THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Tuesday, August 27,
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Balance key to success for grapplers
By PAT ATKINS
The outlook: cloudy, clearing by
Since forecasting is a favorite
sport for everyone hot to challenge
soothsayer Sonny Elliott, wrest-
ling could hardly escape the pre-
dilection for prediction.
In weathering the swarm of
sophomores eager to stop up the
gaps left by graduation, the Wol-
verine wrestling team may meet
uncertain and unseasonable con-E
ditions where only certainty swirl-
ed a season ago.
With a fairly stable lineup
headed by national heavyweight
champ Dave Porter, coach CliffI
Keen's wrestlers mowed down ten'
opponents last year, including a
38-2 drubbing of Purdue,; while!
losing only to Oklahoma and Mi-
The team tied for second in the4
Big Ten with three second-place
finishers and two men in third
spots, then'"wound up'ninth in the
NCAA tournament with a first
and a fifth.
But Fred Stehman, Wayne Han-i
son, Bill Waterian and Porter, all
regulars on last year's mat squad,
were also all -seniors.
Quizzically, the weight divisions
that lost no matmen will be the
areas of greatest contention this
year. The lower weights of 123,
130, and 137 pounds are loaded
Assistant coach Rick Bay wise-
ly notes, "I wouldn't even spec'u-
late on the starters."
With ten wrestlers vying for thej
three slots, that's understandable.
The inside track in the three
lower weights naturally belongs to
the returning lettermen - Steve
Rubin and Bob Noel at 123, Lou
Hudson at 130, and Geoff Henson
However, the graduates of the
freshman team - Tim Cech, Jer-
ry Hoddy, Dave Brook and Mike
Denies, hope to dislodge their up-
Cech, like the other matmen
mentioned, can break into the
lineup at any of the lower weights,
but will probably be stationed in
the lead-off class at the outset.
A tough state champ from Skokie,
Illinois, Cech may be part of the
reason why Bay predicts, "Look
for big things around 123." .
Hoddy, who is closer to 115, ac-
cording to Bay, will be a welcome
addition in the Michigan arsenal
during tournament competition.
Last year's 115-pounder transfer-
red before the beginning of dual
meets and left Michigan without a
wrestler for that tournament di-
Seniors Rubin, who was third in
the Big Ten, and Noel both had
starts'at 123 last year, and both
got experience at 130 when Hud-
son was sidelined with an illness.
Rubin finished the dual meet
season in , spectacular fashion,
winning his last five matches, and
will be hoping to ride the crest of
his success wave into the starting
But it won't be al that easy.
"It's going to be tooth and nail
in the 123-pound division," says
Bay. "Challenge matches are go-
ing to change the starters each
"And any time a fella knows
he has to put 'out to stay on the
team, it's sure to help keep up his
Hudson, .with a fine rookie sea-
son of 14-3-1 and a second-place
finish in the conference tourney,
began the dual-meet season with
a string of four decisions and a
draw before being taken down by
He came back to win five more
bouts, two in tournament compe-
tition, although Bay feels that he
wasn't back to pre-flu form.
Hudson will be strongly chal-,
lenged by Mike Rubin, a transfer
from Lehigh and brother of Steve
"Because of the transfer, Mike
had to sit out a year," informs
Bay, "but in practice he's shown'
that he has the ability."
Sophomore Brook, from Willa-
mette, Illinois, rounds out the list
of good wrestlers stationed at 130.
"Our big hope is that Lou boun-
ces back," summarizes Bay.
One of the iron men of the Wol-
'verine mat squad, Geoff Henson
wrestled in every dual meet last
season, a claim that only three
of his .teammates could make, but
Henson is the only one that ap-
peared every time at the same
While the 137-pound senior held
an impenetrable -.monopoly last
season, Bay expects him to be ser-,
iously challenged this year. I
Mike Denies, who did an out-
standing Job in the freshman
tournament according to Bay, lost
to the eventual titlist by one point
to take third.
"He showed depth-real good
potential-and should keep Hen-'
,son on his toes," comments Bay.-
Another se ior, Jim Kahl, term-
ed "a little inxperienced" by Bay,,
will also be shooting for the 137
The middle weights appear to be
just as unsure as the lowers. Both
Stehnian, second in the Big Ten,
and Hanson were in every dual
meet, and both were seniors.
