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Thursday, September 4,' 1975


Page Nine

Thursday, September 4, 1975 [HE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Nine

Wrestl ing:








Coach rates recruits A+

Swingers place weak 4th

For the past two seasons, the Michigan Wol-
verines have been a leading power in collegiate
wrestling. In those years they have finished sec-
ond and fourth as a team in the Big Ten.tourna-
ment, second in the NCAA tournament in 1974,
tied for 12th this past season, and also finished
first and fourth in Big Ten dual meet competi-
The Wolverines have sported six All-Ameri-
cans as well as a dozen All Big Ten wrestlers.
Unfortunately, only two of this distinguished
group will be present at the beginning of the
'75-'76 season.
The wrestling team will need good, season-
long performances from many of its freshmen
next season since the Maize and Blue have been
hurt by graduation for the second straight year.
It would seem, however, that Coach Bill
Johannesen and his amiable assistant Cal
Jenkins took a giant step toward filling their
ranks by recruiting excellent wrestlers over
the winter and spring.
In collegiate wrestling there are ten weight
classes ranging upward from 118 pounds, in
roughly eight to ten pound intervals. At the top
is the all inclusive heavyweight class, for all
grapplers tipping the scales at greater than 190
Michigan lost four All-Americans from its
1973-1974 NCAA runner-up team (Jarress Hub-
bard - Rob Huizenga - Gary Ernst - Bill Davids)
and two more from its 1974-1975 fourth place
Big Ten team (Jim Brown - Dan Brink). In ad-
dition, two more standouts, who managed some-
how to avoid All-American standings, graduated
as well as the team captain, Dave Curby.
Confronted with a need for every size
and shape of wrestler, Johannesen and Jen-
kins recruited from every weight class. (Ex-
cept 177 where junior Mark Johnson holds
down the position solidly after his fourth
place finish in the Big Ten last year.)
The Wolverines prize catch was probably

Mark Churella from Farmington, Michigan, who
will almost undoubtedly wrestle at 150. Chur-
ella was, according to Johannesen, "the most
recruited kid in the country, or at least in the
If Churella is as good as advertised he may
eventually be able to match the performance
of "all-everything" Hubbard who graduated af-
ter the '73-'74 season.
The coaches spent their remaining two full-
ride scholarships on two highly sought after
high school grapplers, Amos Goodlow, (126 or
134), and Alfred Bowles (167). Goodlow is from
Flint Northwestern High School and was one of
Johannesen's three personal favorites. He will
presumably have a shot at filling the hole left
by the departed Big Ten runner-up Brad Mc-
Crory (134).
Bowles, who has "not had a lot of coach-
ing," according to Johannesen, is from Los
Angeles and will hopefully fill the shoes of
Rob Huizenga who graduated after 1974 and
was sorely missed last year.
Another young man from the West Coast,
Wayne Snoderly, will weigh in at 190. From
Portland, Oregon, Snoderly has a tuition schol-
arship and could be a great help at what was an
ineffective weight for the Wolverines last year,
due to captain Curby's assorted injuries and
Bill Schuck, Michigan's ace 142 pounder, has
departed leaving new recruit Ed Burnham, from
Battle Creek, Michigan, with a golden oppor-
tunity to start on a Big Ten team in his fresh-
man year.
Meanwhile, Steve Halperin, from Ma-
lone, N.Y., will be the freshman contender
for the job vacated by NCAA runner-up Jim
Brown at 118 pounds.
In all, a dozen new faces figure to be in the
Michigan practice room at Crisler Arena next
season. Bill Johannesen calls it "an A+ re-
cruiting year." It's a good thing it was because
he could use one.

