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January 05, 1968 - Image 13

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Howard Kohn
Sports 1967:
That Was TheYear That..
We all remember most of the top sports stories of the year.
For instance,
Princeton (La.) High topping C. H. Iron of Benton (La.), 182-21
after holding a 97-6 halftime lead.
Dick Radatz, former Boston Red Sox firearm, putting in a
relief performance for Tacoma, Wash., in the Pacific Coast League
and walking six straight batters while throwing three wild pitches.
Ten-year-old Beverly Klass shooting an 88 in the Dallas Civitan
Open before being ruled ineligible for professional tournaments.
And Joe Palooka becoming the first white heavyweight boxer to
regain his title when he decisioned Basher Bray.
But the real stories of the year were in the forgotten words of
some of our most beloved sports people. Don't you remember
when ....
Dave Strack said, "We'll get better before we get worse."
Jethro Pugh, Dallas Cowboy middle guard, said, "If we stopped
them twice we can do it again."
4 Jim Lonborg, on the sunny ski slopes of northern California, said,
"Watch this, I can do a double somersault."
Joe Schmidt, Detroit Lion coach, said, "If there's one thing
I want to impress upon you-don't fumble the ball against the
Parnelli Jones, Indianapolis race driver, said, "Here's your six
bucks. Just give me the ball bearing."
Forest Evashevski said, "What alumni group?"
Herb Elliott, distance runner said, "Jim Ryun will probably not
have enough drive to break all the world records."
Duffy Daugherty, "Most teams don't win the Big Ten three times
in a row. But then we're not most teams."
Bump Elliott said, "This team is inexperienced and we'll beI
lucky to win half our games."
Cassius Clay's draft board said, "Just because you've given up
your wife, your home and your career for your religion, we don't feel
you qualify as a conscientious objector."
Al Kaline said, "Take that, you crummy batrack, and that, and
that ..."
Eddie Stanky said, "Of course we'll bounce back, we've bounced
back before."
The Boston Bruins said, "Which brawl?"
NCAA basketball rules officials said, "The no-dunk rule was
not aimed at one individual player."
Bobby Ussery, winning jockey in the Kentucky Derby, said, "Me?
Ride a 30-1 Shot?"
Mayo Smith, Detroit Tiger manager, said, "Of course I'm not
upset with Denny McLain just because he kicked his television set and
broke his toe and can't pitch in our last series when we have to play
*four games in two days and have only three starters."
Johnny Pont, Indiana coach, said, "We could be a darkhorse con-
Baseball's All-Stars said, "This should be a slugging contest.
Look at all the power hitters."
Murray Warmath, Minnesota coach, said, "I suppose they're going
to use that silly rule about who went last to decide who's going to the
# Rose Bowl."
It wasn't sticks and stones all over, but John Coatta, head
football coach of Wisconsin's winless Badgers, would probably
just as soon forget his foot-long words:
"We'll be all right once we get one win under our belts."
Happy New Year!



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The Michigan wrestling team,
fresh from a runner-up spot in
last year's NCAA meet and picked
by the Wrestling News to finish
tops in the nation this year, starts
the season off with a bang this
Beginning at 3:00 this after-
noon, the Wolverine grapplers
open their dual meet season by
playing host to the matmen from
Illinois in the new Events Build-
ing. And, before that structure
gets a chance to recover from the
shock of falling bodies, fast-rising
Indiana follows tomorrow to in-
vade Wolverine territory at 2:00

with the performaice in general.
A fifth-place finish with all those
top-flight schools looks good on
paper, but we felt we weren't up
to our capability."
Yet both Bay and wrestling
coach Cliff Keen agree that the
Wolverine squad had a lot of
things working against them when
they took to the mats. "For one
thing, this was our first meet of
the year," declares Keen. "Some
of those schools, like Indiana and
Michigan State, already had four
or five meets under their belts.
This was our first taste of com-
petition, and we just weren't
tuned up right."

