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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, February 19, 1981-Page 9

Michigan cashes in
on top blue-chips
Bo Schembechler must have slept well last night. Yesterday was the first day for
football recruits to sign national letters of intent, and the Wolverines came away
with.a healthy crop of All-American and all-state performers.
Greg Washington of Detroit Western, an all-state defensive back who was named
the country's best high school athlete in the current issue of Blue Chip Magazine,
will compete in both football and basketball for the Wolverines.
Washington intercepted 15 passes this past season, returning them for 587 yards.
H was also the school's quarterback, passing for 11 touchdowns and running for
516 yards.
4 WHEN. ASKED how difficult it would be for Washington to compete in two
collegiate sports, his basketball coach, William Goldsmith, responded:
"Academically it will be difficult, but in terms of athletic talent, it will not."
Another highly-regarded prospect landed by Michigan was Clay Miller, who
played offensive guard and defensive tackle at Norman High School in Oklahoma.
Miller was voted to the National High School Coaches' All-American team, and his
3.87 grade point average earned him academic All-American honors. Ervin Roley,
Miller's high school coach, said that the Michigan coaches are discussing the
possibility of playing the recruit at defensive tackle.
Michigan added tremendous depth at running back in the persons of Parade
Magazine All-American Brian Mercer and Wayne Memorial's all-stater, Rick
Rogers. Mercer, who hails from Cincinnati's Forest Park High School, rushed for
,727 yards on 230 attempts this past season.
ROGERS RUSHED for 1,352 on 184 carries, including 23 touchdowns. He was
pursued by Michigan State, but according to Wayne Memorial coach Floyd Carter,
Michigan was finally chosen because of the stability of its program. The
Wolverines might also sign Detroit Catholic Central running back Aaron Roberts.
The prep star has narrowed his choices down to Michigan and Notre Dame.
The Wolverines' receiving corps also received a boost with the signatures of two
recruits. At tight end Michigan landed Eric Kattus, another Parade All-American
from the Cincinnati area (Colerain High School), who caught 53 passes for 923 yar-
ds in his senior year. At the wide receiver slot, Schembechler landed Brad Cochran
. Birmingham Brother Rice. Cochran, who also played defensive back, possesses
good size (6'3" and 197 pounds) and superb speed (4.4 in the 40).'
ANOTHER OUT-OF-STATE Parade All-American who will suit up in a
Michigan uniform is offensive tackle Tom Knoebel (6'2", 275 pounds) from Illinois'
St. Rita High Schoo. Other offensive linemen signed by Michigan are tackle Mike
O'Dioso and guard Mike Hammerstein, both of whom are from Ohio.
The Wolverines signed a plethora of defensive linemen in addition to Miller.
Reports indicate that Michigan will get Bruce Brown of Detroit Kettering and
Kevin Brooks of Detroit Mackenzie. Jim Scarcelli of Warren Woods and Bob
Tabachino of Youngstown Chaney High School (Ohio) also were inked, along with
Michigan all-stater John Ghindia, who played both defensive tackle and offensive
guard at Trenton.
At linebacker, the Wolverines have gained the services of Mike Mallory (whose
father is Northern Illinois' head coach) and Riley McPhee from Illinois and Al Sin-
cich and Phil Lewandowski of Ohio. Mallory, who also plays tight end, is a two time
all-state performer. Michigan was also on the verge of signing Joe Gray of Detroit


G uthrie 's racing career stalled

"I'm a racing driver right through
to the bone marrow. I know that I
can win at the top level of com-
-auto racer Janet Guthrie
In a male-dominated sport where it's
virtually impossible to eain a living
without a sponsor, auto racer Janet
Guthrie is an enigma.
NOT ONLY DID Guthrie not even
know what a race car was when she
purchased her first automobile, but she
has also emerged from virtual oblivion
to become one of the most prominent
auto racers, male or female, in recent
Although she has been racing com-
petitively for the last 18 years, it was
not until 1976 that Guthrie won world-
wide recognition, as she became the
first woman to enter and be accepted at
the Indianapolis 500 time trials. That
initial breakthrough sparked an un-
precedented media blitz, with reporters
fronr all over the country swarming in
on Guthrie.
"I obviously would have been hap-
pier if there wasn't such a big fuss. My
concentration from my racing ex-
perience didn't allow it to be a distrac-
tion, though. The pressure didn't get to
me at all."
EVEN THOUGH Guthrie was foiled
in her attempt to crack the 33-car field
for the Indy race that year, the ex-
perience marked a significant event in
her life. Whereas Guthrie had been
unable to find a steady sponsor until
then, suddenly three corporations were
interested in her sponsorship. Offers for
endorsments became commonplace,
enabling Guthrie to make substantial
money from "racing's peripherals."
Promotional work for Texaco,
Metropolitan Insurance and Uniroyal
Tires, as well as features in numerous
newspapers and magazines across the
country, made Guthrie a focal point for
the Equal Rights Amendment
movement then sweeping the country
and prompted Guthrie to comment, "I
don't have any spare time. Racing has
been my entire life."
GUTHRIE'S SUCCESS story is all
the more remarkable considering that

