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Page 10-Friday, January 25, 1980--The Michigan Daily
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BY JON WELLS
Somehow the storyline got twisted
around this year in the WCHA. Certain
teams, particularly the Michigan
Wolverines, have said 'nay' to the roles
they were assigned to in the pre-season
script. The result of this rewrite is that
when the defending cellar-dwellers in-
vade the nest of the defending NCAA
champions this weekend in Min-
neapolis, the former will receive top
billing.
When Michigan travelled north to
play the University of Minnesota last
winter they were greeted by stifled
laughter, squashed 8-2 and 10-5, and put
on the plane with an enthusiastic in-
vitation to come back soon.
THIS WEEKEND, however, the
Wolverines will arrive in Hockeyland,
U.S.A. with a sturdy overall 18-5-1
record, a secure grip on second place in
the WCHA, two games ahead of the
third place Gophers, and toting the top
scorer in the nation. A major rewrite, to
JJ'CIIA >aint't tonight
MICHIGAN at Minnesota -
North Dakota at Colorado College
Denver at Minnesota-Duluth
Michigan State at Wisconsin
Notre Daine at Michigan Tech

say the least.
There is more. Last year Michigan
dragged a battered and bruised crop of
forwards and a gun-shy goalie into the
less-than-hospitable confines of
Williams Arena. This weekend they
bring a well-oiled offensive machine,
long on firepower and short on injuries,
and a goaltender, Paul Fricker; who
limited the Gophers to only four goals
during the Wolverines' two-game early
season sweep of Minnesota at Yost.
Gopher interim coach Brad Buetow
has more than a little respect for the
'new' Michigan team: "They feature
the best trio of centers in the WCHA
with Dan Lerg, Murray Eaves and
Bruno Basseotto."
"AND THAT goalie Fricker, man,"
continued Buetow, "his performance
down there against us was the best I
have seen. He stole both games from
us. Our men peppered him with an in-
credible array of shots, but he turned us

away. When he is hot he is simply.
amazing."
Let us not forget, however, 'that
Buetow's superlatives are offered from
a position of considerable strength. The
Gophers, at 15-9-0 overall and 11-9-0 in
the WCHA, can move to within .003 per-
centage points of the Wolverines with a
sweep this weekend. They are coming
off two big wins (7-3, 6-4) at Denver,
and have compiled twelve victories
against only two losses on their home
ice.
An interesting sidelight in the series
will be the battle for the WCHA in-
dividual scoring lead between Min-
nesota's senior right win Tim Harrer
(24-17-41 in 20 games) and Michigan's
Murray Eaves (16-24--40 in 14 games).
The two-game taigle also showcases
two of the strongest candidates for the
WCHA rookie of the year in the persons
of Minnesota's Aaron Broten (12-23-35
in 20 games) and Michigan's Bruno
Baseotto (13-14-27 in 14 games) .

THIS WEEKEND'S trip north is the
first of Michigan's two series road trip4
that includes a joust with the Pioneers
at Denver next weekend. This is an im-
portant and difficult test for the high-
flying Wolverines who have managed
only a 1-4 road record on WCHA cam-
puses. Michigan coach Dan Farrell is
wary of both the Gophers and the road.
"When we beat Minnesota it was
early and the games were very tight,"
said Farrell. "They actually outplayed
us for much of the two games. They
skate very well - they are probably the
best we will play all year."
Farrell also emphasized that the rink
in Williams Arena is both wider and
longer than most, benefitting a team
like Minnesota that can fly when given
some open ice. Although Farrell
refused to cite crowd intimidation as a
.factor this weekend, you can be sure
that the unfamiliar setting will hampe*
the Michigan homebodies.

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Rub the palms of your hands
together: Harder. In a crude way,
you've just duplicated what every
gymnast who works high bar, rings,
parallel bars and side horse experien-
ces daily. Just as athletes condition
their joints and muscles, the gymnasts'
hands "get in shape" as callouses form
on them.
As a high bar specialist, senior Doug
Zahour must cope with "hot hands"
frequently. "They (his hands) often
hurt at the beginning of practice," said
Zahour, "but after a couple times up on
the bar, you forget about the pain: If
you don't, you really can't concentrate
that day.".
Observant spectators at gym meets
probably recall that gymnasts don't
simply rely on dead skin and a macho
philosophy to survive, though. A thin
leather pad, called a grip, can be strap-
ped to the palm for added protection. In
addition, this small piece of "second
skin" allows the gymnast to maintain
their grip without having to grasp the
apparatus too tightly.
But callouses and "grips" are still not
sufficient. Every gymnast goes through
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some kind of daily, ritual to maintain,
healthy hands.
"It's important to keep your hands
moist," explained ringman Darrell
Yee. "If they dry out, the callouses can
crack or rip."
Daily application of a cream or lotion
is a must, especially during the dry
Michigan winters of the gym season,
Junior Chris Van Mierlo said that some
mornings he has to rUn hot water on his
hands to loosen the skin enough for him
to move them without pain.
Side horse specialist Dorian Deave*
doesn't Ilse "grips", because he said h
can't get a good feel of the horse with
them on. He does keep an eye on his
callouses, though. "Sometimes T sand
them to keep them from getting too
thick," said Deaver, Others on the team
use a razor blade to slice off the upper
layer of callous.
The goal of these rituals is to main-
tain callouses thick enough to prevent
blisters, but thin enough to prevent
"rip" - the separation of layers
skin.
Ironically, keeping their hands moist
is just the opposite of what the gymnast
wants during practice and competition.
Sweaty palms make it harder to main-
tain a firm grasp on the apparatus, so a
white powder - chalk'-- is used, But
once practice is over, all the chalk dust
has to be washed off, 'or its drying effect
with persist.
While gymnasts don't get judged on
how well they maintain their handi
proper care is crucial to success.
"If my hands are good," said Zahour,
"it gives me the confidence to do well."
TUMBLING TALES: The Wolverines
upped their dual meet record to 5-4
Wednesday night, by defeating Western
Michigan, 253.05-234.1. Although the
team total was well below its 261 again-
st Illinois last Sunday, Michigan coach
Newt Loken said several gymnas
tried some tricks on Wednesday, not
of which were successful. The vaulte.
continued their hot streak, averaging
9.2 per man... Defending Big Ten
champions Minnesota is coming to Ann
Arbor for a dual meet with the
Wolverines, beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday
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