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-age 8-Wednesday, March 14, 1979-The Michigan Daily
CREEK,
S
Tumblers
With By DIANE SILVER ts he was scheduled fo
S Withthe introduction of a regional injury suffered in the of
ineet in men's gymnastics this year, the him to crutches. Roth
:ig Ten championships no longer hold curred while landing
:he distincting of being the qualifying floor exercise. Even
meet for the NCAA's. But for three landing, Rothwell still
,Michigan gymnasts, that factor did not finals in floor exercise
:lessen the pride they felt for earning top parallel bars and high 1
onors in the individual finals of Big The winners of the fi
,Ten competition held at Crisler Arena mined by adding the s
-Sunday. nasts' final routine to t
. In previous years, Bob Creek, Jim score (average score
'arilek and Darrell Yee would have and optional routines
lutomatically qualified for the NCAA's highbar finals Creek, a
v placing first in the Big Ten's. This with Minnesota's Kevir
7ear, the prestige of a Big Ten title is earned by Creek, maki
till there, but the gymnasts will have 19.125, gave him an e
'*o prove themselves one more time. Prady. Creek's total
khe Wolverines will need strong per- easily topped Prady,
%ormances at the NCAA regionals in 18.075 was only good
b)eKalb, Illinois in two weeks in order to place.
$travel to Baton Rouge for the NCAA's. "I WAS MORE wor
S THE GYMNASTS competing on Sun- State's) Gerald (Mar
,ay were the resulting top eight in each He has a better routi
- vent after the compulsories and op- Martin's score of 9.
4ionals held on the two preceding days. boosting his total to 18
M reek, Varilek and Yee, along with second place, and pa
┬░eammates Nigel Rothwell, John for his first Big Ten tit
*ieckhoff and Gordon Higman, advan- "I've been working
ed to the individual finals by meeting time," said Creek.
4hese requirements. thrilled by the whole ti
Rothwell was the only Wolverine to Varilek, a junior, en
"qualify in more than one event, but he first place in floor exe
unable to compete in the four even- med a solid routine

VARILEK, YEE SHINE
take three titles

or when an ankle
ptionals confined
well's injury oc-
a double back in
with the faulty
qualified for the
as well as vault,
bar.
inals were deter-
core of the gym-
heir preliminary
of compulsory
s). Entering the
a senior, was tied
in Prady, but a 9.7
ing his total score
asy victory over
score of 19.125
whose score of
enough for fifth
ried about (Ohio
tin) than Prady.
ne," said Creek.
55 in the finals,
8.925, earned him
ved Creek's way
le.
up to it a long
"I was really
hing."
tered the finals in
ercise and perfor-
to maintain his

position. His 9.5 in the finals, making
his total score 18.975, gave him his first
Big Ten title.
Sophomore Yee also won his first Big
Ten title ever with a 9.45 in the finals
and an 18.575 total on rings. "I think
that was the best routine of my life,"
said an exuberant Yee. "My goal this
year was just to make the finals."
FIrst place on pommel horse went to
Illinois' Dave St6ldt. Stoldt executed
three Thomas flairs in his routine to
score a 9.7 in the finals. Rieckhoff

finished eighth in the event.
OHIO STATE'S Rick Aguirre cap-
tured first on parallel bar with a final
score of 9.35. Higman placed seventh in
the event.
FIrst place on vault went to Charles
Jenkins of Michigan State with a 9.6 and
combined total of 19.225.
"I'm extremely proud over the three.
first places and also with everyone
else," said Coach Newt Loken. "They
all made their contributions in different
directions."

Churella wrestles to
thirdNCAA crown
By JOHN KROGGEL
With an impressive revenge victory last weekend at Ames, Iowa, Mark
Churella won his third NCAA wrestling title and led Michigan to a top ten
finish in the nation.
Churella became the first Michigan wrestler ever to win three NCAA
titles by pinning Mike DeAnna of Iowa. Only 26 wrestlers have accomplished
this feat in NCAA history.
The victory was especially sweet for Churella because of the earlier up-
set loss in the Big Ten title match with the Hawkeye grappler.
"The earlier loss in the Big Ten's was because of dumb wrestling,"
related coach Dale Bahr. "Mark was looking to win big instead of just con-
centrating on winning." The surprise loss provided Churella with the
necessary incentive to win his third title.
I "Mark really buckled down for the nationals. We looked over the films of
the loss and found some of DeAnna's weaknesses," said Bahr. The extra
homework resulted in Churella pinning DeAnna early in the second period.
"The pin didn't surprise me. Mark has always been a pinner," continued
Bahr. "He wrestled just as he should have."
Despite DeAnna's loss, Iowa easily outdistanced the opposition enroute
piling up 105.5 points. Runnerup Iowa State earned 65.5 points. Other strong
Big Ten finishes were Wisconsin (fifth, 43.5 points), Minnesota (seventh,
36.75 points) and Michigan (tenth, 20 points).
Michigan was also represented in the tournament by Steve Fraser at 190
and Bill Petosky at 177. Petosky lost in the first round to fifth-seeded Bill
Teutsch of Florida.
Fraser wrestled well until he reached the quarterfinals. In that match he
ran into Mike Brown of Lehigh and lost by a ten point margin (13-3).
"Steve did a good job for us all year, but he just is not big enough," ex-
plained Bahr. "Most guys cut weight from the 200 to 220 pound level.
Fraser's normal weight is only about 195 pounds."
In stating his case, Bahr explained that last year Fraser had wrestled at
177 while Brown had wrestled heavyweight. "Steve is fine in the dual meets,
but a tournament tends to wear him down. He just can't go with those horses.
Height is a big factor. Steve is only 5-9, and you need to be 6 feet to 6-1.
'In evaluating the 1978-1979 wrestling season, Bahr was generally
pleased. "First, we improved our overall dual record from 5-9 to 10-6.
Second, we placed in the top ten in the NCAA tournament. And recruiting is
going very well.
"The program is definitely on the way up. I came in cold in September. I
didn't know what to expect and neither did the kids. They have worked hard
and wrestled up to their capabilities. Watching Churella win his third title
was great. Yes, it has been a good year."
Bahr is not ready to relax at this level, however. "I want this to be our
worst year. I'm looking for improvement every year. We need to improve
our lower weights considerably. Next year we need to be better balanced
from top to bottom.
Another factor to next year's success may be the addition of Churella to
the coaching staff. The senior All-American has expressed a desire in lan-
ding a coaching position here. The job would provide a dual purpose:
younger wrestlers would benefit from Churella's experience and Churella
would have a training facilities necessary for his Olympic bid.
"Mark would be a tremendous addition to the staff. He has one of the
finest wrestling minds around. Because of his world competition he knows
techniques even I'm not familiar with. The only roadblock may be with the
athletic office. We are waiting for (Don) Canham to decide."

