THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 1956
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
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Gymnast Squad Aims
By JOHN LaSAGE
How does an undefeated team
feel going into its biggest meet of
Optimistic? Pessimistic? Wor-
Certainly, no one is more appro-
priately fitted to answer questions
like this than Coach Newt Loken's
gymnasts, who today leave for
Champaign, Ill., where, this Satur-
day they face their most crucial
test of the year in the Big Ten
meet. As for the undefeated record
-well, they have that too.
Probably the first one you'd fire
a question at would be Chico
San Antonio, captain of what
Loken has already termed his most
"We know Illinois is going to be
rough," said San Antonio. "True,
they've added two good men to
their squad who were previously
Ineligible. However, don't forget
that theylost one of their best,
r Dick Jirus."
Next, a trip to the I-M Building
would be in order. One glance at
the gymnastics room tells you that
here, truly, is a determined bunch
Sweating Nick Wiese stops his
routine on the flying rings only
tong enough to remark, "If we
complete all our routines, I'll be
satisfied. At least we'll know we'
did our very best."
Trampolinist Remo Boila adds
"This is definitely the best chance]
we've ever had of winning. The
team that can complete the rou-
tines will win this one."
Wayne Warren just says that he1
"feels good," while Ed Gagnier,
scorer of nearly half of his team's
points, seems a bit mere conserva-
Gagnier appears to have a so-so
attitude about the squad's chances,
as he chimes in, "Maybe we've been
a little lucky so far. One thing's
for sure, we'll have to be at our
best. Luck won't win it."
And what about Loken? How
does he feel after guiding his
team through seven rigorous dual
"I'm the first to agree with Gag-
nier. There's some luck in every
sport. When we beat Illinois by
two points we certainly had to
have a little luck."
"We'll be aiming for those 21
perfect routines. Everybody is
working hard and added new rou-
tines all the time. For Instance,
Gagnier has added a new stunt to
his free exercise event. We'll shoot
TWO OF THE outstanding Michigan Tech pucksters at Houghton
this weekend will be Bob McManus (left) who tightens defense
as goalie and his brother Jack McManus, a 47-point scorer at
Seek Repeat !!
Of '55 Title
By ED BERNREUTER
Defending champion Michigan
journeys this morning to Evan-
ston, Illinois, for the Big Ten
wrestling championships which
will begin tomorrow with the pre-
liminaries and terminate with Sat-
The Wolverines, who suffered
two setbacks in conference dual
meets, can expect to face stiff
competition from undefeated Min-
nesota, and Iowa, which has a 5-1 "
record. The single Hawkeye loss
was a close decision by Michigan. Ea(
Michigan will be slightly weaker
than last year, due to the absenceiB
of Andy Kaul and Max Pearson, V
who won titles in their respective
Coach Cliff Keen figures Michi- star bas
gan has a chance for three firsts, at Mich
while Iowa has a chance for even subject
more. The power-packed Hawk- of his fi
eye squad is being led by defend- ing with
ing champions Terry McCann and Cubc
John Winder, wrestling at 123 and third-b
177 pounds, respectively. "I've se
The fortunes of the Maize and wrki
Blue depend heavily on the abili- hismca
ty of Mike Rodriguez at 157 and is destir
Don Haney at 147 to retain their "Wec
titles. this yea
John McMahon, the other Wol- he's a b
verine would-be champion, has It's just
beaten Iowa's Winder and Indi-
ana's Jim Ellis in dual meets.
However, a real battle can be ex-
pected at the ,167-pound class, as A ni
both of McMihon's opponents have the B
held national titles. ships a
Competition will undoubtedly end ha
be keenest in the heavier weights. purchi
Either Ahmet Senol of Purdue, meetf
Michigan's Jack Marchello or Har- tration
lan Jenkinson of Indiana could a.m.
walk off with the crown, but Se-
nol, who won in 1955, is given a
slight edge. HAD
Comparing individual won-and-
lost records of the top four men
entered at 191 makes it all but T
impossible to predict the outcome.
.. future Cub great?
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LAFAYETTE, Ind. - "They're
way out in front."
This is the opinion of Gus Stag-
er, Michigan's swimming coach,
concerning Ohio State's chances
in the Big Ten swimming cham-
pionship, which opens here to-
night with the 1500nmeter free-
I Preliminaries will begin in other
events Friday with all finals com-
pleted by Saturday night.
Behind the Buckeye powerhouse,
there is a four-way toss-up for
second place. Iowa, Indiana, Mi-
chigan State and Michigan will
be battling for the second spot in
the Western Conference set-to.
Indiana, which has never won
a Big Ten swimming champion-
hip, boasts the best first-place con-
tenders along with Ohio State.
These two schools will dominate the
longer freestyle races, with Indi-
ana's Bill Woolsey being challenged
by Jerry McNamee and Rocco Cir-
igliano of Ohio State. Michigan's
John O'Reilly should finish fourth
in the 220- and 440-yard freestyle
A fine race should develop be-.
tween Ohio's Al Wiggins and "Son-.
ny" Tanabe of the Hoosiers in
the indivdual medley. Both of
these swimmers have set a new
American record during this seas-
on, with Wiggins holding the pres-
ent mark of 2:08.2, set last week
Iowa, who Stager rates third,
will depend on first-place points
from Capt. Lincoln Hurring, who
is capable of capturing both the
100- and 200-yard backstroke
events, if Al Wiggins doesn't swim
in these races.
