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This is the second of two articles on the boxing team.
For seventeen years John LaRowe has been coach of boxing at Virginia; during that time his teams have won the Southern Conference Championship every time that they have entered; and for six years ending last February they had not lost a single meet. This is the team which the Crimson boxing team faces when they travel South tomorrow to Charlottesville for the climax game of the season.
It was a Harvard team that Henry Lamer was coaching which toppled the Cavallers off their six year pinnacle last season; it was a Harvard team that Dick Harlow coached which humillated these same Cavallers by a smothering score of 65-0 in the Stadium last fall. The excuse of the Southerners after this football defeat was that all football was down in Charlottesville was a method of keeping the boxers in trim. Boxing is a major sport, the major sport, at Virginia; and 6000 people are expected to troop in Saturday night to read in their elaborate programs the biographies of the Harvard boxers, hoping they are about to witness southern honor gaining a sweet revenge.
Lamar is taking a capable team South with him to face this difficult assignment; probably it is not in the class of last year's, for Pete Ward, Al Valois, Bill Smith and Larry Crampton are gone. All of these men reached the finals in the Intercollegiate last Spring; the last two battled their way to the championship. But this year Lamar has taken some green material and turned out more good boxers; moreover, the team will be at the top of their form, and they want above all else to win this, the last Harvard boxing meet.
Fighting for the first time this year in his proper class, at 155 pounds, aggressive Pete Olney faces the star of the Virginia team, Maynard Harlow. Harlow is a Southern Conference Champion, has been undefeated ever since he first fought for the Cavaliers, a thoroughly enviable record, for he has faced the best in the Collegiate ranks at his weight. Olney, fast on his feet, hard hiting and dependable, lost but one bout last season--to this same Harlow. He will be out for revenge tomorrow night, and a hard close fight will result.
The other most important bout of the card is expected when Alf Corbett faces Kaplan, captain of the Southerners. The result of the meet probably hinges on these two matches; for if the Crimson loses both or even one their cause will be dark indeed. Alf has knocked out his only opponent this year, has an undefeated record for his few bouts. He has improved fast this year after being out all last season with a broken hand. Another Senior, Johnny Brassill, who will be boxing for the first time this season, faces Marion Brooks, whose only defeat so far this year was in the Maryland meet; and the winner of that bout was no less a boxer than the amateur champion at his 145-pound clss, Nedamansky.
At 135 pounds is Junior Dwight Ellis, who dropped a very close decision in the Princeton meet, but who is punching better, should stand at least a fair chance at Charlottesville. 125 pounder Jim Kosterollos has lost only one meet in College--to Archie Hahn, Virginia's Southern Conference Champion of two years ago. Little Bill Seigal will get the call over Chatfield at 115 pounds, is one of the best boxers at that weight Lamar has had here in Cambridge.
Dave Gluck at 175 pounds and Spencer Howe as heavyweight face seemingly invincible opponents, Bill Schmidt and Fred Cramer, respectively. Both are Southern Conference Champions, Cramer having hold his title for the last two years. Gluck is a sophomore but despite his lack of experience is an exceptionally good puncher. He won both his bouts at the Coast Guard Academy and Princeton.
Laid up all season with injuries, Howe is back in top form now for his battle with the great Cramer. Last year it was this boxer of Lamer's who, when the Virginia meet was tied, gave Harvard the victory with a technical knockout. Like the Gluck-Schmidt clash, this should turn out to be a whale of a bout.
These are the men who go South today to face their stiffest competition, and enjoy the pleasantest of hospitality to boot. Intensive drills have brought them to the high point of the season, and they are set to continue the string started a year ago, to take up where Dick Harlow left off in November.
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