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The Michigan Daily Saturday, January 16, 1982 Page 7

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Some M'tracksters
Blue looks to topple tall GophersSo 'Mra
By BOB WOJNOWSKI But the height of the Gophers doesn't at guard. In addition, senior guard losers of eight straight. And while it r
stop there Six-foot-10 senior Garv Mar a ll Mi t a' 19th alli m a anpears that the taller and more ex-



Special to the Daily
MINNEAPOLIS - The Michigan
Wolverines, fresh off an 81-51 pasting at
the hands of the Indiana Hoosiers in the
proverbial frying pan of Bloomington,
must now jump into the fire of Min-
neapolis, as they face the 11th-ranked
Golden Gophers today at 2:05 p.m.
-The game is scheduled as the Big Ten
Game-of-the-Week, and if Michigan
coach Bill Frieder seems slightly ap-
prehensive about facing the Gophers
under such circumstances, well there
may be good reason.
"THEY'VE GOT every ingredient
you need on a team," said Frieder.
"They've got big centers, big back-up
centers, point guards, shooting guards,
big forwards, big back-up forwards -
The big center is the biggest of them
all, 7-3 junior Randy Breuer. Breuer
leads the Gophers in both scoring and
rebounding with 19.1 and 7.6 averages
respectively. He is also shooting 52
percent from the floor and 79 percent
from the free-throw line and he leads
the team in assists and blocked shots.

Holmes will start at one forward, while
either 6-7 junior Zebedee Howell or 6-9
senior John Wiley will man the other
frontcourt slot.
SENIOR DARRYL Mitchell will start
at one guard while Trent Tucker, a 6-5
swingman from Flint is tentatively
scheduled to join him in the backcourt.
Tucker could move to forward and
allow freshman Tommy Davis to open

iarK nail , nnesoLas5Iznall-Lme
leading scorer, has returned to action
after missing the non-conference slate
because of academic difficulties.
Frieder has indicated that he intends
to go with the same starting five of
Thad Garner and Dean Hopson at for-
ward, Dan Pelekoudas and Eric Turner
at guard and Ike Person at center.
Minnesota is 10-2 and coming off a 61-
56 victory over Big Ten co-favorite
Iowa, while the Wolverines are 1-10 and


perienced Gophers are a notch above
the Wolverines, Minnesota head coach
Dim Dutcher is taking nothing for gran-
"MICHIGAN HAS some good young
talent, and they are improving with
every game," he said. "And it always
adds something to be on the TV Game-
The Wolverines will once again be
relying on the playmaking abilities of
freshman guard Turner and the leader-
ship of their lone senior, captain Gar-
On the other hand, while the Gophers
count heavily on their big center
Breuer, Frieder points out that keying
on one Gopher will only free another.
"Any one of them can be the key," he
said. "You gotta stop Breuer, but if you
let him go Tucker can kill you."
Minnesota is yet to lose at home this
season, its only two losses coming on
the road; 62-52 at Kansas State and 49-
47 at Ohio State. But the Wolverines
fared well against the Gophers last
season, winning both contests; 68-67 in
double overtime in Minneapolis and 83-
67 in Ann Arbor.

special to the Daily
YPSILANTI- Giving the option to
compete or not, less than half of the
Michigan track team decided to par-
ticipate in the Eastern Michigan In-
vitational last night against several
other Division II schools.
Though several events were lacking
any Wolverines at all, there were a few
performances by the Michigan thin-
clads worth noting.
FRESHMAN BOB Grainger, who as
a member of the distance medley,
qualified for the indoornational meet,
ran an open 400 meter dash in 48.76 to
take third.
Two other first-year Wolverines had
successful evenings. Don Chezillet and
Dave Woolley, both t'ransfer students,
finished first and second in the pole
vault with jumps of 15'6" and 15'
Johnnie Neilsen dominated the three
other shotputters with a throw of
55'91/2". The closest competitor was
Dah Kenwell from Nothwood Institute
with 48'51/2".

IN A MUCH closer event, Dave Lugin
won the high jump with a leap of 7'.
Mark Norman, from Northwood also
jumped 7', but lost to 'Lugin on attem-
Lugin was satisfied with his perfor-
mance. "It is about where I expected to
be at this point in the season, said the
jumper.. "It (competition) was much
better than I expected it to be."
"A lot of runners don't compete in
this competition because the condition
of the track," explained Lugin, noting
the absence of many Michigan runners.
THE TRACK, which is usually hidden.
by the basketball bleachers, is asphalt
and not a favorite surface of manyrun-
In another close race, senior Mike
Shea, normally Michigan's half-miler,
barely outran John Potts of the Ann Ar-
bor Track Club in the mile with a time
of 4:10.49.
The Wolverines will have their first
home meet next Saturday when they
host the Michigan relays at the Track
and Tennis Building. Michigan football
standout Butch Woolfolk is expected tr
run in his first meet of the seasor.

