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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Saturday, January 1 1, 1969

THE MICHIGAN DAILY Saturday, January 1 1, 1969

Gophers

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By BILL CUSUMANO
After pulling out two straight
overtime victories in the friendly
confines of the Events Building,
Michigan's basketball team must
now brave the hazards of the road.
This afternoon the Wolverines
face Minnesota, a team that has
shown a talent for pulling upsets,
on the floor of huge Williams
Arena in Minneapolis.
The, Big Ten has a notorious
reputation for being a home court
conference with the result that
the most effective squad on the
road is usually the league cham-
pion. Last year's results give cre-
dence to this as Ohio State com-,
piled the best record away from
home (3-4) and finished in first
place.I
Four of Michigan's next five
contests .will be played away from
Ann Arbor and they all will be
crucial, starting with today's
game.
The Gophers have only a medi-
ocre 6-5 record so far and have
lost their only Big Ten start to
Ilinois. However, Minnesota has
proven to be a tough opponent,
particularly at home.
The Gophers dropped Marquette
75-73 and Detroit 85-80 when both
teams were ranked in the top ten.
In addition they have topped- a
good Loyola team and came within
four points of powerful Notre
Dame.
Minnesota's success has been
based largely upon the play of 6-7
center Larry Mikan, who is the
son of the legendary George Mi-
kan, and 6-3 guard Al Nuness.
Mikan leads the Gophers in scor-

Starting Lineups

MINNESOTA
(32) LeRoy Gardner (6'4")
(52) Larry Overskei (6'6")
(31) Larry Mikan (6'7")
(22) Al Nuness (6'3")
(12) Eric Hill (6'2!")

very strong team," he stated, "we
will have to hustle."
Apparently Minnesota h a s
,hustled more and better than any-
one ever expected they could. The
,Big Ten writers picked them to
finish last in a pre-season poll
and their upsets have truly been
of the shocking variety.
, To spring an upset upon front-
running Michigan, though, the
Gophers will have to stop the top
point machine in the Big Ten. The
Wolverines are bombing the nets
for an average of 95.4 points per
game and hope to keep up that'
pace in Minneapolis.
Minnesota, on the other hand,
has only allowed 70 points per
contest but it is open to question
as to whether that average has
been attained through good de-
fense or just a deliberate style of
play since the men from the north
country have only produced an
average of 66 points. .
If Minnesota's defense really is
that tough it will still have its
hands full trying to stop Michi-
gan's Rudy Tomjanovich. The 6-7

MICHIGAN
(40) Dennis Stewart (6'6")
(25) Richard Carter (6'1")
(45) Rudy Tomjanovich (6'7")
(44) Ken Maxey (5'9")
(24) Dan Fife (6'2")
Wolverine forward currently leads-
the Big Ten in scoring with a 37-
point average, attained mostly
through his record-tieing 48-point
performance against Indiana.
Tomjanovich will probably be
Mikan's responsibility and Rudy
should give Fitch a good idea as
to just how much Mikan has im-
proved.
Minnesota also has to worry
about the Wolverine fast break.
Fitch admits, "We are slow, we
can't run and press." This defect
could be fatal when matched
against the searing speed that the
small, but quick, Michigan squad
has shown.
A lot seems to be going in Mich-
igan's favor but it will not make
a complacent man out of Wol-
vefine coach Johnny Orr.
He knows the dangers of the
road in the Big Ten and the
friendly confines of William
Arena have already been the scene
of two major upsets by Minnesota.
Orr does not want to see a third
until after he leaves town.,

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TWO MINNESOTA STARTERS the Gophers will send against Michigan's front-running basket-
ball team are center Larry Mikan (left) and captain Al Nuness. Mikan, whose father oversees
operations of the American Basketball Association, is averaging nearly 20 points per game this
season. Nuness averaged better than 14 last year and is the team's floor leader.

ing with an 18:1 average and is
also the top rebounder. Nuness
follows Mikan with a 14.6 average
while running the team from the
backcourt.
The Gophers' other starters arel
Larry Overskei, a strong 6-6 for-
ward, Leroy Gardner, who is alo
a forward, and 6-2 sophomore

guard Eric Hill. One other man to ability that was expected of him.
be reckoned with is 6-8 sophomore Because Fitch could not be sure of
center Tom Masterson. Masterson Mikan and thus was weak in the
was highly regarded by coach Bill pivot area, the first year coach
Fitch before the season began and was very pessimistic before the
had been playing ahead of Mikan. season began. "We do not have a
Mikan's development has been a
pleasant surprise for the Gophers STA RT ERS CRIP
as he has never before shown the

-Daily--Thomas R. Copi
RUDY TOMJANOVICH, shown awaiting a rebound against
Illinois last season, will probably take Mikan on defense. Tom-
janovich, like Mikan a junior, presently leads the conference
scoring race with a 37-plus average.

