FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 1956
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
FRIDAY, MARCH 2,1956 THE MICHIGAN DAILY PAGE SEThN
Tech At Houghton
MICHIGAN'S VIC HEYLIGER
Renfrow will fight it out on ti
weekend. Renfrow, who is ane
also Heyliger's brother-in-law.
Local Fans t
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also centered on the Governor
Trophy. A golden trophy the
has reposed down at the footc
Ann Arbor's Hill street for seve
years-it may conceivably go t
Tech this year for the first tim
Emblematic of the State of M
chigan Collegiate championshi
the trophy has been won by Mich
gan every year since its inceptioi
The huge silver McNaughto
Cup-the symbol of the WIH
title, is also on the line, as Col
rado is now out of the runnin
to retain it.
The games up here are bot
figured to be close-with .perhar
an edge to Tech because of hom
ice. The teams return to An
Arbor for a final pair next week
end and then Michigan shou
have the advantage.
The Wolverines need two vie
tories in the four games to ac
sure them of another trip to Col
rado and the NCAA tourney tw
However, should Colorado Co
iege drop one or two this weeken
to Denver, then Michigan's mag
number would accordingly be re
2500 Mies Tih
In order to give Michigan's spo
fans the fullest and most realist:
newspaper coverage possible, th
Daily Sports Staff this mornin
set off on the greatest excursio:
binge in its history.
Five staff members will travel
round trip total of over 2500 mile
by plane, train, and car-and may
be even by boat, to bring to Dail
readers the complete story of fou
Big Ten Championship meets-an
a crucial hockey series.
The longest trip finds Dail;
Sports Editor Phil Douglis flyin
to Houghton, Mich., where he ar
rived last night to bring Wolverin
hockey fans the colorful story c
the Michigan-Michigan Tech serie
direct from Dee Stadium's pres
Meanwhile, Daily Wrestling Edi
tor Dave Rorabacher will trek t
Evanston, Ill., where he will cove
in person the Big Ten 'mat extrava
ganza as Michigan bids to retail
its 1955 title.
Jim Baad, Daily Gymnastics Ed
itor, finds himself in Champaigi
Ill., this morning, to cover the Bi
Ten Gym meet direct from Huf
Gym-where Michigan bids for it
first acrobatic title in history.
John Hillyer, Daily Track Editoi
takes a "short" jaunt to East Lan
sing, where he will staff the Bi
Ten track meet at Jenison Fieli
House-as Michigan makes sti
another title defense.
$r Big 10 Title
By DAVE RORABACHER
Special To The Daily
EVANSTON, Il.-Michigan will
be shooting for its second cham-
pionship in a row when the Big
5.Ten Wrestling Meet gets under
-way here this afternoon.
All members of Coach Cliff
Keen's team are on hand for the
big battle, including 167-pounder
John McMahon who nearly wound
" up in Detroit by mistake.
McMahon, who was forced to
leave Ann Arbor yesterday at a
later time than the rest of the
team due to late afternoon labora-
tory classes, discovered in the nick
of time that a thoroughly confused
train ticket agent had mistakenly
issued him a one-way ticket to the
t (left) and Michigan Tech's Ray Motor City.
he sidelines in a personal duel thisL
ex-pupil of the Wolverine coach, is 1Lodged at Northshore
At present the Wolverine contin-
gent, aong with the other eight
visiting conference squads, is lodg-
ed in the Northshore Hotel, here
in the heart of the city.
Two miles to the north lies Mc-
Gaw Memorial Hall where the
Crucil Titournament will get under way
this afternoon with the prelimi-
nary matches at 2 p.m. (EST).
- duced. The Heyliger men need The weekend festivities officially
all four games to give them the began last evening with an infor-
't WIHL title outright for the first mal dinner for all coaches and
of time since 1951" Three out of four other invited personnel. The
m would give Michigan a tie for the members of the seeding committee
o title, also met during the evening and
Le Tegaeloiall participants are anxiously
e. The game also pits the League's awaiting the expected announce-
I- two top goalies. Michigan's Lorne ment of their decisions this morn-
p, Howes is tops with an average of ing.
i- but two goals given up per game. '
n. Tech's Bob McManus is second These results will determine the
with 2.5 goals per game. prelimina y pairings in ear
n Personal Duel made in such a manner that none
L It will even be a personal duel of the top four grapplers in any
o- between coaches. Renfrew is not division have a possibility of meet-
ig only an ex-pupil of Heyliger, hav- ing one another previous to to-
ing played under him here in 1949, night's semi-final round.
h but is also his brother-in-law. Championship Matches
Ps Local sources here also tell us Championship matches and con-
ie that Tech's fandom is one of solation bouts for third and fourth
in hockey's most rabid. At times places will take place tomorrow
k- bordering on the unruly, they keep afternoon starting at 3 p.m. (EST).
Ld up a constant roar that rattles the It has been announced that a
many-windowed stadium through- new system of awarding points for
e- out the game. the top four places will be initiated
s- The Stadium itself is a patch- this year in an attempt to better
o work affair that has burned down reward outstanding performance.
0 several times. Formerly the old First, second, third and fourth
Amphidrome, it had a natural air- place finishes will be worth ten,
frozen surface up until last year seven, four, and two points respec-
4- when artificial ice was put in. It tively.
Ld is located in a valley-and is con- Single points will also be award-
ic sidered the birthplace of hockey ed for each match won (progres-
e- in America. sion points) and for each pin.
