Page 12-Friday, February 18, 1983-The Michigan Daily
DERGARABEDIAN STRONG ON AND OFF MAT
leers face LSSC
Wrestler keeps spirits up
By STEVE HUNTER
Being a varsity athlete in any sport at
Michigan requires rigorous training,
loss of spare time and many other har-
dships. Wrestling, however, is unique in
the fact that it requires an athlete to
lose enormous amounts of weight.
Just as his sport stands apart, so does
wrestler Mike DerGarabedian. Accor-
ding to Michigan head coach Dale
Bahr, Dergarabedian went down from
155 pounds, at which he wrestled in the
summer, to 126 pounds, and "he did it
with a smile on his face."
THIS IS important in a sport such as
wrestling, because it is easy for an
athlete to get discouraged when he has
to watch his weight so closely.
DerGarabedian's attitude is too good to
let this happen. It also provides the
team with some leadership.
DerGarabedian "keeps the tension
down" and is "easy to get along with,"
according to teammate and roommate
Rob Rechsteiner, a Wolverine
heavyweight. The 126-pounder down-
plays his role in "the (wrestling)
room," however. "There's a lot of good
leaders on the team," he said.
In addition to rooming with
Rechsteiner, DerGarabedian also
worked with him as a bouncer at a local
bar. Although he stands only 5-61, the
New York native had no trouble with
"ROBBIE WOULD send me after the
little guys and he'd go after the big
guys," he laughed. "Little" to
Rechsteiner is anything smaller than a
Buick. According to Rechsteiner,
"They (the 'bouncees') always end up
getting more than they can handle."
DerGarabedian's determination also
shows itself on the mat. Asked to fill in
at 126 pounds when All-American Joe
McFarland was red-shirted, the junior,
a one-time red-shirt himself, has come
through for the Wolverines. With a
record of 16-12, he is one of the better
wrestlers in what Bahr describeds as a
"fairly inexperienced" group of lighter
DerGarabedian attributes his suc--
cess partly to his attitude. "Wrestling
to me is 40 percent in the room (prac-
tice) and 60 percent in your head," he
says. "On any given day anyone can
The English major is pleased with
his decisionto leave Long Island for the
wrestling mats of Ann Arbor. "It's the
best choice I could have made," he
said. "The friends I've made are
Michigan,.of course, does have its
drawbacks. While in school, he is
unable to surf as he does at home. And,
of course, unable to enjoy a truly hearty
By MIKE MCGRAW
There are four games left for the Michigan hockey
team and unless it wins all four, the season will be over
before spring break. As they now stand, the Wolverines
are four points behind eighth-place Notre Dame and five
back of Ferris State, who handed Michigan a double loss
last weekend in Big Rapids.
To have any kind of a chance at post-season play, the
Wolverines must take two this weekend over Lake
Superior and then repeat the performance against
Michigan Tech next week. All the games will be at Yost
Ice Arena. Then the team can hope for the worst from
Ferris and Notre Dame. This weekend the Irish visit
Columbus to take on second-place Ohio State while FSC
has a home-and-home series versus Michigan State.
"IT'S DO OR DIE for us tonight," said Michigan
coach John Giordano. "We want to win all our remaining
games. We're looking at tonight's game like it's the
playoffs and I think the players got that message yester-
day in practice.'
But the exact same situation holds true for the Lakers
from, Sault Ste.Marie as they are tied with Michigan for
tenth place with 18 points. "We want to end the season on
a good note and if we make the playoffs that would be
dandy," said LSSC coach Frank Anzalone. "We're going
to have to go in there and keep their big guys off the
board and make sure Seychel stays in his slump."
The Lakers will try to accomplish that feat with the
tough defense for which they are known. Last weekend,
Superior held Northern Michigan to just three goals in
their two games. "They've got a very good defense,"
said Giordano, "and their goalie plays well on the first
LAWRENCE DYCK and Joe Shawhan are the men
that tend the nets for Superior. Dyck has the better
record of the two at 6-9 but Shawhan leads in goals-
against-average, 4.13 to 4.23. Heading the back line will
be senior defensemen Dave Keegan and Brian Gratton.
But Anzalone credits forward Steve Mulholland (21
goals, 16 assists) with helping the big improvement on
"Mulholland adjusted well to the takeover and that
benefitted the defense to have such a hard-working for-
ward," said Anzalone, referring to the takeover that oc-
curred at the first of the year when he moved up from
assistant coach to replace Bill Selman, who left to go into
"Selman told me that he was leaving about a month
before it happened, so it was a smooth transition.
Especially since I had head coaching experience in the
junior leagues," said Anzalone. "I feel I know the team
fairly well, I know that we don't have enough talent."
Giordano plans to make a major line change tonight as
he will pair an all-senior line of Joe Milburn, Don
Krussman, and seldom-used winger Billy Reid. Goalie
Mark Chiamp may not see any action as he is suffering
from the flu. Game time both nights is at 7:30 p.m.
Softballers head West to rebu~ldl.
... "keeps the tension down"
By JIM DAVIS
Five days in sunny California sounds
pretty good about this time of year,
Well, in most cases, it would be a
relaxing way to spend a few days of
spring break. But not for the Michigan
softball team, which yesterday left on a
five-day trip to Southern California.
Head coach Bob DeCarolis and his 15-
member squad will play a
doubleheader today and each of the
next four days - ten games in all -
before returning to Ann Arbor on the
red-eye express Wednesday morning.
COMING OFF last season's 31-14
campaign and a third-place finish in the
AIAW College World Series, the
Wolverines are beginning their season
with a grueling visit to the home fields
of several of the top-ranked teams in
the country. Cal State, Fullerton,
ranked third in the nation, Cal-Poly
Pomona (11th), and U.S. International
(15th), plus ranked Division II schools
Dominquez Hills and Chapman will
provide the opposition.
DeCarolis, in his third year at the
helm of the Wolverines, will be happy if
his squad can gain a split with the
western teams. "I hope we're not-
walking into a buzz-saw."
The business manager also will be
looking for signs of how well his team
can compete in the Big Ten this season.
Six players graduated and a seventh
dropped off last year's Big Ten run-
nerups. That's why this trip is so impor-
tant to the Wolverines. "We're just
trying to find out as much as we can
about ourselves," said the coach.
"POTENTIALLY, on paper, we could
be better than last year's team," con-
tinued DeCarolis. "I think our overall
offensive lineup will be stronger." But
pitching experience and depth could be
sore spots. DeCarolis starts the season
with three pitchers, compared to four
last year, and only one of them, Jan
Boyd, saw extensive action on the
mound. Sandy Taylor, a converted
second baseman, and Carol Allis will be
the other Wolverine hurlers.
This year's team will also go with
three less players than last season.
"We're thin. If we had a rash of in-
juries, we'd really be in trouble," said
DeCarolis, who will attempt to ignore
the sunshine and concentrate on
choosing a starting lineup.
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