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SPORTS

The Michigan Daily

Saturday, January 15, 1983

Page 7

'M' faces cellar-dwelling Badgers

By JIM DWORMAN
As the Big Ten concludes its second
week of competition, the conference
race already is shaping up as expected.
SEvery team has lost a Big Ten game
and every team has won one - except
Wisconsin.
The Badgers are the only winless
team in the powerful conference,
having lost to Illinois, Purdue and
Michigan State. Their overall record is
5-7.
THE MICHIGAN Wolverines, on the
other hand, won their most recent con-
test, taking a 63-58 decision from Big
Ten co-leader Minnesota. Their Big
Ten and overall records are 1-2 and 10-
3, respectively.
Keeping these facts in mind, tonight's
game at Crisler Arena appears to be
shaping up as a cakewalk for Michigan.
These facts, however, mean nothing
to Wolverine coach Bill Frieder. "I
don't care what they've done so far," he
said. "I don't care what they did
against Michigan State (an 86-66 defeat
Thursday night) because Michigan
State beat Iowa and Iowa beat us.
Anybody can beat anybody in the con-
ference."
WISCONSIN coach Steve Yoder con-
curs. He believes that one of these days
his Badgers will upset someone in a big

we're not shooting very well," he says.
"somebody's going to pay for that one
of these days."
Hoping to make the Wolverines pay is
the young but talented Wisconsin star-
ting five of Brad Sellers, Cory Black-
well, Scott Roth, Ricky Olson and Greg
Dandridge. Sellers, a toothpick at 6-11,
210 pounds, is a soft shooter who
averaged 14 points and 9.4 rebounds
per game last season at the forward
position. This season, the slender
sophomore is playing center.
Manning the forward positions for the
Badgers are sophomores Blackwell and
Roth. The 6-6 Blackwell is an excellent
scorer who likes to post his opponent

around the edge of the key and take
turnaround jumpers over his outstret-
ched arms. Last year, this tactic
resulted in an average of 13.5 points per
game.
ROTH, 6-7, is best remembered by
Michigan followers as the player who
hit a 22-footer at the buzzer to give the
Badgers a 65-63 victory in theBig Ten
opener at Crisler last year. Roth
remains an excellent outside shooter
but his other skills are limited.
Olson, last year's top high school
player in Wisconsin, and Dandridge,
the Badgers' only senior, man the
guard positions.
"It's a young lineup, but they're
going to start four players who started

against us last year," notes Frieder.
"The fact that they beat us here a year
ago gives them confidence, too."
TO COUNTER the Badgers, Frieder
will start the same lineup which began
the Minnesota contest: Tim McCor-
mick at center, Richard Rellford and
Robert Henderson at the forwards and
Eric Turner and Leslie Rockymore at
the guards.
The only possible change in this quin-
tet is the replacement of Henderson
with Butch Wade. Henderson sprained
a knee against Minnesota and his status
is questionable. Wade, meanwhile, in-
jured only the Gophers in Wednesday
night's game. The 6-7, 230-pounder
bulled his way to a career-high nine
points and seven rebounds on his way to
earning the Metrosports television net-
work player-of-the-game honors.
"He's playing under control now,"
says Frieder. "He made some plays
against Minnesota he wouldn't have
made three weeks ago. Back then, he
would have lost the ball or been called
for charging."
Tonight's game begins at 9:00 p.m.
and can be seen on ESPN and WGPR-
TV (Channel 62).

THE LINEUPS

MICHIGAN

WISCONSIN

(10-3) (5-7)
(15) Robert Henderson.. (6-9) F (30) Cory Blackwell.....(6-6)
(40)Richard Rellford .... (6-6) F (31) Scott Roth........(6-7)
(44) Tim McCormick ... (6-10) C (32) Brad Sellers........(6-11)
(25) Eric Turner (6-3) G (12)Ricky Olson........(6-1)
(24) Leslie Rockymore.. (6-4) G ( 5) Greg Dandridge .... (6-2)
Game time is 9:00 p.m. at Crisler Arena. It can be seen on ESPN
(Cable channel 23) and WGPR (Channel 62) and heard on WAAM
(1600 AM) WNCB (RR I FM) WUInM (017 FM) WW nJ (95 AM)

Doily Photo by JEFF SCHRIER
Michigan's Robert Henderson (15) and Leslie Rockymore double-team
Minnesota center Randy Breuer (45) during Wednesday night's 63-58
Wolverine victory at Crisler Arena. The cagers will be looking for their
second Big Ten win tonight as they take on Wisconsin.

