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i1 Burford Heads List of Point-Getters;
eemen Shoot for NCAA Championship
By JIM PARKER tained the magic 20 victory figure paign that a Wolverine puck squad
ic Heyliger, Michigan's genial in the two preceding seasons, but exceeded that mark.
key coach, celebrated his sixth it wasn't until the 1949-50 cam- * * *
r at the reigns of the Wolver- * * * THE BIGGEST disappointment
u u c nof the season came in the third
puck squad by chaslking up one annual NCAA hockey champion-
h sship playoffs held at Colorado
Blue's history of the ice sport. iSprings, Colo. The heavily favored
nder the direction of the for- Wolverines, nationally regarded as
tWolverine and Chicago Black- the top college hockey team in
rk star, Michigan skated to new the United States, dropped a heart-
brds in total games won in a breaking 4-3 decision to a power-
;le season and in goals scored ful Boston University sextet in
one game. - the opening round of the four-
* * * team tournament.
NDIVIDUALLY, wingman Gil But Michigan found itself the
ford erased the former one following night and swung into
on scoring mark of 61 points high gear against Boston College
Ld by Gordie McMillan of the to cop the consolation game on
8-49 team) and, oddly enough, the long end of a 10-6 count.
three of these records were.It was only in NCAA tourney
ttered in the same contest -play that the olverines failed
7-1 rout of Michigan State's to surpass the performance of one
rtans in the newly enlarged ice of its predecessors. In 1948, the
seum in Ann Arbor.
iaugural year of the NCAA tour
'he Michigan State game < nament (participating teams are
rked the 21st victory of the f<>::-<:>'Tchosen on the basis of their sea-
r for the rampaging Wolver- son's records), Heyliger's first 20
s and by, the end of the sea- g :>:<3ame-winning squad downed Bos-
ithe %Maize and Blue sextet..: -<:{...:r:>=::->>::.::_<.:> <.-::.> ton College and Dartmouth to win
ad posted 23 wins as against the official title as the best in
t four setbacks. GIL BURFORD American college hockey.
:eyliger-coached teams had at- ... ice Captain * * *
AT THE START of the 1949
season the Michigan coach could
hardly have been criticized had
the crying towel been seeing serv-
ice, since graduation losses had
been a severe drain on the talent
from the ranks of the previous
year's squad.
Om'sS tore Gone was the fast skating,
Sam sf Storehigh scoring forward line of Mc- /
Millan, Al Renfrew and Wally
el CO res you o nn i O "s Gacek and gone were the dev-
astating defensemen, Connie
Hill and Dick Starrak.

I' Matmen Faced by Tough
Battle for Conference Crown

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HARD AND FAST -One of the roughest and fastest spirts at
Michigan is hockey. The Wolverines have one of the finest teams
in the country, with an enviable record of wins to their credit.
Above, Wally Grant, All-Star center for the Maize and Blue, f ihts
for the puck with Colorado College iceman, Bill Lawrence. Michi-
gan whipped Colorado twice on home ice, but the ien from the
west took the NCAA Chanpionship in the tnurnament last Meat<.

By CY CARLTON
In about four months Michi-
gan's wrestling team under the
tutelege of Cliff Keen will begin
another season of combat, in one
of the oldest, fiercest and most
basic of sports.
Eight men will go forth one at
a time to subdue their opponents
in hand to hand combat in which
brute strength takes a back seat
to agility, speed and resourceful-
ness with a liberal dash of pure
courage.
* * *
COACH KEEN'S teams have up-
held the noblest traditions of this
ancient sport, and win or lose
have always fought to the utmost,
cleanly and fairly.
The 1950-51 season will be
Keen's 26th as coach of Maize
and Blue grapplers. During this
long term of service, he has
added laurels to the great tra-
dition of Michigan sports and
has won himself a place as one
of the geniuses of his chosen
p~rofessioni.
The current squad is still an.
unknown quantity but should give
a good account of itself, if highly
egarded but untested Sophs come
1; irougi a veteran performers
live up to their potentialities.
CAPTAIN of the squad is Bill
Stapp, a rugged 155 pounder from
Sausolito, California, who was
runner-up in his division in last
year's Western Conference Cham-
pionships. Stapp, a surprise last
season, his first of competition,
dropped only one dual meet match
and is expected to spark the cur-
rent Wolverine grappling aggre
gation.
Stapp is a serious wrestler,
devoting full time and energy
to the sport, with the result
that he is always in perfect
condition and is quick to re-

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most a sure bet to take a Con-
ference crown in the big meet
next March.
A young man, who as a Sopho-
more compiled an enviable dual
meet record and who should, be
even better this season is Iarry
Nelson, weighing in at 128 pounds.
* $ *
NELSON, hailing fron Milwau-
kee, was a state high school chamP
in Wisconsin in 1948 and won the
128 pound title in the Michigan
state AAU tourney in 1949, while
a freshman at Michigan.

