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Wednesday, February 5, 1975


Page Seven

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Mark Johnson is a compulsive smiler.
He smiles continuously; in greeting; in
conversation; and when one compliments him
he grins as if to say "Aw ... shucks."
In truth, Mark would probably be smil-
ing these days even if he didn't have natural
talent. Wrestling at 177 pounds for Michigan
(and sometimes 190) he has tasted defeat
only once all season and that was by a
referee's decision.
Last week he drew Chris Campbell, Iowa's
candidate for national honors at 177 and his
prospects for Big Ten and NCAA champion-
ships are at least as good as those of anyone
else at this point.
Michigan has had many champions in the
past but few have been sophomores.
"I started to wrestle after football sea-
son when I was a freshman in high school,"
explains Mark, adding that "I'm still be-
hind a lot of the other guys in what I know.
Some of them have wrestled for much long-
er and are at their peaks. I still have a lot
to learn."
In that regard 190 pounder Dave Curby has
been helpful.
"I like to wrestle him (Curby) in practice,",
admits Mark, "because he pushes me."
When Mark first arrived at Michigan his
wrestling technique definitely ranked as a
secondary problem, however.
On stepping into his dorm room he was
immediately struck with an acute case of
'freshpersonitis' with complications arising
from homesickness.
Like so many other students, Mark over-
came his initial fears, thanks in no small part
to the friends he made on the wrestling team.
He feels very close to his teammates now
and the success of the entire team means a

great deal to him.
"We're all a pretty close team and we
help each other get psyched up for matches.
I kind of feel like I've let the others down
if I lose."
Mark Johnson has a great personal dread
of losing, also.
"I work as hard as I can to get better.
After working as hard as that I feel as though
I deserve to win. If I lose I feel cheated in a
Indeed Mark Johnson works harder in prac-
tice than many of his opponents do in real
matches. "He always gives a hundred per
cent and he's got a great attitude," reports
his coach Bill Johannesen.
One does not become a great wrestler by
negative reasoning, however. Mark is mo-
tivated by a more positive general ap-
"If I win a match it's because I did it,
not because four other guys passed well or
ten other guys blocked well," relates Mark.
To him wrestling is a beautiful mixture of
team sport and individual effort.
Those efforts have paid off with victory for
him so far this season but the religious John-
son is not thanking only himself.
"For me God plays a big part and I
ask him to let me wrestle my best before
each match. I don't claim to be better
than anyone else because of it but that's
just the way I am."
He brought his attitudes with him from his
home in Rock Island, Illinois, on the banks
of the Mistsissippi. The oldest of four Johnson
sons, he enjoys his family's company a great
Indeed, if Mark keeps up his winning ways
all the Johnsons will be smiling when tourna-
ment time comes in March.


By The Associated Press
Second place bowl
AKRON, Ohio-University of Michigan Athletic Director Don
Canham will propose that the No. 2 teams in the Big Ten and
Pac-8 football conferences play a post-Rose Bowl game, says
Michigan football Coach Bo Schembechler.
Schembechler, here Monday night for an awards banquet,
said Canham hasn't determined when he'll make his proposal
formally to the Big Ten Conference but that it will call for a
contest in Hawaii's Hula Bowl.
The football champions in each conference play each
other now under a Rose Bowl contract which bars the con-
ferences' other teams from any other bowl appearances.
Under the current setup, Schembechler said, a team could
lose only one game all season, and still be barred from any
bowl activity, if that loss was against Ohio State or Michigan.
A post-Rose Bowl contest would give such clubs a chance,
he said.
Probe benches King
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.-The National Collegiate Athletic Asso-
ciation disclosed Tuesday it was investigating the eligibility of
Bernard King, Tennessee's freshman basketball sensaton.
The inquiry centers, on whether any of King's grades at his
junior high school and senior high school, both in Brooklyn, N.Y.,
were altered, according to the NCAA's Warren Brown in Kansas
King was the leading scorer in the Southeastern Confer-
ence with a 27.9 average until he was benched Monday.
"We checked him out and so did the University of Tennessee,"
Brown said. "We detected a discrepancy between the early and
later transcripts."
"We confirmed that there was a question about grades in
the ninth grade,"Brown continued.s"It would appearthat grades
were altered. We have no idea who' did it, if the marks were
Tennessee Athletic Director Bob Woodruff ordered Coach
Ray Mears to bench King until his eligibility could be clari-
King did not play Monday night when 15th-ranked Tennessee
lost to Auburn 62-59 in an important SEC game.