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it was Inot unl she graduated from
Michigan that she showed even the
slightest interest in the sport. A physics
major in college, she bought her first
sports car, an XK120 Jaguar and, in "a
very gradual process," discovered that

rags-to-riches success story has recen-
tly gone sour. Guthrie's full-time spon-
sor, Texaco, failed to renew its commit-
tment, leaving her unable to race on a
full-time basis.
Since her last race in July of 1980,
Guthrie has sent out proposals to
prospective sponsors and decided to
write a book but, of late, there have
been no substantial offers to lure her
back into the world of race-car driving.
Needless to say, Guthrie is dismayed
- but she has hope for the future. "A
number of teams, including a team in
Ann Arbor, have contacted me and
would like me to drive for them.
However, I have no idea what I'll do.
Racing has been my entire life for quite
a while. This year is the first in 20 years
that I've been looking at a season
without any races in it."

sports car racing existed. Her first ac-
tual competition was a one-car speed
trial set up in a parking lot run around
rubber pylons. The more Guthrie
raced, the more fascinated she became
with the sport.
Unfortunately for her, Guthrie's

... first woman at Indy

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For some of the Michigan wrestlers,
Madison, Wisconsin, site of the Big Ten
Wrestling Championships on March 1,
will be the end of the line. For other
grapplers, a string of victories means a
trip to Princeton, New Jersey, and a
shot at a national championship.
Wrestlers who place in the top four in
their weight class in Big Ten Com-
petition advance to the NCAA cham-
gionships, so the pressure will be on the
grapplers. One loss and they can pack
theim bags.
COACH DALE BAHR hopes that only
four wrestlers will return to Ann Arbor
after the meet in Madison. "We'd like to
get' six or seven to the NCAA's," Bahr
said, "but my hopes rest on Joe Mc-
Farland, Nemir Nadhir, Pat McKay,
and Eric Klasson. "
Those are Michigan's most consistent
.vrestlers, and Bahr expects that they
are the only Wolverines who will be
seeded in the tournament. "Seedings
aren't that important in a big tour-
nament like this one," Bahr said. "Last
year Eric Klasson was unseeded, and
he won the championship."
Bahr is confident that the team can
place third or fourth, despite its current
sixth-place standing in the big ten.
"Anybody can come out of the wood-
worK"and do something," Bahr said.
Realistically, I'd say we can end up
hird of fourth."

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Gable, whose Hawkeyes are heavily
favored to win the tournament,
assessed Michigan's chances. "I think
they've got a pretty good team," Gable
said, "and the 118-pounder (Mc-
Farland) should definitely place.
Nadhir is one of the better 158-
pounders, and the heavyweight
(Klasson) is a definite threat for the
crown." Gable added that Pat McKay
and Rob Rechsteiner might also place
in the tournament.
All of the Wolverines face stiff
challenges, but perhaps the grappler
with the most competition will be
defending Big Ten champ Klasson. He
must outduel three of the top
heavyweights in the nation in Iowa's Ed
Banach, Indiana's Rod Chamberlain,
and Ohio State's Jeff Golz. Klasson
defeated all three wrestlers this year;
however, Golz came back to defeat
Klasson in their second meeting of the
A couple of other Wolverine grap-
plers may have to face defending
national champions. Iowa's Ed Banach,
at 177 pounds, defeated Rob
Rechsteiner in dual meet competition
last week, but Rechsteiner could get a
return shot at the champ. Larry
Haughn or Bill Goodill, one of whom
will wrestle at 134 pounds, may get the
unenviable task of takling defending
champ Randy Lewis.
PINNING IT DOWN: The grapplers
get a preview of Madison when they

for title
travel there to face the Badgers in their
final dual meet of the season.. . Two of
Michigan's NCAA qualifiers from last
year might not even see action in the
Big Ten finals. John Beljan was red-
shirted after his knee injury, while
Larry Haughn, who has yet to win in
dual meet competition, will have to
beat out Bill Goodill for the right to
make the trip. Haughn was kept inac-
tive early in the season for a variety of
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