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PAGE TWO

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 1953

Gymnastics,

Wirestling

Teams Should Be Strong

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Loss of Key Performers Hurt Title
Chances of 'M' Gymnasts Last Year

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Grapplers Won Big Ten Championship Last Season

By KEN COPP

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By DICK BUCK
Michigan's gymnastics squad
came up with a disappointing sea-
son after the loss of two key men
due to ineligibility.
Looking like the team to beat
after taking its first three meets,
it came as a blow when Lee
Krumbholz, number two point-
getter, and Harry Luchs, defend-
ing Big Ten parallel bar champ,
were dropped from the Wolverine
lineup.
COACH Newt Loken went into
his remaining meets with a re-
vamped lineup that placed the
bulk of the burden on the shoul-
ders of all-around man Mary
Johnson and Captain Don.Hurst,
a tumbling and trampoline spe-
cialist.
The best Michigan could do
in its last four meets was to win
one out of four, losing to Min-
nesota, Illinois and Michigan
State, and going on to capture
a distant sixth place in the Con-
ference tussle.
Illinois chalked up 133 points,
almost twice as many as second
place Minnesota, in successfully
defending its Big Ten title. The

Gophers tallied 61 points and
Michigan back in sixth place
counted 37 points.
* *~ *
MARV JOHNSON proved chief
contender for the Wolverines in
this meet. They placed four men
for the finals in seven events, with
Johnson competing in four events.
Taking a second in free exer-
cise finals behind Illini star Bob
Sullivan, fourth on the horizon-
tal bar, seventh on the parallel
bars, and a ninth on the flying
rings, Johnson finished fifth in
the all-around ratings.
Don Hurst was the only other
Wolverine to place in the final
rankings, annexing eighth place
on the trampoline.
JUNIOR Frank Adams and Jack
Eckle, in his first year with the
team, managed to make the finals
on horizontal bar and trampoline,
respectively, but could do little
against the surplus of experienced
talent from other schools.
Getting off to a good start the
Maize and Blue swept its first
dual meet of the season with
Indiana, 68-25. The Wolver-
ines collected the blue ribbons

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in every event while their Hoos-
ier competitors had considerable
difficulty in staying on the
apparatus.
Johnson chalked up firsts on
both high and parallel bars; new-
comers Jim Barbero and Eckle
placed second behind more exper-
ienced men on the side horse and
trampoline, showing promise of
future greatness.
* * *
EDGING BY Ohio State, 50%/2-
451/2, and Wisconsin, 51-45, Mich-
igan ran its win skein to three
meets.
An 11-42 margin over OSU
on the horizontal bar gave the
Wolverines that contest as
Luchs picked up their lone first
place in this event. Lee Krumb-
holz paced the win over the
Badgers, racking up 132 points
including a victory in his top
event, the sidehorse.
It took the championship-
bound Illinois contingent to level
the weakened Wolverines, 63-33.
Illini star Bob Sullivan grabbed
three top prizes and two seconds
to completely steal the show.
* * *
ADAMS GARNERED the only
Michigan win with his brilliant1
performance on the trampoline.
Michigan misfortune contin-
ued when Minnesota repeated
the Illinois score, 63-33, in a
triangular meet at Northwest-
ern. A stellar demonstration by
Bartlett, who repeated Sullivan's
feat, a triple-triumph and plac-
es in two other events, supplied
the Gophers with an easy mar-
gin.
Consolation for the Wolverines
came in taking the other end of
the meeting from the Wildcats,
67-28. Hurst was hero of the day
as he bounced out a victory over
Gopher tramp star Verne Evans,
and whipped off easy firsts on:
both trampoline, and tumbling
mats in opposition to Northwest-
ern. The Maize and Blue swept
all top places in the latter contest.
IT WAS A heartbreaker at East
Lansing in the dual meet finale.
The Spartans backed into a 48%-
471/2 victory. Rintz and Johnson
staged a heated scoring duel which
Rintz finally won 21 points to 17
points, but the real show was on
the "tramp and mats." MSC cap-
tain John Walker took close wins
over Hurst on both.
Johnson, who led Michigan
scorers in almost every meet,
was voted most valuable player
at the close of the campaign
and Luchs was installed as new
team captain, replacing Hurst.
Prospects for the 1954 season
appear bright with Hurst's loss
overshadowed by an additional
year of experience behind the re-
mainder of the squad. Johnson,
Luchs, Adams, Krumbholz, Bar-
bero, Eckle, and Dick Bergman all
return to the foray and could
make Michigan a Big Ten power.
DID YOU KNOW: that Michi-
gan is the only Big Ten school to
have won four consecutive foot-
ball championships? The Wolver-
ines turned the trick in 1901-02-
03-04 with the famed 'Point-a-
Minute' teams of the late Fielding
H. Yost; again in 1930-31-32-33
with the teams of Harry Kipke;
and still a third time in 1947-48-
49-50 under Fritz Crisler in 1947
and Bennie Oosterbaan in 1948-
49-50. The only other school to
even win three straight titles is
the University of Minnesota. The
Gophers of 1909-10-11 turfed the
trick.

