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FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 1960

THE ~MICIGEAN DIiANJ

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PAGE NINE

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Sophomore

Porter

Totes Heai

By CLARK NORTON
Winning an NCAA champion-
ship is kind of like being struck
by lightning it doesn't happen to
many people, but when It does it's
usually a once-in-a-lifetime exper-
ience.
Dave Porter recently won the
NCAA heavyweight w r e s t l i n g
championship.
In sports circles, sophomores
are viewed as something of a
strange breed. In professional
baseball, there is the sophomore
jinx, which supposedly causes most
flashy rookies to fall on their
faces the following year. Every
college sport tries to avoid what
are termed "sophomore mistakes"
by relying primarily on seniors and
juniors to provide stability and
experience to the club.
Dave Porter is a sophomore.
No Worries
But coaches don't worry about a
sophomore who wins a national
championship. In his case being a
sophomore simply means having
a very good chance of repeating
what normally might happen only
once in an athlete's lifetime.
Nor is wrestling a sport in which
you can depend on another guy to
pull you out of trouble. There's
no teammate there to tip in your
jumper or recover your fumble.
The only other guy around has
the crazy notion that you and the
mat should get better acquainted.
Dave Porter overcame all ob-
stacles last weekend when he led
the Wolverines to fifth place in
the team standings at the NCAA
championships in Ames, Iowa, by
walloping Bob Billberg of More-
head State Teachers 15-4 in the
finals. And he knocked off the
small college NCAA champ, the
Eastern Collegiate champ, and the
Big Eight champ to get a shot at
Billberg.
Pigskin Player
Porter also has a go at football
in the fall, before he takes to the
mats. In fact, he's here on a
football scholarship. "But I like
wrestling better," the heavyweight
explains. "You can develop your-
self the way you want to be. No-
body's going to tell you you're
doing the wrong thing if it works
for you. I like to develop my own
technique and style."
As a football player, Porter
made all-state as a senior tackle
at Lansing Sexton High School.
With the Wolverines, he performs;
guard duties.{

"I only got in one quarter of
play last fall," Porter reveals.
"That was in-you guessed it-
the Wisconsin game.
"But there are only a couple
guys ahead of me at guard now,
and I have a pretty good chance
to start when I'm a senior."
Wrestling Always Tops
Wrestling overshadowed his high
school football achievements, how-
ever. Although in high school he
was a light 197 pounds, one na-
tional publication ranked Porter
the number one prep wrestler in
the country.
Actually, it was his seventh
grade home room teacher that
"inspired" Porter to take up wrest-
ling. "He threatened to kick me
out of class if I didn't," he laughs.
"So, I gave it a try."
"When I was in junior high
I worked out with the high school

the coaching staff."
Porter lost only one match all
year, that to Joe James in the
Midlands tournament in Chicago.
"James was the toughest guy I
faced all year," decided Porter.
"But I was out of shape and had
a few techniques that weren't
quite worked out yet."
"Legs" Porter?
It was in the quadrangular
tournament with Indiana and
Iowa that Porter came out wearing
shorts, a deviation from the nor-
mal wrestling attire of long tights.
"My undertights were simply too
short," he remembers. "But the
way everyone talked and the crowd
reacted, I guess it was kind of
wild. It took me a while to figure
out what everyone was laughing
about."
Porter amassed a record of 10-
0 during the regular season. Three
of those victories were either for-
feits or defaults. "The forfeits
were bad for me and very dis-
appointing," Porter explains. "Here
I'd work out all week then have
to sit there and watch everybody
else have all the fun."
Perhaps the quickest wrestling
match of the year occurred when
Porter gained a victory from his
Iowa opponent in nine seconds.
"I just had time to grab hold of
him, and the next thing I knew he
was just lying there. The guy had
hurt his knee and defaulted to me
just like that."
One of Porter's three forfeits
provided Yost Field House wrest-
ling fans with one of the funniest
moments of the year-but it was
not so for Porter. During the in-
troduction of the wrestlers before
the Illinois meet, a 157 pound
Illini stepped out to shake hands
with the Wolverine heavyweight,
who weighs in at 229. "I didn't
know what to think," Porter re-
lates. "It really cut me down,
having him out there at all. But
it would have been a bigger dis-
grace if he had taken me down."
The Illinois wrestler never got
the chance, however, for after the
Wolverines swept the first seven
matches, he forfeited in an act of
self mercy.
The Big Ten heavyweight
championship climaxed the con-
ference season for Porter, as he
defeated Jeff Richardson of Mich-
igan State in the finals. "It didn't
really hit me that I had won until
we started going home," Porter
recalls., "I was probably more ex-
cited the night I beat Richardson
in the Michigan State dual meet to
gain our winning points."
Even though Porter usually finds
that he is stronger than his op-
ponents, he tries "not to rely on
SCORES
EXHIBITION BASEBALL
Cincinnati 3, Baltimore 3
Minnesota 6, New York (A) 3 (10 inn)
Boston 10, Washington 0
St. Louis 7, Chicago (A) 5
New York (N) 7, Kansas City 3
Detroit 8, Pittsburgh 7
Houston 12, Philadelphia 9
San Francisco 7, California 4
Cleveland 4, Chicago (N) 1
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Detroit 5, New York 3
Boston 3, Toronto i

