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JVednesday, February 28, 1973


Page Nine

Nednesday, February 28, 1973 THE MICHIGAN DAILY







While most of the attention fo-
cused on the Michigan-Minnesota1
basketball game last Saturday,
Coach Rick Bay's wrestlers very
quietly walked off with the Big
Ten grappling championship. The
Wolverines performed in a work-
man-like manner, piling up enough
second-place points for the vic-
Unfortunately, concealing the
fact that it was a job half done
is impossible. Michigan entered
the tournament as heavy favorites.
After the first day's competition
Bay's grapplers had built an in-
surmountable lead. The Wolver-
ines left Minnesota's Bierman
Building Friday night knowing all
that remained was a return per-
formance Saturday and the trophy
Saying the Wolverines didn't
wrestle well in last Saturday's
championship round is unfair. The
grapplers performed competently,
displaying their skills and giving
their all. But something was miss-
ing. Michigan lacked an inner fire,
some indefinable drive: Call it

This Week in. Sports
HOCKEY-at Michigan State
SWIMMING-Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships at
Matt Mann Pool, preliminaries at 1:00, finals at 7:30 p.m.
SWIMMING-Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships at
Matt Mann Pool, preliminaries at 1:00, finals at 7:30 p.m.
HOCKEY-at North Dakota
SWIMMING-Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championships at
Matt Mann Pool, preliminaries at noon, finals at 7:30 p.m.
BASKETBALL-at Wisconsin
HOCKEY-at North Dakota

With the team championship
secure, the Wolverines forgot the
killer instinct exhibited in the Penn
St. and MSU meets. While other
contestants salvaged individual
glory, Michigan rested on the
crown. The Wolverines' letdown
was understandable. Allyear long,
Bay and Assistant Coach Bill Jo-
hanneson stressed the team cham-

Michigan's first goal, an unde
feated dual meet season, came an
went. When the second goal, th
Big Ten championship came with
in reach, the season appeared ove
But for five Wolverines, the con
ference season ended one day to
Observers sensed the disappoin
ment following the awards presen
tation Saturday afternoon. Watchin

Michigan Tech Photo
MICHIGAN GOALTENDER ROBBIE MOORE moves heaven and earth in an attempt to deprive Mich-
igan Tech of a goal in a recent game. Nevertheless, the Huskies triumphed. Recently, Dan Farrell, a
Tech assistant was named the new Wolverine hockey coach.

