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hlli iin Big

Ten Gymnastics Crown,









by merle levin, sports co-editor

Victors Tally 66 Points,
Barthell Stars For 'M'

OSU Natators Win NCAA Title

IT WAS 9:15. The Daily phone rang and gymnastics reporter MarY
Epstein made a lunge for the phone. A look of disappointment
crossed his face. It was Elmer Swanson calling to report on Chuck
Fonville's effort sin the shot put at the Purdue Relays.
Five minutes passed, the phone rang again, Epstein picked
it up and the look of disappointment grew deeper. Gymnastics
coach Newt Loken was on the phone from Iowa City reporting
the sad details of the Big Ten gymnastics meet.
Michigan was second to Illinois and the Wolverines' last hopes
for a winter sport Big Ten title had gone the way of all other hopes
this winter. Not quite the same way, though. Most of the Maize and
Blue hopes had gone East - as far as Columbus, Ohio.
* * * *
JUST ABOUT NOW I'm beginning to discover how the boys
who have been covering the activities of the Boston Red Sox for the
past couple of seasons feel. Frustrated.
It's been a case of so near and yet so far all winter and as
far as I'm concerned I wish to heck the Wolverines would get
a little nearer. I'm beginning to growl at my friends.
If my roommate had gotten up last week to ask me the score
of the Michigan-Boston U. NCAA hockey game when I slunk in at
one in the morning I probably would have kicked him in the face.
This might have proved fatal since he's a member of the Board in
Control of Student Publications and you're supposed to keep on the
good side of those guys.
THE FUNNY THING IS that at the beginning of the season I
wouldn't have given a plugged nickel for Michigan's chances
of winning a single championship this winter.
Then al lof a sudden the basketball team up and whipped
North Carolina State and turned in a spine-tingling win over
Indiana, Cliff Keen came up with three top-notch sophomore
wrestlers, Don Canham unveiled a slew of oustanding track pros-
pects, Vic Heyliger's hockey team started wining games as though
they didn't even miss Wally Gacek, Al Renfrew, Gordie *Mac-
'Millat1, Cdonie Hill and Dick Starrak, five of the finest colege
pucksters in the country in 1949, and the world in general took
on a brighter hue.
{. It got darker in a hurry when the basketball team got over
their upstart notions and slipped back into the second division berth
the experts had assigned them.
* * * *
BUT WHEN it came time for the Big Ten championships to be
run of in swimming, wrestling and track on the fatal weekend of
March 3rd and 4th there were the Wolverines ranked up in the
front line of title-contenders.
Friday, March 3 dawned cold and clear but there was a
warm glow in my loyal heart by midnight. Michigan had led
the qualifiers for the Big Ten track championships at Champaign
and right here in Ann Arbor the Wolverine swimmers who didn't
figure to have a chance in the world of whipping Ohio State
were only seven points behind the Buckeyes.
Saturday night I turned cold. Michigan's swimmers finished
second, Michigan's track team finished second, Michigan's wrestlers
finished tlird and my bright championshils dreams finished a dead
TWELVE DAYS LATER Vic Heyliger led his hockey squad on the
hegira to Colorado Springs and the promised land of national
hockey championships. The coaches and players of the other parti-
cipating teams agree dthat Michigan was the best team in the
tournament but that wasn't much consolation for the 4-3 decision
they dropped to Boston University in the opening round of play.
The fact that B.U. then took a 13-4 pasting from Colorado
College in the championship game didn't make me feel any
better. Not when I remembered the 5-1 and 11-1 decisions Michi-
gan had taken from the Westerners during the regular season.
That left it up to the gymnasts, undefeated in regular season
competition.l Newt Loken has done a tremendous job of building up
Michigan gymnastics since the sport was revived here three years
ago, but his boys Just didn't have the stuff to cope with Illinois.
More woe.
NEXT YEAR looks like a great year for the Wolverines. Track
and hockey championships seem a certainty, wrestling and gym-
nastics prospects look very good.
But I won't be around next year. Of course spring prospects
look good, but - oh, well.
Yank Reserves Top Detroit;
Reds, Dodgers, Nats, A's Win

