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 - in all all a OFT THE RECORD In this day and ogt...
in all all a OFT THE RECORD In this day and ogt when sport is flourishing as it is there is one word thot perhaps is becoming overused. That word is champion. A champion is one who excels at his chosen sport or his chosen field. It is one who hos sacrificed much to be simply — the best Even in this day of champions everything the tag still means a good deal and to boys who compete in individual sports such as wrestling, boxing, and track and field It- just a bit more. st weekend in Miles City at the State Wrestling Tournament an even dozen boys were crowned as champions of their respective weight divisions for 1963. To be crowned as a state wrestling champion is a singular nonur one that is gained only through hard work and dedication. Ali of the buys who won titles at Miles City can be truly proud of their accomplishment. But among dozen was one who truly deserves to be called a champion. Or, if you will, a champion's champion. That boy Is Helena's Lloyd Ek Just over three years ago, or Feb, 11, 1990, to be exact, young Ek was seriously injured in collision between a freight truck and a school bus near East Hel ena. He was hospitalized for some time and when he was released no one thought that he would ever be an athlete again, let alone a state champion in a tough sport such as wrestling. Ek, in the spirit of the immortal Glenn Cunningham who became a world rec ord holding miler after being burned horribly in a fire as a youngster, proved everyo wrong. Since that accident powerfully built younsgter has worked wtih a dedication surpris ing in one so young and his spirit and determination paid off last week in Miles City. Anyone who makes the sacrificies demanded of a champion in any sport de serves the praise that is Lloyd Ek, who defeated thi fending state champion, in his Francisco Title the the set the go at San Francisco since 1958, when the Dons captured their fourth straight WCAC title with a 12-0 conference record. Also on Wednesday night, Mar quette won at Creighton 74-69, Villanova took a 71-64 victory at Scton Hall, Dayton scored home over Canisius 75-64, Louisville romped at Eastern Kentucky 9678 and Missouri nailed down sixth place in the Big Eight, beat ing Nebraska 84-72 on the Mizzou floor. due just a bit above Tin sifter Helena matmea who alt* deserve ■ bit ef personal awBiiau are big Dirk La- Fr*MMM and little Hike Marrow. Due to the press *f the Legislature this i-erner has net been able to properly comment aa their outstanding Job down ia the Cawtawa. LaFroanfeoise fiaisbed secand in the 154-poand class behind Missoula's outstanding Jim Quinn, who was n a m t d the outstanding wrestler of the tournament. Moitow finished fourth in an uausually tough 127 -pound class but finished ahead af any •f the lads with whom he competed this year. The four hoys ■head of Glendive. LaFromboise, who has never been pinned In his hirti school career, lost a tieht 7-3 decision to Quinn after the Spartan had pinned his previous three oppo nents. The rawhide-tough La Fromboise gave him all he cared to handle in the finals. Morrow, deceptively tough for his size, did himself oroud in the 127-nound class with his finish after a fourth place finish in the Wcstcm Divisional here in Hel- He finished ahead of all three, of the lads who topped him le Western Divisional. The lithe youngster, who started late. has been imnrnving rapidlv and •nt'v reached mi peax Miles City. The entire Helena team turned la an outstanding perfAiwawe when ene considers that thev were flicked for mlxth or seventh In the stale at best an* th-v finUHe-t In P>!rd "ltee 0>ch Jack Cohn has brawxM hi* wing team a l»ng wav since their owning match and t"e Treasure State can ex- »K"t tl> l»Mr » Jo* frnm r-imvit hengals during the 1964 seasoi>. ^ ^ The mat snort is one which embodies "11 of the annlities in I youth that are demanded so fre quently by the modern dav world. Tt is a snnrt fnr the H'tli in stature a* well as the bis". It i a sport In ">P tr'"-' sense of th> the word. Thin corner for One i »lad to see it< rapid growth In the state and Helena. Boys such as reoriented the Benesl* this vesr will insure that continuing If the snort produces one IW Ek in a town, and he is the sec onrt slrninht state ^hatnninn from Helena followinf the outstanding us Meyer last yea In A ball in if Post rival gion with team this Helena. ural cen-tral this from and have the vide and of and plan

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  1. The Independent-Record,
  2. 07 Mar 1963, Thu,
  3. Page 10

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