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Fcge Eight

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Friday, October 29, 19T1

Page Eight THE MICHIGAN DAILY Friday, Qetober 29, 197 1

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By I I;s STUCK
There may be some who will
argue that the Michigan wrest-
ling team has bitten off more
than it can chew for the com-
ing season. A look at the sched-
ule shows th'e gapplers facing
the defending NCAA champion,
Oklahoma State, Big Ten
champs Michigan State, Mid-
American titlists Ohio U., and
two perennial powers in t h e
East: Penn State and Pitts-
burgh.
With the rugged Big Ten foes
also on the docket, it appears

oin the Daily Sports Staff

that Michigan may be tossed
into the mouth of the proverbial
lion,
Now into their fifth week of
practice, the squad along with
coaches Rick Bay and Bill Jo-
hannesen, have some brighter
thoughts in mind.
And well they should. Nine
returning lettermen and a
strong group of freshmen give
the Wolverines a good shot at
the conference title. And, believe
it or not, Bay actually feels the
tough schedule will help t h e
team.
"We could have scheduled
some weaker teams to have an
easy season and an impressive
record. But that it not the way
you get better. We are wrestling
the best because that's the only
way you can be the best."
A good look at the Michigan
personnel points out that t h e
wrestlers have the potential to
realize their goal of being the
best. The only apparent prob-
lem may be the lack of depth
in the upper weight classes.
With heavyweight Rick Bol-
house suffering from an injury
to the same knee he hurt last
year, Michigan may have to go
with sophomore Gary Ernst,
who, although he wrestled in the
conference meet last year, still
does not have the needed exper-
ience to cope with the tough
opening opponents.
The other spot where t h e r e
could be trouble is the 167-
weight class. The loss of Rob
Huizenga who did not come out,
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man appears more than capable
of taking over, after posting a
4-4 record last year. Rich Jekel
who was a Michigan high school
state champ as a junior, will be
the backup man when he returns
after footballh isover.
Bay may have to go w it h
freshman John Ryan, also a
state champ, at 177-lb. Veteran
Therlon Harris returns at 190-
lb. after finishing third in the
Big Ten last year. A local boy,
Dave Curby from Pioneer High
School will help out in t h i s
weight class.
The Wolverines are strong at
the lower weights. At 118-lb.
Michigan will feature freshman
Jim Brown. Brown was a two-
time Ohio champ and captain of
the U.S. 1971 Junior World team.
Another out-of-state lad, Jay
Hubner, from Iowa, should pro-
vide stiff competition for Brown.
The best class in terms of ex-
perience is 126-lb. Jim Hagan
captured 6th in the NCAA and
Bill Davids, who posted a 4-3-1
will battle it out for the number
one berth.
Rick Neff (4-4-1) and fresh-
man Brad McCrory are at 134-

lb. The 142-lb class should be
the strong point as far as depth
is concerned. Captain M a r k
King heads an impressive group
which also includes Virginia
state champ Tom Herter and the
outstanding wrestler in Illinois,
John King.
Big Ten champ Jerry Hub-
bard mans the 150-lb. class.
Freshman Bill Schuck faces the
unenviable task of trying to beat
out Hubbard, who gained high
national honors by grabbing 4th
in the NCAA meet. The 150-lb.
class will be strong if junior
Mitch Mendrygal can right him-
self after an injury that ham-
pered him most of last year.
The wrestlers work out in
Crisler Arena every day and pro-
bably have the most grueling
practice sessions of any team on
campus. But they realize t h a t
their hard work and sweat may
pay off. And although the sched-
ule is tough and there may be
some depth problems the p r e-
liminary signs indicate an excit-
ing season for the Michigan
wrestling team.

