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pat -Pat Atkins

Horsehidemen back

Bucks set records,
beat 76ers, 156-120


Invincible Gable, loses . .
and a legend is dead
MOST PEOPLE know that the unbreakable four minute mile
barrier was broken by Roger Bannister, that the unob-
tainable pole vault mark of 17 feet was topped first by John
Pennell, that Lou Gehrig played in more consecutive baseball
games. than any other player. In all those eases disbelief didn't
keep the events from occurring.
Last Saturday, in the somewhat more obscure sport of
college wrestling a different unbelievable event happened. Dan
Gable, a 142-pounder from Iowa State who was unbeaten in 181
matches stretching over seven years of high school and collegiate
wrestling lost.
After a career including 108 pins, Gable was defeated 13-11
in his final bout, perhaps because he felt that riding an op-
ponent to victory was not winning, perhaps because as a cham-
pion he could not help but try for his 109th career fall.
Then, too, there w s the tremendous pressure and exhausting
nervous energy which fell upon Gable as he tried to close out
his career unbeaten. In the NCAA wrestling tournament at
Northwestern, Gable had pinned his five previous opponents to
reach the finals and foe Larry Owings of Washington.
THERE HE WAS beaten - the Dan Gable who said-.before
the tournament, "Winning is everything - it is my inspiration.
When that first defeat comes, I know I won't feel the same.
The inspiration will fade."
It was Dan Gable who packed a standing room crowd of
over 8500 into McGaw Hall for the finals. Even before the cham-
pionship bouts, Gable was the center of attraction. "Whenever
they announced that Gable was to wrestle, the people would
stream over to his mat." Michigan assistant coach Rick Bay re-
called, "It was like the gallery that follows Arnold Palmer
around the golf course."
The gallery was different in one respect, however. Palmer's
crowd mostly comes to see him win. This crowd wanted Gable
to lose his championship. "The crowd was after Gable's blood.
They wanted to see him get lick-
ed," Bay said. "]t was obscene the
way they rooted against him."
At the start of the bout the ten-
sion was overwhelming because of
the tremendous pressure on Gable
andi because Owings, unlike most
of Gable's opponents, had- the po-
tential to beat the wrestler with
the 181-0 record. The two huge
142-pounders squared off and .
Gable quickly took the lead with a
takedown at 29 seconds. But
Owings escaped and got what he
later considered a crucial take-
"The takedown in the first
round really helped," Owings said
afterwards. "I thought then that
I would get him."
WITH LESS than a minute
gone in the second period, Owings
pushed the lead to 7-2. But Gable
reversed Owings and proceeded to Gable (r) COMMAN
pick up considerable riding time.
When Owings finally escaped, Gable took him down again to
narrow the score 8-6 going into the third period.
Early in the final round Gable tied the bout up on a re-
4 versal, and still had points from riding time. "He might have
been able to ride Owings out for the win," Bay said. But Gable,
maybe instinctively or maybe by choice, was immediately on
Owing's head and shoulders in position to work for a fall. That
also put Gable in a more precarious position, and Owings es-
Gable said after the match, "I thought I could win on riding
time when I caught up at 8-8. I can't remember anything that
happened in the last 40 seconds and when I looked up at the
scoreboard and saw he led 13-9, I couldn't believe it." Gable was
out of time and energy .and the bout finished 13-9, with Gable
piking up two riding time points to make the final score 13-11.
AFTER THE BOUT was over everyone was utterly de-
pressed," Bay said. "The crowd was emotionally spent. They felt
that the rest of the bouts didn't mean anything. At the end,
when awards were given, you could tell Gable was crushed. He
lost like a champion, though. He stood in second place with his
head up. The crowd had wanted him to get beat, yet now they
were acting like they were sorry it happened. They gave him an
emotional five-minute standing ovation."
Bay noticed one other incident involving Gable that only those
watching him closely after his loss would see. "Gable walked
over to the side of the wrestling area right after his loss. The
little kids came over and stood behind the rope'to ask him for
his autograph. For an instant he turned away as if he didn't
want to sign. It was hardly noticeable, but I happened to be

watching then. I'll be darned if he didn't turn around, then go
back to the rope, and sign autographs for the kids."
His nickname of "The Machine," which he got because of,
his dedication and rigorous training schedule, doesn't seem quite
so appropriate now. In fact it seems slightly cold.
Especially for someone who has an imperfect, "human,"
181-1 record.
Eastern Michigan University
FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 1970
8:30 P.M.
Bowen Fieldhouse, E.M.U., Ypsilanti, Mich.
TICKETS: $3.00, $4.00, $5.00
Advance Tickets Available: E.M.U. McKenny Union, W.S.U.
Center Bldg., J.L. Hudson Co.
Mail Order: Send check or money order payable to E.M.U., Uni-
versity Activities Board, McKenny Union, Ypsilanti, Mich.