Heading into the 1975 season,
Michigan golf coach Bill New-
combe resolved to finish second
in the Big Ten.
With the likes of seniors Tom
McParlan and Brad Harvey and
a talent-laden sophomore and
freshman group, Newcombe said
a second place finish would earn
some respect for the Wolverine
golf program and a trip to the
NCAA tournament later at Co-
By the way, Newcombe hoped
for a second in the Big Tens
as ever-strong Indiana hosted
the event and the home course
advantage precluded any
thoughts of holing out in first.
Well Necombe was right in one
respect - Indiana did indeed
finish first.
But even second place was
an optimistic thought. 1975 is
now in the record books and
the Maize and Blue golfers
could only swing fourth place
in the May 16-17 event. Not
much more was to be expect-
ed, however, as the golfers
played unimpressively earlier
in the year too.
In the three tournaments pre-
ceding the Big Tens, Michigan
bagged tenth out of a field of
14 teams, ninth out of nine and
eight out of 13. Those tourna-
ments were the Northern Inter-
collegiate (NIGT), the Bronco
and the Spartan Invitational.
Nevertheless, captain McPar-
Ian averaged 76.3 for the year
and was the bright spot for the
Wolverines most of the way. But
it was Dave Casselman who
posted Michigan's best score in
the Big Tens, finishing in 20th
place in the individual standngs.
Now, thoughts must turn to
Prospects that may just do
the trick next season include

Rod Pafford, from Bay City,
Ann Arbornative Randy Mc-
Clellan and Don Reese of Grosse
Isle, Michigan.
Pafford is a past high school
state champion, while both
McClellan and Reese have
competed on the junior college
Other impressive prospects
for the 1976 season include Mit-
chell Bleznak of Bloomfield
Hills, David Glen of Toledo,
Ohio, and Matt Smith of Esca-
naba, Michigan.
The Michigan linksters en-
counter a t o u g h schedule,
though, in '76 and this challenge
will help to indicate what kind
of lift these new faces can give
the Maize and Blue.
Despite the schedule, the golf-
ers can look forward to at least
one advantage. "Michigan will
host the Big Ten tournament
next year," Newcombe said,
"and we have pointed this out
while recruiting." Such is the
importance of the home advant-
age (even though Michigan host-
ed the NIGT this year and was
Next season's swingers stand
to receive the toughest test
from a formidable Michigan
foe in any sport - the Ohio
State Buckeyes. Ohio State,
Big Ten tourney runnerup, and
host of this year's NCAA con-
test (held June 25-28), have
had, according to Newcombe,
an excellent recruiting year.
But with a little luck and a
few breaks, the Maize and Blue
can expect to improve on 1974's
Finally, something new for
'76 is the funding for the golf
program. "We have m o v e d
away from additional aid to a
program to one of more major
events and more travel," New-
combe explained. "This spreads
our budget to more players."

Daily Photo by STEVE KAGAN
'Do I kn ow you?'
Michigan's Rich Lubell (bottom) had his hands full this past season against Iowa's Tim Cy-
zewski (top) in their 126 lb. match. The freshman sensation from New York had a 2-2 draw
in the final period and clung to the Hawkeye ferociously. But Cyzewski came up with a rare
pin in the final seconds by leaning back.

Gymnas tic
By MICHAEL WILSON gifted performers such as Jean
Barely eight h o u r s after Gagnon, Bruce Keeshin and
Michigan's highly successful Bruce Medd, the Big Ten cham-
gymnastics team of 1975 had pions return the likes of Big
finished sixth in the NCAA tour- Ten all-around champion Har-
nament at Terre Haute, Indi- Danner, and co - captains
ana coach Newt Loken remark- Jerome Poynton, second in the
ed that he was already looking Big Ten on the pommel horse,
forward to the 1976 NCAA tour- and Pierre Leclerc, the Big Ten
nament. parallel bar champoin and run-
After examining the roster for nerup in vaulting.
1976, Loken's statement doesn't
seem as bold and over-confident COMING OFF the 1975 season
as it sounds. Despite the loss of could be a tough act for the'




