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Sunday, February.25, 1973


Page Nine

Sunday, February 25, 1973 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Nine

W restlers




By JIM ECKER slightly frustrated Bay. "But we've
Special to The Daily worked all year for the champion-
MINNEAPOLIS - Michigan won ship, and now we've got it."
the war but lost some major battles Gary Ernst and Jeff Guyton
yesterday in capturing its tenth replaced their dethroned team-
Big Ten wrestling title here. A mates as Big Ten champions.
fast-closing Iowa crew narrowed The top-seeded Ernst, barely
the final margin to a respectable pressed throughout the tourney,
76-69, but Rick Bay's boys had it handled Minnesota's Dave Simon-
e all the way. son 6-2. Guyton decisioned the
The Wolverines dropped five of Spartans' Conrad Calendar 6-4
hseve championship battles, in- for the 134-lb. honors.
cseding the bitterly disappointing Cuyton, a freshman who started'
dethroning of Jerry Hibbard and gthe season on the bench, grappled
Mitch Mendrygal, Michigan's de- a charmed path to the champion-
fending conference title-holders. ship. His opening round victory
Wisconsin's Rich Lawinger ruin-;came on a referee's decision after
ed Hubbard's bid for three straight three overtime periods still left
conference crowns with a 2-1 the match score knotted.
scueaker at 150 lbs. Mendrygal On Friday, a last second ma-
surrendered his 158-lb. title to Jan neuver earned him an 8-7 semi-
Sanderson of Iowa. ;final decision. A n d yesterday,
"It certainly takes some of the Michigan's lone rookie wrestler
icing off the cake," s immarized a built an early lead but had to
hang on for the victory. What's
Hail! his secret?
* l."Clean living," explained the
Championship man with the bloodshot left eye.
118 pounds - Dan Sherman, Iowa, "Anyway, I just like to make it
outpointed JIM BROWN, MICH, 6-5. d .ectig Keethfasiertd.
126-Mark Massery, NW, outpointed exciting: ep the fans interested."
BILL DAVIDS, MICH, 12-2. Jim Brown, Bill Davids and
134-JEFF GUYTON, MICH, outpoint- Roger Ritzman all dropped title
ed Conrad Calendar, MSU, 6-4. tilts. Davids and Ritzman never
142-Tom Milkovich, MSU, outpointed ha acane gisttrgr
Dean Armstrong, OsU, 9-4. had a chance against stronger,
150-Rich Lawinger, Wis, outpointed opponents, but Brown came with-
JERRY HUBBARD, MICH, 2-1. in four seconds of the top.
158-Jan Sanderson, Iowa, outpointed
MITCH MENDRYGAL, MICH, 7-5. The Akron acrobat lost by a point
167-Ed Vatch, Wis, outpointed ROG- in a well wrestled bout that could
ER RITZMAN, MICH, 9-2. have gone either way. The Hawk-
177-John Panning, Minn, pinned Bill eye 1:04 riding advantage spelled
Reinbolt, OSU; :50.ev104rdnavntgspld
190-Fred Penrod, Iowa, outpointed defeat for Brown, making this the
Jerry Guth, Wis, 14.1. second straight year the sopho-
Heavyweight-GARY ERNST, MICH, more has settled for runnerup con-
outpointed Dave Simonson, Minn, 6-2. ference laurels.
Team scores - MICHIGAN 76, Iowa Northwestern's M a r k Massery
69, Wisconsin 59/, Minnesota 49, simply outgunned Davids 12-3 for
Michigan State 432r2, Ohio State a', the 126-1b. crown. The Wildcat
Northwestern 27, Purdue 13, Indiana wracked up two take downs, a
Illinois 5. wakdu w aedws