Erving scores 24 as Sixers

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way. "We're not rebounding well and and WLEN ((03.9 FM). defea Pistons, 115-105
pBy DAN PRICE With 5:58 left in the game, and the his recent injury
Sc o the Daily Sixers up 96-93, Isiah Thomas drove the him for over
PONTIAC - Everybody knew it was lane and scored on a layup, however the to lead all scorer
coming - the time in a close ballgame basket was nullified by a charging call. the Pistons' caus
when Julius Erving takes control and Instead of a 3-point pflav for Detroit. , - 4 -

, which had sidelined
onth, scoring 28 points
s. Terry Tyler helped
se by coming off the
ng 18 points and gar-
nds.

By STEVE WISE
Even if the Michigan wrestlers never
had their backs against the mat, they
certainly had their backs against the
wall in last night's home opener against
Northwestern.
The matmen lost their first three
matches before coming back to claim
their first conference victory of the
season, 28-14.
"I WAS worried, to say the least,"
said dead coach Dale Bahr as he
breathed a post-victory sigh of relief.
The turning point for the Wolverines
came in the fourth match of the night
when Mark Pearson, wrestling at 142
pounds, pinned Northwestern's Matt
Clarke at 2:07 of the first period.
"Pearson really changed the momen-
tum," said Bahr.
"All of a sudden we got six points (for
the pin), and we're back in the
ballgame."

ches."
Fagan followed Goodill's victory with
an 11-6 win of his own at 158 pounds. The
decision gave the Wolverines a 13-11
lead in team points that they would
never relinquish.
The Rechsteiner brothers, Scott and
Rob, both won by falls, raising their
family pin total to 15.
THE PIN by Rob Rechsteiner, the
senior heavyweight, was academic,
since prior to the match Kirk Trost tur-

ned in the 9-3 decision that clinched the
Michigan victory.
"Kirk really dominated," commen-
ted Bahr. "I was really pleased with his
performance."
Bahr felt that the victory over Nor-
thwestern was "the best dual meet
we've wrestled all year," but with
highly-ranked Lehigh coming to Crisler
Arena on Sunday, the wrestlers won't
be able to spot their opponents the first
three matches again.

nonchalantly leads the Philadelphia
76ers to another come-from-behind vic-
tory.
Last night he did just that at the Pon-
tiac Silverdome. The result was a 115-
105 win over the Detroit Pistons before
22,407 fans.
THE CONTEST was close for three-
and-a-half quarters, with neither team
able to mount anything more than a six-
point lead after the Pistons grabbed an
early eleven-point lead.

the ball went to Erving and company.
After that it was all Philly.
Erving, who had 24 points, shared the
credit with the whole Sixer team. "It
took good shooting in the end by
everybody to win 'this one. We really
needed a strong effort from the big man
(Moses Malone) and Andrew Toney."
Malone came through with a strong
performance on the boards, garnering
18 caroms.
Kelly Tripucka showed few signs of

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Rob Rechsteiner
... adding to the family pin total
PEARSON, WHO had been wrestling
at 150 pounds earlier in the year, said he
was pleased he could help the team.
"I wanted to start off and get going
again for the season," said the senior
grappler. "I was happy that, the tur-
naround for me came at a good time for
the team."
After Pearson, Bill Goodill, 150 poun-
ds, major-decisioned the Wildcats'
Mike Mehlman by a 14-5 score.
GOODILL, hampered the past week
by a sprained ankle, was not expected
to wrestle, but was called into action
because of a personnel switch by Nor-
thwestern.
"Their strategy backfired," said
Bahr. "They thought Rosman (North-
western's original 150-pounder) could
beat Tim Fagan, but we won both mat-

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Daily Photo by TOD WOOLF
Michigan's Bill Goodill (in the dark uniform) prepares for a re-start during
his 14-5 major decision victory over Northwestern's Mike Mehlman. Goodill
wrestled despite a sprained ankle.

Panthers ink Greenwood

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BLOOMFIELD HILLS (UPI) - The Michigan Panthers of
the new United States Football League signed their top draft
choice yesterday, strong safety David Greenwood of Wiscon-
sin, making him the fourth No. 1 choice to sign with the
spring football league.
"I know what some of the strong safetys are getting in the
NFL," said Greenwood's agent, Greg Campbell, "and I think
I can say he is the highest paid strong safety in pro football
today - and he hasn't even played a game yet."
GREENWOOD, 6-3, 205 pounds, signed a multi-year con-
~ .n* i of 4'nrif. l~nsrth hit hliPItwi to hez fnr thrP c-ars

"I was very, very happy to be the Michigan Panthers' No.,
1 draft choice," Greenwood said. "At that time, I had no idea
what the United States Football League was all about: But I
kept an open mind."
"I WENT OUT and got an agent and he talked to the people
involved. I found there was no way I could go wrong,"
Greenwood said.
"I really feel they have excellent coaching. they're going
to make it. This will put a lot of pressure on the other
league."

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