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vs. Western Michigan
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Arena


vs. Florida Southern
Saturday, 2 p.m.
Crisler Arena

The Michigan Daily

Thursday, December 5, 1985

Page 7

By Barh McQuade

Grapplers gamble without ace

A jesting Frieder...
...gets last laugh
DISBELIEF filled the room when the phone call came. "I've got a
scoop for you," said Michigan head coach Bill Frieder. "I'm
The astonished reporter asked him to repeat what he had just said, and
he did.
"About a month ago I decided that if I could get them to win the first
'four games, I'd give it up," he said. "I've done that and I've taken them
as far as I can. It's time to let someone else take over."
The reporter was dumbfounded.
Bill Frieder, the hardest working coach anywhere, the man who recruits
until he is blue in the face and watches game films at all hours of the
night, was hanging it up, just when he had his team finetuned to where he
wanted them.
And just when the reporter was about to rip page one off the composing
board, Frieder chuckled, "Now I'll tell you the real reason I called."
The sixth-year head coach then related that he would redshirt freshmen
Loy Vaught and J.P. Oosterbaan, but at that point, the news was an-
ticlimactic. The reporter had fallen hook, line and jumper.
Frieder 1, Daily 0.
The Michigan head man could afford some levity. His Wolverines had
just beaten Tennessee decisively after nipping the nation's number-one
team Saturday. And with a less than awe-inspiring non-conference
schedule ahead of him, Frieder was enjoying himself.
In the coming weeks, Michigan faces such powerhouses as Northern
Michigan, Illinois-Chicago, and Cleveland State. No reason to be uptight.
The Wolverines were just as relaxed. They know they have the ability
to dominate every team that comes into Crisler Arena until the Big Ten
season begins.
But that type of thing can be dangerous Michigan cannot get used to
playing teams of that caliber if it is to rip through the Big Ten as it did a
year ago.
The best preparation the Wolverines could get would be to play top
competition now. That kind of experience would only sharpen them for
the conference season.
Contrast Michigan with Youngstown State. The Penguins are not the
most talented team and have no starters returning from last year, yet
controlled the tempo of last night's game.
"Michigan was the ideal team for us to play," said Penguin head coach
Mike Rice. He said his players were in awe of the Wolverines. "Everyone
was coming over to me showing me their autographs before the game,"
Rice said. "I knew I had Michigan right where I wanted them."
"We weren't moving well enough to put good pressure on them,"
Frieder said of Youngstown's success at penetrating the Wolverine
defense. "We were just a little tired. We were gambling and reaching.
They were just about a half a step quicker than us tonight."
Despite Michigan's 14-point win, the Youngstown State coach felt his
team had won a moral victory.
"Psychologically, Michiganyhas to beat us by 50," he said. Frieder, of
course is unhappy, and I'm happy."
Unhappy or not, Frieder and company gained from the close com-
petition. His subs were able to get some meaningful playing time, along
with the veterans on the floor.
But the real value of last night's game was learning the cost of being too
"You've got to learn mental toughness," Frieder said, "and learn that
every possession offensively and defensively is important no matter who
you're playing."
He knows it, but do his players know it?
"We weren't mentally prepared," said Michigan forward Richard
"A game like this helps you more than anything," he said. "You learn
you always have to progress forward."
Maybe this creampuff schedule isn't such a bad idea after all.
Frieder 2, Daily 0.

The Wolverine wrestling team en-
ters today's Las Vegas Invitational
gambling its number six national
ranking on its performance in the two-
day, varsity-only event.
Michigan will be competing in Las
Vegas without one of its aces. John
Fisher, ranked third in the nation at
134 pounds, will undergo shoulder
surgery soon and will miss the rest of
the season.
COACH DALE Bahr felt Fisher's
partially dislocated left shoulder was
affecting the sophomore's wrestling
style and that the pain was not worth
suffering through. As a result, the
wrestler who was voted the best
freshman in the nation by the
Amateur Wrestling News will retain
his sophomore status for eligibility
Bahr knows his team will miss
Fisher, but had little trouble making
the decision to redshirt the sophomore.
"It's in John's best interests to
recuperate and regain his strength,
and it's in our best interests to have a
healthy John Fisher for three more
years," said Bahr.
Without Fisher, the sixth-ranked
Wolverines will not substitute another
wrestler at 134 pounds. Bahr con-
sidered dropping freshman Kyle Gar-
cia down from 142, but said Garcia
couldn't make the weight in time.
THE OPENING at 134 will make it
tough for the Wolverines to repeat last
year's fifth-place showing in Vegas.
Top ranked Iowa will not compete, but
the four other teams ranked ahead of
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Michigan will. Those four, Oklahoma,
Penn State, Iowa State, and Oklahoma
State, will be joined by eighth-ranked
Wisconsin and about 40 other teams.
In 1984, Joe McFarland was the only
Michigan wrestler to take a cham-
pionship home from the Vegas In-
vitational. This year McFarland
returns as an assistant coach.
McFarland feels the Vegas Invit-
ational is a crucial tournament
regardless of how his ex-teammates

compete at 190, was fifth at 177 last
Four freshmen will represent
Michigan, in addition to the veterans.
Michael Amine, a redshirt last year,
defeated another newcomer, Joe Pan-
taleo, in a quadruple overtime prac-
tice match to win the trip to Vegas in
the 158 class.
Earlier in the week, veteran 118-
pounder William Waters was defeated
by -rookie Doug Wyland in a wrestle-
off. The freshmen are Hank Inderlied
(177) and John Moore (126).

"The fact that we have three
freshmen representing us does not
mean we are weak in those classes,"
said Bahr. "All of those guys had to
beat out tough wrestlers in practice to
get there."
Two other wrestlers going to
Nevada are Ricky Moore (142) and
Guy Russo (150).
Despite Fisher's absense, Bahr is
hoping his team will hit the jackpot on
the mat to the tune of a fifth place or
better finish.

IN 1985:


Your Freshman Year
Your Sophomore Year

out for season



finish. "A lot of the wrestlers we face
here are the ones who we'll face again
at the NCAA championship," he said.
"It's important that we get a feel for
these guys so we'll know what to ex-
pect later on."
have wrestled at this Invitational in
previous years. Co-captains Kevin
Hill and Kirk Trost finished third and
fourth, respectively, in their weight
classes. Scott Rechsteiner, who will
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PITTSBURGH (AP) - Doug Shed-
den and Mario Lemieux each had a
goal and two assists as the Pittsburgh
Penguins extended their National
Hockey League winning streak to four
games with a 5-2 victory over the
Detroit Red Wings last night.
The Penguins won for the fifth time
in six games and goalie Roberto
Romano posted his fourth straight
Moe Mantha gave the Penguins a 4-
0 lead at 7:11 with a power play goal
set up by Lemieux and Shedden.
Lemieux scored his 15th at 6:31 of
the final period, beating goalie Greg
Stefan with a backhander from the
Former Penguin Warren Young
scored both Detroit goals to raise his
season total to five.

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