predicament, and a near fall
against Michigan's en'try and clear-
ly displayed his divisional super-
Ritzman did not disgrace bim-
self in the 9-2 loss to Ed Vatch as
Wisconsin's 167-pounder just proved
too tough to handle. Considering
Ritzman's history of injuries and
bad luck, a second place showing
in the tourney wasn't bad at all.
As the newly crowned Wolver-
ines milled around Minnesota's
Bierman gym following the team
picture Hubbard and Mendrygal
related, not only how it felt to be
team champions, but personal run-
ners up.
Someone tried to console Hub-
bard by telling him winning and
losing is all part of the game.!
"Yeah, that's true," affirmed Hub.
"But I like that winning part bet-
ter. I don't dig the losing. That's
not cool."
Mendrygal, team captain and
only the fourth four letter grap-
pler in the long history of Wolver-
ine wrestling, had a sad look in
his eyes while managing a thin
smile. It was a bitter-sweet tour-'
ney for the hard working Detroiter.
"It is. But the team winning is
the only really important thing,"
said Mendrygal. "I don't feel bad
personally though when you wrestle
well and lose, no it's not so hard
to accept defeat."
Earlier in the afternoon, Hub-
bard had revealed plans for an
aggressive, wide open attack on
Lawinger. "I didn't change my

mind," maintained the junior from
Joliet. "But his style's winning by
a point or two. Lawinger is a de-
fensive wrestler, and a damn good
one. I tried to play it smart, only
take what he'd give me. Only
problem was he didn't give me
The Wolverines' championship
success revolves around overall
team depth. Iowa won more in-
dividual crowns (three), and
Wisconsin secured just as many.
But Michigan's five second place
showings, supported by Ernst
and Guyton, provided valuable
team points and the inevitable
Michigan's title, first for three-
year head coach Bay and assistant
Bill Johanneson, snapped Michigan
State's seven year domination of
Big Ten wrestling. The Spartans,
a distant fifth place finisher, can
take some consolation in Tom
Milkovich's award as the tourna-
ment's outstanding wrestler. Mil-
kovich, a senior undefeated in four
years of league competition be-
came the first matman since 1950
to cop four consecutive conference
The Big Ten season is finally
over, but for seven Wolverines the
year goes on. Next stop on the
agenda is Seattle, Wash., and the
NCAA tournament March 8, 9 and
10, but more about that later. For
now, Ann Arbor, roll out the wel-
come mat. Here come the Woiver-
ines with the Big Ten wrestling

