Matmen Have Best Chance For Victory
Cagers And Skaters Are Under Dogs In Tilts Here Tomorrow
Michigan’s wrestling team has the best chance of three Wolverine squads in gaining a victory here tomorrow. The wrestlers engage Penn State at the Yost field house at 3 o’clock in the opening meet for both teams. The Wolverine basketball five, still seeking its first Big Ten triumph, engages Illinois at 7:30 while over at the ice rink Coach Eddie Lowrey's skaters engage the Point Edward club of Canada.
The wrestling meet is of particular interest to Ann Arbor fans because Coach Cliff Keen has named three former Ann Arbor High stars to face the Penn State team. Ed Wight, 136-pounder, Marvin Becker, 155 and Bill Courtright, 165 are the former Pioneers slated for action.
Uses Three Sophs
Coach Keen also has nominated three sophomores to make their debut including Vic Wurtheimer at 121, Dick Kopel at 128 and John Green, heavyweight. Veterans Herb Barnett at 145 and Capt. Jim Galles at 175 are other starters.
Penn State has four of the eight men who last year defeated Michigan, 14 to 12. The eastern standouts are Ridenour at 121, Hess at 128, Alexander at 155 and Kern, heavyweight. Ridenour won the eastern title last year and reached the finals of the national. Alexander beat Johnny Paup of the Wolverines while Kern is a 245-pound tackle on the Penn State grid eleven.
Illini Are Good
The Illinois basketball team which has won its last six starts including a 55-40 decision over the championship Wisconsin five, is composed of four sophomores, Andy Phillips, Gene Vance, Ken Menke and Jack Smiley. The only veteran is Capt. Art Mathisen, six-foot-five center.
Coach Bennie Oosterbaan will start two sophomores including Ralph Gibert at forward and Bill MacConnachie at guard. Capt. Bill Cartmill will be at forward, Jim Mandler at Center and Leo Doyle at the other guard.
Coach Eddie Lowrey’s hockey team, still seeking its first victory of the season, will face a fast-skating and experienced sextet from Point Edward with little hopes of victory.
Lowrey will rely on his usual lineup of Hank Loud as goalie, Jim Hull and Eddie Reichert as defense-men and a forward line composed of Capt. Paul Goldsmith, Roy Bradley and Jim Braidford.
IN MAT DEBUT: Marvin Becker, former Ann Arbor High wrestler shown here, will make his Michigan debut tomorrow night by opposing Capt. Glen Alexander of Penn State. Alexander last year defeated another former Pioneer star, Johnny Paup. Marvin has a twin brother, Melvin, who also is a member of the Wolverine squad.
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