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The Michigan Daily-

SPORTS _
Wednesday, March 23, 1983 Page 7
Students hang out under the bars

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By TIM MAKINEN
Ninety-eight pound weaklings beware! The
Michigan Weightlifting Club is back in action and
looking for you.
Indeed, after several years of inactivity, the club
has been reactivated, offering Michigan students a
chance once again to flex their collective muscle in
collegiate sports. The man behind weightlifting's
reinstatement as a club sport is Brian Wolf, a junior
pre-med student. At the beginning of this term, Wolf
posted sign-up sheets around campus and began an
intensive membership drive. Using as much energy
as a man pressing twice his
weight, Wolf pushed for the club's
formation.
THE HARD work paid off as
the club received recognition and
club status. Just yesterday, in
fact, the Club Sports department
delegated t-shirts and money for
equipment to the weightlifters.
Weightlifting is the number one sports ac-
tivity here at Michigan," said Wolf, explaining
the need for the club. "If they were to take a poll, you
".4 ywould find that more people lift weights, at least once
in a while, than anything else."
Although the first task, reinstatement, has been
Daily Photo by JON SNOW completed, the membership drive continues. At last
count, the club had 15 members, but interest in the
Junior engineering student Ben Dubin works out using techniques he learned club is high and Wolf expects membership to rise
while a member of the Michigan Weightlifting Club. The club returned to substantially.
existence this year after a lengthy hiatus.

"WE'VE GROWN," said Wolf. "It (interest in
weightlifting) is snowballing and basically just run-
ning itself. There's no reason to have under 30 mem-
bers next year."
Since the weightlifting club is still in its formative
stages, practices remain very informal because, ac-
cording to Wolf, "people get turned off if it's too
demanding right away." In addition, the club does
not pretend to be a group of superstars, nor does it
seek only experienced lifters. Anyone is welcome to
join: men, women, and even guys who get sand
kicked in their face. "A lot of guys are just doing it to
keep in shape," said Wolf.
An exception to the non-
suprsarmembership of the
club may be one of its newer
members, John Stefko. Stefko,a
sophomore in chemical
engineering, won the Michigan
Teen Novice Bodybuilding
championship held at Wayne
State University last February.
In that competition, Stefko captured the titles of most
muscular, best abdominals, best legs, and thus, best
overall teen competitor.
STEFKO, PERHAPS, will become the Herschel
Walker of the weightlifting program, bring-
ing the club credibility and top notch competi-
tion. That comparison, however, is unfair
both to Stefko and the weightlifting club. With Wolf's
effort and the growing popularity of lifting weights,

the club's chances of success seem far greater than:
the USFL's.
The length of time before weightlifting is con-
sidered on the same level as other more established
club sports, of course, remains to be seen. But Wolf
confidently predicts the club will make its mark in'
the near future. "Our resources are phenominal,"
explained Wolf, "and there's no reason why
Michigan shouldn't be a powerhouse in the Big Ten."
And to get to that stage, Wolf intends to continue
rounding up weightlifters-bar none.
Lacrosse
The Michigan Lacrosse Club, ranked number one in
the Midwest, routed its opponents last weekend and
raised its record to an unblemished 3-0. On Saturday,
the Blue stomped on Hillsdale, 13-2, behind the three-
goal performance of Matt Dawe. Paul Maturo, Steve;
Guttentag and Ed Anderson each fired two goals
past the hapless Hillsdale goalie.
The club polished off the Grand Rapids Lacrosse
Club on Sunday, 16-5. Steve Fridlander notched three
goals and two assists for Michigan, while Jim-
Camilliere picked up a hat trick as well. Dawe,
Maturo, Guttentag and Anderson contributed two
goals apiece.

Injury turns Gear

toward new future

By CHUCK JAFFE
Former Michigan wide receiver
Kenney Gear knows what could have
been.
The staring position alongside An-
thony Carter, the fans cheering touch-
down catches, and possible contract of-
fers from both the United States and
National Football Leagues were in his
future.
BUT GEAR is a realist. Those
dreams were crushed when in 1981 fall
practice he landed on the end zone wall
at Michigan Stadium, shattering his
liver and changing his life permanently.
Now, the Madison, Wisc. native is

ready to go to graduate school, active in
politics and minority affairs, and a
Michigan football fan. Every day,
however, Gear is reminded of football
when he looks in the mirror and sees
scars slashed across his stomach.
"It was the first scrimmage of two-a-
day practices," explained Gear, "and at
the time I was running with the first
team. It was the first pass thrown for
me, and it was thrown too long. I don't
even know if I ever could have caught
it.
"WE WERE down at the 10-yard line
and I said 'I've got to catch this pass.
I've got to score this touchdown,' "the
6-2, 185-pound senior added. "I was

