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rack Meet Opens at Columbus
'M' Titleholders Considered Underdogs;.
Indiana Favored Before Preliminaries
"56-'57 SEASON ADDED TO LIST:
Hockey History Sh4
ows Tight Finishes
By BOB BOLTON
Special to The Daily
COLUMBUS - Michigan's track
team goes into this evening's pre-
liminaries and tomorrow after-
noon's Conference finals rated as
underdog for the first time in two
While tomorrow's finals here at
the new Ohio State French Field
House figure to be very close, Indi-
ana rules as the experts' favorite.
Wolverines Ranked Third
Behind the Hoosiers come the
host Buckeyes, Michigan, Michigan
State and Illinois. With a few
breaks, any of these teams might
come up with the title.
In the Wolverine camp, Coach
Don Canham, who has been "cry-
ing wolf" for the last two years
and then brought his squad up to
win the "big ones," seems to have
real reason to complain this year.
The way Canham has it figured,
40 points-give or take a few-
will be enough to win it this year.
He feels Michigan does not have
enough mathematical strength to
produce 40 points.
Down at East Lansing last year
the Wolverines took four first
places and tied for another to gar-
ner 24 of their 59-9/10 points.
This year four of those five first
place men are gone. The remain-
ing one is Captain Dave Owen,
Michigan's only "sure first."
Without these sure points to
count on the Wolverines' title
chances are considerably dimmed.
After the shot put, other Michigan
firsts are strictly problematical.
Brendan O'Reilly is a very good
possibility in the higf jump, Jim
Pace has a better than average
chance in the 60-yd. dash and
Helmar Dollwet is a good prospect
in the mile, two mile or both.
Wolverines Lack Firsts
While Michigan has a seeming
lack of "five point" material, the
favored Hoosiers, Michigan State
and Ohio State are all well stocked.
With Greg Bell, Olympic gold
medalist in the broad jump, Indi-
ana must be virtually conceded
first in that event. Bell is also an
excellent dash man and could
emerge as a double winner.
Besides Bell the Hoosiers boast
excellent all around strength in
every other event. Recent Confer-
ence statistics showing the best
indoor marks of the season listed
at least one Indiana man in each
of the 12 events listed.
In the middle distance and dis-
tance events, Michigan State has
what amounts to a monopoly of
first and second place material.
The Spartans' Dave Lean has
the best Conference times this
year in the 440 and 880. In the
mile and two mile, Selwyn Jones
and the Kennedy brothers, Harry
and Charles, rate with the best.
Another Olympic gold medalist,
Glen Davis, gives Ohio State the
meet's top potential hurdler. What
Davis can't do in track is hardly
Davis will run in both the high
and low hurdles and will be prob-
ably entered in the 60-yd, the
300-yd., the' anchor leg of the mile
(This is the last in a series of two
articles recalling Michigan's hockey
exploits in past years.)
By BRUCE BENNETT
The 1953-54 season saw the
Western Intercollegiate Hockey
League replace the Midwestern
Collegiate Hockey League, but the
mere name change did not en-
hance Michigan's chances per-
In fact, the same school as the
year before, Minnesota, contin-
ued to set the pace. With the Wol-
verines in second place and Colo-
rado College breathing down their
necks, Johnny Mariucci brought
his league-leading Gophers into
Ann Arbor for two games.
All previous records were thrown
out the window as the two teams
took the ice for the opener. The
Gophers boasted their famed high
scoring line of Johnny Mayasich,
Dick Daugherty, and Gene Camp-
bell, plus goalie Jim Mattson, en-
route to All-America recognition,
in the nets.
Stacked against these seemingly
insurmountable odds, Michigan
stunned the hockey world as it
turned the tables on the Gophers,
6-3 and 5-2, to sew up second place
and a playoff berth.
Parallel With '56-'57
The 1954-55 season has paral-
leled this season to a considerable
degree, at least this far, anyway.
Similar to this year, they
dropped three out of four inColo-
rado in December. Mired deep in
the standings as late as January,
Michigan wound up with 12 wins
in their last 14 outings to gain
second place and a NCAA berth.
Then there was last year. Mi-
chigan combined an overall sea-
son's record of 18 wins, two losses
and a tie, but still needed a sweep
of their last four games, all
against league-leading Michigan
Tech, to gain the title. Odds
against such a feat were stagger-
The opening series was played
at Houghton, and Michigan disap-
pointed the rabid Huskie rooters
that filled .little Dee Stadium to
capacity by downing Tech twice,
5-2 and 6-3.
The scene shifted to Ann Arbor
with the teams tied at 17 points
apiece. The Wolverines, sparked
by the goal tending of Lorne
Howes, wound up the regular sea-
son with their eighth and ninth
straight wins as they humbled
Tech again, 5-1, on both occasions.
As for the present, time will on-
ly tell how this year's team stacks
up in comparison with its illustri-
ous predecessors. But the story
will unfold on that same ice sur-
face where previous Michigan
teams have dazzled the public--
the Michigan Coliseum.
The dates: March 4-5 vs. North
Dakota and March 8-9 vs. Michi-
COLUMBUS BOUND-Leaving for Columbus, yesterday, where
they will help Michigan defend its Conference indoor track cham-
pionship are (left to right) shot putter Ermin Crownley, hurdler
Jan Carlsson, and two-mile runner Jack Green. The team traveled
to Ohio State by bus and will open its competition against the
other Big Ten schools tonight in the preliminary events.
Michigan Swim Team
tHosts OSU Tomorrow
5-2 and 6-3.
By AL WINKELSTEIN
Only one more day remains.
Tomorrow, Michigan's amazing
swimmers, led by the durable duo
of Cy Hopkins and Dick Hanley,
face the powerful rulers of the
swimming world, Ohio State, -at
the Varsity Pool at 2:30 p.m.
After compiling an outstanding
record against three of the tough-
est Big Ten foes, the big question
is whether the natators can get
over their last and most difficult
hurdle. No one can ever underesti-
mate the Buckeyes. They boast an
amazing record and excellent per-
Both Teams Boast Stars
In top flight swimmers both
teams arehabout even. Michigan
of course has two of the nation's
mn o s t outstanding sophomores,
tively young team, composed relay and the broad jump.Illinois
mostly of sophomores. coach Leo Johnson thinks Davis
If the natators need any other could take upwards of 30 points.
incentive, they will also be look-
ing for revenge for last year's
humiliating defeat at Columbus.
Ohio State won, 58-37, but could t
have easily added quite a few more!
Wolverines Seek Revenge
A Michigan victory would be the
finishing touch to one of the big
comebacks in swimming. Last year,
the Wolverines won only a single
dual meet, that against harmless
Purdue. This year, going into the
Ohio State meet, they are unde-
feated, and have gained revenge BE SLY!
against four of the teams that
beat or tied them last ycar.-
Ohio State will carry a record
of 17 straight victories into Satur-
day's competition. They have theT
best diving team in the nation, led TUI'
by Harper, along with Glen Whit-
ten, another Olympic diver and
Frankie Fraunfelter, the NCAAC
In Wiggins, they have the out-
standing collegiate swimmer in the
nation. Wiggins can swim in al- Tires
most any event, and is quite ca-
pable of winning any of them,
The Pittsburgh senior, who is Free Pick-Up
co-captain of the Buckeyes, start-
ed out as a backstroker, but this
season has compiled some of the
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M, OSU Unbeaten
As it has happened many times
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meet with unblemished records.
The last time this situation oc-
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verines just edged the Buckeyes,
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