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Wednesday, November 13, 1974


Page Nine

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Gus Stager does not give the>
impression that he has achiev- a iv
ed a distinguished position
among college athletic coaches.r
Sitting behind his cluttered o ris
desk in casual attire, he radi- N T T
ates an aura of friendlinessI E
ease, and paternalistic good- AY O'HARA
nature that are almost unheard BRIAN DEMING ;
of in the big business world of
sports today-especially among ships (1973) in Yugoslavia.
successful people. And Stager is In the championships, which{
indeed successful. Stager said are "as big as, if
Stager is beginning his not bigger than, the Olympic
twentieth year as Michigan's games' swimming," the Amer-
swimming c o a c h, which ican men's team won the ti-
makes him the senior mentor tie, while the women's team
in the conference. During placed second.
that time he has compiled an The wall plaques in his
amazing record. small, plain office signify all
Under Stager, Michigan has these events, and also an honor
only once finished worse than which typifies Stager's stature
second in the Big Ten, as they in the swimming world. Stager
slipped to third last season. His was named 1971 "College Coach
swimmers have captured three of the Year" by the College
Big Ten championships and Swimming Coaches Association
four NCAA titles, not a bad re- of America.
cord for a "football school." He is well respected and"
Stager has been recognized as highly thought of among his
a swimming coach of exception- fellow coaches. Former UCLA!
al ability. In 1960, he coached coach Bob Horn said, "Gus'
the United States Olympici (Stager) is a tribute to the
swim team in Rome. At age 37' profession and the sport.tIt's a
he was one of the youngest men pleasure even to coach againsta
ever to achieve that honor. him."
Stager guided the U.S. team Stager's involvement with
to victory in the Pan-American swimming reaches back a long,
games in 1967. Perhaps his way. He says he first took in-
most rewarding assignment has terest when visiting his aunt
been his coaching appointment and uncle at their summer home
for the U. S. team in the first in New Jersey.
World Swimming Champion- His uncle was the son of




W o r 1 d heavyweight boxing
champ Bob Fitzsimmons, and
naturally, was a boxer. Boxing
held no interest for Gus, so his
aunt, who had a long back-
ground in swimming, introduc-
ed him to the sport as some-
thing more than a refreshing
way to cool off in the lake on a
hot afternoon.
Stager's high school didn't
offer a swimming program,
but he didn't mind much.
Football was his main ath-
letic pursuit, anyway. After
high school, Gus attended
Newark Academy prep school
to prepare for the rigors of
Princeton University. At New-
ark, he began swimming
competitively and football be-
came less and less important.

The unsportsmanlike fat man
ing new American-made car cl
through a hard day would be li
few Communists in the State D
leaf-shaped Buckentrance of his
Hesitation evolved to conste
bumbling troops had so rudely<
of Victory he had hoped against
Smiling, tripping, he staredi
light, Wrong to Write, an Angel!!
carrying a film case. Words.
"Ha-Ha you turkey. Watch'
vision fizzled. Get your picks tot