NEWT LOKEN
. . . gymnastics coach

M' Gridders
Face Rugged
'53 Schedule
(Continued from Page 1)
is how to keep the team "up" for
Ohio State, which will move into
Ann Arbor to close the season on
November 21.
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The Michigan wrestling team led'
by Captain Norvard "Snip" NalanI
finished an impressive 1953 season
as it captured its fifth Big Ten
Championship topping co-favorite
Michigan State by a 27-22 score.
In the season's opener with the
Rockets of Toledo, the Wolverines
won a hard-fought contest by a'
score of 17-11. Then after a twoj
week layoff the University of Pitts-
burgh Panthers toppled the Mich-
igan grapplers by a 19-9 score.
FOUR DAYS later the matmenE
swung into conference competi-
tion and piled up an enviable rec-
ord of seven victories over seven
Big Ten opponents, with the Spar-
tans of Michigan State being the.
only ones to come close in the I
scoring.
The seven teams that were
whipped by the Wolverines in-
cluded Indiana, 22-6; Iowa, 20 -6;
Northwestern, 26-8; Michigan
State, 17-13; Illinois, 23-3; Pur-
due, 26-5 and Ohio State, 25-9.
Three of Coach Cliff ;peen's
charges, Andy Kaul, Nalan, and
Dick O'Shaughnessy finished dual
meet competition undefeated, while
Nalan and O'Shaughnessy went
on to win Conference crowns in
the 130-pound and 177-pound
classes respectively.
NALAN, who was named along
with Illinois' Pete Compton as the
outstanding wrestler of the Big
Ten meet, secured his champion-
ship when he downed Phil Dug-
gan of Iowa, 8-3.
O'Shaughnessy dumped the
defending champion, George
Myers of Iowa, and grabbed the

CLIFF KEEN
. .. wrestling coach
* * *
title by a score of 7-3. Kaul, who
had been the only man to de-
feat Compton in dual meet com-
petition, lost to Compton in the
final round by a score of 8-3.
Joe Scandura, who was complet-
ing his last year of college compe-
tition, also placed in the Big Ten
meet in the runner-up position at
157 pounds when he lost to Indi-
ana's Chuck Parkow in the finals.
HOWEVER this was not all the
Wolverines' scoring as Miles Lee
added valuable points when he
downed Purdue's Tom Hankins,
6-2, in the consolation finals to
take third place at 157 pounds.
Then Wolverine teammate Bron-
son Rumsey added some more
points when he took fourth place
after being blanked by Don Hea-
ton of Iowa in a 167-pound match.