tra dition


Wolverines to follow. A few of are Ann Arborite Jamel Fak-
the phenomenal accomplish- houry and Higman. Vaulting
ments last season include Lok- prospectives include Pete Lein-1
en's 200th duel meet victory inger from Garden City, New
against defending Big Ten York and Rumbaugh.
champion Iowa, and their
twelfth conference title, which THE EVENT where new'
they dominated by qualifying all faces are most needed is the'
twelve members of the team pommel horse. Michigan landed
for national competition. the state champion in that
"Hopefully nothing succeeds event in An Arbor native Do-
like success and with many of rian Deaver. "He does a great
last year's squad members re-
turning, the Wolverines should r ..............<:.:: :::>::
be tough," said Loken. "We will Coming of fthe 1
feel the loss of course of the
graduating seniors Keeshin, tough act for the W
Gagnon, Rupert, Hansen, Bobf
Johnson and Medd, but with up- ew of the phenome
coming seniors and sophomores, last year include Lok
the team should be very tough."
But much of next year's suc- victory against defer
cess will depend on the per- and thei twelfth c
formances of incoming fresh-
man. The new gymnasts willbe they dominated byI
expected to add much needed members of the team
depth to the squad.

will have the chance to prove
themselves in the coming year,
as Michigan faces perhaps itst
toughest schedule in many
Besides the customary Windy
City and Midwest tournaments
at the beginning of the season,
the Wolverines will host Big'
Ten opponents Minnesota, Indi-
ana and Illinois at Crisler Are-

so they could be the top team
in the nation," Loken exclaimed.
The season will climax with
the NCAA's at Temple Univer-
ALL IN ALL, next year pro-
mises exciting gymnastics forI
Michigan fans. If the Wolver-
ines stay away from 'injuries
and maintain consistent per-
formances throughout the sea-
son, 1975-76 could prove to be
very successful.
"I'm looking forward to my
29th year of coaching the guys
at Michigan," Loken beamed.
"I know they'll fire up as the
teams have done in the past
and will do an excellent job of
representing the University."

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975 season could be a
olverines to follow. A
ntal accomplishments
en's 200th duel meet
nding champion Iowa
onference title which
qualifying all twelve
for national competi-


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THE LIST OF freshmen re-
cruits is long and impressive.
Recruits slated for all-around
competition include Nigel Roth-
well of Windsor, Canada, Ann
Arbor native Dennis Rum-'
baugh, Stephen Becker of Kenil-
worth, Illinois, Tom Bick of,
Schenectday, New York, Bruce
Schuchard of Naperville, Illi-
nois, and Greg Brewer from!
Reston, Virginia.
Loken is especially pleased
with Rothwell and Rumbaugh.
"Rothwell is a good all-around
man with great potential. Rum-
baugh is excellent in the floor
exercise and vaulting plus all
the other events," Loken
New freshmen parallel bar
prospects include John Corri-'
tore from Wilmette, Illinois, and:
Gordon Higman of Ann Arbor.I
Corritore was a finalist in the
Illinois State Championships.
On the rings, new hopefuls


job of whirling around the na. The tumblers travel to Ohio
horse," Loken praised. Other State, Wisconsin, Iowa and
all-arounders will add needed Michigan State for duel per-
depth. formances before the confer-
The trampoline corp should ence tournament at Michigan
receive strong help with the ad- State.
dition of Mike Kallis and Brew- Perhaps the highlight of next
ster MacFarland from Winnet- year's schedule will be the duel
ka, Scott MacKenzie of Al- Meet with Indiana State Febru-
pena, Michigan, Phil McNelis ary 14 at Crisler Arena.;
of Trenton, Michigan, and "They (Indiana State) have
Newt Loken Jr. from Ann got everybody back next year
Arbor. Both MacKenzie and
Loken tied for the Michigan
state trampoline crown.
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room into great performers,"
Loken said. "I'm especially
pleased with the Ann Arbor
gymnasts since they all repre-
sent fine fundamentals and areI
doing some excellent advanced

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