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vs. Western Michigan
Friday & Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Lawson Arena (Kalamazoo)


Big Ten Championships
Saturday, 1 & 7 p.m. Sunday, 1 p.m.
Crisler Arena

The Michigan Daily

Friday, March 4, 1988

Page 9

to battle
CBS will be there. So will
13,000 fans, and they will be
waving 13,000 gold pom-pons
compliments of a bank in West
Michigan basketball coach
Bill Frieder says he'd even pay
his way into this party with
"I'd pay to see a game like
that," he said. "I love good
basketball games."
It's likely he'll get one.
Purdue (25-2 overall, 14-1 Big
Ten) and Michigan (23-5, 12-3),
No. 1 and No. 2 in the Big Ten,
play each other tomorrow at 4
p.m. at Purdue's Mackey Arena.
The game is the second this
season between the two teams
that played probably the best
conference game of the season, a
91-87 Purdue win in Ann Arbor.
The game also is t h e
Boilermakers' chance to avenge
the 104-68 drubbing t h a t
Michigan laid on them in the
final conference game last season.
But Purdue basketball coach
Gene Keady says he won't try to
avenge last year's drubbing on
Michigan's home court with a
similar blowout on his own.
"I think it's important that
when I get to be 65 years old I
have at least one fishing buddy,"
said Keady. "I'm not into
blowing people away."
Purdue has been criticized
some this season for not winning

Wolverines to host Big Ten's

... not vengeful

big over lesser Big Ten
opponents. But win they have,
losing in the conference only to
another famed fisherman from the
state of Indiana - Bob Knight
and his Hoosiers.
For both the Boilermakers and
the Wolverines the game is a
chance torshowsoff for the people
who make the NCAA tournament
pairings. Barring total disaster,
Purdue probably will be the No.
1 seed in the Midwest Regional,
thus playing at the Pontiac
The Wolverines, on the other
hand, could use wins at Purdue
and Wednesday at Illinois to
boost themselves in the pairings.
"We're not putting pressure on
ourselves to win the Big Ten
title," said Frieder. "We're setting
our sights on the tournament."
But that doesn't mean he
won't be looking for a win

That's the last time Iowa lost the
Big Ten Championships. That's
how much of a stronghold Iowa has
on Big Ten wrestling.
Can you imagine that? In a world
in which successive championship
seasons are a rarity, the Iowa
wrestling team has done just that, 14
straight times.
But that could all come to an end
this weekend, as this is by far the
most competitive, wide-open cham-
pionship in recent memory.
The Big Ten is the toughest
wrestling league in the country,
having five teams in the Amateur
Wrestling News Top 15. All that
means is that this time around, Iowa
may have a run for its money.
doubly important, for not only does
it crown a Big Ten winner, but it
also decides which individuals go to
the NCAA championships and
which do not.
Only the top four finishers from
each weight class advance to the
NCAA's at Iowa State later this
month, which seems to concern
Iowa coach Dan Gable more than
winning the Big Ten championship.
"We're more concerned about in-
dividuals doing something at the
NCAA's" said Gable, who has a
lifetime record of 207-11-2, 78-0 in
the Big Ten. "This is a qualifying
tournament to us."
Winning the Big Tens doesn't
mean very much to Gable, since he
has won so many of them before,
but winning the Big Ten means
more to the coaches who have never
tasted that sweet victory.

tournament, I've not thought once
about second place," said Michigan
coach Dale Bahr. "All I've thought
about is being first, thinking about
being first, and dreaming about
being first."
Michigan, ranked eigth in the
country, is the best of four teams
that could unseat Iowa, ranked third.
John Fisher, ranked second in the
country at 134, is a shoe-in to be
seeded first. Another potential num-
ber one seed is Joe Pantaleo, who is
ranked fourth at 158. Next to Iowa,
Michigan has the most balanced
lineup in the Big Ten, with five
wrestlers having five or more Big
Ten wins.
Ohio State, surprisingly, is in the
running this year to beat the
Hawkeyes. The Buckeyes have not
finished in the top five of the Big
Ten for years, but this year they are
sure to make it. Ohio State, ranked
fifteenth, is led by 190-pound Mark
Colman, who is the number one
wrestler at his weight class in the
country. With the help of other na-
tionally ranked wrestlers such as
Andrew Skove (158) and Ron
Gharbo (177), Iowa must be wary of
Ohio State.
Minnesota also has the power to
upset the Hawkeyes. The Golden
Gophers are strangers to Big Ten
contention, having an 0-7 Big Ten
record last year. But with the help of
1987 Big Ten placewinners Gordy
Morgan (158) and Rod Sande (167),
Minnesota, ranked twelfth, has a re-
spectable 4-3 Big Ten record this.
year. But the loss of returning 190
pound Big Ten champ Dave Dean to
a knee injury could hinder Min-
nesota's chances of winning.
WISCONSIN is the other team

that could win it all. Ranked
thirteenth, Wisconsin has five
nationally ranked wrestlers, one of
whom is number one at 167 pounds,
Dave Lee. Because points are
awarded to teams from individual
victories, Wisconsin can feasibly
pull off an upset.
The other five teams truly do not
have the balance or the talent to win
the entire tournament, but these
teams have individual talents who
are capable of winning their weight
classes, hence taking some points
away from the teams that might
These wrestlers are Jack Griffin
(118) and Joei Bales (134), North-
western; Mike O'Brien (126) and
Kirk Azinger (142), Illinois; Brian
Dolph (150), Indiana; Stacy Rich-

mond (142) and Dave Mariola (190),
MSU; and Joe Lilovich (142) the
favorite in his weight class, Joe
Urso (177), and Cal Vande Hoef
(heavyweight), Purdue.
Of all the teams that might un-
seat Iowa, Michigan has the best
chance. Not only do they have the
talent, but the confidence as well.
For instance, Big Ten teams usually
shoot for second place, taking for
granted that Iowa will win the title.
But the Wolverines have different
ideas this time.
"A coach said to me at Michigan
State last weekend, 'You're loolong
pretty good this year, coach. It looks
like you have a shot at second
place'," said Bahr. "I said 'Second
place? We're going for the title!' The
heck with this second place crap."

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But make no mistake, the Wolverines aren't in bad enough shape
that they need the home advantage to beat Iowa. "I feel that we can
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IF ANY team can unseat Iowa, it probably is Michigan. They
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lineup have wrestled at the Big Ten championships before.
They have the balanced lineup: Five out of the ten wrestlers have
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They have John Fisher, the most dominant Big Ten wrestler at
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