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J-VILLE WINS:
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. . . class of the country
VEN GARY ERNST toppled to the mat in the final 90 sec-
onds of the last match of the NCAA Wrestling Champion-
ships in Ames last Saturday, it marked the end of a great and
frustrating season for Michigan's wrestlers.
People expected these men to work near-miracles from the
beginning of the season. A national title was a practical goal.
The team proved beyond dispute that it was capable of sur-
passing any other squad in a head-to-head confrontation. The
Wolverines deserved their rankng at the top, and-this is the
important noint - they still do.
Oklahoma won a flukish triumph, but it was no -less
strange than a Michigan victory would have been. Neither
the Maize and Blue nor Oklahoma nor Iowa State would have
had a chance to take it all had not Oklahoma State's grap-
plers failed abysmally in the final day of competition. Six
Cowboys took to the mats that day - several more than
once - and none won a single bout.
This circumstance allowed the tree teams that finished
behind the Sooners to compile a tantalizing list of plausible "what
ifs" which, in every case, would have produced a different set
of champions. Michigan's list illustrates the complex matrix of
events which dropped the Maize and Blue just short of produc-
ing the first NCAA team title in Michigan's 50 years of wrestl-
ing. Holding other things equal:
* If Jim Brown, who can't be blamed for slumping at tour-
nament time, had repeated his 1973 third place finish at 118,
Michigan would have won;
*If Rob Huizenga had decisioned Brigham Young's Mike
Hansen in the 177-pound semifinal, instead of in the consolation
final, Michigan would have won;
* If Billy Davids had defeated Lehigh's Tom Sculley in the
134-pound semifinal - he lost by only 2-0 - Michigan would
have won;
* If the referee in the Larry Zilverberg-Rod Kilgore 158-
pound final had not twice allowed Oklahoma's Kilgore quick
starts from the referee's position, or if he had allowed
Zilverberg a clear-cut reversal the Minnesota wrestler
scored at the buzzer, Zilverburg might have won that match
-and if he had, Michigan would have won the tournament.
Since none of these things happened, the championship came
down to Ernst's match. It was remarkable that the issue re-
mained undecided so long; it was even more remarkable that
Ernst was able to be there for the decision.
Through -most of his Michigan career, Gary has wrestled
under the severe handicap of not having someone his own size
to work out with him. The smaller Dave Curby did everything
he could to break Ernst into a 'sweat, and veteran Therlon Har-
ris came back from ."retirement" to help the cause, but the
disadvantage remained.
In a desperate attempt to compensate, Gary voluntarily
racked his body in endless duels with the football team's weight
machine, weary laps around the Crisler Arena inner perimeter,
and almost unending sprints up and down the arena stairs.
These exertions took their toll. Gary's resistance was lowered
by the continual effort, and he contracted mononucleosis sev-
eral weeks before the NCAAs began.
Although it was a light case of mono, it took pure guts for
him to recover quickly, win the Big Tens, and battle through a
tough field of heavyweights to make the NCAA finals.
Gary Ernst was not the man who lost the' deciding match: he
was representative of the spirit and drive which made a deciding
match possible.
For every national champion, there are several thous-
and wrestlers who necessarily lose to make the title possible.
A sport justified by the victory ethic alone consigns almost
everyone to the discard pile. The committment to excellence
comes before excellence itself: the willingness to participate
wholeheartedly is infinitely more important than the final
score. Victory is worthwhile only ivhen it is possible to
lose with honor and dignity..
In defeat, the Wolverines stood stunned, blank-faced, silent,
not apologizing, not expecting anyone to apologize for them.
Their destiny was never strictly the product of their own actions.
They realized this. Unlike those who won, this was never a
team which could gloat over success handed it by the misfor-
tunes of others. When a controversial referee ensured their
victory last February over Iowa - even though they might have
won on their own anyway - the Maize and Blue refused to
hail a triumph which was not entirely through their own achieve-
ment.
They completed their season with unforgettable class. They
gave their best. Let that be their memorial.

