Page 10 -The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, January 26, 1988
GRAPPLERS IMPRESSIVE ON ROAD
Fisher, Gotcher key win
By RICHARD EISEN
The road can be a tough place to be in the Big Ten.
Ask Michigan wrestling coach Dale Bahr. His team's
1986-87 season was practically destroyed by an Illinois
road trip last year.
This year, however, the road has treated the 13th-
ranked Wolverines kinder, at least for now. Last Friday,
Michigan travelled to Evanston to face the
Northwestern Wildcats and blew them away, 26-9. The
dual victory was the fourth straight for Michigan, now
4-0 in the Big Ten.
THIS VICTORY did not come as easy as the
other three. William Waters, Michigan's 118-pounder,
usually gives the Wolverines a quick three point lead
by winning the first match. On Friday, he lost his
match to NCAA qualifier Jack Griffin, turning the
tables, putting Michigan in a 3-0 deficit for the first
time this year.
"Will's an important wrestler from the standpoint of
setting the tempo of the match," said Bahr. "It did
affect us a little bit, but knowing we had a forfeit the
next match and then Fisher after that at 134, we didn't
feel too bad."
Northwestern had to forfeit the 126 match, giving
the Wolverines six points, because their wrestler, Alan
Seelye-James, severely sprained his ankle the week
before. The forfeit helped the Wolverines immensely,
giving them a three point lead going into All-American
John Fisher's match.
FISHER WRESTLED Joey Bales, a rematch of
last year's Big Ten championship match, which Fisher
won 6-2. It wasn't as close this time as Fisher
decisioned Bales, 12-5. Fisher is now 26-1 in overall
dual matches, undefeated in the Big Ten.
Larry Gotcher, Michigan's 142-pounder, turned in a
great performance against Kenny Thompson, smashing
him, 11-1. Gotcher, who injured his knee in the
Virginia Duals two weeks ago; had had a tough week,
losing to three NCAA qualifiers. Overcoming all these
problems to convincingly beat his opponent impressed
"That was an excellent win for Larry," said Bahr.
"He hurt himself before and didn't get much practice
and just hammered the kid from Northwestern."
The 177-pound class had been the weakest link in
the Michigan line up so far this season and those
problems continued on Friday night as Fritz Lehrke
lost to Northwestern's Mark Whitehead. Bahr plans to
have tryouts again this week for the weight class to
decide who will travel to Lehigh next weekend.
In other matches, Michigan's Joe Pantaleo, Mike
Amine, Jerry Curby, and Bob Potokar won, while Sam
Amine suffered his first collegiate loss.
SPORTS OF THE DAILY
Tracksters place well at EMU
Undefeated heavyweight champion Mike Tyson spoils Larry Holmes' "Shock the World" comeback in Atlan-
tic City with a fourth-round TKO. Tyson registered three knockdowns before the referee stopped the fight.
By JOHN McDERMOTT
The Michigan women's track
team continued its season last
Saturday when it travelled to
Ypsilanti for an unscored meet hosted
by Eastern Michigan. Schools in
attendence included Kansas and the
University of Southern California as
well as many local colleges.
While nobody from Michigan
placed first in an event, many faired
well. The best finish by a Wolverine
was turned in by Sonia Payne who
earned fourth place in the shotput
with a throw of 47'6 1/2". Starry
Hodge was sixth in that event with a
heave of 44'5". %
In the running events, fifth place
finishes were turned in by Gillian
Osborne (400 meter,1:00.47), Chris
Danks (1000 meter, 3:06.6), and
Dana Davidson (200 meter, 25.7
seconds). Melissa Thompson placed
sixth in the mile with a time of
5:02.39, and Caitlin Spaan finished
seventh in the 800 meter running
Next Saturday, the team will
compete in the Can-Am Classic in
Thinclads perform well
The Michigan men's track team
was in action for the second time this
season as it hosted the unscored
Michigan Relays on Saturday. The
meet produced several impressive
performances including four first
The invitational 3,000 meter run
was won by John Scherer with a
time of 8:17.77. The 3,000 meter
run open race was also captured by a
Wolverine, as Tim Fraleigh crossed
the line in 8:45.63.
In the field events, Dave Irvine
placed first in the pole vault with a
jump of 16'0". Michigan's two mile
relay squad (Thomas Fitzsimmons,
Robert Rinck, Neal Newman, and
Scherer) was the final first place ef-
fort by the team with a time of
Next Saturday, the Wolverines
will host Notre Dame and North-
western in a triple meet in Ann Ar-
Heyward turning pro
PITTSBURGH (AP) - All-
American running back Craig
"Ironhead" Heyward said yesterday he
will skip his last year at the Univer-
sity of Pittsburgh to play. in the
NFL next season.
"I plan to petition the NFL,"
Heyward told Pittsburgh television
"My reasons for doing that (are)
being a father and coming from a
family of eight - you know, a low-
income family - so I think the de-
cision that I'm going to make is the
decision for me," Heyward told
HEYWARD SAID Pitt Coach
Mike Gottfried did not know of his
decision despite a meeting with him
only hours earlier.
"His decision was to persuade me
to come back and to finish the
educational part of it and I had my
mind made up I wanted to turn pr
and he had a somewhat hesitant
reaction to it," Heyward said.
"I can't say I'm surprised, but I
am disappointed," Gottfried said
immediately after Heyward's an-
The 6-foot, 280-pound Heyward,
a redshirt junior, can't be selected in
the regular NFL draft in April be-
cause he has college eligibility re-
maining and has not graduated, but
could petition for a supplemental
draft should he sign with an agent
and forfeit his remaining eligibility.