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gung-ho and I left my feet either on the
line or a foot over the line. The wall
right by the end zone is real close, so it
was a matter of jump-boom-hit the
wall. No more liver."
Gear's injury, however, was not so
simple. The wide receiver had suffered
a Type IV liver laceration, an injury
that, according to doctors, leaves 40 to
60 percent of its victims dead. Gear un-
derwent emergency surgery, and, after
five weeks of recovery and rest, was
able to stand on the sidelines as
Michigan beat Notre Dame. The speedy
recovery, partially due to exceptional
physical condition, put Gear back on
the field, but as a spectator, not a
player.
With his weight down to 150 pounds,
and 35 to 50 percent of his liver
removed, Gear gave up football in favor
of leading a safe, normal life.
"THEY (doctors) said I could play
football," said Gear, who is still on
scholarship. "It was a choice. Because
of the seriousness of the surgery, doc-
tors had to cut my ribs, and since they
didn't know if they'd have to go back in,
they didn't wire them back together.
"Both my surgeons said 'Hey, I would
not advise it, because the risk factor is
very high. You could get hit and - even
with a flak jacket - one of those. ribs
could jut off and puncture a lung," Gear
added. "I would have been a test case."
But Gear decided that the only tests
he wanted to take would be academic
challenges. Despite working with the
coaching staff in 1982, and having a
year of eligibility remaining, the
political science major directed his at-
tention toward graduating on time, and
working with minority groups.
"KENNEY WAS a student before he
was injured and that helped him to
replace football," said Ida Gear, Ken-
ney's mother. "He never missed a beat."

"I missed six weeks and the doctors
wanted me to go home and take off a
semester or maybe a year," added
Kenney, whose younger brother Bruce
is a defensive end at Iowa. "I just
wasn't in to going home. There were
some professors and friends that were
very supportive and understanding and
helped me out. I was destined to
graduate on time. I was not pointing for
a five-year plan."
The time that Gear previously spent
practicing and playing football he put
to academics and the Black Student
u non. For Gear, the new role brought a
new perspective to this years at
Michigan.
"WE TOOK part in conferences that
were real learning experiences for the
people who participated," he said. "I
myself have learned a tremendous
amount just with the two things (foot-
ball and minority councils) I've been
involved with. Interaction with faculty,
and other students, has shifted to a dif-
ferent level - a political level."
Gear plans to apply this learning to
graduate school for public policy or
public health next year. Staying at
Michigan to continue studying is one
option, although Ann Arbor holds some
memories of bad times. Nevertheless,
Gear feels that the experience has
helped him.
"I have to look at this for what it is,"
Gear said. "I do have other interests
and abilities which can be positive. The
accident wasn't positive, but what I do
now can be."
"Kenney was trying to do something
almost impossible when he went for
that ball," added his mother. "I think
Michigan instills that drive in people,
and Kenney was lucky to be able to use
that drive to pursue his interests other
than football. It helped him succeed af-
ter the accident."

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Daily Photo by BRIAN MASCK
Former Michigan wide receiver Kenney Gear (inset) carries the ball behind
guard Stefan Humphies (76) in the Wolverines' 45-14 victory over Illinois in
1980. The following fall, Gear sustained a liver injury that ended his football
career.

Broncos ride in for shootout with netters

By STEVE WISE
While it might not have had overwhelm-
ing success in its trip west, the women's
tennis team will try to rustle up a home
win when it meets up with the WMU
Broncos today in the Track and Tennis
corral.
The Broncos gallup into town with
four wins and two losses notched on
their rackets during a recent spring trip
and sporting a 9-3 record on the year.
LEADING THE WMU gang is a
young buck named Amy Yeasp, a
freshman who took the first singles spot
from junior co-captain Sue Weigand.
Yeasp rides a 10-2 overall record and is
5-1 in the spring.
Weigand, 9-3 and 4-2 spring, lassoed
herself a second All Mid-American Con-
ference selection last year and was con-
ference champion in 1981.
A third Bronco the Wolverines may
have trouble roping is junior Nancy

Martin, also 9-3 and 4-2, and an All-MAC
former champ.
"OUR BASIC strength will be in our
top matches," said Western's first-year
coach Betsy Kuhle. "We'll be very
tough on those."
Michigan's lineup is uncertain
because of injuries, but doubles player
Juliet Naft said the Wolverines still
won't get ambushed. "We should
probably win even if we are missing
players from injury," she said. "We
have a lot of depth which should cover
that."
Kuhle agreed that the Wolverines
might have the advantage. "Its going to
be a tough match for us," she said.
"We're definitely underdogs."
Anyone who wants to watch the
shootout Should mosey on down to the
T&T corral (building) at 3:00 p.m.

A couple of freshmen also showed
promise in their events. Kay Lundy
brought home 26th place in the 1650-
yard freestyle and Celia Sheehan took
35th in the 50-yard backstroke.
Stanford romped their way to the
team championship with a score of
428.5 points. Florida was second with
389.5 and Texas was third with 313.5.
Ohio State was 10th with 89 points.
Pirates 10, Tigers 5
LAKELAND, Fla, (UPI) - Former
Tiger Richie Hebner's three hits drove
in four runs to lead Pittsburgh to a 10-5
victory over Detroit in a Grapefruit
League Exhibition game last night.
The Pirates jumped on four Tigers
pitchers for 12 hits and six unearned
runs to snap a two-game Tiger winning
streak.
THE TIGERS took a 1-0 lead in the
second inning when Chet Lemon
singled, advanced to third on a
throwing error by Pirates catcher
Steve Nicosia, then scored on a ground
out from John Wockenfuss.
Pittsburgh immediately took the lead
in the top of the third inning with the
benefit of three walks and a controver-

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Swimmers 15th in NCA As
Special to the Daily
LINCOLN, Neb. - The Michigan
women's. swim team finished the
season strong last weekend, taking 15th
out of 66 teams at the NCAA meet and
breaking a number of Michigan recor-
ds.
Naomi Marubashi's 50.9 in the 100-

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