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Thursday, January 17, 1974


gage Nine







To many p e o p 1 e, amateu
wrestling is as mysterious a
Nixon's explanations of Water
gate. This is unfortunate. Cc
herent patterns of events tend 1
recur from match to match, an
an understanding of them can g
a long way toward increasin
the enjoyment one can get fror
watching a wrestling meet.
Most wrestling meets are d
cided before the whistle blows t
start the first match. The na
ural differences between cor
petitors in such a s p e c t s a
strength, quickness and wrest
ing know-how are often wel
known in advance. But thes
aren't the only factors which df
termine wrestling success.
Meets and championships ar
determinied by the drill, repet
tion, sweat and enthusiasm th
wrestlers expend in practic
each week. Bay emphasizes th
point with his favorite Fieldin
H. Yost quote: "It's not the wi
to win that counts-it's the wi


hold, and you can counter my
counter, and so on forever. It's
the ability to react and react
more quickly than your opponent
that counts-and that's what we
try to drill in practice."
Once on the mat, the grap-
plers' objectives become brutally

tling strategy. Nearly all wres-
tlers will follow the script close-
ly. But the Maize and Blue have.
a glaring exception - Rob Hui-
zenga-whose style is so unique
and successful that it deserves
an article of its own.

e- .
to to prepare to win." Elaborating,
t- he notes that "when you and
n- the other guy are out on the
as mat, in front of a big crowd,
l- you both want to win-real bad.
- That's not what's important.
se "What's important is whether
e- you wanted to win just as bad
on Monday, Tuesday, Wednes-
day, Thursday and Friday, or
i- whether the other guy wanted
e it more. If he did, he's going to
beat you."
is Wrestlers are statistics freaks,
ig and some interesting correlations
ll have turned up from their tons
ll of data. For example, the wres-

full court


Spartan Ganakas .

. .

S00 Cheer in adversity

tier who scores the first take-
down of the match-forcing his
opponent to the mat and estab-
lishing himself in control of the
other man's body-will win the
match ninety per cent of the
Bay offers a pair of hypotheses
as explanations: the man who
makes the first takedown is the
more aggressive wrestler; and
the man who makes the first
takedown has the most confi-
dence in his own ability.
Except in desperation, very
few wrestlers will rush blindly
at their opponents in the hope
that sheer momentum and de-
sire will do the job. In fact, it
usually won't: a charging wres-
tler is partially out of control
and if the defending wrestler is
in position, he can maneuver
quickly and turn the attacker's
aggressiveness to his own pur-
To maximize hischances of
scoring, a wrestler needs to dis-
orient his opponent just enough
so that he will be able to rush
in and 'grab a leg before the
other man can retaliate. This
process is called the "set up"
and can be done in many ways:
bobbing and weaving, flopping
the arms around, slapping the
hand, or moving in for a test of
When the wrestler believes he
has his adversary sufficiently
out of position or confused, he
"shouts," that is, he moves in
to grab one or both of the oppo-
nent's legs. If he does so suc-
cessfully, he is said to have
"penetrated," and his accom-
plishment is a "single" or a
"double" according to whether
he grabs oneor two legs.
But this isn't enough. Having
penetrated, the wrestler must
move swiftly to use his advant-
age before the other man has an
opportunity to react.
"Research is so important,"
Bay notes, "because there is no
such thing as a foolproof hold in
wrestling. If I show you a hold,
you can show me a counter-hold,
and I can counter your counter-

