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Page 10-Friday, November 18, 1977-The Michigan Daily
MINNESOTA DEFENSE SHARP:
'Tough Gophers

By PAUL CAMPBELL
Minnesota hockey coach Herb Brooks figured his
1977-78 team, stocked with 15 freshmen and sopho-
- mores, was a year away from being top-flight con-
tenders in the WCHA.
But, after three weeks of the season, the Gophers
" share first place with Denver at 5-1, and Brooks
wonders if his charges are ahead of schedule.
"The young guys are really coming through,"
.said Brooks, who will lead his squad into Yost for a
-"two-game series Friday and Saturday. "Now I've
Tgotta think we could be a really good team by the
end of the season."
The three top scorers from last year's 17-22-3
team are all gone-two to graduation and one to the
pros. Also gone is the man with the legendary slap-
"shot, Reed Larson, who left Minneapolis late last
season and landed in Detroit, where he now is doing
yeoman's work for the NHL's Red Wings.
A But Brooks, who limits his recruiting to his talent-
.rich home state, has come up with enough blue ice
chips in the past two years to make the Gophers con-
tenders again.

.hree players-two sophomores and a
junior-are tied for the Minnesota scoring lead. But
the fact that centers Steve Christoff, Eric Strobel
and junior wing Phil Verchota have only eight poin-
ts each indicates the style of hockey Minnesota
plays-tight checking, defense-oriented, with the
emphasis on minimizing mistakes.
The style is working so far, as the Gophers have
allowed fewer goals (19) than any other school in
the league. In comparison, Michigan has been
scored upon 31 times en route to a 4-2 conference
mark.
But the Wolverines boast four men who have
more points than Verchota, et al, and collectively
have scored more times (39) than anyone else.
Dave Debol, who picked up four points in the
Wolverines' series split last weekend with MSU,
continues to top the circuit in scoring with 17 points.
"We hope that we can break them down offen-
sively," said Michigan coach Dan Farrell. "They're
a selfish team in the amount of goals they give up.
Our scorers are going to have to be sharp.''

est Blue'
Sharp enough to beat the stingiest goaltending
duo in the WCHA. Junior Steve Janaszak possesses
a fine 3.1 goals-against average. Last Saturday,
Brooks wanted to rest Janaszak, so he gave
sophomore Paul Joswiak a chance to start his first
game. Minnesota and Joswiak won 6-3 to complete a
two-game sweep of North Dakota.
Farrell plans two major changes to try to counter
the Gophers' defensive prowess. Freshman Gordie
Hampson, who came from Brooks' backyard in
Edina, Minnesota, will move onto the wing of the
first line, where he'll work with Debol and Bill
Wheeler.
Senior wing Dan Hoene has also changed lines,
and can now be found on Kip Maurer's right wing.
But the Michigan coach refuses to commit him-
self on the goaltending situation. Frank Zimmer-
man and Rick Palmer have each started three
games. Zimmerman is unbeaten with a 3.76 G-A,
while Palmer is struggling with 6.9 average.
"We may start Frank both nights," said Farrell.
"But it depends on the results of Friday's game.
We'll decide on Saturday."

Daily Photo by JOHN KNOX
MICHIGAN ICER Mark Miller (14) is shown battling with the Spartans' Daniel
Sutton (26) for the loose puck by the Spartan goal. The Wolverines will have to
get their share of loose pucks this weekend against Minnesota. The two-game
WCHA series starts tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Yost.