(23) Dean Hopson (6-7) ..... F .....(6-10) Gary Holmes
(45) Thad Garner (6-7) ..... F ... (6-7) Zebedee Howell+
(52) Ike Person (6-7) ........ C .... (7-3) Randy Breuer+
(25) Eric Turner (6-3) ...... G ... (6-5) Darryl Mitchell+
(32) Dan Pelekoudas (6-1) .. G ..... (6-5) Trent Tucker
GAME TIME & SITE: 2:05 p.m., Williams Arena, Min-
RADIO: WAAM-AM 1600, WWJ-AM 95, WUOM-FM 91.7.
TV: NBC, Channel 4.


full court
Hoosiers'Assembly Hall.. .
...Big Ten's toughest
Special to the Daily BLOOMINGTON
WHEN YOU FIRST step into the winged-shaped structure known as
Assembly Hall it would appear to be like any ordinary college
basketball arena.
But, upon seeing the actual court and its surroundings it becomes obvious
the initial observation is anything but true.
The seating on both sides of the court stretches high enough that nose
bleeds can become a problem to those seated in the highest tier. Behind each
basket, however, there is only one portable bleacher, one of which is
inhabited by a boisterous pep band, the other by a section of screaming In-
diana students. The court is also surrounded by dozens of Hoosier
cheerleaders, who sieze every available opportunity to rile up those in atten-
stance. This imposing scene along witl the unbelievable fan support, makes
Assembly Hall the most difficult arena in the Big Ten, if not the country, for
visiting teams to emerge victorious.
s What does it take?
Just ask Bill Frieder or Johnny Orr how difficult it is to play in
Bloomington. Including Thursday's 81-51 drubbing, Michigan's teams, over
the last decade, have traveled south to Indiana 11 times and came up empty
on'each occasion. The Wolverines' 11 losses are the most by any team since
the Arena's inauguration in 1971.
"One of these times we're going to beat these guys," a dejected Frieder
said jokingly after Thursday's game.."It may not be in your or my lifetime.
We just don't seem to play very well down here."
Even Frieder's predecessor, Orr, had trouble winning at Bloomington. In
the glory days of the nid-1970s the Wolverines could come no closer than a
five point overtime loss. In1977, when Michigan finished the season ranked
number one in the AP poll, the Wolverines fell to the Hoosiers 73-64 in In-
However, Michigan is not the only team that has experienced difficulty in
trying to beat the Hoosiers on their home court. Since 1971 Indiana has won a
remarkable 91 percent of its home games. The Hoosiers have compiled a 125-
12 overall record at home including a 77-3 league mark in that stretch.
Rude awakenings
Illinois, which has had the most success of any Big Ten team against the
Hoosiers, has won only two of nine contests. Two other schools, Michigan
State and Wisconsin, match Illinois' meager win total as they both have won
two of 10 outings at Assembly Hall.
Not only was the Michigan team probably unaware of these staggering
numbers but at least half of the players on the Wolverine roster had never
even experienced a Big Ten road game. Before this season began Frieder
stressed the fact that his'young players would receive a rude awakening
when they played their first conference road trip. "They (the Michigan
freshmen) don't know what it takes to win, on the road in the Big Ten,"
Frieder had said in November.
Combine Michigan's inexperience with Indiana's substantial home court
advantage and the result of Thursday's contest come* as no surprise.
Despite the 30 point loss, though, the Hoosier road trip might have been a
positive one for the Wolverines. Starting the Big Ten road schedule at In-
diana means that the young Michigan players received the toughest possible
inauguration into Big Ten road play. This can only benefit them in the future.


M slams It)
It didn't take long for coach Dale
Bahr's grapplers to welcome the
Hoosiers of Indiana to the friendly con-
fines of Crisler Arena last night, as the
Wolverines took the first three matches
by pins and rolled to an easy 32-11 vic-
Sophomore All-American Joe Mc-
Farland (118 pounds) opened the match
by pinning the Hoosiers' Dave Schutter
at 1:58 of the second period. The vic-
tory by McFarland improved his in-
dividual record to 16-2-2.
"I HAVEN'T been wrestling as well as
I've wanted this year," said Mc-
Farland. "However, I'm starting to
gain some confidence and wrestling
more aggressive."
Junior Larry Haughn followed at 126
and tallied his first victory of tie season
by pinning Jim Colias (3-8). Then with.
the crowd still buzzing from Mc-
Farland's and Haughn's performances,
senior Bill Goodill (134 pounds) turned
in a solid effort as he came from behind
and pinned Indiana's Keith Saunders 35
seconds in to the final period.
With junior Lou Milani, (6-3), winning
by forfeit in the 142-pound class,
Michigan found themselves comfor-
tably ahead 24-0.
THE WOLVERINES dropped the,
next two weight classes, though, as
Todd Deutsch decisioned junior John
Beljan in a tight 5-3 battle at 150 pounds.
The Hoosiers's Kevin Wever cut the
Michigan lead to 24-6 with a 10-4
decision over juniorTim Fagan, but
this was as close as Indiana would get

1 32=11y
all night.
)Michigan senior Nemir Nadhir, (15-
5), continued his fine performance on
the mat as he put the Wolverines back
on the winning track with a 7-2 decision
over Brian Hittle in the 167-pound
weight class.
After freshman Scott Rechsteiner
dropped a 6-1 decision in the 177-pound
weight class,s the stage was set for
Michigan's two big men, seniors Pat
McKay and Eric Klasson, to finish off
the Hoosiers. McKay wrestled In-
diana's Scott Stevens in what was to be
the toughest matchup of the night. The
match ended with the score knotted 2-
2, as neither man could gain a decisive
advantage. Klasson had little trouble in
disposing of freshman Bill Paxton with
a 6-1 decision, and afterwards, he
reflected upon the match and the
remainderof the season.
"I just tried to ; wrestle very
methodical tonight, and not make any
mistakes," said Klasson. "Right now
though I'm concentrating on staying
healthy for the Big Ten Championships
and the Nationals."
The victory over Indiana extends the
Wolverines record to 2-1 in the con-
ference, and 4-2 overall. The grapplers
next meet is tomorrow afternoon at
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