Special to The Daily
IOWA CITY - Michigan beat
out arch-rival Minnesota but fin-
ished second to Illinois in the
twentieth Western Conference
gymnastics meetrheldnhere yes-
Illinois won with 66 points.
Captain Pete Barthell, their only
first place winner, scored 37 1/2
points, five more than the Go-
phers who were defending team
The, Michigan captain took
the parallel bars handily, beat-'
ing Frank Dolan, individual
star of the meet, by ten per-
formance points, 270 to 266.
Handicapped by a three-week
old ankle injury which started
to trouble him in the tumbling
competition, Barthell failed to
defend his crown in that event.
although he managed a third
behind Irv Bedard and Joe Fina
of Illinois.
Barthell was high for the Wol-
verines with 19 points, more than
half of the team total. He started
with a third in the side horse,
OSU Takes
NCAA Third,
Wins, 72-52
NEW YORK, N.Y. - City
College of Ne York continued
its torrid pace to take the finals
of the Eastern NCAA basket-
ball tourney last night by beat-
ing North Carolina State, 78-
NEW YORK-(IP)-Ohio State's
Big Ten champions'had too much
poise and finesse for Holy Cross
last night and swamped the Cru-
saders, 72 to 52, in their battle
for third place in the Eastern
NCAA basketball tourney.
Ohio State, beaten only by one
point by CCNY on Thursday.
jumped off to an 8-0 lead against
a starting team of Holy Cross sec-
ond stringers. As things developed,
that was the game.
THE SCORE was 11-4 when All-
American Bob Cousy and the oth-
er Holy Cross regulars entered the
game after three minutes. They
pulled up to 15-9, but that was
the closest the H.C. first stringers
Sparked by its smooth All-
American, Dick Schnittker, OSU
went ahead, 28-15. A series of
long sets by Cousy and Frank
Oftring put Holy Cross back in
competition at 31-24, but there-
after it was no contest.
No Title Trial
For Joe Louis
WACO, Tex., - UP) - Joe Louis
said here last night he would not
return to the ring but instead has
signed arcontract to tour Canada
for a circus.
Winding up an exhibition tour
in America, the former World's
Heavyweight champion who re-
tired March 1, 1948, after beating
Joe Walcott, announced he would
go with the Dailey Brothers Cir-
cus at a minimum of $1,000 per
BEFORE GOING with the cir-
cus, however, he will go to South
America for an exhibition tour of
ten bouts.

Louis, in a statement to re-
porters, thanked the public and
press for their support in his
ring career.
Louis said he did not necessarily
want to fight Ezzard Charles, the
current champion, and that "They
couldn't pay me what I would
want to do it anyway. I would
want 35 per cent and since there
is only 60 per cent for the fighters
in a bout, the champion would
have to take less than the chal-
Louis said the main obstacle in
the way of a title fight would be
"All this training routine to get
into shape."

* * *

...no double

and finished with the number
three spot in the all-around,
which Dolan won with 1,032 per-
formance points.
THE MOST stunning upset of
the contest came in the trampo-
line when the Maize and Blue's
Ed Buchanan, national champ,
was edged by Iowa's Bill Harris
by a two-point margin, 262 to 260,
in the closest first place trial in
the meet. Both men had unde-
feated season's records, but Bu-
chanan, defending titlist in the
event, was heavily favored to re-
peat his last year's showing.
Despite the fact that he
failed to place as high as had
been anticipated, sophomore
Connie Ettl showed excellent
form as he nabbed fourth in
the horizontal bar, tied Indi-
ana's Norm Shulte for the same
position in the parallel bars and
finished fifth in the all-around.
Ettl was classed as the most
pronising first-year man in
yesterday's championships by
Wolverine Coach Newt Loken.
Contributing heavily to the
Wolverine's improvement over
last year's third place in the Big
Ten were Gordie Levenson and
Tom Tillman. Levenson grabbed
third behind teammate Buchanan
in the trampoline with 254 mark-
ers while Tillman worked a fifth
in tumbling.
The summaries:
Side horse: 1. Dolan (Illinois)
256; 2. Swanson (Minnesota)
245; 3. Barthell (MICHIGAN)
234; 4. Loken (Minnesota) 230;
5. Hlinka (Illinois) 228; 6.
Schulte (Indiana) 227.
Horizontal bar: 1. Dolan (Illi-
nois) 267; 2. Swanson (Minne-
sota) 259; 3. Linder (Illinois)
253; 4. Ettl (MICHIGAN) 244;
5. Hlinka (Illinois) 237; 6. Tie
between Flood (Minnesota) and
Sorenson (Minnesota) 222.
Tumbling: 1. Bedard (Illinois)
289; 2. Fina (Illinois) 252; 3.
Barthell (MICHIGAN) 247; 4.
Barnes (Illinois) 234; 5. Tillman
(MICHIGAN) 226; 6. Loken
(Minnesota) 223.
Parallel bars: 1. Barthell
(MICHIGAN) 270; 2. Dolan (Ill-
inois) 260; 3. Loken (Minnesota)
253; 4. Tie between Schulte (In-
diana) and Etti (MICHIGAN)
243; 6. Swanson (Minnesota)
Flying rings: 1. Palmer (Illi-
nois) 253; 2. Dolan (Illinois)
249; 3. Jennett (Iowa) 237; 4.
O'Connel (Minnesota) 232; 5.
Bartkiewicz (Indiana) 225; 6.
Sorenson (Minnesota) 218.
Trampoline: 1. Harris (Iowa)
262; 2. Buchanan (MICHIGAN)
260; 3. Levenson (MICHIGAN)
254; 4. Hughes (Illinois) 249; 5.
Jennett (Iowa) 241; 6. Cryer
(Illinois) 232.
All-around: 1. Dolan (Illinois)
1,032; 2. Swanson (Minnesota)
957; 3. Barthell (MICHIGAN)
948; 4. Loken (Minnesota) 893;
5. Ettl (MICHIGAN) 890; 6.
Linder (Illinois) 870.