The most interesting match-up in Saturday's Michigan State-
Michigan clash will not be on the court. It will be on the side-
lines where the Big Ten's two most maligned coaches, MSU's Gus
Ganakas and Michigan's Johnny Orr, will do battle for the first
time this campaign.
This has not been a particularly outstanding year for Ga-
nakas' Spartans. Playing a nondescript schedule, they've played
some nondescript ball and go into the Michigan game with a 7-5
mark for the year, 2-1 in the Big Ten. The Spartans must now
journey to Crisler, where the wound from Burt Smith's blunder
is still fresh.
Ganakas is not too concerned. "Sure, there will be a
lot of interest because of this Burt Smith thing, but there
would be a lot anyway, this being a Michigan-MSU contest."
But any flak Ganakas gets at Crisler will be mild in com-
parison to what he had to take last year. Virtually the entire East
Lansing campus was demanding his head, because he was play-
ing a 5-5 guard named Gary Ganakas in his starting lineup. To
compound the issue, Gary happened to be Gus' son.
Young Ganakas earned his starting role because he had the
ability to run the offense. Without him, the Spartans have
degenerated into a group of five one-on-one players this year.
But this was not notied by the paying fans, who only saw
that Gary could not shoot very well and was a definite liability
on defense.
We've had some problems replacing Gary this year. No-
body quite realized just how much he meant to the team.
We haven't got anybody who can quite replace his passing,"
notes Ganakas.
The anti-Gary Ganakas movement touched off a whole wave
of criticism of Ganakas' coaching tactics. The MSU student
newspaper ran letters from students, professors, and interested
persons suggesting better coaching methods to use on the Spar-
tan cagers. The storm died down after the season ended, but
the memory is still fresh to Gus Ganakas.
"It seems like everybody nowdays is anti-coach. A coach
just has 'to realize that most fans out there are astute people
who see why a person is playing out there and appreciate his
particular skills. You've just got to keep faith in the good fans.
"Look at Johnny Orr. Last year people were really down
on him, and now he is 10-2 and doing a great job.
"It seems like fans really get
down on the small guy. Most of
them seem to think, 'I couldn't
play college ball because I'm too
short,' and they see this small ggy
out there and it gets them mad.
Joe Johnson had that problem last
year. You had a player a few
years back - Dave Hart -- who
really got the criticism from the
But even if Gary Ganakas had 'v
decided to enroll at Ball State,
Gus Ganakas would have had
problems. Part of the reason MSU
hopes were so high last year was
the appearance on their roster of
Lindsay Hairston, who as a prep
star was considered to be the r
equal (or superior) of Campy Rus- Gus &ai Ri(kLs
Lindsay, however, came through with a mediocre sopho-
more year. Although he's the Spartan's top rebounder this year,
Hairston does not appear to have superstar potential.
Possibly the problem is desire. As a State student put it,
"Lindsay can be a real stud when he wants to play. Un-
fortunately, I've only seen him want to play twice."
Ganakas retains faith, though. "Lindsay has really im-
pressed me this year. You know, he's a very frail person
(6-7, 186). In spite of that, he's done the job for us on the
But the biggest burdent Ganakas labors under is his uni-
versity. The school by the Red Cedar is a basketball waste-
land. The general feeling among students and alumni is "A
winning basketball team is fine; but if they don't win, there is
always spring football." Jenison Fieldhouse, where the Spar-
tans play their home games, is a large barnlike building more
suited for track meets and cattle shows than basketball.
"It definitely hurts our recruiting, this lack of emphasis
on the game and general apathy," notes Ganakas. "It's very dif-
ficult for us to get people from out of state. There hasn't been
much progress here on a new arena, which hurts us because
we have to recruit against schools with good faicilities."

simple. The man on top is re-
quired by the rules to try and
turn his man over on the back,
to work for a pin. Simultaneous-
ly, the man on the bottom is
simply trying to get out of there.
Reversals, in which the man
on the bottom makes a quick
move to put himself in control,
are uncommon. They're worth
two points, but an escape fol-
lowed by a successful takedown
is worth three.
Furthermore, a man falling to
the mat during a successful take-
down is most vulnerable to being
pinned: he's totally out of con-
trol, and if his back can be turn-
ed to the mat before he lands, a
pin can follow in short order.
The strategy for escaping is
straightforward. Since a wrestler
on his belly can't do very much,
he must first try and struggle to
his hands and knees-the "base"
-from which he can exert some
leverage on his opponent. Natur-
ally, the other man will be doing
his best to stoD him: if he forces
his opponent back to the mat,
this is called "busting him
From there, the man attempt-
ing to escape will usually seek
to grab the other guy's hands,
rip them off his body, step up
cu 2kly, and get away. Once on
his feet, he can begin sparring
around, trying to set up a take-
down of his own.
These are the basics of wres-