-Daily--Tom Gottlieb
Bo Rather (15) wheels against the Wildcats

BUCKEYES' LOSS:
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By ROBERT HALVAKS
Oh, Woody Hayes, how did you
ever let David (Bo) Rather leave
the state of Ohio? Bo currently
6-1 and 180 pounds grew up play-
ing football right under your nose
in Sandusky, Ohio.
As a junior and senior in high
school Bo put all of his early
training together and became a
stand out playing both ways as an
offensive and defensive halfback
and upon arriving at Michigan he
was put to work at wingback and
defensive halfback as a freshman
and sophomore.
This year, however, as a junior
he not only made the move from

reserve to first string, but also
from back to receiver,
"I became a receiver after the
graduation of Paul Staroba, when
Coach Schembechler .felt that he
had the depth in both backfields
so that he could afford to make
the move with me."
Rather has good speed, having
been clocked at 4.5 seconds for
40 yards, but he claims his speed
has not been a key factor at his
new position yet, "This is an ex-
perimental year for me and all the
cuts are new to me. I run my
routes concentrating more on my
moves than my speed."
Bo is frequently seen scurrying

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on and off the field during the
course of a game, because he is
one of the play-runners, in the
Schembechler tradition, carrying
plays from the bench to the quar-
terback.
"Coach Schembechler has my
understudies and me carry the
plays in from the bench, because
he likes to keep his backs and in-
terior line intact.
The only trouble Rather finds
at his newly found home on the
gridiron is, "Occasionally it's dif-
ficult for me to read the various
zone defenses, so right now I pre-
fer to work one on one against
the defensive backs."
Although Rather is a receiver
he admits, "With the type of of-
fense we use, I feel more com-
fortable when we don't throw, be-
cause if we were to throw con-
sistently in a game it would pro-
bably be a sign of trouble.
"Personally I believe the run-
ning game is safer than the pass-
ing game, and when you can run
at your opponents and keep push-
ing them towards the goal line,
like we've done this season, it is
very demoralizing for them."
When Michigan quarterbacks
have gone to the air, they have
found Rather seven times this
year for 104 yards and one touch-
down. He has scored two other
touchdowns this season, including
one on the flea flicker end
around against Northwestern.
In high school Bo lettered in
track, baseball, and basketball as
well as football. His athletic abil-
ity can be attributed to his de-
sire and willingness to work.
Among those people most ad-
mired by Rather is Muhammed
Ali, "His dedication to boxing and
people has made it possible for
him to prove himself to be a great
man, not only in the ring, but in
life as well."
Rather is currently majoring
in speech education, and feels
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that someday after his playing
days are over he might be in-
terested in coaching.
When Bo started playing organ-
ized football back in the sixth
grade it was just plain fun. Now
the game has transformed itself
into a big business for him, but
his major reason for coming to
Michigan was to get an education
and finds that, "The Michigan
coaching staff emphasized getting
an education and they have not
interferred in my efforts to ob-
tain one."
'Te Gang'
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laps it up
in 'NI' 250
Overcast skies hung over the
damp Ferry Field asphalt track
Sunday and there were no pap-
pazeri among the 39, according to
the P.A. announcer) spectators.
But everything else that went on
there rung of true bicycle racing,
even in European style
Complete with racing helmets-
supplied from I.M. hockey equip-
nent - multi-speed racers and
pit crews, fifteen four-man teams
competed in the "Wolverine 250",
the Intramural department's in-
augural 25-mile bike race.
In the men's division, a team
called The Gang peddled the hun-
dred laps in 1 hr 12 min. and 26
sec. to outdistance all compe-
tition by three laps. The four
Gang riders, each running a
fourth (25 laps) of the race, were:
Leslie Bohm, George. Behacker,
Dave Houston and Tom Booth.
Running 97 total laps and tying
for second place, were the Saddle-
men and The Murfeesboro Salt
Coats (the what?).
The Gang's never-say-die duo
of Booth and Houston then team-
ed with Diane Datsko and Betty
Karrick to win the co-rec (2 wom-
en and 2 men per team) division
race.
Turning in an impressive time
of 1 hr. 27 min. and 30 sec. the
quartet, officially monikered The
Turkeys, topped the runner-up In-
defatigueables by four laps.
Five teams competed in the co-
rec division while 10 teams of
cycle enthusiasts peddled in the
men's division.

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