The Michigan Daily Tuesday, February 17, 1981
Matmen scare Cyclones
No. 1 Iowa St. downs 'M', 20-15
By JOHN KERR
Even one of its best performances of
the season couldn't stop the Michigan
wrestling team from going down to
defeat last night at Crisler Arena.
The top ranked Iowa State Cyclones,
all decked out in their imposing bright
reed and yellow 'warm-up suits, upen-
ded the inspired Wolverines, 20-15 in a
match that was up for grabs until Iowa
State's John Forshee and Michigan's
Pat McKay battled to a 5-5 draw in the
190-pound match. The draw gave the
Cyclones an insurmountable 20-11 lead
in the team score.
IOWA STATES~ coach Dr. Harold
Nichols, a former Michigan wrestler
who won the national championship at
145 pounds in 1939, explained that the
Cyclones did not bring a full contingent
of wrestlers to Ann Arbor.
"We left four boys home due to
exams," said Nichols. "Our main hope
was that we wouldn't get beat, but
Michigan wrestled real well."
To the delight of the partisan crowd,
the Wolverines jumped out to a quick 9-
0 lead in the team score by winning the
first three matches of the evening.
After a ; scoreless first period,
Michigan's 118-pounder Joe McFarland
jumped to a 4-0 second period lead over
the Cyclones' Kevin Darkus. Darkus
rode McFarland for all but the final 11
seconds of the second period, but
thanks to two penalty points and a
reversal by McFarland, couldn't
muster a point. However, in the final
stanza, Darkus escaped to narrow the
gap to 4-1. McFarland then put the mat-
ch away by taking Darkus down with 40
seconds remaining in the match to seal
a 6-2 victory.
WITH THE crowd roaring, the
Wolverines 126-pounder, Jim Mathias,
upended John Thorn, 14-9. Mathias was
able to take down Thorn at will,
registering eight of his 14 points on
take-downs, but that didn't stop Thorn
from keeping the match exciting. After
taking a 4-3 lead into the second period,
Thorn put Mathias on his back, but
Mathias squirmed loose and Thorn, in-
stead of earning a fall, garnered only
two points forta near-fall. Mathias then
turned the tables on the Cyclone
wrestler by registering an escape, a
take down and a near-fall of his own.
Then, in the third period with the score
tied at 9-9, Mathias . escaped from
Thorn, took him down and put him on
his back to clinch.the victory.
Michigan coach Dale Bahr explained
that these two victories were especially
sweet for the Wolverines.
"We recruited both Darkus and
Thorn but coach Nichols 'stole' them
from us,' Bahr said, "so-it felt good
that we beat them."
WITH THE TEAM score now 6-0 in
Michigan's favor, Bill Goodill notched
the Wolverines third straight individual
victory with a 7-5 decision over Iowa
State's 134-pounder, Adley Parker.
Goodill seemed to have the match in
hand midway through the final period
as he put Parker on his back to earn a
near-fall and a 6-1 lead. But Parker
picked up a reversal with 25 seconds
left in the match and with time running
out Goodill found himself staring at the
lights on the ceiling of Crisler Arena.
Fortunately for the Michigan wrestler,
the match ended before Parker could
do any more damage and Goodill had
hung on for a narrow decision.
Iowa State's Gene Hartley finally put
the Cyclones on the board with a fairly
easy 8-3 decision over Michigan's Mark
Pearson in the 142-pound match. Bahr
explained that he was somewhat sur-
prised at the outcome of the match.
"I FELT that out of the first four
weight classes our best shot was at
142," he said, "but we didn't do it. I'm
happy though with our first three kids.
They set the tempo of the meet."
The next four matches went in Iowa
State's favor as Nate Carr, Jim Farina,
Murray Crews, and Dave Allen all
decisioned their Wolverines opponents.
Farina, wrestling at 158 pounds,
edged Nemir Nadhir in a match that
could have thrown the meet to the
Wolverines. Nadhir escaped from
Farina with 58 seconds remaining in the
match to even the score at 4-4, but with
12 seconds to go Farina took him down
to lock up a 7-4 victory.
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