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Blue grappler aims for Olympics

The Michigan Daily-Friday, February 8, 1980-Page 11
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If the United States does decide to
send a delegation of athletes to the
Summer Olympics in Moscow, there is
a good chance that Michigan matman
Steve Fraser will be part of that group.
The co-captain 8f the Wolverine
wrestling team is one of the country's
best wrestlers, and right now he would
like nothing more than to represent his
country in the Games this summer.
'However, with the growing possibility
of an Olympic boycott, there is a
*definite chance that the members of the
U.S. team might be staying home. But
unlike some other athletes in a similar
position, Fraser says he would favor a
"AT FIRST I was disappointed
hearing that they were thinking about it
(the boycott)," said Fraser. "But the
more I think about it and the more I see
what's going on, I think I would support

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who has won a number of honors, but;
not these two.
THE SENIOR from Hazel Park,
Michigan, currently boasts an im-
pressive 25-7-8 individual record,
following a trip out west last weekend
where the 8-4-1 Wolverines dropped
three in a row to national powers Iowa

"We could do well ( in the Big Ten
meet)," predicted Fraser. "It just
depends how much people want it. Any
one of the guys onthe team, if they want
it bad enough, could place in the Big
"I think we'll be right up there
though," Fraser added. "If not this

"But they can't operate now because I
only have a month to go."
ALTHOUGH Michigan's 177-lb. star
is a senior, he still has a year of
eligibility remaining due to the fact that
he was redshirted his freshman year.
That could make the young wrestling
team, who start seven freshmen and
sophomores, a definite threat next
"We still have a lot of work to do and
a lot of improving to do to be a top con-
tender in the nation," said Fraser. "But
a lot of the kids on the team have a lot of
Even if the Olympics are passed over
by the U.S. this year, Fraser is still
looking forward to the 1984 Games,
which are scheduled to be held in Los
"AFTER I graduate, I'd like to keep
training, at least til '84," Fraser
remarked. "I'd like to get a job at a
college, maybe, and keep training with
a higher caliber wrestler. Then after
'84, I'd like to get a coaching job at a
college, or maybe a high school."
So it appears that Steve Fraser will
be spending at least a few more years
throwing opponents rudely to the mat.

"The more I think about
it . . . I would support a
-Steve Fraser

See more sports, page 12, 13

"It's too bad they can't separate
politics from sports and just put
everything aside," Fraser added, "But
those Russians are jerks!"
The Olympics are still a few months
off, so for the time being Fraser is only
looking ahead to the rest of this season.
"My immediate goals are to win the
*NCAA and the Big Ten," said Fraser,

State, Iowa and Minnesota. But with the
toughest part of the schedule behind
them now, Fraser is optimistic about
,the team's chances for the remainder of
the season.

year, soon."
One factor that could hinder Fraser is
a knee injury that he sustained prior to
the Iowa trip. "They're talking like it
might be the cartilage," said Fraser.

Both Chinas compete

By The Associated Press
LAKE PLACID - A New York state
udge ruled yesterday that an athlete
rom Taiwan should be allowed to use
his nation's flag and anthem and to
compete as a representative of the
Republic of China in the Winter Olym-
pics in spite of the contrary policy of the
International Olympic Committee.
The ruling by Judge Norman L. Har-
vey of the state supreme court in near-
by Plattsburgh followed by one day the
spectacle of Taiwan athletes being
refused admittance to the athlete's
*village for the Winter Olympics, which
begin here next week.
Taiwan delegation said that an im-
plementing order would be issued by
the court today, but that could not be
confirmed. The state supreme court is
the lowest-level trial court in the state's
judicial system. Officials for the Lake
Placid Olympic Committee, the defen-
dant in the suit, and the IOC said the
ruling would be appealed.
A small group of Taiwan athletes and
officials had made a symbolic effort
Wednesday to enter the village as
representatives of the Republic of
China. Officials at the village said they
could only admit the group under a code
name indicating its affiliation with the
Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee,
the name designated for Taiwan by the
The IOC ruled last fall that only
mainland China represents the Chinese
Veople in the Olympic Games and that
Taiwan would have to compete under a
different name and with a new flag and

anthem. Taiwan officials challenged
the policy in a court in Lausanne, Swit-
zerland, where the IOC is headquar-
tered, but Monday the Swiss judges
upheld the IOC.
Parseghian honored
NEW YORK - Ara Parseghian,
whose teams won more games than any
Notre Dame coach except Knute
Rockne, has been elected to the
National Football Foundation's College
Football Hall of Fame, it was announ-
ced yesterday.
Parseghian compiled a record of 170-
58-6 in 24 seasons as head coach at
Miami of Ohio, Northwestern and Notre
Dame,including 93-17-4 in-11 years with
the Fighting Irish. He will be officially
inducted at the foundation's annual
awards dinner Dec. 9 along with 11
previously named players.
PARSEGH IAN, A star halfback at
Miami, played pro ball with the
National Football League's Cleveland
Browns, then returned to his alma
mater, first as an assistant to Woody
Hayes. In 1951 he became the team's
head coach and, in four seasons, had a
record of 39-61.
He spent the next eight years at Nor-
thwestern, where his 36-35-1 record in-
cluded four consecutive triumphs over
Notre Dame during 1959-62.
He coached at Notre Dame during
1964-74, the 95 victories falling just 10
short of the number Rockne amassed in
13 years. Parseghian's Notre Dame
teams won national championships in
1966 and 1973 and finished in the Top
Ten eight times.

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The women's gymnastics team is the healthiest its been all year-just
in time for the Big Ten Championships beginning tonight in Champaign.
"We've been waiting all year for this," said Michigan coach Sheri Hyatt
"This is the strongest team we could have."
Only Diane McLean has any physical problems. She suffered a minor
sprain which shouldn't interfere with her ability to compete. Senior Sara
Flom, last year's regional floor exercise champion, is back from an injury
and as Hyatt said, "She brings everyone together as a team:"
Hyatt further explained, "Big Tens are important as a championship,
but they're not a direct stepping stone to regionals." If they do score well,
though, it will boost their overall average, something considered in
qualifying for the regionals. ';
The gymnasts will compete using the same order as -in the
Olympics-that is, vaulting, uneven parallel bars, balance beam and floor e
exercise-which pleases Hyatt. "We tend to do best when we go in that n
order," said Hyatt.
But Hyatt also received some disconcerting news about the meet. She r
said she had expected Michigan to compete in the second session, but
learned her squad willbe in the first group to compete tonight. It's common
knowledge in the gymnastics world that the four teams placed in the second
session are scored a bit higher than those in the earlier session.

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