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Wrestling
vs. Notre Dame
Friday, 9:00 p.m.
Crisler Arena

SPORTS
Tuesday, February 10, 1987

Women's
Basketball
vs. Michigan State
Friday, 7:00 p.m.
Crisler Arena

the Michigan Daily

Page 9

Blue Teresnoplace...
Lines.like Yost
By DARREN JASEY
Ever since the day I wandered into Munn Ice Arena as a 13-year
old Michigan State Sports School camper I have never considered
another arena to be better.
Five years later - as a rookie Michigan hockey fan - I took
up the generally accepted notion that Yost Ice Arena was a bad
excuse for a hockey arena.
Today, however, I would rank Yost over Munn and the rest of
its Central Collegiate Conference counterparts as the leagues best
arena.
My opinion didn't just change overnight. It was a long drawn
out process that included a 2570 mile trek to all the arenas of the
CCHA except for Ohio State, which has without argument the
league's worst hockey arena.
Included in that mileage is 'last weekend's odyssey to Lake
Superior State. I send thanks to the two Laker fans who inspired
the writing of this article with their criticism of Michigan's
beloved rink.
"Now this is a hockey rink," said one of the men, settling back
into the wooden backing of his James Norris Arena seat. "That rink
in Michigan is just awful."
"You'd think a program like Michigan's would be able to build
a better rink," said the man next to him.
Listening to two old Laker boosters praise their Arena and chop
up Yost was almost too much to bear. My teeth were grinding.
But quickly realized that they didn't have the 2570 miles of
CCHA road wisdom that I had. They didn't know that their "new"
rink is nothing but a clone of the leagues other rinks. They've
never sniffed the fabricated, cosmetic air that exists at Bowling
Green, Miami and Western - the same air that exists at their
establishment. And they didn't appreciate the smell of fresh ice and
nostalgia that exists at Yost.
And I didn't bother to tell them that the same low ceiling and
bright lights that exists in your building can be found in all the
rest - except Yost.
I also didn't mention that Michigan's 8,200 seat arena (second
largest in the nation) is usually fuller than the 3,200 seater at Lake
Superior State.
In addition to these Laker fans there will always be Michigan
fans who will criticize Yost as an arena. They'll continue to call
Yost old and dilapitated. And they'll continue to say that a coach
can't lure players to a rink like Yost. But they're wrong.
"If they think it looks old then they should look at our Law
Quad," said Michigan head coach Red Berenson. "The whole
complex was not built yesterday.
SPOR TS OF THE DAL Y:

Grapplers ground Gophers

By IAN RATNER
The injury-riddled grapplers
managed a Big Ten victory Friday
night versus Minnesota before
being pummeled by the third-ranked
Iowa State Cyclones 43-2 on
Sunday.
Friday night's win marked the
bittersweet return of sophomore
Doug Wyland. The All-American
candidate, battling a case of
mononucleosis, wrestled and lost
after only two days of practice.
Wyland came out strong in the
opening period, exhibiting the
moves that belied his success, but
tired quickly as the match
progressed. Yet his mere presence
on the mat served as inspiration to
the squad.
"Wyland did us a big favor," said
Michigan head coach Dale Bahr.
"We would have had to forfeit (at
126 pounds). He gave us a big lift
and perked the kids up."
MICHIGAN (7-5-1, 4-2-1 Big

Ten) received strong efforts against
Minnesota from John Moore (118
pounds) and Mike Amine (167
pounds) as well as an impressive
victory from Ray Yerkes at 177
pounds. The win assured the senior
wrestler his first varsity letter after
enduring a rash of injuries during
his previous three campaigns.
"He was thinking about the
letter," noted Bahr. "Ray had a big
win and beat a tough opponent."
A slew of injuries to Michigan's
top wrestler's coupled with a
powerful opposition resulted in a
disasterous showing for the
Wolverine wrestlers in Sunday
night's match.
Following a draw at 118 pounds
between Michigan's John Moore
and Iowa State's Perry Summit, the
Wolverines were forced to forfeit
the next two weight classes.
Wyland sat out at 126 pounds, still
weakened from mono. Michigan's
most consistent wrestler, John

Fisher(134 pounds) injured his
knee in Friday's match and was
unable to compete.
THE WRESTLERS were
humbled in every other weight class
including a pin of Tony Latora at
the hands of the Cyclones' All-
American Tim Krieger (19-0).
The lopsided loss to Iowa State
manifested the frustration and
adversity the team has encountered.
The lower weight classes which
were supposed to be the strength of
the squad have been decimated by
injuries.
In addition to the Wyland and
Fisher injuries, Dave Dameron is
still sitting out with an inflamed
elbow and Mike Murdoch remains
hospitalized after an auto accident.
"I've never had a year with so many
things happen," said Bahr, shaking
his head.
The coach, however, tries to
remain optimistic as he awaits the
return of those key performers.

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Yerkes
... gets a letter

Wyland, Fisher, and Dameron are
expected to wrestle Friday the 13th
against Notre Dame.
"If we can get some guys
healthy then we'll get some
momentum going into the Big
Ten's," Bahr said.

