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The Michigan Daily-Friday, February 17, 1978-Page 9
Blue wins squeaker, 68-66

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Grapplers squeeze Buckeyes, 23-20
Inspired by the first victory in freshman Bob McAlvery's short col-
legiate career, the Michigan wrestling team edged Ohio State 23-20, last
night at Crisler Arena. The dual meet was not won until the last match of the
night, won by Michigan heavyweight Steve Bennett.
"McAlvery's win set the tone for the whole night," Michigan coach Bill
Johanessen said-afterwards. "He's just started to wrestle because of in-
juries and this win will be a real confidence builder."
McAlvey's win was a must because Michigan was in a hole before the
meet Lven began. Johanessen had run out of wrestlers at 126 pounds so he
had to forfeit that weight class, giving Ohio State a 6-0 lead before McAlvey
went on the floor in the 118-pound division.
McAlvery used two takedowns, a reversal and a near fall to win a major
decision (4 team points). "I feel real good because I hadn't won before and
my opponent was a good wrestler," McAlvey commented.
It appeared for a while that McAlvey's win would be the only bright spot
of the night as Kirk Arndt and Bill Evashevski dropped the next two mat-
ches, leaving Michigan behind 17-4. Then something happened.
"McAlvery's win inspired me and I guess everyone else," said captain
Karl Briggs after defeating OSU senior Bruce Solomon at 150 pounds. "We
were all elated by his win and it got us going."
Star Mark Churella only needed 1:18 to pin his opponent, narrowing the
gap to 17-14. Hard-luck Bill Konovsky at 167 pounds came out of a long slump
to win another major decision that knotted the score.
After falling behind 4-3 after two periods, Steve Fraser executed an
escape and a takedown in the closing seconds of his match to win the 177
weight class to give Michigan a three . point lead with two matches
Dennis Bauer wrestled next for Michigan and could have clinchel a win
with a pin. However, Bauer was at a disadvantage. "I was giving away 12
pounds and I was a little scared of this guy. If I had been more aggressive, I
would have beaten him instead of losing a decision."
With the meet tied at 20 apiece, the result rested on heavyweight Ben-
nett. After being told by Johanessen not to do anything risky, Bennett used a
couple of beautiful moves to defeat Dave Mulvin of the Buckeyes 12-5, and
win the meet 23-20 for Michigan.
Tonight Michigan hosts fourth-ranked Wisconsin, but Michigan has a
chance to win as the Badgers have lost four wrestlers including undefeated
Lee Kemp to the flu.

Second half surge
nips tough Badgers

Special to The Daily
MADISON - The Michigan squad
that nipped Wisconsin 68-66 here last
night is proving itself as either a gutsy
group that will never say die, or one of
the most inconsistent teams in the cir-
After playing catch-up most of the
evening, Michigan had the ball with :57
remaining and the game tied at 66. The
Wolverines worked their delay tactics
until Dave Baxter thought he saw an
opening along the baseline.
BAXTER, WHO did not start the
game in favor of Mark Lozier, sped
toward the hoop only to have the ball
bumped out of bounds by Wisconsin's
Claude Gregory, To the horror of the
9,099 Badger partisans, Gregory was
called for a foul. Baxter eased both en-
ds of the one-and-one through the hoop.
But 23 seconds remained, and
Wisconsin, trailing by two, had the ball.
After a time out, the Badgers were con-

fronted by a 1-3-1 Wolverine zone. It
was the first time in the game that
Michigan went to the Zone.
The Badgers-worked the ball around
the perimeter until guard Jim Smith,
who had hit seven of 10 from the field
until this point, found himself wide open
from 19 feet out.
THE SHOT went in, spun around and
came out. Paul Heuerman speared the
rebound, but was immediately tied up
by Wisconsin's Dan Hastings with three
seconds left.
The jump ball, which followed a time
out, went to Wisconsin's Joe Chrnelich.
While the rest of the players stood still
Chrnelich put up a 13-footer. Michigan's
Joel Thompson smothered the rebound
as the horn sounded.
"I didn't think we played with great
intensity until we were eight points
down (early in the second half), then we
played very hard," said a pleased
Michigan coach Johnny Orr.
The victory keeps the Wolverines in

