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Red with Blue:

Former NHL star Be
to lead Wolverine ice

The biggest news of the year in
college hockey may have come out of
Ann Arbor, but it had nothing to do with
the play of the Michigan hockey team.
What happened was that former
Wolverine star and NHL coach-of-the-
year Red Berenson announced that he
was coming back to town to coach his
alma mater.
BERENSON, who left his job as an
assistant for the Buffalo Sabres to come
to Michigan, brings with him 16 years of
playing experience in the pros and
three seasonsas head coach of the St.
Louis Blues. This has to be one of the
best acquisitions ever for collegiate
Berenson replaces John Giordano,
who was fired in May by the Board in
Control of Intercollegiate Athletics af-
ter two straight ninth-place finishes in
the Central Collegiate Hockey
Association and a 14-22-1 record last
After the season, 22 players signed a
letter sent to Athletic Director Don
Canham complaining of Giordano's
coaching tactics and stating that they
felt they could not be successful with
Giordano as the coach. Giordano had
been named college coach-of-the-year
by the Hockey News in 1981, his first
season. But he became very unpopular
among players, fans and alumni in the
years that followed. .
AFTER THE firing, Canham knew
exactly who he wanted for the job and
on May 17, Berenson stepped in front of
a large crowd in the M Club Room at
the Michigan golf course to announce
that he would be returning to lead a
Michigan hockey program that was
deteriorating quickly under Giordano.
"I'd like to improve the image of the
Michigan hockey team on campus and

with the alumni," said the 44-year-old
Berenson. "I think that now people will
be thinking more highly about the
"I always had a good feeling about
Michigan," added the coach, who twice
before had turned down the job. "I was
expecting to be an NHL coach again. I
wasn't planning on leaving until this
came up. It just came down to this is the
place where I wanted to be."
OF COURSE there is no guarantee
Gordon "Red" Berensoo.
* 1962 Michigan hockey captain
* Two time All-American
" 16-year NHAL career with Mon-
treal, New York Rangers, St, Looks
and Detroit
" Head coach St. Louis Blues, 1979-
* 1981 NHL Coach-of-the.year
" Assistant coach Buffalo Sabres,
that Berenson will mold the hockey
team into winners in only one season,
but he certainly has brought en-
thusiasm back into the program.
"It's great that Berenson came
back," said goaltender Mark Chiamp.
"He could have had other jobs for more
money but he came here. I think that
shows us something. For a few years
we've been blaming things on the
coach, but now we have to do the job. I
don't think there'll be the second
guessing there was before."
It is even hard to predict what the
team will look like next year since
Berenson has not seentheteam play at
"IT IS GOING to be a very in-
teresting and exciting year,"said
assistant coach Mark Miller, who will

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renson returns
rs out of decline
on under the new mentor. "I are Tom Stiles, Frank Downing, Paul
enson) has the ability to turn Spring, Bruce MacNab, Doug May and
Hopefully, we will be more of Paul Kobylarz.
ie team. We don't really have The defense is led by Todd Carlile,
r scorers." who notched 31 points on the year. Pat
hough the Wolverines are Goff, Bill Brauer, Mike Neff and Greg .:
ack 10 of the 12 leading point- Hudas will all be blue line regulars. -.
om last year, none of the Chiamp, a senior, returns as the top
tatistics are particularly goaltender, but Jon Elliott should also
ning. see action.
returnee is junior left wing Miller recruited two defensemen that.:
hel, who took the conference could step in right away. Jeff Norton -
as a freshman, scoring 26 from Acton, Mass. is expected to go
was named CCHA rookie-of- high in the NHL draft, as is Rhode
But he missed some games Island all-stater Gary Lorden. The
igh bruise last season and Wolverines also have right wings Joe
nly 16 goals and 20 assists. Lockwood and Huron High School
EAR'S third leading scorer' graduate Brad McCaughey cominig in.
eshman center, Brad Jones "I think the ability is there, we just
ling Heights, who piled up 26 have to get it out of them," said Miller
he other centers will be 5-7 about his squad. "We're going to try to
ay Dries and sophomore John instill confidence in them, but it's not
, with the fourth yet to be going to be easy. It's not going to hap-
d. pen overnight."
Lg out the roster at forward

