Six THE MICHIGAN DAILY St
turday, .January 24, 1970
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By CHRIS TERAS emotions have indeed been run-
Just how good is the unbeaten ning high through the week's
Michigan gymnastics squad? practices.
The answer to this question will "I haven't seen the boys put out
be forthcoming at Michigan State this well all year," he said.
today as the Wolverines travel to "They're getting themselves ready,
East Lansing to meet a 1:30 date for this one - there hasn't been:
in the Men's IM Building. any need for pep talks.
Also today, the trampoline seg- "To take one instance," he con-
ment of the gym team, including tinued, "my two all-arounders,
Tim Wright (3rd in Big Ten and Rick McCurdy and Si d Jensen,
5th in the NCAA's last year), Paul ran through their entire six-
Kyprie, and Chris Keane " (5th in event routine last Wednesday."
the 1969 Midwest Open), will be It's no usual thing for the all-
competing in the Memphis (Ten-
ns)pegn arounders to perform six succes-
Although the Spartans' best sive routines in practice because a
score to datehas been just over good deal of physical punishment
155, and Michigan's high was the is involved.
163.25 scored last weekend against Another element adding to the
Illinois Circle Campus, the con- pressure is the fat that the Wol-
test has to be considered a chal- verines are not facing a pushover
lenge. The reason is that this will by any means. Veteran State men-
be the season's first competition tor, George Szypula, commaids
in a really high-pressure situation. respect in . the eyes of Michigan
For one thing, as is common gymnasts because of his past re-
throughout the sports world, it is cord of successes. T h e worst a
much more difficult to perform Szypula team has done in 19
well on the road than it is in the years of Big Ten competition has
safe confines of home surround- been two fourth-place finishes.
ings. Going into today's meet, how-
Another factor adding to all the ever, the Spartans may be con-
pressure is the tradition of the ri- sidered relatively weak. It always
valry. Everyone knows that emo- hurts to lose an NCAA Champion
tions .hit a fever pitch whenever like Toby Towson, who tied for
the combatants are Michigan- the floor exercise title in 1969 and
Michigan State, and according to has graduated, but State will also
Wolverine coach Newt Loken, the be performing today without star
all-arounder, Joe Fedorchik, who
Michigan, on the other hand is
in relatively good physical shape.
"Our only troubles in this area,"
said Loken, "are that Sid Jensen
is just getting back his strength
from his bout with the flu last
week, and Ron Rapper (team cap-
tain and a parallel bars special-
ist) hasn't been able to practice
all week because of illness."
Loken said that his lineup will
be virtually the same as it has
been in Michigan's dual meet vic-
tories over Wisconsin, Eastern
Michigan, Western Michigan, and
Illinois Circle Campus.
"I do have tough decisions,
though, in the floor exercise and
the high bar," he said. "Ward
Black, Ray Gura, and Bill Mack-
le are all 8.9-90 performers in the
floor exercise, and in the high bar, ' '
I have either Murry Plotkin, Jim
Scully, or Ted Marti, who are all '. ..
competing for one spot in each
In the Spartans lineup, Szypula .
plans to replace Fedorchek with
Randy Balhorn. Other top per-
formers are Mickey Uram, a 11-
around, Charlie Morse, side horse,
rings, and parallel bars, and Tom
Kuhlman high bar. -
Last year, Michigan won 163.-
025 to 159.525.
Matmen host improved Purdue
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By LEE KIRK they also have a new coach. Vet-
The Michigan wrestling team eran Coach Claude Reeck retired
looks to pulling their dual meet at the beginning of this year and
record above the .500 level for the his assistant, Don Corrigan, has
first time this season as they take replaced him as the head man.
on the Purdue grapplers at 3 p.m. There will be a few changes in
this .afternoon at the Events the Michigan line-up for today's
Building, meet. Heavyweight Rick Bolhouse
The Wolverines sport a 2-2-1 has a slightly injured rib and Bay
season record and a second place said he felt it would be better for
finish in the Midlands tourna- Bolhouse to sit out a meet rather
ment and are fresh from 1a s t t h an risk aggravating the in-
Saturday's 30 - 7 thumping of jury.
If past records are any indica-
tion, the Wolverines shouldn't
have to work up any sweat at all
to dispose of the Boilermakers, but
according to assistant coach Rick
Bay, past performances may prove
to be more of a liability than an
"I can't recall a match that has
seen a Purdue wrestler beat one of
our boys," said Bay, "and because
of this it is hard to get the team
excited about this meet. We real-
ly don't know too much a b o u t
Purdue other than that they are
The Boilermakers remain an
unknown quantity because t h e y
are basically a young team and
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Bay also plans to weigh in Jes-
se Rawls and Marvin Pushman in
the 177-pound bracket and Ther-
lon Harris and Jim Thomas at
190 pounds. Two of these grap-
plers will compete in their brack-'
ets and one will replace the in-
jured Bolhouse. This problem may
not be all that serious as Rawls
has had previous experience fill-
ing in at the heavyweight slot.
Tim Cech will return at the 126-
pound division and Lane Headrick
will wrestle at the 150-pound slot.
Other than these changes, t h e
Wolverines will sport the same
alignment they used last week at
The Boilermakers wrestle d
Michigan State last night at East
Lansing and Bay feels that the
outcome of that meet could ef-
fect today's matches. The Spar-
tans are ranked as one of the top
three teams in the nation but they
may be looking past the Boiler-
makers too, although for differ-
Today the Spartans are 'wrest-
ling Oklahoma State, another of
the nation's top three teams, and
if Purdue catches the Spartans
napping and wins a few matches,
it could key t h e m for today's
Against the Hurons last Satur-
day the Michigan matmen turned
in an impressive victory, with su-
perior performances in the light-
weight and heavyweight divisions.
t Jerry Hoddy, at 118 pounds, pin-
ned his EML opponent in the
first period. Weighing in at 126
pounds will be Jim Hagan, who
decisioned his opponent last week,
In the upper weights Michi-
gan proved to be just as tough as
in the lightweights. Although near-
ly pinned in the first period, Jesse
Rawls came back to score a fall
in the 177 pound match-up last
Therlon Harris, 191-pounder,
managed a 5-1 decision over EMU's
Larry Meyers. Michigan's 30-7 win
over Eastern Michigan s h o u1 d
act as a good priming for this
week's match against Pudrue.
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