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e nis S quad Loses 6 Regularsf

Students Enthusiastic About PEM


Jinx Johnson Is
o~ y Rtuning
Net Letterman
Coach Leroy Weir Faces
Big Reu ilding Program
Before Coming Season
With only Captain-elect Jinx
Jchnson back of the six regulars on
last year's team net mentor Leroy
Weir faces a big task of rebuilding
this coming season.
Admittedly the Wolverines must
be classed as somewhat of a question
mark, yet several things tend to make
an encouraging picture. The first of
these is the record of Coach Weir. In
the short half dozen years he has
reigned the Wolverines have risen
from nowhere to a position equal to
that of Northwestern and Chicago,
the perennial powers in the Confer-
ence. In the past two seasons Michi-
gan has taken the title and the run-
ner-up position..
Twelve Straight
In addition to Johnson who last
sefason set one of the most phenom-
enal individual records in Maize and
Blue history by winning twelve
straight matches before his streak of
2 was ended at the Conferences,
Coach Weir will have back letterman
Fed Wellington and one of the best
freshman teams in University his-
tdry. Therein lies the second big rea-
sqn for hoping that the Wolverines
con maintain their present position
in the Conference. Wellington,
thiough he didn't see much action last
sqason and had to take a back seat
to six outstanding players should
ecme into his own this season with a
chance to play regularly. Of the
freshmen Bill Honey, Bill Mikulich,
aid Gerry Mullahey stand out and
should give opponents plenty of
Irish Strong
Whether they can match the rec-
ord of last year's great team is
doubtful. In twelve dual matches last
season the Wolverines lost once and
then only to one of the finest teams
Notre Dame has ever placed on the
courts. Though they had to be satis-
fied with a tie with Chicago for sec-
and at the Conference meet, the
Wolyerines returned with four indi4-
vidual titles, Co-captain Wayne Stil-
le, Gerry Schaflander, Tom Gamon,
and the number three doubles duo of
Schaflander-Johnson all winning in
their brackets. Johnson, with two
brilliant seasons behind him just
missed copping his second title at the
six spot when a hard-smashing Wild-
cat unknown, Don Burst, and a half
gale combined to put him out of the
tournament in the first round.
Jinx, with .speed, cannyness, and
a fighting spirit all within his five-
foot-five frame is determined to
make up for that loss this season and
help bring back the Big Ten trophy
to Ann Arbor. Those who know the
'Gringo won't be too surprised if he
does lead his team to victory once

Cliff Keen's Departure Upsets
University Wrestling Program

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Varsity Holdss
Swi* Crown

iContinued from Page 1)
Seriously though. Physical Educa-
tion for Me~n..as been a tremendous
suczess. The enthiusiastic way in
which the men have taken part is
heart warming to the coaches who
are in charge of the program.
Leroy Weir one of the staff has
nothing but praise to offer in behalf
of the new setup. When asked his
opinion he stated. "It's one of the
best things that ever hit the Univers-
ity of Michigan." Elmer James, also
one of the men in charge, substan-


tiated Mr. Weir's statement, and ding and said that he would defin-
added, "The new P. E. M. is the type itely take the exercises in the fall.
of program we have needed for years He said that he didn't realize what
and I hope that it is here to stay." Physical Education could do for a
The spirit being exhibited by the person. Incidentally. there arc= manly
men was shown very well during the who are now taking P. E. M. volun-
recent Dr. Townsley affair in which tarily. They tried it for a couple of
one thousand took part. The demon- days, and liked it so nuck that they
stration was so spirited that those now go all the time.
in the stands were awakened to the In the initial days of P. E. M. a
value of the exercises, as well as swirmning test was given to everyone
those who actually participated. entered. Twenty-five per cent of the
After the demonstration, a foreign men were not able to pass the test,
student who is not compelled to take but since that time the number has
P. E. M. appeared at the sports buil- become negligible.