the thick of the Big Ten race, or at least
kept their NCAA bid hopes alive. They
now sport an 8-5 conference mark, still
in fourth place, but only a game ahead
of fifth-place Indiana, who they play
tomorrow in Bloomington.
MICHIGAN victimized itself to
playing come-from-behind ball by star-
ting at a pace that would embarass a
The Wolverines didn't hit their first
point until four-and-a-half minutes had
been played. Alan Hardy got the initial
bucket from short range. It turned out
to be the highlight of the game for City
Al', who scored only six points all night
while playing but 26 minutes.
Luckily for Michigan, the Badgers
were almost as inept, handling the ball
and shooting the ball in the early going,
and after eight minutes Michigan had
forged into a 10-8 lead.
But the final ten minutes of the first
half belonged to the Badgers with Smith
driving inside for a last second bucket
to give Wisconsin a 30-28 halftime edge.
Wisconsin opened the lead in the
second half, but the Wolverines refused
to fold, and-Joel Thompson, who was
tough all night with nine boards and 16
points, knotted the score at 46 with ten
minutes remaining in the period.
BUT AGAIN the Badgers pushed
ahead, taking a lead of 52-46 with 7:27
left to play. Mike McGee then went to.
work. The super freshman hit seven
straight points for Michigan during one
stretch, including a three-point play
that gave Michigan a 63-60 lead.
But the Badgers decided not to die,
either. They kept pace with the

Wolverines and consistently broke free
from fu~ll-court pressure. 'Clyde'
Gaines hit a spectacular 12-footer, ar-
ching the ball over Thompson's leaping
body, to tie the game at 66, giving way
to Baxter's free throws.
Lozier started the game instead of
Baxter, but played only the first five
minutes before the senior co-captain
came off the bench.
"I THOUGHT he (Baxtger) came in'
there and played a little better," said,
Orr. "He was more active in there."
Michigan's win offset a fine perfor-
mance by Gregory, who had.a career
high 24 points And a game-high io
rebounds. It was the 6-8 freshman's
fourth career-high game in a row.
"Gregory is the most improved player
we've seen," said Orr, "up at our place
I didn't even know he was in the game."
The Wolverines must put two wins
back-to-back to stay in the race.
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early January.
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Super-sub sinks Badgers


Wings douse Flames, 5-3
Special to The Daily


Min FG/A
McGee..........38 8/17
Hardy...........26 2/5
Thompson........37 8/16
Lozier ............5 0/1
Staton........... 27 3/8
Baxter...........35 6/10
Heuerman ....... 20 0/2
Bergen ........... 8 1/1
Marty Bodnar .... 4 0/0
Team ...............

2/3 5
2/2 4
0/0 9
0/0 0
0/0 4
2/2 1
6/x 4
0/0 0
0/0 1
12/15 30

0 2
2 0
1 4
0 0
2 3
6 3
1 4
2 1
0 1


Min ]FG/A
Pearson .........25 1/5
Chrnelich ........ 35 6/10
Claude Gregory .. 37 8/16
Gaines...........38 5/10
Smith............ 35 7/11
Petty .... ......... 7 0/0
Hastings..........14 0/3
Jenkins........... 3 0/1
Sydnor..........6 0/0
Team ...............



1 5
0 3
0 4
5 1
4 2
0 0
2 2
3 1
0 0


DETROIT-The Detroit Red Wings went one step further towards secur-
ing a playoff berth by defeating Atlanta 5-3 in an important game played at
the Olympia last night.
Led by Dale McCourt's hat trick,.the Wings were able to withstand the
Flames' persistent pressure which peaked in the second period, erasing
Detroit's 2-0 lead.
McCourt scored the only two goals .of the opening period, the first
coming less than three minutes into the game.
Detroit doubled its lead when Atlanta's Greg Fox, the former Michigan
star, went off for hooking at 12:49 of the period. McCourt scored just 33
seconds later, slapping the puck past Flames' goalie Yves Belanger.
Atlanta tied the game on goals by Guy Chouinard and Bill Clement six
minutes apart.
But the Wings bounced right back on a short-handed goal by McCourt
and added another score on a Rick Bowness wrist shot for a 4-2 lead at the
end of two periods.
Each side added a goal in the final period to round out the scoring.
The victory puts Detroit in a third place tie with Pittsburgh in the Norris
Division. Each team has 50 points.
But under the new playoff format, the Red Wings are assured of a wild-
card spot in the playoffs at this point. With the win over Atlanta the Wings
are now just eight points behind the Flames, one of two teams ahead of them
in the wild-card race.
The only team out of Detroit's reach is Toronto with 68 points. More im-
portantly, the Wings are a mere five points behiid second place Los Angeles
with a game in hand. -ELISA FRYE