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Daily Photo by LEE KATTERMAN
ONE JUDGE gave Illinois gymnast Dave Stoldt a 9.9 on this pommel horse
routine in the Big Ten Championship individual finals. His score averaged
out to a 9.7, good enough to top the defending Big Ten champion and Stoldt's
teammate, Butch Zunich. Stoldt's performance earned him first place on
pummel horse at Crisler Arena on Sunday.

s t- --

SUPER PROMO BRINGS SLIPPER Y ROCK TO MICHIGAN
Canham's got a piece of the Rock

By JON WELLS
Sit tight, pigskin fans. The long
awaited arrival of Division III Pen-
nsylvania Conference football in Ann
Arbor is nearing its end.
On September 29 Michigan will be
hosting the fall classic of the future
when the Slippery Rock Rockets clash
with the Shippensburg State Raiders in
humble Michigan Stadium.
Diminutive Slippery Rock State
College has long been a favorite of
college football fans across the country

and is considered the spiritual leader of
the small college gridiron. "The
Rock's" fan club in Michigan has
grown steadily since the public address
announcer at the stadium began broad-
casting Slippery Rock scores at
Wolverine games, some 20 years ago.
The popularity of the football team
seems to be rooted in the obscure and
humorous nature of the school name
and the fact that the Rockets play such
formidable Division III foes as Califor-
nia and Indiana, small Pennsyvlania
colleges not to be confused with their
Division III namesakes.
This event, considered by some to be
a tribute to Michigan athletic director
Don Canham's promotional ingenuity,
will be combined with high school Band
Day and take place while the
Wolverines are on the West Coast
playing California at Berkeley. Accor-
ding to Canham, the idea sprang from
the problems in the last few years of
seating a sufficient number of bands

when the season ticket demand was
rising.
In spite of the fact that the combined
enrollments of Slippery Rock and Ship-
penburg would fill only a small portion
of the end zone of Michigan's 101,000-
seat stadium, Canham expects a large
turnout for the game. Due to the
popularity of Slippery Rock with the
Michigan fans and the exciting nature
of college football at any level, Canham
is confident that his gimmick will work.
"I cannot imagine not having a
tremendous reception for this game by
the fans in this area," he said.
In addition to Michigan fans, Rocket
faithfuls from all over the country will
be converging on Ann Arbor. According
to Slippery Rock athletic director
Robert Raymond, he has already
received phone calls from fans in Los
Angeles, Seattle, and New York City
who are preparing bus-loads of eager
Slippery Rock fans to make the long
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Aside from the substantial exposure
that the two small Pennsylvania
colleges will receive, Canham's extra-
vaganza is shaping up to be a rather
lucrative proposition. The proceeds
from the event will be divided among
Michigan, Slippery Rock, the Michigan
Marching Band, and the Women's
Athletic Scholarship Fund. In all fair-
ness, Shippenburg will be reimbursed
for the revenue they would have
received had they hosted the game as
was originally planned and both teams
will be receiving traveling expenses.
Reserved seats for the pand Day con-
frontationare $5 each. The high school
bands also will profit from the day, as
they will receive $1 out of every ticket
sold as well as a 20 per cent commission
on each ticket that a band member
sells.
Buried beneath the promotional ex-
ploits of Canham and the international
popularity of Slippery Rock (Canada
loves the Rockets, too, according to
Raymond) lies the nearly invisible
form of the Shippenburg football team.
It is a mistake, however, to un-
derestimate this less than eminent
eleven, for they are a perennial
powerhouse in the west division of the
Pennsyvlania Conference. Last season
they suffered a controversial, last
second defeat at the hands of Slippery
Rock and thus will undoubtedly be after
a piece of 'The Rock' this fall.

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