Fonville Tops
Heltwig, Wns
Special to The Daily
LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Charley
Fonville made a storybook finish
to score sweet revenge and cap-
ture first place in the shot put in
the Purdue Relays last night.
In his last try of the night,
Chucking Charley sent the 16
pound shot 53' 111/" to edge Notre
Dame's John Helwig, whose toss
of 52' 7%" had been the winning
effort up till that dramatic mo-
HELWIG HAD given Fonville
>ne of the few defeats of his ca-
:eer two weeks ago in the Illinois
Tech Relays when his toss of 54'
1" gave him a seven inch margin
hver the former world's record
But this time it was different,
with Fonville comning from be-
hind when the chips were down,
to win one of the most import-
ant contests since his comeback
trail began last January.
Helwig, who holds the scholas-
tic shot put record, has consistent-
ly topped fifty three feet this year,
and hit 54' 4" in the Central Col-
legiate meet. Fonville's top mark
since his comeback began is a 55
feet one inch effort in the Michi-
gan AAU meet.
Fonville was the only Wolverine
trackman entered in the meet.
Coach Don Canham had origi-
nally intended to enter the shuttle
hurdle relay team, but a sustain-
ed leg injury to Art Henrie made
it necessary to scratch the Maize
and Blue's only other event.
Michigan State's quartet of
Shek, Peppard, Makielski, and
Dianetti outdistanced Notre Dame
and Indiana teams for a win in
the Two Mile relay in the rela-
tively slow time of 7:58.8.
19 Gytmncists
Get N.umerals
Coach Newt Loken announced
yesterday the frpshman numeral
award winners for gymnastics in
the 1949-50 season. Numeral win-
ners were Remus Boila, Robert
Bourne, Richard Davidson, Rich-
ard Eggleton, Jack Ehlers, Earl
Harvey, Donal Hurst, John Krom-
ski, and William Marx.
The list continues with Bruce
Mase, John Mills, Donald Mitchell,
Otto Molmen, James Potter, Eu-
gene Pourcho, Monroe Rowland,
Arthur Stadi, Leo Tomkow, and
Orville Weaver.

Bucks Score 64 Points;
Yale,_Iowa, M' Follow

Special to The Daily
COLUMBUS, O.-Mike Peppe's
Buckeyes from Ohio State lived up
to the form sheets last night by
winning the NCAA swimming
championships held here in the
OSU natatorium.
The Buckeyes scored a total of
64 points to gain a clear margin
over second place Yale who had
44. Michigan finished in the num-
ber four position with 23 points,
just one point behind Iowa.
THE HIGHLIGHT of the meet
was the 440-yard free style in
which Stanford's Ralph Sala scor-
ed a stunning upset over Jack
Taylor, OSU's stand-out sopho-
more. Sala overcame a large de-,
,ficit to win in 4:43.1.
Michigan's fourth place comes
as a bit of a surprise inasmuch
as the Wolverines were generally
expected to gain at least a third.
It was the last event of the day,
the 300-yard medley, which fail-
ed to give the Wolverines the
extra points they needed to top
In this race Michigan was given
fifth place after a controversy.
Michigan's time in this race was
faster than fourth place Purdue's
but two of the fourth place judges
awarded that place to the Boiler-I
makers while the third called it for
the Maize and Blue. Both fifth
place judges called Purdue for
fifth, but still the Boilermakers
were given fourth and Michigan'
was relegated to the number five
CHARLIE MOSS was the high-
est point-getter for the Wolverines
taking second place in both thel
100-yard breaststroke and the 150-
yard individual medley.
Bruce Harlan, wro won the
fancy diving title, was awarded
the honor of being the Swim-
Stew Elliot took fifth place in
the 100-yard breaststroke for
Michigan, swimming his fastest
time ever done i competition. His
time was 1:01.6.
MICHIGAN'S other point-getter
was Gus Stager who took third in
the 440-free style. Captain Matt
Mann III did not qualify in this
There were three new NCAA
records set last night. Yale's 300-
yard medley relay team establish-
ed a new mark for that event in
winning in the time of 2:51.2. The
other new marks, the 100-yard
backstroke and the 100 - yard
breast stroke were established by
virtue of the fact that this is the

