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Thursday, S.eptember 9, 1971

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Three..

Thursday, September 9, 1971 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Three

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playboy in major league baseball? Travel from Duluth, Minn.
to Houghton, Mich. in a taxicab? Go to the Indianapolis 500, all
expenses paid? Stay in a motel with your girl friend and have
somebody else pay for it? Spend Christmas vacation in Hawaii?
Members of the Daily sports staff have done all that in the
past year and.more. And now is your chance as an incoming.
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Join The Daily and see the world.
We're not saying that the Daily is all play, no sirree. When
we put out the sports pages each night, we don't spend all our
time playing home run derby, and wheelchair basketball or
drinking (perish the thought) beer.
And when we cover an athletic event in Lafayette, Ind., we
manage to get in a little bit of work in between having all the.
lobster and other delicacies we can eat at the Morris Bryant Inn.
And we never have big bashes until after all the work for that
night is done, and only on special occasions, like when one of our
staff members gets engaged, or when one of our roommates de-
cides to have A party, or if we feel like it.
And there is work. Usually one night a week when you are
expected to come in and do things like write headlines before
you can play hearts.-
There are stories to write. For example you may have to call.
up a football player in Alabama to do a feature on him.
In the fall you will probably write football, both Michigan and
national,-and then in the winter you will be assigned a beat, like
basketball, hockey 'or swimming and write stories and cover
events of that sport.
All you have to do to join is come into our offices at 420 May-
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join you.

Can icers

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By TERRI FOUCHEY
When a team finishes in ninth
place in a nine-team league.
with a 9-21 record overall and a
5-17 conference mark, the con-
sensus is that things can't pos-
sibly get worse the next season.
The Michigan icers, the infar-
ous afore-mentioned team, have
been presented with the oppor-
tunity to do worse. They could
finish in tenth place.
With the addition of Notre
Dame for the 1971-72 season.
the Western Collegiate Hockey
Association e x p a n d s to ten
teams. The tenth place, although
it would be difficult to convince
skeptics who suffered through
last season, has not been re-
served for the Wolverines.
A synopsis of the disasters of
last year, combined with the
fact that three of the top four
scorers, one of only four de-
fensemen, and a backup goalie
have been lost through gradua-
tion, might be enough to cast
doubts in the minds of/even the
most optimistic fan concerning
the icers' probable finish.
Two solid victories over St.
Louis by scores of 7-3 and 6-4
were the opening (and unfor-
tunately, the s e a s o n 's high
point) for the Wolverines. Even
a split with North Dakota, with
the loss coming in overtime, did
not foreshadow the doom about
to befall Michigan hockey for-
tunes.
The following weekend during

a trip to Colorado Springs to
meet Colorado College, a team
which eventually had to strug-
gle to finish seventh, the Wol-
verines lost what little momen-
tum they had built at that early
in the season.
Needless to say, they were
never able to recapture it.
The Tigers' one-sided triumph
dispelled any notions that the
Wolverines were playing up to
their preseason' notices.
The roof had fallen in and
the Wolverines could not get
out from under it. The St. Louis
series was the only one Mich-
igan took during the whole sea-
son and after the first meeting
with North Dakota there were
only six more splits.
A meeting, with Wisconsin
occasioned a n o t h e r overtime
game, with the victory going to
Michigan, but the Badgers pick-
up the win the next night. Go-
ing into the holiday tourna-
ments the Wolverines were pro-
gressing at a .500 pace.
By taking the initial encoun-
ters in both tournaments with
clearcut victories, the Wolver-
ines showed signs of coming out
of their slump and kept their
.500 record intact even though
they lost both championship
games. Only in the 7-2 loss to
Michigan Tech were the Wol-
verinesgcompletely out of the
game.
The f i r s t conference oppo-
nent of the New Year was Mich-
igan State. The Green Meanies
quickly dispatched the discour-
aging outlook with which the
annum was entered as they
squeaked by Michigan w i t h
scores of 5-4 and 6-5 on succes-
sive nights. The double loss
plunged the Wolverines into the
WCHA cellar from which they
never resurfaced.
The return matches with
North Dakota produced another
split with the second game loss
initiating a four game, tailspin.
The Denver series went by in
the blur of a couple of 6-3 losses
and Minnesota - Duluth had
waltzed to an 8-5 win before the
icers were able to eke out a 4-3
decision. Then, incredibly. came
eight straight losses.
The first two defeats were at
the hands of the Huskies of
Michigan Tech, the year's super
team in the conference. The
weekend not only brought two
setbacks but also grounded
planes foreveryone, with a 19
hour bus ride for the team over
ice, and an eight hour cab ride
from Duluth for the illustrious
Daily reporter (there are some
advantages to being press).
The next weekend, on its way
to Madison the team managed
to get off the ground, but the
illustrious Daily reporter didn't.
By failing to make the first
game of the series cue to-airline
incompetence, he only missed a
repeat of the results of the con-
test six days earlier. Like the
second Tech g am e, Michigan

