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Wednesday, November 5, 1980a

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Y wfreshmen the key
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Cannavino f ar from pass-lye .


"Our defense is a young group, but it'
is improving and one of the reasons for
that improvement is the leadership of
people like Andy," said Schembechler.
Cannavino, linebacker Mel Owens
and tackle Mike Trgovac are the
seniors Schembechler counts on to
provide guidance for the younger
players on Michigan's defense.
"I'm not sure if it helps them, but you
never know," said Cannavino, who this
week was named UPI's Midwest
Defensive Player of the Week for the
second time this season. "Ron Sim-
pkins used to talk to me and it helped a
lot. It gives you that extra bit of con-
The defense has made significant
strides since bowing to Notre Dame and
South Carolina, aiding Michigan in its
five straight triumphs. The unit has
allowed just 12.8 points per game since
the 1-2 start and Cannavino said the im-
provement is due to time.
"The eight weeks we've been
together has helped us more than
anything," said Cannavino. "We didn't
have the confidence we had last year,
but now we do."
Last Saturday's 35-0 whitewash of In-
diana was the first since a 54-0 rout of
Wisconsin last season in Michigan
"The ultimate is to shutout a team,
said Cannavino. "You know you've
played well when you do that.",
Cannavino was switched from strong
side linebacker to the weak side which
has resulted in him being more of a fac-
tor in defending against the pass.
"I'm getting deeper drops and I don't
have the tight end on my side," said
Cannavino who has snagged three in-
terceptions this season, one more than
he totaled in his two previous cam-
paigns. "I just read the quarterback's
eyes and play the ball."

"The ball comes so fast," continued
Cannavino, "I just try to react to it as
quick as I can and get a piece of it."
Cannavino was not heavily sought af-
ter in high school because of a lack of
size and speed and he said that both at-
tributes will haunt him in terms of the
NFL draft.
"The draft is based more on physical
ability rather than how well you play,"
said Cannavino, who led Michigan in
tackles last season with 151. "I think I'll
play, but I don't think I'll be a high draft
"Look at Simpkins," added Can-
navino. "He was the best linebacker
I've ever seen and he was only drafted
in the seventh round."
At the moment, though, a
professional football career is far from
his mind because he is preparing for the
last three regular season games of his
college career. And this Saturday's
game at Madison is a little special
because it is a homecoming of sorts for
"My first game two years ago was
against Wisconsin in Madison and I've
been starting ever since," said Can-
navino, who received his first starting
assignment because of an injury to
Cannavino said there isn't much of a
difference between No. 1 ranked Notre
Dame and No. 12 Michigan and doesn't
enjoy looking back at the Wolverines'
two losses by a total of five points.
"We think about it, but we can't do
anything about it," said Cannavino.
"Just knowing that we can still go to the
Rose Bowl is good enough for us.
"I'd like to bring Michigan back to
respectability, show people what we
can do. To me the Rose Bowl is the
greatest college game and it would be
the wrap up in my career. If we win our
last three games, we can get back a lit-
tle of the respect we lost," Cannavino
If Cannavino had a choice, he'd
prefer to be sitting on the bench picking
up splinters during the fourth quarter of
the Rose Bowl game come Jan. 1, 1981,
in Pasadena.

ew freshmen the ke
to grapplers' season
Although the wrestling season doesn't open until November 25, the
Michigan wrestling,team is hard at work preparing for the year that lies
ahead. Coach Dale Bahr had an outstanding recruiting year, and with
promising new freshmen, he is confident that the team is capable of moving
into the nation's Top Ten teams.
"We've got a good crop of incoming freshmen this year," Bahr said.
"Probably two of our toughest wrestlers will be 118-pounders Joe McFarland
and Mike DerGarabedian. Those are two freshmen who in high school won
170 matches and lost 10, so I'm confident that we will have a freshman star-
ter in that weight class."
BAHR ALSO MENTIONED five other freshmen with chances to make
the team. Bill Goodwill will challenge senior Jim Mathias for the spot at 126-
pounds. Kelly Lewis, a 142-pounder from Minnesota, will make for tough
competition in his weight class, while Steve Pierce, the Michigan Class A
state champion from Trenton and Monte Wilcox, will make their presences
felt in the middle weight classes.
The biggest acquisition may be a sophomore transfer student, Rob
Rechsteiner. Last year at Grand Rapids Junior College, Rechsteiner,
nicknamed "The Rock" by his teammates, placed fourth in the nation in the
Junior College National Tournament. Bahr, who describes Rechsteiner as
"very physical," expects big things from him in either the 177 or 190-pound
weight classes.
The abundance of good wrestlers on the team makes competition for'
starting positions fierce. "It seems like every wrestler in the mat room is a
two-time or three-time state champ," said Pierce. "They're all good. You're
only as good as the people you work with. I hope that by the time I'm a senior
I'll be at least make the starting lineup."
ALL THE YOUNG wrestlers show a quiet optimism. They know they.
will have to work hard to make the team, and work harder to avoid losing,
their spot to a classmate. "I'll have to take, my bangs and bounces before I
make the team," said McFarland.







