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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, December 9, 1986--Page 9

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By PETE STEINERT
T he Minnesota hockey team, Michigan's
opponent last weekend in Minneapolis, gives
new meaning to the term "home team."
When the Golden Gophers host opponents at
Mariucci Arena, they are literally playing at home.
All but three players hail from the North Star state.
The Gophers' situation isf
unique. Most college hockey
teams consist of players from all "
over the midwestern and easternf
United States and parts of Canada.
The Wolverines, for example,r
boast players from Massachusetts,.
Alaska, Vermont, and Alberta, <
among others.

Minnesota and head coach
Doug Woog, however, are
fortunate enough to have all the;
n talent they need right in their own
back yard.
The state of Minnesota has a
history of developing some of the
best US-born hockey players in
their strong youth and high school
leagues.

Cold weather state...
..,Ihotbed for hockey
"It's the perfect college hockey environment."
Berenson wishes he had the same luxury. Several
players from Michigan in recent years, such as
professionals Pat LaFontaine and Jimmy Carson,
have opted to play Tier One hockey, a major junior
league in Canada and the main pool for NHL talent.
"I think that Michigan has
produced close to as many as good
a player or better a player than
" Minnesota, but they haven't
stayed here," Berenson said.
The third year coach also has to
compete for recruiting rights
.. >against seven other Michigan
schools, including the reigning
national champions Michigan
State. The only other Division I
>? > -r.hockey team in Minnesota is
Minnesota-Duluth, less prominent
: than Minnesota in its hockey
tradition.
The combination of in-state
talent and a lack of recruiting
competition gives Gopher head
mily tradition coach Doug Woog a monopoly on
future Minnesota players. He
has enough talent in his own state that he doesn't
have to recruit from all over the nation like most
coaches.
"Doug Woog can recruit out of his house,"
Berenson said. "He never has to leave town."
With the majority of the team being recruited from
within the state, new players coming to Minnesota
have competed and played with each other for years.
"I think it's a factor as you try to build your focus
on some Minnesota pride," said Woog. "Kids want to
play for their home state university. I think it adds a
little flavor to us."
The flavor has been sweet for the fifth-ranked
Gophers (15-3). They have won two Western
Collegiate Hockey Association championships this
decade, and they won the national title three times in
the 1970s.

Odds against Grapplers
By BILL ZOLLA
The wrestling team finished fifth
in the Las Vegas Classic held last
weekend in Nevada.
Iowa State captured first place
with 162.75 points. country -a year ago by the Amateur Fisher will regain his pre-injury
Despite placing six wrestlers in Wrestling Magazine., Wyland will form, in which he he compiled a
the final rounds of the tournament, be a key factor in the success of 54-11 record in a year and a half at
the Wolverines could not catch this year's inexperienced Wolverine Michigan.
Iowa State. The Cyclones led the squad. Other impressive showings for
competitive field, trailed closely by ANOTHER BRIGHT spot the Wolverines included a fourth
Oklahoma St., Oklahoma (85.0), for Michigan was the second place place finish by sophomore Joe
Wisconsin (77.0) Michigan finish of John Fisher at 134 Pantaleo at 158, sixth place
(76.25), and Arizona St. (68.75). pounds. Fisher, a junior from Flint, finishes by heavyweight Bob
NEVERTHELESS, Mich- lost by technical foul to John Potokar and Ray Yerkes at 177, and
igan head coach Dale Bahr was Smith of Oklahoma St. in the an eighth place finish by Dave
impressed with the effort of his tournament's final round. Dameron at 126 pounds.
young team. Most encouraging was Fisher's
"Generally, we're pleased with apparent recovery from a shoulder The Wolverines next travel to
the performance of our team," Bahr surgery that forced him to miss the Midlands Championships in
said. "This is the highest finish most of last season. Bahr hopes Evanston, Ill. December 29th.
Michigan has ever had at this
tournament.
"We've had a number of things
pointed out to us as a coaching staff
that we need to focus on and work WE BUY ROSE BOWL TICKETS
on from now through the Big Ten
season."DolrP d
Michigan's only individual Top Dollar Pad
champion was sophomore Doug
Wyland, wrestling at 118 pounds. PASADENA TICKET AGENCY
Wyland, who finished fifth in the
Big Ten last year with a 35-14 (818) 441-5141
record, defeated Corey Base of
Oklahoma St. 10-3.
Named the Best Freshman in the

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Paul Broten, a center for the Gophers, is the third
Broten to play at Minnesota. His brothers, Neal and
Aaron, now star in the NHL with the Minnesota
North Stars and the New Jersey Devils, respectively.
"We got a real good youth program here in
Minnesota," said the Gophers' leading scorer Dave
Snuggerud. "We got a lot of good high school hockey
that's really'strong as far as the potential that you can
reach as far as playing Division I hockey."
When the time comes to decide what route to
travel after high school, going to the University of
Minnesota to play hockey is usually the answer.
"The peer pressure in the state is to play for the
Minnesota Gophers," said Michigan head coach Red
Berenson. "It's not to play for the North Stars. So
that means all these kids in high school, they dream
of someday playing for the Minnesota Gophers.

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The men's gymnastics team
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Team scores were not recorded, but
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