Sports of The Daily

Johnson flattens foe


Things look bleak...
.key game this week
John Kahler
THE UNIVERSITY of Michigan's basketball team is back in
town today, following a lost weekend in the state of Indiana.
Their trip began with a 75-67 loss to Purdue on Saturday, and
ended with a 74-48 loss to Indiana, a defeat that is being de-
scribed as "the most humiliating in recent Michigan basketball
Monday night, swarms of Hoosier fans descended on the
Bloomington McDonald's for a free hamburger, coke, and fries.
Their Hoosiers had held an opponent below 50 points, and as
promised, McDonald's came through with the food for those
holding ticket stubs.
Observers reported that, as the fans waited in line, a
few of them voiced their thanks to Johnny Orr, the man
who made their feast possible.
No estimate of the crowd at the McDonald's is available, so
we have no way of knowing whether or not Orr broke the record
set by Jesus of Nazareth in 30 A.D., when Our Lord fed five
But enough dumping on Johnny Orr. The man certainly tried
to coach his team past the opposition last weekend. Unfortunate-
ly, nothing he tried worked.
Orr even sacrificed two of his most cherished coaching
principles in the attempt to produce a victory. He believes
that the man-to-man defense is the only one in basketball
that can be consistently effective. But the Wolverines tried
a zone against Purdue.
The fast break is almost a religion with Johnny Orr. You
will virtually never see his teams play slowdown, unless forced
to by the opposition. But the Wolverines tried the slowdown
against Indiana.
Against both Indiana opponents, Orr tried a three guard
offense, leaving C. J. Kupec as the only player in the lineup
over 62. There were two reasons for this; the three guard
lineup increases Michigan's quickness, and none of the genuine
forwards -were playing ball worthy of his scholarship.
But nothing worked. Pirdoe broke the zone with ease.j
Indiana outpatienced the slowdown. And the Wolverine of-
fense could never seem to take advantage of the added speed
of the three guard lineup.
Michigan's season appenrs to be over. And appearances
could become reality Saturday.
Michigan State is coming to town this weekend, and the
Spartans are red hot. Their most recent effort was a weekend
road sweep of Illinois and Ohio State. The player rebellion of
early last month seems to have solidified Gus Ganakas' control
over his individualistic players.
Forward Terry Furlow scored 63 points for MSU over the
weekend, and contributed 33 in the earlier 86-78 Spartan victory
over Michigan in East Lansing. Those Spartans play good ball,
and will be a difficult assignment for the Maize and Blue.
It is an assignment that must be won, however. Michi-
gan must beat MSU Saturday to have any hope of a post
season tournament bid. It's that simple.
The Wolverines are currently 12-6 on the season. A loss to
MSU would make it almost imperative that they win all or most
of their remaining seven games. With Purdue, Minnesota, and
Ohio State still on the schedule, the task would be virtually im-
The situation is do-or-die, and the coaches are aware of it.
"We've just got to pull ourselves together," says Bill Frieder,
repeating the phrase over and over like an incantation.
But the coaches can only advise and consent. It is the players
that will have to produce if Michigan is to salvage this season.
Basketball people are a strange lot. The most basic need
of a basketball player is to be loved. They need love most
when they are losing. Knowing that in the stands is a large
number of people who paid their way in because they love
you does wonders for one's morale.
Unfortunatelv there are no crowds at Crisler Arena; the







Women boxers?
NEW YORK-Edwin Dooley, the chairman of the New York
State Athletic Commission, said Tuesday that licensing women
as boxers could erode the sport's image as the "manly art of
self defense."
"Licensing of women as professional boxers would at once
destroy the image that attracts serious boxing fans," Dooley
said, "and bring professional boxing into disrepute."
Dooley also said that equipment available to women boxers
would be insufficient to protect them. He added that it was the

By MARCIA KATZ play and capitalized on their
Just falling short in their rally turnovers with s o m e clutch
from a six point deficit in the shooting.
final minute of play, the wo- The Blue had a chance to
men's Varsity basketball team send the game into overtime
lost a heartbreaker to Wayne with a basket in the final six
State 51-49 last night at Crisler seconds, but Wayne stole an
Arena. up the middle pass.
By the time Michigan got
MICHIGAN HELD W a y n e their hands on the ball again,
scoreless in the last minute of the final buzzer had sounded.

' It had been a come from be-I
hind effort all night for the
cagers. Michigan rallied from
a 12 point deficit and narrowed
the lead to seven at the close of
the first half, 30-23.
THEN COACH Borders' phi-'
losophy of "look for the open
girl" began to pay off for the
Blue. They started to work the
ball inside for the easy layups.
A layup by Linda Moody knot-
ted the score at 37 all with eight
minutes remaining.'
From there it was a see saw
battle, with Michigan never
holding the lead.
Wayne, now 5-2, kept the pres-
sure on with their strong Gut-
side shooting, which Michigan
just could not contain.
Coach Borders, however, was
pleased by the play of the team.
"For the first time I can say
we should have won the game."
SHE FELT the teams were
equally matched, even though
Wayne was much taller. "Every
team we've played so far has
been taller than us, but tonight
we finally handled the height
difference," Borders observed.
Playing w h a t Borders de-
scribed as a "dynamite" second
half, the women made loor-ad-
justments from the first half.
Borders felt they were hesi-

tant on defense and switched
to a 1-3-1 zone. To spark their
shooting they changed to a free
lance offense, trying to get
someone open.
LEADING THE scoring was
forward Linda Severin with 16
points, 8 in each half. Comment-
ing on the game she said, "I
thought we worked well as a
team, better than in any other
game. Our o f f e n s e worked
Other top scorers for Mich-
igan were center Terry Conlin
with 14 points and Carol Klom-
peron adding 7 points.
Borders felt that Michigan
needed better control of their
passes, but said that by tourna-
ment time these mistakes would
be ironed out.
A KEY factor was that Mich-
igan had poor shooting from the
free throw line. They were suc-
cessful on only 1 out of 12 at-
Showing more hustle and ver-
satility than in previous games
the Michigan attack was defi-
nitely improved. Better physical
condition kept them in the
game right up to the final
Michigan, now 0-S on the sea-
son, travels to Grand Valley
tomorrow night, hoping to cap-
ture their first victory.

commission's responsibility to try

to avoid injury.

New York 109, Los Angeles 94
Philadelphia 111, Buffalo 103, OT
Atlanta 111, Cleveland 97
Chicago 102, Portland 90
Golden State 107, Houston 105
Phoenix 90, Washington 89
Buffalo 6, Detroit 1
Chicago 3, Kansas City 3, tie
Toronto 5, St. Louis 3
College Basketball
N. Carolina St. 92, Clemson 89
Maryland 86, Virginia 79
Marquette 69, Wisconsin 63
Scottish Cup
Third Round
Dundee United 1, Berwick 1, tie

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TERRY CONLIN (24) shoots over the outstretched arms of
Wayne State's Mary Carney (33). Carney lead Wayne's scor-
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