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Page 8-Friday, January 26, 1979-:The Michigan Daily


IatMmen s
Despite the absence of All-American
Mark Churella, the Michigan matmen
should have no trouble gaining road
victories from Purdue and Illinois this
. Churella, a strong candidate for the
1980 Olympics, will be in the Soviet
Union this weekend to participate in the
Russian Tbilisi Tournament. It's a
tournament showcasing probable par-
ticipants for the 1980 games. Churella,
an All-American, won a spot on the U.S.
team by winning the Great Plains
Tournament in Lincoln, Nebraska
earlier this year.'
"MARK ASKED me early in the year

eek Iwo Big
if he could participate," said Wolverine
Coach Dale Bahr. "I told him we'd
work it in if we weren't wrestling top
As it turned out, neither Purdue nor
Illinois appear to be formidable op-
ponents for the grapplers. Although
each club boasts a pair of outstanding
wrestlers, neither team has the depth to
seriously compete with Michigan.
"We should definitely beat Purdue,"
said Bahr, "although Illinois might be a
little tougher."
Individually, each match should be
one-sided. Michigan's strength lies in
the middle and heavyweight divisions
while their two opponents offer strength

Ten wins I
in the 126 and 134-pound categories.
"IT'S GONNA be a case of our good
kids hitting their weaker guys and their'
strong guys against our weaker
athletes," added Bahr.
Lou Joseph (11-5-1) and Nemir
Nadhir (6-2) will compete for the
Wolverines at 150 and 158 pounds
respectively. Both have been prime
reasons for Michigan's success as of
late. In fact, Nadhir has won his last
five matches in a row.
Bill Konovsky (7-4) will fill in for
Churella in the 167-pound weight class.
Although he's not an All-American,
Coach Bahr has much respect for
"BILL IS A good wrestler," said
Bahr. "We're certainly not going from
an outstanding wrestler to a nobody."
Although Michigan has had a few in-
juries recently, Bahr believes -the
Wolverines are in relatively good
shape. "Except for a few nagging in-
juries, we should be pretty healthy,"
said Bahr.
Heavyweight ,Steve Bennett (12-5)
will be back in the lineup after sitting
out Michigan's last meet with a
strained knee. "We've let him rest all
week," said Bahr, "so he should be
ready to go."
The Wolverines return home for a
meet against number one-ranked Iowa
next Friday. "You can bet Churella will
be back for that one," said Bahr.

Icers eye Irish rematch

Fear not, Michigan hockey fans. Maybe you have given
up on this year's Blue icers, but coach Dan Farrell and his
youthful squad are thinking differently.
One thing that won't help the icers think positively is the
status of scoring leader Murray Eaves t10 goals-19 assists-29
points), who is listed as doubtful for this weekend's series
with Notre Dame. Eaves sprained his knew the first period
of last Friday night's game at North Dakota and hasn't prac-
ticed all week.
Michigan hosts the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame tonight
and tomorrow night at Yost Ice Arena. Game time is 7:30
both nights.
While the Wolverine pucksters currently occupy the
basement of the WCHA, five points away from the eighth and
final playoff pot, Farrell believes all is not lost.
Farrell noted that ninth place Michigan State has won
three our of six games since Christmas, eighth place Denver
has won just one, and fourth place Notre Dame has picked up
only two victories in 1979.
"Those teams are no better than we are," asserted the
Michigan mentor. "If we can minimize the major mistakes
happening late in the game and start to score a little better,
we can make the playoffs.
"We slave 12 games to go (this season). We're just playing
them one at a time. Obviously, if you win a few, you start to
believe you're going to win."
This weekend would be a great time for the Michigan
hockey team to start believing they can win. Currently riding
an eight game losing streak, that feeling may not come too
Notre Dame's Fighting Irish (11-8 in the WCHA, 11-10-1
overall) skate into town with just two victories in their last
eight outings and need a sweep almost as badly as the
Wolverines. After playing superb hockey the first half of the

season (including a pair of victories over Michigan on
Thanksgiving weekend), the Irish have slipped from first took
fourth in the WCHA standings.
Farrell feels the South Bend skaters were playing over
their heads early this season and are certainly a beatable
"I don't go into this series with any misgivings, you know,
like we can win easily-it's going to be tough," said the sixth
year coach. "But their game has seemed to cool down a little
bit, at least statistically it has.
"I think even the Notre Dame people would agree that
they played much better than even they anticipated they
would play in the first half (of the season)," continued the
former Michigan Tech assistant coach.
Notre Dame coach Lefty Smith agreed with Farrell and
explained why he thought his team.jumped off to such a quick
"We've had excellent goaltending, no serious injuries,"
noted Smith. "And we've had good luck to a certain degree. I
also must give credit to my assistant coach, Rick Schafer, for
his recruiting."
Indeed, there are more than a couple of blue chip rookies
on this year's Irish squad including center Dave Poulin (19
goals-14 assists-33 points), who leads the team in scoring,
front line defenseman John Schmidt (3-10-13), and starting
netminder Dave Laurion (3.98 goals against average).
Other top scorers for Notre Dame include Dearborn
product Tom M'Ichalek (11-16-27) and junior forwards Greg
Meredith (16-10-26) and Ted Weltzin (6-19-25).
Irish coach Smith refused to underestimate the cellar-
dwelling Blue icers and was cautiously optimistic in com-
menting on the Wolverine squad.
"Michigan has picked up a great deal of experience since
the last time we met them," said Smith. "We should more
than have our hands full. We go into this series concerned as
to what may lie in store for us.

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But the Farmington Our Lady of
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Although she appeared to be unsure
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what she says," said McNamara. "It
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But as for her future with the cagers,
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Spring break may be five weeks
away, but it looks like a good portion of
Michigan's women's gymnastics team
might be spending their vacations at
the doctor's office.
A heavy meet schedule and five days
of practice per week have taken a
physical toll on the Wolverines, yet they
have managed to win all but one con-
test, that being the Michigan State meet
last Sunday.
Among the walking wounded are
freshman Teresa Bertoncin, who jam-
med a toe during practice Wednesday.
Sophomore floor exercise whiz Colleen
Forrestel is nursing a twisted ankle,
hometown product Lisa Uttal has both a
bruised heel and tendonitis of the
shoulder, and first-year tumblers Cindy
Shearon and Laurie Miesel are suf-
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The news regarding co-captain Becky
Coldren is more disconcerting,
however. Coldren, who returned to the
team this year after sitting out the
previous season, has been hampered
with a rare back ailment since the out-
set of the present campaign. She may
miss the entire season.
"We don't know whether she'll be
able to come back," said assistant
coach Ginger Robey. "There are two
vertebrae which are crossing one
another, and she has been doing a
specific exercise to separate them."
In that particular exercise, Coldren
suspends herself atop the lower of the
uneven parallel bars, her stomach
being the only means of support. "It
takes away a good deal of the pain,"
Robey said.
There will be a good deal of com-
petition in Chicago, and Ponto isn't
claiming a victory prior to the start of
the meet. "Illinois State, Iowa, Iowa
State, and Minnesota are all good
teams. We're hoping to finish first, but
we could finish as low as fifth. I'd be
quite disappointed if we finished any
lower than that."
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will be familiar to the Wolverines.
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