STEWARDS.W. F. Wesselhoeft, '84; W. M. Burr, '84.
A. F. French, '85; J. E. Thayer, '85.
W. Baker, '86; F. S. Parker, '86.
The eleventh season of the Athletic Association was opened on Saturday, March 15th, by a fairly successful meeting.
By quarter past two all the seats except those reserved for graduates were filled, and at the hour for commencing many were compelled to stand, the number being fully 1300. The officers had the arrangements well in hand, and at 2.30 the meeting was opened Several additions had been made to the list of entries which reduced the number of expected walkovers. The officers of the day were: Referee, Dr. Dudley A. Sargent; judges, Prof. Wm. E. Byerly '71, and Mr. E. W. Atkinson, '81; referee of sparring, Mr. John Boyle O'Reilly; judges of sparring, Mr. Clifford Brigham and Mr. Robert Bacon, '80; judge of wrestling, Mr. W. A. Gaston, '80.
PARALLEL BARS.The first event was a contest on the parallel bars. The entries were T. C. Bachelder, L. S., and M. M. Kimball, '86. The event was fairly well contested, but, in comparison with the contests of former years, it was not nearly as good an exhibition as usual. It was won by Mr. Bachelder.
FEATHER-WEIGHT WRESTLING.The second event was the first heat of the featherweight wrestling, between F. E. Hughes (124 lbs.), and A. C. Coolidge, (118 lbs.), both freshmen. First bout. The men were very evenly matched, but seemed to lack sufficient strength to throw squarely after obtaining a hold. Several minutes were consumed in manoeuvering and falls on the face. The bout was so protracted that several times the contestants were compelled to rest and get their wind. Once both were thrown together, and came down flat like a pair of turtles. Finally they locked, and Hughes, with a quick jerk, threw Coolidge.
Second bout. A second time the manoeuvering and rests continued. Both seemed equally skillful in coming down back up. Coolidge obtained a fair under hold, but the fall was skillfully eluded by Hughes. So long were they, that Mr. Gasture had to give them an equal hold. Coolidge then threw Hughes by one of the squarest falls ever seen in the gymnasium.
Third bout. More science was shown in this than in the proceeding bouts. Coolidge obtained the most holds, but Hughes seemed able at almost any time to twist himself loose, or come down without touching any of his back to the floor. Another lock hold was given them by the referee, and this time Coolidge broke Hughes hold and was awarded the bout and the heat. In the end the cup was awarded to Mr. Coolidge, as Mr. Simes, '85, who had drawn a bye, was a little over weight, and so was unable to contest. This was a disappointment to many, as they expected to see a warm bout between him and Mr. Coolidge.
MIDDLE-WEIGHT WRESTLING.The next contest in order was the middleweight sparring. Colony, '85, drew the bye, and left Smith, '86, and Woodbury, '86, to contest. The men were evenly matched, Woodbury seeming somewhat the larger of the two. The first round was well contested. The fighting was begun by Woodbury, who did most of the leading. After some preliminary sparring, the men got hard at work. Smith showed some good countering, but Woodbury, quick as a cat, hit him heavily several times. The round ended in favor of Woodbury.
Second round was about the same as the first, Woodbury leading heavily, and Smith showing skill in countering. The fighting was about even, the round did not seem to belong to either. The final round was hotly contested. Woodbury commenced the fighting as usual by following his former tactics, and fighting hardest at the beginning. The round was in favor of smith. In the close fighting Smith showed himself the better boxer of the two, but Woodbury seemed to be the hardest fighter. It was a very good contest. In deciding the bout, the judges disagreed as to the winner, and the referee awarded the bout to Mr. Woodbury.