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WRESTLER EXPLAINS PERSERVERENCE
Life in the
By DAN PERRIN
Have you ever worked tremendously
hard at something day after day, week
after week, for six straight months?
Would you consider taking on such a.
task, knowing the only reward would be
self-satisfaction? If it sounds crazy,
don't tell Bob Mrozinski.
Mrozinski, an 18-year-old freshman,
approached head coach Bill Johan-
nesen as a walk-on to the Michigan
wrestling team in September and has
been working out daily ever since.
AS MIGHT BE EXPECTED, it
wasn't easy for the Dearborn Fordson
graduate to get his collegiate career
started. "I was scared the first time I
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went in to talk to coach Johannesen and
the first time I practiced. It's a big step
from high school to the Big Ten," noted
the young grappler.
Wrestling never came easy to the 177
pounder who did not even think about
going out for the sport until his
sophomore year in high school.
"I was a skinny, little wimp when I
decided to, wrestle in loth grade,"
laughed Mrozinski. "I wasn't very good
in 1th or 11th grade, but finally got
good my senior year."~
UNFORTUNATELY for Bob, he in-
jured his back in the regional tourna-
ment and had to call it quits after an
outstanding 27-7 record as a senior.
Practice at Michigan started October
1, with a couple weeks of basic training.
As the grueling workouts moved into
the competitive wrestling stage, Bob
had mixed feelings. "I expected the
guys to be tough, but was still
discouraged to an extent. As time went
on, I felt more at ease."
"I am really tough and determined. I
go into practice with the attitude that
they (varsity wrestlers) are better than
me, but aren't super beings."
ALTHOUGH RELEGATED to the
junior varsity (JV) team, Mrozinski
and his fellow walk-ons (seven other
freshmen and two upperclassmen) are
treated fairly and equally.
"They (walk-ons) get as much atten-
tion as, say, Mark Churella (defending
NCAA champ at 150 pounds) as far as
help in their development," said
assistant coach Cal Jenkins. "While the
varsity guys might get more attention
toward meets, we consider the JV's as
important because they are the people
the varsity guys have to wrestle (in
Bob agrees. "Coach Johannesen
treats all the guys as friends. Him and
Cal do a good job of making us (JV's)
feel a part of the team."
"IN GENERAL, the upperclassmen
are pretty good in helping us, too.
They're always willing to help if you
Mrozinski, who practices two hours a
day, five or six days a week, has had lit-
10th grade. I
wasn't very good in 10th
or 11l th, but finally got
good my senior year.
- Bob Mrozinski
like to use freshmen only in JV com-
petition. But we've had freshmen
wrestling varsity (to replace the
numerous wounded varsity grapplers)
as well .as some injured JV guys. So
we don't have enough guys left to fill all
the weight classes on the JV team."
THE JUNIOR GRAPPLERS lost
their only dual meet of the year to Lan-
sing Community College, having to for-
feit at two weights due to lack of man-
Their only other competition came
during Thanksgiving break in the'Lan-
sing Community College Takedown
Tournament. Mrozinski came out even
with two wins and two losses, wrestling
at 177 pounds in the holiday tourna-
The first year man, who is also a
student in the U-M honors program,
admits that "around finals time, I
could've really used a lot more time to
study. The thought of quitting crossed
tle actual competition. The JV squad
has participated in only two meets this
"We normally have more JV meets.
We had six last year, but had
scheduling problems this season,"
noted Jenkins. "The problem is that we
I was a skinny, little
wimp when I decided to
YET, LOOKING BACK over the
season, Bob says, "I'm certainly glad
I've done it (gone out for the team). It
was hard but it has kept me in shape.
I'm going to give it another year
"I've improved tremendously even
though I haven't made the varsity or
even come close."
Jenkins agrees. "He (Mrozinski) has
improved a great deal since October.
He's very conscientious and a hard
worker. His attitude is very good for a
JV wrestler who has practiced all year'
with little competition.
"HIS SKILLS HAVE improved a lot,
especially because his high school ex-
perience was limited and he was a late
starter. Under those circumstances, it
would make wrestling here even more
difficult," added Jenkins.
Looking to the future, Mrozinski
revealed his feelings. "I'm hoping that
with a couple of years experience I can
make the varsity. It will probably take
a lot of work in the summer, too."
Without hesitating, Jenkins answered
that wishful hope. "I know Bob is very
intelligent. That, I'm sure, had helped
him with his development this year;
being able to analyze his style and work
on it. His attitude is a big thing. He's
really hung in there and worked hard.
"IF HE CONTINUES, he will break
into the lineup sooner or later. He com-
pensates for his inexperience by
working hard," said Jenkins.
For Bob Mrozinski, life on the
Michigan wrestling team has not been
easy. But, with the help of his coach's
encouragement as well as his own de-
termination, the young grappler just
may find himself in the starting lineup.
And if he doesn't, we'll all know that
"he tried harder."
ipovt "if the 4aiI
wrestlers return home
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The women's basketball team will try to better its 6-11 record as they face
Calvin tonight at 8:00 in Crisler, Arena. The cagers have lost only one game at
horse this year, they lost their last game 79-55 to Illinois in the first round of the Big
Ten's at West LaFeyette.
The wrestling team hosts Ohio State Thursday night at Crisler Arena at 7:30.
The grapplers dropped a 29 to 15 decision at Michigan State last Friday, leaving
them with a 1-5 record in Big Ten competition.
. . And this little Buckeye .
On the college basketball scene, Ohio State reserve forward Fred Poole has
quit the team. The junior from Columbus said he is dropping out of school to get a
job to help his family.
Meanwhile, the Buckeyes' Kelvin Ransey was named Big Ten player of the
week. The sophomore guard scored 22 points against Michigan last Thursday night
and had 28 in his team's upset win over Purdue Saturday. He beat out Wayner Rad-
ford of Indiana, Mychal Thompson of Minnesota and MSU's Earvin Johnson for the
College ball bores Frisco star
Junior forward'James Hardy of the University of San Francisco says he is
bored with college basketball and is giving strong considerations to entering the
National Basketball Association's hardship draft.
"I want to move on to the pros if I can," said Hardy, who is out for the next four
weeks with a broken toe, "I want to play with the best where I can run more and do
the things that are meant to be done with a basketball.
"College basketball just bores me, with four-corner offenses, zone defenses, so
many slow players and lousy officials who stop the game all the time.
Intramural competitions near
The following intramural sports competitions begin in the next few weeks:
Co-ed competition will he held in bowling (entries due Feb. 20) and swimmini
(entries due Feb. 21). Women's sports will include paddleball-doubles (entries du
Feb. 15) and men will compete in badminton-singles (entries due Feb. 24). All en
tries should be returned to the Intramural Building, on Hoover Street.
large furnished 1 and 2 bed-
room apartments available for
Located across from U of M stadium
Bus Service every 15 minutes from
Hoover St. to State St.
visit resident manager at
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WILL BE ON CAMP
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In addition, students, faculty, and
staff may register until 4:30 every day
this week at the Central Campus
Recreation Building, for instruction in
circus arts (tumbling, juggling,
unicycling, $40); women's self-defense
(open to all, $40); paddleball (all levels
$45). Valid student I.D. or Faculty Use
Pass entitles the holder to $5 discount
Contact Rochelle Bast, Dept. of
Recreational Sports, 763-3084, for more
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