Keen is still concerned over the
condition of veteran Don Haney's
ters Cover left ankle. Defending champion
at 147 pounds, Haney injured his
ankle two weeks ago and has since
tis W eekendmissed the last two dual meets and
several practice sessions as a re-
ic Down in Lafayette is Ed Salem, Recovering From Flu
e the Daily's swimming expert. Sa- Also Mike Rodriguez, Frank Hirt
g lem is covering the Big Ten Swim- and Dan Deppe are recovering from
n ming meet direct from Purdue's flu and colds which might easily
modern pool. hamper their physical endurance
a While all this is going on, Daily during this gruelling three-day
s Sports Night Editor Dick Cramer tournament.
- will cover Michigan's basketball Weighing in procedures are the
ly clash with Minnesota here at Yost all-important event this morning
ir Field House. and many of the varsity matmen
To co-ordinate coverage of the have been faithfully watching the
y biggest sports weekend of the year, scales, as they go through a period
the Daily Sports Department has of dehydration and semi-starvation
- mobilized its entire sophomore in a desperate attempt to make
e staff to aid Night Editors Dave their weight class.
f Grey and Steve Heilpern as they As each squad is permitted to
s tackle the year's roughest and enter only one man in each divi-
s closest deadlines. sion, the failure on the part of any
Tryouts have also been recruited one man to qualify in his weight
- to handle the deluge of phone calls I class might easily be a deciding
o expected during the evenings. factor in his team's title chances.
Gymnasts Must Do Well in Today's
Preliminaries to Dethrone Illinois
MICHIGAN TRACK CAPTAIN Ron Wallingford (left) and Coach
Don Canham could well be pondering the question that will be
answered tonight and tomorrow at East Lansing-Can the Wolver-
ines hold off the challenge of Iowa's strong squad and retain
Big Ten track supremacy?
Powerful Iowa Tracksters
Haunt Canham s Favorites
By JIM BAAD
Special To The Daily
CHAMPAIGN, Ill.-The feeling
around Michigan's gymnastic
squad has become tense as they
wait impatiently for this after-
noon's and tonight's elimination
These events will determine ex-
actly who will take part in the
actual Big Ten Meet on Saturday.
Obviously the team with the most
men qualified will have the best
chance to win.
Michigan wants to win very bad-
ly. Newt Loken's crew breezed
through an undefeated season,
their first since 1950, and now are
looking forward to their first Big
No Michigan gymnastic team
has ever won this distinction. On
the other hand, Michigan's arch
rival Illinois has captured the Con-
ference crown for the last six
years, establishing an unparalelled
dominance of the Midwest gym-
This year Illinois could be de-
throned by the Wolverines. Loken's
crew displayed greater strength
during the dual meet season by de-
feating the Illini 57-55. On the
merits of this victory and the fact
that the Wolverines have been
gathering greater perfection all
during the year, a Michigan vic-
tory prediction looks like a good
However, there are certain fac-
tors which mar such a lovely pic-
ture. Illinois was not at the same
level of performance when they
were beaten as they are now. Be-
tween semesters the squad from
Champaign acquired three sopho-
mores, Don Tonry, Gavin Blair,
and Mike Karren who are rated
by Loken as being on a par with
Ed Gagnier, Michigan's sophomore
Injuries Hit Both Teams
Michigan has been somewhat
weakened because captain Tony
San Antonio has been sick all week
with virus infection and has not
been able to work out. He is here
with the team but is not expected
to be at top form. Illinois also has
injuries, however. Star Dick Jirus
suffered a broken ' wrist a short
When everything is taken into
balance this way ,it all boils down
to a battle royal between the two
Conference powers, Champion Illi-
nois and challenger Michigan.
Iowa was once in the running,
but since their major point getter,
Sam Bailie broke his ankle three
weeks ago they have been out of
Michigan will send its full team
into the qualifying events, but
carrying the major share of the
load will be Gagnier and Nick
Wiese. Wiese is entered in all ten
events; Gagnier in everything but
Both men have entered the All
Around, which is the decathalon
of a gymnastic meet and winning
it the biggest honor. Competition
will come from Illinois' two won-
der sophs, Tonry and Blair along
with senior John Culbertson. Staf-
fen Carlssonl of Iowa and Roland
Brown of Michigan State are also
in the running.
"Gagnier has an excellent
chance to win the All Around,"
says Loken. "If he does he will be
the first sophomore to do so as
far as I can remember."
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best) in the 70-yard low-hurdles
and :08.5 (best) in the 70-yard
highs. In addition, his 6'6%" in
the high jump has been bettered
only by Michigan's Brendan
The Hawks' depth doesn't end
here. Their mile-relay quartet was
recently clocked in 3:19.9, second
to the Wolverines' 3:17.4. Their
broadjumpers - Earl Smith and
Phil Leahy -- have out-jumped
Their pole-vaulter-Gardner Van
Dyke-has vaulted 13'8". Their
quarter-milers-Caesar Smith and
Tom Ecker-have both run the
distance in :49.7, better than any-
one on Michigan's squad has done.
Why, then, are the Wolverines
Overall balance and depth prob-
ably account for giving the Blue
the nod. A quick rundown of its
entrants reveals this solidarity.
In' the pole vault, Eeles Land-
strom stand alone as the favorite.
His 14'5" has been the only 14'
or better leap of the season.
It's the same story in the shot
put, Dave Owen returns to defend
his title, and his 55'iY" is the tops
in the conference. In the high
jump, O'Reilly's leap of last week-
end - 6'7%" - establishes him as
the man to beat, and the defending
champion, Mark Booth, couples
with the Irishman to make the
event a formidable one for the
The Michigan mile-relay team
should once again prove its class.
Bob Rudesill, George Gluppe, Bob
Brown and Robin Varian function
well as a unit. The "arrival" of
Jim Pace as a track star should
give Michigan some points in the
60, though Northwestern's Jim
Golliday looks like the sure win-
Varian in the 1000, Gray to de-
fend championships in the 1000
and 880 and Wallingford in the
mile and two-mile make the Blue
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