The coach of the Wolverine
baseball team, Moby Benedict,
when asked how his team would:
fare this upcoming season, wasted?
no time in saying, "We indeed
have a young team, but they work
hard, play hard and seem to be:
improving all the time."
This common cliche usually
implies that a coach is trying to:
escape the question posed to him.
However, Benedict's case is an ex-
ception. The 1970 version of the
baseball team fields not only seven
sophomores, but twelve freshman.
Last week the team traveled to
Tucson, Arizona, to open their
season against the 10th ranked
University of Arizona. Although
the Wolverines managed to win,
only two of the eight games these
two teams played, the reasons they


training schedule for the Wolver-
ines while Arizonas season was
well under way. All winter, they
had been training, while Michigan
entered the series with practically
no practice under their belts.
The most pleasant surprise for
the Wolverines had to be the
performance by one of the fresh-
men, Tom Kettinger. In the eight
games against Arizona, he com-
piled a team-leading batting aver-
age of .448.
In his 29 times at the plate, he
slugged out 13 hits including a
double, and four homers, while
batting in ten runs. Benedict
plans to start Kettinger in the,
outfield and bat him either third
or clean-up.
were seven other Wolverine bats-

didn't so well can easily be


FIRST OF ALL, the inexperi-
enced Wolverines were confronted
by an Arizona team with plenty
of experience behind them. They
have just one freshman on their
team, and he did not play.
Secondly, the series with the
Wildcats was virtually a spring

Netters overpower Titans, 9-0'

men who batted over .200. Those
who joined Kettinger in the .400
club or better were John Hornyak
(.429), Michael Bowen (.417), andI
Michael Corp (.400).
One aspect of the team that dis-
appointed Benedict was the pitch-
ing. There were some good per-
formances by Ed Bryson, Pete Helt
and Jim Burton but the coach
feels there is plenty of room for
speed on the team, Benedict plans
to rely on hitting, pitching and,
good defense. The hitting, he is
sure will come and he feels con-
fident that the latter two will
come along in time.
The outfield seems pretty .well
set with Tom Kettinger in left
field, Danny Fife in center and
either Hornyak or Bowen in right.
In the field, many of the posi-
tions are still unsettled. At first
base, Bob Makoski and Bob Bower
will fight it out, while 'at second
it appears that Reggie Ball will
beat out Brian Balaze.
At short stop Michael Rafferty
and James Kocolowski, both of
whom had respectable records at
the plate at Tucson, are top pros-
pects for the position.
The only two positions that are
pretty well settled are third base,
where Mark Carrow will play, and
catcher with Tom Lundstedt as a
sure bet to be the backstop.
THIS SATURDAY, the Wolver-
ines open up their home schedule
with a double header against the
University of Detroit at Ferry
Field. Benedict intends to use
most of his pitchers during the
?course of both games, and at the
same time, he will play the players
who are battling for positions.
He hopes to make his decisions
after the game.
Benedict sort of smiled when he,
said, "I always like to think of our,
team as a contender in the Big'
Ten." Whether or not they will be
may be a different story.
He admits that his team is
green and that a championship
squad is not around the corner.
However, he is confident that his
boys will work hard and improve
in time and will rapidly develop
into a baseball power.

The w o r d for the day was
"crunch." That's right, the Michi-
gan Tennis team crunched the
Wisconsin S t a t e Titans, 9-0 in
their first home match of the sea-
son. The devastation was so com-
plete that only in the third dou-
bles match were the Wolverines
extended to three. sets.
In a gesture of good will the
match got off to a cordial start
as the Titan's coach, Jim Davies,
presented Michigan mentor Brian
Eisner with a container of Wis-
consin State cheese. But Michi-
gan was not about to let things

get too chummy with the visitors
from Oshkosh.
Mark Conti began the barrage
at No. 1 singles as he whipped
Bob Luedtke 6-0; 6-0. Conti over-
powered Luedtke with his power-
ful serve and rifle-like returns.
Mark took advantage of his back-
court playing foe by placing num-
erous shots down the lines.
In No. 2 singles Jon Hainline
used his tough serve and consis-
tent volleys to carry him by the
net-rushing Gary Hamachek, 6-1;
In other singles matches Joel
Ross, No. 3, overpowered Leigh