wrestler w-L-L Op. Takedowns N T-L TEF
Huizenga 5-0 12 10 2 - .92
Curby 5-0 21 16 5 - .88
Hubbard 5-0 16 15 0 1 .84
Brown 5-0 24 18 5 1 .79
Ernst 5-0 9 5 3 1 .56
Davids 5-0 18 14 1 3 .56
Schuck 4-1 20 10 8 2 .55
Johnson 1-1-1 12 5 5 2 .38
Brink 4-1 29 13 8 8 .17.
T. space 0-1 1 1 - - 1.00
Ryan 0-1-1 5 2 1 2 -.10
Valley 2-1 10 3 3 4 -.15
D.Space 0-1 7 0 2 5 -.93
TEAM 41-7-2 184 112 43 29 .49
Key: O-Opportunities: any situation during a match in which both
wrestlers are on their feet; T-Takedowns: when a wrestler forces his
opponent to the mat under his control; N-Neutrals: whenever a period
ends with both wrestlers on their feet; TDL-Takedowns lost (scored by
opponent); TEF-Takedown Efficiency, computed by the formula [2
(takedowns) plus I (neutrals) minus 3 takedowns lost)]/2 (opportunities).

MICHIGAN HEAVYWEIGHT Gary Ernst struggles to "bust down" Iowa's Jim Washeck in a match
won last year by Ernst, 7-1. While the doomed Hawkeye vainly tugs at the iron-muscled Saline native's
right hand, the crafty Ernst counters with a tug at Washeck's ankle. Truly a clutch performance,
Ernst's victory made the difference in an 18-17 Wolverine triumph.

O.J. named AP's
Man of the Year
Michigan's junior varsity wrestlers came up
on the short end of a 28-7 tally against Grand
Rapids Junior College last night, but Wolverine
assistant mat mentor Bill Johannesen found
much to be encouraged about.
"Actually we'd have only lost 18-12," Johan-
nesen commented, "but we were forced to for-
feit two matches and wrestle exhibitions that
resulted in a Michigan win and a draw.
"We forfeited at 158 because we may want
to use Ed Neiswender at the varsity level on
Saturday, and an official result would have
made him ineligible. Gary Jonseck at 177 is a
transfer student who is ineligible to register
team points."
Jonseck pulled off the surprise of the meet,
according to Johannesen, by drawing his ex-
hibition match with Grand Rapids' Bob An-
keny, 3-3. "Ankeny is the defending national
junior college champion at 177 pounds," Jo-
hannesen explained.
Other grapplers singled out for praise in-
cluded 150-pounder Bill Goen and Steve Shuster
at 190. Both lost close matches: Goen suc-
cumbed 13-11 on a takedown in the closing
seconds, while Shuster fell 7-5 after trailing 5-0

at the 30-second mark on a takedown and
near fall.
"Steve actually outwrestled King for 7%
minutes of an eight minute match," Johanne-
sen claimed.
118-Mark Burdick (GR) pinned Lance
Becker (M), 1:15.
126-No match
134-Mark Woronko (GR) sup. dec. Tom
Fillion (M), 14-3.
142-Tom Herter (M) dec. John Roberts
(GR), 9-4.
150-Ken Corner (GR) dec. Bill Goen (M),
158-Forfeit to Grand Rapids.
Exhibition-Ed Neiswender (M) dec. Ken
Korolewicz (GR), 6-2.
167-Ted DeLuca (M) sup. dec. Bill Seary
(GR), 17-6.
177-Forfeit to Grand Rapids.
Exhibition-Gary Jonseck (M) drew Bob
Ankeny (GR), 3-3.
190-Harold King (GR) dec. Steve Shuster
(M), 7-5.
Hwt.-No match.
* * *
LOS ANGELES (P)-O. J. Simpson admits
he's prejudiced when he says, "I think foot-
ball players are the best athletes."
Named the Male Athlete of the Year for

