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Basketball
vs. Yugoslavia
Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
C rider Arena

SPORTS

Michigan vs. Ohio St.
Televised by CBS
Saturday, 12 noon

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The Michigan Daily Thursday, November 15, 1984 Page 7
Slav slammin'
M'hosts Yugoslavia in exhibition

By STEVE WISE
The opponents bring a number of dif-
ferent things into tonight's Michigan
basketball debut: a different language,
a different level of experience, and a
different set of rules. But for the
Wolverines, the exhibition game again-
st the Yugoslavian national team will
not change many things.
"We'll play the same tempo," said
freshman guard Gary Grant, who
makes his first appearance wearing
Maize and Blue tonight. "We're not
going to change anything around."
THE INTERNATIONAL rules in ef-
fect tonight may make some changes
for the Wolverines, though. Along with
a wider free throw lane and nine fouls
before a team goes into the bonus, the
game will have a 30-second shot clock.
"It's gonna have an effect," said Bill
Frieder, beginning his fifth year as
Michigan's head coach. "It'll be a
faster paced game than normal and
there'll be a lot more shots because
you're playing with a 30-second clock."
Because they are more familiar with
international rules, the Yugoslavs may
have some advantages, but Frieder
said he is not overly concerned.
"WE'RE ADJUSTING to the rules
for this game, but we're not gonna
waste time getting ready for rules we
won't see the rest of the season," he
said.
What Frieder does have to get ready
for is a big, physical Yugoslav team.
"You have to be able to bang up front"
to beat the Yugoslavs, according to
Wichita State coach Gene Smithson.
The Shockers' head man knows
because the Yugoslavs banged up his
team, 98-91, Tuesday night in the first
game of their five-game tour. Smithson
believes the Yugoslavs' size and
strength should not be as much of a
problem for the Wolverines.
"You guys can go with them
physically," Smithson said. "That's a
big key. You've got to be physical and
have depth up front, and you guys have
that."
LEADING MICHIGAN'S front-line

depth chart is junior Roy Tarpley. The
6-11 center averaged 12.5 points and 8.1
rebounds per game last year to lead the
Wolverines and scored 16 or more in ten
of his last 14 appearances.

secret weapon - 6-5 guard Drazen
Petrovic. One of five players from
Yugoslavia's Olympic bronze medal
squad, Petrovic shelled the Shockers
for 33 points, 20 of those in the first half.

'I'm looking forward to
slammin' on a couple
Yugos.'
- Richard Rellford

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"He's very important," said Robert
Henderson, a 6-9, 220-pound junior who
along with juniors Rich Rellford (6-6,
230) and Butch Wade (6-8, 235) and
freshman Steve Stoyko (6-9, 195) will
get physical with the visitors. "We
can't have him getting in foul trouble."
That group could have trouble with
players like 7-0 Stojan Vrankovic and 6-
8 Ivan Sunara, who scored 16 in the
game against Wichita State. But the
struggle should be good experience, ac-
cording to Frieder.
"IT MIGHT BE a problem," he said
of the Yugoslavs' strength, "but it's
something we'll have to get used to
because we'll see it in the Big Ten."
"I'm looking forward to slammin' on
a couple of Yugos," said Rellford, ob-
viously not intimidated.
If the Wolverines can neutralize the
Yugoslav front-line arsenal, they'll still
have to contend with another not-so-
SCORES
NBA
Detroit 137, Philadelphia 133 (OT)
Boston 115, New York9
Indiana 125. Houston 117

Petrovic signed a letter of intent with
Notre Dame but then reneged on it.
"We'll just try to deny him the ball
and put pressure on him to do the op-
posite of what he wants to do," said
Grant, who will share defense of
Petrovic with 6-4 senior Leslie
Rockymore, 6-5 sophomore Antoine
Joubert, and 6-1 sophomore Garde
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Daily Photo by DAN HABIB

It's the calm before the storm for Michigan guard Antoine Joubert as he rests in an empty Crisler Arena. Tonight, the
place will be far from quiet when the Wolverines take on the Yugoslavian national team.

'M' GRAPPLER IS QUIET BUT DEADLY:
Bahr to put heavy trust in

NHL

Buffalo 4,Boston 2

419 E. LIBERTY

Trost

By MARK BOROWSKY
The wrestling meet is tied, and it is
time for the last match of the night, the
heavyweights. Michigan head coach
Dale Bahr worries not: It's time for
Kirk Trost.
"I like to have Trost out there when
the match depends on it," Bahr said.
"He's going to give the best he can."
BAHR HAS the utmost confidence in
Trost as a wrestler, who qualified for
the NCAA tournament his sophomore
and junior years at 190 pounds. Now up
to his natural weight of 220 and
wrestling at heavyweight, Trost is 6-1 in
the young 1984-85 season with three
pins.
Yet Bahr praises Trost not only for
wrestling ability, but as a person and as
an example for others to follow. For
Trost, a senior with an extra year of
eligibility, shatters most myths about
wrestlers.
At 220 pounds, Trost is light for a
college heavyweight, especially when
considering some weight in at 300 poun-
ds or more. He isn't slow or obese, as is
commonly conceived. Still, Trost feels
he can be a better wrestler at
heavyweight, as he doesn't have the ex-
tra burden of cutting weight.
"NEAR THE end of the year ('83-84)
I was thinking about losing weight over
wrestling," Trost said. "I can work
harder and last longer."
Trost is so quick, in fact, that his best
moves are single- and double-leg
takedowns, almost unheard of for a
heavyweight. His technique on lower
body moves is excellent, which Bahr
credits to Trost's football experience in
high school. At Lincoln Way High
School in New Lenox, Illinois, he was an
honorable mention all-state halfback,
in addition to finishing second his junior

year and third his senior year at 185
pounds in the state wrestling meet. But
that's not the only reason why Bahr
recruited him.
"We don't recruit just athletic
ability," Bahr said of Trost, who won an
Illinois Wrestling Academic award in
high school. "We recruit kids that will
be a credit to the University; I'm not
going to get animals. He hasn't disap-
pointed us at all."
MOST PEOPLE would think of
wrestlers, especially heavyweight
wrestlers, as animals, but Trost is a
gentleman; he is quiet and
unobtrusive. His teammates call him
"Mumbles" and coach Bahr said Trost
is "kind of a gentle guy." Perhaps too
gentle. Both coach and wrestler pointed
to Trost's lack of intensity as his major
weakness.
"It's hard to get him motivated,"
Bahr said. "He has to work at getting
himself psyched up."
"Sometimes I could be more inten-
se," Trost added quietly. "Sometimes,
in practice, I'll get hit in the face and go
wild."
IF TROST can get wilder as the
season progresses, hewill certainlytbe
the favorite of the Big Ten heavyweight
championships, held in March. Having
finished 4th and 3rd in his sophomore
and junior years, respectively, Trost
feels that he can win the Big Ten, and
perhaps make All-America (the top
eight finishers in NCAA tournament
earn this distinction).
Whatever fate the grappling gods pin
on Trost, Bahrwould find it hard to be
disappointed.
"Kirk is coachable, good to be
around, and always gives his effort. I'd
take ten Kirk Trosts anytime."

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Daily Photo by KATE O'LEARY'
Senior heavyweight Kirk Trost takes a breather at a recent practice. Trost is
6-1 so far this season and is one of the favorites to win the heavyweight title
at the Big Ten meet in March.

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