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.WNDAY,-,,fEBIWAR 5
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TilE MIC141GAN IDAILY

PAGE 3

INDOOR SPORTS CONTEST:
Big Ten Champions Up for Decison Saturday

EV" ^AR iosts time S
Mas March blows in like a lion, sasti
long with It comes "Big-Ten" ken's
6tght, a \ertabl6' fhi e ring cIrcus be fi
of idoor sports events. ship
Two months of preparation in fere
fOa s n etsnone of which count
in the stndins, have gon fe'ore, sa
and all this culminates in one mad r
evening during which four Big
Ten championships are decided
simuaneosly.
This year, Saturday is the big
tight; Which will see the Con-
ference crowntn Its nrestlng and
rylmnefstis champions lbii ~re-
apolis, its track king in East Lan
e9ng and its top swimming team so
Columbus.
THE 'OUTLOOK for this year
seems to cast the Buckeyes of
Ohio State as swimming favoritesf
rith Michigan as their chief com-
petitor.
Despite the recent Ohio State
aquatic reign of terror, a strg
which has reached sixst
Ilichigea still holds more sT -
icing titles than any other-
In the two decade span
1927-.8, the Wolverines sp
to 16 conference titles, all un
the tutelage of Matt Mann, who
retired at the close of last s-ons
Back in, the thirties,. the
veaine powerhouses include' -
names as Jack Kasley, '
Drysdale, Ogden Dalrymple
Haynie, Walt Tomki and C
Barker,
But no Big Ten tank tit'
ever tasted so sweet as the 5
gan triumph in 1948-its 1a
to date.
The Woiverines were head
the famed Harry Holiday, br
on their roster was a man i
Gs Stager-known far bets
day as Michigan's present
S ming coach.
The Iowa pool was jasmr
the rafters as thousands ca
see if mighty Ohio State,
headed by diver Bruce f
(now Michigan diving coach
Smith and Miller Anderson,
take its third conference cro
a row. Northestern had the
Bill Beusner; Iowa boast
Wally Ais; and Purdue was
ed by the famed Keith C
giving the meet a star-stt
flavor.
Despite the fact that it wor
three firsts, Matt Mann'sMic
team nipped OSU, 62-59, to
the crown as diver Gil tvans
a crucial third -lace. Every
conferehce record fell that
as Michigan tasted its last c
pionship to this very day .
years is a long time to wai,
maie arid te Wdlv
will reign tupreme once aga 1
TURNnG td track, MI, c
has not *o'hoan Indoor ir n
title since 1945, and from al -
peata'ics, tWill 'vi to be r i
second to pre-meet favorite '
nois again this year.
Despite the fact that the I
and Bue has copped 15 cc
ence indoor meets, the Illini
with Ohio State, have lef
Wolverines as bridesmaids for o
successive years.
But the last Michiganin
title in 1945 was one never
forgotten. Over 18,000 sere
fans jammed the mammoth
cago Stadium for the war
event, and Michigan coach
Doherty, now at Pennsylvania
worried about Illinois-as y.ois
The meet started out with
of the most amazing occur
in conference history. In the"r
mile run, five straight Wolve s'
crossed the finish line in a
-an unparalleled occurrence

Illini went on to win seven
to Michigan's two, but Doh
25 man squad piled up poirts
the runner-up and third posi
When the dust had cleare
Wolverines had garnered psriQ- I
14 had produced their best e
of the season, and Michigan
beaten Illinois by nine-tent'
one point, 55-54 1/10. It wa
last title for Michigan indoor
forces for a long, long time.

- OTHER indoor meets on as Illinois, Michigan Stag, and igan grapplers have been rated and illinis, the pre-meet favor-
atu day's agenda are gym- Minesota all must be rated above among the nation's best, and this ites, Vichigan can spring an ip-
cs and wrestling, Newt Lo- thei. Ioviever, the Lokenmen are year they will again figure prom- set, ahd a sooci bet is that Michl-
gymnasts certainly can not gxpecitetto give a good showing inenly, in jhe I5archth set-to gao Will le very close to the toel
gured upon for a champion- for conference Gym fans. at Minneapolis, though they are when the last groan has died
(Michigan hasn't won a eon- Wrestling is a different story. not favorites, away.
sces yf ercwn i 53 years) In rocent years, Cliff Keen's Mich- Despite dual oset losses to Iowa See I DOOR, Page S
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