Hove, Arthur (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 64, Number 7 (April 1963)
Winter sports teams continue to post wins, p. 28
WVISCONSIN WINTER sports teams continued the winning habit set earlier in the year by the Badger Big Ten football champions. Six teams posted a composite record of 49 wins against 33 losses for an overall winning record. But, even though it was a winning winter, some of the Badger teams collected their share of lumps. The basketball team, second in the Big Ten race last year, had its troubles all season long. It never did manage to get up a sufficient head of steam to mount an extended winning streak, even though it did finish the year with a 14-10 record, and a 7-7 record in conference play which was good for sixth place in the standings. Throughout the season, the Badg- ers were on again, off again. Obvi- ously, there was little consistency in their week to week performance: a mediocre showing could be followed by a night when everything clicked. After a lackluster television showing against Ohio State, the Badgers came back and beat conference co-cham- pion Illinois; then, following a loss to Illinois in their second meeting, Wisconsin turned around and throttled a fine Indiana team. That was the way it went all season-up and down-with no apparent pattern to the periodic let downs, or the mo- ments of brilliance. For Coach John Erickson, it was a frustrating year. His players-predominantly a sea- soned junior and senior crew-gave it all they had, but often found them-- selves on the short end of the score. At the end of the season, sen'or forward Ken Siebel, Rock Falls, Ill., was named the Badgers' most valu- able player for the third consecutive year by his teammates, and was also named co-captain of the 1962-63 team along with senior forward Tom Gwyn, Milwaukee. In 71 games dur- ing his three year career at Wiscon- sin, Siebel scored a total of 1,084 points which puts him third in all- time Badger scoring behind Dick Cable (1,180) and Don Rehfeldt (1,169), both of whom played four years. In addition to Gwyn and Siebel, the Badger basketball team will lose seniors Lon Ostrom, Silvis, Ill.; Don Patterson, Pekin, Ill.; Pat Richter, 28 Winter Sports Teams Continue to Post Wins Madison; and Bob Wittig, Green Bay. The indoor track team experienced some exasperating moments at the end of its season. Last year, the Badger trackmen were the surprise of the conference when they raced past Michigan for the Big Ten in- door title. This year, the Badgers continued their winning precedent through four consecutive dual meets. But, by the time the conference meet was held in Madison, early season injuries had taken a conspicuous toll and influenced the Badgers' chances for a repeat of last year's champion- ship performance. On the sideline for the meet were: Larry Howard, last year's indoor hurdles champion; Gene Dix, another point-getting hur- dler; and Elzie Higginbottam, out- standing quarter miler, and anchor man for the mile relay. Nevertheless, the Badgers remained a threat throughout the meet and finished be- hind Michigan and Iowa who were declared co-champions. Inspired and record setting per- formances by the Badgers' Bill Smith, who was still on the mend with a broken jaw suffered in the Rose Bowl game, Elmars Ezerins, Don Hendrickson, and Bill Holden, made up a great deal of the ground lost through injuries. Smith captured the 70-yard low hurdles title in a record-tying performance of 7.8 sec- onds, Hendrickson and Ezerins fin- ished one-two in the shot put, and sophomore Holden shattered the Big Ten high jump record with a leap of 6'10". In other winter sports action, 'Vis- consin teams generally improved over their past showings. The gym- nastics team had its best season ever as it won ten of twelve dual meets and finished fifth in the Big Ten meet. Jim Hopper shared the title in the still rings competition to remain undefeated in that event, and fin- ished fifth in the overall meet com- petition. Wisconsin entered the meet without the services of Fred Roeth- lisberger, a sophomore from Menom- onee Falls, who has been described by 'Coach George Bauer as "the best gymnast ever to compete for Wis- consin." Also outstanding during the season was Pete Bauer on the tramp- oline. George Martin's wrestlers also fin- ished fifth in the Big Ten meet after posting a 5-7 dual meet record. Only Badger in the Big Ten finals was de- fending heavyweight champion Roger Pillath who lost his title to Jack Barden of Michigan. Coach John Hickman's Wisconsin swimmers, forced to use the Armory "bathtub" all season because the new pool was not ready, concluded their season with a 7-7 dual meet record and a seventh place finish in the Big Ten. The fencers, under Coach Archie Simonsen, came on strong towards the end of a winning season and fin- ished in a tie for second with Illi- nois in the Big Ten meet at East Lansing as host Michigan State won its first title in the sport. Jerry Wiviott (foil), Wayne Hanson (sa- bre), Stan Brain (sabre), and Bill Gee (epee), all contributed to the Badgers' final point total. Bill Holden breaking Big Ten indoor high jump record.
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