By The Associated Press KENDRICK FINISHED with 22 sonville into the lead again, 76-74
NEW YORK - Tom Henderson's points for the Boilermakers, who with 6:54 remaining.
33 points were offset by a quick in the first round knocked top-,
Boilermaker start a n d Purdue seeded and seventh-ranked North JOE PACE tied the game 83-83
coasted to an 85-72 victory over Carolina out of this oldest post- at 1:12 before Scholz made his
Hawaii last night and into the season c o 11 e g i a t e baseketball free throws. Both clubs shot for
semi-finals of the National Invi- tourney. blistering percentages in the first
tation Tournament. Garrett finished with 20 for half, with Maryland-Eastern Shore
Their opponents Saturday after- Purdue. hitting 50 per cent of its shots and
1* * * Jacksonville making nearly 49 per
noon will be Jacksonville, which* * cetakoladJksnie
won a run-and-shoot battle with olph s cent to lead 51-50 at the half.
Dylph s ay .Gordon scored 24 points for Mary-
Maryland-Eastern Shore. George Scholz hit two free land-Eastern Shore, now 27-2, while
THE BOILERMAKERS opened throws with 25 seconds remaining Skinner had 20, and Benbow added
BOILERMAKERS opet1n red to help Jacksonville University 12 for Jacksonville, now 20-8.
the game with 10 unanswered 1edge Maryland-Eastern Shore 85-83.__

points ana ater, wtr ine score
18-12, reeled off another string of
12 before Hawaii was able to re-
taliate.
Purdue hit 53 per cent of their'
shots from the field in the first
half, compared to Hawaii's 38 per'
cent, and was led by John Gar-
rett's 12 points.
The Boilermakers lead grew to
five at the beginning of the second
half before Henderson, who had
scored 12 points in the first half,I
went to work, whittling the Purdue
lead to 48-41 with 16:30 remaining.
Despite Henderson's efforts, the
Rainbows could draw no closer as
Garrett and Frank.Kendrick pulled
Purdue out of range.

JACKSONVILLE, with their lead-i
ing scorer Butch Taylor on the I
bench in foul trouble much of the'
second half, lost a five-point lead
they had early in the second halfB
a n d Maryland - Eastern S h o r e, Cleveland 107, Portland 103
paced by Bill Gordon and Calvin Chicago 103, Philadelphia 94
Boston 110, Houston 107
Skinner, took the lead 70-68 at:
11:11.
New York Islanders 5, St. Louis 1
Taylor, who scored 18 points in Minnesota 6, California 3
the first half, fouled out at 17:16, ABA
and finished with 20 points and 14
rebounds. But his place as therUtah gis, Memphis 103
offensive star for the Dolphins was NIT
taken by Leon Benbow, who scored Purdue 85, Hawaii 72
Jacksonville, 85, Maryland-
four straight points to put Jack- I Eastern Shore 83

AP Photo
PURDUE FORWARD Bruce Rose demonstrates the elusive style employed by the Boilermakers all
night, as they put it to the Rainbows of Hawaii in NIT quarter-final action. Purdue was never be-
hind as they eliminated Hawaii by a score of 85-72 to advance to the semis.

MAY QUALIFY FOR NCAA'S

Gymnasts

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By TOM PYDEN
A second place finish in athletic* ,
competition is unmercifully re- -(13aU1I1
ferred to as the "bridesmaid" act. W
It is also a snorts cliche that a
second place finish has as much s
value as a last place standing.
However, just as the Detroit Pis-:
tons have found a fallacy in this
belief, the Michigan gymnastics NIGHT EDITOR:
team still entertain hopes of quali- LEBA HERTZ
fying for the NCAA Gymnastics
Championships next month at Penn
State, despite their second place Iowa to compete for the national
finish in the Big Ten Meet earlier championship. Two of the remain-
this month. But imderlying these ing qualifying meets will take place
hopes are numerous if, ands, and this weekend as the Big Eight and
buts in the forms of low scores, Western Athletic Conference hold
luck and injuries. their respective meets. The three
The Maize and Blue turmblers final contests-the Southern Inter-
fell five noints behind Iowa after collegiate Gymnastics League, the
the initial compulsories and option- Western Independent and the East-
as comnetition in the two day ern Independent-will not be held
Big Ten Meet and the nawkeves until March 28th, 29th and 30th.
were never in trouble as they out- A rundown of the meet favorites
nointed the Wolverines, 399.M shows that Michigan's best chance
322.20. The Big Ten Chamnionship for qualifying rests with the per-
and 3?9.00 score automatically formance of the United States Air
qualified the Hawkeyes for the$ Force Academy in the Western In-
NCAA Championships, but the fine dependent Meet being held at Port-'
klichioan nerformarnce may nermit land State. Air Force has dom-
the Wolverines to follow the same the best.