"I didn't know he was going to do
it," Gottfried said. "He's got his
mind made up and is acting on ad-
vice from someone else. They say
he's a top draft choice, but that's no
"He's got another year yet and
could enhance his chances by staying
in school, but he's got (agents)
blowing things in his ear and I don't
know what they are telling him."
Heyward said he was a "little
frustrated" with the way the univer-
sity handled a recent incident in
which Heyward was involved in an
altercation with a campus police-
Heyward's decision came hours
after Gottfried suspended him for
failing to attend classes this
Pitt's Lane breaks glass
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pitt for-
ward Jerome Lame shattereddthe
backboard on a breakaway slam dunk
with 16:24 left in the first half of
last night's game against Provi-
dence, forcing a delay while a new
board was installed.
Lane, the 6-foot-6 junior who led
the nation in rebounding last season,
took off from the foul line on a one-
hand slam, bringing down the rim
and shattering the Plexiglas board.
The board shattered instantly with
pieces flying as far back as the foul
line. Lane's slam gave Pitt an 8-5
lead. There were no injuries reported.
THE SPORTING VIEWS
By JOSHUA RAY LEVIN
Special to the Daily
ATLANTIC CITY-After the fight was over, after
the crowd had fled Convention Hall and filed into the
casinos, after Larry Holmes regained his
consciousness, undisputed heavyweight champion
Mike Tyson found himself staring into his future.
He was staring at Michael Spinks.
Spinks, the "People's Champion," and his
personal promoter Butch Lewis, barged in on the
riotous Tyson post-fight interview session and stole
the real champion's spotlight. Many in the crowd
began screaming for a fight right then and there
between the two boxers.
Tyson remained at the mike long enough to say
once again, "I'll fight any man in the world" and
"bring him on" before he snuck out the back door.
In the less than tactful world of boxing
promotions, Spinks' intrusion was not so much rude
as it was par for the course. In fact, Michael Spinks
was by far a bigger issue among those involved in the
boxing scene than Tyson's unfortunate opponent.
Holmes' self-imposed quarantine from the media
added to the media's already lowly opinion of him.
The only time that the press saw Larry Holmes before
the fight was at the weigh-in, when Holmes tipped
the scales at the most he had ever weighed for a fight
in his life.
Any hope among Holmes' fans that the former
champion would regain the quickness and endurance
that helped make him such a good champion,
dwindled rapidly as he took off his shirt.
Even had Holmes been in shape, the
overwhelming majority of fight fans and media
"experts" wouldshave stood behind the seemingly
"Iron Mike" is the undisputed, undefeated
champion of the world. He has dispatched of nearly,
half of his opponents in the first round. He is the
powerhouse who can throw four-punch combinations
in less than one second. He is the granite-chinned
brawler who has never been close to being rocked in
"Iron Mike" Tyson is also the third highest paid
television performer in the world.
Sharing the spotlight with the fight and the
Spinks talk was HBO's announcement Friday
morning that it had signed Tyson to a one-year deal
that will most likely net the champion 50 million
dollars for just six fights. Only Bill Cosby and
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Oprah Winfrey will be paid more than Tyson this year
for being on the tube.
The deal works like this: Tyson fights six bouts in
the next twelve months. HBO televises them'. Tyson
picks up a check for $26.5 million from HBO. He
also picks up percentages of the fights' gate receipts,
international TV rights, and site payments, which
will in all equal 50 big ones.
The schedule will take Tyson all over the world.
He plans to -fight in Tokyo in March, London in
June, and Italy in September. Although the year looks
rough, if only due to the travelling, Tyson maintains
his eagerness to fight. "I wouldn't do it if I wasn't
sure I could handle it."
The Tyson-HBO world tour has picked its fighters
more for their global marketability than for their
chances of creating an interesting fight. According to
the promoter of the bouts,Tyson will meet Tony
Tubbs in Japan because, "the Japanese want to see a
long fight." It also probably has something to do
with the fascination the Japanese seem to have with
slow, fat American athletes.
Tyson will also meet Britain's Frank Bruno in
Wembley Stadium, and European champion Fransesco
Damiani of Italy in either Milan or Rome.
While these and the other, as yet unannounced
fights on the six-fight slate are great promotional op-
portunities, they lack the talent needed to give Tyson
a decent fight. The problem is that there are few, if
any legitimate challengers for Tyson to fight. Tyson
sees only Michael Spinks as a legitimate future
Unfortunately, Michael Spinks is not one of the
fighters expected to be in the Half-Dozen. At least,
There is a provision in the HBO contract that will
allow for the inclusion of a Spinks fight, should
Lewis and Tyson co-manager Jim Jacobs come to and
agreement about purses. Rumors flying around
Atlantic City include a winner-take-all fight, with the
survivor bagging well over twenty million dollars for
the night's work.
It is a good bet that terms will be worked out for
the Spinks bout. It is also a good bet that, although
he is a better fighter than other opponents Tyson will
face anytime soon, Michael Spinks will also end up
on his butt. And its a good bet that, like his
predecessor, Holmes, Mike Tyson will laugh all the
way to the bank.
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NEW YORK (AP) - The New
York Yankees, who in December
talked to the Detroit Tigers about
trading for Kirk Gibson, yesterday
said they were not interested in
signing Gibson as a free agent.
"Our payroll is the highest in
baseball as is," general manager Lou
Pinella said in a statement issued by
the club. "If we were to assume an-
other super salary like Gibson's4
then we would probably have to
move one of our present super salary
Pinella, who yesterday told Gib-
son's agent, Doug Baldwin, that the
Yankees were not interested, con-
firmed that the Yankees had tried to
trade one of their major players, but
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