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SPORTS
The Michigan Daily Thursday, March 3, 1983 Page7

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Ten championships -

Canham ponders how
to improve officiating

'M' tankers to contend
By MIKE REDSTONE
The Michigan men's swim team has several things going for it at the Big Ten
Championships starting today in Indianapolis. These advantages include an
undefeated dual meet record and a regular-season win over perennial Big
Ten powerhouse Indiana.
THE ONLY QUESTION yet to be answered is whether the Wolverines
have enough depth to win their first Big Ten Championship since 1960.
"Indiana has the most balance and depth in the conference," said
Michigan head coach Jon Urbanchek. "They have 16 swimmers who are all
capable of scoring points."
While Michigan will also get its first look at the defending Big Ten cham-
pion Iowa squad at the meet, Urbanchek still believes Indiana is the team to
beat, because the Hawkeye's main strength lies only in two or three in-
dividual stars.
MICHIGAN captain Bruce Gemmell
will be the only team member retur-
ning to defend a Big Ten individual
title. Gemmell won the 400 In-
dividual Medley last year at Big
Ten's, and is once again holding the
best time in the conference for that
event going into the meet.
The Michigan divers will also be
facing a tough test. Bruce
Kimbell will be trying to
avenge his early season loss to Ohio
State's Doug Shaffer and win his fir-
st Big Ten diving crown.
.. Other Wolverine divers, Kent
U Ferguson (fifth-place winner at the
Big Tens last year) and freshman
Mike Gruber will also be in the run-
ning for top finishes at the meet.
Gemm ellURBANCHEK was cautiously op-
timistic for the meet before the team
..defending champion lfonTeday
left on Tuesday.
"We have proven this season that our top man in every event is very
strong," he said "but we will need some surprises from our other swimmers
to pull out an overall victory."
These other swimmers expected to help Michigan's chances include Lance
Shroeder, top seed in the 200 meter butterfly, and Kirstan Vandersluis in the
freestyle sprint events. Michigan's 400 meter freestyle relay team, com-
prised of Gemmell, Vandersluis, Mark Noetzel, and Benoit Clement, is also
top seeded.
The meet will run until Saturday in Indiana's new natatorium with
preliminaries beginning at 12:30 P.M., and finals at 7:30 P.M. each day.

Four to tumble for title
By PAUL RESNICK
The Big Ten gymnastics championships, to be held Friday and Saturday in
Iowa City, will feature a four-team race for the championship among Ohio
State, Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota.
Earlier in the season, after defeating Iowa, it seemed as if Michigan might
become a fifth contender for the title, but any such hopes were dashed when
all-arounders Dino Manus and Gavin Meyerowitz sustained injuries in suc-
cessive weeks.
MEYEROWITZ STILL has a cast on his knee and will be out for the rest of
the season, while Manus, recovering from a shoulder injury, has not prac-
ticed for three and a half weeks. It was not until Tuesday that the trainer
allowed Manus to resume full workouts.
Ohio State, the favorite to capture the team crown, boasts the best average
score in the conference, 275.98, and two of the top three all-arounders in Noah
Riskin (55.76) and Jay Foster
(55.47).
Illinois is close behind the
Buckeyes with a team average of
274:77 and has the top performer on
pommel horse, Kevin Oltendorf
(9.77), and high bar, Charles Lakes
(9.81). /
IOWA HAS the home-apparatus
advantage and should therefore be aY
contender, according to Michigan.
coach Newt Loken. Minnesota has
only the fourth highest team
average (270.70), but has won five ofe
the last six Big Ten titles and could wue
Although, Michigan did score overI
272, before the injuries struck,
Loken is now hoping the Wolverines Ketin McKee
can finish "in the middle of the pack, Flor exercise leader
maybe fifth."
Individuals, however, may bring as many as four event titles back to Ann
Arbor. Kevin McKee (9.66) has a clear edge in floor exercise over Hawkeye
Stuart Breitenstine (9.60) and Buckeye Brian Baley (9.58).
RICK KAUFMANN, with a 9.65 average, trails Wisconsin's Russ Johnson
by just two hundredths of a point on still rings.
Milan Stanovich has the best vaulting average in the conference, 9.71,
trailed by Spartan Pete Johnson's 9.63.
Hopes for the fourth individual title are shakier as they rest on the newly
healed shoulder of Manus who has the top parallel bar average, 9.48. "It's
questionable as to the level of competition," said Loken of Manus, "But he
wants to be in. We're not expecting miracles."

By RON POLLACK
The officiating at Michigan basket-
ball games this season has frequently
caused fans to howl their considerable
disapproval. Their anger has been ven-
ted in various forms, ranging from loud
booing to obscene chants.
At Tuesday's Board in Control of In-
tercollegiate Athletics meeting,
Michigan athletic director Don Canham
expressed his concern about both
basketball and football officiating,
albeit in a more civil manner than
Crisler Arena partisans.
"I DON'T KNOW what to say about the
officiating," said Canham. "I don't
know what the Big Ten can do."
Fans are not the only ones to voice
their disapproval of the officiating this
season, either. Earlier in the year, In-
diana head coach Bobby Knight loudly
complained about the officials after his
team had defeated Northwestern in
Evanston.
"Knight was reprimanded for his
complaints about the officials and he's
not the only coach to complain," said
Canham.

