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December 08, 1979 - Image 7

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Blue Grapplers face in-state rivals

The Michigan Daily-Saturday, December 8, 1979-Page 7
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The Michigan wrestling team will face the best in
the state of Michigan this weekend when it competes
in the Michigan Open on the Central Michigan
University campus Saturday.
Among the schools facing the Blue this weekend
will be, Central Michigan, Michigan State, Eastern
Michigan, Western Michigan and also highly-ranked
The Badgers are currently ranked second in the
nation and sport such grapplers as returning All-
American Dave Goodspeed, a 134-weight class
senior, 190 class senior Mitch Hall, who finished four-
th in the nationals.-last year, Andy Rein, a 142 class
senior, and senior Mike Terry, who wrestles in the 150
weight category.
COACH DALE BAHR hinted that he was pleased
with his team's performance this past weekend in the
Penn State Invitational and against Lehigh.
"At Penn State, we felt that we would be one of the

top teams," said the second year coach. "We finished
second overall with two champs, one runner-up, three
third-place finishes and one fourth-place finish. A
problem occured when Bill Konovsky injured.his ribs
and couldn't wrestle Friday night. Our freshmen and
sophomores really came through for us and they also
got some much needed experience since they each
wrestled three times."
At Lehigh, that inexperience caught up with the
Wolverines as they fell to fifth-ranked Lehigh, 28-15.
"OUR GUYS WERE very tired after the Penn
State Invitational and it took its toll against Lehigh.
They jumped out to a 14-0 lead but we came back. Un-
fortunately, we didn't have the duration to make it all
the way back. That's a sign of inexperience but we're
going to improve. When Steve Fraser got pinned, I
knew we were in trouble because that doesn't happen
often," said Bahr.
Some of the people to look out for this week are
Michigan seniors Lou Joseph, who took the 150 weight

championship at Penn State and co-captain Bill
Petoskey, who won the 177 pound bracket at the same
Coach Bahr thinks that it's important to face tough
opponents now in order to get his team primed for the
Big Ten meets after the New Year.
"I DON'T PUT much emphasis on the pre-
Christmas meets. What counts is when we face the
tough Big Ten teams like defending champion Iowa,
Wisconsin and Minnesota."
For this weekend's meet, Coach Bahr has made it
optional for his wrestlers who competed in Pen-
nsylvania, to compete in the Open in order to avoid
possible fatigue. The team will be made mainly of
reserves. As for injuries, aside from Konovsky,
sophomore John Beljan has a sore knee but will com-
Hopefully this weekend, the Maize n' Blue will
reign supreme in Mt. Pleasant.

Small college gymnast
welco mes big school
BY DAN CONLIN "The whole county would come out to
watch. We'd get 4,500 people at a meet.
Every year hundreds of athletes 5Hereat Michigan, we can't even draw a
make the jump from small colleges to hundred fans."
larger more competitive universities. The team has shown some class this
Very rarely is the small college more year with a commendable performance
prominent in that sport than the major against the Korean National Team and
university. a 2-0 record on the season. Kempthorn
But Dana Kempthorn found reason says she is generally doing "good" on
enough to come down from the heights the bars - her strong point. And with a
of the Clarion State Gymnastic team gleam in her eye, she adds, "It's early
and help the Michigan women's team in in the season."
their climb to notoriety. WHile it still sounds peculiar that
CLARION STATE College has one of anyone would give up a good- chance at
the nation's best gymnastics a national championship to join an im-
reputations and placed third in the proving team, Kempthorn feels her
National Championships last year at move was appropriate to her situation.
Penn State. Clarion may even have a The fact that she comes from Canton
representative in the 1980 Olympics in Ohio throws a twist into her story. She
Ann Woods who took first in the chose Michigan over an equally good
nationals two years in a row. Ohio State Woman's team.
"They are so good," said Kempthorn. There doesn't seem to be any
"At the first practice they talked about question about loyalty, though. "We
how much fun the championships will may live in Ohio, but my dad was a
be. Clarion definitely will contend for football All-American here, and I've
the title again with Woods and highly always wanted to come here," said
acclaimed Nancy Jones. Kempthorn. With spirit in her voice she
So why did Kempthorn leave gym- proved this is her rightful home, "Ours
nastic paradise? "I transferred was always a 'Go Blue' house and I love
because I wanted a bigger school," she it.",
said. "Clarion was great experience
and lots of fun, but it was like high EA 7711 E A 1H P
school." A/L ' /
that gymnastics in Michigan isn't CERTIFICATES-
viewed in quite the same light as it is in
Pennsylvania. "At Clarion, gymnastics A Great Idea!I
is a major event," said Kempthorn.

TORONTO (UPI)-Centerfielder Ron, LeFlore, who went from a
cell at Southern Michigan Prison to become an American League All-Star
with the Tigers, has been traded to Montreal for a 25-year-old pitcher who
won 10 games with the Expos this year.
And, in a second major trade yesterday of the winter baseball
meeting, Detroit sent brilliant defensive third baseman Aurelio
Rodriguez to San Diego for a player to be named later.
The 31-year-old LeFlore, who batted .300 last season and stole 78
bases and scored 110 runs, was sent to Montreal for left-hander Dan
Schatzeder, considered to be one of the most promising young left-
handers in the game.
Schatzeder was 10-5 for the Expos in 1979 and posted the lowest
Earned Run Average among qualifying left-handers in the league at 2.83.
"He came here looking for a
good young starting lefthanded
pitcher," said Tiger General
Manager-President Jim Cam-
pbell, who also noted that LeFlore
would become a free agent at the
end of the 1980 season.
"I'd be kidding if I said it
wasn't a factor in this trade,"
Campbell said, referring to the _
fact Detroit was unable to reach
contract agreement with
LeFlore. 6
"He becomes a free agent at
the end of the 1980 season. We
made him a handsome offer but
he indicated he was not in-
terested in signing with us," he
Tiger manager Sparky Ander- Ron LeFlore
son said the Tigers were willing
to trade LeFlore because they believed Kirk Gibson, a former All-
American wide receiver at Michigan State, was ready to become a
regular outfielder.
Neither the Tigers nor the Padres had any idea who the player to be
named later might be in the Rodriguez swap.
Rodriguez received the Gold Glove award in 1976, but his best season
at the plate was in 1978 when he hit.255 and drove in 43 RBIs.
As a 13-year veteran in the major leagues, Rodriguez has the option
of rejecting the deal which will send him to the West Coast. Rodriguez will
travel to San Diego next week to discuss his future with the club.


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MICHIGAN GYMNAST Dana Kempthorn shows her style on the balance
beam in a meet earlier this .season. Kempthorn transferred to Michigan
this year from Clarion State College, a small school in Pennsylvania
which is very strong in gymnastics.

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