p.m. "Not only that," concurs Bay;
Worried "for the three weeks prior to the
It is the Indiana squad, how- tournament we had no organized
ever, that the Wolverines are ap- practices. And Pete Cornell, forI
prehensive about, and with good example, had been injured two
reason. The Hoosiers, listed as a weeks before the tourney. His
potential top ten squad by the match in the opening round was
Wrestling News, finished sixth in his first time on the mats since
the Midlands Tournament, held then, and it showed."
over Christmas vacation in La- Only four Wolverine wrestlers
Grange, Ill. But they were only placed in the tourney, and none
two points behind the fifth-place grabbed a position higher than
team-the Wolverines. third. But Bay says that "we had
Forty teams were entered in the some pleasant surprises along the
LaGrange event, and over 400 way. Some boys disappointed us,
wrestlers took part. The fifth- but some did a lot better than we
place Michigan finish equalled the thought." Michigan ended up
Wolverines' effort in the same with two third-place finishers
tourney last year, but as assistant and two in the fourth position.
grappling coach Rick Bay put Ron Scherer, wrestling at 115
it, "We were frankly disappointed pounds, took a third place by pin-

ni)g Eastern Michgan's Dale
Kestel. IHis only loss was to the
Midland's defending champ, Dave
Keller of Toledo, on a referee's
decision. But Scherer wasn't
through Iwith surprises: earlier
this week he transferred to an
Ohio school. "We were kind of
counting on him for tournament
points in his weight," says Bay
At 123 pounds, however, the
tables were reversed. Steve Rubin,
a transer student himself from
Ohio State who, under NCAA
rules sat 0out his sophomore year,
grabbed a fourth place after los-
ing two matches. In the semi-
finals, he was decisioned by In-
diana State's Ted Parker, who
finished fourth in a strong NCAA
123 field last year, while the con-
solation finals saw a win by In-
diana's Don Barnard.
Another Lou Hudson
Lou Hudson, a powerful sopho-
more, also took a fourth place in
his specialty, the 130 class. "He
wrestled well," praises Bay, "but
had the misfortune to run into
Michigan State's Don Behm inI
the semifinals. Yet his 9-4 loss
there was closer than the score
indicates." In the consolation fi-
nals, Hudson lost 7-3 to Indiana's
Tim McCall, runner-up to Behm
in the Big Ten.
The other Woherine to place was
senior 152-pounder Fred Stehman,

matches. One of Hanson's victor- to be in shape for the weekend
ies, incidently, was by default over meets.
Steve Bay. brother of Michigan's As of yesterday. challenge
assistant coachI matches were still being held in a
While the fifth-place perforn- few weights to determine starting
ance was somewhat disappointing, assignments. The lineup has been
Bay admits that "we didn't make pretty well determined by now.
a concerted effort for the team howveor. and the Wolverine:
title. We were more interested in should present the following start-
giving as many boys as possible a ers against the Illini and the
chance to participate in actual Hoosiers (where two names are
competition." Actually only two- mentioned, the wrestlers will prob-
thirds of the squad was present ably split starting assignment.si:
at LaGrange. Eight boys partici- At 123 pounds will be juniors
pated in the Wilkes-Barre, Pa., In- Rubin or Bob Noel.
vitational, and star heavyweight At 130 pounds will be Hudson.
Dave Porter was fresh from the At 137 pounds will be Henson.
North-South football game. At 145 pounds will be sopho-
At the Wilkes-Barre tourney mores Jim Sanger or Lane Head-
only one Michigan grappler took a rick.
place, as senior 177-pounder At 152 pounds will be Stehnan.
Wayne Wentz took fourth in his At 160 pounds will be senior
weight. Junior Geoff Henson, Wayne Hanson.
wrestling at 137 pounds, won a At 167 pounds will be senior Bil
couple of matches, but was elimi- Waterman.
nated before the semis and did not At 177 pounds will be Cornel,
wrestle back. a junior, or Wentz.


who took a third after losing 3-1
to Iowa's State's Don Martin on a
third-period takedown in the
semifinals, Wrestling back, he de-
feated Bob Loffredo from Illinois,
whom Bay terms "their best boy,"
on a referee's decision in the con-
solation finals.
Other bright spots for Michigan
followers were the performances of
160-pounders John Hellner, a
sophomore, and Wayne Hanson, a
senior, both of whom won two

Out of Shape
In general, both coaches felt
that lack of proper conditioning,
more than anything else, was the
downfall of the squad as a whole.
"In several instances," Bay recalls,
"our boys had quick early leads,.
only to run out of gas in the end."
Somewhat worried at this turn of
events, the coaches have had the
team in practice all week in order

At heavyweight will be Porter,
captain of this year's squad or
sophomore Pete Drehmann.
Keen, looking over the Big Ten
in general and this weekend in
particular, notes that "the con-
ference seems especially strong
this year, and Indiana figures to
be one of the best ones." Through
this week's work, the coaches feel
that the squad will be ready to
take on both schools.


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