Friday, 7 p.m.
Matt Mann PoolS
The Michigan Daily Wednesday, November 20, 1985
BAHR RETURNS FOR EIGHTH SEASON AT HELM
Grapplers hope to pm opposition
vs. Holy Cross
Monday, 7:30 p.m.
By SCOTT SHAFFER
While the entire campus is talking
about the possibility of a national
championship for the Wolverine foot-
ball or basketball teams, the
wrestling team is quietly beginning its
season firmly established among the
top ten teams in the nation.
Presently ranked sixth, the
Wolverine wrestling squad is coming
off a 17-2 season that was highlighted
by a fifth place finish in the NCAA
tournament. The team is coached by
Dale Bahr, who is entering his eight
season at Michigan with a .595 win-
DESPITE the graduation of four-
time All-American Joe McFarland,
now an assistant coach, the team
should remain strong because Bahr
has recruited an excellent crop of
freshmen to add to his roster.
The Amateur Wrestling News
ranked Michigan's recruits sixth in
the nation, but Bahr feels that they
are even better than that. "Each of
our freshman have the raw talent to
become first class collegiate
wrestlers," said Bahr.
Besides the new faces, Bahr also
has several nationally-ranked
wrestlers returning. Three of them,
Kirk Trost, Scott Rechsteiner, and
John Fisher, are rated in the top five
in their weight class.
IN MOST conferences, the
Wolverines would be given the inside
track for the conference title. This is
not the case in the Big Ten, however,
where Iowa has dominated college
wrestling more than any team in
history, winning eight straight NCAA
championships under Dan Gable. In
fact, the last team other than Iowa to
win it all was Iowa State in 1977, a
team on which Bahr was an assistant
Bahr admits that his current team
is an underdog to the Hawkeyes, but
feels that the Wolverines can win the
Big Ten tourney if "we nick Iowa at
five or six positions and we get some
help from other schools."
After last weekend's Eastern
Michigan Open (in which no team
scores were kept), Bahr's lineup
began to take shape. Here is a quick
rundown of who will see action at each
weight class for the Wolverines:
" 118 - William Waters, ranked 11th
in the nation, returns for his third
year. "He has the abilities to be an
All-American," Bahr said. "Look for
him to have a big year." Bahr is also
high on freshman Doug Wyland.
" 126 - The post-McFarland era
begins. "It was hard to recruit at this
weight when Joe was around. No one
wanted to sit behind him," said Bahr.
Freshman John Moore will probably
" 134 - John Fisher, voted Best
Freshman in the Nation by Amateur
Wrestling News, will challenge for
the nation's top spot in this weight.
Now ranked third, Bahr says of him,
"John Fisher was to wrestling what
Gary Grant was to basketball last
" 142 - Senior Rickey Moore will be
the main man here. Bahr wants more
consistency from him.
" 150 - Guy Russo moved up from
142 and appears to have the inside
track based on his performance in
Ypsilanti last week. Should he falter,
Anthony Latora, last year's starter
will reclaim his job.
" 158 - Joe Pantaleo, a freshman,
defeated the number two ranked
wrestler in the country last weekend.
Bahr feels he is a legitimate conten-
der for Freshman of the Year.
Michael Amine and Steve Richards
round out what Bahr calls his most
" 167 - Senior Kevin Hill "looks
outstanding" according to Bahr. Hill
is ranked 13th and is a team leader in
" 177 - With Scott Rechsteiner
moving up to 190, Bahr will go with a
freshman, Hank Inderlied. "It's rare
when a freshman wins in the Big
Ten," said Bahr.
" 190 - Rechsteiner, a co-captain
and ranked fourth nationally heads up
an extremely tough group that also
features Jerry Curby and Bob
" Heavyweight - Kirk Trost is a
senior and ranked number one in the
country. Enough said.
AP Top Twenty
1. Penn State (46) .......10-0-0
2. Nebraska (12) ..........9-1-0
3. Iowa ..................9-1-0
4. Miami, Fla.............8-1-0
5. Oklahoma (2)....... .7-1-0
6. MICHIGAN ...........8-1-1
7. Oklahoma State .......8-1-0
8. UCLA .................6-1-1
9. Florida ................8-1-1
10. Auburn ...............8-2-0
11. Brigham Young ......9-2-0
12. Ohio State ............8-2-0
13. Air Force ...........10-1-0
14. Florida State .........8-2-0
15. Baylor ...............8-2-0
16. Tennessee ............6-1-2
17. LSU ..................6-1-1
18. Arkansas .............8-2-0
19. Texas A&M ...........7-2-0
20. Georgia ...............7-2-1
Daily Photo by MATT PETRIE
Big things are expected from John Fisher (bottom), who as a freshman,
helped Michigan in Gary Grant-like fashion to a fifth-place finish
ahI-less S pikers derail
By DEBBIE deFRANCES
Playing the top two teams in the
conference is a tough feat, especially
for the volleyball team, which is
ranked eighth in the Big Ten.