'M' chosen for airways

With the Big Ten championship, as
well as a possible Rose Bowl berth, at
stake, ABC television has announced
that the Michigan-Purdue game here
November 15 will be televised
nationally, according to network
spokesman Donn Bernstein.
This marks the second time in four
weeks the Wolverines will be on ABC,
the, last game being the regional
telecast of the Illinois game October 25.
Kickoff time will once again be moved
up, this time to 12:25 p.m. to accom-
modate the television coverage.

It is possible that the Michigan-Ohio
State matchup will be seen on
television, because of ABC's "wild
card" system in selecting major foot-
ball telecasts, Bernstein said. This
procedure allows each team either two
regional telecasts or one regional and
one national telecast per season, in ad-
dition to one wild card game every two
years. Since both Michigan and Ohio
State each only have two appearances
this year they are both eligible for the
wild card ga'me and thus the possibility
of the telecast from Columbus on
November 22.

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Harriers put hope in team's depth

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A Daily Sports Analysis
Secondof1a two-part series
After a 13th-place finish last year,
Michigan is looking for a higher placing
at the NCAA cross-country meet at
Wichita, Kan, November 24, a placing
which might carry them close to the
very top of the American cross-country
elite. How close could they come?
A look at the leading contenders for
the national crown might help in
assessing the Wolverines' chances at
the national meet. Defending champion
Texas-El Paso is a heavy favorite to
repeat, as the Miners have'imported a
host of international distance runners
from Kenya, Tanzania, and South
Africa, largely on the efforts of UTEP's
controversial coach, Ted Banks.
The teams said to be "in the running"
are few, many other teams are given a
long-shot chance for victory. Penn
State is a slight favorite after its Cen-
tral Collegiate meet win, and Auburn,
though not living up to pre-season ex-
pectations, cannot be disregarded.
Among the East Coast teams which
should be factors are Providence, the
top-ranked team in New England, and
Princeton, which won the highly-
regarded Heptagonal meet in New
York last weekend.
The only team which seems to com-
bine talent and depth to an almost in-
vincible degree is UTEP; most of the
other nationally-ranked teams, such as
Oregon (which has been decimated by
the loss of top runners Al Salazar, Rudy
Chapa, and Don Clary), have a core of
two or three elite runners, but lack good

number six or seven men.
Cross-country teams usually consist
of seven men, with five counting towar-
ds scoring. The reason why two ad-
ditional men are permitted in meets
such as the NCAA championships is
that they serve to set other teams'
scoring runners further back, as the
aim of cross-country competition is to
cluster as many of your team's scoring
runners to the front as possible, since
the lowest score (with one point for first
place, two for second, etc.) wins a
Thus it is essential that a good cross-
country squad combine talent and dep-
th effectively. Michigan has done thi$,
as many of its top runners have similar


levels of ability and are often closely
bunched at the finish of a race.: If
Michigan has an advantage over the
teams already mentioned, it is in its
depth, a depth that few schools can
And it could very well break
Michigan into the top five at Wichita.
With the top teams in the country fairly
evenly matched (except for the
mighty mercenaries of UTEP), the
Wolverines' depth could tip the scales
in their favor over many schools.
Penn State, Indiana, and Providence
also have balanced teams but given the
unpredictable nature of cross-country,
Michigan could be iiq the dogfight for
the runner-up spot.

After a landslide victory yesterday,
Steve Carlton has now won three Cy
Young awards he still isn't talking to
the media. Why? It all goes back to his
last official comment a few years ago.
"I will not talk to anybody until I win
the Gridde picks,"Carlton said.
If you want Carlton to break his silen-
ce, please do not get your picks to the
Michigan Daily offices -by midnight
Friday or you stand a chance of win-
ning a free one-item pizza from Pizza
1. MICHIGN at Wisconsin
(pick score)
2. Illinois at Ohio St.
3. Iowa at Purdue
4. Northwestern at Michigan St.


Indiana at Wisconsin
LSU at Alabama
Houston at Texas
Georgia at Florida
Arkansas at Baylor
SMU at Rice
Southern Cal at Stanford
Arizona at Washington
Wake Forest at Duke
Air Force at Army
Colgate at Bucknell
Grambling at Alabama St.
S. Dakota St. at S. Dakota
Illinois St. at Eastern Michigan
Shippensburg St. at Slippery Rock
DAILY LIBELS at Electoral


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