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Page Ten


Saturday, April 19, 1975


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"Bo's revenge" was the pre
season billing for the 197
Michigan football season.
Bo didn't achieve the com-
plete revenge he wanted, but
his football team came up
with a tie for the Big Ten
Championship and a com-
mendable year none the less.
The '74 season opened with
Big Ten competition as Iowa
came to town only to be thwart-
ed 24-7 by Michigan and back-
up quarterback Mark Elzinga
The sophomore showed strongly
to the relief of many apprehen
sive fans as starter and Heis
man hopeful Dennis Franklin
sat on the sidelines with atvirus
With Franklin back at the
helm, the gridders breezed by
Colorado and Navy, 31-0 and
52-0 before facing old Rose
Bowl nemesis Stanford.
Stanford's passing attack
proved to be a problem as they
gained 229 yards through the
air. The Cardinals carried a 9-6


lead into the lockerroom at'
halftime, and became a menace
in the second half, but Michi-
gan dominated in the long run
Next came the first stop on
the revenge trail. Allegedly,
Michigan State's athletic direc-
tor Burt Smith cast a ballot for
Ohio State in the controversial
vote last November and no
Michigan player or fan could
forget that.
A sign circulated through the j
stands, "Remembertthe Vote"
while fans viewed the Spartan
downfall 21-7 through a chilling(

third in the country by the As- strength by soundly defeating
sociated Press. Indiana and Illinois.
The graduating seniors, who The following weekend, Michi-
never played in a bowl game, gan received a taste of what
boasted a 30-2-1 record over the competition might be like
three years, the finest in the in the NCAA tourney as they
country. traveled to Baton Rouge to take
Senior Dave Brown was on the LSU Tigers. Running into
named for the second year as an the home court advantage,
all-America, and Steve Strinko Michigan was defeated, 215 to
was named the team's most val- 208.25.
uable player. In the next five weeks how-
* * * ever, the Maize and Blue
Lv ken's 200th rolled up an impressive string
of five dual meet victories
At the beginning of the 1974- and one tri-meet triumph,
75 season, hopes were riding ending the conference dual
high for an undefeated season, meet season undefeated.


football 1974 was marked by
many timely fumbles and fieldI
goals but few were as spectac-
ular as Jim Smith's touchdown
dive in the September 28, Navy-
Michigan gridiron massacre.
Quarterback Dennis Franklin's
29-yard pass to Smith gave the
Wolverines a respectable 45-0
lead halfway through the third
quarter. It came only seconds
after reserve defensive line-
backer Dave Devich's intercep-
tion. For the Middies the after-
noon was very long as the final
tally read Michigan 52, Navy 0.
its record over .500 the MichiganI
basketball team soundly de-
feated the Northwestern Wild-
cats at Crisler Arena, JanuaryE
25, 79-58. Typical of the officiat-
ing that went on that Saturday,
Rick White (35) was not called
for goaltending even though he
has his hand on the rim. Co-
captain C. J. Kupec (41) scored
26 points that day to lead the

197 4-75:

- drizzle.
Madison was the stage for
the following week as Michi-
. gan met a strong team in
Wisconsin. Wisconsin man-
aged to score 20 points on the
staunch Blue "d", a feat un-
equalled since the 1970 Ohio
State game. The effort was
not quite enough, however, as
the Badgers fell 24-20.
Following the questionable
performance in Madison, Michi-1
gan's offense gained 620 yards
and crushed Minnesota 49-0.
Michigan then eeked by Indiana
in a 21-7 victory, boosting their
record to 8-0.
Roses were in the air the next
week when, though Michigan
barely slipped by Illinois 14-6,
Michigan State upset Ohio State
The outlook was still rosy as
Purdue fell 51-0, and Michigan
set its sights for the season fin-
ale. It needed only a tie to get
the Rose Bowl bid, undisputed
by any athletic directors.
Every man on that team des-
perately wanted that final win,
but they were to be denied one;
more time.
Michigan jumped off to an
early lead as Franklin hit
Chapman on a 42-yard TD
pass and Lantry added a 37-
yard field goal. Then the
trench warfare began as both
defenses put up superlative
performances holding each
other out of the end zone.




