Page 10 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, January 19, 1989
WRESTLERS HIT THE ROAD FOR BIG TEN MEETS
THE SPORTING VIEWS
Competive spirit alive
and well in South Quad
BY PETER ZELLEN
Our society seems to have become one in which a well-advertised
sponsor has become more popular than the sporting event that it endorses.
Such is the case with Super Bowl XXIII. No one cares that the 49ers
of San Francisco will play the Bengals of Cincinnati for the National
Football League championship on Sunday. What they are concerned with
is Bud Bowl I.
This animated halftime show will pit bottles of Bud versus bottles of
Bud Lite for the "championship." This little exhibition has been the talk
of the country for weeks and the talk will get louder until Bud Bowl
Some people, however, are not willing to wait until Sunday. I
overheard talk about a Bud Bowl taking place Friday in South Quad and
decided to investigate.
AS I WALKED through the hallway where the participants lived I
noticed all the doors covered with various ads and signs promoting Bud or
Bud Lite. This event is being prepared for in much the same way that the
city of Miami will hang banners in the streets for the two football teams.
This other Bud Bowl goes as follows. There are two teams, one named
Bud and the other Bud Lite, of four players each. Each team will have two
cases of long neck bottles of its team's beer. That's an average of 12 per
player. The beer must be consumed directly from the bottles and the first
team to consume their stock wins the Bud Bowl. There will be an official
present that will check the empty bottles. Urinalysis will definitely not be
involved in disputes.
Although this contest has no official sponsors and will receive no
television coverage, the players were very enthusiastic about their game.
"We've been training all year for this," said a Bud team member, "since
the Notre Dame game."
The contestants say that they were inspired by the commercials, but
one Bud Lite player went further. "We're doing this in revolt of NFL
parity," said the angered player. "We figure we'll prove stiffer competition
than what's in the Super Bowl."
THE LINE on this Bud Bowl has Bud favored by four. This is
because of the tremendous physical advantage that it has over the Bud Lite
The rosters have the Bud's average height and weight as 5-foot-11 and
169 pounds, while the Bud Lites measure in at 5-foot-9 and 147 pounds.
In the beer drinking arena that's quite a formidable advantage. The Bud
Lites have two players under 5-foot-8 and only one weighing over 155.
The Buds, on the other hand, have their lightest player at 155 and shortest
There are injuries involved also. Just as 49er receiver Jerry Rice could
be sidelined with a twisted ankle, the Buds anchor has been fighting the
flu all week. The coach of the Bud team has expressed some concern but
said he won't announce his starting anchor until game time.
The winners of the Super Bowl will each take home a purse of
$64,000. The Bud Bowl has more important stakes, "We play this for
pride", said a Bud Lite, "and for whatever's in your stomach before you
The Bud Bowl will start Friday night at 8:05 Eastern time, with the
pre-game at 7:30 and the pep rally at 7:00. "I'll be doing vodka shots at
the rally," boasted the biggest of the Buds.
Who said the spirit of competition is dead in America?
BY STEVEN COHEN
Oh, to be the front-runner.
The Michigan wrestling team,
ranked fourth nationally, must go
through the formality of defeating
three conference foes this weekend to
maintain its No.1 conference seed.
The Wolverines face Indiana tonight,
Illinois Saturday, and Purdue Sunday;
three teams that the Wolverines are
superior to as far as overall strength is
"I'll quote Bill Frieder," said
Illinois coach Ron Clinton. "I'll bet
you five hundred dollars that
Michigan will beat us."
Purdue coach Mitch Hull, whose
Boilermaker squad meets Michigan on
Sunday, said: "I'll need more than
luck. I'm telling everybody, 'Make
sure you don't miss the Super Bowl,
you don't want to miss that'."
IF PURDUE wants to keep its
match secretive, then so too should
the Illini, who are struggling and
ranked last in the conference. They
have a few talented wrestlers in Danny
O'Brien at 142 pounds, Steve
Hankenson at 150, and John Llewelyn
The most interesting match in the
Illinois meet will be at heavyweight.
"That match-up (heavyweight)
should be in our favor," Clinton said.
"Llewelyn finished ahead of Potokar
in some tournaments and has beaten
some guys Potokar has lost to."