AP Photo

Ritzman (on his back) tumbles in Big Ten meet

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full court
The Golden Gophers . .
e. grand and glorious
special To The Daily
"I'LL TELL YOU one thing, I sure wouldn't want to have to
design a defense to stop us. God, we were just awesome on
those boards today. It was just a matter of pure physical re-
bounding strength."
That's how the most loved man in Minneapolis and St. Paul
and perhaps the most loathed major sports figure in the mid-
west, Bill Musselman, saw his team's incredible obliteration of
a psyched-up Michigan team yesterday. Sounds pretty cocky,
doesn't he? Well, he is. And you know, he has a damned good
reason to talk like that.
Sure, it's obvious to everyone that this Minnesota team
has unbelievable personnel. In big men Jim Brewer, Ron
Behagen, and Clyde Turner, the Gophers have perhaps the
most talented triumvirate of players in the country. And
with additional brute strength underneath in Dave Winfield
and two more-than-adequate guards in Bob Nix and Keith
Young, Musselman could seemingly just roll the ball out
at the start of every practice and say, "Do your thing."
But you need more than talent alone to win consistently in
the Big Ten this season. Everyone except Northwestern has at
least a few good players who can pull a big upset, especially in
front of the home crowd. When it gets down to the crunch and
you're trailing by two with two minutes left, a team needs
something to pull it together.
That's the situation Michigan has been in on at least half a
dozen different occasions during this tragic campaign. And
really only twice, weeks ago in Columbus and at East Lansing,
did the Wolverines win a pressure game.
Coach John Orr agrees that it should have been dif-
ferent. "We should be going in there (Minnesota) 9-1 or
8-2," he said last week. "But we've lost seven games this
year by a total of 29 points, three of them by one point and
two of those by shots at the buzzer."
Orr has explained the losses by continually pointing to mis-
takes and bad shooting and rough breaks. But everybody has
those problems. Even Minnesota, and the talent gap between
the two teams is far wider than we have been led to believe all
year, has lost twice in the conference.
What a team desperately needs in the late stages of a close
game is an instinct, a discipline, an inner force that just won't
permit a player to throw the ball away. It's developed on the
practice floor, not in the heat of battle. Minnesota has shown
that they possess it, and Michigan has shown that they don't.
"I'd say the difference between our two teams is, of course,
rebounding, and then leadership," Winfield commented after-
ward. "Both coaching, and the captain, 'Brew.' We have an
inner pride."
These Minnesota superstars, particularly Behagen and
Turner, and maybe even Brewer (he gunned up 35 shots in
Crisler Arena two winters ago), are offensive-minded, individual
players. They have brilliant one-on-one talent and you can just
sense that they'd love to really break loose.
But they don't take many wild shots, and they play hard-
nosed defense. Turner's effort against Henry Wilmore in the
second half, which Musselman termed "a sacrifice on Clyde's
part-he took himself out of the offense," was evidence of this.
These multi-talented individuals performed as a cohesive unit,
and you know it's because of their little 32 year old drill sargeant
from Ashland College.
He's never apologized publicly for the never to be for-
gotten "incident" with Ohio State last winter, and for that
you simply can't accept the man or his methods. As Mich-
igan assistant Jim Dutcher has put it, "Once you stick by
your squad in a situation such as that, they'll do anything
for you in return."
Be that as it may, the intensity of the man is crystal-clear
as 'he watches the machine he has created perform. He is
constantly up and down, barking commands at his players as




Special To The Daily
great basketball game for a
half here in Williams Arena
yesterday. The second half
was pretty good, too, but only
one team was enjoying itself.
And for the fifth time in this
Big Ten campaign it wasn't
Instead it was Minnesota's
awesome, power-laden Golden
Gophers who did the enjoying
as they burst open the second
half scoring floodgates to rout
a stubborn Michigan team,
The triumph thrusts Coach Bill

Musselman's crew into a com-,
manding position irl the Big Ten!
race at 8-2 with only one genuine
stumbling block remaining in its
bid for a second straight champion-
ship-a March 3 encounter at
Regardless of the final margin
of victory, fourth-ranked Minnesota

the opening stanza. "The turning point came when.
The issue was still in doubt four they hit everything in sight; during
minutes into that decisive second that three or four minute span in
half as Minnesota led only 49-47. the second half," Coach John Orr
But then the Wolverines ran into commented. "And while they were
one of those spurts that always hot we took some bad shots and
seem to make the difference, and turned the ball over.
S P 4 H IT S U-it was all but over four minutes "But it might not have made
later. much difference. They're just so
FRANK LONGO First, 6-8 guard Clyde Turner hit powerful under the boards. Minne-
a short jumper off the baseline, sota's certainly the best team
then, in succession, Ron Behagen we've faced this season."
connected from 20 feet out of the For the first twenty minutes,
had to pull out all the stops in or- right corner, hit another seconds however, the mistakes were being
der to subdue the Wolverines. It later from the same spot and then made the other way around. Min-
was anybody's ballgame at inter- Turner casted one in from the top nesota missed the driving layups
mission, with the Gophers holding of the circle. and rebound tips, and Michigan
a precarious 45-41 advantage. After Campy Russell finally re- played the tough defense and the
But the Gophers responded to taliated for the Blue with a follow patient, controlled offense. But
the challenge as champions do, of his own miss to make it 57-49, even after the Maize and Blue had
much to the delight of the less- Dave Winfield and Behagen pound- turned in such an excellent first
than-capacity announced crowd of ed in rebound buckets to push the half, they still found themselves
17,653, and ground the Maize and Gophers to a commanding 12 point down by four. That's hard to take.
Blue into submission. lead. Michigan looked anything like
"We sat down at the half and Michigan refused to fold, how- underdogs in the opening moments
decided we had to do two things ever, and stayed on even terms as Ernie Johnson wheeled down the
differently," Musselman said after-' until the 9:40 mark, when the heart of the Gopher matchup zone
wards. "First, we had to stop Hen-'! not-to-be-denied Gophers reeled for the five Michigan points and a
ry Wilmore from penetrating inside off three unanswered fast break 5-2 lead.
and then we had to regain domina- baskets against the quickly tir- The success proved to be short-
tion of the boards." ing Wolverines. The large over- lived, though, and Minnesota
His charges couldn't have follow- head scoreboard read 74-57, and banged in ten tallies in a row to
ed his orders more explicitly as the only thing left to be deter- forge an 18-11 lead. Winfield, who
Min . ... Min i mined was the margin of victory. was honored at halftime as the