But what made the task even more
difficult was that the Wolverines were
missing one of their starting six, cap-
tain Lisa Vahi, they played both
teams on the road, and they had to
face one right after another.
"THAT WAS definitely the toughest
roadtrip we've had all year," said
head coach Barb Canning. "The best
teams - we weren't able to do much
Michigan took on the number one
Boilermakers Friday night and lost
the battle in three games, 15-12, 15-11,
15-4. Senior Andrea Williams thought
that Michigan played a fairly com-
"The Purdue game was really
close," Williams said.e"We were up a
few times, we gave them a good fight.
They were sweating."
SATURDAY, however, it was a
completelydifferent story. Canning
said her team's 15-3, 15-8, 15-3 loss to
the Fighting Illini was the best effort
they could pull together.
"They were a really strong team,"
Canning added. "They just really
overpowered us. There wasn't much
we could do at all."
The Wolverines ever-changing star-
ting six just could have been the root
of the reason why they "couldn't do
anything." One change was the ad-
dition of Karen Kunzelman, who after
being injured for close to three weeks,
was back in the starting lineup. That
was good. But, the bad part was that
the Wolverines were without a key
"LISA SPRAINED her ankle,"
Williams said. "Purdue was so close
that it could have made the differen-
Canning seems to disagree
somewhat saying that the Wolverines,
who are now 15-17, 4-11 in the con-
ference, still would have had a great
"I think Lisa would have made
some difference in our playing, but
it's hard to say," said Canning.
"Those teams (Purdue, Illinois) are
just very, very strong."
And that strength is what keeps the
Illini and the Boilermakers at the top
of the net and the top of the race for
the Big Ten title.
He's back! Keith Byars has been
given clearance to play Saturday, ac-
cording to Buckeye boss Earle Bruce.
And plainclothes Griddes men have
uncovered the medical secret of
Keith's recuperation. Byars' mom
says he has been consuming lots of
long-distance-delivery Pizza Express
Pizza and healthy quantities of drinks
"in anticipation of a big victory."
This is Keith's last chance to win.
On Friday, the gorgeous green Grid-
des ballot box will be retired for the
1. Our THE GAME
Ohio State at MICHIGAN
(Pick total points)
2. The oldest THE GAME
Lafayette at Lehigh
3. First called THE GAME
Cal at Stanford
4. Big Eight's THE GAME
Nebraska at Oklahoma
5. Los Angeles's THE GAME
UCLA at USC
6. Ivy League's THE GAME
Harvard at Yale
7. Illinois's THE GAME
Illinois at Northwestern
8. Indiana's THE GAME
Purdue at Indiana
9. Pennsylvania's THE GAME
Penn State at Pitt
10. Washington's THE GAME
Washington State at Washington
11. Arizona's THE GAME
Arizona at Arizona State
12. Oregon's THE GAME
Oregon State at Oregon
13. South Carolina's THE GAME
Clemson at South Carolina
14. North Carolina's THE GAME
Duke at North Carolina
15. Mississippi's THE GAME
Miss. State vs. Ole Miss at Jackson
16. Utah's THE GAME
1 Utah at BYU
17. Michigan's Minor-League THE
Eastern Michigan at Western
18. Dairy Farming's THE GAME
Michigan State at Wisconsin
19. Pig Farmer's THE GAME
Minnesota at Iowa
20. Newspapers' THE GAME
Ohio State Lanterns at DAILY
New York 98, washington 94
Golden State 110, Cleveland 104
Vancouver 7, Detroit 5
Judgements By MIKE REDSTONE
Loren zo's yardage .
.* *compliment to M' defense
I saw something that brought a big smile to my face in one of the
Detroit papers last week. It was a diagram called, "The White Paper,"
charting the weekly performances of Michigan State tailback Lorenzo
Glancing over that chart, I realized that White is surely the best runner
in the Big Ten, and maybe even in the nation. I look down the "total
yards" column and saw performances of 226, 244, and 286 yards in one
game. In fact, White has rushed for over 100 yards and has scored at least 4
one touchdown in every game he has played - except, of course, for one.
You guessed it, White's only sub-100 yard game of the season was on
October 12 against Michigan. White did not cross the goal line in that con-
You know, that two digit number just looked fabulous sitting there. The
chart not only showed what an awesome back White is, but it also
illustrated in plain black and white the true quality of the Wolverine
That 47 in the "total yards" column looked terribly out of place because
all the other numbers had three digits in them.
