Page 10-Thursday, February 3, 1983-The Michigan Daily
Wade answers fans'
By LARRY FREED
Bill Frieder leans over and motions
down the bench. Suddenly, a murmur
goes through the crowd. But as the
massive 6-7, 230-pound frame lifts him-
self off the bench, the crowd's growing
anticipation reaches a crescendo as it
chants "Butch, Butch."
The body that trots out onto the court
and causes such a frenzy in the stands
belongs to freshman Butch Wade, who
has become the darling of the Crisler
S"THE CROWD gets me pumped up,"
said the soft-spoken Wade. "With 12,000
people yelling for you it's hard not to
get excited. All those people behind you
is a great, great feeling."
And when Wade gets excited, watch
out. Last season's Massachusetts
Player-of-the-Year knows how to use
his impressive physique on the court.
Thus far in the Big Ten he is averaging
5.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per outing.
"I like to go in and mix it up inside,"
Wade explained. "I pretty much go in to
rebound, play good defense and get in-
side with the other physical athletes.'
IRONICALLY, THE physical nature
of the conference probably gave the 6-8
forward his chance, because prior to
that he saw limited action during the
non-conference schedule. Wade,
however, is philosophical about his
"I think it helped a little bit sitting on
the bench," he said. "That way I could
watch the others and learn from their
Obviously, Wade's education paid off,
as he used the Minnesota contest to
showcase his talents. Coming off the
bench he provided the spark necessary
to give the Wolverines their biggest
conference win of the season.
IN JUST 14 minutes of action, Wade
poured in nine points and grabbed a
team-high seven rebounds. For his ef-
forts, Wade was named the MetroSpor-
"The Minnesota game helped me out
a great deal, it showed the coach what I
Frieder, however, had taken notice
earlier. "He's been a hard worker right
off the bat. I said to myself after the
Northwestern game (two games prior
to Minnesota), 'He works so hard, I'm
going to give him a chance.'"
AND AS THE old saying goes, good
things come to those who wait. He has
become an essential component of what'
every team needs: a catalytic sixth
man. When Frieder's troops start to lull
on the court, he calls on Wade to
provide the necessary spark.
But it was the two-time Boston Public
League Player-of-the-Year who needed
the boosting early on. And it was co-
captains Dan Pelekoudas and Eric
Turner who Wade turned to.-I
"They are two terrific guys," Wade
said. "They have really helped me out a
lot. When things got rough he's (Tur-
ner) always around to give me that ex-
BUT MAKE NO mistake, Wade has
no regret about coming to Michigan. "It
was tough at first. I was a bit homesick,
but you learn to adjust after a little
There have been many adjustments
for the Boston freshman to make both
on and off the court. The Parade All-
American, who averaged 22 points and
24 rebounds per game in his senior year
was forced to make the transition from
center to forward.
Add to that the competition of the five
frontcourt freshmen, the move to the
Midwest from out East, and you could
begin to appreciate that Wade was no
typical first-year Michigan student.
But both he and Frieder are op-
timistic about the future. "He's going to
be a good one," said the Michigan
coach. "A year from now you won't
believe the improvement in him."
The unassuming Wade probably puts
"You just have to roll with the pun-
Daily Photo by BRIAN MASCK
Michigan's Butch Wade (inset) goes up against Minnesota's towering Randy
Breuer45) and Jim Petersen(20) during the Wolverines' upset victory over
the Gophers earlier this season.
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Wade ............................ .15-3
Pts Avg A
315 18.5 102
228 13.4 42
198 11.0 14
131 7.3 9
114 6.3 12
98 5.8 18
82 4.6 4
72 4.2 6
55 3.7 3-
55 3.2 49
6 0.9 0
2 0.3 0
2 0.2 0
2 03 0
0 0.0 0
Wings bow to Blues, 4-3
By JIM DAVIS
Special to the Daily
DETROIT - The Red Wings were
singing the Blues last night in Joe Louis
In a crucial Norris Division game, the
Wings dropped a 4-3 decision to St.
Louis, despite holding a two-goal ad-
vantage after the first period. A second
period Blues onslaught cost Detroit.
"WE DIDN'T have any killer instinct
to start the second period, which
allowed St. Louis /to get back in the
game," said Wings coach Nick Polano.
