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Page 10-Friday, January 11, 1980-The Michigan Daily


Matmen pin Hofstra

"I think they'll take the lead in the
beginning, but we will come back and
get them in the end."
That confident prediction by
Michigan wrestling coach Dale Bahr
came true for the Wolverine matmen
last night at Crisler Arena, as they
maneuvered their way to a 20-15 over
Hofstra. It was a win not only relying on
physical effort but careful coaching
strategy, as the injury-ridden
Wolverines were forced to juggle the
upperweight lineup to accommodate
the victory.
WITH STEVE Bennett sidelined with
knee problems and backup man Eric
Klasson nursing a sore shoulder, Bahr
was faced with a hole in the
heavyweight position.
Tactics? Insert Pat McKay at 177,
move Bill Petoskey up to the 190-class
and see what Steve Fraser, who usually
wrestles the 190 slot, can do in the
But to the crowd's surprise, Hofstra
was short a heavyweight man them-
selves. Aural Balainu took on the task
of wrestling both the 190 and
heavyweight classes. But after
Petoskey wore him down and Hofstra
coach Nick Gallo was told Fraser
weighed in at 194, Balainu forfeited to
allow Michigan to win.
"THE HOME TEAM has to put the

man on the mat first," said Bahr. "We
weren't sure what we were going to do.
We just wanted to make sure we got six
points out of it somewhere."
. The meet started with Michigan's
Tom Davids showing a lot of power, but
not enough to break a 7-7 tie with Hof-
,stra's Al DeStephanis. At the 126
weight, Larry Haughn lost to Joe
Petrucci by a score of 8-11. Michigan's
Bob Siar also took his lumps in the 134
weight class against Hofstra's Lou
IN THE MIDDLE weights, Mark
Pearson was defeated by Hofstra's
Mike Hogan, 4-6. Wolverine John Bljan
See more sports pp. 11 & 12
completely dominated John Sauerland,
9-5. At the 148 weight class and the 157
weight class, Michigan took two more
victories when Nemir Nadhir beat Hof-
stra's Bill Keck and Bill Konovsky
defeated Martin Schacker.
Finally, in Michigan's superior upper
weights, Pat McKay defeated Hofstra's
Jim Matuszewski, who was having
trouble with a pulled hamstring.
Petoskey, wrestling at 190 in place of
Steve Fraser, couldn't pull things off
against Aurel Balainu. But Fraser
never got his 'heavyweight chance
against the same man due to the forfeit.