Most importantly, in the pro-
cess Newt Loken became the
winigest coach in American
gymnastics, tallying his 200th
career dual meet victory
1974-75 against 36 losses.
Big Ten Titles .One month later the eight
gymnastics teams from the Big
Cross Country Ten congregated in Crisler Are-
na for the Big Ten Champion-
Football ships on Easter weekend. Mich-
Gymnastics gan thoroughly dominated ev-
Sery phase of the tournament,I
Coach Newt Loken's 200th ca- amassing 419.80 total team
reer dual meet victory and a points and qualifying every
twelfth Big Ten title in fifteen member of the squad for com-{
years for the Wolverine tumb- petition in the NCAA meet one
lers. week later, including the first
These hopes were waylaid freshman ever to win the Big
when key performers suffered Ten all-around title in Harley,
crippling injuries before com- Danner.
petition ever began. Senior all- The Wolverines attained a
around performer Jean Gag- sixth place finish in the NCAA
non, who was considered to be a tourney in what Newt Loken
prime candidate for the Big Ten --
all-around title, suffered from
a severe case of shoulder ten-
donitus. Co-captain Carey Cul-
bertson, co-holder of the Big
Ten high bar crown, sustained
a wrist injury which eventually
forced him to be red-shirted for
this year.
Loken was forced to dip
into the freshmen ranks and
substituted Ann Arbor native
Harley Danner for Jean Gag
non and Bob Creek in place of
The results speak for them- 4 x.
The tumblers started out with
comparably impressive per-
formances in the Midwest Open
and Windy City Invitational in
Chicago before taking a .month
off to prepare for the dual meet
portion of the season.
In the Big Ten Invitational
the weekend of January 10 the
Wolverines initiated the indi-
cations of t h e i r superior s

described as "the highest lev-
el of competition we've seen
in many, many years.
Three Michigan tumblers
earned all-America honors: jun-
ior Richard Bigras in vaulting,
junior Joe Neuenswander on the
rings, and freshman Bob Creek
on the high bar.
Perhaps the overall success of
the past season can best be de-
scribed in Loken's words fol-
lowing the NCAA meet, "We're
already looking forward to next
year's nationals."
* * *
Unierclassmnen star
Under the auspices of first
year long distance track coach
Ron Warhurst, Michigan's
young cross country team sped
to the university's first Big Ten
championship in 20 years.
Warhurst exposed the team
to training based upon his
own physiological research.
As a result, the most inex-
perienced harriers became the
strongest. Sophomore Greg
Meyer took the top spot in
the Big Ten's for Michigan
placing second. Close behind,
freshman Bill Danakowski
finished sixth and Mike Mc-
Guire eighth.
Earlier in the season, Michi-
gan downed Michigan State at
East Lansing and rolled into
first over Eastern Michigan in
the prestigious Notre Dame In-
vitational. At the NCAA's, the
Wolverines finished 12th.


WCHA Stondir

Mich. Tech.
Col. College
Michigan St.
Notre Dame
U. Minn.-Dul.
N. Dakota



T Pts..
0 48
0 44'
0 42
2 40
1 39
0 34
3 23
3 21'
1 19'
2 10:

Ohio State
Michigan State
Iowa .

7 1
7 1
6 1
5 3
4 3
3 5
2 6
2 6
2 6
1 7


Big 10 Standings
Indiana 18 0
Purdue 11 7
Minnesota 11 7
Michigan State 10 8
Ohio State 8 10
Iowa 7 11
Wisconsin S 13
Northwestern 4 14
Illinois 4 14

i ,
i t
7 ,

For the Blue defense, how-'
ever, all the effort led only to
frustration as they watched four
field goals sail over their heads.
Michigan had been kicked to!
death, 12-10.
Despite the Ohio State loss,
the '74 football team was no
less than impressive. It finished
the season with ten wins and
only one loss and was ranked