City of St. Paul proclaimed the
sunny, unseasonably warm Sat-
urday Dave Winfield Day, hit
two buckets in the outburst.
After a Michigan timeout Orr's
warriors started to look more for
the fast break and it paid off. Be-
hagen drew his third personal mid-
way throught the canto and sat out
almost seven minutes, and Wil-
more suddenly decided to take part
in the proceedings after going
scoreless until the eight minute
A seething Musselman could only
look on helplessly as the superbly
run Michigan break had his no-
ticeably slower team shaking their
heads. The Wolverines actually led
by four, 32-38, before the Golden
Gophers, especially Turner, started
getting back on defense. quicker,
forcing the Wolverines to set up.
In the end, however, it was too
much board power and overall co-
hesion that spelled doom for Mich-
igan. And the second half long
range fireworks of Behagen (12)
and Turner (10) didn't help either.
It's all over for the Wolverines,
and as they filed silently out of
their dressing room with blank ex-
pressions one wondered what they
were thinking about.



E. Johnson
J. Johnson

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9-24 3-4 6
4-9 0-0 2
4-7 0-3 4
2-8 4-4 5
1-2 0-0 1
0-) 2-2 1
1-1 0-0 0
0-0 0-0 0)
41-94 16-21 61



Totals 31-80 18-21 49 21 80 MICHiGAN
FG FT TR P TP Total Fouls: Michi
Behagen 10-21 0-0 16 3 20 21.
Winfield 5-12 5-5 6 4 15 Fouled Out: None.
Brewer 5-8 2-3 13 2 12 A-17,653.


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igan, 21; Minnesota,

tnnesota eut-re ouixc v cnigan
31-25 over the second twenty min-
ut'As (it appeared to be much'
Norse), and held Wilmore tojust
six points (3 of 11 from the field),
after he had sparkled with 14 in


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Special to The Daily
HOUGHTON - T h e Michigan
hockey team dropped its 12th
straight WCHA contest, 9-6, to the
Michigan Tech Huskies last night,
disappointingly establishing a new
school r e c o r d for consecutive
Although Michigan allowed nine
goals, Wolverine.netminder Robbie
Moore was by far the more im-
pressive of the two goalies as
Tech goalie Morris Trewin looked
extremely shaky in the Huskie net.
Trewin was likely making his
final appearance for the Huskies
with last night's dismal perform-
ance in this, his senior year. His
sophomore year Trewin was'named
first team All-America goaltender
only to find himself floundering as
his team's third string netminder
two years later.
AS WAS THE case the previous
night, Tech jumped to an early
lead when Jim Nahrgang blasted
a slap shot between Moore's pads.
The goal was set up by some bril-
liant forechecking on the part of
Bill Steele who held the puck in
the Michigan zone to set up the
tally at 3:14 of the opening stanza.
A minute and a half later, -the
Michigan defense broke down in
its own zone, and Bob D'Alvise
took a/perfect centering pass from
Graham Wise at point blank range
for an easy goal.
The Wolverines came storming