Three weeks later at State
College, Pennsylvania Coach
Keen entered five men in the Na-
tional Collegiate tournament.
Two of the men Nalan and Lee,
had competed the year before
with Lee capturing third place
in the 157-pound class.
Two other Wolverines, Kaul and
Scandura, had ' takep runner-up
laurels in the Big Ten while the
fifth man, O'Shaughnessy,. had
copped the 177-pound conference
championship..
* * *.
KAUL WAS dropped in his first
match, 6-5, as he lost to the Big
Seven 137-pound titlist, Oklaho-
ma's Ron Scott. Scandura and
Lee lost out in the quarter-finals
with the former losing to Kent
State's Ian McEwen, 6-4, and the
latter being beaten in a very
close match by Hoosier Jim Elis,
11-9.
However both Lee and Scan-
dura had gotten off to impres-
sive starts in their first tus-
sles on the mats. Lee had top-
ped Kansas State's Les Kramer,
holder of the Big Seven 157-
pound crown, by a score of 13-9
and Scandura had pinned Mat-
thew Midea of Lockhaven,
Pennsylvania Teachers Col-lege
in 5:02.
O'Shaughnessy had won his first
match by an 8-1 score and then
went on to defeat Southern Con-
ference champ Jack Shanahan by
a decisive 10-1 score. This put him
in the semi-final round of the
NCAA meet against Al Paulekas of
Army, but he was blanked, 4-0.
* * *
NALAN WENT into the semi-
final facing Bob Datteri of Colo-

rado A&M, then went on to dump
him with a 7-4 score. In the finals,
Nalan stunned Penn State's East-
ern Intercollegiate champion Dick
Lemyre by the identical score.
With this victory Michigan's
captain added the NCAA crown
to the Big Ten trophy he had
won a few weeks before.
Both Nalan and O'Shaughnessy
are juniors and will be returning
this fall for another year of com-
petition while Kaul has two more
years to go.
Coach Keen, whose squads have
now garnered in addition to five
Big Ten Championships also nine
second and ten third places, will
begin once again this fall to-build
another team around this nucle-
us of' champions.
DID YOU KNOW: that Coach
Matt Mann has tutored more
Olympic swimmers than any other
coach in the business? The Mich-
igan swimming mentor has also
seen his teams win more national
titles than any other school. In
all, Michigan has won the Big
Ten crown 16 times and the Na-
tional swimming championship 13
times.
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THE BUCKEYES are rated al-
most on a par with Michiganf
State as favorites for the Big
Ten title, and playing both
teams on successive Saturdays is;
a mighty rough order.
Ohio defeated Michigan at
Columbus last year to knock the
Maize and Blue from the con-
ference championship and Rose
Bowl invitation.
The Bucks should have the na-
tion's best line with All-America
candidates George Jacoby, Mike
Takacs, Jim Reichenbach and Bob
Joslin all returning from last
year's squad. In addition there are
21 other returning lettermen
around which Coach Woody Hayes
should be able to fashion a pow-
erful team.
THE PRE-SEASON experts have
the 1953 conference title chase
figured as a two-way affair be-
tween Michigan State and Ohio
State. Close behind are supposed
to be Michigan, Wisconsin, Minne-
sota and Purdue. Given an outside
chance are Northwestern and Il-
linois.
It all adds up to the greatest
Big Ten race in history. Never
has any conference had so many
powerful teams in one season.
There might be a surprise at
season's end however. That sur-
prise might be Michigan at the
head of the conference. It is dan-
gerously early for such a predic-
tion, but this could be a big year
for the Wolverines, who have
missed the top by only the nar-
rowest of margins for the last two
seasons.
DID YOU KNOW: that Michi-'
gan's football coach Bennie Oos-
terbaan is one of the greatest col-
lege athletes of all time? Bennie
was a three time All-American
selection at end in 1925-26-27, a
two time All-American in Basket-
ball in 1927-28, and a nationally
recognized first baseman for Ray
Fisher's Michigan baseball squad.
Bennie also managed to win the
Western Conference medal for pro-
ficiency in Scholarship and Ath-
letics in his senior year. He is
said to have been able to make
the American Olympic team as a
discus thrower, but he never could
find time for that sport in his
crowded schedule.

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