Page 10-Tuesday, January 30, 1979-The Michigan Daily
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After eating steak for so many years,
Michigan wrestling coach Dale Bahr is
not one to be content with the taste of
hamburger for very long.
Before coming to Michigan, Bahr was
assistant coach for perrenial
powerhouse Iowa State. Bahr has
become accustomed to winning as a
result of his years with the Cyclones,
and hopes to get things rolling at
"IN A FEW years we hope to be in
the top five in the country and have
enough depth to be fighting for an
NCAA title," commented Bahr.
Bahr, not waiting for the future, has
already produced impressive results.
Taking over a largely inexperienced
Michigan squad, Bahr has taken the
team from a number twenty ranking to
its present number ten position.
Bahr cited several reasons for this
Wrestling top twenty
year's success. "Willie (assistant
coach Willie GadsonY and I have
worked on toughing up mentally and
physically. The kids have a lot of pride,
they aren't used to losing. We work on
"THIS YEAR we have already ac-
complished one of our goals; doing well
in dual meets (10-2 thus far). We hope to
weekend against Purdue (34-9) and
Illinois (29-13), despite the absence of
two-time NCAA champ Mark Churella
who was wrestling in Russia.
In the Illinois meet, falling into a
familiar position, the Wolverines found
themselves down 13-2 only to storm
back and win the next seven matches.
INJURIES AND inexperience have
'In a few years we hope to be in the
top five in the country and have enough
depth to befighting for an NCAA title.'
-Michigan wrestling coach Dale Bahr
"WE WILL RELY primarily on
recruits and work with the kids we have
here. Michigan is an easy school to sell
because of its tradition. It's also well-
situated between Chicago, Ohio, and
Bahr also hopes to draw larger
crowds for wrestling at Michigan.
"Iowa State averaged between two and
five thousand people a meet and up to
15,000 for the Iowa meet.
"I'd like to work on publicizing, but
you have to win (in' order to draw
crowds). The Big Ten is probably the
finest. wrestling conference in the coun-
try. Right now, four of the top ten teams
are in the Big Ten."
IN THE NEXT two weeks Michigan
faces number one-ranked Iowa, third-
ranked Wisconsin, seventh-ranked
Minnesota, and 16th-ranked Michigan
"If we can split the next four, I'll be
very happy. We started slowly, but
have' now worked to our potential, and
that's all I can ask. This has been one of
the most enjoyable seasons in the past
ten years for me."
If things keep progressing as they
have been for the wrestlers, Bahr can
look forward to many more enjoyable
seasons at Michigan.
end up in the top four in the Big Ten
tournament and top ten in the country."
Bahr decided to come to Michigan for
several reasons. "I had the chance to
coach one of the top teams in the coun-
try, and a school with a winning
tradition. Most of the team will be made
up of state wrestlers, and Michigan has
good wrestlers at the state level."
The Wolverine grapplers captured a
pair of Big Ten victories this past
greatly hampered the production of
Michigan's lighter weights, putting ad-
ded pressure on the heavier weights.
"We will need recruits at the 118, 126,
and 142-pound weight classes for next
year," stated Bahr. "Larry Hann (who
was red-shirted with an injured knee)
should help out at 134 next year."
Bahr sees recruiting as the major
determinate of success in the future of
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Michigan's women gymnasts offset
their continuing problems on the balan-
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three events to place second Saturday
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The Wolverines (18-2) took first
place in the uneven parallel bars, and
finished second in the vaulting and floor
exercise competitions to total 126.30 for
the meet, second only to Nebraska's
Scott Ponto's young squad was once
again victimized by several falls off the
balanced beam, however, and their
29.70 score bridged them considerably
from the first-place Cornhuskers.
"It was a pretty typical performan-
ce," said Ponto of his young, surprising
squad. "We were better on bars, but
worse on beam, and we're going to be
working on that this week."
Ponto was particularly impressed
with co-captain Mia Axon, who finished
fourth individually (31.65). The Ann
Arbor native highlighted her afternoon
with an 8.40 on the uneven bars.
Trailing close behind Axon were
Teresa Bertuncin, who placed sixth
(31.50), and seventh-place finisher Sara
The Wolverines were aided by the ef-
forts of freshmen Cindy Shearon and
Lisa Uttal, who balanced the scoring
with floor exercise scores of 8.10 and
"Lisa and Cindy really came through
for us," said Ponto. "Teresa and Mia
were off in their floor routines, so it's
great that they could pull up their
scores. We now have six or seven who
are strong in floor exercises."
Uttalwas performing with a severely
bruised heel, while Bertoncin was han-
dicapped by sprained toe. Both tum-
blers incurred their injuries in practice
Although many coaches and'perfor-
mers believe that judging in Michigan
to be more stringent, Ponto thought the
Chiacgo judging was equally,if not more,
stringent than the judging for the
Michigan State meet a week ago.
"They were rather stiff. I thought we
did a little better Saturday," said the
first-year coach. "But Nebraska deser-
ved to win either way."
The Wolverines' final meet before the
Big Ten Championships takes place
Sunday, when two weaker teams,
Eastern Michigan and Illinois State, in-
vade Crisler Arena.
"We're going to put in some new
tricks for that meet," said Pont6.
"Hopefully it won't hurt us."
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Heathcote sees hope
EAST LANSING (AP) - Poor out-
side shooting and the lack of a strong
center is behind Michigan State's
sagging basketball fortunes, Coach Jud
Heathcote said yesterday.
But. he refused to concede that'
Michigan State is out of the Big Ten'
race or the chase for a postseason tour-
nament slot - although he'
acknowledged his team. better get its
act together immediately to stand a'
"WE ARE NOT considering our-
selves out of the title race or the race
for second or third, which probably will
be good enough for a tournament spot,"
he said. "We're alive - we're just not1
Fourth-ranked Michigan State -
defending Big Ten champs, highly
touted, and ranked first in the nation for
two weeks - suddenly finds itself
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mired in the middle of the conference
after disasters on the road against
Michigan and Northwestern last week.
Michigan nipped the Spartans Thur-
sday night with a foul shot after time
expired, and lowly Northwestern -
winless in the conference at that point
- blew the Spartans off the floor Satu-
THAT LEFT Michigan State 11-5
overall and 4-4 in the Big Ten - tied fot
fourth spot with Michigan, four games
behind surprising Ohio State.
"There's no way we can win the title
without winning all the rest of our
games - unless we find an ineligible
player on Ohio State's team," Heath-
If Michigan State is to fight back, it
must begin Thursday night against the
front-running Buckeyes at Jenison
Field House. That is followed by a
revenge match against Northwestern
Saturday, before a national television
appearance against Kansas Sunday af-
HEATHCOTE SAID opponents are
collapsing their defenses into the mid
dle, choking off Earvin Johnson's quick
inside passes and daring the Spartans
to shoot from outside. The team then
suffers by not having a big strong cen-
ter to grab rebounds and make inside
"Maybe we overrated the club,"
Heathcote said. "But I still say we can
play with any team in the country, and
on some nights we can beat them."
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