1ll to



back to knot the score at 2-2 with into the Michigan cage. ,
a pair of goals exacttly one minute Just five seconds later, Nahrgang
apart in the middle of the period, was sent off for cross-checking,
Tom Lindskog bagged the first ore and Roy Ashworth knotted the
when he blistered home a power score with Michigan's third power
play goal, unassisted, from the play goal of the game at 6:20.
right point at 10:59. As usual, the Huskies came back
Frank Werner then snapped a to take the lead, 6-5, when local
ten foot wrist shot into the twine hero Usitalo rifled a 25-foot wrist
off pretty passes from Randy Neal shot through Moore's pads.
and Paul Paris. Werner was un-
believably left unchecked in front NAHRGANG TOOK his second
of the Huskie net and had no trou- cross-checking penalty of the per-
ble flipping the puck past the be- iod moments later, and the Wolver-
wildered Trewin. ines put together their best offen-
Mike Zuke deflected Bob Lori.. sive thrust of the night. Trewin
mer's weak shot from the left point was equal to the task, robbing both
past the totally screened Moore Ashworth and Angie Moretto from
for a 3-2 Tech lead at the first short range.
period's end. The Huskies weathered, the storm
Nearly seven minutes into the and increased their lead to 7-5
second period, Paris picked up a when Zuke's c e n t e r i n g pass
loose puck at the right point, fired bounced off teammate Elie Vor-
a mild slap shot that Trewin licek's skate into the Michigan
caught and that dropped on Neal's goal. Tech was on the power play
stick. Neal nonchalantly tucked the at the time as Wolverine Don Far-
puck between Trewin's pads, tying dig was off for roughing. ,
the score again, 3-3. Zuke, the Huskies' freshman sen-


asked the officials to restrain the
Tech pep band from playing while
the play was in progress, 'which
only inspired the band to play all
the louder. Finally at the threat
of a Tech bench penalty, the band
stopped but the fans began pum-
meling the ice with debris in pro-

sation, netted the hat trick at 15:51
to put the game out of reach.
Moretto potted a meaningless
Wolverine goal at 16:57 on a rare
Tech defensive lapse. That wasn't
the final goal, however, as Tech's
Darwin Mott stole the puck at his
own blue line and skated the length
of the ice for an unassisted tally.

t All this extracurricular activity SLO R E Spto f
proved to only fire tip the Tech


team more, and again with only 40
Deja-vu seconds remaining in the period, NHL
FIRST PERIOD they took the lead. Zuke back- New York Islanders 4, Detroit 2
FCIGT-PNaRghanded a rebound into the net fr'm Vancouver 7, Montreal 3
SCORING: 1. T - Nahrgang (Steele, Toronto 4, St. Louis 2
Stamler) 3:14; 2. D'Alvise (Zuke) 4:46; a shallow angle for his second goal Pittsburgh 2, Chicago 0
3. M - Lindskog (unassisted) 10:59; 4. of the night right after Moore had NBA
M - Werner (Neal, Paris) 11:59; 5. made a great save on Mike USi- Chicago 122, Phoenix100
T-- Zuke (Usitalo, Abbey) 17:26. ' s m 1 Baltimore 128, Portland 110
SECOND PERIOD sseaming slap hot. New York 125, Buffalo 97
SCORING: 6. M - Neal (Paris, Lind- Bob Falconer opened the third ABA
skog) 6:51; 7. T - Zuke (Usitalo, Nahr- period scoring by stating the virginia 126, Indiana115
T1IRD PERIOD length of the ice and notching :he(Memphis 107, New York 98
THR PERIODc~vrjp' cndu ~gn Denver 115, Carolina 104

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