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FIDAY, JANUARY 26, 1968

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Hansen's Wrestling Has Meaning

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By PATRICIA ATKINS
Today may come as a surprise
to Wayne Hansen.
For the first time this year, The
Michigan Daily is running his
picture when (a) he isn't losing
or (b) he looks strangely like
Geoff Henson.
Because (a) he doesn't usually
lose, and (b) Hansen's girlfriend
and Henson's wife generally don't
have much difficulty separating
the two. One factor which helps,
of course, istheir hair color
(Geoff's is brown). Another is
their weight difference, since
Henson is a 137-pounder, whileI
Hansen wrestles at 160 pounds.
And he's been doing it for a
long time.
Ever since the beginning of
junior high, when his older
brother introduced him to the
mats, Hansen has been deeply in-
volved with wrestling. He flirted
from time to time with football,
basketball, and cross country but,
as he says, "My first love was
wrestling. I tried football, but I
was kind of small for it. Then I
took up cross country to keep in
condition for wrestling."
Career Attractive
Hansen has found his wrestling
career attractive because as he
declares "all the meets have got
their meaning."
But since he comes from Lan-
sing, he. naturally admits that
"my greatest satisfaction has
been the two times we beat Mich-
igan State. They always have a
strong team, and though I was
out with injuries last year, it was
a thrill to see the guys beat them.
"In fact," he notes, "all our
starters from 152 pounds on up
are from the Lansing area, so it
makes that meet especially mean-
ingful."
Intensely serious about his
wrestling, senior Hansen is de-
scribed by assistant coach Rick
Bay as "the type of wrestler a
coach likes to teach. He's very
coachable and cooperative. Some
athletes may be moody, but not
Wayne."
Cooperation, however, doesn't
extend to his opponent on the
wrestling mat. 'In his Midlands
match with Iowa's Rich Mihal,
Hansen was decisioned, but when'

he met Mihal in this year's duel
meet with the Hawkeyes, he be-
gan the second period with a
quick reversal, then held off Mi-
hal's offensive attempts to win!
3-2.
As Bay says, "The ability to
Junior letterman Dick Dell
has been chosen to succeed Ed
Waits as captain of Michigan's
tennis team for the 1968 season.
Dell lost only one match last
season for the Wolverines who
finished second in the Big Ten
behind Michigan State.
rebound, to lose and come back
against the same wrestler, is the
mark of a good competitor.
"He's come a long way," Bay
goes on. "In the past three years,
he's had a tendency to do better

in practice than in meets. But
this year he has come out of his
shell. His biggest improvement
has come through his ability to
relax in competition."
Ten Years
Hansen hasspentthe last 10
years at wrestling, and may make
the sport not only his avocation,
but also his way of life. "I have
a double major in education -
physical education and psychol-
ogy. I'd like to be a coach, and
include counselling, if the position
is on a smaller level. But if I
could, I would like to start out at
the college level."
With courses in industrial man-
agement, he could also work in a
business field, but he concludes, "I
think I'd really enjoy being a
wrestling coach."
After all, it's kind of hard to let
go of 10 years of wrestling.