TO menting
chuck bloom


Farrell seeks


re birth

the procession of'Wolverines tak- impregnable NCAA heavyweight
ing their place on the second- champ. The best Ernst hopes for
place stand, inches below the is a second-place national finish.
champion, seemed incongruous. Curby, his bracket's top-seeded
Jerry Hubbard taking second place grappler, couldn't put it together
in the Big Ten? After two straight in Minneapolis. Perhaps he was
championships? That's hard to di- over-rated in the top spot, but
gest. certainly 'Curbs' is one of the con-
Hubbard left the mat after his ference's four best 190 pounders.
crushing setback a shaken man. While some of the Wolverines
Sitting on his knees several feet waited around for the consolation
from his suddenly isolated team- matches early Saturday afternoon,
mates, Hubbard buried his head in a glimmer of hope entered Curby's
his lap and shook from side to mind.
side. Later, a compassionate Rick mik
Bay tried to console his wrestler. "I've been thinking about the
But what can you say? nationals," confessed the Ann Ar-
"There's not much tosa, con- bor native. "You know, Purdue's
"ee'saynlater."uhtsay,"io only got two guys eligible for the
fessed Bay later. "Just tell him to nationals. Are they going to fly
keep his head high." Michigan's those guys all the way to Seattle?
coach thinks losing the conference They've got. no chance for the title
e- title might be a blessing irn dis- anyway,"
d guise for Hubbard, taking some ofIanyB
e the pressure off his back. The Curby, the Big Ten's alternate
h- NCAA tournament will test Bay's 190-pounder, looked for reassuring
r" theory. agreement. But Wolverine Captain
n- By d rt tMitch Mendrygal informed his
But it could work the other way, teammate the conference is chart-
too. Now there might be more ering a plane out of Chicago for
t- pressure on Hubbard. Now he must the coast. Curby's hopeful eyes
n-provee's still the Big Ten's best, checked out the linoleum gym floor.
grather than having it taken for. onRaMcia' ogte
g granted.. John Ryan, Michigan's forgotten
Gary Ernst's and Jeff Guyton's man, lost his two outings and very
individual crowns salvaged some- quickly assumed a spectator's role.
thing from Saturday's disappoint-# The 177 pounder missed 'the last
ment. Guyton, the freshman who two dual meets with a bruised
seized every possible break in the shoulder and obviously suffered
tournament, won three matches by from the layoff.
a combined margin of three points. The trimmed-down Michigan
The rookie emerged from Minnea- wrestling team resumes practice
polis as Michigan's biggest sur- this afternoon for next week's
nd prise. Although third-ranked, no- NCAA championships. With seven
th body thought Guyton could possibly grapplers in action, the Wolver-
win the title. ines have a shot at high national
Ernst wrestled as close to form honors. Depth, the key to Michi-
asposible. Clearly the dominant gan's conferencetcrown, will once
heavyweight in the conference, again determine their team per-
Ernst zipped through three op- formance. Individual titles are hard
it ponents for the crown. Surprising- to come by, but a few Wolverines
ls. ly, the junior from Saline takes still have something to prove.
its little satisfaction in his title, or so
a- he claims. -
be "It's not very satisfying to beat ; I
er a bunch of blobs," confided Ernst OCES
before competition even began.
"There's not much of a challengeNH
ir in it." NHL
s The frustrated Ernst suffers from Chicago 5, New York 3
d a double dilemna: lack of league COLLEGE BASKETBALL
competition and a guy named Chris North Carolina St. 82,
I Taylor. Taylor, the 400-plus pound Texas Tech 64, Arkansas 63
get behemoth from Iowa State, is the St. John's 108, Holy Cross 90
is now being offered. Lola Jones is at Trotter House on Tuesdays
and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m. and invites minority students to
walk-in and discuss any problems or concerns. Ms. Joner 'so
J I encourages students to talk with her about setting up group
Call 763-1356 (Trotter House) or 764-8315
(Mental Health Clinic, Health Service)


"Aquapotent" Hoosiers.

. .

. . . "pool" their funds
BELIEVE THE saying goes something like this: "You have
your hills and your valleys." This weekend during the .Big
Ten Swimming and Diving Championships to be held here at
Matt Mann Pool, there will be two perfect examples of this
Last year at Michigan State, Indiana completely dominated
the competition capturing all but three of the swimming events.
However, the real excitement was generated by the intense
battle for second place between Michigan and Ohio State. The
Wolverines garnered the second spot on the very last event of
the meet and nipped the Buckeyes by five slim points.
This time there will be no battle. After finishing ninth
in the NCAA championships, Ohio State has fallen into the
valley of dismay. All their outstanding swimmers and a
couple of their class divers fell by the wayside due to gradu-
ation. Now instead of fighting for the top spot among the
Big Nine (the Hoosiers are in a class by themselves), the
Bucks will be hard pressed to finish higher than ninth over
shoddy Iowa. So bad is the Buckeye team, they have even
advertised in the dorms for willing souls.
Ohio State's downfall can be attributed to several factors.
They recruited poorly and as coach John Bruce commented,
"Our new boys just haven't come through for us."
But the major factor for the abyssmal season of Ohio State
has been the new Big Ten rule that decreased the number of
minor sport scholarships from 38 to 1S. Ohio State, according
to Bruce, does not provide enough money to bring champion-
ship-caliber swimmers to Columbus. And since the Buckeyes
pride themselves on their outstanding diving program, Bruce
may be lucky to secure one or two full rides for tankers.
Money helps Hoosiers
Indiana, on the other hand, does not suffer from the
aforementioned dilemma. Their athletic department funnels
vast resources into "Doc" Counsilman's program enabling
him to bring in the finest swimmers from all over the
country. Traveling expenses for recruiting improvements
in Royer Pool, and Counsilman's salary are but a portion
of the total funding; a situation unique only for IU.
Out of the 15 Big Ten full rides given, Counsilman claims
to have five, or one-third of the total, leaving five sports to
divide the remaining 10. Counsilman is by no means com-
plaining about his total of the pot but believes it is unfair
to shaft the other sports who need talent just as bad.
"I feel hat we (the Indiana swim team) should drop out
of the Big Ten," stated Counsilman. "That way, it would allow
the other deserving sports "a chance to recruit more and better
athletes. Also we wouldn't come under the stringent Big Ten
rule. The whole thing is embarrassing to the conference. It
was just a trial plan and now we're stuck with it."
Another advantage Indiana has is their tuition waiver
policy. Normally tuition for an athlete on scholarship is
paid by the athletic department. But at IU, the athlete
merely presents a slip to the cashier which is accepted as
payment. Hence, no money changes hands and the athletic
department saves thousands in tuition expenditure. Since
all but two Hoosier swimmers are from Indiana, that saves
more money than any bank.
"We save roughly $176,000 in tuition costs," stated Indiana
assistant athletic director Bob Dro. "The university just gives
it to us. Wisconsin is the only other school with a similar policy."
When the swimmers go at it this weekend, individually it
will be talent versus talent. But when it comes down to the
team standings, money, or the lack of it, will have a lot to
say in the final outcome.

