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The Michigan Daily

Saturday, December 4, 1982

Page 7

Hearns takes WBC
crown from Benitez


. NEW ORLEANS - Thomas Hearns,
who was in a must-win fight, decisioned
Wilfred Benitez to capture the WBC
Junior Middleweight title.
Two judges ruled for Hearns, while
the third called the fight even.
' 'he Detroiter opened the fight strong,
winning the first three rounds. After an
evenly fought fourth, Hearns took the
fifth, a round in which he knocked
Benitez to the canvas.
, BENITEZ came back to win the
seventh, eighth and ninth rounds (the
sixth was a draw) when he scored a
knockdown, too.
Wilfredo Gomez took everything
Lupe Pintor could dish out for 13 roun-
ds; then knocked down the challenger
twice to stop him in the 14th and retain
the World Boxing Council super ban-
tamweight championship last night at
tle Superdome.
-'It was a tough fight, with both men
fighting like the champions they are.
fthtor's WBC bantamweight title was
not at stake.
THE BOUT preceded Wilfred
enitez's WBC super welterweight title
mlefense against Thomas Hearns.
Gomez, a Puerto Rican who has
sdored all 38 of his victories by
knockout, bombed Pintor for 13 rounds.
But the Mexican stood his ground.
Then, late in the 14th, Gomez shot home
a short right and it landed on Pintor's
left ear, dropping him to the floor.
Pintor barely got up before the count
of 10.
GOMEZ LEAPED to the attack again
and a right-left to the head knocked
down Pintor again. Referee Arthur
*Mercante never bothered to count,
stopping the bout at 2:44 of the 14th.
Pintor remained on the canvas for
several minutes as a doctor and several
handlers went to his aid. He was able to
leave the ring under his own power.

At the,end of the tight, the z6-year-old
Gomez actually looked more the loser.
He was badly marked about both eyes
from Pintor's jolting hooks.
BUT WHILE Gomez was rocked on
numerous occasions, he would not fall.

The fog over the ice arena caused by
the unseasonably warm weather out-
side was thicker than the Michigan
defense as the Wolverines were shot
down 10-5 by the Western Michigan
Broncos last night in Yost Arena.
The Wolverines started out on top,
scoring the game's first goal only 2:18
into the contest. Jeff Grade netted it on
a pass from Kelly McCrimmon by tip-
ping the puck right between Western
goalie Steve Abbott's legs. It looked like
it was going to be a good game.
THE BRONCOS soon cleared up that
misconception, though, as they came
back by scoring a four-goal barrage
against Wolverine goalie Jon Elliott
before Michigan was able to score
again. Bronco scorers were Andy
Atkinson, Stuart Burnie, Lance John-
ston and Rob Reid.
Michigan's Doug May ended the
period with style, however, as he was
only out of the penalty box for 15 secon-
ds when he skated down the ice to go
one-on-one with goalie Abbott and score
an unassisted goal. The period ended
with Western on top, 4-2.
Western's intensity didn't slack off in
the second period either as the Bronco
squad netted four more goals against
Michigan. Western scored two goals on
shots from Chris MacDonald and Reid
within the period's first five minutes.
AND THINGS just kept getting worse
for Michigan. Atkinson scored again
for Western, and Bailey was credited
for a goal that Michgian goalie Elliott
nudged in the net because he didn't
realize he was sitting on the puck.
Luckily the period ended before
Western could up the 8-2 score any fur-
Michigan started the last period with
a new goalie, Mark Chiamp, apparently
in an attempt not to go down any fur-

ther. Even this wasn't completely suc-
cessful as Western's Johnston netted
another goal only 2:57 into the period.
Michigan netted its third and fourth
goals on back-to-back slapshot scores
from sophomore defenseman Mike
Neff, bringing the score to 9-4 in favor
of Western.
THE WOLVERINES then pulled

goalie Chiamp to give the squad a 6-on-
5 skater advantage against the Broncos
and a better chance to score. This time
the move succeeded and May pulled in
the Wolveirnes fifth goal.
But the Broncos scored goal number
10 as Dorion made an empty net goal
from center ice, an appropriate ending