CANHAM INDICATED- his
exasperation about the matter when he
said, "What more can the Big Ten do to
get officials? The conference goes out
and tries to get the best officials
possible.
The athletic director added, however,
that complaints about officiating are
not unique to just the Big Ten.
"Every conference has the same
problem," said Canham. "I've heard
(North Carolina basketball coach)
Dean Smith complain. Officiating is so
damn subjective."
Turning slightly optimistic, Canham
said, "There is a (conference) liason
committee which will do a better job of
watching over officials in football and
basketball."

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TONIGHT'S BEER NIGHT
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By JEFF BERGIDA
"I was always the pitcher in high
school. Koufax never pitched."
One would think that the man who
spoke these words, Fred Wilpon,
president of the New York Mets, might
have become known in the baseball
world as a player rather than an
executive. However, the ace pitcher on
e Lafayette High School (Brooklyn,
Y.) team, that included Hall-of-
Famer Sandy Koufax, suffered a torn
rotator cuff during his sophomore year
at Michigan and ended up in the
business world.
WILPON WAS contacted by a num-
ber of major league teams after
graduating from Lafayette, a school
which has produced a number of

iound and behind the desk

and some other schools but I was
anxious to go to Michigan because of
Coach (Ray) Fisher. He was one of the
finest men and baseball coaches that
there ever was.'"
After a successful year with the
Wolverines' freshman nine, Wilpon
made the varsity pitching staff in 1956
and although he did not see game ac-
tion, Coach Fisher awarded him with a
letter as a reserve award.
DURING THE '56 season, Wilpon suf-
fered the injury which has become in-
famous for affecting the careers of such
stars as Butch Hobson, Larry Hisle,
Wayne Garland and Steve Busby.
"I was never really effective after the
rotator cuff," said Wilpon. "I never
really threw the same way.''
Upon graduation in 1958 with a degree
in speech and communications and a
definite interest in business, Wilpon
went into real estate and founded
Sterling Equities, one of the largest of-
fice, residential and recreational
development firms in the nation. How
does a successful executive make the
move into sports ownership?
WHEN THE Payson family put the
Mets up for sale in 1980, Wilpon jumped
at the chance to become part of the
syndicate headed by publisher Nelson
Doubleday which wanted to purchase
the club. "I love the game and I knew
the Mets would be a good investment,"
explained Wilpon.
Doubleday and Wilpon leave the

baseball operations to general manager
Frank Cashen and his staff ("The buck
stops at Frank's desk"). But the
Michigan grad stays on top of things and
has some opinions of his club, which has
been mired in the bottom half of the
National League's Eastern division
since 1974.
The Mets have been maligned for
signing George Foster to a $10 million
contract and seeing him have his least
productive season as a regular as well
as for patching up their pitching staff
with 38-year-old Tom Seaver and 36-
year-old Mike Torrez. Wilpon answers
the critics:
"IT WAS very important that we
acquire some veteran pitching. Seaver,
a guy who used to be the franchise, will

help at the gate and is going to help our
young pitchers. George Foster found
New York just a little overwhelming
last year. He's in perfect physical
shape and we're expecting a tur-
naround for him this year. I'm convin-
ced that (manager George) Bamberger
is on the right track."
Wilpon has very favorable feelings
towards his alma mater, where his
daughter was recently granted ad-
mission, and wanted to make it clear
that his injury on the field did not put a
damper on his view of his limited
career.
"Baseball at Michigan was very im-
portant to me. I was treated totally as a
gentleman even when I was hurt," said
Wilpon.
The man who pitched over Sandy
Koufax is not disappointed withi the way
things turned out.

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professional ballplayers over the years.
In 1954, it was a rarity for a potential
major leaguer to enter college but
Wilpon did not hesitate to enroll at
Michigan.
"My parents and I decided that I
would first go to college," said the chief
executive officer of the Mets. "I was
accepted by Duke, Michigan, Columbia

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Virginia rips Wake Forest

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - Ralph
Sampson scored 28 points as No. 2-
anked Virginia cruised to a 107-74
tlantic coast Conference basketball
victory over Wake Forest last night.
The victory boosted the Cavaliers'
ACC mark to 11-2 and 24-3 overall.
Wake Forest raced out to a 20-13 lead
in the first seven minutes, but Virginia
rallied and tied it bn a Ricky Stokes'
jumper with 11:39 remaining in the
opening half.
The score was tied twice more before
the Cavaliers slowly pulled away and
ventually opened a 46-32 edge on a
Sampson dunk with 3:28 left.
North Carolina 85,
Georgia Tech 73
ATLANTA (AP) - Michael Jordan
scored 24 points, 15 in the second half,
as eighth-ranked North Carolina
downed Georgia Tech 85-73 in an Atlan-

tic Coast Conference basketball game
last night.
Jordan had two baskets, one a slam
dunk, during an 11-0 Carolina spurt that
stretched a 42-36 advantage to a 53-36
with 11:28 left in the game.
Tech never threatened thereafter as
the Tar Heels eventually rolled up a 23-
point lead, their biggest of the game,
which they hold on five occasions.
-THE VICTORY lifted North Carolina
to 24-6 for the season and 11-2 in the
ACC. Tech fell to 12-14 and 4-10.
Sam Perkins added 16 points for Nor-
th Carolina.'

Wilpon
... Mets owner

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in the field of
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