Page 10 -The Michigan.Daily- Friday, November 30, 1984
Despite success, 'M' wrestlers grapple with a lack of interest
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The word is out: Michigan has an excellent
wrestling team, one of the best in recent years. Good
enough, in fact, to be ranked 10th in the nation by the
Amateur Wrestling News in its pre-season rankings.
But the squad ,is suffering from a common
Michigan sports malady, the Minor Sports Syn-
drome. Is the word of the grapplers' early success
abuzz in the streets of Ann Arbor? No. Are people
acutely aware of the exploits.of Joe McFarland, Scott
Rechsteiner, Kirk Trost, and John Fisher, the 126-
pound freshman wunderkind? Hardly. The team won
the Wolverine Open, the Ohio Open, and was im-
pressive in the Northern Open, but talk of the team
hasn't exactly been sweeping the campus.
STILL, THE grapplers have yet to open their.
home season, a situation that will change Sunday at 2
when they face Central Michigan at Crisler Arena.
Perhaps as much as winning, head coach Dale Bahr
wants a large turnout - something that is usually
missing from Michigan's wrestling meets.
"We want to let people know that we're there," said
Bahr, who is now in his seventh year as head coach of
the Wolverines. ,"They (CMU) should offer a
challenge in several weight classes, but we fully in-
tend to win and win.big'"
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Coming off an impressive showing at the Northern
Open last week in Madison, the grapplers have a
cumulative record of 118-28, with 23 pins amongst
them. Most impressive at the tournament was senior
Scott Rechsteiner, who won the 177-pound division by
defeating Wisconsin's Terry Manning, 6-5. With five
wins (two by pins), Rechsteiner raised his season
record to 13-1, with four pins.
YET THE grappler raising the most eyebrows this
season is freshman John Fisher, who, at 126 pounds,
is 12-2 with two pins. One of those losses came at the
hands of Olympic silver medalist Barry Davis.
Despite Davis' lofty status, Fisher gave Davis
problems in their quarterfinal match. Davis was
ahead only by a point at the end of the second period
before pulling away., Prior to his loss to Davis,
Fisher beat Iowa State's John Thorn, an All-
American last year.
Bahr knows a find when he sees one. "John is one of
the most outstanding freshman, if not the most out-
standing freshman in the country," he said.
And one can never ignore Joe McFarland. The
senior from North Olmsted, Ohio, has a career record
of 138-22-4, 15-1 this season. Alternating between 126
and 134 pounds this year, McFarland is ranked
second in the nation by the Amateur Wrestling News
at 126. Ranked first in the weight class is Davis, who
defeated McFarland in the finals of the Northern
"HE (McFARLAND) didn't wrestle well. He didn't
take it to Davis," Bahr said of McFarland's perfor-
mance, noting that McFarland has a .500 record
against Davis in his career. "Joe got behind and
wasn't able to come back."
Three good wrestlers do not an outstanding team
make, however. Along with McFarland, Fisher, and
Rechsteiner the squad is deep at every weight.
Heavyweight Kirk Trost is 13-3 and a favorite to win
the Big Ten title. Steve Richards is 12-5 at 158 pounds,
Tony Latoia 12-4 at 150, and Rickey Moore 15-3 at 142 and
leads the team in pins with five.
Things are going so well so far this season that
Bahr feels it is possible to shut out Central Michigan
which is not an easy accomplishment. But these
Wolverines are tough, talented, and deep. Assistant
coach and Olympic gold medalist Steve Fraser con-
vinced Bahr to institute two-a-day practices and the
team has responded in kind - they're mean as well.
They are a force to be dealt with in the Big Ten. The
word is out. The queston at hand, however, is will
anyone take notice?
TS OF THE DAILY:
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Daily Photo by CAROL L. FRANCAVILLA
Senior wrestling captain Joe McFarland proves it takes two to tango as he
gives his teammate a tough workout in practice. McFarland, last year's Big
Ten champion at 126 pounds, lost to silver medalist Barry Davis of Iowa last
week. McFarland is looking to become a four-time All-American this season.
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o State has been named the
ost Valuable Player for the
I season by The Associated
6-2, 225-pound junior from
o, received 12 votes for the
a 14-member panel of spor-
nd broadcasters covering
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a quarterback Chuck Long.
ped lead Ohio State to the
hampionship and into the
against Southern California.
us selection on the All-Big
Byars led the nation in
th 1,655 yards, in scoring
ints and in all-purpose run-
, Wildcats 61
END, Ind. (AP)-Scott Hicks
oints to lead the University
ame to a 79-61 victory last
Northwestern University in
erence college basketball
tern's Elliot Fullen scored a
19 points, but the Wildcats
ercent from the floor.
DAME'S David Rivers ad-
nts and Tim Kempton and
w added 14 a piece for the
me, 2-0, led 49-29 at half-
Scott Hicks with 13 points,
while holding Northwestern, 1-1, to a
single field goal in the last eight min-
tues of the half.
The Irish took the lead 13-12 on a hook
shot from Kempton at 13-39, and held it
through the rest of the half, scoring
eight unanswered points four times.
. THE COLD-SHOOTING Wildcats hit
only seven of 26 field goal attempts in
the first half, while making 15 of 16 free-
Notre Dame Coach Digger Phelps
gave credit to his squad's defensive
play for helping break Northwestern's
two game winning streak over the Irish.
"I thought our defensive intensity got
us into a transition game in the first
half," Phelps said and "We shot well
and got our running game going."
Last year the Wildcats captured a 40-
36 decision in overtime against the
Irish. In the 1982-83 season, North-
western beat Notre Dame 73-56 in a
Oilers 4, Bruins 2
BOSTON (AP)-Glenn Anderson
scored two goals. Wayne Gretzky
reached another national Hockey
League milestone with his 600th assist,.
and the Edmonton Oilers snapped an
old Boston hex with their fifth con-
secutive victory last night in a 4-2
decision over the Bruins.
After Charlie Simmer pulled Boston
into a 1-1 tie with a power-play goal in
the opening minutes of the second
period, Gretsky assisted on Anderson's
15th and 16th goals as Edmonton went
ahead to stay.
The assists were Gretzky's 41st and
42nd of the season. He has 66 points in
leading Edmonton to a 17-3-3 record.
The Bruins out-shot Edmonton 43-27,
but goalie Grant Fuhr frustrated the
Boston shooters as the Oilers earned
their first victory at Boston Garden sin-
ce joining the NHL six years ago.
Black Hawks 6, Penquins 3
PITTSBURGH (AP)-Denis Savard
scored three goals to lead the Chigago
Black Hawks to a 6-3 victory over Pit-
tsburgh last night, extending the
Penguins' National Hockey League
winless streak to seven games.
Savard's second goal of the game
came at 7:02,of the final period and gave
Chicago a 3-3 tie.
DARRYL SUTTER got his second
goal of the game at 9:36 before Bill Gar-
dner and Savard scored late in the final
period to put the game away.
Savard opened the scoring at 15-47
of the first period with his 10th goal of
Pittsburgh took a 2-1 lead in the
second period on power-play scores by
Mike Bullard and Warren Young.
Sutter got his first score on a power
play at 10:32 of the second period to
make it 2-2.
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