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Page 8-Wednesday, March 22, 1978-The Michigan daily

Silver lini
All year the Michigan wrestling team has had
its problems. Almost nothing seemed to go right as
,the injury-ridden Blue matmen ended the dual meet
,season with a dismal 5-8 record. But, as the saying
-goes, "All's well that ends well."
So it was with the Wolverines as junior Mark
:Churella successfully defended his national title at
150 pounds while the team placed a very respectable
10th at the NCAA Championships last-weekend at
College Park, Maryland.
PERENNIAL CHAMPION Iowa edged out rival
"Iowa State 941/2-94 for the team championship, even
though the Hawkeyes failed to crown an individual;
winner at any weight. Oklahoma State finished
close behind with 851/4 total points while Big Ten
runner-up Wisconsin (771/4) and Oklahma (52%)
rounded out the top five.
Michigan's Churella, who was named the Out-
standing Wrestler of the tournament, and team-
mate Steve Fraser, who finished in sixth place at
:177 pounds, were both named to the 1978 Coaches
All-American squad. Heavyweight Steve Bennett
was the only other Wolverine participant and bowed
but after losing a decision in the second round.
"The tournament is.getting tougher every year,"
said Michigan coach Bill Johannesen. "Any of the
top six guys (in each weight) can beat any of the
others. It boils down to who wants it the most and
Who has made the sacrifices."
LIKE THE WOLVERINES' Churella, both Lee
Kemp of Wisconsin (158 pounds) and Jimmy
Jackson of Oklahoma State (heavyweight) repeated
as champions in their respective weight classes.
Yet Churella, who with a year of eligibility left has a
chance to become a three time national champ, in-
Mists that he doesn't like to dwell on the past.
"Last year when I won it, people asked me about)
defending my title," said the Farmington Hills
native. "But I don't look back in the past. I take it
year by year."
In what coach Johannesen termed "a hell-raising,
wing-ding match and a real barn burner," Churella
survived some controversial officiating and pulled
out a 13-10 decision over Oklahoma State's Bob
Schultz in the semi-finals.
going into the tournament, admitted that the semi-
final was "my tightest match." He continued, "At
the NCAA's it doesn't matter who you wrestle if
you're seeded in the top four. You'll have to wrestle,

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one of the other top seeds anyway, unless there's an
"Both Churella and Schultz gave 110 per cent and
both received a standing ovation," asserted Johan-
nesen. "Their match was one of the best in the tour-
Moving on to the championship round, Churella
found himself opposite Iowa's Bruce Kinseth, the
same opponent he had beaten two weeks earlier for
the Big Ten 150 pound crown. Confident and
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I just wanted to
try not to make
any mistakes 'and
to win the match.'
-Mark Churella

AAU Championships in mid-April, but I'll still be
working out."
The top eight finishers in the AAU tournament are
sent to the World Team training camp where they
work out from June to mid-August. In late August,
the grapplers "wrestle'off" to determine who will
represent the country in each weight class. The 1978
World Team Championships will be held in Mexico
City during the first two weeks in September.
The Wolverines other All-American, 177 pound
sophomore Steve Fraser, had a tough fight from the
start. After losing to number one seed Mark
Lieberman of Lehigh (Pa.) in the first round,
Fraser fought back and won three consecutive mat-
*ches in the consolations. He then lost a 7-4 decision
to Dan Schueler of Arizona State and was pinned by
Florida's Bill Teutsch, ending his season with a 21-
10-1 individual record.
"IT WAS A disappointing way for him to send the
season," said Johannesen. "But it (the tournament)
will give him some encouragement and confidence
for next year. It was a great experience for him;
he's only a sophomore."
Continuing up the scale, heavyweight Steve Ben-
nett was faced with what might be called a "big"
problem. Bennett, who weighs in at a mere 197
pounds, had to find a way to overcome D. T. Joyner
of East Carolina, who had a 30-1 record, was seeded
eighth in the country, and weighed 255 pounds.
Bennett did beat Joyner, 12-7, but quickly ran into
trouble losing to Wisconsin's Mitch Hull, 17-3, in the
next round. Bennett finished with a 13-10 ledger.
LOOKING AHEAD to next year, coach Johan-
nesen has started recruiting and says the team will
definitely improve.
Andre Metzger, a Cedar Springs, Mich. native,
who is considered by many to be the finest wrestling
prospect in the country this year, visited the
Michigan campus Monday.
A world champion alongside Churella in last
summer's Junior World Championships, Metzger
has narrowed his choices to Iowa, Oklahoma State,
Michigan State and Michigan.
"IF WE GET him, it will already be a good
recruiting year," said Johannesen.
Other prepsters leaning towards Michigan at this
early stage are Larry Haugh, a 134 pounder from
Traverse City and Fred Wortem, a 150 pounder
from Mt. Clemens. Both are two time state champs.
The first day a recruit can sign a national letter of
intent is Wednesday, April 12.

