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Page 10-Thursday, February 2, 1978-The Michigan Daily
Grapplers head into eye o storm

THE UNLUCKY Michigan wrest-
ling team has lost out to the prowess
of the great schedule-maker. At a
point in the seasons when the oft-
injiured grapplers are at their season
health apex, the Wolverines must
wrestle against the number one and
two schools in the nation, Iowa State
tonight, and Iowa tomorrow night.
"All I can- tell the guys is that
they're going to have to wrestle like
hell to be respectable this weekend,"
commented. a realistic Michigan
coach Bill Johanessen. "Let's face it,
Iowa State and Iowa are the strong-
est teams in the country, and we're
young, inexperienced and injured."
Oddly enough, Michigan could
sneak in a few surprises tonight
against the Cyclones. "We have four
matches in four nights and they
might catch us tired and off guard,"
said Michigan '39 graduate, national
champion and Cyclone coach Harold
IOWA STATE, a recent loser to
Oklahoma State in a close 20 to 18
match, has an awesome lineup.
"We're strong at every position,
with the possible exception at 118
pounds," boasted Nichols. "We
wes tle all of the top teams in the
nation and that makes us the great
team we are."
"I guess we might get a win from
Schneider (Todd) at 118 if Nichols
says they're weak, but I don't know,"
Johanessen said. "I figurg six or
seven of their starters will make the
NCAA's, and with one of those being
Joe Zuspann at 150 even our Mark
Churella could have a lot of 'prob-

JOHANESSEN has switched team
stars Karl Briggs and Churella
between the 150 and 158 spots to
generate the most potential in each
spot this weekend.
"Once we get out of Iowa State, we
have to wrestle Iowa and they are
just as tough as ISU," said Johanes-
sen. "Schneider has a chance at 118
again, but after that it looks over-
1whelmingly difficult. We have a
totally inexperienced freshman in
Bob McAlvey at 126 against the
nation's top high school recruit
Randy Lewis. Then the nation's
number one ranked 134 pounder
Steve Hunte faces another inexper-
ienced wrestler in Kirk Arndt.
"The story is the same all the way,
through to the heavyweights, with
each Iowa wrestler either a Big Tey
champion, national champion or
nationally ranked wrestler'. I honest-
ly would be content with three wins
after Iowa State and Iowa."
IT SOUNDS gloomy, but the week-
end does not end with a trip to Iowa.
After tomorrow's match against the
Hawkeyes, the exhausted grapplers
will fly to Minneapolis to wrestle
Minnesota, another Big' Ten team
with mirror-like problems.
"We have the weakest team we've
had in four years," said Minnesota
wrestling information director Craig
Thompson. "We lost three All-Ameri-
cans this year and now find ourselves
the weakest of the top five teams in
the Big Ten, behind Michigan among
other teams.''
Minnesota has a tough schedule
this week also, as they already have
lost to Iowa State, 29 to 8 and to

"WE'RE WEAK at all but three or
four spots, and those happen to be at
Michigan's strong, proven posi-
tions," admitted Thompson.
"If we're still walking after out two
matches in Iowa, I think we could
beat Minnesota," said Johanessen
with an optimism oddly juxtaposed to
Thompson's realistic evaluation of

his team's talent.
Michigan was lucky getting a
break from the snow, since its
matches against Purdue, Illinois and
Ohio State were cancelled. The layoff
gave the team extra practice and
time for the injured to recover.
Nevertheless, the, prospect of com-
peting against the class of collegiate
wrestling in Iowa could make this
opportune break, corn over the silo.


Pistons ec
Special to The Daily
DETROIT - Playoff hopes are
stronger than ever at Cobo Arena,
where the Pistons outmaneuvered the
Phoenix Suns in a fast paced game last
night, 127-120.
The Pistons never lost the lead, which
at one time stretched to 20 points mid-
way through the third quarter. A well
balanced scoring attack was led by Bob
Lanier with 36, Eric Money with 27 and
John Shumate with 20 points.
Ron Lee and Paul Westphal showed
some strong shooting for the Suns, who
made an attempt at a comeback late in
the game. Rookie star Walter Davis,
however, who led the drive with 18 poin-
ts in the fourth quarter, failed to sink an
outside shot with 15 seconds left which
would have put the Suns within one.
Four last minute free throws by
Lanier put the game away for Detroit.

lipse Suns.
The quick tempo of the Piston's fifth
straight win let up in the final quarter.
"They were pressing us near the end,
"but they ran out of gas," said Money.
Piston coach Bob Kaufman said "it
was a hell of a win when you beat the
second winningest team in basketball."
The victory raises Detroit's record to
23-25 with its next game at Kansas City
Pistons trade
Special to The Daily
DETROIT - Last night, only hours
before the midnight trading deadline,
the Detroit Pistons completed a
major deal with the Midwest Division
leading Denver Nuggets, it was
announced at Cobo Arena.
Little-used guard Ralph Simpson
goes back to the team with which he
gained stardom in the old ABA in
exchange for six-year NBA veteran
Jim Price. Price, carrying a 6.5
scoring average on the season, has
recently been employed in Denver's
starting backcourt and averages 22
minutes per game. Around the NBA
Price is noted for his defensive and
leadership ability.
In addition, Detroit receives the
Nuggets' first round draft selection
next year, with Denver obtaining a
pair of choices - number two in 1979
and number three in 1980.
"We believe Jim Price is going to
help us," said Pistons' General
Manager/interim coach Bob Kauff-
man. "Ralph has not been contrib-
uting for us."

