torrence
of LSU by almost a foot.
Barten Stars
Herb Barten was probably
Michigan's biggest point getter
during the regular season with
successes in the 880-yard and one
mile runs as well as being the an-
chor man on the mile relay squad.
His peak of achievement came at
the beginning of the ummer in
the Olympic track trial, when he
placed second behind Mal Whit-
field of OSU to gain a place on the
U. S. Olympic track squad in the
800 meter run.
Constantly improving through-
out the year and a very valuable
asset to the Maize and Blue
trackmen was 440-man Val John-
son. His precense in the 440, the
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Track Team Paced by
Barten, Fonville in 48

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220 and the mile relay contrib-
uted greatly to Michigan's second
place in the outdoor meet and
their third spot in the indoor
event.
High-jumper Tom Dolan, able
to hit 6'4" by the end of the sea-
son, and pole vaulter Ed Ulvestad,
who consistantly bettered 13' ,dur-
ing the year, aided the Wolverine
cause and will be back with the
team next year.
No Grey Hairs Yeti
Track mentor Don Canham, 29,
is the youngest HEAD ocach to be
appointed to the athletic staff. He
joined the list of coaches three
years ago as freshman and assis-
tant varsity tutor.

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selection a toss-up-and this
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Dick Weinberg a share of the
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Rounding up the list of cap-
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