Michigan coach Dale Bahr has
been somewhat dissatisfied with
Potokar's performance lately. Potokar
settled for a tie against Mark Zenas of
Michigan State on Saturday and Bahr
felt that Potokar should have been
more aggressive considering Michigan1
had already clinched a victory.1
BAHR would like to light a
competitive fire in Potokar, a talentedl
wrestler who has unlimited potential.
Michigan needs Potokar to do well to
meet its goal of a national
"I'm tired of hearing about his1
potential," Bahr said. "He has to start1
opening up. He can't be too cautious.
I'm tired of waiting for him to reach
Potokar will have to prove himself1
against Purdue as well. Purdue's
heavyweight, Matt Lindley is 22-51
Top-ranked Wolverine, John Fisher (top), is shown here wrestling against Northern Illinois.
Fisher looks to improve his perfect 23-0 record this weekend in three Big Ten meets.
and has beaten Llewelyn, among other
top wrestlers. The last time they
wrestled, Potokar won in a close
Michigan's Salem Yaffai,
wrestling at 118 pounds, would like
to beat Purdue's Mark Sanfilippo to
move up in the rankings. Sanfilippo
defeated Yaffai in a highly
competitive match at the Eastern
Michigan Open earlier this year.
"Yaff will definitely win," said
teammate Jeff McCollum. "He's out
for vengeance against him."
PURDUE'S best wrestler, Mike
McHenry, has a chipped shoulder and
if he wrestles it will be at 190 against
Fritz Lehrke. Pat Hoy, wrestling at
142 pounds, may have suffered a
career-ending neck injury. As a result,
Purdue coach Mitch Hull has been
forced to go with five first-year
Pat Fitzgerald of Purdue, a two-
time NCAA qualifier, will face John
Fisher at 134 pounds. Hull feels that
although Fitzgerald has wrestled
Fisher close in the past, he has never
come close enough to beat him.
Hull summed up the meet: "There
will be a few good matches but they
(Michigan) definitely will outclass us.
Our wrestlers are wrestling not to win
the match, but to improve their
"Indiana is the toughest of the
three," said Bahr. "They're real
tough, an up-and-coming team. They
knocked off Ohio State 22-14."
Indiana is particularly strong in the
middle weight classes with Brian'
Dolph at 150 pounds, Jim Pearsen at
158, Chuck Poulsen at 167,and Larry
Kaifesh at 177.
MICHIGAN counters with Zac'
Pease, No.1 ranked Joe Pantaleo,
No.4 ranked Mike Amine, and James
Dye has faced Kaifesh twice this1
year losing, 4-3, at the Ohio Open.
and, 4-3, at the Las Vegas Classic.
"I have to stay intense and beatI
him on his feet," Dye said, "He'sI
Mike Amine has confidence in his
teammate: "James will wrestle tough,_,
take care of business," Amine said. *
Amine, returning from a knee
injury, has business of his own to
worry about. Amine is 3-0-1 in
matches against Poulsen.
"I'M LOOKING forward to get
back," Amine said. "Poulsen is a
pretty good opponent. I think some of
the other wrestlers know I have been
hurt and might try to take advantage
of my knee."
Pearson and Pantaleo have met
before this season with Pantaleo
winning a close match.
Sam Amine, who has had
difficulty losing the weight necessary
to wrestle at 150 pounds, should be
back for the Big Ten team
championships. Pease, who is still
not fully recovered from last season's
knee injury, will be filling in for
"He's got a tough road ahead," said
Bahr. "I admire him for being out
there, for stepping in when he's not
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SPORTS OF THE DAILY:
Fontes picks assistants.
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - The
Detroit Lions yesterday named
Robert "Woody" Widenhofer as
defensive coordinator and Frank
Gansz as special teams coach.
Coach Wayne Fontes made the
announcement in Mobile, Ala.,
where he was attending practices for
this weekend's Senior Bowl all-star
Widenhofer, who turns 46 on
Friday, was head coach at the
University of Missouri for the past
four seasons after one season as
coach of the Oklahoma Outlaws of
the United States Football League.
Widenhofer was an assistant
coach at Michigan State, Eastern
Michigan and the University of
Minnesota before joining the
Pittsburgh Steelers as an assistant
coach in 1973. He coached All-Pro
linebackers Jack Lambert, Jack Ham
and Andy Russell during his 11
years with Pittsburgh, which won
four Super Bowls during that span.
Gansz, 50, spent the past two
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and also coached at Navy, Oklahoma
State, Army and UCLA.
Gansz joined the NFL as special
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