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"rage Eight

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Wednesday, December 6, 1972

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By JIM ECKER
"It's not the will to win that's
important
But rather-The will to pre-
pare to win."
-Fielding H. Yost
Michigan's legendary coach of
those great "Point-A-Minute"
teams fired up his players with
these words before a rugged pre-
season workout years ago.
Today, a sign bearing Yost's
remarks hangs on a wall in the
wrestling room at Crisler Are-
na. The sign is not up to inspire
the wrestlers: athletes today
don't go for that sort of thing.
Rather, the sign expresses a
philosophy: a willingness to sac-
rifice oneself in preparation for
a desired goal.
MICHIGAN'S wrestling team
opened its 1972-73 season with a
resounding thrashing of the Uni-
versity of Pittsburgh last Sat-
urday. The 32-3 romp marked a
fast start for what many think
will be an outstanding year for
the grapplers.
But let's go back a few days:
back to Thursday afternoon when
several Wolverine wrestlers
weigh five to ten pounds above
their listed wrestling weights.
Two-time Big Ten champ Jer-
ry Hubbard hasn't eaten any
solid food since last night. It
will be all fruit and juices for
Joliet's jouster until the weigh-
in Saturday morning. Nearly ten

pounds have to go.
Freshman Jeff Guyton, who
had expected to backup Rick
Neff at 134 pounds, must make
it down to 126. Last year's '26er,
Bill Davids, beat Neff out for the
'34 class and Coach Rick Bay
needs a man for the lighter di-
vision.
ON THE SIDELINES, the in-
jured Roger Ritzman watches as
his teammates suffer through an
agonizing workout.
"Waiting until the last couple
of days .to make weight is defi-
nitely not the smartest way to
do it," advised Ritzman. "There
is a point of diminishing returns
between cutting weight and los-
ing strength . . . Each guy must
decide how much to cut and at
which weight he feels best."
Cutting weight. If you want
to evoke a grimace from an ov-
erweight wrestler, ask him about
cutting weight.
"Stories have been written
about cutting weight which make
it sound like a really abusive
system," mentioned Bay. "It
can be, I don't deny that. But
done properly, .under the super-
vision of a coach, there is very
little danger to the wrestler."
BAY TELLS A story about a
guy named Stackhouse who used
to drive his father (also a wrest-
ling coach) up the wall. It seems
Stackhouse wasn't very consci-

entious when it came to cutting
weight before a match.
He'd come in the morning of a
meet one or two pounds over-
weight, causing the elder Bay
considerable a g i t a t i o n.
Bay would make Stackhouse run
around, spit, run some more,
stop, take a leak and do some
more running until he'd finally
drop the excess baggage.
One day, Bay (senior) decided
to question his wrestler concern-
ing the regimens of the structur-
ed diet all the guys were sup-
posedly obeying.
"Aren't you following that diet
I set up for you?" asked Bay.
"Sure, sure I am" replied
Stackhouse. "Nothing but fruits
and juices just like you said."
"Well, yesterday after practice
you were two pounds under-
weight. Today you're two pounds
over. How'd you gain four
pounds in one night?" growled
the displeased mentor.
HONEST, COACH, all fruits
and juices . . . Well, maybe I
did have a couple of glasses of
water, but nothing else."
"Four pounds on fruit, juices
and water?" queried the incred-
ulous Bay.

"Oh yeah, I guess I forgot . .
I guess I did knock off that apple
pie and ice cream my mom
whipped up last night."
So much for Stackhouse. From
then on, Mr. Bay kept his ras-
cally wrestler locked in the
coach's cellar the nights before
meets.
WOLVERINE captain Mitch
Mendrygal has cutting weight
down to a science. Now in his
fourth year of collegiate wrest-
ling, Mendrygal works on an ex-
acting schedule calculated to
bring him into meets right on
weight.
The Big Ten's defending 158 lb.
champion gets within five pounds
two days before a meet through
practice and a restricted menu.
During the last practice session,
he'll sweat down to 159 and keep
it there for the rest of the day.
"I lose two pounds just sleep-
ing overnight," informed Men-
drygal. "The body burns that up
while you sleep."
Thus, he'll arrive for weigh- in
at, or slightly under, his pre-
scribed weight.
Hubbard doesn't work it that
way. The three days prior to the
Pitt meet were an agonizing