13 18 66

14 18 68

Hakftime score: Wisconsin 30, Michigan 28

State loses

Led by forward Walter Jordan's 26
r points, Purdue revived its hopes for its
first Big Ten basketball championship
in nine years with a convincing 99-80
victory over 10th-ranked Michigan
State yesterday afternoon.
The loss cut the Spartans' lead to a
half-game over Minnesota, pending the
Gophers' game at Illinois last night,
and to one game over the Boilermak-
Michigan State, now 10-3 in the Big
Ten and 18-4 over all, was hurt by early
turnovers, with six errors in the first
three minutes as Purdue shot to a 12-4

The Boilermakers still led by eight,
16-8, when Michigan State went cold
from the field. Purdue reeled off eight
straight points, then gave up a basket to
Terry Donnelly, and ran off eight more
points before Donnelly connected
By that time, Purdue's lead was 32-
12. The Boilermakers, 9-4 in the Big Ten
and 14-8 overall, held a 44-28 lead at
halftime and breezed home in the
second half.
College Basketball
Michigan 68, Wisconsin 66
Purdue"9, Michigan state 80
Indiana 83, Ohio State 70
Minnesota75, Illinois 69
Iowa 76, Northwestern 74
Arkansas 86, Southern Methodist 75
Georgetown si, Manhattan 80

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--your friendly MICHIGAN DAILY STAFF





ahead for men striders

After doing well in the first four meets of the indoor
season, the men's track team begins the rigorous-part of
their schedule this weekend with the two-day Central
Collegiate Championships today and Saturday in Ypsilanti.
Teams from throughout the midwest will be attending the
meet which points the way towards the conference cham-
pionships next month and the NCAA Championships in
Detroit, the twelfth and thirteenth of March.
There will be several athletes for Michigan who will be
attempting personal bests this weekend, hoping to add to
their qualifications for the NCAA's.
MOST NOTABLY, pole-vaulter Jim Stokes, middle
distance runner James Grace and milers Bill Donakowski
and Steve Elliot have good chances for personal bests.
Stokes narrowly missed improving on his Michigan indoor
record of 171 inches in recent meets and- has already
qualified for the NCAA's. Grace is a top contender in the 440
and remains part of the improving mile relay team.
Grace's time of 48 flat in the 440 has also qualified him for
the Championships.
DONAKOWSKI AND ELLIOT have been chasing the four
minute mile for a number of weeks, needing only time
before the barrier falls.
Following this week's championships, the striders come
home to host the Michigan Invitational next week and then
travel to West Lafayette in an effort to reclaim the Big Ten

indoor title.
* * *
Meanwhile, "Red" Simmons' embryonic women's track
team makes itsihome debut this weekend at the Track and
Tennis Building against Central Michigan at 6:00 p.m.
"We'll make a respectable showing," said the red-haired
mentor, "we're doing pretty well and we're improving
every time."
THE WOMEN TRACKSTERS will have a big test ahead
of them this weekend as the Chippewas will be sending up to
25 members in comparison to the Wolverines eight or ten.
The small number is due to the recent inception of the
team and Simmons believes in using only those athletes
who have shown potential. As a result, he finds himself of-
ten without participants in certain events.
"We don't have a high jumper and only one shot-putter,"
added Simmons, "but we'll be a creditable team."
THAT THE WOMEN WILL soon be a creditable team
was evidenced by their performance in the Michigan State
Invitational last weekend. With only eight competitors con-
trasted to an average of 20 used by seven: other teams,
Michigan still finished fourth overall, with three first
Pam Moore tied for first in the 60 yard dash with a time of.
:7.01, while the 880 and mile relay teams both crossed the
tape first in times of 1:46.3 and 4:00.8 respectively.
All three of the first place times were Michigan records.

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