Page 8-D--Thursday, September 9, 1982-The Michigan Daily
Gymnasts have talent
GYMNAST NEVIN Hedlund is shown
here on his specialty, the pommel hor-
se. Hedlund qualified for the NCAA's
last year and according to head coach
Newt Loken, he is a "steady performer
who has some unique moves .on the
pommel horse which always creates in-
terest from the judges."
By RON POLLACK
Five performers who qualified for the
NCAA Championships last season
return for their senior years, and with
them rides the Michigan men's gym-
nastic team's hopes for improvement
over last year's fifth-place finish in the
Big Ten meet.
The five Wolverines to compete in the
NCAA's were Rick Kaufmann on the
rings, Milan Stanovich in vaulting
competition, Nevin Hedlund on the
pommel horse, Dave Miller on the
parallel bars and Kevin McKee in the
"THE FIVE OF them got out to
nationals and that's great experience
for them, because now they know that
they're in the same ballpark with some
of the other top performers," said
Wolverine head coach Newt Loken.
Kaufmann was the only Michigan
gymnast to earn All-American honors
as he finished in sixth-place at the
NCAA's with a score of 9.55.
"He's very strong," said Loken.
"He's a steel rod when he gets in a han-
dstand position. His presses are very
F iv eNCAA
impressive and he's a super com-
OF THE OTHER Wolverines' who£
participated in the NCAA Champion-
ships, Loken had the following to say:
"Stanovich is a steady worker and has
come a long way since his freshman
year. Hedlund is a steady 'performer
who has some unique moves on the
pommel horse which always creates in-
terest from the judges. Kevin McKee is
a fantastic competitor. By being number
one in the Mideast in floor exercise
throughout the year, he was earmarked
as one of the top competitors in the
nation. Miller has improved tremen-
dously, having had a limited amount
of experience in high school. With a few
more meets under his belt, he'll be a top
contender in any meet for top honors.
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Beckwith leads women tumbtilers
in defense of Big Ten title
By RON POLLACK
The rest of the Big Ten has good reason to be wary of the
Michigan women's gymnastics team. Head coach Sheri
Hyatt's squad, which compiled a 13-4 dual meet record and
won the Big Ten title list year, returns a wealth of talent for
the upcoming season.
The Wolverines took the conference title and finished 10th
at the NCAA Championships on the strength of performances
by two sophomores-Kathy Beckwith and Nancy
Papows-and two freshmen-Dayna Samuelson and Christy
IN THE BIG TEN meet, Beckwith led the way, as she did
throughout the season, with a score of 35.2 in all-around com-
petition. Samuelson, Papows and Schwartz tallied 35.05, 34.85
and 34.45 respectively in the all-around.
Beckwith won the vaulting competition and came in second
on the balance team. Samuelson finished second in the vault
while Schwartz earned a third-place finish on the uneven
At the NCAA Championships, Beckwith again was
Michigan's top performer as she took 32nd in the all-around.
Papows came in 42nd, Schwartz finished 49th with Samuelson
one spot back in 50th.
WITH BECKWITH, Papows, Samuelson and Schwartz
having done so well at such early stages in their college
careers, Hyatt is looking for even better things from them in
"Having those four back will help quite a bit," said Hyatt.
"Usually they mature quite a bit in their sophomore year and
Beckwith and Papows as juniors will help. Since we are a
young team they'll be around a while, and that's nice."
As for what she expects from Beckwith this season, Hyatt
said, "Just more of the same. She's been very consistent the
last two years. 'Hopefully she'll improve and get some higher
skill levels in her routine."
Further reason for optimism is the return of Andrea Scully
and Patty Ventura. The two were considered the Wolverines'
top recruits last year (along with Samuelson), but missed
most of the season with knee injuries. Scully missed almost
the entire season and has since had successful knee surgery
while Ventura, normally an all-around performer, was only
able to compete in one event for half the year.
Another person who could make a substantial contribution
to the team is this year's top recruit, Terri Shepherd from
Olney, Mai'yland. Shepherd competes in the all-around.
"She has the potential to be better than anyone we have on
the team," said Hyatt. "We just need to keep her in shape
and get her the proper routines."
RECRUITS TO HELP:
Nine men fill out the team's roster,
and with Chris Van Mierlo and A4
Berger being the squad's only notewor-
thy losses from last year's team, which
finished 13-4 in dual meets, competitidfr
will be fierce.
With five spots almost certainly going
to the five Wolverines who competed inf
the NCAA's, the final four spots will be
fought for by returnees Merrick Hori
(all-around), Dino Manus (all-around);'
Steve Scheinman (all-around), Mikel
McKee (floor exercise), Mike McNelis
(floor exercise), Stu Downing (pommel.
. horse), John Castle (rings), Scott Ram-
say (rings and parallel bars), Dan Kor-?
nacki (rings) and Jon Moretta (high;
Also fighting for a spot on the roster
will be recruits Richard Landman,
Dave Granner, Tom Wilson, Doug'
Gabrion, Ari Golan, Tim Pastva, Jon
Ross and Richard Saleh.
Of the newcomers, Landman appears
to be the most talented. "We're looking
forward to him joining our all-around
team," said Loken. "He's had good
training. Besides all-around, he excels
at pommel horse and that's a hard
event to master and conquer."
This improvement seems likely wit
the return of McFarland, Mike ,
DerGarabedian, Bill Goodill, Lariy
Haughn, Lou Milani, Tim Fagan, Kevin
Hill, Steve Pierce, Monte Wilox, Kiek
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EXPECTATION AND predictions
aside, Michigan wrestling is saying/
good-bye to founr outstanding ie-
dividuals. John Beljan wrestled at 150-
pounds last season and compiled a 12-6
record. As a sophomore Beljan went 22-
10-2 with a fourth place in the Big Tens.
A knee injury hurt Beljan's performan-
ce over the past two seasons.
Nemir Nadhir will also be sorly
missed. Nadhir (158-pounds) compiled
a 17-6 record last season, despite suf-
fering a rib-cage injury that limited-Is
effectiveness. Nadhir's career recod
As noted, the replacement of McKIy
and Klasson will be crucial on Bah's
list of priorities for next season.
"With the exception of Iowa and Iowa
State, we can compete with anyonej.n
the nation. The Big Ten offers by far tie
best and most competitive wrestling in
the country," said Bahr.
By DOUBLAS B. LEVY
Although it has suffered the losses of
three valuable seniors, the outlook for
the 1983 Michigan wrestling team is
Head Coach Dale Bahr and assistant
coach Joe Wells have assembled a team
with balance, depth and-of most im-
portance-talent. "The young wrestlers
and veterans have improved quite a
bit," said Bahr. "They all work ex-
tremely hard, have great attitudes, and
have an extra interest in the technique
IN 1982 THE grapplers posted an
overall record of 9-7, which included
L A come from behind win over
" Six victories in a row in the middle
of the season over Penn State, Lehigh,
Northwestern, Indiana, Central
Michigan, and Cleveland State.
" Senior Eric Klasson's Big Ten
Championship in the heavyweight
" Three wrestlers qualifying for the
NCAA Championships-Junior Joe
McFarland (118 pounds), and seniors
Pat McKay (190 pounds) and Klasson.
" Pat McKay's courageous
comeback from serious injuries.
One of the key factors for the up-
coming season will be balance. Last
season, most of Michigan's victories
were decided by the 190-pound and
heavyweight matches. For Michigan to
win consistently this year, the other
weight classes must improve.
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coaches balanced team
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negative feelings about buckeyes.
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