to a fiasco of a hockey game.
"They were terrible," said Michigan
coach John Giordano. "You don't hit,
you don't play defense and you usually
don't win, pure and simple."
In regards to whether the dense fog
affected his squad's play at all, Gior-
dano simply said, "I think the cloud
started on our bench."
Fogged in
Scoring: 1. M-Grade (McCrimmon, Stiles) 2:18; 1.
WMU-Atkinson (Dorion, Bina) 5:54; 2. WMU-Burnle
(Johnston, Dorion) 9:48; 3. WMU-Johnston (Reifen
berger, Odino) 12:47; 4. WMU-Reid (Orhn, Grillo)
14:02; 2. M-May (unassisted) 15:55.
Penalties: WMU-Odino cross-checking) 10:13; M-
May (roughing) 13:40; WMU-Miller (roughing)
13:40; M-Yoxheimer (interference) 15:04; WMU-
Atkinson (hooking) 17:20; M-Speers (roughing)
Scoring: 5. WMU-MacDonald (Orhn, Bailey) 3:00;
6. WMU-Reid (Bina, Odino) 4:47; 7. WMU-Atkinson
(unassisted) 12:34; S. WMU-Bailey (Grillo) 17:42.
Penalties: WMU-Dorlon (slashing-major) 5:05;
WMU-Johnston (high-sticking) 14:45.
Scoring: 9. WMU-Johnston (Bailey, Bin a) 2:57; 3.
M-Neff (Tippett, Milburn) 12:49; 4. M-Neff (Seychel,
McCauley) 13:51; 5. M-May (unassisted) 15:54; 10.
WMU-Dorion (Rue) 17:01.
Penalties: WMU-Rue (holding) 6:01; M-Grade
(slashing) 8:51; WMU-Reifenberger (slashing)
8:51; M-Stiles (slashing) 12:34; WMU-Balley
(slashing) 12:34.

... wins early rounds

1 2
M-Elliott.....................10 10
M-Chiamp .....................- -
WMU-Abbott .................... 6 11
Attendance: 2,037



IT WAS action from the opening bell,
with both men throwing every punch in
their arsenal, working to the head and
to the body. It was savage, and
sometimes dirty.
Mercante penalized Gomez a point
for hitting low in the sixth round and he
penalized Pintor a point for low blows in
the ninth.
"This is the most important fight of
my life,"Pintor said before the bout, and
that's the way he fought.

Daily Photo by JEFF SCHRIER
Western Michigan defenseman David Bina (22) successfully holds off
Michigan's Chris Seychel (20) from unleashing a shot on WMU goalie Steve
Abbott (35). Western went on to win 10-5 in action last night at Yost Ice


Hoopsters set to take on

The odds are stacked heavily in
Michigan's favor as the Wolverines
host the terribly overmatched Wildcats
oINorthern Michigan, 2.p.m. today at
Crisler Arena.
.)irst of all, Division II teams rarely
fare well against Big Ten teams.
Second, average teams like Northern
(1-2) do even worse. And third, average,
Woung, and short Division II teams are
ill deep, deep trouble.
THE PROBLEM for the Wolverines,
consequently, will be keeping their
ninds on playing the game and not on
M~onday night's contest against Kansas.
'It is important for us not to take
them too lightly," said Michigan coach
Bill Frieder. "I'm hoping they don't
look ahead to the next game. They are
a 'young team, but they have all-state
&layers that can play. And they get up
9 play Michigan."
The Wildcats bring into the game a
starting frontline that runs 6-7, 6-7 and
6-3, while the Wolverines counter with
6-10 Roy Tarpley, 6-11 Tim McCormick
and 6-9 Robert Henderson. And as far
as youth is concerned, Northern will
start only two players from last year's
17-10 club.
LEADING THE Wildcat attack is 6-7
transfer David Traylor. Traylor brings
*a 17.7 scoring average and 7.5 rebounds
game to Crisler after their first three
games. Guard Todd Dickitnson adds

scoring punch (10.0 ppg), and 6-7 junior
Kirk Wayne helps out on the boards
with a 6.3 average, in addition to
scoring at a 9.3 clip.
Making his first start for the Wildcats
is 6-0 shooter Bill Harris who has ac-
counted for 11.7 points off the bench.
Northern has scored a lot points (80.2
a game), but has given up more (82.0
ppg.) and will be hard pressed to stop
the Wolverine offense. Eric Turner and

