The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, February 7, 1989 - Page 9
KALAMAZOO - Western Michigan's Lawson Ice
Arena is not the place to go if you have a hangover.
Or an eardrum, for that matter.
Lawson Ice Arena is known for its loud,
rambunctious fans, but last Saturday an interesting
twist of fate made the arena the loudest it has ever
You see, last Saturday night was Ice Scraper Night
at Lawson. Every obnoxious fan coming through the
gate, young or old, received a plastic ice scraper,
compliments of Little Caesar's Pizza.
And the 3,709 fans put the scrapers to use - fast.
They banged on the plexiglass. They banged on their
metal seats. They banged and banged and banged, from
the opening buzzer to the last.
"THIS IS the loudest I've heard any building,"
Western Michigan coach Bill Wilkinson said.
Wilkinson called timeout with 47 seconds left in the
game and because of the incredible din, he had to
scream at his players directly in front of him.
"I couldn't even yell past three or four of them,"
Michigan coach Red Berenson called the contest "a
tough game to coach." That's because he probably
couldn't hear himself think.
Excedrin could have made a great commercial after
this contest: Hey, Coach Berenson - you just beat
the Broncos in Kalamazoo, how do you feel? "Well,
I've got a headache this big..."
THE BOISTEROUS fans used the scrapers for
one of their raucous traditions - banging on the
penalty box while the opposing player sits in it. On
any other night, when a Michigan player would enter
the box, the fans would bang on it with their fists. But
on Saturday, Ice Scraper night, they had a new toy.
And like the apes from the Samsonite commercial,
the Bronco faithful banged away.
"You don't want to look (at the bangers)," said
Michigan forward Ryan Pardoski, who sat in the box
for six minutes. "You use it to your advantage and
turn it the other way. You get pumped up. You just
WMU rink gives
Blue a headache
laugh, for their mentality. You know what I mean?"
In addition to wailing on the box, fans would hold
up signs blocking the vision of the penalized player
stating: "It's all your fault."
"IT GETS pretty annoying. Especially since the
penalty box is so small," Michigan defenseman Todd
Copeland said. "The whole Western rink is annoying
to play in, in general."
Annoying indeed. There were five Renaissance
gentlemen, in denim jackets, sitting rinkside, that
would smack the boards if the puck came anywhere
near them. They were probably taking time off from
their Voltaire and Rousseau studies.
In addition to the fans, the entire rink - roof and
stands - is made of metal, exacerbating the noise as it
reverberates continuously. It's as if you were skating
in a tin can.
"They gave out those snow removers and they made
a lot of noise," Copeland said. "That's the loudest I've
ever heard any college rink. I don't think pro rinks can
get that loud. You couldn't hear anything the last five
minutes of the game."
WITH TWO goals in 49 seconds, Western pulled
within one of Michigan with only 3 minutes left in
regulation play. The crowd went nuts and banged non-
stop in rhythmic fashion until Michigan captain Todd
Brost scored an empty netter with seven seconds left.
They even banged during the Western timeout.
"I thought Bowling Green was loud and I thought
(Michigan) State was loud, but this place doesn't
compare to either of them," first-year defenseman
Doug Evans said.
Interestingly enough, this wasn't the first giveaway
night Western has had this year. Earlier in the season,
the Broncos had Kazoo Night when the Spartans were
in town. The game ended up an 8-1 Spartan blowout,
and the fans hucked their kazoos on the ice. Maybe it
didn't make enough noise. Copeland succinctly
summed it all up:
"They have good fans here, but I don't really like
them that much."
BY STEVEN COHEN
Tonight John Fisher and Joe Pantaleo of
Michigan's fourth-ranked wrestling team will
participate in the prestigious East-West All Star Meet
in Philadelphia. The annual tournament features two
top wrestlers in each weight class.
Fisher and Pantaleo are the top-ranked wrestlers in
the 134-and 158-pound weight classes, respectively.
This is Fisher's second time participating in the meet.
Last year, at Cedar Rapids, IA, Fisher lost to
Oklahoma State's national champion and Olympic
gold medalist John Smith, 9-5.
Fisher will face second-ranked Joe Melchiore of
Iowa, while Pantalco will face third-ranked Dave
Morgan of Bloomsburg.
Last season, Melchiore 5
handed Fisher one of his
three defeats. The other two
losses were to Smith.
Fisher ended the season
with 35 victories.
Two weeks ago at the
Great American Duals
Classic, Fisher, 31-0, de.
feated Melchiore, 9-5.
Before that match, all of
Fisher's teammates seemed
certain that he would defeat
Their rationale: Last
year Fisher lost to
BEFORE that match
Mich-igan's Mike Amine
said of Melchiore: "I hope
Fisher thrashes him to
show that last year was a
fluke. The kid (Melchiore)
is real cocky, he needs a
Though last year's loss Wrestlers John Fishe
still bothers him, Fisher both ranked first in
"I JUST HOPE Pantaleo and I represent
ourselves and Michigan well at the meet," Fisher said.
