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AUGUST 25, 1944







Squads Are

Big Ten



Golf Team
In Big Ten
Golfers Win Their
Eighth Links Title
One of the strongest and most
powerful Wolverine golf squads since
the days of Johnny Fisher and Chuck
Kocsis brought home the Big Ten
championship for the third year in
a row.
This also marked the eighth time
the Wolverines have garnered top
honors in the Western Conference, a
record that is unequalled.
The conference sweepstakes were
held over the Medinah Country Club
course at Chicago. Led by Johnny
Jenswold, a V-12 trainee from Du-
luth, Minn., the linksmen rolled to an
easy 27-stroke victory over Purdue.
Jenswold set a torrid pace in the
first round play, firing a 72 to gain
a five-stroke lead over teammate
Jack Tews.
Jenswold Leads
Jenswold faltered to an 81 in the
afternoon, but his 153 total for 36
holes was good enough to capture
individual honors. Phil Marcellus,
who was last year's captain, carded a
155, for runner-up honors. Close be-
hind was Tews who had a 156 total.
Completing the Wolverine quartet
was Tom Messinger, who fired a 159.
Paul O'Hara was the fifth Wolverine
golfer to enter the matches, but his
160 was not good enough to make
the select Wolverine foursome, al-
though it was better than several of
the other linksmen. Michigan's team
total was 623 as compared to Pur-
due's 650.
Win Six of Eight
The overwhelming victory in the
Western Conference meet climaxed
a season in which Coach Ray Court-
right's charges won six of eight dual
swatches. Early in the season, the
"Wolverine practice sessions were
hampered by rain and it wasn't until
late in the schedule that the golfers
obtained the fine coordination they
displayed at the Big Ten matches.
The first match of the season was
against the University of Detroit Ti-
tans, and the Wolverines walked off
the greens with an overwhelming
18-0 win. The very next day, the
linksmen played host to a foursome
* from Northwestern, and promptly
set them back, 13-8.
Lost to O.S.U.
The Maize and Blue golfers jour-
neyed to Findlay, O. the next week
and were soundly beaten by Ohio
State, 12-6. Following this setback,
the Wolverines stayed on the road
and after trimming Western Michi-
gan, 25-2, they received their second
and last setback of the season at the
hands of Notre Dame, 17/2-9%/2.
The next week, the linksmen re-
turned home and scored two decisive
victories in one afternoon. The first
was a moral triumph because Coach
Courtright's men avenged the prev-
ious Ohio State defeat when they
whipped the Buckeyes, 16-2. The
reserves easily trimmed Western
Michigan, 16/-11/. The last match
before the Big Ten title was against
U. of D., and Michigan won easily,
Third in N.C.A.A.
One month after the close of the
season, Coach Courtright took six
players to the NCAA golf champion-
ships held over the Inverness Coun-
try Club course at Toledo, O. The
top four Wolverine golfers finished
third in team play at this tourna-
Jenswold, although firing a high
82 in the opening round, turned out
to be the Wolverines' individual star

at the tourney. Jenswold shot his
way into the quarter-finals, semi-
finals and finals before losing the
individual award to Louis Lich of
Minnesota, one-up. Throughout the
championship match, Jenswold was
on the short end. However, he put
on a last minute burst that just fell
short of tying the Minnesota ace.
Messinger stayed neck and neck
with Jenswold until he was defeated
by Lick in the semi-finals, 6 and 5.
Marcellus was defeated in the quar-
ter-finals, while Ken Morey and
O'Hara were eliminated in the sec-
ond round, O'Hara being one of
Jenswold's victims.
Six members of the squad received
"M's." They were John Jenswold,
Duluth, Minn., Phil Marcellus, Rack-
ford, Ill., Tom Messinger, Houghton,
Mich., Duncan Noble, Ann Arbor,
Paul O'Hara, Detroit, and John Tews,
Bay City, Mich. O'Hara was elected
captain for the 1945 squad.
Rifenburg May Be
Lost to Wolverines
Dick Rifenburg, a prospective four-
letter man at Michigan, will be lost
to the Wolverines for most of the
football season, through his recent

Maize and Blue Matmen
Finish Season Unbeaten
Wilson and Curtis Lead Grapplers to Title;
Purdue Team Produces Surprise Resistance