brute strength, but on outmaneu-
vering my opponent."
Love that Cradle
His favorite hold is the "cradle,"
in which he reaches across his
opponent's arm, under his opposite
leg, locks his hands and tries to
hold him on his back. He also
relies heavily on a single leg take
down, after which he tries to "pick
the guy up in the air and put him
in a pin hold while he's up there."
Porter may have originally taken

vy Load
up wrestling to avoid the threats
of a seventh grade teacher, but
he now looks at the sport in a
more serious light.
"Wrestling, for me, is a means
to get somewhere in the world
after I get out of school. Athletics
opens up a lot of drawers to get
ahead, make acquaintances, and
see the world."
Particularly the parts where
they'll be holding the next two
national championships.

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DAVE PORTER

team," he continues, "and when
I was in high school I worked out
with the Michigan State varsity.
But when they found out I had
signed a Michigan tender they
banned me from practicing with
them any more."
Olympic Miss
After graduating from high
school, Porter decided to give the
Olympics a try. "But two days
before the tryouts," he reminisces,
"I broke my foot playing tough
football. I'll be eligible for the
1968 Olympics, though."
Porter chose Michigan from the
fifty colleges who offered him
scholarships because of the "high
caliber of both the academics and

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Special To The Daily
TUCSON-The Michigan base-
ball team is beginning to find the
cactus country less to its liking.
Yesterday it dropped their third
straight, this time to Arizona by.
the overwhelming score of 13-4.
The Michigan pitching just
could not get started yesterday
as sophomore Nick Radakovic gave
up six hits and three runs in three
innings. In the fourth, Arizona
pounced on the Wolverine pitcher
with an eight run explosion. Six
of the runs were earned.
Buzynski Pitches!
John Buzynski, a junior, came
on in relief in the fourth. This
was the first time that he had
pitched in his three years at Mich-
igan. His last trip to the mound
had been at Notre Dame High
in Detroit..
Michigan had taken a 1-0 lead
in the first inning. Ted Sizemore
beat out an infield single, then
scored on a double to right cen-
ter by Les Tanona. The Maize and
Blue couldn't manage to get an-
other hit until the seventh. By
then, the game was out of reach
as the Wildcats had increased
their lead to 10-1. Arizona gots its

last three runs in the seventh
and coasted the rest of the way.
The battle-weary Blue were able
to garner two runs in the eighth
on a double by sophomore Jim
Berline and singles by Tanona, Al
Bara and Keith Spicer.
The Wolverines' final run in the
ninth was scored after two Ari-
zona miscues and a single by Wol-
verine captain Bob Gilhooley.
In Wednesday night's game, Ari-
zona State started all scoring with
one run in the third inning on a
hit batsman, a walk, and a single
by catcher Duffy Dyer. The Sun
Devils took the lead in the fourth
on another hit batsman, single by
Jack Carpenter and two wild
pitches by Wolverine pitcher Bob
Reed.
YESTERDAY'S GAME
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Arizona 210 601 30x-13 18 3
Radakovic, Buzynski (4) and Size-
more, Berline (6); Kennedy and Ger-
shun. L-Radakovic.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT'S GAME
MICHIGAN 000 000 002-2 6 1
Arizona State 001 200 00x-3 8 2
Reed and Sizemore; Robinson and
Dyer.

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man can accomplish through
reliance on God. But it takes
humility and a deep spiritual
commitment. You learn to de-
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makes possible every worth-
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this subject explored further at
a one-hour public lecture by
William Henry Alton of The
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Lectureship. The lecture title is
"Man Unlimited." Everyone is
welcome to come and listen.
Chrisin Sciencelecture
8:00-Friday, April 1
Aud. A, Angell Hall
William H. Alton, C.S.B.
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