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The Michigan Daily
Tuesday, March 11, 1986
ankers tops in Big
By LISA CHERNEV
The story sounds familiar.
Michigan defeats Indiana for the
Big Ten title. Only this time there
are no national television cameras.
Or 14,198 screaming fans. And on
the sideline you won't see familiar
faces like Cazzie Russell or Bill
Frieder. The man on the sideline
grinning from ear to ear is Jon Ur-
banchek, men's swimming coach.
Twenty-six years ago this time
Urbanchek had similar cause for
celebration. He helped lead the
Wolverines to the Big Ten title as a
NOW IT'S TIME to wipe off the
dust that has gathered in the men's
swimming trophy case since then,
because Saturday, at the Indiana
University Natatorium, the
Wolverines overcame a 40 point
deficit on the last of three days of
competition to surpass the
"We knew we would have to go in
there and put in more than our
best," said Jan-Erick Olsen. And they
The win was a team effort, ac-
cording to butterflier Dave Goch.
"Time is important," said Goch,
"but we beat Illinois (fifth place-'
257 points) and Iowa (third place-
537 points) because of a team ef-
fort. We set a team goal for (the
Big Ten championship). We gave
up Christmases. We had double
practice on Christmas. I shaved
my head. Look at me, I look
ridiculous, but for us it's the.
Michigan finished with 603 points
to Indiana's 593. The Wolverines
took three first-place, six second-
place, and seven third-place
ON THE FINAL day in In-
dianapolis, Olsen set a meet and
Big Ten record in the 200 Breast-
stroke with 2:01.81, which also
qualifies him for the NCAA Cham-
pionships. It was Olsen's win that
put the Wolverines ahead, but ac-
cording to Olsen, "It was con-
sistent swimming all day," that
won the meet.
Teammate Marc Parrish
finished second in that race
Freshman Marty Moran finished
second in 200 butterfly (1:48.05)
and the 400 freestyle relay team of
Joe Parker, Greg Varner, Dave
Kerska, and Moran placed third,
with 2:58.69, to make the final
splash over Indiana.
performances surfaced in the
championship meet. Iowa's John
Davey led the way by shattering
meet and Big Ten records in the
400 individual medley (3:48.27) and
the 200 butterfly (1:46.35). Davey's
teammate, Tom Williams followed
suit by changing the records in 50
freestyle (:19.97), as well as the 400
freestyle relay team of Mike
Curley, Todd Slaybaugh, Tom
Williams, and Ed Lower (2:57.08).
Indiana, the only team with
more Big Ten swimming cham-
pionships than Michigan (23-20),
set a meet and Big Ten record in
the 100 Backstroke (:49.38).
During the Big Ten season,
Michigan qualified for the NCAA
Championships to take place on
April 3 and 5 in nine of the twelve
events they entered. Kerska (50
freestyle, :20.34; 100 freestyle,
:44.40; 200 freestyle, 1:37.98),
Parker (100 freestyle, :44.69; 200
freestyle, 1:38.13), Olsen (200
breaststroke, 2:01.81), Marc
Parrish (200 breaststroke, 2:02.44;
400 individual medley, 3:56.47),
and Bill Kopas (1650 freestyle,
15:20.98) all qualified for in-
HEAVYWEIGHT STALKS NCAA CROWN:
last chance for a title
By SCOTT SHAFFER
"I like to improve every year, and
last year I was second, so . .." Kirk
Trost's voice trails off. The
heavyweight wrestler, co-captain of
the Wolverines, doesn't want to admit
it, but anything less than an NCAA
championship would be a letdown.
Trost has to live up to these lofty
expectations because his previous
wrestling accomplishments make a
national championship the only
logical ending to his collegiate career.
The fifth-year senior qualified for
the NCAA tournament for the fourth
time in as many years by winning the
Big Ten heavyweight title on March 1.
The victory in the finals, a 12-1 win
over Indiana's Bill Paxton, upped
Trost's record to 39-6.
Trost's chance to improve on last
year's runner-up finish at the NCAA's
Dwill come on Friday at Iowa City, a
town that can fill its 15,000 seat arena
for collegiate wrestling.
.This time, he will have the advan-
tage of three years of NCAA tour-
nament experience on his side, a fac-
tor he considers invaluable.
"Last year's experience will help
me a lot - especially in the early
rounds when nerves can be a factor.
Each year the tournament seems
smaller. I guess that's just from being
Trost's road to Iowa City began
about nine years ago, when he took up
wrestling as a 135-pound eighth
grader in New Lenox, Ill. After that, it
was on to Lincoln Way High School
where both his size and ability began
As a senior, he won All-State honors
for the second time and became the
Scholastic Wrestler of the Year for
Illinois, a tribute to his performances
0 as both a wrestler and a student.
While the young Trost was com-
peting at 165 and then 185 pounds, he
came to the attention of Michigan's
head coach Dale Bahr. "I was looking
for a 190-pounder," says Bahr, "it was
a very pleasant surprise when Kirk
was able to make the transition to
heavyweight in his junior year - (of
Illinois, Purdue and Indiana were
the other schools Trost considered,
*but Michigan won out because Trost
took a liking to the University's
academics and to Bahr and his staff
In 1981-82, Trost won three of his fir-
st eight matches before he was red-
shirted. After that, Trost would go on
to meet his goal of annual im-
provement, posting a 23-13 and 25-13
marks while wrestling at 190.