The departure of the Wolverine
wrestling coach, Cliff Keen, after 17
years service as the mentor of Michi-
gan wrestling teams, leaves the Ath-
letic Department with an as yet un-
solved problem. In a recent inter-
view, Athletic Director Fritz Crisler
said, "Nothing definite has yet been
done to fill the vacancy, but you may,
rest assured that we will find a cap-,
able man to take the place of Coach
Keen, while he is serving in the
In spite of the departure of their
coach at the end of" the season,
Michigan's matmen finished the sea-
son in a more than creditable fash-
ion under the apt tutelage of Ray
Courtright, coach of the golf team.
Second in Conference
The team finished in a tie with
Illinois for second place in the Big
Ten finals and finished fourth be-
hind a strong Oklahoma A&M in the
National Tourney.
The team lost but four lettermen
to graduation including last year's
captain, Jim Galles. The others who
received their diplomas this June
are Herb Barnett, at 135 pounds,
Morris Anderson, at 128 pounds, and
Eddie White, in the 135 pound class.
Anderson was ineligible the second
semester due to scholastic difficul-
The personnel of next year's grap-,
pling squad is very indefinite. Marv
Becker, at 155 pounds, and Ray
Deane, 136 pounds, have applied for
entrance in Uncle Sam's Air Forces,
although it is uncertain when they
intend to enter. Deane took a second
place in the Big Ten tournament,
when he lost by a referee's decision
after two overtime periods. Becker
had passed his peak after a fine rec-
ord in dual meet competition and did
not live up to expectations in the two
tourneys. Tom Coffield has said that
he wanted to enlist in the Navy, but
as yet has done nothing about it.
Five Lettermen Return
Unless the draft interferes there
will be five returning lettermen. Out-
standing among these is Manley
Johnson, who won the Big Ten title
in the 145 pound class and fnished
second in the Nationals. Johnson is
expected to attain }new peaks during
next year's season.
Big Al -Wistert and Johnny Greene,
both heavyweights, will also be
around next year. Wistert improved
greatly during the last part of the
season and is a possibility to cop both
Big Ten and National laurels. He
took fourth place in the Big Ten
Bill Courtright, captain-elect for
next year, by finishing third in both

the Big Ten and Nationals, shows
promise of being Michigan's leader,
next year. Sophomore Dick Kopel, a

Buckeyes Spell
For Wolverine


121 pounder, also will provide plenty iCindfroPage 1)
prvd lnyof opposition for Michigan's foes on 1
ofe opptistyler on the team. will probably con-
the mat. tinue to hold down the 220 and 440
This year's freshman wrestling free style events but he may be
squad has provided several good switched to the shorter events if
wrestlers. Best among these are Bob Mann sees a value in the change.
Allen, who won the Frank Bissel The change,.hpwever, depends upon
trophy for the outstanding freshman the freshman prospects.
grappler, and Bob Burron, who took Patten had a taste of breaking rec-
the Bissel trophy for the most im- ords last .season and climaxed the
proved wrestler on the freshman# year with a pew mark in the 220 yard
squad. The former is 155 pounds and free style for a new Collegiate stan-
the latter 121 pounds. dard. Due to his versatility in the


Cridler Makes
Fine R ecord
As New Head
(Continued from Page 1)
avoiding an end run, and in doing
so, he was concentrating so hard on
the play, as well as his need to get
out of the way, that he charged un-
wittingly into Crisler, and both of
them fell flat. Stagg was apparently
impressed with Crisler's bumpability,
because as he rushed onto the field
again he shot out at the still sprawl-
ing youth, "Why aren't you out for
This was a new idea to Crisler but
he reported the next afternoon for
freshman practice. He didn't care
much for it and after one practice he
quit. However, in a few days he was
back and soon became a regular
freshman end. During his freshman
year the World War interfered and
he left for Officers Training Camp.
Back From War
When he returned to Chicago in
1919 his career as an athlete had re-
ally begun. He played guard on the
basketball team in their second con-
ference game, and he never missed a
single conference game for the rest
of his basketball career, which in-
cluded the captaincy in 1921 and
membership on the All -Conference
teams of 1920 and 21.
He also played an excellent game
of football winning places on the All-
West and Eckersall's All-American
elevens. Likewise he played baseball
for three years, pitching with the
1920 nine which made a trip to
Almost Phi Beta:Kappa
*His studies did not suffer with his
wide athletic program, indeed, he
I missed Phi Beta Kappa by one point
which was deducted from his honor
points because of the fact that he
had cut chapel too many times.
After graduation, Crisler helped
Stagg, serving as assistant football,
baseball and basketball coach. In
1925 he became head baseball coach
and Assistant Director of Athletics.
Next he went to Minnesota as foot-
ball coach, and shortly afterwards
became Director of Athletics.

free style events, Mann remarks that
Jack could "threaten every event in
the book". So, Michigan fans will
keep their eyes on this rangy lad dur-
ing his last year of competition.
Jim Skinner,. the Wolberine breast-
stroker of national fame, returns for
his last year of competition. Swim-
ming in the National Collegiates last
March, Jim took the 220 yard event
setting a new record for the Harvard
pool of 2:37.7.
Free stylers will be plentiful this
season with the return of many good
sophomore swimmers. The "up and'
coming" distance man, Walt Stewart,
proved to have what it takes for Var-
sity competition despite a crude
stroke. Walt was one of the most
consistent tankers on the squad and
held down many sure points in the
gruelling "440". Others returning are
Perry Trytten, Lou Kivi, Bruce Al-
len, and Bob West. Kivi, a quiet lad,
swam the century for the Wolverines
but due to his unassuming nature he
remained in the background amongst
the more colorful men on the team.
His performances, however, stamp
him as a leading contender for the
100 yard free style event this coming
Louis Haughey and Alex Cana are-
turn for the diving duties with -a
promising group of freshmen chal-
lenging their berths.



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