Page 10 -The Michigan Daily-Monday, March 7, 1988
Michigan wreslers fall short to
Iowa in bid for Big Ten crown
By RICHARD EISEN
This one was close.
The Iowa wrestlers continued their dominance over
the Big Ten yesterday by capturing their 15th straight
Big Ten title, but it wasn't easy.
For only the second time in Iowa coach Dan Gable's
regime, the Hawkeyes trailed after the first day's
events. Michigan, which eventually finished in second
place, led after the first day by four points, 94.75-
90.75. Iowa eventually beat the Wolverines, 116.75-
In the 1978 Big Ten championships, Wisconsin led
after the first day, but Iowa came roaring back to keep
its winning streak intact.
"This year was tougher (than '78) based on the speed
and how many guys that were dominant," said Gable.
MICHIGHAN applied most of the pressure.
Although the Wolverines only had two finalists, they
had six other wrestlers who competed for third place,
which kept them slightly in front of the Hawkeyes.
But the whole weekend turned on the 158-pound
championship match between Michigan's Joe Pantaleo
and Iowa's John Heffernan. Pantaleo, the No. 1 seed,
faced Heffernan, the No. 2 seed, in last year's third-
place competition and barely won.
"You could call that either way, but I think it was a
takedown," said Michigan coach Dale Bahr. "It's sad to
think that you wrestle for two straight days, and the
tournament comes down to a takedown call at the edge
of a mat."
Because Heffernan won, Iowa got the points needed
to practically close the door on Michigan. Iowa's 177-
pound legend, Royce Alger mathematically eliminated
the Wolverines by pinning Joe Urso of Purdue in the
championship match. And Gable won it again.
OHIO STATE, which in recent memory has been
a perennial loser, finished in third place. Leading the
way for the Buckeyes was 190-pound champion Mark
Coleman and a surprise at 142, Ken Ramsey.
Ramsey, a first-year wrestler, had a mediocre 9-10-2
record coming into the tournament but proceeded to
make his way to the championship match. To get
there, Ramsey beat No. 2 seed Stacy Richmond
(Michigan State), Michigan's Larry Gotcher, and last
year's 142-winner, Joe Lilovich of Purdue. Illinois'
Kirk Azinger finally beat Ramsey for the title, 4-2.
Wisconsin, which finished second last year, finished
a disappointing fourth. Although Jeff Jordan and Dave
Lee won their respective weight classes, the rest of the
team did not pull their weight, and it cost the Badgers.
The match was important because
it was the only time that an Iowa
and a Michigan wrestler faced each
other in a championship bout. At
the time, only 1.5 points separated
the two teams.
Going into the third period, the
two wrestlers were tied, 2-2. But ap-
proximately 30 seconds into the last
period, Heffernan was awarded one
point for an escape. With time
winding down, Pantaleo needed a
takedown and grabbed Heffernan.
THE REFEREE refused to
award the two points to Pantaleo,
feeling that he did not have a good
enough hold. And then Heffernan
pulled the two out of the ring. Hef-
fernan eventually won, 3-2.
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Iowa may have won the battle,
but Michigan might win the war,
for the Big Ten championships not
only decide the conference but decide
which individuals advance to the
NCAA finals. Michigan has eight of
its ten wrestlers going to the finals
and Iowa only five, which is a large
advantage for the Wolverines.
"The good thing we can get out
of this (tournament) is that we have
eight qualifiers going to the
NCAAs, whichshould allow us to
be a factor in the team race," said
Bahr. "With that many qualifiers
going, we could be in hunt for th,
top five teams in the country."
Doily Photo by ROBIN LOZNAK
Western Michigan's Andy Rymsha checks Michigan's Billy Powers in Friday night's action at Lawson Ice
Arena. The Wolverines' season ended last night when they dropped the third and decisive game of their series
by a score of 10-0.
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frustrations by leveling Western's
Bill Armstrong. Armstrong has
scored 11 of his 36 points (eight
goals, three assists) in the seven
contests against Michigan this sea-
The floodgates opened in the
third period, and the fans' chant of
"Sieve! Sieve!" proved true as the
Broncos scores six goals in a little
over six minutes midway through
the final period.
WHEN HORN steered aside
Sorensen's slap shot with 38 sec-
onds remaining, Western had
clinched the shutout and its third
straight trip to the Joe.
"I think we accomplished a lot
this season," Berenson said. "The
real Michigan team showed up Fri-
day and Saturday nights, not
tonight. That was a shame."
Saturday, Western tied the se-
ries, 1-1, with a 4-3 victory.
Sophomore center Paul Polillo
recorded two goals, and Armstrong
tallied a goal and an assist as the
Broncos held off a late Wolverine
rally to force last night's deciding
AFTER JUMPING out to a
3-1 lead late in the second period on
Polillo's first goal, Michigan
struck back quickly. One minute
into the third period, sophomore
Rob Brown scored the first of his
two goals in the contest on a power
The Broncos' Polillo retaliated at
the 11:33 mark to give Western
another two-goal lead before Brown
set the stage for a wild finish with a
goal with 47 seconds left in the
game. It contained a frantic effort
by the Wolverines to end the
FRIDAY NIGHT, Berenson
recorded his first playoff win ever at
Michigan as the Wolverines posted
a 5-4 victory.
Bryan Deasley supplied the
game-winner on a centering pass
from captain Todd Brost.
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