At the beginning of his junior year,
Daily Photo by PETE ROSS
Monica Borcherts prepares to drive her two-handed backhand yesterday
in a match against Toledo. Borcherts won her singles match 6-3, 6-2, and
lost, along with doubles partner Leslie Mackey, 6-2, 6-3, in the Wolverines
Wo men netters take
By ERIC MAXSON
It was a bleak, rainy, and for-
tunately, Blue Monday at the Track
and Tennis Building yesterday. As
rain drubbed on the roof, the women's
tennis team did some drubbing of
their own underneath, defeating the
University of Toledo, 8-1.
The domination was led by first
singles player Paula Reichert, a 6-2, 6-
4 victor over Toledo's Renu Dewan.
Reichert teamed with Tina Basle in
first doubles to defeat Dewan and
Kalika Dalvie, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3 6-4, in the
tightest match of the day. Down 4-3 in
the third set, Basle and Reichert set-
tled down and won the final three
games to take the match.
COACH BITSY Ritt wasn't entirely
happy with the match, however. "Sin-
ce they both won in singles, I thought
they should have done better," she
said. Basle downed Christy Smith in
second singles, 6-0, 6-1.
Throughout the meet, however,
when the going got tough, Michigan
was clearly superior, dominating in
singles second sets.
The Wolverines' only cause for
minor concern, was in doubles. "We
were strong in singles," said Ritt, but
"we looked flat in doubles." As the
Big Ten season approaches, the
weakest point on the team seems to be
second doubles, where Monica Bor-
cherts and Leslie Mackey lost to
Toledo's Jenny Gilger and Ann
Harrah, 6-2, 6-3.
RITT WAS pleased overall with the
meet, but cited the need for "more
consistency," especially while facing
two tough teams this weekend in
Eastern Michigan and Notre Dame.
Michigan fell earlier this year to
Eastern. Ritt expects a difficult time
of it, but says that, "If we play well,
The Toledo match, though, was
never in doubt. Erin Ashare played
especially well, pounding Amy Hud-
son in sixth singles, 6-0, 6-0, and
teaming with Tricia Horn in third
doubles for a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Hud-
son and Christy Smith. Other winners
in singles for Michigan were number
three Leslie Mackey, downing
Jenny Gilger, 6-4, 6-4; number four
Tricia Horn, beating Kalika Dalvie 6-
1, 7-5; and number five Monica Bor-
cherts, squashing Ann Harrah 6-3, 6-2.
The big win was exactly what Coach
Ritt expected. Last year, Michigan
also defeated Toledo 8-1. They are one
of a string of relatively weak teams
that the women netters face in
preparation for the Big Ten season,
which will heat up in April.
In the meantime, they must get
ready to face Eastern Friday in Yp-
silanti, and back home on Saturday
against Notre Dame. With any luck
it'll be another Blue weekend.
Daily Photo by MATT PETRIE
Kirk Trost (left) talks to a teammate in a recent practice. The Big Ten heavyweight champion will travel to
Iowa City for the upcoming NCAA, his fourth and last attempt at the national title.
Trost, who now weights 225, was
having trouble making the weight at
190. "Dale and I decided that I should
wrestle as a heavyweight until
Christmas. It felt a lot better -not
having to cut all that weight and I was
successful, so I decided to stay
there," says Trost.
Trost ended the year losing to Tem-
ple's Bill Hyman for the national
crown. That loss left him 44-11 for the
Trost's previous performances at
the Big Ten championships have
fulfilled his quest for constant im-
provement. As a freshman, he
finished fourth at the Big Tens and
then climbed one notch a year three
times, culminating with last week's
victory that set the stage for the trip
Perhaps the biggest obstacle bet-
ween Trost and a championship is his
size. The average heavyweight is
usually anywhere from 240 to 275
pounds. On occasion, Trost has even
wrestled opponents in excess of 350
pounds, such as Gary Albright of
Nebraska, who won a referee's
decision over Trost in the Northern
Open in November.
When Trost is outweighed by over
100 pounds, he must rely on his speed
and conditioning. "I have to push
them hard," he says, "and wait until
they're tired before I try to take them
down. If you wind up underneath
them, its pretty hard to get out."
As paradoxical as it may seem,
Bahr feels that Trost's lack of size for
a heavyweight has actually helped
"Most heavyweights were always
pudgy kids who used their weight to
push around the little guys. Kirk
never had that luxury, so he had to
learn all the techniques to win at the
lower classes. Now he uses them
against the big guys," said Bahr.
What's in the future for Kirk Trost?
"I'm going to get my degree in May,"
said Trost, "after that, I'll probably
return as a graduate assistant coach
here and maybe train for the 1988
But that is all the distant future
compared to the task at hand - a
national championship. "This is it for
me. It's a do-or-die situation. I know I
can win, but I'll have to wrestle the
best matches of my life."
Kirk Trost has improved every year
of his career. If he loses even one
more match, the string will be broken.
Wings deal for 'D'
DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Red
Wings traded co-leading scorer Reed
Larson to the the Boston Bruins for
Mike O'Connell yesterday, then
dealt Greg Smith and John Barrett to
the Washington Capitals for Darren
All the players involved are defen-
semen. The Red Wings have the worst
record in the league, 14-47-6, and have
allowed a league-high 350 goals.
"It's obvious we're allowing too
many goals and we needed to
strengthen our defense," Red Wings
General Manager Jim Devellano said.
Also yesterday, the Red Wings sent
goaltender Mark Laforest, left wing
Bob Probert and right wing Ted
Speers to their American Hockey
League affiliate at Glen Falls, N.Y.
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