1983-84 Michigan Hockey Statistics

Player GP G A
MCCAULEY, RW..........36 17 26
Seychel, LW ............... 31 -16 20
Jones, C ................... 37 8 26
Carlile, D...............33 11 20
Dries.................. 36 16 12
Stiles, C/RW .............. 37 10 12
Bjorkman, C .............. 36 9 12
P. Goff, D ................. 37 4 17
DEMARTINO, D...........28 4 12
May.D/LW..............37 5 10
Downing, RW ............. 27 6 8
Brauer, D................37 1 13
MCCRIMMON, RW.......30 8 5
Spring, LW ............... 37 5 8
Macnab, LW.............34 5 7
Kobylar , RW ...........25 3 5
Neff, D .................. 22 2 6


17 /34

D. Goff, C/RW ............. 29 2
McIntyre, D/RW...........22 1
Hudas, D .................. 17 1

5 7
4 5
1 2


MICHIGAN.37 134 229 363 299/599
Opponents............... 37 179 284 463 275/566
Goaltendeing Stats
Name MIN GA Avg Svs Pct
Chiamp (12-30-1)....1903:42 142 4.48 102 .876
Elliott (2-2) ............ 365:03 33 5.43 185 .849
MICHIGAN (14-22-1)... 2275:26 179 4.72 1187 .869
Opponents (22-14-1) .... 2275:26 134 3.53 945 .876
Players in caps not returning

Sophomore forward Dan Goff carries the puck in a game last season against
eventual national champion Bowling Green. Goff and the rest of the hockey
team will be led by new coach Red Berenson (inset) this season.

Youthftd atmblens move up

Graples rturning strong nucleus'

Led by first year coach Bob Darden,
the Michigan men's gymnastics team
proved to be strong competition last
eeason. Although the squad lacked the
xperience it had in previous years, last
season s team developed its talent
quickly. .
The Wolverines finsihed only fifth in
the Big Ten, but were strong in many of
the tournaments during the regular
season. They came in first place in both
the Bronco Classic at Western
Michigan and the Wolverine In-
vitational. At the Eagle Classic, they
inished second and had an impressive
Werformance in the Windy City In-
YOUTH WAS the trademark of the
1983-84 team, since 11 of the squad's 14
members were underclassmen and
seven of those were freshmen. Senior
leadership came from captain Merrick
Horn, who was outstanding in many key
"It will be hard to replace Merrick
Horn," said Darden, "But all our other
guys are returning, which is kind of
eat. With the talent of our freshmen
ve should be even stronger."
It was the tremendous talent of the
newcomers that provided substance to
the Wolverines. Last year's freshmen,
Gavin Meyerowitz, Brock Orwig and
Mitch Rose, developed a lot of potential
throughout the year.
MEYEROWITZ will be Michigan's
top all-arounder this season and is
espectially strong on the pommel horse
and vaulting events. Orwig excelled on
*he high bar last year with an individual
high of 9.7. Rose increased the depth of
the team with impressive displays on
the rings and steady all-around per-
Supporting these athletes will be
several skilled specialists and multi-
event men. Junior Rich Landman
showed consistency in the all-around'
last season and along with Horn,
received a team high of 9.55 on the floor
exercise. Returning fifth-year senior
tu Downing will be the captain of this
ear's squad and should score some
points in his specialty, the pommel hor-
Darden is looking for Greg Nelson
and Tom Alexander to boost the team is
several different events, while junior
John Ross will battle Paul Ingersall for
the top spot on the rings. Also, a pair of
recruits from Illinois, Craig Ehle and

Mark Bonertz, will join the team to lend
support where needed.
With a still young, but now more ex-
perienced team the Wolverines will try
to pull together their talents and raise
their standing in the conference.
"Right now, the Big Ten is the
toughest conference in the nation," said
Darden. "Four out of the 10 teams in
nationals last year were from the Big
Ten. We'll try to maintain fifth place
and hopefully with our experience, we.
can creep up on the top four."
The gymnasts will not have to go very
far to find tough competition this
season, since they will tumble against
such conference foes as defending
champion Minnesota and Ohio State,
who finished third in the nation last
Women lose coach
Nineteen eighty-five should be a
rebuilding year for the Michigan
women's gymnastics team as the squad
must overcome the loss of two
prominent contributors.
Kathy Beckwith has been the leading
performer for the tumblers throughout
her entire career, but was lost to
graduation. And after five years on the
job, coach Sheri Hyatt resigned in May
to enter private business in Texas.
HYATT SHOULDN'T be too hard to
replace, but in Beckwith, the
Wolverines lose their most consistent
all-around performer. Last year,
Beckwith had Michigan's season bests
in the vault and balance beam as well
as the all-around.
So it will be up to the new coach to
bring in some substantial recruits if the
team is to improve on its fourth-place'
finish in the Big Ten. Beckwith was
seventh in the conference all-around
and top returnee Christy Schwartz
finished 14th.
"We finished where we thought we
would (at Big Tens) based on pre-meet
scores," said Hyatt. "I had hoped we
would qualify more people for the in-
dividual finals. We had a great vault