The task of replacing Stehman coming campaign, Cornell will
at 152 may fall to Jim Sanger, a again start at 177.
j .nior. Last season he wrestled ex- Wayne Wentz will also go in
clusively at 145, but seems to wres- that position.
tle stronger when he doesn't have Heavyweight-the battle that
to cut his weight. Michigan fans have gloated over
When Sanger was not in the for three years-will fall into the
lineup at 145, letterman Tim Mc- hands of Pete Drehmann.
Caslin, also a junior, was. And it Drehmann appeared in the Wol-
may be McCaslin that Tom Hines verine arena only once last year,
from Ypsilanti will be challenging. but left with a fast pin of his Illi-
Denies could also be in the nois opponent. A former Pennsyl-
race at 145, so the position is ano- vania state prep champ, he should
ther question mark on the score- be a capable replacement for the
card. departed Dave Porter.
Giving Sanger competition at Followers of Michigan's wrest-
152 will be two wrestlers from ling fortunes have for three years
Walled Lake-junior John Hellner depended on the big win at heavy-
and sophomore Denis Fitzgerald. weight, and its alignment as the
In his only dual meet appearance, last match of every dual-meet
Hellner wrestled superbly to an card was a natural climax for the
11-4 decision. meet.
"He does better in his matches Even when the clash of Michi-
than in practice so it is hard' to igan and Oklahoma turned into a
evaluate his progress," explains way for the visiting Sooners
Bay. "And Denis has also proven (the score was 21-3 going into the
to be a good fighter." final bout) Wolverine fans stayed
The replacement for the gradu- to see their favorite son regain
ated'Hansen at 160 "will be pick- some Michigan pride.
ed from two or three," says Bay. When Sooner coach Tommy Ev-
"The leading candidate is Tom ans elected to forfeit the last
Quinn, our only champion in the match rather than risk the pin,
freshman tourney. He's a former he was roundly booed.
state champ from Flint Central. Porter ended his illustrious ca-
"He still has a lot to learn, but reer as a Wolverine wrestler by MICHIGAN'S WAYNE HANSE
physically he's as strong as any- grabbing the top spot in the NC- loss to Oklahoma, one of two de
one I've ever coached. And he has AA championship meet, a crown this match and Michigan dropp
exceptional balance." he had also worn as a sophomore. graduation, and replacing then
Two others will also be gunning "We lost only four or five wrest-
for the 160 slot - junior Lane lers from a total of almost 40,'" have to wait for the Midlands,
Headrick and senior Rick Deitrick. notes Bay, "and that's les sthan which puts us at a disadvantage."
In his only start last season, we normally lose. But we lost The Midlands tournament, held
Headrick pinned his opponent in some awfully good talent. It's not annually between Christmas and
two minutes. "He's a slow starter," going to be\ easy to replace them, New Year's Day, will be preceded
notes Bay. "but he has great phy- and they'll be missed-especially this fall by the Wolverines' meet
sical strength and he'll be right in the early part of the season." with Pittsburgh on November 20.
in there." The season will start earlier In the Big Ten, Michigan State
The battle at 167 starts the up- this year than last, with a meet will again be the team to watch,
per weights. Junior Charles Reilly scheduled with Pittsburgh before according to Bay. "They had a
and sophomore Bob Cassel seem the Midlands Tournament. good freshman team," he recalls.
to hold the favorites' roles, but "Most teams don't want a meet "Iowa and Northwestern have'
Bay notes quickly that both Head- in November," explains Bay. "We 1 :en coming on strong, and Ohio,
rick and Quinn could very well ~ -- ~
join in the thick of the fray. -
Pete Cornell, the fourth member;
of the quartet that wrestled in
every meet last season, started
competition he was moved tos 167,
where he took a third in the Big By PHIL BROWN mer, Martin will be aided by a
Ten and a fifth in the NCAA tour- There is something slightly dis- pair of former Wolverines, shot-,
ney. gusting about finishing second. putter Jack Harvey and sprinter
Captain of the team for the The pure frustration of being so Ken Burnley.
N makes his move against his 160-pound opponent in last year's
feats suffered by the Wolverine matmen. Hansen eventually lost this
ed a humbling 21-8 decision. He was one of four seniors lost through
n will be the biggest headache for coach Rick Bay this year.
State and Indiana should also be
"We have a lot of depth in the
lower weights," summarizes Bay,
"but less. and less as you go up.,
We'll start with a good team.