Leslie Rockymore will start for the
fourth straight time (including Win-
dsor) and will provide the outside pun-
ch for Michigan. The tandem has com-
bined for 64 points in its first two
But it may be the domination inside
by the Wolverine big men that will
hurt Northern most. Henderson, a

freshman, will be making his first start
following a good showing against Cen-
tral Michigan earlier in the week (10
points, six rebounds in 15 minutes of ac-
tion). It will also be the first time that
McCormick and Tarpley will both start.
Tarpley will play the low post and cen-
ter duties with McCormick as power

2-0 1-2



Robert Henderson .. (6-9)
Tim McCormick ... (6-11)
Roy Tarpley ....... (6-10)
Leslie Rockymore .. (6-3)
Eric Turner.........(6-3)


(34) .....Kevin Latimer
(30) ......... Kirk Wyers
(55) ...... David Traylor
(20) ......... Bill Harris
(25) .....Todd Dickinson


Today's game will be broadcast
WAAM (1600 AM).
Gametime: 2:00 p.m.

on radio stations WWJ (950 AM) and
Site: Crisler Arena



MSU names Perles
new foot ball coach

MNt4 PA Y,E=Co


... debut as starter

Exausted M' pinned

?2 and4,ay,&

.Ever had a long weekend, the kind
-you thought would never end? Well the
;Michigan wrestling team may be in for
The grapplers went up against seven-
th-ranked Penn State Thursday night
,and despite losing turned in a valiant
:29-16 performance, despite the fact that
wo time All-American Joe McFarland
was unable to compete due to a strained

WITHOUT McFarland Michigan was
unable to win in the first four matches,
but his absence wasn't the only reason
why. Penn State's first four wrestlers
are all ranked in the top ten in the
nation, and combined with Michigan's
youth (two freshmen and a sophomore
in the first three classes) it was a tough
This is not to say the meet was a poor
performance, however. "We have a
young team and they went up against
the number seven ranked team in the
nation," commented Coach Dale Bahr.
As the meet progressed the grapplers
gained steam, with senior Tim Fagan
winning an 11-3 decision over Chris
Bevilacqua at the 158-pound weight
class. Bahr credited Fagan's victory to
better footwork and aggressiveness on
the mat.
SCOTT Rechsteiner followed im-
mediately with a pin over Eric Brusel
at the 165-pound class. Brusel was an
All-American freshman last year, but
Michigan has an 5-0 record against him.

Perles, coach of the Philadelphia Stars
of the new United States Football
League, was named football coach at
Michigan State University yesterday.
The appointment, recommended by
Athletic Director Doug Weaver, was
approved by the Michigan State Board
of Trustees.
PERLES' appointment is effective
He will receive a salary of $95,000 a
year and a five-year contract, accor-
ding to Michigan State spokesman Nick
Perles succeeds Muddy Waters,who
was fired Nov. 14 after three years at
the helm. Waters was making $50,700 a
PERLES, 48, and a 1960 graduate of
Michigan State, has held the position
with the Stars since July. Prior to that,
he had spent 10 years as an assistant
coach with the Pittsburgh Steelers of
the National Football League.
Perles frequently was mentioned as a
possible Michigan State coach when
Waters was selected for the job three
years ago. But Waters suffered
through three losing seasons and drew
criticism from alumni and fans.

He first handled defensive backs and in
1970 became the defensive line coach.
He was the defensive coordinator at
the University of Dayton in 1966-67. He
also coached in Chicago and Detroit
high schools.
Perles played football at Michigan
State in 1958 as a tackle, but he suffeed
a knee injury and played only one year.
He received his bachelor's degree in
1960 and a master's in 1961 from
Michigan State.


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