nish
lost 7-2 and the 4-1 re
the morrow was just -a
sided.
After returning f r o m
conference wars almost
w o u n d e d regardingx
chances, the Wolverines
forward to a non-conf
series with Notre Dame
breather.
The Notre Dame seri
serve as a breather, bi
script remained the sam
had all year-two close,
fought games with Mi
ending up on the short
the scores.
The last two debacles
notorious eight camec
hands of the Golden G
who at season's end _e
proud possessors of the
desired eighth place. Th
loss ended any chance of
ing the playoffs.
A spark of some sort ha
lit with the realization th
playoffs were unattainab
last three games of the
went into overtime. The1
this trio was lost with 58 s
left in the overtime per
the breaks again felled t
position's way.
The last series with Mi
State featured a victory a
and a loss at East Lansin
win was by an 8-7 scor

sult of captain - Paul Gamsby getting
is lop- the winner.
A synopsis of the results is
i these depressing, but coupling it with
fatally a summary of graduation losses
playoff makes the future look bleak in-
looked deed. Gone are Captain Paul
ference Gamsby and fellow forwards
as a Brian Slack and Merle Falk, the
second, and t h i r d highest
es did scorers.
ut the All is not lost, though, espe-
e as it cially if it is always darkest be-
hard- fore the dawn. I
;hiard- One of the rays of light is
sohigaf senior forward Bernie Gagnon,
last season's top scorer with 48
of the points.
Of Gagnon, a potential All-
at the America, coach Al Renfrew says,
ophers "Bernie has great potential He's
re the a threat to score every time he
.hucli goes on the ice. With more ma-
e first turity and experience we think
reat;h- he'll have his best year yet."
Other forwards who are
d been counted upon to help Gagnon
Aat the pick up the scoring slack are
le. The senior Buckie Straub and jun-
season iors Rick Mallette and Gary
first of Connelly.
econds The much maligned defense,
iod as the center of the team's weak-
he op- ness according to fans' evalua-
tions, returns with experience
.chigan scorers, one of only four de-
t home "ability. Our defense was satis-
ig. The factory and very good. They
e with need help, defenseman, and in

It's po0
the form of forwards who will
drop back and help."
Built around the core of cap-
tain Brian Skinner and fellow
seniors Punch Cartier and Jerry
Lefebre, the blue-liners need
only a compatible fourth to
complete their hopefully im-
pregnable wall.
One who is especially hoping
the defense finds its ^needed
fourth and is extremely impene-
trable is senior goalie Karl Bag-
nell. Bagnell comes back for his
>third season of masochism at
Michigan and chances that he ;
will be replaced aren't good.
The incoming sophomores are
expected to pick up where the
graduated seniors left off. Skin-
ner said. "We have to expect
some improvement from the
younger players; to have theh
fill the gaps. This is because we
can't anticipate freshmen com-
ing in tearing the league dpart." {
Two who will be watched for
signs of filling the gaps are
Julian Nixon and Bob Falconer.
Renfrew observes, "Nixon was
taking a regular turn near the
end of the season and Falconer
also played well."
A pleasant surprise, who along
w i t h the sophomores brought
visions of victories, was junior
Mike Jarry who switched to for-j
ward from defense and ended!
with 25 points. Renfrew says of
his plans for Jarry, "We'll try
to give him a good try at for-
ward since we already know heI
can play defense. We'll start
him out at forward; maybe
that'swhere he can help us the
most."
Renfrew adds, "If eve have
players who will come back and
help with defense, I expect a
more otilnsive minded defense.
We're hoping for a few good
freshmen forwards so that there
will be a more balanced scoring
attack."
He continues, "There are sev-
eral other things which need
improvement. We always work
on fewer penalties. Near the
end of last season we were
pretty clean. It was a good sign
that we only had three fighting
penalties all season.
"If we are to have a more ef-
fective defense, it means moving

Nsi e
the puck, not letting it get
stuck in our zone."
Renfrew c o m m e n t s, "We
weren't too far away from being
a good team last season. If a
team gets off on the wrong foot
in this league, where breaks play
such a dominant part, they're
down before they even get
started."
Expressing the team's view,
Skinner says, "A good start is
what will make or break us. We
can't go down to the last three
weeks and expect to win. We
should concentrate on back-
and-fore-checking rather than
everyone trying to score every
time they're on the ice,
"If we start out with winning
in mind and with the idea that
we have to play as a team to
win, and that we can't just de-
Pend on individuals, then, if we
get a few breaks, we have a
chance to make a decent show-
ing."
Only time will tell if MICH-
IGAN has been carved indel-
libly, at least for the 71-72
season, upon tenth place.
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Grappler Neff, opponent come to grips