"The problem is that we're not
as strong as last year-at least
not to begin with. But you can
never tell how a bunch of guys
will progress; it's too difficult to
even speculate how they'll be' at
the end of the year."
Wolverine 'grapplers have re-
corded a 255-89-11 dual meet rec-
ord since Keen took over in the
1924-25 season, and have won
nine conference crowns since of-
ficial championships were begun
The weather does not look as
seasonable for the wrestling team
as it has at times in the past.
But you know how often the
weatherman is right.
lads count losses
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has driven good men to far worse
But there is no group that has
born the excruciating pain of
second-place finishes more ad-
mirably than the 1968 Michigan
The Wolverines were champing
at the bit at the season's outset,
only to be shaded in both the
indoor and outdoor conference
championships by shadow-thin
Wisconsin was the antagonist at
the indoor meet in Columbus,
where Michigan lost by two and
one-half points in the final event.
And it .was like pouring brine
in the wounds when therWolver-
ines took second outdoors, a single
point back of Minnesota's sur-
But the squad took it all in
stride, showing real style in the
two defeats. No team displayed
greater depth than Michigan's,
and now the Wolverines mu'st re-
group and prepare for another
Michigan takes to the cinders
in 1969 under a new coaching
staff, led by former assistant Dave
!Martin. Appointed over the sum-
The new coaching alignment
will allow the staff to give more
individual help to team members.
Harvey will work mainly with
field events, and Burnley with
sprinters and hurdlers, while
Martin continues to help distance
In addition. Harvey will be re-
sponsible for helping with the
organization of local track meets,
and Burnlsy takes on the duties
of freshman counselor.
"It's something we haven't done
before," explains Martin. "We
think that kids just coming in
can use some help sometimes,
and Ken will be available to give'
them a hand when they need it.
"The problem is that freshmen
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sometimes don't tell anybody
when they do need help-they let
little injuries or grade problems
go by because they might not
know exactly what to do. Now
we'll be able to do something to
prevent a lot of these problems."
The staff will have a solid corps
of returning lettermen to use as
a nucleus for the '69 squad, al-
though graduation losses will not
Among those departing were
former Big Ten discusgchamp
Bob Thofnas, distance ace Jim
Dolan, long and triple-jumper
Carl Flowers, and high jumper
Rick Hunt (another former con-
"Guys like that are nice to have
around," notes Martin. "But we'll
move people around and things
will balance out pretty well.
"We'll have more strength in
the shot this year (it was the
team's weakest event last sea-
Returning lettermen will include
Ron Kutschinski, an Olympic
:hopeful in the half miletwo-
time Big Ten high jump champ
Gary',Knickerbocker, and defend-
ing long jump titlist Ira Rus-
Kutschinski astounded track
followers in June when he ran
the world's fastest half mile of
the season (1:47.1) in Houston. A
leg' injury prevented him from
placing in the NCAA champion-
ship, but he was one of 16 ath-
letes allowed to attend the final
trials at Lake Tahoe without
Missing from the squad will be
last year's captain, Alex McDon-'
ald, who won the 600-yard run in
the Big Ten indoor meet. McDon-
ald was the star for two seasons
of Michigan's record - breaking
two-mile relay quartet.
The other members of the four-
some, Kutschinski, Paul Arm-
strong and Tom Kearney, will
all be back for another go at the
Another returnee will be hur-
dler Larry Midlam, holder of the
schpol record for the highs and
a ilacer in the national indoor
championships in Detroit.
Martin singled out sprinter
Leon Grundstein as the biggest
surprise of the 1968 season.
Grundstein, a sophomore, took
third indoors in the Big Ten 300
and second outdoors in the 220
and found time tocanchor the
mile relay team on occasion.
other sophomore standoutsre-
turning will be Sol Espie, one of
the Big Ten's top dash men, half-
miler Armstrong, pole vaulter
Ron Shortt, and Russell in the
New to the varsity squad will be
a number of potential champions
'from last year's freshman team.
Bruce Curtis, Norm Conwell,
and Joli Thornton will all be
tried at the half mile; Lorenzo
Montgomery (a former state
champ) and Ron Clark are 440
specialists;Guilio Catallo may be
the answer to the Wolverine shot
Incoming freshmen who have
considered going out for track
should contact Martin, eitherby
writing or calling theAthletic
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Sept. 21 - The opener with
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