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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, March 1, 1978-Page 9

Striders primed or


All that the Michigan men's
track team has been working
toward this year is within their
grasp this weekend. The squad
has been aiming for the Big Ten
championship meet since the in-
door season began. The thinclads'
performances have been steadily
improving, and now, if all goes as
they have planned, the striders
will claim the Big Ten indoor'
crown that so narrowly eluded
them last year.
But, given the unpredictability
of the sport and the talent around
the Big Ten, the Wolverines'
chore will not be easy. One
decisive factor in the meet will be
the overall health of the squads.
Happily for Coach Jack Harvey,
his team seems to have overcome
the flu and cold bugs that has af-
flicted his team in recent weeks.
''We've had no new cases,"~
said Harvey. "We're healthy and
ready to go."
One of the top contenders in the
meet, the defending champion
Illinois team, is in serious
trouble, suffering from the
Russian flu.'
Coach Harvey feels that there
are four men on his team that are
serious contenders to win in-
dividual Big Ten championships.
He cited pole vaulter Jim Stokes,
hurdler Arnett Chisholm, long
jumper James Henry and co-
captain quartermiler James
Grace as his aces. He is relying;
however, on his squad's depth to
land him the points necessary to
"This is the first year that
there have been six scoring
places, and I think that'll work to
our advantage," he stated.
Co-captain Bill Donakowski, a
veteran of Big Ten competition,
feels that this year's team is

title chase
every bit as good as last year's
Big Ten indoor runners-up.
"Our win at the Central
Collegiate Championships gave
us confidence," the All-American
said. "This is the type of meet
that one point could decide."
"Track is a momentum sport,"
said Harvey, shaking his head at
the possibilities of the meet. "If a
few guys from one team get hot,
things can really get rolling.
Also, it's a question of which
team hurts the other. Two teams
can knock off each other in their
big events, and another can
sneak in and win it."
The Michigan track squad will
undoubtedly be at its emotional
peak this weekend. If they can
put it all together physically,
they'll return to Ann Arbor with
the title they missed by a single
point last year.
Women to run too
The key word explaining what
Red Simmons hopes to get out of
the Big Ten women's track meet
at Madison this weekend is
"We're not going to score much
in this meet," stated Simmons,
"we're there for experience and
to show that Michigan is
What hopes Simmons does
have for placing in the meet are
dependent on his 880-yard one-
mile realys and a great perfor-
mance from freshperson Darlyn-
da Kay in the long jump.
"If Didi gets going in the long
jump she could end up third,"
said Simmons, "if we're red hot
we could place fourth or fifth."
"I can't see us doing any bet-
ter," Simmons smiled, "unless
somebody drops a baton."

"Earlier in the year we weren't
competitive, but against Ohio State and
Michigan State we proved ourselves
competitive. There are three teams
with a shot at second place in the Big
Ten (conference meet) and the one that
takes advantage of its breaks will
probably finish second."
So said Wolverine swim coach Gus
Stager yesterday as he continued
preparation for the Big Ten Champion-
ship meet that opens in Champaign this
AS USUAL, swim powerhouse In-
diana is heavily favored to take team
honors at the meet. And the Hoosiers
will probably effect, with their
strategy, the tight battle between
Michigan,Wisconsin, and possibly Ohio

s splash
State for second place.
"A lot depends on how Indiana stacks
their swimmers," asserted Stager. "If
they decide to use all their power in the
freestyle, which is our strength, then
we'll definitely be hurt. Wisconsin is
very strong in breaststroke and medley
It was the Badgers who surprised
Stager and the tankers in mid-January
with a narrow one-point upset in
Madison. The Buckeyes, who depend
heavily on six strong veteran divers,
were whipped in Columbus on February
11 in one of the meets that Stager feels
gives him confidence for this weekend.
MICHIGAN STANDS to take a lot of
points in the freestyle. A fleet corps of
freshmen-Fernando Canales, Kevin
Williamson, Bob Murray, and Tom
Pederson-has performed brilliantly in

to Big T4
those races all season; and helped by
sophomores Paul Griffith and Kevin
Morgan they have formed the com-
petitive heart of the team. All six are
being counted on heavily in the Big
"It should be an especially good diving
meet because there are a lot of seniors
and fifth-year men (red-shirts) com-
peting," says diving coach Dick Kim-
ball. He listed six divers from Ohio
State, three from Michigan State, one
from Iowa, and three from Indiana who
could place in the meet.
The Michigan man they will all be
threatening is senior Matt Chelich, who
placed second and third at one and
three meters in this meet last year, as
well as winning the NCAA one meter
"MATT HAS TO be considered a con-

Matmen cry Iowa blues

en meet
tender," says Kimball. "There may be
some pressure on him because he's
going to do the job for us, but he's
diving well: To really do well in diving -
we need points from other guys like .
(freshmen) Kerry Menegay and Ken
Chelich agreed with Kimball that it Y.
should be a fide meet. "Jesse Griffin (of
Michigan State) and Kent Vosler (of p
Ohio State) will be the guys I'm
shooting for. There's a lot of pressure.
because you have to be consistent, but -
the pressure is on everybody. You can
let it get to your head and wipe you out
or you can use it to-your advantage. I :
have a good chance to win both divingt:
events, but I can't say I will."
The other Wolverine tanker of whom
great things are expected is Canales,'
who set two Matt Mann pool records (a
varsity record in the 100 free) last week
against Michigan State, though he had
been sick before that meet.
"I'VE BEEN getting a lot of rest;
lately," says Canales, "and I really feel W'
in good shape for the meet. I'm hoping
for better times than last week and
maybe two first places in the 100 and
200 (freestyle). We have a real good
shot at second over Wisconsin. Ohio.
State shouldn't be as big a problem',
because their swimmers aren't as
strong as their divers."
Recent good workouts by Griffith and
Williamson also suggest Michigan may
be very tough in the medley and long-
distance freestyle events. Canales
should also be an important factor in
his third event, either the 50 or 500 free.
'in practice yesterday Stager urged
his team especially to "concentrate on
swimming well in the heats," in-
dicating that he feels the first day of
competition will be crucial. The tankers
have recently started tapering their
workouts, going easy to avoid burning
out their speed for the meet.


