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Men's Tennis
vs. Toledo
Thursday, 11:30 a.m.
Track & Tennis Building

SPORTS

Women's Basketball
vs. Wisconsin
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena

The Michigan Daily

Wednesday, February 15, 1989

BY STEVEN COHEN
Michigan wrestling coach Dale
Bahr is fond of pointing out there are
-no weak links on his fourth-ranked
Michigan team.
But the wrestlers in the weight
'classes from 134 through 167
'ounds - John Fisher, Larry
Gotcher, Sam Amine, Joe Pantaleo,
and Mike Amine, merit special
iecognition.
Though the group has yet to
achieve the notoriety of Babe Ruth,
Lou Gehrig, Tony Lazzeri, Bob
Musel, and Herb Pennock, they, like
'the heart of the '27 Yankees, have
'also come to be known as
"Murderers Row."
"We've wrestled the best teams in
'the country and no one has come out
ahead of those five guys," said Bahr.
"'Fisher, Gotcher, and Pantaleo have
'not lost a dual meet this season."
. Fisher- "The Fishman." Ranked
NWo.1 and undefeated at 35-0. Three-
time All-American and two-time Big
Ten Champ. 80-3 over the past two
"seasons. This season Fisher has
'defeated Iowa's second ranked Joe
Melchiore twice by easy margins.
"I've always liked the way he
conducts himself - win or lose,"
Ohio State coach Russ Hellickson
said.
Gotcher- "Psycho." Ranked
'seventh. Finished fifth at the
'NCAA's last season after being
ranked numberl9th entering the
tournament. Has 8-0-2 record in the
Dig Ten and has never been pinned
*in high school or college.
"Gotcher just keeps coming at
you," said Melchiore
Amine- "Son of Sam." NCAA

Meet Michigan's own
Murderers' Row

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From left to right: Sam Amine, John Fisher, Mike Amine, Joe
Pantaleo and Larry Gotcher in the backrow.

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New York Mets Pitcher Bob Ojeda follows through yesterday at the Mets camp in Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Ojeda is an early arrival to spring training because he missed the 1988 post season after severing a finger on
his pitching hand in 9. gar4?'n, 3I~~a-

qualifier last season. Injuries and
difficulty cutting weight have
limited his time this season.
"Sam's record does not indicate
how tough he is," Bahr said. "He's
6-2 and two of his losses were to the
No.3 and No.5 ranked wrestlers."
Pantaleo- "Smokin' Joe."
Ranked No.1 with a record of 31-1.
Last season was NCAA and Big Ten
runnerup. Pantaleo has beaten the
second and third-ranked wrestlers this
season. Career record of 121-30-1.
"I remember him losing in the
(Big Ten) finals a few years ago,"

Hellickson said. What I like about
Pantaleo is that he has paid his dues,
he's a tough kid."
Amine- "Dram (puts opponents
to sleep)." Ranked fifth. According
to Amine, he has not yet hit his
stride. Last season Amine finished
second at NCAA's and third at Big
Tens. Defeated first-ranked Mike
Farrel, 6-4 this season. 6-2-2 in Big
Ten competition.
"He gets an awful lot from what
he's got, he's a real competitor,"
Northwestern coach Tom Jarman
said.

Steve
Blonder
Blonder's Ponders

Big Ten officiating is
consistent - but bad

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Basketball games are supposed to be decided by the
players, not by officials.
But too often this year, Big Ten games are being
decided by the men in the striped shirts.
Case in point: Minnesota against Ohio State. A
few seconds left. Ohio State's Jay Burson is called for
a double-dribble, and Minnesota wins the game. Ohio
State coach Gary Williams and Burson are outraged.
Replays showed no infraction had taken place.
The Big Ten officiating this season has resembled a
police officer trying to stop a riot, rather than a referee
seeing a game progress in an orderly fashion.
Last Thursday night, Iowa's Brian Garner's fist
asked Sean Higgins' lip for a kiss, after Garner clubbed
Higgins from behind. It's funny, I never heard an
official's whistle blow. Garner looked like he belonged
in a street fight, not on a basketball court.
Against Minnesota, Rumeal Robinson was called
for a blocking foul when a Gopher fell on top of him.
Michigan coach Bill Frieder and I agreed we had never
seen a similar call.
At least the officials try and "make up" for calls
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they miss.
Glen Rice fell out of bounds with the ball against
Iowa, but the Wolverines retained possession. I guess
the official felt remorse for missing the Iowa player
climbing Rice's back to grab a rebound on the
previous play.
"The officiating this year has been so-so. We need a
lot of work, but the officiating needs to get much
better," Frieder said. "There are too many calls that ah
affecting the outcomes of games."
One solution might be hiring a full-time person
supervise officials. OtHer conferences have such a
position, but the Big Ten has yet to realize the
benefits to creating this role. This person would be
charged with recruiting better officials and reviewing
game tapes to see which officials need improvement.
But until the Big Ten realizes the necessity in
improving its officiating, we will have to suffer
through some of the best talent in the country
concentrating on what they can get away with, and not
playing good, clean basketball.
At least the officials are being consistent, even if it
is consistently bad.
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