Goals by John Ogrodnick and Walt
McKechnie gave Detroit the early lead,
but the Blues got two goals from Jorgen
Pettersson and one from Tim Bothwell.
Detroit's second period goal came from
Brian Sutter netted the game-winner
midway through the third period.
"It was a must game," said Polano,
"We'd better be ready to play this
weekend," when Chicago and Toronto
visit Joe Louis Arena.
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OPPONENTS ...........................18 469-1021 .459 312-456 .684 588-32.7 127070.6 214
By STEVE WISE
The housing industry may be in its
worst slump in a long time, but that
news doesn't seem to have hit the
wrestling room down at Crisler Arena.
It is there, and at wrestling meets
aroung the Midwest, that the
"Wrecking Crew," better known as Rob
and Scott Rechsteiner, has been doing
its best work ever for the Michigan
THE TWO have a combined 41-12
record this season. Rob, wrestling
heavyweight, is 25-4 overall and 6-0 in
Big Ten competition while Scott,
wrestling at 167 pounds, is 16-8 overall
and 3-3 in the Big Ten.
"They're definitely two of the better
wrestlers we have," said head coach
The Bay City duo has not always gone
through opponents like a bulldozer
through butter, however. Last year, as
a freshman, Scott struggled to an 11-17-
1 record, finishing fifth in the Big Ten
meet. Rob red-shirted, spending his
sophomore year recovering from a
knee operation and learning from weight-lifting also played a role in
heavyweight technique. the pair's improvement. He added that
BOTH GIVE credit to assistant coach Rob, who can bench press 440, pounds,
Steve Frazier for a big part of their im- especially benefits from the the added
provement. "Every day you come in power.
early and he (Frazier) kicks the crap "They both operate using a 'lot of
out of you," said Rob. "It's when you strength," he said. "No one's stronger
catch on to what he's doing and do it.on at heavyweight than he (Rob) is."
the mat (that) it works." IT A LL started about seven years
Bahr felt that increased strength
ago. Rob joined his high school
wrestling team at the suggestion of his
best friend's father, also the wrestling
coach. But Rob wasn't satisfied with
the workouts he got after school, so he
would practice on Scott at home.
"We used to fight it out all the time in
the living room," laughed Rob. "We,
used to break everything."
And so the Wrecking Crew was born.
AS MIGHT be expected, Scott was
compared with older brother Rob
throughout his career at Bay City
Western High School. Scott said the
comparison served as incentive.
"That's what made me work hard,"
he said. "I was always Rob's little
brother. Even when I got-a write-up in
the newspaper, it was 'Rob's little
Rob said the pair was always more
cooperative than competitive. He said
they often helped each other perfecting
or learning moves.
"THE ONLY thing I feel, I want to
see him do his best," said the elder
"Crew" member. "I hate to see him
lose, and I hate to lose."
While most of the Rechsteiners'
wreckage has come in competition, Rob
once allowed his strength to sneak out
of the wrestling room and into a West
Quad hallway. It seems in his fresh-
man year, some neighbors were distur-
bing his pre-finals sleep. When they
failed to respond to verbal requests for
silence, Rob took action.
But contrary to rumor, he didn't .ac-
tually put his fist through a door. "I
didn't punch my way through," he ex-
And if things keep going the way they
have, the Rechsteiner Wrecking Crew
may just knock down a Big Ten Cham-
pionship or two.
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POSITIONS INCLUDE: Resident Director, Assistant Resident
Director, Resident Advisor, Head
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Student Teaching Assistant in Pilot Program, Head Librarian, and Resident Director positions.
However, qualified undergraduate applicants may be considered for the Resident Director
QUALIFICATIONS: (1) Must be a registered U of M student on the Ann Arbor
Campus during the period of employment. (2) Must have completed a minimum
of four terms or equivalent and 48 undergraduate credit hours toward program
by the end of the Spring Term 1983. (3) Undergraduate applicants must have at
least a 2.50 cumulative grade point average in the school or college in which
they are enrolled by the end of the Spring Term 1983. Graduate applicants
must be in good academic standing in the school or college in which they are
enrolled by the end of the Spring Term 1983. (4) Proof of these eligibility
Daily Photo by BRIAN MASCK
Rob (left) and Scott Rechsteiner, Michigan's wrestling brothers, are shown
here preparing to destroy their opponents.
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