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Keen Has Talent To Burn

Only Olson Lost from Squad
Which Placed 4th in Big Ten

When the University of Michi-
gan wrestling team takes to the
mats this fall, Coach Cliff Keen
will have a more difficult problem
than last year.
But this year the problem will
be of a different nature, for Mich-
igan's contribution to the all-time
greats of wrestling will have an
overabundance of talent in most
* * *
LAST YEAR Coach Keen came
up with the second best team in
the Big Ten even though most of

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the season he was thoroughly skep-
tical over a team which for all
intents and purposes seemed to be
very superior.
The Wolverines opened their
season with a very impressive
win over a good Toledo squad.
The Michigan matmen crushed
the Rockets by 22-8. The only
Wolverine losses were by Joe
Kosik and Moose Dunne. And
Dunne's was no disgrace as he
lost to Harry Lanzi, the Toledo
captain and Y.M.C.A. heavy-
weight champion.
From here the Wolverines went
on to defeat Pittsburgh, Indiana,
Purdue, Marquette, Iowa, North-
western, Illinois, and Michigan
* * *
THEN CAME the most import-
ant and also the closing dual meet
of the season. Ohio State's Buck-
eyes came to town and as all Ohio-
Michigan rivalries this match was
beyond compare.
BUT LO and behold, when the
smoke of battle had cleared noth-
ing more had been decided. The
final score was 12-12, and all that
this decided was that when the
Conference meet came up in one
week at Northwestern, there would
be a battle royal, at least between
Michigan and Ohio State.
That meet was very highly
contested indeed. But Ohio's
Buckeyes had what it takes to
come out on top of the rest of
the Conference. They piled up
26 points to lead Michigan, who
came in second, by six points.
You'll be pleased with one of
our many styles.
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But Michigan came up with a
champion of its own, when Larry,
Nelson decisioned al lother oppon-
ents in his 123 lb. class. Jack Gal-
lon, Michigan's entrant at 130 lbs.
was another Wolverine finalist.
However, he lost in the finals to
Illinois's fine grappler, Dick Pic-
* * *
BILL STAPP, the Wolverine cap-
tain at 157 lbs., entered the finals
with two straight falls over his op-
ponents, Gillespie of Northwestern,
and Thomas of Iowa. However in
the finals, he lost a toughie to
Wisconsin's very capable wrestler,
Don Ryan.
Joe Planck, the Wolverine
grappler at 177 lbs. took a third
for Michigan, and Joe Scandura
at 137 lbs. came in a surprise
The only one of this quartet to
graduate was Bill Stapp, the cap-
tain of the last year's squad.
Besides the very capable gen-
tlemen mentioned previously, Keen
is blessed with a returnee at every
AT 123 LBS. of course is Larry
Nelson, the Big Ten champion.
Jack Gallon, a junior and No. 2
man in the Conference at 130 lbs.,
will return once again. 'Joe
Scandura, another junior and no.
3 man in the Conference at 137
lbs., will also be on hand. At 147
lbs.. Dave Space, who performed
very capably last year, but fell
down in the Conference meet will
return again to haunt Wolverine
The 157 lb. division offers the
only opening in the starting
Michigan lineup. At 167 lbs.,
Bud Holcombe, who only lost
once until the Big Ten meet last
year, and whobalso is this year's
captain, will be on hand. Joe
Planck at 177 lbs. and Art
(Moose) Dunne insthe Heavy-
weight division round out the
returning eight.

PRACTICE MAKES WRESTLING-Coach Cliff Keen, (at right), one of the country's most-famed
wrestling mentors, supervises a practice session in the newly-equipped team room. The Michigan
team works out in the Sports Building, having moved last year from its old headquarters in Yost
Keen's system is based on the assumption that the best wrestling team is the best-conditioned wrest-
ling team, and as a result the fast, arduous sessions in this room pay off in victories over teams
which have not received such complete grounding in fundamentals and muscle-strengthening.
Freshien Can Play in Varsity Contests

Michigan's 1951 golf team plac-
ed fourth in the Western Confer-
ence last spring, but a wealth of
returning lettermen practically in-
sures the Wolverines of the favor-
ite's position for 1952.
Wolverine Coach Bert Katzen-
meyer, who last led the Maize and
Blue to a Big Ten links crown in
1949, will have on hand 5 of 6
1951 award winners-Dick Evans,
Dean Lind, John Fraser, Lowell
LeClair, and Jack Stumpfig.
* * *
ONLY LOSS is Bob Olson, the
big blond shotmaker from Grosse
Point who finished third in the
Big Ten individual competition
and who gave amateur champ
Frank Stranahan such a terrific
battle in the Western Open last
June before bowing in the semi-
finals, 3 and 2.
The Wolverines were a sad
disappointment in the tourna-
ment for Big Ten team honors.
Earlier in the season they had
defeated Purdue once and:Ohio
State, the eventual winner,
twice. But both teams beat out
the Wolverine,.
In dual meet competition, Mi-
chigan won 8 and lost 5, tying
one. The Maize and Blue traveled
South during spring vacation
where they defeated Wake Forest,
18-9, before bowing to strong
teams from North Carolina and
Duke, 16-11 and 23-4, respectively.
the University of Detroit Titans in
their first match at home and
bowed, 15-12. A few days later
Michigan journeyed to, Columbus
where they soundly defeated Fur-
due, Ohio State, and Indiana in a
quadrangular affair. Their victor-
ies over Purdue and the Buckeyes
were thought to be particularly
significant, but the latter schools
shot clutch golf two months later
to place 1-2 among Big Ten golf
Michigan then traveled to La-
fayette for a match with Pur-
due, but the Boilermakers had a
good day, winning 18-9. A few
days after their loss to Purdue,
the Wolverines tied Northwest-
ern, 131-131, though they shot
their best golf of the season.
The Wolverines shot rounds of
71, 72, 73, 75 and 75, but the Wild-
cats were equal to the occasion.
* * *
THEN MICHIGAN defeated Mi-