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Brightening the picture con-
siderably, however, was the re-
turn of the almost equally potent
line# of Burford, team-captain
Wally Grant and Neil Celley and
the small but deadly Ross Smith
was back for his final year of mak-
ing his defense position a thing of
constant peril to Michigan op-
ponents.
GOALIE JACK McDonald was
returning for one more semester
and at the start of the second se-
mester, when the veteran net tend-
er had exhausted his athletic eligi-
bility, Jack MacInnes proved a
capable replacement.
A bumper crop of sophoi'res
combined with the returning
lettermen to form the 1949-50-
pace-setting crew.
Rookie forwards Bob Heathcott
and Paul Pelow along with de-
fensemen Graham Cragg and Ed-
die May measured up admirably
in plugging up graduation leaks.
THEN, WHEN the second se-
mester rolled around, two more
sophomores, wing Earl Keyes and
defenseman Lou Paolatto, became
eligible for intercollegiate compe-
tition and both moved into the
lineup to help in the drive for
Michigan's third bid to the NCAA
tournament.
Keyes more than lived up to
the high expectations that his
play in practice had predicted.
The flashy Detroit product prov-
ed a great crowd pleaser with his
skating wizardry and was equal-

ly adept in goal productioi, reg-
istering his first three goal "hat
trick" in his second game in a
Michigan uniform.
As the season entered the home
stretch, NCAA tournament fever
began to hit the Ann Arbor cam-
pus. A crucial two-game series
with Colorado College, one of the
main contenders along with Mich-
igan for one of the two tourney
bids as teams representing the
West, ended in an overwhelming
sweep of both games by the Maize
and Blue.
THE NEXT weekend' Michigan
clinched its third straight bid to
the championship layoffs by wrop-
ping Minonesota on both ends of
a two-game series.
The Wolverines posted their
20th win of the year with the
taking of two games from Mich-
igan Tech's -Huskies, the only
American college that had been
able to beat the Wolverines -
the two squads had split a series
earlier in the season.
Michigan's two other lbsses to
lt tinehad resulted from split-
ting two game series to two of
Canada's top college hockey teams,
Toronto and Montreal.
AFTER THE Michigan State
slaughter and the season finale,
a 5-4 victory over Western On-
tario, the Wolverines left for Col-
orado Springs and the NCAA play-
offs.
Colorado College, having ral-
lied after 5-1 and 11-1 defeats
at the hands of the Wolverines
to win the remaining bid as the
other Western representative,
bounced from its underdog rat-
ing to beat Boston University in
the championship game of the
palyoffs.
Following the tourney, Michi-
gan's great defenseman, Ross
Smith was honored by being se-
lected to all the all-tournament
teams and by being elected as the
Wolverines' most valuable player
by his teammates.

SMITH WILL BE greatly m isedr
on this year's sextet. His aggres-
siveness and cunning established
him as a deadly competitor and
as a great favorite of the crowd,
which never ceased to delight in
the fancy capers he cut in elud-
ing his opponents after stealing
the puck from than.
To succeed the fast sk ating pl-ay- I
maker, Wally Grant, the members
of the team chose Gil Burford as
captain of the 1950-51 team. Bur-
ford continued to burn opponent's
goals after the MSC game and
finished the season with a total
Af 69 points scored.

KEEN. WRESTLING COACH-
Cliff Keen, Michigan's mat men-
tor, starts his 26th season in
that position this year.
cover' rom injuries. In addition
to duties as mat captain, he is
president of the "M" Club, famed
winners at Michigan.
Another stalwart of the squad
will be Dave Space, who as a
sophomore last season, dropped
only one dual match and finished
second in the Conference meet,
in the 136 pound division.
* * *
SPACE is another example of
Keen's ability to develop young
wrestlers with little or no exper-
ience, quickly. A native Ann Ar-
borite, he did little wrestling in
high school, learning most about
the fundamentals of the sport in
his freshman year at Michigan,
with the frosh squad, and in
wrestling classes in the physical
education department.
Barring injuries, Space is al-

In the Conference meet, Nel-
son did not fare well, being
eliminated in the, first round
by Alan Rice of Minnesota, an
experienced veteran who had
ben champion at 136 pounds
the previous year.
Nelson, with a winter of combat
in back of him should be a top
contender for Western Conference
laurels this season.
* * *
COACH KEEN is doubtful -as to
team strength in the heavyweight
divisions but is hopeful that Ju, T
Powers, who was champ of the
Big Ten at 165 pounds two years
ago and finished third last year
will return for another season,
despite the- fact that he needs only
eight hours towards graduation.
Joe Planck, an experienced
junior, will wrestle at either 75
pounds or in the unlimited divi-
sion this year. Planck was fair-
ly successful at both weights
last season and showed pro-
mise of future development.
There is a gap to be filled in
the heavy weights either at 165,
175 or heavyweight (unlimited)
if Powers returns at 165, which
he wrestled in the Conference
championships, or wrestles at 1'75,
as he did through most of the
See WRESTLING, Page 8

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