"Michigan State and Michigan
will be battling it out for fourth
and fifth," commented Stager.
The Spartans hope for a good
showing by Captain John Dudeck
in the breaststroke races. Michi-
gan's chances rest in points from
diving events, where they have a
good chance of breaking up Ohio
State's diving monopoly. Bates in
the lowboard event and Delaney
in the-butterfly breaststroke have
the best chance of copping first
place for the Wolverines.
IN HOCKEY-CRAZY TOWN:
Tech Pucksters Challenge Wolverines
OSU Swimmers Favored
In Five-Team Title Battle
By DAVE GREY
What makes Michigan Tech such
a, hockey powerhouse this year?
Michigan Coach Vic Heyliger
certainly wishes he knew as his
team leaves the Union by bus at
7:30 tonight for Willow Run.
The WIHL showdown this week-
end at Houghton, in the Upper
Peninsula, and a possible preview
of the NCAA tournament later at
Colorado Springs is in store for
the two relatively young but strong
Only One Senior
Tech has only one senior, reserve
wing Jean Barbe, on its squad with
the bulk of the offensive strength
all sophomores. Jack McManus,
the league's third high scorer, is
the only junior among the Huskies'
top six scorers.
Reports say that Coach Al Ren-
frew's team "never lets up" and
has won a good many of its 20
victories on plain drive and spirit.
In overall season play, Tech has
averaged six goals a game, while
allowing only 2.3.
Big guns in the determined of-
fensive attack, which is particu-
WIHL AT A GLANCE
Team W L T Pts Lost
MichiganTech . 14 2 0 17 3
MICHIGAN ..,11 2 1 15 3
Colorado Coil. .. 10 6 0 14 8
Michigan must win all four re-
maining games from Tech to win
the League title outright.
Tech is assured of one of the two
NCAA playoff berths, while the
"magic number" for the Wolverines'
playoff chances is "two"-any com-
bination of two Michigan wins or
Colorado losses against Denver this
larly deadly from in close and on
rebounds, have been wing McMan-
us, with 47 points, center Tom
Kennedy and wing Pete Aubry
with 40 points and another center,
Cliff Wylie with 36.
Only captain Bill MacFarland
of the Wolverines ranks high in
the scoring race with 36 points,
good for a tie for seventh. Michi-
gan has played fewer games all
season, however, in winning 14,
losing two and tieing one. Tech
has a 20-2 overall mark.
Goalie Bob McManus, brother of
Jack, has registered four shutouts
this season in the usually tight de-
Tech is, however, reportedly not
as smooth a working unit on' de-
fensive or offensive as the Wolver-
ines. With even more experience
playing together, the Engineers
will be definitely one of the League
favorites again next year.
As Athletic Publicity Director
Lee Bohnet forecast long before
this winter's start, "It could be a
mighty interesting season." It has
been for the now hockey-crazy
town of Houghton.
Eaddy, from 1951 to 1955 a
sketball and baseball player
igan, has recently been the
of much praise as a result
ne showing in spring train-
h the Chicago Cubs.
coach Ray Blades says of
aseman Eaddy's chances,
een him for only about a
now. Nevertheless I can
you at this early stage of
ver that this young fellow
fed to be a big leaguer.
don't know where he'll play
ar," Blades continued, "but
ig leaguer on defense now.
t a question of his hitting."
ew supply of tickets for
ig Ten track champion-
at East Lansing this week-
as arrived. Students may
ase reserved seats for the
at the Athletic Adminis-
n Building today after 10
1955-56 LECTURE COURSE
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1944 Thinclads Set Mark
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By DICK CRAERE
One goal seems insurmoutable
to this year's addition to the great
Michigan track tradition.
Coach Don Canham's thinclads
leave for East Lansing today with
a standout chance of gaining the
Big Ten indoor championship. The
Wolverines are defending title-
holders and have won 16 crowns
in the 45-year history of the meet.
There doesn't seem any new
heights left for Michigan. But a
look back 12 years shows accom-
plishment that will be hard to top.
On March 11, 1944, a capacity
throng at the Chicago Field House
witnessed the Maize and Blue
amass a record indoor total of.
75/ points. Wolverine entries cop-
ped seven individual titles and
placed in point-scoring positions
in the, other five events.
Present Michigan assistant coach
Elner Swanson was one of the
heroes of the fantastic team exhi-
bition. His hurdling efforts were
sensational, defeating the famed
Buddy Young of Illinois in the
lows and sweeping every heat he
ran in the highs.
Captain of Coach Ken Doherty's
squad, Bob Hume, was another
double wirner in the runaway. He
just edged out his twin brother
Ross in the mile and followed with
a more convincing triumph in the
For the most part the times of
that war year's meet were rather
poor by present-day standards-
but Bob Ufer's winning time of
:49.3 in the 440-yard dash com-
pares favorably with Wolverine
efforts thus far this season.
Michigan's other two first places
were in the mile relay and in the
How did the Wolverines do it?
Their 671 points last year are the
closest that any school has ever
approached the 1944 record. The
mark seems safe again this year
with several teams promising to
keep the meet close. Twelve years
ago, however, there were no con-
tenders near the class of Michi-
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