Everyone knows Michigan's defense stats by now: three TD's allowed
all season, an average of 5.8 points given up per game, 40 quarterback
sacks, and 19 interceptions. Fairly impressive.
But still, Michigan coach Bo Schembechler has refused to call this his
best defensive unit ever. After his team pounded Purdue 47-0 two weeks
ago, Schembechler said that it would be unrealistic to think that
Michigan's defense could continue such domination of Big Ten offenses.
Well Bo, judging from Saturday's 48-7 rout of Minnesota, I guess we're
living in the land of make-believe.
In fact, this defense is so solid that it has six starters who are deserving
of All-Big Ten honors. Six of the best 11 defensive players in the conferen-
ce come from Michigan. Another fairly impressive fact.
Let's start this list with a man who hasn't received much press this 4
season - linebacker Andy Moeller. This guy hasn't gotten much atten-
tion, but he is quietly leading the team in tackles with 116.
Then there's the heart of the defensive line, tackles Mike Hammerstein
and Mark Messner. These two 260 pounders have been terrorizing op-
posing defenses all season. Hammerstein, a Lombardi Trophy finalist
and likely All-American, leads the Big Ten with 21 tackles for losses.
Messner leads all Michigan defenders with 10 quarterback sacks for 85
Anchoring the Wolverine defensive backfield are a pair of sparkling
performers - Brad Cochran and Garland Rivers. Rivers is fourth on the
team in tackles, has recovered a fumble,and returned an interception for
a touchdown against Wisconsin. 4
Cochran, a pre-season All-American, may not gain that status because
opposing teams have not thrown in his direction this season. But the Big
Ten coaches who show their respect for the fifth-year senior by not
throwing his way are the same ones who vote for all-conference perfor-
mers. In other words, Cochran has a lock on the All-Big Ten race.
Michigan's other All-American candidate, linebacker Mike Mallory, is
living up to his pre-season billing as the core of the Wolverines' rock-hard
defense. Despite missing two games with various injuries, the DeKalb,
Ill. native is second on the team with 85 tackles.
Those six players should make the All-Big Ten team but I haven't men-
tioned several other key performers. Middle guard Billy Harris,
linebacker Jeff Akers, and safeties Tony Gant and Ivan Hicks have each
played exceptionally well this year.
Now I don't know if this is the best defense Schembechler has ever
coached at Michigan. When Bo came to Ann Arbor in 1969 I was only five
years old, so I didn't really follow some of those great teams of the 70's too
closely. But this is without a doubt the most explosive defense I have ever
seen at Michigan.
If Michigan can hold Ohio State's top runner (whether it is Keith Byars
or John Woolridge) to double digits in the rushing column and the OSU
team to a single digit in the scoring column, I think we will hear Bo finally
say that this is the best defense he has ever assembled. I would love to
Maybe during this time next week the Detroit papers will be running 4
"Michigan Department of Defense Briefs."
Bruce clarifies explanation
about suspended players
COLUMBUS (AP) - Ohio State foot-
ball coach Earle Bruce has publicly
apologized for unclear answers he
gave at a news conference about
suspended players Rory Graves and
The apology came in the form of a
letter to Columus Dispatch sports
editor George Strode, who asked
Bruce on Monday why the coach did
not completely answer questions
about the two players after the
Buckeye's 12-7 loss to Wisconsin on
Saturday. Graves, a senior offensive
tackle from Decatur, Ga., and White,
a sophmore defensive tackle from
Cambridge, Ohio, did not play in th4
Reporters asked Bruce after the
game what was wrong with White.
According to a tape recording of the
session published by The Dispatch,
Bruce responded: "Well, we had a
few injuries such as (Eric) Kumerow.
We had the flu and the virus--Thomas
Johnson and a few of them." He also
said Graves "had the same problem.
He was under the weather."
About 24 hours after the game,
Bruce issued a statement that Graves
and White had been suspended for
breaking team regulations. He did
not say what rule they broke.
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"a good fight"
Big Ten Statistics
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Plys Yds TDs
505 3141 27
472 2864 19
475 2775 23
475 2771 26
S59 2771 19
493 2761 19
482 2602 23
504 2366 14
471 2054 13
482 1779 7
OhioState......... 7 509
Wisconsin ......... 7 486
Mich. State ........ 7 513
Purdue............ 7 536
Northwestern.. 7 462
Indiana........... 7U 524
Harmon, Iowa .............
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G Att Yds Avg TD
7 246 1247 5 13
7 146 783 5 4
7 135 712 5 4
7 148 700 5 3
7 110 555 5 2
7 84 458 6 5
7 84 431 5 3
7 71 414 6 3
7 80 412 5 1
7 98 375 4 2
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