There s a new look
to old Tiger Stadium
T CAME AS A SHOCK, as fires always do, but this fire had more than
I just a passing interest to the people of Detroit and the rest of the nation.
It could have been much worse if it weren't for the Detroit Fire Depart-
ment getting to the blaze and putting it out quickly. But the fire did its
damage to Tiger Stadium, just one year ago yesterday.
Around six o'clock on February 1, 1977, fire fighters were summoned to
the famous corner of Michigan and Trumball Avenues to extinguish a fire
that originated on the third deck of the stadium. The press box was totally
ruined and so were portions of the third deck that were used to seat people at
particularily crowded games.
Just one year later, more reconstruction is changing the shape of the
home of the Detroit Tigers. But this time, the changes were planned.
As soon as last season ended,'the renovation of the stadium got under-
way. When completely finished sometime next year, the familiar green that
the stadium was bathed in will be confined to the grass on the field.
Gone will be those old green chairs with their wooden slats and metal
arms. Instead, modern contoured seats in light and dark blue will seize your
attention when you first walk into the stadium.
This year, only the lower deck will be redone. the process seems simple
but is tedious to transform an age old landmark into an up-to-date building.
"All the seats have been knocked out (in the lower deck)," explained Bill
Brown, the Tigers' assistant public relations director. That means ap-
proximately 22,500 seats.
"The new seats will be 17 inches across instead of 16," he added.
Before the seats can be installed, however, the cement on the floor will
be sand blasted to smooth the old surface and get rid of the weak cement that
might crumble.
The next step is to install the bolts that will clamp the seats down, then
add the frame and finally' the back and the bottom. The finished product is
one of those new seats that will automatically spring up whenever you stand.
Eventually, the stadium will be refurbished with a mezzanine or loge
section that currently doesn't exist. That area will be where the upper deck
box seats are now. When complete, the seats in that part of the stadium will
be orange.
The crowning touch will come in a couple of years when the last of the
old guard scoreboards that dominate the bleacher section is replaced with
one of those electronic models.
The seating capacity of the new Tiger Stadium will be somewhat smaller
than the current amount, but only by about one thousand.
The last time seating capacity was reduced was last year when the fire
eliminated the third deck seats. State law requires a public restroom every
certain amount of feet-which wouldn't have been available to the people sit-
ting up there.
But, while the fire forced part of the stadium to shut down, it also paved
the way for a brand new press box to open up.
The new version features carpeting as well as heating and cooling for the
first time. Another innovation was the plexiglass that was placed on the
facade of the press box. Previously, it was open air.
"We had air conditioning, but it didn't work ,much," Brown said, "but
before we had 'factory air'-all you had to do was breathe in."
Whether or not Detroit's fans approve of the changes remains to be seen,
but one thing is for sure-if last year's fire was any worse, they might not
have had a choice.

-Dave Renbarger I

Thinclads trip S
By KEVIN ROSEBOROUGH came close to breaking his own indoor
record of 17' one-quarter inch.
The power packed Michigan men's This makes a total of five members
track team lived up to its early season on the squad who have bettered the
billing as the Big Ten favorite with a NCAA qualifying standards after a
convincing 87-44 triumph over mere twoimeets.
Michigan State. The Mile relay squad missed the
The meet featured efforts qualifying standard by a mere 9/10ths of a second,
two more Wolverines - James Grace and no one in the Wolverine camp
in the 440 and Jim Stokes in the pole seems to think that their potentials
vault - for the NCAA Championship have been reached.
this March held in Detroit's Cobo Hall. As the score of the meet indicates,
In his very first open 440 of the sea- though, it was not just a few individuals
son, co-captain Grace ran his best in- providing the scoring. The points came
door 440 ever, a rapid 48 seconds flat. from all areas.
Stokes went over the bar at 16'9" and Coach Harvey is very encouraged by



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the depth of his team. In fact, he was so
confident of his teams ability that they
trained as though there wasn't even a
meet yesterday. "The meet is their
workout," said Harvey.
The Wolverine scoring power from
all areas more than justifies the coach-
ing staff's confidence in the squad.
Even though the Michigan one-two
punch in the mile was broken up by
some outstanding running by State's
Keith Moore, who also won the 1,000-
yard run, the worst the Blue thinclads
could do was to come out of an event
with three points.
So the season goes on for the talented,
enthusiastic, and ultra-promising
Michigan striders. They're aiming for
the Big Ten and NCAA meets - and so
far, they're right on target.
Women winged
The Michigan's women's basket
ball team was defeated by Grand
Valley State last night, 75-61. "It was
closer than the score indicated,"
commented a spokeswoman for the
Scoring for the Wolverines was
center Abby Currier, high with 24
points. Freshwoman guard Brenda
Venhuizen, 'senior forward Terry
Conlin and junior gurad Sara Smo-
lenski each tallied ten points for
Michigan.Kim Hanson sank 24
buckets for Grand Valley.
The cagers' record is now 5-9, with
all of their losses coming on the road.
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