Stager entered many swim- ines to an NCAA title in 1948.
ming events and had quite an He began his coaching career
impressive showing. More im- directly after graduation. At
portantly, he was exposed to Fordson High School in Dear-
many people in U. S. collegiate born, he amassed three class-A
swimming. state championships in four
Stager, whose main objectives years. In 1954, having accon-
were "a degree, so I could plished "all I felt I could," he
teach" and a good swimming was prepared to quit coaching
pa dv "Mich-and move with his wife^ to Ha-
program, was advised, "Mc-wa weeewsofrda
igan is the place to go." Michi- .wa where he was offered"a
gan's swim teams under Matt teaching ,job.
Mann were highly successful But before he could lease the
and the education that could be state and the profession, he was
acquired was "top notch." asked to succeed Mann at
Entering Michigan in 1946, Michigan. He assented, and the
he found it to be "all it was rest is history.
claimed to be, and more." Stager, who attributes his
claied to eangmae. coaching success to "top con-
Due to expert' coaching and ditioning" and deriving, "max-
his natural ability, he was imgm performancevand capa-
an All - American all four ity" romh swimmer
years, leading the Wolver- siy"
sy:"There is no secret for-
mula for coaching a good
swimming team. It's a matter
of getting good material and
P ick developing it by hard work."
Stager's expectations for this
season are similar to those of
every other year. He will de-
hung his raincoat in his spank- mand hard work and top per-
oset. To say that he had been formances.
ke admitting that there were a "Realistically, we can't catch
epartment. Trooping up to the Indiana," he:admitted resign-
caustic abode he heard it. Sing- edly. "They're just too strong.
But. we really, want to beat'
nation. Could it be? After his Wisconsin and recapture our
number two spot in the Big Ten.
snatched Defeat from the jaws This time perhaps a little clos-
t Hope that this moment would er to Indiana . .."
in loving disbelief. Darkness to
! Wings, robes, everything! And
'em and weep!" With that the
the Daily for a free Pizza Bob's
12. Florida at Kentucky
13. Georgia at Auburn
14. Virgioia Tech at
Florida St.
1S. Toledo at Kent State
16. LSU vs. Mississippi St.
at Jackson
17. North Dakota at N.E.
18. Temple at West Virginia$
10 nln at.1.n~ 1T.Andprhilt I 250

D©oly Photo
WOLVERINE and Spartan tankers dive into ac tion in a scene from last year's 66-57 Michigan
triumph over MSU. Michigan rallied for the win after a 65-48 defeat by a tough Stanford
squad the previous night. Coach Gus Stager r ested some of his weary charges during the
meet, opening up first chances for some of th e younger swimmers that will help anchor this
year's squad.

Wrestling tests min dmettle

Are you crazy' about flying1more refined than the pro
dropkicks? Turned on by pudgy game, as dangerous or poten-
middle-agers flashing fire from tially injurious holds are out-
their fingertips? Wild about lawed. Agility and skill, not
gruesome grunts and flowing girth and gore, form the true
blood? foundation of this age-old sport.
If so, you'd better stay home "Wrestling is the oldest sport
Iand watch "pro" wrestling on in the world," said Michigan
your T.V. But, if you'retinter- mat coach Bill Johannesen. In-
ested in a meaningful struggle deed, archaeologists have dis-
between well - conditioned ath- covered 5,000 - year - old stone
fetes, Michigan wrestling is carvings depicting ancient Su-,
whtyo', Mihin wfrs g merian wrestling bouts.
wh Lat ou re. ALtoi


CATCH - AS - CATCH - CAN is sive) gosition in the third pie escape from a defensive
used in today's amateur wres- period. position or for holding the ad-
tling, including college, although This structuring of periods vantage over an opponent at
the Amateur Athletic Union tests a wrestler's skill on even least one minute longer ttian
added an annual Greco-Roman terms, at an advantage, and at he held the advantage daring
tournament in 1953. a disadvantage. the match. Points are aso
Each dual college meet (be- The winner of the match is scored on penalties called on
tween two teams) consists of determined by either a fall or an opponent.
ten individual matches, with on points scored during the en- Team points are awarded ac-
wrestlers paired according to tire match. A wrestler who cording to the results of the
weight to insure more even scores a fall, which consists of individual matches. A team
matchups. The first nine weight pinning his opponent's shoulders scores six points for a match
classes range from 118 pounds to the mat for one second, wins won by fall, forfeit, default, or
and below to 190 pounds, with the match, whether or not he disqualification. A decision by
heavier wrestlers in the unlim- is ahead in points at the time. ten or more points scores four
ited class. If no fall is scored, the wres- points for the winner's team,
A college match is .divided tier with m e most points is and closer decisions score three
into three periods, the first last declared the winner. team points. Two points are
into tawardedrtodeachheteamst last'
ing two minutes and the others WRESTLERS score two points a warded to each team rwcase
three minutes. The first period for a near fall (momentarily Confused? Hopefully not. But,
begins with both w r e s t l e r s bringing their opponents within
standing. inches of a pin), or three pointstand sftr y' aed it a
The second and third periods if the near-fall lasts five sec- stand after you ve watched it a
start with the wrestlers in the onds. Other two-point maaeuv- fewtisesSoikecolleke res
referee's position, a kneeling ers are taking the opponent tling sounds like your kind of
position with one wrestler under down to the mat and regaining sport, come out this winter and
the other. The up (offensive) the advantage from the drfen- watchthe Wolverines defend
mn in th¢ danr n~in d iv noition hi igTntte



