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NIT Basketball
vs. Xavier
Thursday, 8 p.m.
Crisler Arena


Women's tennis
vs. Calvin College
Tomorrow, 3 p.m.
Track and tennis building

The Michigan Daily

Tuesday, March 20, 1984

Page 7

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GIFTED ATHLETES play a large role in
sustaining Michigan's worldwide
reputation of excellence. So, of all the gifted
athletes presently associated with this univerisy,
who is the most dominant?
Joseph Patrick McFarland.
McFarland is a 21-year-old, 126-pound
Wolverine wrestler. Ten days removed from a
second place finish in the NCAA (National
Collegiate Athletic Assocation) championships,
and having achieved all-American status for the
third time in four years, McFarland is deserving
of some long awaited recognition.
"Joe has made tremendous strides since
coming out of high school," said Iowa Hawkeye
wrestling coach Dan Gable. "He has devoted
himself to learning the proper technique and has
driven himself to the top where he dominates."
The big three
Domination is the only accurate way to
describe McFarland's performance over the
1983-84 season. The North Olmsted, Ohio native
compiled an overall record of, 49-4.
It is the four losses, however, that loom
significant for McFarland, an academic senior
majoring in economics.
Each of the four defeats came at the hands of
Iowa State's Kevin Darkus, the last one, a 9-6
decision, was forhthe national title.
"To tell you the truth," began McFarland, "as

By DouglasB. Levy

Michigan's dominant athlete? ..
. Wolverine wrestler McFarland


far as Darkus is concerned, I don't know what it
is. He's a solid, tough wrestler, but I still feel I
can beat him. Once I do, it will break the ice."
McFarland has beaten Darkus before; as a
freshman in a 1981 dual meet against the
Cyclones. And the two grappled to a draw in a
dual meet the following season.
There is one other individual who has been a
factor in McFarland's competition as a
collegian. Barry Davis, an Iowa Hawkeye, who
has won two NCAA championships.
Davis, Darkus and McFarland have reigned
supreme over the,118 and 126 pounders for the
last four years.
To shed some light on the trio, last weekend at
the World Cup Freestyle qualifying tournament
in Fort Madison, Iowa, Davis decisioned Darkus.
Yet just five months ago, McFarland won a
thrilling final over Davis, 11-10,. at the
prestigious Midlands Tournament. Darkus did
not compete at the Midlands although the 1976
and 1980 United States Olympic representatives
were in the field.
The Olympic scene
These three and a host of other top 126
pounders are now in training for the war to make
the 1984 Olympic squad.
"Several guys are right in there," said Gable,
a 1972 gold medalist and the 1984 Olympic coach.
"Joe shouldn't consider himself out of it. No one
is heads and shoulders above the others."

Welcoming the opportunity to be an Olympian,
McFarland's summer will not be ruined if he
falls short at the trials. In the past, McFarland
has passed up international competition in favor
of leading and enjoying a normal-paced life.
Having sacrificed socially and physically since
high school, McFarland cherishes his time away
from the mats and looks forward to a life outside
of competitive wrestling.
"Joe has always been a.pleasure to have," said
Michigan's assistant wrestling coach, Joe Wells.
"He's easy to work with, coahable and a real
student of the sport. He would make a very good
But McFarland insists on a career away from
the sport, hoping someday to be the owner of a
"classy, sharp looking" restaurant.
The owner of a 124-20-4 college record, one Big
Ten championship (this year), two runner-up
conference finishes, and finishes of fifth, sixth,
and second in the NCAA's, only one victory has
been elusive.
"I'm more determined than ever to win the
national championship," said McFarland.
McFarland has one year of eligibility remaining,
because of being redshirted last season.
"Knowing Joe, with his determination and
willingness. to excell, I think he's gonna win it,"
predicted Wells.
Summed up Gable: "Joe has the right attitude
to be a champion."

Wolverine Joe McFarland, this season's NCAA runner-up, tries to lift up 1980
Olympian Bob Weaver of Lehigh, in a 1982 meet. McFarland, then wrestling
in the 118-pound class, tied with Weaver, 8-8.

Tankers nintht in NCAA

Powered by the performance of
swimmer Sue Cahill and divers Mary
Fischbach, Leigh Anne Grabovez, and
Diane Dudeck, the Michigan women's
swim team finished ninth in the NCAA.

Championships last weekend in
Cahill earned All-America honors
and qualified for the olympic trials with
a fifth-place finish in the 400-yard
Dudeck also became All-Americans in
the one-meter diving competition by
placing third, sixth, and seventh
respectively. Fishbach also went on to
finish fourth on the three-meter board
while Grabovez finished sixth in the
With her finishes, Fishbach' will join.
Cahill in representing the Wolverines at
this spring's olympic trials.
First-year coach Peter Lindsay said
his team's 58 point total was as good as
any Michigan team has scored
"Michigan finished 14th last year so
this is a real improvement. I am very
pleased with the finish," said Lindsay,

whose team finished first among Big
Ten teams at the meet. "It makes me
feel optimistic because we were the
only team from the East or Midwest to
finish in the top ten."

skate into

They did a lot of hacking and
coughing over the weekend, but for the
first time in over three weeks, the
Bowling Green hockey team didn't
choke as it slipped by Boston University
in regional play and moved on to the
NCAA Championships.
Bowling Green's Central Collegiate
Hockey Association rival Michigan
State, as well as the Western Collegiate
Hockey Association's North Dakota and
Minnesota-Duluth also advanced to the
finals, which will be held Thursday
through Saturday in Lake Placid, New
PRIOR TO the two-game, total-goal
series in Boston, nothing seemed to be
going right for the CCHA regular-
season champion Bowling Green squad
as it lost four of five, including a CCHA

semifinal playoff game to Western
Michigan and consolation game to Ohio
State. Things didn't get any better as
they lost their first game to BU, 6-3.
But then the Falcons cleared their
throats, winning the second game, 4-1,
to tie the series at seven goals each and
then finally edging the Terriers in over-
time on a goal by Mike Pikul.
Bowling Green's semi-final game on
Thursday at Lake Placid will be a
CCHA showdown with Michigan State,
which swept its two-game regional
from Boston College.
North Dakota, who surprised for-
merly top-ranked Rensalear
Polytechnic Institute twice in regional
play, takes on WCHA champion Min-
nesota-Duluth, in other semi-final ac-
tion. Duluth sneaked by Clarkson on
total goals in the regional.

... All-American

Grabor ez
... finishes sixth in NCAA diving

Petry leads
Tigers to
441 victory
WINTER HAVEN, Fla.(AP)-Veteran
Dan Petry pitched six scoreless innings
and Lance Parrish hit a tremendous
two run humer yesterday, leading the
Detroit Tigers to a 4-1 exhibition victory
over the Boston Red Sox.
Petry allowed four singles, walked
three and struck out two as the Tigers
beat the Red Sox for the first time in
three starts. He was helped by two
double plays.
Boston starter Bruce Hurst allowed
only three hits in five innings, but was
tagged for a run on a single by John
Wockenfuss, an opposite field double by
Rick Leach and Marty Castillo's
sacrifice fly in the fifth.
Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd replaced
Hurst at the start of the sixth, commit-
ted an error on a bunt and then surren-
dered Parrish's second spring homer, a
long blast to the hill beyond the fence in
left center.

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