An Organizational Meeting for all
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Depth, improvement
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By Billy Neff
No sympathy needed...
. . Blue wasn 'tprepared
S I WALKED into the Michigan locker room, a feeling of guilt came
Aoverme. There I stood, amongst the reporters and dressing players,
asking myself why I was there.,
Michigan had just suffered a heartbreaking 17-15 Gator Bowl defeat at
the hands of underrated North Carolina. No one expected that fate. Wasn't
this the year Michigap was supposed to end coach Bo Schembechler's
winless streak in postseason games?
I approached each of the key Michigan players looking for a reason for
the surprising outcome. These questions enveloped me in guilt. I was being a
scavenger-grabbing at any shred of news, as reporters do, in search of a
story. This sickened me.
There were unmistakable tears in quarterback B.J. Dickey's eyes. All-
American tackle Curtis Greer couldn't look at me when he spoke. Ron Sim-
pkins, another All-American at linebacker, chose not to answer any
questions. Tight end Doug Marsh, holding a bandage to his bruised and bat-
tered body, looked away when I shyly asked him, "Can I ask you some
questions, Doug?"
What did I need to question these crestfallen players for, anyway? They
obviously did not wish to talk. And how could anyoneask these painful
questions after all the injuries the team had endured?
Starting quarterback John Wangler, who had hurled for over 200 yards
in a mere 20 minutes, was carried off the field on a stretcher. Middle guard
Mike Trgovac followed Wangler to the dressing room, also with a knee in-
jury. Tackle Dale Keitz reinjured a leg. Cornerback Mike Jolly was shaken
Due to all these injuries, I had felt a lot of sympathy towards Bo's boys.
Never before had I rooted for the Wolverines, but deep down, I wanted them
to win-for Bo, Wangler, Trgovac and the rest. I wanted them to win for
Greer and Simpkins, who had never won a bowl game.
Now you ask, why was I there questioning these players, making them
feel even worse than they already did. The answer came to me the following
I was there questioning these players because they shouldn't have lost
this game. All of my guilt left me, suddenly, when I realized why they had
Michigan lost, simply, because it was not prepared, neither mentally nor
The reason Bo used for the loss was pure garbage. "We're just not a real
good team," he suggested. Anyway, I think he had one of the most talented
teams in the nation.
Talent was there
But rather than point the finger at its lack of ability, he should have
commented on his team's preparation. Like the Washington game two years
ago in the Rose Bowl, North Carolina exploited Wolverine defensive
weaknesses it had seen on film. In that contest, Washington quarterback
Warren Moon used the sprint-out pass a lot to a slanting Spider Gaines and
utilized severalmisdirection running plays. "We saw a lot of Big Ten teams
exploit the Michigan defense effectively with short passes," said North
Carolina singal-caller Matt Kupec.
Assuming the Michigan coaches watch films too, they probably watched
films of North Carolina. If they had, unless blindness set in, they would have
had to see the tendency of North Carolina to overwork running back Amos
Lawrence. In the Gator Bowl alone, he was used in over half the plays North
Carolina ran.
Viewing this obvious tendency, I assumed Michigan would key on
Lawrence. In other words, its whole defense would have beenageared to shut
down "Famous Amos." "I was surprised. Before the game I thought they
would have keyed on me," Lawrence said.
When asked why his team did not use such a defense, Bo retorted,
"You're too young to know about keys, son." Notice, he did not say too
And mentally, Bo's team was unprepared. Their overconfidence was
evident to observers both in the hotel and across the field on the North
Carolina side.
"I think they (Michigan) kind of took us lightly. I think they looked down
on us. I don't think they had no (sic) respect for the ACC. We just had to go
out and show 'em," Lawrence asserted.
Kupec chimed in, "I think they took us lightly. We've been put down a lot
in the paper, too. That gave us more incentive. Everyone kept saying, 'keep
it close and make it a good game for the TV cameras, you know. They're in
the Big Ten; we're in the little ACC'."
So now, upon reflection, why should I have felt guilty? The guilt should,
instead, have been shared by the 95 players and ten or so coaches involved..
They are all guilty of the same thing-letting themselves down, most of all.



" .


The Michigan women's swimmi
team has a busy weekend ahead. T
Wolverines have a meet tonight
Eastern Michigan and-% anoth
tomorrow back home against Michig
The Wolverines are 1-0 by virtue o
72%-58% win over the University
Pittsburgh on Dec. 8.
Individually, the major surprise
coach Stu Isaac's squad has to
freshperson Carolyn Clymer. In t
meet against Pittsburgh Clymer w
the 50-yard freestyle and finish
second in the 100-yard freestyle. Isa
plans to use her in both of tl

weekend's meets.
ng This-is-iot to say that Michigan has
'he --only one star. In fact, quite the op-
at posite. The Wolverines' squad is loaded
er with talent. Isaac says, "We have a lot
an of people who contribute."
It's the amount of good swimmers
f a that makes the Wolverines so tough to
of beat. This is why Isaac is optimistic
about the two upcoming meets.
on "Swimming is not as prone to upsets
be as other sports," he said, "and we have
he more depth than anybody."
'on Another reason for Isaac's optimism
ed is the improvement in the swimmers'
.ac times and attitudes. Most of this is due
his to the exhibition meet the Wolverines
had in Texas over the vacation. The
meet featured many top American
teams as well as teams from foreign
Because of this, the Wolverines were
able to train and compete in an Olym
pic-size pool for the first time. They
were also able to test their skills again-
st world-class competition.
The results are obvious. The squad
practices with intensity and the times
of the swimmers are decreasing
rapidly. Isaac says, "75 per cent of the
squad is going faster than they ever
did before."
Coach Isaac says that the Wolverines
have set three goals for themselves this
season: to win the Big Ten, finish in the
top twelve nationally (by team score),
and to have everyone on the team get
faster times.






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