WAYNE HANSEN

STAGER CONFIDENT:
Tankers MVeet 'Weak' Purdue

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RICK STERN
Third in a Three-Part Series
During his junior year Cazzie lived in the Kappa Alpha Psi
fraternity house. However, he was not happy there. 'Brothers' were
always bringing their cousins, parents, and friends up to meet him.
Also he liked to be able to sleep and the house was noisy at night.
He returned September of his senior year and told the
brothers that he would again live in the house. However, he had
no intention of doing so. The first week of school there was an
ad in The Daily - "fourth male roommate wanted for apart-
ment." Cazzie went over to the place, introduced himself to the
three, who he had never met before, and stated his problem. He
wanted a place to live where he could lead a life of his own
and would not be bothered ten times a night by well-wishers.
They agreed not to make any undue mention of the fact that he
was living there, and he moved in.
That year he was lonelier than ever. There was almost no one
who he could talk to. I think coach Dave Strack filled the role to
an extent but with Strack, I imagine Cazzie could only talk about
his less personal, rosier problems, such as how to get the best pos-
sible deal from the professional teams. I doubt if he and Strack
ever talked about his unhappiness with his relationships with his
teammates.
I imagine that a more important confidante for Cazzie was
trainer Jim Hunt. Cazzie often would be in the training room before
or after practice talking to Hunt, who is one of the most under-
standing, capable people that I have ever met. At any rate, Cazzie4
and Hunt are both very religious men and I am sure that there was
a certain bond between them that Russell needed.
During the 1964-65 season two people would invariably stay
after practice to work on their shooting - Cazzie and senior
Tom Ludwig, a little known guard. I used to like to stay around
myself and I often would rebound for Ludwig until we were
forced off the court by the groundskeepers.
However, the next year Ludwig was gone and only Cazzie and
I used to stay after practice. At first, I shot most of the time myself
at the other basket. However, one day I volunteered my services to
Cazzie and he accepted. Thereafter I spent one or two days a week
staying in Yost til 6:30 or 7:00, snapping the ball back to Russell.
The hours of practice have given me a pretty snappy pass too.
One evening Cazzie decided to
see how many free throws in a
row he could make. Always he
shot about 50 free throws before
leaving, making about 45. As he
shot he would describe to me his
free throw style and whenever he
missed one, he would explain ex-
actly what he did wrong. "My
finger was over the seam . . . I
shifted my balance . . . My thumb
wasn't facing the right direction
. .. That noise broke my concen-
tration.

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By VINCE MALONEY testing ground for our swimmers."
A lightly regarded Purdue swim Stager plans to do some experi-
team plans to make every effort menting tomorrow in order to
to pull an upset over Michigan to- prep for later meets and especial-
morrow when they invade Matt ly the Big Ten championships. In
Mann Pool at 1 p.m. the Big Ten meet, each contest-

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The Wolverines, however, are'
riding high after scoring an im-
pressive win over Michigan State1
last weekend and they expect to
improve upon their early season
form with an easy victory over
the Boilermakers.
Purdue has had some early sea-
son trouble trying to get un-
tracked, but they expect to show
some definite signs of improve-
ment as the Big Ten season pro-
gresses.
But Michigan swimming coach
Gus Stager has little fear of the
Boilermakers. "I don't anticipate
much trouble from the weak Pur-
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By The Associated Press playing without ace Jerry Sloan,
DETROIT - Hal Greer slipped sidelined with an injury.
in 35 points as the Philadelphia Russell, hitting on 13 of 19
ine35pointastedtheaPhiladelpia-floor shots, tallied 31 points while
76ers coasted to a 123-108 vIc-Brntadd27ndRd21
tory over the slumping Detroit Barnett added 27 and Reed 21.
Pistons before 9,957 fans last
night in a National Basketball As- Hawks Whip Celts
sociation game.MI I BEACH, Fa.-Zem
It Was the third straight loss out BeMIAMI BeChFla. --oZelmo
of six in eight games for the Beaty's pro career-high .total of
Posxieigthg7ersfreted 42 points carried the St. Louis
Pistons, while the 76ers retained Hawks to a 105-93 decision over
their Eastern Division lead as the Boston Celtics in a National
they upped their season's recordhBastnBCetball n ssocation
to 36-14. Basketball Basketball Association
Making 15 of their first 25 shots, game last night.
the 76ers grabbed a 37-26 lead at Beaty hit on 16 of 24 field
the end of the first quarter as goals and 10 of 11 free throws.
Greer clicked for nine points and Meanwhile, the Hawks held Bill
Wally Jones for eight. Russell, the Boston player-coach,
M !*without a field goal and to only