...,has young talent

Organization and optimism are the
two most fitting watchwords for
Michigan's head wrestling coach Dale
Bahr, who after six years of building
and improving the Wolverine wrestling
program, may guide his team to
national prominence in 1985.
Although characterized as the eternal
optimist, Bahr's enthusiasm for the
upcoming campaign is supported by the
loss of only one quality senior and coun-
tered by the influx of seven blue-chip
"WITH THE addition of the freshmen
the potential for a highly successful
season is present," said Bahr. "We've
got good kids and depth everywhere in
the lineup. There are no derelicts on
this team."
Michigan's lineup opens with two
fierce, physical and talented com-
petitors in William Waters (18-14 as a
freshman) at 118 pounds. Last year
McFarland had a very dominating
season compiling a 44-4 record, winning
the prestigious Midlands Tournament,
the Big Ten championship and
finishing second in the NCAA's to Iowa
State's Kevin Darkus. Bahr is confident
that McFarland will add another 50 vic-
tories to his impressive career mark of
Michigan's top recruit is a 126 poun-
der from Flint named John Fisher who
was 54-0 his senior year in high school.
"John Fisher is as good as anyone in
the country at 126-pounds. His only
problem is that he has a Big Ten cham-
pion currently in his division," said
Bahr. According to the coach, Fisher is

too light to wrestle at 134, which is a shot at being in the top six at 177. He's
weak class for Michigan, but Mc- capable of beating just about
Farland could move up a spot with anybody," said Bahr.
Fisher taking over at 126-pounds. Walt Dunayczan rounds out the
THE 134-, 142- and 150-pound spots lineup at heavyweight,replacing the
are up for grabs among a talented departing Rob Rechsteiner who went
array of veterans and newcomers. 29-8 last year before damaging a knee
Last season's 134 pounder, Mike late in the season.
DerGarabedian (19-18), has one year of
eligibility remaining, but Bahr will "
replace the veteran with a younger
wrestler. If McFarland stays at 126, the
likely replacement would be either
recruit Joe White, "one of the top two or EXCHANGE
three wrestlers out of Illinois," accor-
ding to Bahr, or sophomore Keith Gore .
Bahr expects the 142-pound division
to be a strong one next season with the Vintage R&B " Vintage Rock
individual who loses out to be the a Jazz " Rock * Classical " soul
wrestler up at 150 pounds. The three .";and more
principal competitors at 142 will be C
Ricky Moore (13-6), Tony Latora (18- 4 $ CASH $
13) and recruit Guy Russo from North
Caldwell, New Jersey. For used LP's-& Cassettes
THE LAST four spots are fairly cer- ALL TYPES!
tain. Steve Richards will hold down the
158-pound class, where he was only4-4 , 61 9 E. William
last season, but impressed Bahr with
his mental toughness and ability to cut Mon. - Thurs. 11 - 9
weight. Fri.& Sat. 11 -7:30 Sun. 1-6
Scott Rechsteiner is expected to star.662-1163
for the Wolverines next season at 177 .
pounds.. Last year the senior was 18-5,
and 21-12 as a sophomore. "Scott has a


and good floor day, but bad luck on the
bar and the beam."
tumblers came on to post their best per-
formance of the season at the Michigan
Invitational against Western Michigan,
with a score of 176.95.
Schwartz had her season high in the
all-around in that meet with 35.55 poin-
ts. Senior Dayna Samuelson and An-
drea Scully each posted personal bests
on the floor as well.
The Wolverines will need to carry the
season-ending momentum into the
coming year in order to make up for the
loss of Beckwith. But with all the other
key gymnasts returning, it might not be
that difficult.

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