Page 10- The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, December 11, 1984
By JON HARTMANN
Michigan West. That's what head
coach Dale Bahr and the rest of the
Wolverine wrestling staff call the Las
Vegas Classic. You see, Michigan's
graduate assistant Mark Churella, who
coached at Nevada-Las Vegas for the
last three years, is in charge of the
Over the weekend, the Wolverines
made sure that their nickname for the
tournament would stick as they fought
to a fifth-place finish in a 43-team field
containing most of college wrestling's
BEFORE THE tournament, Bahr
had conceded that superpowers
Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Iowa
State would take the top three places.
They did, in just that order. But Bahr
thought that Michigan was right in
there with the other teams and con-
sidered fourth place a possibility.
But despite an amazing performance
by 126-pounder Joe McFarland, as well
as one third place finish, three fourths
and a seventh, Michigan was upstaged
by Wisconsin. "We're better balanced
overall than Wisconsin" said Bahr. But
the scoring system gave Wisconsin
fourth place by virtue of their two in-
McFarland won his championship in
world-take-notice fashion. He cruised
through his first two matches then
defeated John Thorn of Iowa State, who
was seeded third and ranked in the top
five in the country. McFarland's record
this year is now 21-1.
KEVIN HILL'S third-place finish was
equally impressive as it demonstrated
that he has recovered from knee injury
that plagued him at the start of the
season. Hill's one loss came at the han-
ds of LSU's Kevin Jackson, who is
ranked third in the nation. Hill, now 11-
1, then came back to beat number-three
seed Mike Van Arsdale of Iowa State.
Kirk Trost performed well at
heavyweight, but was held to fourth by
his bulky competition which at times
outweighed him by 125 pounds.
Trost's recent transition ' to
heavyweight from 190 may require
some new strategy. Bahr said Kirk was
leading in his battle with tournament
champion Jamie Weber from LSU until
he went underneath late in the match.
The coach added, "Kirk has to be a lit-
tle more patient and force the big guys
to make mistakes."
Freshmen standout John Fisher used
the double-leg drop to take fourth place
at 134 pounds. Fisher lost to the odds-on
favorite and eventual champion Jim
Jordan in his third match, but he
recovered to trounce nationally-ranked
Nick Neville, 16-6. Although Fisher was
initially reluctant to move up to 134
pounds from 126, Bahr says that he
could be one of the nation's best in
Bahr welcomed the kind of com-
petition offered in Las Vegas - six of
the top eight teams in the country were
represented. "With a cupcake
schedule, you never really know how
good you are," he said. "I think our kids
like to see where they are. This re-
emphasizes that we're in the top ten in
The wrestlers did find time to partake
in some of the more traditional Las
Vegas activities. Bahr said that Hill
and 158-pounder Steve Richards
returned with money in their pocket.
However, he added that the coaching
staff wasn't quite so lucky.
Gymnasts place high
in Wolverine Classic
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Despite a poor showing in Satur-
day's team competition of the
Wolverine Invitational, members of
the men's and women's gymnastic
team were able to pick up the pieces
with a few wins in the individual
Sophomore Mitch Rose recorded
wins in two of the six individual
.events, scoring a 9.1 in the parallel
bars and 9.5 on the high bar. Rose
also placed third in the still rings.
THE WOLVERINE men were also
lead by senior captain Stuart
Downing, who pulled in a second
place with a score of 8.95 on the
pommel horse, and freshman Scott
Moore, with a third place in the floor
exercise, scoring 9.25.
Michigan women's coach Dana
Kempthorn said she was not sur-
prised by the results of the com-
petition. "We're right about where
we expect to be at this point in the
season," she said. "It's early (in the
season) and we have some work to
do; we'll work on routines in prac-
The women's team was paced by
sophomore Heidi Cohen, who
finished second in both the uneven
bars with a 8.75 and the balance
beam with a 9.1. Freshman Angela
Williams tied for second place in the
vault with a 9.1.
... third-place finish
Michigan State ....
Lake Superior ....
Bowling Green ....
Western Michigan .
Ferris State .....
Ray Staszak, UIC ..................1
Colin Chin, UIC ....................1
Craig Simpson, MSU ...............1
Darcy Gryba, OSU.................1
Jamie Wansbrough, BGSU ..........1
Tom Anastos, MSU................1
John Ciotti, Miami.................
Mike Rucinski, UIC...............i
George Roll, BGSU ................1
Dan Dorian, WMU .................1
GP GA A
WMPL Hockey Poll
1. Minnesota.......... (13-2-2) 99
2. Michigan State ...... (14-3) 88
3. Minnesota-Duluth ... (13-4-1) 76
4. Boston College ...... (12-5) 69
5. RPI ................. (8-2) 56
6. Harvard ............ (7-)-1) 37
7. Boston University ... (9-6-2) 26
8. (tie) Providence ..... (8-6-1) 24
Clarkston ........... (8-1-1) 24
10. (tie) North Dakota.. (10-6-1) 10
Wisconsin .......... (10-8) 10
Western Michigan 4, MICHIGAN 3 (OT)
Michigan State 7, Lake Superior 2
Bowling Green 7, Illinois-Chicago 2
Miami 2, Ferris State 2 (OT)
Ohio State 6, Windsor 5 (OT)
MICHIGAN 3, Western Michigan 0
Michigan State 6, Lake Superior 3
Bowling Green 6, Illinois-Chicago 5
Miami 3, Ferris State 2
Miami at MICHIGAN
Bowling Green at Ferris State
Illinois-Chicago at Lake Superior
Ohio State at Michigan State
Bob Essensa, MSU.......
Norm Foster, MSU ........
Glenn Healy, WMU ........
Wayne Collins, BGSU......
MARK CHIAMP, MICH ....
John Dougan, OSU .........
Gary Kruzich, BGSU ......
Craig Shermoen, LSSC .....
Randy Exelby, LSSC .......
Bob Krautsak, OSU ........
AVG. SAV Pct.
2.01 142 .904
3.05 153 .855
3.25 430 .905
3.45 125 .899
3.56 131 .873
3.56 131 .873
3.60 396 .902
3.70 115 .858
3.90 252 .857
3.96 272 .861
Carter traded to Mets
NEW YORK (AP) - Catcher Gary
Carter, an All-Star catcher for the Mon-
treal Expos, was acquired by the New
York Mets in a five-player trade, the
Mets announced last night.
New York sent to Montreal infielder
Hubie Brooks, catcher Mike Fitzgerald,
outfielder Herm Winningham and
minor league pitcher Floyd Youmans.
Carter, who started in seven All-Star
Games in 10 full seasons with the Ex-
pos, batted .294 last season, with 27
home runs and 106 RBI. He is believed
to be the fourth highest paid player in
the majors with an annual salary of $1.8
HSU 50, St. Peters 38
EAST LANSING (UPI) - Junior
forward Larry Polec scored a season
high 16 points yesterday to help lift
Michigan State to a 50-38 non-
conference victory over St. Peters.
The victory raised the Spartans'
overall record to 4-0 and the Peacocks
fell to 3-1.
After holding a 21-16 halftime lead,
the Spartans controlled the first five
minutes of the second half and grabbed
a 30-22 advantage with 15:57 left in the
game on a lay-up by guard Scott Skiles.
Polec gave Michigan State a 10-point,
lead, 34-24, with 13:31 remaining on a
20-foot jumper. Instead of attempting a
quick comeback, St. Peters went into a
stall game the next seven minutes and
scored only six points. The Spartans
held onto their big advantage and in-
creased it to as much as 15 points with
less than a minute remaining.
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