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relaxed, the Blue grappler took care of business
quickly and pinned Kinseth at 3:09 of their title
"I JUST WANTED to try not to make any
mistakes and to win the match," explained the
modest two-time champ.
"Considering styles, I was glad. Kinseth had
beaten (Iowa State's Joe) Zuspann in the other
semifinal," noted Johannesen. "Churella had an
easier time with Kinseth because of his style. Mark
was outstanding and knew what he had to do."
Churella finished the year with. a 23-2 individual
record that included 12 pins and six superior
decisions (winning by more than 12 points).
Churella is looking towards the future and a
possible spot on the 1978 U.S. World Team.
"I'M THINKING about the future because the
season never really ends for me," said the general
studies major. "I won't be competing again until the


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Dark days are over for Padres

Pressing the Issue
Out of the closet.
... Wings fan tells alt
N OW IT CAN finally be told. I want the whole world to be in on this. It is 'a
very important moment in my life-I am coming out of the closet.'I"
wish to inform anyone within eyeshot that I, Bob Miller, am a Detroit Red
Wing fan!,.
Shocking, isn't it?
No longer will I have to skulk around behind closed doors. I can shed my
cloak of anonymity, and most amazing of all, I no longer have to move un-
derground to come in contact with the thousands of people who are just like
It certainly is a load off my mind, living in fear that my cover might b.
shot. How could I look my parents in the eye and truthfully tell them that
their son snuck out at night to the Olympia where those horrible people
played hockey?
Hockey! A word disassociated with Detroit for seven long, agonizing
But now, at long last, the public has relented. Society has deemed it ac-
ceptable to admit that Red Wing fans do exist (statistics say one out of every
10 persons is a potential Wings supporter) and the AMA reclassified us as
It's been an uphill battle, but with perserverence, we have once again.
given others proof that our goal was always within reach.
What a treat it is to sit in a red or green covered Olympia seat and root
my lungs tout without hesitation that I will be harassed. Hell, it's even
fashionable in some circles to be seen with my kind.
Fans rising from the woodwork
And to think, it was all brought on by a team that will probably make
the Stanley Cup playoffs this year. Playoffs? That, in my hockey vocabulary
is synonymous with Montreal or Philadelphia, but surely not Detroit.
As a matter of fact, this whole season has made us Wings fans' heads
swoon. Attendance is up, so much so that people will be buying tickets to fill
up every nook and cranny, every crack and standing room space, four and
five or even six people deep for the final home games of the season.
There will be so many Wings fans crawling out of the woodwork that the
Olympia is about ready to start taking reservations for restroom privileges
between the second and third period of the game against Montreal on April 9.
For those of you who are not Red Wing fans, or never wanted to admit it
to yourself if you were, it really is an indescribable feeling to convey what it
is like to be a part of this select group.
No longer will I have to shut my windows at night, turn off the lights and
hold my fan club meetings by candlelight, in the basement, with facemasks
and pseudonyms for the members.
And when I think back to the 1970-71 season, the year I realized I was dif-
ferent, and how humiliating it was to cheer the Wings on, knowing full well
that they were so inept that two, not one, but two, EXPANSION teams
finished higher in the standings, it makes me sick.
And the names of the former Red Wings, like: Hank Montieth, Brian
Conacher, Dennis DeJordy, Jim Krulicki, Ab MacDonald, Serge LaJeun-
nese, Larry and Arnie Brown, Tim Ecclestone, and on and on, losers all;
these names were endless.
That second year, when the Wings improved slightly, was enough to lay
the groundwork for my loyalties. Although the Wings were bad, the games I
saw were good, and besides, I already owned a home and road Detroit jersey
I used for street hockey and pick-up games on local ponds. d.
No doubt, I was hooked on hockey, and since I lived in the Detroit area, I
had no alternative-I had to watch the Red Wings, and consequentially, I .
liked them. At first, people just looked at me and asked, "Why? They're so
bad." I knew it, and I didn't have an answer. So I just went back to my room
and repressed the feeling until I could no longer handle it.
Watching Wings nerve-racking
That is when I started sneaking off to watch their games on Channel 50.
I knew things were critical when I spent Saturday nights watching road
games from Pittsburgh, and Minnesota and (I'm so embarrassed) St. Louis.
I desperately needed to talk to someone who understood my problem.
But no one wanted to listen. "A Red Wing fan," they taunted, "We'd rather
watch the Lions," they said. Oh, what an unbearable nip!
The next two years were almost enough to give me a nervous break-
down. Both times the Wings battled other teams down to the final weekend of
the regular season for the one remaining playoff berth, only to fall short.
But somehow I found the strength to continue to conceal my alter-ego.
Actually it became increasingly -easier to live with myself as the Wings fell
further and further from the ranks of respectability.
If the Wings were so bad, then no one would pay them any attention, and
Iwouldn'thave to worry about anyone seeing me at a game.

