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A Women's Swimming
vs. Michigan State
Sunday, 2 p.m.
Canham Natatorium
'The Michigan Daily
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SPORTS

Gymnastics
vs. Ohio State
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena

Page 9

Thursday, January 26, 1989

s
lers

set

to

battle

Hawks

injuries, this

Wolverines aim high

is Michigan s year

Michigan coach Dale Bahr has enjoyed success both
as a wrestler at Iowa State and as a coach. Since
,:coming to Michigan in 1978, he has led the
Wolverines to a record of 107-65-2. The victory total
leaves him behind only Cliff Keen, who coached in
Ann Arbor for 42 years.
Last season, the Wolverines finished sixth
nationally and came within an eyelash of knocking off
Iowa as Big Ten champions. Michigan has not won a
:'Big Ten title since 1973.
With the return of four All-Americans on this
season's squad, Bahr seems to be in the position to
achieve his greatest success as a coach and to finally
unseat the Hawkeyes.
Coach Bahr discussed his personal
thoughts, his view of his team, and
his relationship with Iowa coach
Dan Gable with Daily Staffer Steven
* Cohen.
Daily: What would it mean to
you to beat Iowa?
Bahr: Since I came to Michigan,
a dream of mine has been to knock
off Iowa. When I first got here they
were a dominating team and
Michigan wasn't anything to speak
of and now we're at the point where
we feel we can succesfully challenge B
Iowa. We want to live up to the
ranking. ... hope
We have to take it one match at a time and beat the
keams we're supposed to beat. I'd like the Hawks to
beat the teams they're supposed to beat. We don't want
to meet anybody else in the finals, let's put it that
,way. I don't want Minnesota to knock them off. I
~want us to knock them off. I don't want anything to
happen to them. We're healthy, we're fairly well-
--rested, we're confident. We just have to get the job
done.
We're not going in, like maybe some teams of the
-past, in awe or in fear of the University of Iowa. We're
.,going in there having seen them at the Northern Open.
We've wrestled the Oklahoma States, the Arizona
,,.States, and the Penn States. We're not afraid of names
,anymore. We're not afraid of uniforms and they're just
~another uniform out there. We have to wrestle like
we're Michigan.
D: What do. you think, of a possible matchup this
weekend against Iowa?
B: I think there will be battles at every single
,weight class. I think the thing Iowa is going to do, is
,,appeal to their tradition. I guess that's the big battle.
They're trying to maintain the Iowa tradition and we're
',trying to knock off that Iowa tradition. They've had
,tie tradition and they've had the record and we're like
the upstarts trying to prove them wrong. Sometimes,

the upstarts are not very confident- they don't know
that they can get the job done. I have a sense of my
guys being very confident and having no question in
their minds that they can get the job done.
D: What is your relationship with Dan Gable?
B: Well, Gable and I got into a little tiff about 6 or
7 years ago, and I think at the time he didn't think
Michigan was enough of a quality team for him, and
took us off the schedule.
I kind of resent that attitude. We participated in
tougher tournaments this year, against as tough or
tougher wrestling schools. They've wrestled Penn
State, we've wrestled Penn State. They haven't
wrestled Okie State, they will wrestle Oklahoma State.
We've wrestled Ohio State and beat
them worse than they did. And so, I
guess the point being you know, is
we feel, well, we feel slighted. I've
always felt that way over the last
five or six years, that hey, that's
.okay let him have his opinion and
we're just going to work for the day
where (we can prove it to him).
It's not a personal vendetta or
anything but at the same time, you
know, I guess we've really worked
hr hard to prove him wrong and where
at the point where we would like to
for title finish up what we started.
We were both teammates at Iowa State, both
national champions in '68 at the same time. I was the
captain of the team, I wrestled with him for two years.
We were both close in weight - I was a 145-pounder
and he was a 137-pounder - so we wrestled a lot. We
travelled together. I have great admiration for him, he's
a great wrestling coach. He has a great program over
there. But all of those things don't mean anything. It
will be Michigan vs. Iowa, not Dan Gable vs. Dale
Bahr. It will be his ten guys vs. our ten guys.

BY STEVEN COHEN
If everything goes according to
plan, the Michigan wrestling team
will be in a position to hand Iowa
their first Big Ten dual meet loss in
over 17 years.
"One of the things this streak
has done is put more pressure on the
individual wrestlers, " Iowa coach
Dan Gable said. "It is starting to get
too much publicity. Our wrestlers in
addition to worrying about beating
their opponent, worry about keeping
the streak alive."
Fourth-ranked Michigan may
solve that problem for Iowa, but
first the two teams must get to the
finals of the Great American Duals
Classic. Michigan, seeded first,
should have no trouble reaching the
final match. Iowa, on the other hand
must get past the winner of the
Northwestern-Minnesota match.
"We're thinking about the other
teams first," Gable said. "We just
barely beat Minnesota (22-17) last
time."
In its meet with Minnesota, Iowa
was hurt by the absence of No.2
ranked 167-pounder John Heffernan,
who is doubtful for this weekend.
Gable says he would rather lose the
tournament than risk further injury
to Heffernan.
Michigan expects to win the 134
to 167-pound weight classes, home
to its "Murderers Row" of No.1
ranked John Fisher, No.7 ranked
Larry Gotcher, Sam Amine, No.1
ranked Joe Pantaleo, and No. 4 Mike

Amine.
Gable does not see a matchup
with Michigan as being one-sided.
He feels that Iowa has the edge at
118 and 126, and at heavyweight.
The 134, 150, 177, and 190-pound
classes he sees as a toss up.
Those on Michigan's side feel
differently. Michigan coach Dale
Bahr feels that at 177 and 190
Michigan has the edge with the
streaking James Dye against first-
year wrestler Dave Finch. At 190,
Bahr feels that Michigan's Fritz
Lehrke has been wrestling solidly
lately, while Iowa's Brooks
Simpson has struggled somewhat.
"I don't think it will be close,"
Gotcher said. "We won't lose from
134-67, and I think we'll win two of
the last three. I'm not really excited.
I know we'll win. Its nothing really
to get excited about, just another
win."
But Larry, what about their 98
match streak?
"Oh. They'll lose this one."
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'Last year, in my opinion,
they took the Big Ten
championship from us. It
was ours and they took it.
We have something to
prove to them and the
whole conference.'
- Michigan wrestler
John Fisher

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