What motivation can a team have
when it enters a conference tournament
knowing that it has no chance of win-
ning it? This situation faces eight or
nine teams in the Big Ten wrestling
tournament Saturday and Sunday at
Crisler Arena.
Anyone who follows collegiate
wrestling knows that number one Iowa
will win the tournament. Nevertheless,
there are other factors that will
motivate wrestlers for non-contending
teams to wrestle well this weekend.
First, the top four wrestlers from
each of the ten weight classes qualify
for the NCAA's. Secondly, the wrestlers
will be wrestling to build up their
teams' reputation which is so important
for recruiting purposes. Finally, a
wrestler must compete at his best for
himself because that is the most impor-
tant motivating factor when wrestling
at the collegiate level.
"A wrestler can be a champion
anywhere, whether it's Iowa or
Podunk," commented Indiana coach
Doug Bubaugh. "In this league it's
quite hard to compete with what Iowa
has to offer. Iowa can offer its prestige
as the best team in the country and the
quite large endowment they have
thanks to multi-millionaire Roy Carver.
A fellow like me can only offer the best
"I'll give you an example of the type
Horton traded
From AP reports
The Texas Rangers traded former
Detroit Tiger slugger Willie Horton
along with pitcher David Clyde to the
Cleveland Indians it was announced
Horton was traded to the Rangers at
the start of last year following an out-
standing career in Detroit. Serving
mainly as a designated hitter, Horton
batted .289 with 15 home runs and 75
RBIs for the Rangers.
In return for Horton and Clyde, who
filled Arlington Stadium as a seven-
teen-year-old rookie phenomena, Texas
picked up outfielder John Lowenstein
and reliever Tom Buskey.

of backstabbing thing that happens
with recruiting," Blubaugh offered. "I
practically courted Mark DeAnna for
three years. I wrestled with him,
coached him and took care of his best
interests while he was in high school. So
what does he do? He goes to Iowa. Now
he's the best 167-pound wrestler in the
league and I wasted a lot of time for my
Other coaches such as Ohio State's
Chris Ford have comparable problems.
"We produce the best high school
wrestlers in Ohio. Seven of the twenty
competitors in the East-We'st all-star
meet were from Ohio and none went to
school here. Everyone knows where
they go; they go to Iowa or Oklahoma
where they know they will get
recognition and will win. If I could only
get one or two superstars like a
Churella or (Lee) Kemp I could make
Ohio State into a champion."
Ohio State with its 7-10 record this
year is a perfect example of what most
teams in the conference.are expecting
out of the tournament. "I'd be tickled
pink if we could qualify two or three
wrestlers for the NCAA's," Ford said.
Although everyone is saying Iowa
will win the tournament there are some
people who give Wisconsin a good
chance of catching the Hawkeyes.
"Wisconsin will have more wrestlers
seeded than Iowa," Michigan coach Bill
Johanessen said. "However, Iowa will
qualify more and probably win the
tournament because of their depth.
Wisconsin is good because they only
lost to Iowa by two points in their dual
Although Wisconsin is strong, Iowa is
not worried.
"We're very optimistic that we could

win up to eight weight classes," boasted
Iowa assistant coach Chuck Yagla.
"We figure Randy Lewis (126), Steve
Hunt (134), Mark DeAnna (167), Bud
Palmer (190) and definitely John
Bowlsby (hwt) will win this weekend.
We'll place at 188 with Glenn or Mez-
nick, get a good match from Scott Triz-
zino (142) against favorite Sam Komar
of Indiana and Andy Rein (Wisconsin)
and fight like hell against Michigan's
Churella with Bruce Kinseth.
Yagla has every right to be this con-
fident. Eight of the Hawkeyes rank
among the top six wrestlers in the
nation. What does that leave for poor
Michigan (2-6 in the Big.Ten)?
"I think we could qualify four or five
wrestlers for the NCAA's," Johanessen
said. "Churella is the favorite at 150
and I know he'll make weight for this."
Besides Churella; Johanessen thinks
Karl Briggs, fourth place qualifier last
year will make it again this year at 142.
Also talented Steve Fraser (177) should
be seeded one or two considering his
performance this year in the conferen-
ce. Heavyweight Steve Bennett and
senior Todd Schneider (if his knee
comes around) will give it all they have
to qualify as will the rest of the injury-
plagued squad.
It's apparent that Michigan is in the
same boat as the rest of the conference
and hoping for the same things in terms
of qualifications for the national tour-
nament. Grady Peninger, Michigan
State's coach, summed up meet
prospects the best.
"Nobody will beat Iowa. If Wisconsin
is healthy they'll have a good fight with
Minnesota for second. The rest of us
will just fight it out for fourth and for a
few qualifiers.'

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