.:.?...................16 xvs
x Billboard
Student tickets for the 1974-
75 basketball season go on
sale Monday, Nov. 18 at the
Athletic Department Ticket
Office. Ticket manager Al
Reston announced the follow-
ing distribution schedule for
Michigan students: Monday,
8 a.m.-noon for senior prior-
ity, noon-4 p.m. for juniors;
Tuesday 8 a.m.-noon for soph-
omores and from noon to 4
p.m. for freshmen and those
who m i s s e d their proper
time can pick theirs up.
Student tickets for the 15
games at Crisler Arena will
cost $10. Michigan staff and
faculty tickets are currently
on sale for $18.

Since then, wrestling has pro-
gressed from a main event in
the early G r e e k s' Olympic
games to a favorite spectacle
for Middle Ages' royalty to an
integral part of many cultures,
such as the Japanese and the
American Indians.
E a r l y American wrestlers
grappled Greco - Roman style.
This traditional Olympic mode
emphasizes bulk and endurance
(only standing holds are allow-:
ed, and holds below the waist
are illegal).
However, in the mid-1800's,
Tom Jenkins, the one-eyed pe-
rennial national champion, pio-
neered the more exciting catch-
as-catch-can style. This form is
just what its name implies,
relying on prone holds and
emphasizing q u i c k n e s s and

switches to the dow (defen-.

One point is allotted for sim-

Sportso h al
OrrangeOrrbmren Orrganize
The official unveiling of the 1974-75 Michigan basketball team
will take place tonight in an intrasquad scrimmage at Crisler
Arena. The public is invited to meet the Wolverines and watch
them in action. The festivities start at 6:30 p.m. with no ad-
mission charge.
Last year's Big Ten co-champions, coach Johnny Orr's crew
returns four starters and a trio of experienced reserves. This
group is supplemented by a number of promising newcomers who
should add strength and depth to the squad.
The biggest problem Orr and his assistants Jim Dutcher,
Bill Frieder, and 'Bird' Carter face is finding a suitable replace-
ment for departed All-America forward Campy Russell who
passed up his final year of eligibility to turn pro.
The Wolverine, mentors have experimented with freshmen
Burrell McGhee and Joel Thompson and sophs Johnny Robinson
and Rick White, but haven't made a definite decision as yet.
Whoever wins the assignment will have to fit into the Michigan
style of pressure defense and fast-break offense.
Orr expects the Wolverines to be a strong contender for
the Big Ten crown and post-season honors again this season.
Tonight will be an opportunity to judge for yourself.
-by Jeff Schiller
L.A.'s Garvey NL MVP
Steve Garvey of the Los Angeles Dodgers was named the
National League's Most Valuable Player, by the Baseball Writers
Association of America, yesterday.
Garvey won by a comfortable margin over Lou Brock of the
St. Louis Cardinals, and Cy Young award-winner Mike Marshall
of the Dodgers, who finished second and third respectively.
Woody: mein kampf
Stormy coach Woody Hayes of Ohio State was reprimanded
publicly by Big Ten commissioner Wayne Duke yesterday with
the warning that a one-game suspension will follow any renetition

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Houston 103, K-C Omaha 99 li 1
Boston 91, Milwaukee 83
San Antonio 109, Virginia 92
San Diego 113, Memphis 104 BEER NIGHT SPECIAL
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If you are graduating
in December you must
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MICHIGAN wrestler Jim Brown (dark jersey) aims for a 2-
point takedown of an unidentified Wisconsin grappler in last
year's Michigan win. Brown is expected to represent the
Wolverines in the 118-pound class, the lightest college weight
division, this season.
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Invites All Present
and Prospective

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