The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, January 7, 1981-Page 15
By the Associated Press
Brian Sipe, who led the Cleveland
Browns to their first division title since
1971, was named The Associated Press'
Most Valuable Player yesterday for the
1980 NFL season.
Sipe, the league's top-ranked passer
*his season, easily beat Houston run-
ning back Earl Campbell who finished a
distant second. Tied for third were
quarterbacks Ron Jaworski of.
Philadelphia and Steve Bartkbwski of
Atlanta, with Dan Fouts finishing fifth.
In other football news, the Buffalo
Bills' Chuck Knox was named coach of
the year by the AP. Knox, who took
over a team coming off of a 3-11 season,
has recorded 5-11, 7-9 and 11-5 marks in
his three years with Buffalo. The Bills'
eason ended Saturday with a 20-14
playoff loss to the San Diego Chargers.
Before taking over at Buffalo, Knox
served as the Los Angeles Rams' head
coach. During his stay in Los Angeles
,the Rams won the NFC Western
Division for five consecutive years.
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By MARK FISCHER
It was a classic case of close but no
cigar for the Michigan women's
basketball team in its game against
Michigan State last night at Crisler
Arena. The Blue hoopsters fought back
furiously from a 14-point second half
deficit and pulled within two late in the
game, only to lose by that same
margin, 71-69, to the interstate rivals.
After a turnover-filled two minute
period in which neither team could
score, the Wolverines (4-6) found them-
selves down, 69-67, at the :34 mark with
the ball and what proved to be their last
chance to tie the game. The Spartans'
zone defense was ready for the task,
however, as Michigan's playmaking
guard Lori Gnatkowski (seven points,
eight assists) drove the lane and missed
and MSU controlled the board with :19
The pressing Blue cagers wasted no
time in trying to get the ball back, as
Gnatkowski fouled State's Brenda
Jezowski after only a second had elap-
sed from the all-important clock.
Jezowski, who had gone 0 for 2 from the
charity stripe just minutes earlier,
sank the resulting one and one this time
for the winning tallies.
The Wolverines still refused to die,
and worked the ball to Diane Dietz, who
then sank a pair of her team-high 19
points to pull Michigan within two, 71-
69, with five seconds remaining. Dietz'
jumper was too little, too late, however.
The clock simply ran out on the
Wolverines, who could find no one to
foul in the final five seconds.
The Spartans outshot their hosts
throughout the contest (49 to 41 per-
cent) and especially early in the second
half, when they increased their 6 point
halftime lead to 13 midway through the
At that point the Wolverines made the
first of their two main comeback spur-
ts, netting eight unanswered points.
Yet when Deb Traxinger, State's
game-high scorer (19 points) hit on a
fast break layup with 4 minutes to go to
put her team up, 69-59, things again
looked bleak for the Maize and Blue.
The hustling and constantly pressing
Wolverines were not to be daunted,
though, and made yet another 8-0 run
against the Spartans, setting the stage
for Jezowski's fateful foul shots.
BAHR LAMENTS LATEST WOES:
By CHUCK JAFFE
If wrestling coach Dale Bahr made a
New Year's wish, it was certainly that
his team would be fully recovered from
its injuries in time for the Big Ten and
NCAA Championships. Six of the
team's wrestlers have major injuries,
and the rest of the squad is battered and
bruised. "Right now, there are more
cholarships on the bench than there
are wrestling," Bahr said.'
The injuries start at the top of the
lineup and run throughout the team.
126-pounders Mike DerGarabedian and
Jim Mathias are both injured.
DerGarabedian cracked a bone in his
elbow and is expected to be out for three
The extent of Mathias' injury isn't yet
known. He has either a separated,
*houlder or torn muscles, and Bahr
hopes that he will only be out for a
THE NEXT injury is in the 134-pound
weight class: Larry Haughn, who was
academically ineligible-during the first
semester, tore rib cartilage while
wrestling in the Midlands tournament.
The injury was suffered in a losing ef-
fort to defending national champion
Randy Lewis of Iowa.
At 142 pounds, Bob Siar is injured.
. iar is one of three Wolverines who
currently has knee problems. Last
year, Siar had surgery on his knee, and,
according to Bahr, the knee "blew up
on him" last week.
John Beljan, the starter at 158 poun-
ds, suffered his knee injury during the
Penn State Invitational. He is currently
in a walking cast, and Coach Bahr
hopes he can return to the lineup by
February, in time for the Big Ten tour-
ament. Beljan's replacement, Steve
ierce, suffered some minor ailments
that caused him to miss last Sunday's
Ohio State match, but he should return
for tomorrow's match against Lehigh.
THINGS HAD been looking up for
senior Bill Konovsky. Konovsky missed
some of last season-and all of this
year-due to a knee injury. After a long
recovery, he made his season debut at
the Midlands wrestling tournament, but
shortly after his appearance, his knee
swelled up. Bahr is hopeful that Konov-
ky can return to his spot at 167 pounds
'PINNING IT DOWN: The team had two
dual meets during Christmas break.
They defeated Clarion State, which was
ranked 13th in the nation, in a 33-6
romp. Joe McFarland and Bill Goodill,
a pair of freshmen, turned in superb
performances to key the rout. Last
Sunday, the team lost to Ohio State in
Columbus by a 23-13 score. Pat McKay
Qnd Eric Klasson turned in excellent
performances for the Wolverines, who
were not only hampered by injuries, but
by the weather that kept 142-pounder
Mark Pearson snowed in at home while
the team practiced.
The squad also took part in the
Midlands wrestling tournament, which
was held at Northwestern. Graduate
assistant Steve Fraser placed sixth in
his weight class, while no other
BAHR HAD special praise for
heavyweight Eric Klasson. Klasson,
who is currently ranked fourth in the
nation, has been wrestling despite the
fact that his father has been very ill.
"Eric kept it to himself, so as not to
burden the team," Bahr said. "He is
working very hard getting into good
shape for the championships. He is a
special young man."
The wrestling team faces Lehigh,
ranked 11th in the nation, at home
tomorrow. Lehigh features two national
champions, and will be the strongest
opponent Michigan has faced this
season. The grapplers meet North-
western at home this Friday. Both mat
ches will be held in Crisler Arena and
start at 7:30 p.m.
Michigan St. 71,
Min. FG/A FT/A R A PF Pts.
34 3/9 0/0 i1 2 1 6
22 4/10 6/6 4 2 3 14
28 4/15 0/0 9 0 2 8
13 1/3 0/0 0 2 0 2
36 9/21 1/2 p 5 2 19
30 3/8 1/2 2 8 3 7
2 0/0 0/0 0 0 1 0
4 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 10
20 4/5 1/2 6 2 0 9
4 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 0
7 2/2 0/0 0 0 2 4
30/73 9/12 41
20 14 69
FG/A FT/A R A PF Pts,
6/9 0/0 5 1 3 12
7/14 0/0 8 0 2 14
3/14 1/2 16 0 2 7
40 3/9 0 5 1 8
8/12 3/4 6 3 1 19
2/2 0/0 0 1 1 4
0/1 1/2 0 0 1 1
1/3 0/1 2 0 2 2
2/2 0/0 0 0 0 4
32/66 7/13 42 10 13 71
Halftime: Michigan State 38, MICHIGAN 34
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