There was little surprise after
the degeneration of the Michigan
hockey team this season when
Athletic Director Don'Canham an-
nounced a coaching change for next
year following the retirement of
Al Renfrew. Though the name Dan
Farrell may be unfamiliar to most
Michigan hockey fans, Farrell is
a well known figure around Mich-
igan Tech and the WCHA.
As a player at Michigan Tech,
Farrell skated on a line with Mur-
ray Oliver and gained a reputation
'for his skating ability and penalty
killing prowess. After graduation,
Farrell became an assistant for
venerable Tech coach John Mac-,
Innes and for the past few years
has done the bulk of Tech's re-
I cruiting.
While in Houghton 'this past
weekend, I had a chance to chat
with Farrell.
QUESTION: W h a t influenced
you to accent the head coaching
job at Michigan?
FARRELL: The opportunity to
rebuild a hockey program at a
school with Michigan's prestige
was a major factor. I've been hop- I
ing to get a head coaching job, buti
I really didn't know I was being
considered for the Michigan jobi
until a few days before the deci-
sion was announced. The offer was
just the thing I'd been waiting for,
so I accepted.
QUESTION: What will be your
major task in rebuilding the
Michigan program?
FARRELL: Getting a steady
flow of sound players that can play
both ways. WCHA rules stipulate
that you can only give six scholar-
ships a year,and some coaches
don't take full advantage of them.
Here at Tech we've always worked
under the philosophy that even if
we really didn't need six players,
we'd get them anyway. You never
know when injuries and other prob-
lems will change your plans, and
it's always nice to have some play-
Get 4 teGov
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ers in reserve that can step in and
do the job.
QUESTION: What types of
players do you hope to recruit in
order to fill out the Michigan
FARRELL: Some good sized for-
wards that can handle themselves
on both ends of the ice, especially
some righthanded shooters, since
Michigan has a definite lack of
players on that side. I'd also like
to have another right defenseman,
and another goalie that can play
regularly, either to back up Moore
or to take over the number one

spot. I've always had a preference
for big goaltenders.
QUESTION: Will the fact that
you have been recruiting for
Michigan Tech hinder you now
in recruiting for Michigan?
FARRELL: I think it will work
to my advantage. Naw that I've
been on the road recruiting for al
few years I know more of what I
am looking for. I've also madej
some s t r o n g friendships with
coaches and player's parents and
have assembled a lot ofcontacts
in the Wisconsin-Minnesota area
that should be of great use in the
future. As far as individual players
go for next season, Tech really
isn't looking for the same type (f
player as I am for Michigan. Mich-
igan has a good group of young
defensemen, while Tech will be re-
cruiting heavily in that area. I've
talked to a couple players already
for Tech, and have assured coach
MacInnes that I will leave them
alone now. I pretty well Know what

QUESTION: Will Michigan'
lack of a first-rate hockey fa
cility hinder your recruiting?
FARRELL: Not as much as
would at some other schoo
There are so many strong poin
to the university-its size, loc
tion, diversity-that we should1
able to attract players oth
schools can't touch.
QUESTION: What are you
immediate and long range goal
coming into the Michigan hea
FARRELL: Well, first of all,
see no reason why we can't g
into the play-offs next season. Ov
the next three to four years,
hope to bring Michigan to its rigl
ful place as a hockey power. I
a tall order,. but it's what I
been pointing toward for a numb
of years.

players I want at Michigan,
I don't foresee any conflicts


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