GRAPPLERS HEAD EAST
Blue plagued by injuries

SWCHA Standings | Most coaches agree:

By BOB WARREN
The practice is going to be tough.
The coach turns on some music and
;the grapplers stretch out. Rolls of
tape and packs of ice are found on the
beaten bodies of the Michigan wrestl-
ing team as it prepares for its season
opener today at the Rhode Island In-
'vitational.
The task Coach Bill Johannesen's
young team faces is a difficult one.
There are many injuries forcing
wrestlers to perform out of their
usual weight class.
"I'M WR STLING at 150 after
spending my first three years at
142," commented senior captain Karl
Briggs. "However, I'll do what is
best for the team because I know we
are hurting.
Not only will the Rhode Island
'tourney give Johannesen a good idea
about the flexibility of his wrestlers
performing out of their weight divi-
s..sion, it will also show how they
wrestle against nationally ranked
~'competition.
c "Syracuse is a tough team because
they have three All-Americans re-
turning this year," Johannesen said.
"Wehave Brad Holman going
against John Janiak in the 167-pound
class and I think a win by Brad over
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the All-American would be no sur-
prise at all." Holman was ranked
third in the nation at one point last
year.
"These guys will be real tough
because Eastern wrestlers are all
tough," said United States Wrestling
Federation champion Mark Churel-
la. "We have a young team that is
unproven and it might be a strange
experience for them to see the
intense spirit out East."
NOT ONLY DOES Michigan's
youth make the match unpredict-
able, but so do the injuries to
inexperienced and proven wrestlers
alike.
"We have one promising freshman
in Kirk Arndt at 126 who has a bad
knee, but he's going to wrestle any-
way this weekend," commented
Johannesen. "We also have a top
senior, Todd Schneider, hurting with
a sprained ankle, but he will try too."
"I'm hurt and a little nervous but I
think I can do well this weekend,"
said Class C state champion Arndt.
"I'VE BEEN HERE for four years
and this seems to be one of the most
enthusiastic groups of young wrest-
lers," Briggs said after a jog through
Crisler Arena. "They're real lucky to
be on a team with Mark Churella
because he knows how to help them
both wrestling-wise and mentally."
As enthusiastic as the team is,
Coach Johannesen has not gone out of
his way to say they will be great in
their first match. .
"Besides Syracuse, we have to face
a tough team in Rhode Island. Even
Massachusetts, a weak team, could

surprise us this weekend," explained
the diminutive coach.
"WE'RE REALLY anxious to
wrestle this weekend and next week
against Michigan State because most
of us were recruited by MSU as well
as Michigan and a lot of emotion is
built up in that match," Briggs said.
Senior Holman summed up the
feelings of the team when he said,
"We're all a little hurt, but when
you're a wrestler you have to play
with those hurts. These kids are
spirited and if they're wrestlers
they'll wrestle this weekend with the
injuries."
Michigan wrestling
Nov. 18-19 Rhode Island, Syracuse,
Massachusetts.......Kingston, RI
Nov. 28 MICHIGAN STATE
Dec. I at Lehigh
Dec. 2-3 Penn State Invitational
...............University Park, PA
Dec. 9 CALIFORNIA POLYTECHNIC
Det. 29-30 Midlands Tournament
......................Evanston, IL
Jan. 14 Northwestern, Colorado
......................Evanston, IL
Jan. 21 INDIANA
Jan. 27 PURDUE
Jan. 28 ILLINOIS,OHIOSTATE
Feb. 2 at Iowa State
Feb. 3 at Iowa
Feb. 4 at Minnesota
Feb. 10 at Michigan State
Feb. 17 WISCONSIN
Mar. 4-5 BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Mar. 16-18 NCAA Championships
..................College Park, MD
(Home games in capital letters)

W L Pts.
Minnesota..........5 1 10
Denver. ..........5 1 10
MICHIGAN........ 4 2 8
Wisconsin...........4 2 8
Colorado College ... 3 3 6
Michigan State ..... 3 3 6
Michigan Tech.....3 3 6
North Dakota......2 4 4
UMD ............15 2
Notre Dame.......0 6 0