LED:

Matmen host Wildcats in critical conference meet

*I

By PAT ATKINS
At this stage in the season, the
Michigan Wrestling team could not
face a rougher test than the one
they'll have today against North-
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Icontenders will square off this af-
ternoon at 3 in the Events Build-
ing, in what should be a tossup
meet.
But the Wolverines' problems
only begin with the unenviable
task of meeting the Wildcats.
Michigan's heavyweight, P e t e
Drehmann, quit the team due to
academic problems; Tim Cech, the
123 pound Midland champ is ill;
regular Tom Quinn has a broken
nose; and Jesse Rawls has been
unable to wrestle due to an in-
jury.
"We're starting off in the hole
already," Assistant Coac1t Rick
Bay says. "It's imperative for us
to win in the lower weights."
With Michigan's strength in the
lower weights and Northwestern's
in the upper divisions, upsets will
be particularly important.
Although Cech has not been feel-
ing well, he is slated to wrestle
at 123. Northwestern's 123 pound
division was held by senior Wayne
Watson last year, and is now up
for grabs, possible by junior Tom
Klein or sophomore Ted Moss.
A rematch will probably occur
at 130. In last year's Wolverine-
Wildcat meet, Lou Hudson decis-
ioned Northwestern wrestler Ed
Dumas, 9-3. Both are likely 130
starters today.
The 137 division could also be
a repeat from a year ago, depend-
ing on whether Geoff Henson or
Mike Rubin starts for the Wol-
verines. Henson edged by Wildcat
co-captain Jack Dunn last year,

3-2, with a point of riding time
providing the winning margin.
And in the Midlands this year
Rubin met Dunn and took care of
him 8-0.
Steve Butrey and Bill Laursen
will go for Northwestern at 145
and 152, respectively, while Lane
Headrick and Jim Sanger will op-
pose them.
Northwestern's strength begins
at 160 with two-time Big T e n
runnerup Otto Zeman. Co-captain
of the Wildcat team, Zeman beat
Wolverine Chuck Reilly, 6-2, on
his way to third place in the Mid-

lands. Reilly, is scheduled to face
Zeman again in today's contest.
Michigan's line-up in the upper
weights, already strained by in-
juries, was completely scrambled
by Drehmann's departure. W i t h
his academic difficulties, "he felt
he could handle only one sport,"
according to Bay. And that one
sport was football.
"We don't have a heavyweight,"
Bay says. Either captain Pete Cor-
nell or Rawls, who hasn't wrestled
lately because he's been hurt, will
fill the heavyweight position. The
other wrestler will start at 177.
At 167, Quinn will wrestle despiteI
a broken nose.
Quinn's competition is S e t h
Freshman s
JC grappler
Special To The Daily.
GRAND RAPIDS - Michigan's.
freshman wrestling team took
seven of ten individual matches)
yesterday to defeat Grand Rapids
Junior College 22-14 in their first
dual meet in history.
The Wolverines yearlings start-
ed slowly, splitting the first four
matches with their varsity coun-
terparts from the Furhiture City,
then took four straight matches to
wrap up their first dual meet vic-
tory.
Grand Rapids' Rick Vaughn
gave his teammates hope when he
opened the meet with a 7-0 white-
washing of Michigan's Jim Hag-
an. Michigan got the points back
when Ty Belknap whipped J o h n
Alexander 7-1 at 130 pounds.
The host squad went ahead once
more after the third match, in
hich Bill Klossen decisioned Paul
Paquin, 4-3. Klossen's win was the
last for Grand Rapids before a
191-pound victory by Bill Cole-
man.
Michigan's Herb Sudduth again
tied the meet, wrapping up Ed
Tass 4-2. Then the Wolverine
frosh reeled off consecutive decis-
ions at 152, 160, 167, and 177
pounds to go with Sudduth's win
at 145 for five straight victories.
The visiting Wolverines got their
final points on Steve Chapman's
8-1 decision of Terry Simon in
the heavyweight class.

Norton, an outstanding wrestler
who finished first in the 167
division at the Midlands Tourna-
ment. Junior Bill Pauss, who was
hexed by injuries last year, may
see action at 177 for Northwestern.
Since his only competition, Bill
Galler, is out for the season with
a football injury, senior Dan Kraft
will hold down the heavyweight
position for the Wildcats.
Michigan State, with their.im-
pressive showing in the Midlands,
are still favored to successfully de-
fend their Big Ten crown, but
both Northwestern and Michigan
have the ability to dethrone the
Spartans. And each would like to
begin their drive this afternoon "at
3 p.m.
juad clouts
's,224
The meet was the only o n e
scheduled by coach Cliff Keen for
his freshman squad, although the
! Big Ten permits two. Michigan
uses the other date to host a
freshman grappling clinic in Feb-
ruary.
123 pounds - vaughn (GR) def. Hag-
an, 7-0.;
130 pounds - Belknap (M) def. Alex-
ander, 7-1.
137 pounds - Klessen (GR) def. Pa-
quin, 4-3.
145 pounds - Sudduth (M) def. Sel-
leck, 6-0.
152 pounds - Boyce (M) def. Tass,
14-2.
160 pounds -- Kyrias (M) def. Aldrich,
4-2.
167 pounds - Surgent (M) drew
Rynsburger, 0-0.
177 pounds - Harris (.M) won, for-
feit.
191 pounds - Coleman (GR) def.
Thomas, 3-2.
Hwt.-- Chaprnan (M) del. Simon,
SCORES
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Notre Dame 76, Butler 73
Columbus 79, Yale 49
Princeton 70, Dartmouth 55
Pennsylvania 81, Harvard 74
Utah 107, Utah State 89
Marquette 77, DePani 72
Drake 86, Wichita State 81
New Hampshire 75, Northeastern 72
Holy Cross 73, Georgetown 67
Vanderbilt *94, LSU 92

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