Joe Pantaleo, 31-1, is also familiar with his
opponent. Though he has never wrestled Morgan in
college competition, the two became friends while
practicing and rooming together this summer at the
World College Championships in Italy.
"Dave is a mat-wrestler, he likes to stay close to
the mat," Pantalco said. "I am better on my feet.
Hopefully, I will use my quickness to my advantage."
"Pantaleo should win pretty easily," Fisher said. "I
saw Rick St. John (of Arizona State) beat (Morgan)
pretty bad and St. John is not as quick as Joe. Joe
should be able to take him down a lot, and then take
Top-ranked wrestlers to
face foes in Philadelphia
the down position (and
escape, to earn more
Apparently, the Na-
tional Wrestling Coaches
Association, which spon-
ors the meet, chose
Morgan over the second-
ranked St. John because
Morgan wrestles for nearby
But from a team
standpoint, it is even more
important that Pantaleo be
able to beat St. John since
St. John is from second-
ranked Arizona State.
"I'M JUST happy to
be invited," Pantaleo said.
"Last year I was ranked
third so I didn't get to go.
St. John and I have faced
(each other) so many times
Morgan is no pushover,
however. Last season he
was an All-American at the
150-pound weight class.
But Pantaleo remains sure
r (top) and Joe Pantaleo,
their class, will represent
t-West All-Star meet.
Swimmers win 30th in a row
BY ERIC LEMONT
To be No. 1. Who needs it?
When you're at the top, every
opponent tries a little harder. Every
passing match adds more to the
pressure to win.
Scratch the above when talking
about the Michigan women's swim-
ming team. A group that has had no
problem playing top cat in the Big
After traveling six hours to
Bloomington, Indiana last weekend,
the Wolverines jumped straight off
the team bus and into Royer Pool.
They left with a decisive 100-40
victory and a new club record of
thirty dual meet victories in a row.
The Wolverines didn't feel the
pressure to win in part because they
didn't know they were swimming to
break the 29-meet streak set in the
Coach Jim Richardson put the
record in perspective, by saying,
"We never talk about those things at
all. We're more concerned with
things we have to do to swim well."
Richardson, taking nothing away
from the quality of competition in
the Big Ten, added that if Michigan
was "in the Pac-10 or Southeastern
Conference we wouldn't have this
consecutive dual meet record."
Teams from these conferences fin-
ished with better scores than the
Wolverines in early season
But against Indiana, it was
Michigan who was out in front. The
Wolverines won 12 of the 14
swimming events and swept first
through third in three of them.
Stefanie Liebner had one of her
best meets of the season, setting a
new pool record (4:55.84) in the
500-yard freestyle, and capturing the
200 freestyle. Liebner was also part
of the Wolverines' winning 400-
medley and freestyle relay teams.
Richardson was also pleased with
the performance of Jennifer Jackson.
Jackson stroked out a first-place time
of 2:08.54 in the 200 butterfly and
two second-place finishes in the 500
and 1000 freestyle.
The Hoosiers' only taste of
victory was provided by Caroline
Teskey, who won the 200
backstroke and 400 individual
medley, and Kareen Erickson, who
took first in the one- and three-meter
February 8 and 9 in the Arena
Theatre from 6 p.m. to 7:30
p.m. Please bring a short,
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can sign up for five-minute
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(located in the basement of
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questions? Call Steve at 995-
5578 or Dave at 761-1561.
bears no grudge against Michigan in the East
"When I beat him (at the Great American Duals)
afterwards he shook my hand and said, 'Smart match--
you wrestled a good match,"' Fisher said. "And last
year after he beat me in the nationals, I saw him in a
restaurant and on my way out wished him good luck in
"I don't dislike him, but I'd like him a lot more if I
keep on beating him.
"I don't mean to sound cocky, but I am pretty
confident I will win," he said. "I think you have to be
confident to wrestle well."
The reverse is also true. Wrestling well provides
confidence. And the past successes of Fisher, three-
time All-American and two-time Big Ten champ, and
Pantaleo, the NCAA and Big Ten runner-up last
season should lead to two confident individuals.
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Red Wing Klima jailed
ROYAL OAK (AP) - Detroit
Red Wing Petr Klima was jailed
yesterday for driving under the
influence of alcohol last fall, when
he was on probation for a previous
"The judge fined him $550 or 40
days in jail, plus a $60 screening
fee, plus three days in jail, with
credit for one day already served,"
44th District Court adminisrator
Kevin Sutherland said.
Klima, 24, was taken to the
Royal Oak Police Department and to
the city jail immediately after his 9
a.m. sentencing before Judge Daniel
Sawicki. Sawicki also sentenced
Klima to 18 months probation and
suspended his driver's license for six
months, Sutherland said.
"Ideally, we'd have liked to keep
Petr out of the jail," said Klima's
attorney, William Evo of Troy. But
he added he thought Sawicki's
sentence was fair.
"I think he got to the crux of the
matter, (that) it's not going to
resolve Petr's problem, to keep him
in jail," Evo said.
The judge also ordered Klima to
perform an unspecified number of
hours of community service.
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