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THIS WEEKEND'S SERIES
Minnesota at MICHIGAN
Michigan Tech at Michigan State
Notre Dame at Denver
Minn.-Duluth at Wisconsin
Colorado College at North Dakota
Newspaper
causes
commotion
By The Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ben Anslow
is an outcast in the north central Ohio
city of Bucyrus. And he loves every
minute of it.
The 51-year-old advertising agency
owner is an unabashed rooter for his
alma mater, Michigan, amidst this
hotbed of Ohio State. football loyal-
ists.
Anslow even puts out a four-page
newspaper he calls Extermination
Bowl News. He's published the
newspaper nine straight years before
the Michigan-Ohio State game.
The large, black headline on page
one this year predicts, "UM-35,
OSU-7."
Below it, the smaller headline
says, "Harried Buck mentor dodges
egg barrage from his own team,
coaching staff following crushing
loss to UM."
One tongue-in-cheek story quotes
Ohio State Coach Woody Hayes as
saying, "I never really got into the
game until Michigan Coach Bo
Schembechler served on my staff in
1961 and 1962. Bo taught me all I
know about the game."

S

By ELISA FRYE
Ask the average Big Ten coach
what he thinks the outcome of tomor-
row's Ohio State-Michigan contest
will be, and he'll probably tell you
that he doesn't know. That's the
average coach, minus Wisconsin's
John Jardine, .Purdue's Jim Young
and Illinois' Gary Moeller, who
weren't available for comment.
The exception is Bob Commings of
Iowa, who stated, "I feel that
Michigan will beat 'em." His Hawk-
eyes lost to the Wolverines earlier
this year by a score of 23-6 and to
OSU by a margin of 27-6.
BUT THE other four coaches just
wouldn't commit themselves. Coach

too close to call

Darryl Rogers of MSU, whose Spar-
tans didn't face the Buckeyes this
year, but were beaten by Michigan,
24-14, plainly admitted, "I don't
know. I haven't got the slightest
idea."
Lee Corso, whose Hoosiers did play
Ohio State and lost 35-7, but not
Michigan, would not comment on the
game because, "I'm too tied up in the
Indiana-Purdue contest."
Minnesota's Cal Stoll commented,
"That's a difficult game to predict,
they're both such good teams. I don't
know about a home advantage, which
of course Michigan would have. We
beat Michigan (1670), but we lost to
See TOO, Page 11

ony RIJIEPICKS
It's Ohio State Eve and all through A squared the average Daily readers have
only one care: To get their Gridde Picks in by Friday at midnight (the end of
OSU Eve) so they have a shot to win a small two-item Pizza BoWs pizza.

NOVEMBER 19
1. Ohio State at MICHIGAN
[pick score]
2. Illinois at Northwestern
3. Purdue at Indiana
4. Michigan State at Iowa
5. Wisconsin at Minnesota
6. Air Force at Notre Dame
7. SMU at Arkansas
8. Baylor at Texas
9. California at Stanford
10. Kansas State at Colorado
11. Colgate at Delaware
12. North Carolina at Duke
13. Utah at Florida
14. Texas Tech at Houston
15. Oklahoma State at Iowa State
16. Missouri at Kansas
17. Tennessee at Kentucky
18. LSU at Tulane
19. Virginia at Maryland
20. Mississippi at Mississippi State
21. Nebraska at Oklahoma

22.
23.
24.
25.
26.

Penn State at Pitt
Clemson at South Carolina
Eastern Michigan at Ball State
W. Michigan at Central Michigan
Ohio St. Lantern at DAILY
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NOVEMBER 25
27. UCLA at USC
NOVEMBER 26
28. Alabama at Auburn
29. Arizona at Arizona State
30. Arkansas at Texas Tech
31. Army at Navy
32. Texas Christian at Baylor
33. Boston College at Holy Cross
34. Georgia at Georgia Tech
35. Vanderbilt at Tennessee
36. Texas at Texas A&M
37. Miami [Ohio] at Cincinnati
DECEMBER 3
38. Florida State at Florida
39. Houston at Texas A&M
40. Notre Dame at Miami [Florida]

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