1973 by The Associated Press, Simpson voiced
his thanks, saying:
"This means quite a bit to me obviously
since you're considering all the great athletes
in all the sports.
"But I think it is based on individual ac-
complishments in that one sport and I broke a
few records this year in football.
"Generally speaking, I think it takes prob-
ably more athletic ability to play football and
basketball. I would put basketball players in
the same mold as football. There are so many
things involved. I think even from the mental
side there is so much involved in football that
you just don't have in a baseball game, for
"The basic rules in baseball you learned in
Little League and I don't think they change
much from Little League to the, professional
level. In football there is constant change year
in and year out. I think that adds to the ver-
satility of the athlete."
Simpson won the award over a baseball
player-Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves who
was a distant second in the voting.
Simpson set a National Football League rec-
ord by rushing for 2,003 yards last season with
the Buffalo Bills who finished second to Super
Bowl Champion Miami in the American Foot-
ball Conference East.





Yankee duo gains Lame



_ . ..

By The Associated Press
Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford,
inseparable as longtime New York
Yankee teammates, moved into
baseball's Hall of Fame together
Both were named on more than:
75 per cent of the 365 ballots cast
by members of the Baseball Writ-{
ers Association of America. MantleR
received 322 votes and became the
seventh man in history voted into1
the Hall of Fame in his first year,
of eligibility. His sidekick, Ford,:
who fell 29 votes short last year,
got 284 in his second appearance
on the ballot, 12 more than the
required 272.
Robin Roberts finished third,
with 224 votes and Ralph Kiner
was fourth with 215.
"I wasn't disappointed when Ia
didn't make it last year," said
Ford. "I was thrilled by the num-
ber of votes I got. I thought to
myself that if I could get 29
more, I'd be able to go in with
Mickey this year because I was
sure he'd make it. I'm glad it
worked out the way It did."
Mantle expressed the same feel-
ings. "It means so much more to
me to be going in with Whitey. He
was the best pitcher I ever saw
and I thought he should have made!
it last year."
Mantle batted .298 with 536 ca-
reer home runs-most ever by a
switch hitter-in 18 seasons with
the Yankees. He led the American
League in homers four times ano
was named Most Valuable Player
three times including 1956 when
he won the Triple Crown, pacing
all AL hitters with a .353 batting
average, 52 home runs and 1301
runs batted in. He was troubled!
throughout his career with crip-
pling leg injuries and often played


in pain.
Ford, a crafty left-hander,
compiled a 236-106 won-lost rec-7
ord for a .690 percentage, best1
in history for a pitcher with over+
200 victories. He had a career
earned run average of 2.74.
The pitcher and slugger were a
study in contrasts when they join-
ed the Yankees in the early '5s
at the height of the club's domina-,
tion df the American League. Ford
was New York born and bred, a
cocky, confident pitcher, who suc-
ceeded as much on guile as talent.
Mantle was a shy country boy
from Commerce, Okla., who was
getting his first look at the big
"We just always enjoyed being
around each other," said Mantle,
nodding at his longtime pal. "He
and Billy Martin and I stuck to-
gether. Whitey and Billy' were out-
spoken guys and said anything that
needed to be said. I was the quiet
Mantle said Ford used to tease
him about his country-way of talk-
ing. "I always say 'down yonder,' "
drawled Mantle. "One day, Whitey
said to me, 'Hey Mick, where the
hell is down yonder?"
Ford recalled Mantle's great
determination as a player, suc-
ceeding in spite of his many ail-
ments. "I can remember sitting
at dinner with him when he'd
have trouble just getting tip from
the table," Ford said.
Mantle admitted that his fre-

quent injuries often gave him sec-
ond thoughts about continuing to
play. "We'd lose a game and I'd
be hurting," he said. "Afterwards,
especially if I was alone, I'd say
to myself, 'What's it all for? W by
don't I quit and just go home?'
Then the next day I might hit one
that would help Whitey or some-
body win a game and afterwards
I'd see the look on their faces and
I'd know what it was f)r. Now I
know it was really worth it."
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"Songs that made America
"the best social commentary
of the decade."
-Billboard Record Review
... somewhere there must
be something of social value.
Should be in every home
in America.y
-Rolling Stone
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