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I' Gymn astics
By AL JONES Hayslett, the Wolverines put on a tain for the 19
ier big year behind, but great showing-one that'had even Cole and Haysle
etter one in the future. Illinois coach Charles Pond wor- with a great futu
is the picture on the Mich- ried about the outcome. Wiese, Warren
n'nastics scene. as coach For the first time in seven years, The only thre
ken prepares for the 1957- the Illini were afraid of losing year's team by g
n. their clamp on Big Ten gymnas- captains Nick W
e 1957 Big Ten meet, the tics. Not until Frank Hailand and Warren, and7
nes finished second for the Mike Karon of Illinois placed one- Wiese was an all
traight year, which is the two in the final tumbling event finished eighthi
place a Michigan gym did the Illinois team clinch the in that event, a
as ever achieved in the championship, outlasting Michi- good on the ring


Faces Another



957-58 campaign.
tt will be Juniors,
ure ahead.
, Armstrong Go
ee lost from last
,raduation are co-
Wiese and Wayne
Bob Armstrong.
-around man who
in the Conference
nd was especially

Credit to Coach, Team
owever, the manner in which
climax was reached is a
It to Loken and his, team.
oughout the season, the gym-
s were unable to match the
les of the year before.
uring the 1955-56 season, the
verines had gone undefeated
Lual-meets, and had finished
id in the Big Ten and fourth
he NCAA meet. This marked
best year that a Michigan gym
i had ever had. -
the beginning of last year,
>ekd like they might be able to
up to this reputation, as they
ed up their 11th and 12th
ght dual-meet victories over
:onsin and Minnesota.
uis was the end. In the next
;, Michigan fell to Illinois,, the
erhouse of Big Ten gymnastics
ng the past six years, by the
e of 63.49.
ter a 75-35 swamping of Indi-
the next night, the Wolver-
dropped two more meets, los-
to Iowa by one point, 56% -
and Michigan State, 581-/
Regains Prestige
ken's squad was able to regain
ige with subsequent defeats
.linois Navy Pier, Northwest-
and Ohio State, but it still
e into the Conference meet
ing a fourth-place label.
tat label didi't stick. Headed
d Gagnier, Ed Cole and Jim

gan, 1431-1111/.
The big surprise was the man-
ner in which the Wolverines out-
classed the rest of the field. Teams
like Iowa and Michigan State,
which had defeated the Wolver-
ines in dual meets and were fa-
vored to finish higher in the Big.
Ten, fell by the wayside.
MSU scored 68 points for the
third-place spot, while Iowa set-
tled for fourth with 68.
Best Performances
The heroes in the Wolverine
comeback were Gagnier, Cole and
Hayslett in particular, although
the whole team turned in some of
the best performances of their ca-
Gagnier finished first in the
parallel bars for ' the second
straight year, and also tied for the
Conference all-around title with
Abie Grossfeld of Illinois.-
Both of these performers were
in the 1956 Olympics at Mel-
bourne, Australia. Grossfeld was a
member of the TUnited States
team, while Gagnier represented
Cole came through with his
greatest routine ever to edge rival
Joe Tim of Iowa and capture the
Big Ten trampoline championship,
while Hayslett finished a surprise
fifth in the all-around, and gained
many valuable points for Michi-
All three of these top perform-
ers will return this year, with
Gagnier now a senior and the cap-

Warren specialized on the side
horse and parallel bars, while
Armstrong was' exclusively a side
horse performer.
The rest of last year's team will
be back. Besides Cole, Loken has
four other top trampolinists in
Frank Newman, Dick Kimball,
Chuck Clarkson and Jack Eckle.
These five make up one of the
strongest teams in any event,,al-
though K i m b a 11 concentrates
more on diving, since he is NCAA
high- and low-board champ.
Replacements for the three
graduates are plentiful. Loken had
one of the strongest freshmen
groups in history, headed by Al
Stall, who was Michigan AAU all-
around champ last spring.
Windsorites Follow
Two other Freshmen, Wolfgang
Dozauer and Nino Marion, both
from Gagnier's home town of
Windsor, Ontario, finished two-
three behind Stall in the AAU's.
Besides these three all-around
performers, other freshmen are
Bill Skinner, whd has great poten-
tial in the tumbling, event, and
Barry Feinberg, who works almost
all the apparatus.
Loken hopes that he can shape
these new prospects . into top-
notch performers who can cap-
ably support the strong point-
gathering. nucleus that Gagnier
and Hayslett form in the all-
around field.
In his sophomore year, Gagnier
scored more than half the team's

GYM CAPTAIN-Ed Gagnier, undoubtedly the greatest gymnast
in Michigan's history, tied for the Big Ten all-around champion-
ship and took first in the parallel bars last season. Ie'll be back
to lead the Wolverines this year as captain.

points in dual meets, and again
last year he was consistent in tak-
ing three, four or five firsts in al-
most all the dual meets.
He is one of the greatest col-
legiate gymnasts in the country,
and, judging by Hayslett's per-
formances as ,a sophomore last
year, he too will be in the top
circles this winter.
Loken Quiet
As far as the perennial question
of how the team will do this year,
Luken is mum. He admits that
"the picture looks bright, but re-
member last season. We were sup-
posed to be better then, too."
There is always the great block

in any other Big Ten team's path
-Illinois Pond has a powerhouse
of Illini performers year after
year, at present headed by Gross-
feld and Don Tonry.
"I can't ever predict that we will
be stronger than them,' Loken
states. "We beat them in a dual
meet two years ago, and it could
happen again."
If it does.happen this year, the
Wolverines might break that for-
mer top mark of second in the Big
Ten. If not, they will have to play
second fiddle to the Illini.
Even so, it's becoming an honor
to finish second to the champs
from Champaign.

BEST IN THE WEST-Ed Cole, Michigan's great gymnast, captured first place in the trampoline
event in the Big Ten championships last March. Cole will be back this season to help spark the
Wolverines to what they hope will be their greatest year ever. The Evanston, IlL., senior was state
diving champion in high school, but decided-and profitably so-to turn to gymnastics.


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>t So Fast There, Mr. Official'

ITESS AGAIN-Abie Grossfeld of Illinois is shown at Ann Arbor last March receiving the first-
ace award in the all-around event in the Big Ten championships. Ed Gagnier of Michigan, second
>m the left, wag supposedly edged out for-the honor by Grossfeld, 1069-1068. A subsequent check
tabulations, however, revealed that Gagnier had tied the Illini star for the title.

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