ant is allowed to participate in
five events rather than the three
allowed in dual meet competition.
Stager noted that the tankers,
currently in third place in the
conference with a 1-1 record, have
been improving in practice. Both
backstroker Bill Dorney and free-
styler Gary Kinkead have bet-
tered their times since the Michi-
gan State meet. Stager also ex-
pects Mike O'Connor to turn in
good performances in the 500 and
1000-yard freestyle events.
Wolverine diving coach Dick
Kimball forsees no trouble from
Purdue in the diving events.
Michigan is planning to go with
Bruce McNanaman, Jim McKee,
Paul McGuire and Jay Meaden
plus an additional man in each
event if possible.
In Shape
When asked about Jay Meaden,
the highly touted diver who has
been somewhat of a disappoint-
ment to Michigan rooters, Kim-
ball said, "Meaden is in shape
but that he has just been having
a little trouble getting untracked."
Purdue Coach Dick (Pappy)
Papenguth will have his troubles
tomorrow, but the coach does have
one performer who will be ex-
pected to win, Dan Milne. Milne
is Big Ten Sprint Champion and
will be swimming his specialties
tomorrow. Other than Milne, Pur-
due will have to scramble to get
points.
SCORES
COLEGE BASKETBALL
Army 75, Manhattan 69
St. Bonaventure 74, St. Francis,
Pa. 58
Iowa St. 80, Oklahoma 70
Kent State 93, Tulane 73
Bradley 92, Memphis State 69
.NHL
Montreal 2, Boston 0
Detroit 4, St. Louis 4, tie
Minnesota 3, Philadelphia 0
NBA
Philadelphia 123, Detroit 108
Los Angeles 118, Cincinnati 116
St. Louis 105, Boston 93
New York 126, Chicago 118
Baltimore at San Diego (inc.)

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Knicks Top Bulls
CHICAGO - Cazzie Russell
and Dick Barnett, hitting on long
jump shots, brought the New
York Knicks to a 126-118 victory
over the Chicago Bulls in a Na-
tional B a s k e t b a 11 Association
game last night.
The loss was the fourth straight
for the Bulls, who have been

four points at thef ree throw
line, while Bill Bridges of the
Hawks out-rebounded him 16-15.
Beaty saved his best scoring
for the second half, picking up
11 points in the third quarter and
17 in the last period.

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SPORTS NIGHT EDITOR:
PATRICIA ATKINS

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Dare-devilishly handsome ,.. .yet beautifully
down to earth when it comes to casual

Never before though, did he
make a prediction about his
shooting until this night. He told me that he was going to tr)
and break his own personal record of 43 in a row.
That night Yost was quieter than it had ever been. The trainers
were up in the locker room and nobody else was around. The bounc-
ing of the ball echoed back and forth in the still field house. It was
the only sound.
He started shooting, concentrating as completely as a Zen mas-
ter, his eyes only on the ball, then the rim, then his hands as they
gripped it, then the shot itself. His only thought was for the feel of
the ball on his hand, the right feel, the one he knew.
Every ten shots I would announce briefly and almost in-
audibly the total - ten . .. 20 . .. 30 . . . 40 . .I.'m sure he
knew the total himself. He always knew how many shots he
had taken and how many he had made. But because I said
it, he didn't have to become aware of it. He didn't have to
break his trance.
He hit 44, his new high and didn't hesitate, just took a slightly
sharper breath than usual. At that moment he was a great artist,
'as great as any that had ever lived.
50 . . . 60 . . . 70 . . . I think now he was more aware of the
tension.
The 65th shot was a millimeter high off the back of the rim
and the ball had to bounce twice between the front and back of the
rim before dropping through.
The 75th had pure electricity all over it. It might as well have
been the finals of the NCAA tournament. The rafters of Yost were
in a trance of their own, rapaciously waiting for more history to
be made beneath them. Cazzie's floor threw the ball back at him
seemingly with a little extra care, giving him none of its prolific
dust to interfere with his brown, sensitive fingers.
75 was clean through. Perfect. The next dramatic moment
would be 100. 76 ... 77 ... but 78 was fickle and uncooperative.
It must have defied philosophers and had an existence of its
own, because it seemed incongruous at that moment that the
artistic masterful body of Cazzie could project anything imperfect
toward the orange circle, anything that would hit a false edge
and spin around and out, onto the court. The rafters relaxed.
Cazzie breathed. I cringed and announced in the same tone as
before - "Seventy-seven."
Then Cazzie and I were both back to reality. I congratulated him
on his new personal high. He smiled and looked pleased. The magic
of basketball, his life and love, was flowing warmly in his blood.
At this moment his loneliness, his academic deficiencies, the losses
which the Michigan team suffered (eight that year), all of these
didn't matter, because he was master of his trade. Cazzie found his
own personal liberation in selected moments on the basketball court.
This was one of those momnents, and perhaps the only one when
it didn't matter at all if no one was in the stands to see it.
Just Cazzie, myself, the rafters, the floor, and the ball he
knew. He didn't need anything else then. What he had set out
to do, he had done.
He thanked me, as he always did, for rebounding for him, and
went to shower.
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