Ford 6-1; 6-2, No. 4 Bruce De-
Boer rushed by Tom Turner 6.2;
6-3 on the strength of his im-
proved returns, Dick Ravreby
bounced Dave Hofkens 6-0; 6-2,
and Dan McLaughlin reeled off a
6-2; 6-1 decision. In an exhibi-
tion m a t c h Tim Ott defeated
Mark Medow 6-2.
Conti and Ott then paired up,
to deal Luedtke and Hamachek
a one-sided 6-1; 6-2 setback. The
Wolverine duo dominated the
first set with their serves and
strong net play.
But double faults and netted
shots produced a more interesting
second set. Conti added a little
spice to the match when he turn-
ed in a behind-the-back shot af-,
ter being caught leaning the
wrong way.
Doug McClaury and Ramon Al-
monte teamed up for a 6-1; 6-1
wash-out of their two foes, and
Randy Toig and Mike Ware suf-
fered through the longest match
of the day prying out a 6-2; 3.-6;-
6-3 win in No. 3 doubles.
Michigan's next meet is April
10 against Indiana as the Big Ten
schedule opens. The Wolverines
now stand 2-3 for the season.

waukee Bucks set a National
Basketball Association p 1 a y o f f
scoring record by routing the
Philadelphia 76ers' 156-120 last
night to take a 2-1 lead in the
Eastern Division semi-final series.
The fourth game in the best of
seven-game" set will be played here
Wednesday- night.
Milwaukee's point total broke
the old playoff record of 145 set
by St. Louis against Detroit March
25,, 1958. The Bucks also estab-
lished a record for assists in at
playoff game with . 46.
Lew Alcindor, the Bucks 7-foot-
1 center, scored 33 points in 33
minutes of action. Alcindor hit 13
for 16 from the field and seven of
eight free throws. He grabbed 17
rebounds and handed out three
assists. The former UCLA All-
American sat out the last 14%1
minutes of the game.
The Bucks won the opener of
Press to
eoaeh Suns?
NEW YORK ( P)-The Atlanta
Hawks' contract with Pistol Pete
Maravich, the scoring whiz from
LSU, "is set to. include an NBA
coaching job for Press Maravich,
likely with the Phoenix Suns,"
Daily News sports columnist Phil
Pepe wrote in the newspaper to-
Press Maravich is the father of
Pistol Pete and basketball coach
at LSU.
Young Maravich, a three-time
All-American performer, signed a
five-year contract for an esti-
mated $1.9 million last week with
Atlanta of the National Basket-
ball Association.
He turned down a contract offer
from Carolina of the rival Ameri-
can Basketball Association. Pepe
wrote that "the fantastic package
the Cougars put together for Mar-
avich was for $2 million. Included
in the package were gate percent-
ages, part ownership of the Cou-
gars, a movie contract with MGM
and a coaching job for Pete's dad
with the Pittsburgh Pipers."

New York
5t. Louis
Los Angele

Today's Games
Los Angeles at Minnesota
Tomorrow's Games
Detroit at Chicago
Boston at Montreal
New York at Toronto
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh
Oakland at St. Louis
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the series and lost the second of
the pair played last week in Mil-
Archie Clark, who debated with
Philadelphia Coach Jack Ramsay
about his playing time after the
second game of the series, topped
Philadelphia with 20 points.
NHL Standings..

Pilot transfer to Milwaukee
bits snags. in federal court

SEATTLE (P) - A fedaral bank-
ruptcy referee told the American
League yesterday he w a s in-
trigued by a provision in the
league constitution saying it would
take over a bankrupt club and the
move of the Seattle Pilots to
Milwaukee suddenly no longer
seemed so imminent.
Sidney 'C. Volinn, referee in
bankruptcy, told the league that he
wanted to think about the Vro-
vision after William Dwyer, spec-
ial assistant state attorney gen-
eral, came to life near the end of
the hearing.
Washington's two powerful sen-
ators, Warren G. Magnuson and
Henry M. Jackson, both D e m o-
crats, announced jointly they will
introduce legislation after t h e
Easter Congressional recess to lift
baseball's protection from federal
antitrust laws.
They said the action would not
save it for Seattle, but hopefully,
'We can' save other communities
the agony and type of treatment
pressed on Seattle by the Ameri-
can League.
Magnuson said a similar bill
would be introduced into the
House by Rep. Brock Adams (D.-
Wash.) .
Two frills thrown into the com-
plex situation were a late offer
by Fred Ruge, representing a Cali-
fornia group, to buy the club, and
a contention by the Pilot's broad-

cast network that it either had a
veto power over any sale or had
the radio rights if the club went
to Milwaukee. Volinn also indicat-
ed he was interested in the sale
of the Pilots training facilities in
Tempe, Ariz.
A league attorney also said a
conference call vote by telephone
Monday had been held and that
the American League would ad-
mit Milwaukee if the club w e r e
But, Dwyer argued, by the testi-
mony of the clubs own witnesses,
the Pilots assets actually were in-
creasing. He pointed out that a
Milwaukee representative said the
Seattle agreement called for a
$10.2 million payment for players
an'd that the original players on
the club had been bought for $5.5
million. Club owners had said a
total of $8 million had been spent
on players.
Volinn recessed the hearing un-
til 9 a.m. Tuesday.


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