Sports of The Daily


Ca ers



Netters approach apex By DAILY SPORTS
It's unfortunate that the semester is just about over because A few years from now, many
a lot of people will return home shortly and never get to see basketball fans' memories of
Michigan's excellent tennis team in action. the '74-'75 Michigan season will
Unknown to some, this past February Coach Brian Eisner's be condensed into one game.
crew participated in the second annual National Collegiate Indoor For some, one jumpshot willI
Team Tennis Championships at Wisconsin. Featuring such top be the sole recollection.
powers as NCAA champ Stanford, Southern Cal, Southern Metho-
dist, Alabama, and Texas, Michigan was hard-pressed but gained BUT THERE is much more to
the finals knocking off the Crimson Tide and SMU en route. remember about last season
The Wolverines took second behind Stanford, and begin than that exciting last game
. . with UCLA, or that last second
this spring with a powerful squad featuring Big Ten champs shot by C. J. Kupec that nearly
Victor Amaya, Eric Friedler, and Freddie DeJesus. so th natJonuec ha in
Don't be surprised when the Wolverines repeat as Big Ten toppled the national champion
champions and follow closely when they go to the NCAA's in rs w d
Corpus Christi, Texas. They are good enough to win it all. followers of the Wolverines, this
schedule provided countless
Blue bats boom thrills. And each exciting mo-
ment was all the more enjoy-
Despite a mediocre 8-7 overall mark, the Wolverine baseball able viewed in the dim light of
squad jumped off to a fine 4-0 Big Ten start on the first weekend pre-season predictors.
of conference play. Last fall, the "experts", for
Michigan swept twin bills from Illinois and Purdue. The Blue the second straight year, saw
used four-hit pitching from starter Chuck Rogers to win the Illini the coming season as a strug-
opener, 6-2. Mark Weber turned in a fine relief job to save an 8-7 gle for Michigan. And with
win in the second game. some justification: three of the
Second baseman Dick Walterhouse cracked a grand slam top seven players quit the team,
to pace the Wolverines to an 11-4 opening win over the Boiler- another substitute left just be-
makers, and Rogers came back for another win, 7-6, in the fore the seasonstarted, and a
second contest. promising transfer was ruled
Good pitching is a Michigan tradition but this vear the hit- ineligible by the Big Ten.

move worked to perfection.
Baxter played well and Grote
came off the bench to play
guard or forward with remark-
able effectiveness.
Michigan won seven of its last
eight games to finish 12-6 in the
Big Ten, good enough for sec-
ond place and a bid to the NC-
AA West Regional. By the last
week of the regular season,
Grote had earned back his
starting spot, Kupec, Joe John-
son, and Wayman Britt were
playing up to their high levels
of the previous season, and
sophomore John Robinson was
at his best.
As a team, the Wolverines
were playing excellent defense,


reaching their peak
game against Ohio
team was as ready
be to meet UCLA
tional tournament.
the Bruins through

in the last
State. The
as it could
in the na-
pace with
forty min-

ters have come around, too. Transfer first baseman Randy Hack-
ney leads the team with three homers, and Walterhouse, outfield-
er Mark Grenkoski and catcher Ted Mahan have all hit impres-
sively in the early going.
Thinclads hobble with injuries
The outlook for Michigan's track season is cloudy. The team
is generally young but with much talent potential. However, in-
juries to key performers are riddling the thinclads with uncanny
Bright spots Andy Johnson, a big middle distance man, and
the mile-relay team, Johnson, Dave Furst, Jeff McLeod and Dave
Williams, are starting to burn up the track. Other standouts in-
clude Mike McGuire, the excellent distance man, pole vaulter
Jim Stokes and sprinters Doug Hennigar and Jim Howe.
Questions abound however. What mysterious ailment has
affected the high jumpers? Where did all the milers go? Will
Dave Williams have more injuries?
The Wolverines finished tied for fourth in the '75 Big Ten
Indoors, and like last year they will improve their standings
t'."7f-r olv JtIV A A hn*I

Jim Dutcher, Bill Frieder, and
Bird Carter were able to pro-
duce another splendid show-
piece of speed, defense, and
teamwork, and the Wolverines
extracted a 7-1 record from a
fairly tough pre-season sched-
Michigan carried its winning
ways into the Big Ten season
with a heart-pounding double
overtime victory over Illinois'
and a solid win over Ohio State.
Indiana, rankedhnumber one
in the country, thentcame to
Crisler and beat the tired
(three games in six days) Wolv-
erines easily. Thus began a four-
week slump in which the Maize
and Blue lost five of eight'
games, including road games at
Minnesota, Indiana, Purdue, and
a particularly poor showing at
Michigan State.