* * *

first time that the events appeared
in NCAA competition.
Other team totals are Michigan
State 17, Stanford 15, Princeton
12, Texas 11, LaSalle (Philadel-
phia) 10, Northwestern 9, Purdue
8, Miami (Fla.) 4, Washington
State, Wisconsin, Colgate, South-
ern California, Indiana and Army
2, Southern Methodist and Geor-
gia 1.
* * *
100-yard backstroke - Won
by William Sonner of Ohio
State; 2, Dick Fetterman of
Miami (Fla.); 3, Howard Pat-
terson of Michigan State; 4, Ev-
erett Brooks of Purdue; 5, Al-
bert Ratkievich of Yale and
HaroldeShoup of Michigan
State, tied. Winning time :59.1.
100-yard Breaststroke - Won
by Robert Brawner of Princeton;
2, Charles Moss of Michigan; 3,
Bowen Stafforth of Iowa; 4,
Stewart Elliott of Michigan; 5,

Bill Volk of Georgia. Winning
time 59.9.
100-yard Freestyle - Won by
Clarke Scholes of Michigan
State; 2, William Farnsworth of
Yale; 3, Herbert Kobayashi of
Ohio State; 4, Larry Munson of
Yale; 5, Frank Dooley of Ohio
State. Winning time :50.9.
440-yard Freestyle - 1, Ralph
Sala of Stanford; 2, Jack Taylor
of Ohio State; 3, Gus Stager of
Michigan; 4, Wallace Wolfe of
Southern California; 5, David
Hoffman of Michigan State.
Winning time 4:43.1.
150-yard Individual Medley-
1, Joe Verdeur of LaSalle; 2,
Charles Moss , of Michigan; 3,
Jose Balmores of Ohio State; 4
Larry Meyer of# Indiana; 1,
Hugh McMullen of Yale. Win-
ning time 1:31.2.
High board-diving - 1, Bruce
Harlan of Ohio State; 2, David
Y. Browning of Texas; 3, Jack
Calhoun of Ohio State; 4,
Charles Chelich of Northwest-
ern; 5, Joe Marino of Ohio State.
Winning total 460.95.
300-yard medley relay - 1
Yale (Ratkiewich, Essert, Reid)
2, Iowa; 3, Ohio State; 4, Pur-
due; 5. Michigan. Winning time

* * *


508 E. Williams
J Now your all-time
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-The New York Yankees and the
Detroit Tigers both used reserves
in an exhibition contest yesterday
and the Bronx Bombers walked
away with a 7 to 5 decision, their
first over the Tigers this spring.
In fact, it was the first time
in six games that the Detroiters
have bowed to an American
league team.
The regular Yankee team was
at Miami and New York fielded
a unit of reserves and oddly-
placed veterans.
TAMPA, FLA., - (A) - The
Cincinnati Reds, hottest team
in the Florida Grapefruit league
racked up their fourth straight
victory yesterday by whipping
the St. Louis Cardinals, 6 to 5.
MIAMI - (R) - Brooklyn made
it two straight over the world
champion New York Yankees yes-
terday, beating them, 7-2, before
a paid attendance of 6,365. Joe

Hatten and Clarence Podbielan
scattered eight hits among the
Yanks, including a home run by
Bill Johnson in the fifth inning.
ORLANDO, FLA., - (A') -
Washington battered Mickey
McDermott and Walter Master-
son for 13 hits ,including home
runs by Eddie Robinson, Gil
Coan and Al Kozar, to trounce
the Boston Red Sox, 10-3, in an
exhibition game yesterday.
- Rookie Sam Kanelos singled
in the last of the 10th to drive in
the wininng run here yesterday as
Sacremento Solons defeated the
Chicago White Sox 2-1 before
2,704 fans.
-(W)-Lefty Lou Brissie's return
to form and two home runs by
rookies gave the Philadelphia
Athletics a 9 to 3 victory yes-
terday over Buffalo of the In-
ternational League.



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