period for him. Even without
eating any solids from Wednes-
day night to Friday morning,
Hubbard was six pounds away.
Friday's practice drew him clos-
er, but not close enough.
"I got on that scale Friday
night and was still a couple
over," he related. "Time to do
some running."
HUBBARD donned the sweats,
some boots, a pair of gloves, "an
old floppy packet with a big red
hood," gulped some laxative and
took off.
Down Washtenaw, past Frater-
nity Row, the Women's I. M.
Building and Palmer Field jog-
ged he.
Hubbard had just passed Cou-
zens Hall when the laxative
started to do its job. "Man,
you've never seen a guy sprint
as fast as I did then," laughed
H u b b a r d in retrospect.
" . Made it to Mercy Hospital
just in time, too!"
The wrestlers don't enjoy cut-
ting weight, but they don't rebel
against the system either.
'"It's not the will to win that's
important, but rather the will to
prepare to win."

BIG TEN TOUGH

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age picked by many to finish in the
th- second division has been kicking
rts up their heels. The upstart Hawks
re- knocked off highly touted Ken-
ing tucky Monday night.
a Marquette faltered last year
qua after Jim Chones turned pro, but
er. of the other regulars, only Bob
igh Lackey was lost. Al McGuire calls
ley, 6-8 sophomore Maurice Lucas "A
na. young Wes Unseld." Lucas scored
ron at a 28.5 clip for the Warrior fresh-
of men.
ing McGuire will have plenty of beef
up front with 6-10 Mike Mills and
Ong 6-9 Larry McNeill. At guard, his
ugh boy Ali will team up with either
ieir Marcus Washington or Freshman
the Earl Tatum.
t- Lefty Drieseel's Maryland team
arts has a truckload of talent, putting
and it togethertlast year in time to
lore wipe out the NIT field. In Tom
32 MMillen and Len Elmore, Drie-
sh. sell'has two of the country's finest
can big men. Howard White quarter-
for- backed the offense creditably last
vot- year, but might be pressed for
his job by freshmen standouts
un- John Lucas and Maurice Howard.
er- Bob Bodell starred in the Terps'
mi- rout of Niagara in the NIT final.
the He and senior Jim O'Brien should
hn- lend a steady hand to the veteran
quintet.
ob- 7-4 Olympian Tommy Burleson
eat- leads a strong North Carolina State
hat entry in the annual Atlantic Coast
for conference dogfight. Burleson and
re- sophomore guard David Thomp-
ot- son could team up to give Mary-
and land a tussle in their bid for the
ege ACC title.
reg
ef Tro ans top
U's r j
6-11
(5-7final AP poll
way
Although unanimous No. 1 in
the Tuesday's final regular season
ns- Associated Press poll, the 11-0 USC
oth.
the team must risk its top-rated neck
chi- one more time.
ght- The Ohio State Buckeyes, who
ass.wound up No. 3 to the amazement
,ysof football fans everywhere, cha-
yes lenge the Trojans on Jan. 1, 1973.
?> The Top Twenty teams, with first-
Place votes in parentheses, season rec-
ords and totai points. Points tabulated
on basis of 20116-14-12-10-9-8-7-6--4-
:y 1. So. California (50) 11-0-0 1,000
2. Oklahoma 10-1-0 88
3. Ohio State 9-1-0 666
y<4. Alabama 0-1-0 606
5 Penn State 10-1.0 554
6. Auburn 9-1-0 536
" 7. Texas 9-10 484
8 Michigan 10-1-0 467
S9. Nebraska 8-2-1 385
10. Louisiana state 9-1-1 273
1. Tennessee 9-20 259
12. Notre Dame 8-2-0 227
r 13. Colorado 8-30 174
i: 14. UCLA 8-3-0 79
15 Arizona state 9-2-0 68
16. North Carolina 9-2-0 60
17. Louisville 9-1-0 22
1; West Virginia 8-3-0 18
19. Washington State 7-4-0 10
20. Purdue 6-5-0 3
r;?k Others receiving votes, listed alpha-
betically: Missouri, North Carolina
state, San Diego State, Southern
Methodist, Tampa, Texas Tech, Tulane,
w<Washington.
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