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The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, February 21, 1978-Page 9

Fraser fends off

Daily Photo by BRAD BENJAMIN
MICHIGAN WRESTLER Todd Schneider (118 pounds) is on top of the world as he
grinds an opponent's face into the mat. Hard work and determination have kept
Michigan wrestlers from finding themselves in the bottom position too often.
Women striders show
promise in CMU loss

Steve Fraser is a hard worker at one
of the most demanding of all sports. He
is a starting member of the Michigan
varsity wrestling team, and currently
one of its stars. What makes Fraser
work so hard?
"I work hard because you have to
think of yourself when you're a wrest-
ler," Fraser said. "If you think of
anything else like your opponent or
your record, you won't be mentally
prepared for a match. When I win, I feel
good. When I beat a tough opponent, I
feel great, so I have to work hard to be
prepared for all matches."
i Two weeks ago Fraser had to feel
great because he reached the climax of
his career. Wrestling for Michigan at
177 pounds, Fraser matched up against
Iowa's national contender Greg Stevens
and defeated the Hawkeye star 5-3 for
one of Michigan's few victories of that
terrible weekend when they lost to Iowa
State, Iowa and Minnesota.
"I was pretty disappointed with my
performance against Gadson of Iowa
State. After I lost I felt I could have
pushed myself more. I was too relaxed
and strdng at the end of the match.
Therefore, I changed my whole way of
preparing for a match. Instead of get-
ting mentally prepared by getting
totally psyched up and thinking about
killing the guy, I got relaxed."
"When I got on the mat with Stevens I
only thought about shooting or
executing a move and doing it right.
When that worked I felt great and I did
the same thing the next night against
Minnesota's Tom Press who was third
in the Big Ten when I beat him."
Fraser's roommate and former Mich-
igan wrestler Rich Lubell thinks.
Steve's wins last week mean a lot more
than just personal satisfaction.
"Steve's wins make him one of the
top 177 pounders in the conference. He
has to be seeded at least one or two in
the Big Ten's."
Fraser's career has been a hard
working climb to this point of success.
Through the decisions of other un-
proven and heavier wrestlers to move
up a weight, Fraser was handed the 177
pound position. This was a complete
turn-around from last year when he had
to wrestle behind Michigan captain
Mark Johnson.
"Wrestling behind Johnson was hard.
I mean I came to college after being an
undefeated class A champion at Hazel

Park and I thought I would do better
than I did. But Johnson was captain and
probably the best 177 pounder in the
conference although he placed second."
Fraser wanted to be good for his
sophomore year and since Johnson
graduated he wanted to be prepared to
assume Johnson's weight position.
"I wrestled Greco-style for the Junior
World Team. It was great wrestling in



the championships in Las Vegas. I got
some good experience."
Fraser started the season well, win-
ning his first three varsity matches at
the-Rhode Island Invitational. "It was a
great feeling winning those three mat-
ches because they were my first real
college competition and they prac-
tically clinched my letter."
Fraser continued wrestling well as he
tied Michigan State's Wadd Nater, the
nation's former number one high school
performer. However, his fortunes
changed at Lehigh.
"I had a bad weekend against Lehigh.
I lost to Kilran by three or four points
when I could have done better. After
that we (the team) had the injury prob-
lem and the skin rash so we didn't
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restle competitively until the Midlan- want to look good no matter who I
s, four weeks later. wrestle. If I give all I have and win I
"I felt bad at the Midlands because I feel on the top of the world. If I give all I
vas sick and had to cut 14 pounds. I won have and lose, I feel good too, but I'll
hree matches before losing so I guess want to figure out what I'm doing,?
hat's a good accomplishment." wrong to win the next time."
After that big weight cut at the Mid- "I have a lot of personal motivation to,
Inds, Fraser wrestled well enough to perform well here," Fraser said. "I'm
in twice against Northwestern and only here because I'm on full scholar.,
olorado before his great weekend in ship and I want to prove I'm worthy of
owa and Minnesota. His 14-6-2 record it. I also want my degree in physical
one of the best on the team (behind education so I can teach and coach higi
lark Churella.) school wrestling and football. To geA
Fraser's teammates are aware of his that I have to wrestle and I want to be
bility and recognized it by voting him the best."
hampion of the week for his perform- From Fraser's record this year, it,
nces against Stevens and Press. looks like he will be an important force
"That made me real happy. I want us in. the Big Ten championships and
win next year. I don't need extra maybe the NCAA's. One thing is for
iotivation from the coach because I sure, Steve Fraser is a hard worker.
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It would be nice to say that the
women's track team defied illness, lack
of competitors (25-8) and the fact that it
was the first home meet of the team's
history to defeat Central Michigan last
But fairy tales don't always come
true, and the 'fact is that the women
Wolverines were handled fairly easily
by the Chippewas 69-31 in what was the
debut home performance for Michigan
after two road meets.
"I THINK the girls showed a lot of in-
testinal fortitude," commented 68-year-
old head coach Kenneth "Red" Sim-
mons. "Everybody did a good job, and
is showing progress."
To be sure, the small number , of
women who could compete did more
than hold their own, winning five of the
eight track events. Sprinter Pam Moore
was victorious in the 60 And the-220 yard
dashes, while also 'running on thb' 880
and mile relays, both of whrich
Michigan won.
However, the downfall of the Wolver-
ines was their lack of depth. Didi Key,
the lone scholarship holder, only field
performer, and probably the best sprin-
ter on the team, was ill and unable to
compete. As a result, every field event
was conceded to Central: Win, Place
and Show.
IF WE HAD had (Key) we probably
would have won the long jump," added
Simmons, "but I'm happy with our per-
There were a number of fine perform-
ances besides Moore. The other in-

dividual winner was Katy Benner in the
880 with a time of 2:27. Cathy Bean
finished third in the same event while
Julie Clifford and Mary Frey finished
third in the mile and two-mile respec-
Frey's finish in the two mile was all
the more amazing considering that the
freshwoman from Ann Arbor had com-
peted in the mile just minutes. earlier
yet was still strong enough to run
second most of the time before fading at
the end of the two-mile.
The next action for the women will be
as part of the Michigan Invitational this
Friday. During the men's meet, the
women will give exhibitions leading to
their next meet Sunday in Ypsilanti.


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