If indeed Lady Luck does look
favorably on the Wolverine gym-
nasts, the squad will still have to
contend with the nagging problem
they encountered at the Big Ten
Meet-injuries.
Loken and his gymnasts were hit
hard Monday by the news that
team captain and still rings spe-
cialist Monty Falb is scheduled to
undergo surgery today at Univer-
sity Hospital for a ruptured left
bicep muscle. The senior from
Floosmoor, Illinois is expected to
be released from the hospital on
Saturday, but a cast will be on the
arm for an additional three to four
weeks. The injury was a particular-
ly heavy blow to the fine young
Falb as his performance in the Big
Ten Meet had enabled him to
qualify as an individual performer
for the NCAA Championships.
"Monty has been an excellent
captain and he has set a tremen-
dous example for others to follow.
We'll miss him very much," la-
mented Loken.
TO DATE, Penn State and Cali-
fornia have qualified along with

route.
To qualify for the NCAA Gym-
nastics Champion-hins a school
must win its aoalifving meet with
a Tninimmn comi,1kory and ontion-
al total of 300.00 points. A total of
eight teams will auslify for the
meet and should a team win a
cnalifying meet but fail to score
the required minimum of 300.00
points, an otherwise non-onalifving
team earning the highest score
over 300.00 points (considering all
eight Qualifying meets) will replace
the point-deficient school-which is
exactly what Coach Newt Loken
and his squad are hoping for.
"THE BOYS ARE still working
hard," relayed the ever-busy
Loken, himself catching a breather
during a workout break. "We prac-y
ticed our compulsory routines to-
day and have an optional's workout
scheduled for tomorrow. We may
not qualify but we are hoping for'

Sports of The Daly
By The Associated Press
Hawke yes hire Olson
DES MOINES, Iowa - Joe Roberts, a black assistant basket-
ball coach under ousted Dick Schultz at the University of
Iowa, said yesterday he was passed over for Schultz's job be-
cause of his race.
Roberts, in an interview with the Des Moines Tribune, called
Athletic Director Bump Elliott an "institutional racist." And
he said the Board of Control of Athletics "is not in tune with
what's happening. It's thinking is warped and 30 years behind
time."
Roberts' comments came after Iowa hired Luther Olson
of Long Beach State to replace Schultz, fired after four los-
ing seasons.
Roberts, who has been at Iowa for three years after being
an assistant at Western Michigan, said he believes Elliott did
not hire him because of pressure from the team's "supporters
and athletic board."
Elliott said Roberts was interviewed and given serious con-
sideration for the job.
"Race was not a factor in our decision," Elliott said. "We
did what we thought best for the University of Iowa . . . We
did not feel it was in the best interest to hire an assistant
coach."

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Tigers peddle Perry
CLEVELAND - The Detroit Tigers sent Pitcher Jim Perry
to the Cleveland Indians yesterday in a three-way trade that also
involved the New York Yankees.
The Indians sent rookie pitcher Rick Sawyer and outfielder
Walt Williams to the Yankees and New York dealt catcher
Jerry Moses to the Tigers as part of the swap.
Moses and Perry formerly played with the Indians.
Perry, 37, rejoins his younger brother, Gaylord, with the
Tribe. Both are former Cy Young Award winners in the
American League - Jim with the Minnesota Twins in 1970
and Gaylord, 35, with the Indians in 1972.
Williams came to the Indians from the Chicago White Sox
Oct. 19, 1972 in a trade for infielder Eddie Leon.
iThe Indians sent Moses to the Yankees along with third
baseman Graig Nettles Nov. 27, 1972, for catcher John Ellis,
outfielder Carlie Spikes and Rusty Torres and infielder Jerry
Kenney.

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