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aMichigan's Larry Gotcher flips his Minnesota opponent to
the mat during Friday's match at Crisler Arena. Michigan
defeated Minnesota, 22-18.

Escape:

Wolverines throw off pesky
Gophers' bid for upset, 22-18

BY DAVID HYMAN
The Michigan wrestling team had its hands
full Friday night with Minnesota, pulling out a
narrow 22-18 victory.
"I think we were fortunate and I'm just happy
to get out of here with a win," Michigan head
coach Dale Bahr said.
The Wolverines were coming off an emotional
win last weekend against Iowa and were tired,
having wrestled 13 matches within the past four
weeks.
"Coming off such a big win (against Iowa), I
think there was a little letdown but, overall, I
think (Minnesota) presented better match-ups up
and down the lineup than Iowa did," Michigan
wrestler Fritz Lehrke said.
THUS, Lehrke's match in the 190-pound
weight division proved to be the decisive one in
the Wolverines victory. Entering the match,
Michigan held a slim lead over the Golden
Gophers, 19-15, after leading, 19-7, two matches
earlier.
Entering the third and final period against
Chris Short with the score even at two apiece,
Lehrke said, "I was thinking I needed a takedown.
I had to go out and be aggressive." Lehrke knew

Michigan needed a win in one of the last two
matches to secure the victory.
With less than a minute remaining, Short held
Lehrke and was close to earning a one-minute
riding time point. He would have gained the
needed 60-second advantage if he contained
Lehrke for most of the final moments, but
Lehrke escaped with 35 seconds remaining,
thereby earning himself a point, to pull out a 3-2
decision.
"I was real happy to see that he hung in there
for the win," Bahr said. Minnesota coach Jay
Robinson added: "Lehrke wrestled a good match
but (Short) sat back and let Lehrke come at him."
FOR THE WOLVERINES, this was the
match that decided the dual meet, but to Robin-
son, the turning point was the 158 pound match.
Minnesota's ninth-ranked Gordy Morgan, was
disqualified at 4:48, giving Joe Pantaleo the win,
increasing the Wolverine lead to 19-7.
The referee based his call on Morgan's stalling
throughout the match, and because he kept
backing away without creating any action,
whereas Pantaleo was the aggressive one. "I
showed the ref that I was presenting myself and I
was creating action," Pantaleo said.

Robinson disagreed with the call, saying he
had rarely seen a disqualification call in his years
involved in wrestling. "I think it was a bad call. I
think the referee played a big role in today's
meet, but I'm still happy with the way we
wrestled today."
DESPITE THIS CALL, Minnesota rallied
from a 12 point deficit to trail by only four
points entering Lehrke's decisive match.
The Gophers' Marty Morgan decisioned Mik
Amine, 8-4, who is still recovering from a knew
injury sustained at the Virginia Duals last
month, to make the score 19-10. All-American
Dave Dean followed, earning five points, with a
technical fall at 5:14 against James Dye.
Earlier, Michigan All-American John Fisher
increased his unbeaten streak to 31, easily
defeating Jim Hamel.
John Moore (17-2) looked impressive in his
126 pound match earning a technical fall over
Shannon Ward with two seconds left. 0
"One thing that impressed me was both of
them (John and Fritz) didn't stop wrestling till
the match was over," Pantaleo said. "John Moore
could have sat back and taken the major decision
but he went after it (the technical fall)."

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'M' swims by Iowa;
win streak at 45

MEN'S

GYMNASTICS:

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Blue tumbles to Illinois'

BY ANDREW GOTTESMAN
The Michigan men's swimming
team continued toward their goal of
an NCAA championship Friday
night, defeating a spirited Iowa team,
60-53, in Iowa City.
The win extended the Wolverines'
dual-meet victory streak to 45 in a
row. For Michigan, it was the third
consecutive dual-meet victory over a
top-ten team, on the road.
The No. 9 Hawkeyes, who were
previously unbeaten, had had upset
on their minds. Nearly one thousand
people were expected to attend the
meet, including members of the
school band.
"It went pretty much as we
planned," said senior Brent Lang.
"There were several events which we
won by small margins which if

they'd gone the other way would
have made the meet closer than it
was."
The final score, however, was
deceiving. Iowa won only four
events, but managed to stay close by
earning points for second, third and
fourth place finishes.
More importantly, though, the
Wolverines (8-0 overall, 3-0 in the
Big Ten) added three new NCAA
qualifying times during the meet.
Lang qualified for his second event
this year in the 50-yard freestyle,
winning in 20.29 seconds. In an
earlier meet, Lang had qualified in
the 100 freestyle. "This is pretty
early (in the season) for me," Lang
said about qualifying for the NCAA
tournament.
Co-captain Alex Alvizuri qual-

Lang
...qualifies

BY JEFF SHERAN
Welcome to the Big Ten. The
ninth-ranked Michigan men's
gymnastics team suffered its second
straight loss in as many weeks to a
formidable conference foe. Fourth-
ranked Illinois tumbled over the
Wolverines Saturday, 273.55-261.3.
Teams like Big Ten-champion
Illinois are abundant with expe-
rienced upperclassmen. Michigan has
three. This makes for a rough intro-
duction to collegiate gymnastics.
It was Jim Round, however, one
of Coach Bob Darden's 'fresh faces'
- the name he gives his team
(featuring six first-year competitors
and one transfer student) - who
may have turned in the best per-
formance. He competed strongly in
all six events, and showed evidence
of the team's plentiful, yet thus far
unproven, talent.
SHAWN MARTIN, a
returning junior, performed well in

three events, maintaining his label
of consistency. "Shawn is a guy
who we can really bank on as a
team," Darden praised.
Darden is very optimistic about
the potential of his athletes, but he
conceded, "With the talent of this
team, I was kind of hoping for
quicker results."
He summed up the Illinois meet
by saying, "There were a lot of
highlights, but they were often
overshadowed by our shortcomings.
We should have kept with (Illinois),
but it was not for a lack of training
- it was a lack of experience."
Darden has been very pleased with
the work ethic of the team. The
gymnasts train six hours daily -
two hours before class and four
hours after. They studied together
last semester, to ensure that each
player remained in good academic
standing, which they did.
IN SHORT, Darden demands a
great deal from each team member,

but "they don't do it because they're
under a whip. They do it because
they respect each other's talent."
As a team strategy, Coach Darden
does not seek routines with
tremendous difficulty. He stresses,
rather, pinpoint execution, which is
vital to a young team. Older team
like Illinois and top-ranked Ohio
State can increase the difficulty of
their routines without sacrificing
their abilities to turn in exacting
performances.
If Michigan executes as well as
Darden is aiming for, a 90% 'hit'
rate, it will score in the low 270's.
Such a score would probably enable
the team to keep its top-ten ranking,
and thus earn a bid to the NCAA
Championship tournament.
Darden has set a tough schedule
for his players, keeping pace with
their rigorous training routine. In the
process, the 'fresh faces' should gain
a few wrinkles. And some
experience.

ified for the 200 backstroke in
1:48.94, and Mike Barrowman, the
American record-holder in the 200
breaststroke, made the cut for that
event with a 2:01.47.

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