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THE MCHIIGA DAIMY

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Michigan Again Holds NCAA Ice Champil

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By BRUCE BENNETT
Michigan captured its second
straight NCAA hockey title last
Marchas it downed Michigan
Tech, 7-5, at the Broadmoor Ice
Palace in Colorado Springs, Colo.
It was the ninth year in a row
that Coach Vic 'Heyliger's teams
have qualified for the trip to the
Broadmoor and the sixth time
they have emerged champions.
{ Thirteen veterans will return
from this all conquering crew,
which also swept to its first West-
en Intercollegiate Hockey League
title before entering the national
tournament.
Missing will be high -scoring Bill
MacFarland and winger Jay
Goold, but a half dozen promising
sophomores will provide a strong
supporting cast for the veteran
squad.
Uphill Battle
It was an uphill battle through-
out most of the season for the
1955-56 edition of the Wolverines
before they were able to dethrone
Colorado College as league cham-
pions by winningfour straight
from Michigan Tech.
After getting off to a slow start
by winning only two of its first
four games, the Michigan steam
roller got moving in January and
shifted into high gear into Febru-
ary, 'winning their last seven
league outings.
Pressed to Final Tilt
Still, Michigan was pressed
right to the final game by a sur-
prising Miehigan Tech squad,
which came out of nowhere to
lead the league for the greater
part of the campaign and provide
the Wolverines with their most se-
rious challenge for the title.
The Huskies led Michigan by
two points in the standings as the
two teams opened a four game se-
ries, the season finale for both
clubs. Tech deeded only one win
to clinch at least a share of league
honors.
A The series opened at Houghton
and Michigan disappointed the
double capacity throngs of home
town rooters that jammed the an-
cent Dee Stadium by winning the
opening pair, 5-2 and 6-3.
The series shifted to the Hill
Street Coliseum the following

DISPLAY LEADERSHIP:

'M' Varsity Teams Headed by Captains

By BOB McELWAIN
Leadership-an attribute made
famous by Michigan athletes in
the past, is equally evident in the
12 Varsity captains for the coming
year.
Tom Maentz, a husky V'2", 210-
pound end from Holland, Mich.,
will guide the Wolverine football
squad. Maentz was injured in a
pre-season practice last fall, and.
saw limited action, but, teamed
with Ron Kramer came back
strongly to give Michigan, the best
1-2 punch at the ends position in
the nation.
Kramer will try to help pull
Michigan's basketball team out of
the doldrums this year. Also:,a
letter-winner in football and track
the past two years, Kramer has
led the hoop squad in scoring both
years, and holds the all-time in-
dividual scoring record with 35.
Rodriguez Back
Back tohcaptain thewrestling
team for the second straight year
is Mike Rodriguez. Rodriguez has
captured the 157-pound Big Ten.
Championship for the past two
years.
One of the many lettermen back
from Michigan's hockey team,
which won the NCAA Champion-
ship for the sixth time in nine
years, is Bob Pitts, rugged senior
defenseman. A stalwart for the

THE PRESSURE'S ON--Michigan Tech goalie Bob McManus slides to the ice to ward off the close shot of Michigan's Tom Rendall
(foreground) in the game for the National Collegiate hockey championship at Colorado Springs, Colo. Moving to aid McManus in his

MIKE RODRIGUEZ
... repeats as wrestling captain:
pucksters since his sophomore
year, Pitts replaces center mill
MacFarland, an all-time=great for
the Wolverines.
Nick Wiese and Wayne Warren
will co-captain thisyeafs gym-
nastics squad. They both, are vet-
erans from last year's team which
placed second in the Big Ten.
Owen Leads Tracksters
Big Ten shot put Champion for
the past two years, big Dave Owen

wil lead both the indoor and out-
door track teams this year. Owen
has been one of the key links in
Michigan's track succeses the
past two years, when -they have
betae Big Tlen Champs.
Michigan finished a suripriing
second.In swimming last season,
,and, led ' by diver John Warcy, is
expected 'to pose a big threat to
championOhio State thIs year.
Back ttf his third year, Steve
Uzelac will captain the Wolverine
golf squad. A strong, steady play-
er,- Uelae - shota se ommendable
'307 in last..yte ,'sChampionshipe,
gaining valuable: points which
helped the oquad finish second be-.
hind a powc+rful Purdue tewn.
Tipper ~Captsas Dla + >f..a
A bright light inadismalbase-
ball picture this year is second-
baseman K ppery. Tippery
lashed out a .379 Average last sea-
son, although he. was sidelined by
Injuries-part of the-ysar,
Taking over the tennis captain-
ship from Barry MacKay, Dick
Potter inherits a traditionafly
powertul;squad, this one 4ot 'hav-
ing loot in the last consecutive
matches. Potter captured the Big
'en ni ber two singles cham.
pionhip last year and will be
back at the same-spot again, be-
hind 1acKay, the Conference
eingles chamrp.

successful save are Tech's Wally Crockatt (18) and Tom Kennedy (14), while Don McIntosh (14)+
a possible rebound shot. Michigan won the hard-fought contest, 7-5, to retain its NCAA crown.

weekend and there was a demand
for 1tickets the like of which
hadn't been seen here for years.
The Wolverines responded to the
heartening fan enthusiasm by
blasting Tech twice by identical
scores of 5-1.
These wins gave Michigan a two
point lead over the Engineers and
its first title in the four year his-
tory of the- WIHL.
Three all-American selections
will return to the Michigan scene
this coming year-goalie Lorne
Howes,. defenseman Bob Schiller
and center Tom Rendall.
Howes Most Valuable
Howes was. also the recipient of
the Hal Downes Memorial Trophy,
given to the team's most valuable
player. The Wolverine netminder
scored only one shutout, but was

instrumental in many other wins
as he held the opposition to only
one goal on seven occasions to
wind up with a superb average of
2.1 goals per game-against the
best in the league.
He will be afforded top notch
protection again this year, as the
entire defense crew of last year
returns, headed by Schiller and
Captain-elect Bob Pitts. Lettermen
Neil Buchanan and Bernie Hanna
along with sophomore Barrie Hay-
ton will bolster the defenses.
The veteran" Mike Buchanan,
who along with Wally Maxwell
was declared ineligible last Janu-
ary, will regain his eligibility at
the beginning of the second semes-
ter. He will replace his brother
Neil who will graduate in Febru-
ary.

Heyliger will have one of his
top lines of last year intact again
this season-the high scoring com-
bination of Neil McDonald, Ed
Switzer and Dick Dunnigan. The
Michigan coach credits this com-
bination's rapid improvement last
season as a vital factor in the
squad's success.
Rendall, whose goal in overtime
in the opening round of the NCAA
tournament enabled Michigan to
defeat St. Lawrence and enter
the finals, Don McIntosh and Jerry
Karpinka are other returning for-
wards. Maxwell, like Mike Bu-
chanan, will be ready at the be-
ginning of the second semester.
Reserves Baden Cosby and Mor-
ley Chin, hobbled by injuries most
of last year, also return. Key
III

of the Wolverines prepares for
sophomores slated for plenty of
action are John Hutton and Don
Gourley. John Rendall and Gary
Starr, who entered school last
February, will become eligible the
beginning of the second semester.

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In closing, our entire staff extends a

most hearty

welcome to the incoming Class of 1960.

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