Men,

Women tankers remain unbeaten

By KENNETH B.
GOLDBERG
The men's swim team (8-0, 5-0
Big Ten) defeated Iowa Saturday
afternoon in Iowa City by a score
of 72-41 in a battle between top-ten
powerhouses.
The women swimmers started
off the successful weekend by
defeating Northern Michigan 74-62
at Matt Mann Pool Friday night.
Anchor-man Dave Kerska's
come-from-behind effort to win by

six-hundredths of a second in the
400 yard freestyle relay set the tone
for the meet. Said coach Jon
Urbanchek, "Our ability to win the
close ones was definitely the key to
victory."
OUTSTANDING individual
performances were turned in by
Kerska, winning the 50 y. freestyle
and placing second in the 100 y.
freestyle, and by sophomore Lee
Michaud, who took first place
honors in both the one and three

meter diving competitions.
"As a finalist in the 1986 Big
Ten Championships, Lee gained
valuable experience," said
Urbanchek. "That has made him a
top Big Ten diver."
The Wolverines went ahead
early, as the team of David Goch,
Jan Erick Olsen, Marty Moran, and
Joe Parker won the 400 y. medley
relay.
With the Big Ten
Championships at Indianapolis less
than one month away, Urbanchek
and his swimmers are optimistic.
"MICHIGAN AND Iowa
should fight for the top spots," said
the Michigan coach, "and if this
past-meet was any indication, we

certainly have good reason to be
looking up."
Michigan's women swimmers
improved their record to 12-0 (6-0
Big Ten) Friday, by dominating the
individual events.
Susie Rabiah set Wolverine
seasonal bests in the 100 y. and
200 y. backstrokeevents with
times of 59.87 and 2:07.97,
respectively.
Junior Bonnie Pankopf was
impressive in winning the 3 M
diving with a combined point total
of 328.425.
The women's team will travel to
Schroeder, Wisconsin in less than
three weeks for the Big Ten
Championships.

Hoosiers, Buckeyes blast Women Cagers

By ROB LEVINE defensively," Van De Wege said of
Despite a good team effort Spicer. "She has speed and she is
Sunday; the Michigan >Fnmen's shooting extremely well. (Spicer's)
basketball team' fell to nationally playing with confidence and getting
ranked Ohio State at Crisler Arena more playing time. She will get
72-61. better with her great physical
. The Wolverine effort wasn't as ability."
good Friday though, as Indiana In the second half, the
crushed the Wolverines 91-64 at Wolverines continued their full
Crisler Arena. court press, but it often led to easy
"We had fun on the floor Buckeye baskets. Michigan could
(against Ohio State)," said never get closer than eight points,
Michigan head coach Bud Van De 58-50, after two buckets by
Wege. "They were enjoying Feldman. Ohio State coasted from
themselves. We need to finish this there.

season playing this type of
basketball."
MICHIGAN SCORED the
first four points against OSU, but
then the Buckeyes ran off eight
straight points and never looked
back.
Van De Wege changed his lineup
Sunday, starting freshmen Tanya
Powell and Leslie Spicer in order to
inject some speed into his lineup.
"We were scrapping tonight,"
said Van De Wege. "We had a nice
group, but gave away a lot of
inches."
After Ohio State sprang to a 37-
20 lead on strong play by Jodi
Strine and Detroit Cass Tech
graduate Nikita Lowry, Michigan
ran off ten straight points with
some sharp shooting by Lorea
Feldman and Spicer.
"SHE IS THE most improved
' player on the team, offensively and

Spicer and Feldman led the
Michigan cause with 18 points a
piece. Senior Vonnie Thompson
pumped in 11. Feldman also pulled
down nine boards to lead the team.
OHIO STATE'S Tracey Hall
was the game high scorer with 20
points and teamate Strine
contributed 17, most coming on
easy lay-ups. The Buckeyes
outrebounded Michigan 45-42 on
the strength of Hall's 15.
In last Friday's game Indiana got
off to a fast start, scoring the first
ten points of the game.
The score was 24-4 when the
Wolverines called their third
timeout of the game. Karna Abram
and Cindy Baumgarner powered the
Hoosiers, hitting short jumpers and
throwing in easy layups off of
breakaways.
The Wolverines then held tough
and went into the half trailing 42-

27.
INDIANA STARTED the
second half with a 9-0 spurt, seven
coming from Abram. The lead was
never less than 20 the rest of the
way, enabling Van De Wege to
clear his bench after the outcome
was already decided.
Van De Wege felt his team was
flat against the Hoosiers. "We had
the pressure to beat them again,"
said Michigan's coach. "(Sunday)
we were a definite underdog."
Lisa Reynolds paced the
Wolverines with 13 points.
Feldman and Spicer added 12 and
10, respectively. Michigan managed
only 30 rebounds, with Reynolds
grabbing 11.
Abram scored a game high 39
points and hauled down 10 rebounds
for the Hoosiers. Baumgarner
helped with 17 points and Rosie
Carlton chipped in with 15 points
and 15 boards. Indiana outrebounded
Michigan, 52-30.
The 8-12 (1-10 Big Ten)
Wolverines now look to perform
like they did against Ohio State in
the future.
Davidson leadis
M_' track team
On Saturday a scaled-down
version of the men's track team
competed in the Spartan Relays
with an effort that Coach Jack
Harvey called "pretty encouraging."

According to Harvey, Michigan
took a "low-key" attitude into the
meet because, nidd1e distance
runners and field 6i(ites sat out to
rest for the Central Collegiate meet.
Omar Davidson led the team by
winning the 600 Yard Run and
anchoring a second-place finish in
the Mile Relay. Davidson held off a
surging Guy Scott of Michigan
State in the 600 Yarder in a photo-
finish in !:09.68. His split in the
relay was an amazing 46.30
seconds. The overall time for the
relay team, which also included
Wiley Boulding, Claude Tiller, and
Earl Parris, was 3:14.00.
-ROBERT HANEBERG

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