utes of running, gunning, nerve-
wracking basketball. And fin-
ally, the Wolverines held the
ball for the last minute and
twenty seconds, with the score
tied. The ball was passed to
Kupec in the final seconds, but
his long buzzer shot hit the
front of the rim and bounced
away. The Bruins dominated
the overtime and won, 103-91.
The 1974-75 season marked a
large improvement in the Michi-
gan hockey squad over the pre-
vious year. Finishing with an
overall record of 22-17-1, the
Wolverines skated to a sixth
place finish in the Western Coll-
legiate Hockey League, beat
Colorado College in the playoff
quarter-finals, and then finally
gave out, in the semifinals
against league champion Min-
Hockey sixth
THIS YEAR IDan Farrell led
a team into WCTTA cnmnetition

team's most valuable player,
moved into eighth place on the
all-time Wolverine scoring list.
Forward, Kris Manery also
had a fine year for the Wolver-
ines, as he finished second on
the team with 46 points. Round-
ing out the top five were Pat
Hughes with 43, Doug Lindskog
with 36, and Frank Werner with,
had the fourth best record in
the WCHA with a goals against
average of 4.1. It was a costly
early season injury to all-Amer-
ica goalie Robbie Moore that
weakened Michigan's bid for
a higher place in the standings.
However, freshman Frank Zim-
merman received valuable
WCHA experience and proved
himself a capable netminder.
Statistics just can't relate the
excitement of the season, how-
ever, and some moments de-
serve special mention.
The first highlight of the
season had to be that wild
score that came out of Minne-
apolis last November. Playing
against the national champion
Gophers, the Wolverines romp-
ed to their most lopsided win in
years, 10-1.
Then there was the Great
Lakes Tournament, in which the
Wolverines took on the best
from the East, namely Har-
vard. The Crimsons were rated
among the top three in the na-
tion at the time, and to make
matters worse, three of the
Wolverines' toughest perform-
ers - Moretto, Werner, and
Greg Fox - had to sit the game
out with league suspensions.
THE GAME marked the re-
turn to the all-America form of
Moore, who stifled the Harvard
team with sensational saves.
Harvard managed to score two
goals in the first two periods,
but when the third period came
the Michigan strength came to
the fore.
In thnt nperin the Wnrrine

1 -- -_--

its season in an atmosphere of having to follow
a near impossible act. In the 1973-74 season Mi-
chigan's team had been within reach of an
NCAA title as the last match of the NCAA
tournament began and, even though they did not
win, they captured second place in the nation.
From that super-team, however, four all-
America wrestlers graduated and the head
coach retired. Thus a new coach Bill Jo-
hannesen, who had previously been the as-
sistant, was thrust into a rebuilding situa-
tion from the very start.
Unfortunately for the grapplers, a jinx that
had not plagued them in recent years popped
up when they could least afford it: injury.
Captain Dave Curby, 190, began the season
with a bad knee, later developed a nagging ill-
ness and then hurt his shoulder. He was never
close to full strength.
Before the season was out senior Brad
McCrory, 134, Bill Schuck, 142, and Ed Nies-
wender, 158, would all be lost for varying
lengths of time with injury. Johannesen
could only gnash his teeth and juggle his
line-up to meet the recurrent crises.
Nevertheless, the wrestlers were still win-
ners. Before the dual meet season was out Mi-
chigan would hand defeat to nationally ranked
Penn State and Michigan State while erratic per-
formances by the heavyweight, Mitch Marsi-
cano, and questionable refereeing would cost
them a victory over powerhouse Wisconsin and
another ner MSUTT

The teams repeated the conference standings
in the Big Ten Championships with the Maize
and Blue barely edged out of second place.
Then came the NCAA's at Cleveland State, held
in late March.
Michigan sent nine men to the nationals
and they almost brought home a prestigious
spot in the top ten. Instead, the Wolverines
settled for eleventh place, one point behind
Ohio State.
Michigan's record was 8-2 and next season
could be a banner year for Gus Stager and Dick
Diver Don Craine emerged on the national
scene. He took two seconds in the Big Tens and
then came up with a sterling performance at
the NCAA's coming up with two thirds.
Tom Szuba had an off year, bothered by
sickness but he saved his best for the NC-
AA's where he came up with a 5th and a
7th in the 400- and 200-individual medleys.
Gordon Downie showed that he can compete
with anyone and freshman John Daly was a
great find for Stager. Norm Semchyshen was
the big surprise as he came out of nowhere to
stun everyone at the Big Ten meet.
tremendously during the past year. Led by some
superb upperclassmen and a 'flock of talented
freshmen and sophomores.
Leading the way was junior Dave Wil-
liams, whose, time in the 600-yard run,
1:10.3, was second best in the world. Wil-
liams also ra n ea ncor legin the .Wnl-

erines had dominated the lime-
light, with Moretto scoring
twice and Moore putting on a
star performance in the nets.
Despite the loss, however, the
Blue skaters didn't come away
empty handed, as Moretto,
Moore, and Greg Natale won
all-star awards.

Daily Photo by KEN INK

Individuals highlight
middle-place squads

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