Al Vincelette of Denver University won jump, Teammate Harold Riiber took Nordic Combined title to give Coach Willy Schaeffler (SI, April 1) fourth consecutive NCAA championship. Second in team scoring: Colorado U. Individual stars of meet: Ralph Miller and Chick Igaya of third-place Dartmouth, who won downhill and slalom respectively; Western State's Mack Miller (below).
Elsewhere in skiing:
Toni Sailer and fellow Austrians Anderl Molterer, Josl Rieder and Christian Pravda made runaway of U.S. racing season, between them took first place in virtually all major events except National slalom, in which Sailer was disqualified. Handsome Sailer was undisputed king of circuit, scoring eight victories, one second and one disqualification in 10 events he entered.
Therese Le Due, France, rated best of European women to invade U.S. this winter, taking Combined titles at American International at Stowe and Harriman Cup at Sun Valley.
Nonie Foley (above) led fresh crop of American girls to impressive record against topflight European competition, won Roch Cup Combined and finished second to Le Due at Stowe and Sun Valley. Other fresh faces at top of American skiing: Madi Springer-Miller, winner of National Combined and Stowe International downhill; Sally Deaver, winner of women's slalom titles in Nationals and Roch Cup; Linda Meyers, second in Nationals Combined and fifth in Roch Cup Combined.
American men did poorly against crack Austrians, with Buddy Werner (second behind Sailer in National and Stowe International downhill runs) only U.S. entrant to score consistently. However, National Ski Association hopes to raise $40,000 for training and traveling expenses of U.S. team to Austria next year and feels with competitive experience Werner and others can make top showing.
Oklahoma's Dan Hodge pinned four of five opponents to lead Sooner wrestlers to team championship in 27th annual NCAA wrestling championships at Pittsburgh. Hodge closed out college career by winning his third straight 177-pound championship and becoming second in history to repeat as tournament's outstanding wrestler. Only sour note for Oklahoma came in Hodge's semifinal bout with John Dustin of Oregon State, when he failed to pin Dustin, thus breaking 21-match pin streak, although winning 8-2 decision.
Ed Peery of runner-up Pittsburgh ran Peery family string of "triples" to three when he won third straight 123-pound championship on referees' decision over Harmon Leslie of Oklahoma A&M. Peery's father Rex, Pitt coach, and older brother Hugh were three-time champions at Oklahoma A&M and Pittsburgh respectively.
Tournament first was scored by 147-pounder Simon Roberts of Iowa, who beat Ron Gray of Iowa State 2-0 in overtime to become first Negro ever to win NCAA championship. Most heart-warming performance came from unseeded Bernard Sullivan, Oklahoma's second-string 167-pounder who entered in 191-pound division. Beaten 8-2 in his first match by Navy's Tony Stremic, Sullivan entered consolation bracket and, though yielding 20 pounds to beefier, taller opponents, won three straight matches—last by fall over Jack Himmelwright, No. 2 heavyweight in Big Seven Conference—for third place. Complained Sullivan: "I ate and ate and ate and couldn't get a cotton-pickin' pound over 172. Ain't it ironic?"