STILL FINISHED THIRD

Grapplers'
By JERRY CLARK
If it hadn't been for bad luck, the Michigan
wrestling team last year would not have had
any luck at all. An almost unbelievable streak
of misfortune hit the Wolverines in January,
and the result was that head coach Rick Bay
had to sit back and watch his young, strong
squad finish a distant third in the Big Ten
championships.
;What made it especially galling was that -
Michigan had beaten Iowa, the second place
finisher, and had tied Michigan State, the
champion, during the regular season.
But when the meet came around, the Wol-
verines were only able to send five of their
regular wrestlers onto the mat in top physical
condition.
This year, Bay feels that his team is
stronger than last, and if he can avoid the in-
juries and "personal problems" that plagued
the squad last winter, sees no reason why
the Wolverines should not be in the thick of
the Big Ten title race.
Only two lettermen are missing from the
team that went 8-2-2, and a strong 'crew of
freshmen will bolster the returnees. Included
in the latter category is sophomore Jerry
f Hubbard, who last year, in his first season as
a college wrestler, captured the conference
title at 150 and finished fourth in the na-
tion. He is the outstanding returning wrestler
on the team and will be a key performer.
Before they can start dreaming of the
championship, however, the grapplers must
survive the toughest schedule in Michigan
History. Among the non-conference opposi-
tion will be Pittsburgh and Ohio University,
both of whom were national powers last sea-
son.
Also on the bill of fare is defending National
Collegiate Athletic Association champion and
4 perennial power Oklahoma State. Throw in
the conference schedule, and you have a list
that would make most coaches shudder.
But not Bay. "Our dual meet record may

onlv luck went sour

Ohio. Brown, a two time state champion, was
a member of the team for the Junior World
Championships and was named the out-
standiig wrestler in Ohio.
He by no means has a lock on the posi-
tion, however, as two other stronig fresh-
men, Jay Hubner and Jim Coleman, come in
with strong credentials. Also present is David
Greenblatt, a sophomore who competed for
the Junior Varsity last season.
At 126 for the Wolverines will be two ex-
perienced wrestlers. Lim Hagen, a senior,
came on strong at the end of last season and
ended up placing sixth in the NCAA- meet.
He will receive support from Bill Davids,
who saw action at both 126 and 134 as a
freshman. Davids compiled a 4-3-1 record,
last season, and Bay feels that his potential
is "unlimited."
Rick Neff, a sophomore, will hold down
the 134 spot this season full time. Last year,
he had to wrestle at both 134 and 142, and
still compiled a 4-4-1 record.
Bay feels that Neff is constantly improv-
ing, and points out that he was the only
wrestler on the squad who was "Champion
of the Week" twice. Also taking aim at the
job will be freshman Brad McCrory, runner-
up for the state crown in Michigan and an-
other whom Bay considers an "outstanding
prospect."
The deepest weight class on the team is at
142 pounds, where captain Mark King will
have to fight for the top spot. King was in-
jured much of last season, but is healthy now.
Providing the chief challenge to King will
be a pair of freshmen, including his brother
John, the Outstanding wrestler in Illinois.
Tom Herter, a state champion from McLean,
Virginia, will keep the competition keen. In
addition, there is Bob Meyer, a sophomore
up from the J.V.
Hubbard definitely has the edge of 150,
where he was brilliant last season. If he c( n-
tinues to improve, nothing stands in his path ,
oA. vna+4,waol +itlD TBacking h1-im ui will he'two

Huizenga, who had a 9-0-1 record as a fresh-
man. Using a very unorthodox style, Huizenga
swept through the opposition and gained a
third place in the conference meet.
He is back at 167 this season, and will be
tough to beat unless opponents catch on in
a hurry to his unusual mannerisms. If he
should falter, Bay can call on Roger Ritz-
man, a junior who saw action at 177. Also
in the picture is freshman Rick Jekel, a state
champion from Clio, Michigan.
The 177 and 190 classes are somewhat jum-
bled, and little depth is available. The only
real 190 on the team last year was Walt Sex-
ton, a freshman who did extremely well until
forced out by injury. He did not return after
the fourth meet, and it is uncertain whether
he will be back this season.
If he is not, Bay can count on Therlon Har-
ris, who took third in the conference at that
weight. Normally a 177, Harris moved up in
weight after Sexton's injury, and "did every-
thing we asked of him", according to Bay .
Two freshmen would then compete for the
177 spot. John Ryan of Detroit Catholic Cen-
tral was a state champion, and Dave Carly
of Ann Arbor Pioneer finished third. Ritzman
wrestled in the conference meet at this weight
and could see action there.
Heavyweight is in the very capable hands
of Rick Bolhouse, the team's other unbeaten
wrestler in dual meets. Bolhouse missed the
conference meet with an injury, but came
through with clutch performances all sea-
son.
His injury required no surgery, and he will
be ready to go. Gary Ernst, who wrestled in
his place in the Big Ten tournament,*will back
him up.-
Very little stood in the way of a perfect
record last year. In the second conferencef
meet, injuries to King and Sexton resulted
in two forfeits in an 18-17 loss. At Pittsburgh
the next week, Hubbard accidently pinned
himself while leading by a large margin, and
Michigan lost 19-16.

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