Daily Sports Editor
With Hugh Wilson and George Cur-
tis copping the only individual first
places, the highly favored Wolverine
wrestling team climaxed an unde-
feated season by taking their first
title in six years, 28-27, as they met
surprise resistance from Purdue in
Patten Gymnasium at Evanston, Feb.
The Wolverines started out in fine
fashion in the preliminaries of the
Big Ten finals, as they qualified every
man on the squad for the semi-final
events, also garnering five points for
their team total as Lowell Oberly,
Jim Galles, John Greene, George
Curtis and John King each registered
Only Four Reach Finals
However, Oberly, Curtis, Wilson
and Greene were the only Wolverine
representatives to win their semi-
final matches which entitled them to
go on into the finals in an effort to
pick up valuable points for their
At the start of the season Coach
Ray Courtright had only lettermen
Johnny Greene, heavyweight, and
Bob Allen, 165-pounder, with which
to rebuild a team. But before the
season had got underway Jim Galles,
former 175 pound Wolverine Confer-
ence champion, joined the ranks.
And with the rapid improvement of
Lowell Obegly, Wisconsin transfer,
two untried sophomores, George Cur-
tis and Hugh Wilson, and reserve
lettermen Chip Warrick, Coach
Courtright's squad gradually took
shape and was being hailed as one
of the strongest teams produced at
Michigan in recent years.
Buckeyes Beaten
Michigan's untried crew had their
initial test against Ohio State, and
the squad lived up to all advance ex-
pectations as they romped over the
Buckeyes, 24-8.
Bob Reichert started the Wolver-
ines off on the right track in this
meet, as he won a decision over Rog
Cantarelli of Ohio in the 121 pound
bracket, but Dick Ewart of the Buck-
eyes put his team ahead with a fall

over Dick Freeman, Michigan 128-
Oberly Decisions Payne
Oberly again put Michigan in the
lead with a decision over Bill Payne
of Ohio, but this was short lived as
Nick Demora kept the Bucks in the
thick of the battle with a decision
over Warrick at 145 pounds.
However, this threat by the Buck-
eyes was quelled as the Maize and
Blue scored three successive falls over
the amazed Ohioans. George Curtis,
Michigan's 155-pounder, started this
barrage of falls when he pinned Cap-
tain Joe Stora of Ohio State. Hugh
Wilson at 165 pounds and Jim Galles
at 175 pounds registered the other
two falls to cinch the victory.
Greene Adds Three Points
Johnny Greene finished this suc-
cessful invasion of Ohio State with
a clear-cut decision over Stan Gerace
of the Bucks in the heavyweight di-
vision, adding three more points to
the steam roller total amassed by
Michigan and Purdue who were
rated as the top teams in the Con-
ference before the start of the season,
and as these two Goliaths of the
Midwest clashed, it could easily have
been a preview of the Big Ten finals.
Wolverines Beat Purdue
Both teams entered this meet un-
defeated and boasted plenty of pow-
er, but the Wolverines managed to
keep their slate untarnished as they
toppled the Boilermakers from the
rank of the unbeaten, 17-9, in a hotly
contested fray.
Reichert got Michigan off on the
right track as he scored a 6-2 deci-
sion over Dave Liang at 121 pounds.
Bob Gittins, Wolverine 128-pouider,
increased the score as he registered
an impressive 6-1 decision overasey
Stengal in his first appearance for
the Maize and Blue.
Oberly Defeated
In the feature match of the day,
Oberly wrestled his lifellong pal,
Dannie Nettesheim, at 136 pounds
and he lost a close 1-0 decision,
which was not decided until the final
period. Both men entered the tilt
(Continued on Page 5)

WIESE AND NUSSBAUMER-Captain Bob Wiese and Bob Nussbaumer are two probable starters in the Maize and Blue backfield as
they enter a difficult ten game schedule beginning on September 16 with a game with Iowa Pre-Flight.