chigan State and Illinois at Lan-
sing and the Spartans and Ohio
State were victims again at Ann
Arbor. In a final tuneup, the Ti-
tans from Detroit University again
nipped the Wolverines, 15-12,
Inthe Big Ten tournament at
Northwestern, O h i o State's
Buckeyes flashed amazing bril-
liance on the fairways and
greens as they came from be-
hind to win the team title by
twelve strokes.
So excellent was the play by
Ohio State that of 20 competitive
rounds only one was higher than
79. The Wolverines trailed Ohio
State by 16 strokes and were 4
behind Purdue and one behind
Wisconsin's Badgers, who proved
the big surprise of the meet.
Later, the Buckeyes also took
the NCAA crown as Tommy Nie-
porte of OSU edged teammate Don
Johnson 5 and 3 for individual
* * *
their 1951 captain, Dick Evans of
Cleveland, back for the '52 cam-
paign. Evans is a former Ohio
amateur champion.
Also returning is Dean Lind, of
Rockford, Illinois. Lind, a two-
year veteran like Evans and Fra-
ser, is former USGA Junior Ama-
teur titleholder.
Fraser, from Philadelphia, will
be starting his final season of
golfing for Michigan. Two new-
comers, sophs last season, are Lo-
well LeClair and Jack Stumpfig,
who saw little action last season
prior to the Western Conference's
golfing carnival at Evanston.
Michigan boasts of one of the
most beautiful 18-hole courses in
this area. A new clubhouse was
completed last year, and students
can play at the course for a;no-
minal fee from April through Oc-
* * S
Olson in Big Time
Bob Olson, star of the 1951 Mi-
chigan golfing team, may well be
on the way to making a name for
himself in amateur competition.
Olson reached the semi-finals
of the Western Amateur tourna-
ment in July, only to lose out to
strong-armed Frank Stranahan,
3 and 2. Stranahan won in the fi-


j l

Will the calibre of Big Ten foot-
ball in 1950 measure up to the
past few bumper years?
That question is a big one this
fall, since all teams face the pros-
pect of losing some of their key
players by way of the draft, with
a corresponding tendency for the
level of ability to fall.
THE GROUP which is looked to
for the replacement of these draf-
tees is the freshmen, who are eli-
gible again this season after a
five-year lapse.
Traditionally, t h e Western
Conference has forbidden fresh-

man competition of any kind in
all sports. But the Korean cri-
sis changed all that. Recogniz-
ing that a similar situation to
that of World War II was in
prospect, the powers-that-be re-
instated the freshman for var-
sity competition.
Whether or not coaches will;
make liberal use of the new ruling
is problematical. In the main, un-
tried players face much tougher
sledding than they had as high
school sensations. The jump from
small town to large college is a
big one, and only the cream of
the freshman crop can expect to
see much varsity action.
* * *
WHAT THE freshman rule will
probably mean to most Big Ten
schools is that their reserve
strength will be greater, with
more possibility of making the
two - platoon s y s t e m effective.
Freshmen can work into third or
fourth strings if they learn quick-
ly and are in condition. And the
additional seasoning which they
get from first-year game competi-
tion should make for better fu-
ture teams.
Such was true at Michigan soon

after the war. The men who made
up the Crisler-coached wonder
team of 1947 had played freshman
ball either before entering the
service or soon after discharge.
And Bennie Oosterbaan's fine
1948-49 elevens were liberally
sprinkled with players from the
1945 team, which was nearly all
freshman in makeup.
How can a freshman try out
here at Michigan? It's not neces-
sary to have a stupendous high
school reputation to go out for a
Michigan team. Candidates are
welcomed with or without ex-
perience, since in the past many
fine Maize and Blue athletes have
had no high school playing time
at all.
Freshmen should contact coach-
es in their sports at the athletic
administration building of Ferry
Field. The Daily sports page runs
notices for tryouts in the differ-
ent sports whenever the coaches
issue a call.
DO YOU KNOW .. . that the
unofficial world discus record
for women is held by Russian
lass Nina Dumbadze, who toss-
ed the disc 175' %" last May 29.



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