The pinnacle came last year when only the hopelessly loyal fans.
bothered to purposely go to the Olympia to see the Dead Wings. Attendance
figures claim there were around 8,000 of us, but the more accepted figure is
half that.
But all that is past, ancient history. These days even the most cynical
observer agrees that the Wings are worth watching, and destined to be a
playoff contender for years to come.
Ah, that is sweet music to my ears. Now I know how the slaves felt whent
Lincoln read the Emancipation Proclamation. I am forever free!
See you at the game tonight.
The Resident Camp of the Jewish Center
of Cleveland, Ohio
Counselors and Specialists for the 1978 Season.
A representative of CAMP WISE will conduct interviews
on the campus on Thursday, Mar. 30, 1978.
For Further Information, Applications and Interview Appointments, please contact the
Summer Placement Office, 763-4117.

1y the Associated Press
YUMA, Ariz-Alvin Dark was fired
yesterday as manager of the San Diego
Padres, less than three weeks before
the start of the 1978 baseball season,
and pitching coach Roger Craig was
named interim manager,

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Ballard Smith, vice president of the
National League team, said a new
manager will be hired by the start of
the season. Smith gave no reason for
the ouster of Dark, who was hired last
May 30 replace John McNamara and
had two years remaining on his con-
Dark described his dismissal as a
surprise because it came "just as it
looked like the Padres were coming on
as a team. I had no inkling this morning
that anything was amiss. But as a born-
again Christian, I never worry about
what I'll do tomorrow."
Craig, 47, was replaced temporarily
as the pitching coach by Chuck
Estrada, who has been director of field
activities for the Padres since his stint
as minor league pitching instructor for
the California Angels last season.
Smith said a replacement for Dark

would be named before the Padres open
their 10th season April 7 at San Fran-
The Padres won 48 games and lost 65
under Dark and finished fifth in the
NL's West Division with an overall
mark of 69-93. In spring exhibition
games, they went 5-8 lfore Dark was
told he was out.
Players have complained openly that
he called pitches from the bench,
changed the lineup frequently and was
distant, unlike McNamara, the Padres'
manager for 31/2 years before being
The move is believed to be the
earliest firing of a manager in baseball
history. Phil Cavarretta was fired as
manager of the Chicago Cubs on March
30, 1954 and replaced by Stan Hack.

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