Oosterbaan Is
As Great Athlete,

Physical Education for Men .Continues To
Stress Muscle 'Hardening; and Coordination

Cage Coach
One of Few
Nine Letter

Ranks as

Michigan's greatest athlete-that
is what they call Bennie Oosterbaan
and with plenty of reason for Bennie
wrote enough records into the book
during his brilliant three-year career
at Michigan to entitle himself to a
page all his own.
To begin with, Oosterbaan man-
aged to win nine block ."M's" while
performing for the football, basket-
ball and baseball squads and might
have won a few more if he had had
time to go out for any more sports.
This feat lifted Oosterbaan into the
elite of Wolverine sports heroes be-
cause you can count on one hand the
number of Michigan athletes who
pulled down nine letters.A
Oosterbaan earned his greatest

The intensified physical education
for men program is now entering its
eighth consecutive semester of war-
time training.
This program, which consists of all
sorts of physical exercise, was started
during the summer semester of 1942,
and has been continuing ever since.
It is required to be elected by all
students and is participated in three
times a week in periods of about an
hour and a half duration. These
three periods usually appear in se-
quence, that is on Monday, Wed-
nesday and Friday, or on Tuesday,
Thursday, and Saturday, with the
latter class being held on Saturday
morning so that the student will have
the rest of the day free.
The program consists of all sorts of
exercise, some of which are calisthe-
nics, track, games, relays, gymnastic
exercises, swimling, combats of all
sorts, and an obstacle course. This
obstacle course, conceived during the
summer of 1942, is a 344 yard course
with all obstacles. These impedi-
ments consist of different tests, which
Ufer Closes
Great Career
One of the greatest thinclads ever
to don a track uniform for the Wol-
verines has completed, four years of
outstanding performances on the
Maize and Blue cinder paths. His
name is Bob Ufer.
Ufer has made his best records in
the 440-yard dash but the is capable
of running any distance against the
best of competition. In 1942 while
running in the Big Ten Track cham-
pionships at the Chicago Field House,
Ufer ran the 440 in 48.1 seconds.
This amazing time shattered all
existing records for the distance. The
time set a new Conference record,
broke the United States record, and
was a new unofficial World's record.
Ufer was unbeatable indoors in the
Assisted Coach Doherty
Ufer was one of Coach Doherty's
most spirited runners. During the
last year, Doherty left the 440 run-
ners under his direction, and he de-
veloped a mile relay team that was
almost unbeatable. Besides running
in his specialty he anchored the Wol-
verines best relays team during his
four years.
This last year, he successfully de-
fended his Big Ten 440 champion-
ship and was a vital factor in win-
ning the team title. When the out-
door season started he went to Phila-
delphia and sparked the team in the
Penn Relays. He ran a quarter-mile
on the medley team that won and
then ran a half mile on the 2-mile
relay that finished third. To top off
a tiresome day's work, he ran an-
other 440 for the third place mile
relay team.

require the use of the leg and trunk
muscles. Some require the arm mus-
cles and some require simply dexter-
ity and coordination. The average
time for a beginner is about 2 min-
utes and 45 seconds, but as one pro-
gresses he is able to cut his time
down to 2 minutes and 15 seconds.
The record was set by a V-12 trainee,
Warren Cowles, who completed the
course in the amazing time of 1 min-
ute and 29 seconds.
Howard Leibee, in a recent inter-
view stated, "The men are not forced
to tremendous physical outbursts dur-
ing their first weeks. They progress

as their ability becomes more and
more adapted to this type of condi-
Thus this physical hardening- pro-
gram does not set out immediately
to be a tortuous grind, but works up
to its peak gradually. During the
later portions of the semester one
may participate in mass programs;
that is in mass games or tug o'wars
or mass relays of all sorts. In con-
clusion Mr. Leibee stated that the
boys at first dread the program, but
as time goes on they grow to like
it more and more until finally they
thoroughly enjoy it.



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recognition on the fooball field, get-
ting himself nominated for All-Amer-
ican honors in all three seasons that
he performed under the Maize and
Blue banner. As an end he was
strictly in the Brick Muller and Don
Hutson class, astounding the -fans
with his spectacular one-handed
catches of passes thrown by his im-
mortal teammate, Ben Friedman.
Excels in Other Sports
Although most sports fans will
remember him for his exploits on the
gridiron, Oosterbaan had plenty of
claim to fame in his other two fields
of athletic endeavor, basketball and
baseball, winning All - Conference
honors in both so many times that
we have lost count. Whenever he
stepped onto the diamond or the
basketball floor he performed excep-
tionally well and according to some
of the older heads, never had an off
Baseball coach, Ray Fisher, once
told this writer that Oosterbaan
might have had a great career in the
major leagues had he not turned to
coaching as a profession. And Ray
ought to know for he has seen most
of the big-time greats of the national
pastime for the past quarter century.
Fisher recalls that Bennie hung up
his spikes with a three-year batting
average of .400 plus and fielded sen-

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