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Basketball
vs. Iowa
March 4, 1 p.m.
Crisler Arena

SPORTS

Wrestling
vs. Iowa State
Sunday, 1 p.m.
Crisler Arena

The Michigan Daily

Wednesday, February 22, 1989

Page 9

Pease
puts
pieces
together
BY DAVID HYMAN
"It would take a year."
These are the words Michigan's
junior wrestler Zac Pease heard from
his doctor after having rehabilitation
knee surgery in December 1987.
In the second round of the 1987
as Vegas Classic, Pease's heel
caught in the mat and his leg popped
only 30 seconds into the match.
Pease was unable to continue and
required medical attention.
Pease was told by a local
orthopedic surgeon, who diagnosed
the injury as a partially torn lateral
collateral ligament, that he would be
able to return in six weeks.
The injury did not seem to be that
rious until Pease arrived home and
went to see the team doctor. The
doctor found a fully torn lateral
collateral and anterior crucial
ligament and a torn lateral miniscus.
Arthroscopic surgery was performed
the same day.
PEASE HAD to make a major
decision: have reconstructive surgery
or stop wrestling permanently.
"I'd been at it (wrestling) for
about 12 years," Pease said. "I
figured, I can't stop now, plus I had
three more years of eligibility left
here at Michigan."
However, his decision to have the
surgery was not as difficult as the
following 12 months.
"I couldn't even stand in the room
and watch those guys wrestle," Pease
said. "I'd walk straight through the
Pwrestling room into the weight
room."

JESSICA GREENE/Doily
Sam Amine (top) may have a lock on the 150-pound division for the Michigan wrestling team this season,
but Zac Pease has provided him with tough competition. Pease has overcome a knee injury and looks to
take over Amine's job next year, when Amine moves to a higher weight class.

Pease was unhappy that he was
unable to compete, but continuously-
worked to regain his previous status
while the team performed two-a-day
workouts.
ALTHOUGH handicapped on
crutches, Pease put things into
perspective last summer.
"I saw this lady with one of her
legs amputated and she was on
crutches," he said. "I thought,
'Wow, I'm on crutches for three
months and I thought this was
living hell. I can just imagine what
she's going through or what she's
been through. Three months is
nothing. She is in (that situation)
for a lifetime."'
When Pease was able to ride a
bicycle, his leg became stiff and
tight after five minutes.
After persevering the initial
difficulty in riding the bicycle, Pease
increased his stamina and finally,

after a year of rehabilitation, he
returned to the wrestling world. But
the transition was not as smooth as
he wanted.
"I W A S holding back a lot
because I wasn't really sure of what
to expect and how (my knee) was
going to hold up," Pease said.
His return, on January 13, could
not have come at a better time for
Michigan. Coach Dale Bahr does not
like to wrestle Sam Amine every
week at 150 pounds so Amine will
not be burned out by the end of the
year.
"He'd (Pease) been out of any
competition for eight or nine
months and now he's thrown out
there with not a whole lot of pre-
paration," Bahr said. "It's remark-
able for him to be able to come back
from such extensive surgery."
Pease's 5-6 record may not be
All-American credentials, but he

came back from major surgery to
earn his first varsity letter with a
win versus Ohio State, February 10.
AMINE IS thankful for such a
dependable backup. "He had a lot of
dedication coming back and I am
glad he is able to help me out,"
Amine said.
Pease does not mind having to sit
and watch Amine in the Big Ten
Championships - he's just glad to
be back and happy he heeded the
doctor's advice.
"It's got to be a 100 percent
commitment that you're going to do
what the doctor says. You might as
well make it a job," Pease said
referring to the rehabilitation process
and the time it requires.
Pease did what the doctor ordered
and was able to return, just like the
doctor said, in one year.

Adam Schefter
The Schef's Spe ty
Random thoughts to A2
from beautiful Venezuela
-Don't you hate when Joe Falls writes a column like this.
-As this column is being read, I am in Venezuela, beginning my
Spring Break. Sure it's a little early, but hey, it comes along with being a
senior.
-If Morganna the Kissing Bandit ever makes a visit to Fenway Park
this year, someone better make sure that Boggs is in the clubhouse.
-How long is it now before we start seeing Adrian Dantley on the back
cover of milk boxes for missing people?
-Best wishes to Jay Burson on a speedy recovery. He's one basketball
player we haven't seen the last of.
-After listening to Bo Schembechler introduce A. Bartlett Giamatti
before his series of lectures here earlier this month, I realized that there is
no one other than Bo I would rather listen to at commencements.
-Did you ever wonder what that crazy man, who runs around with
Michigan flags and paints his face, does for a living?
-Illinois' Kendall Gill is a dead ringer for Robert, Vanessa's old boy-
friend, on The Cosby Show.
-I, for one, am sick of hearing all the talk of firing Bill Frieder. So
what if he's not the best coach in the country. Or the Midwest. Or the Big
Ten. He's here for a while so get used to it.
-Early baseball picks: AL East - Milwaukee Brewers. AL West -
Oakland A's. NL East - New York Mets. NL West - San Diego Pad-
res. You'll have to hold off on the World Series picks for a bit.
-New York Knicks - NBA Champions. Kind of has a nice ring to it.
-I think that Barry Switzer should be fired. Any coach that lets his kids
carry machine guns, shoot each other, deal drugs deserves to be sent on
his way. Do you think that you would ever see the stuff in Oklahoma
happen under Bo?
-I couldn't think of a nicer place that I would rather see Michigan State
offensive lineman Tony Mandarich go then Green Bay. A losing team,
with freezing temperatures that doesn't play in Dome. Let him earn his
money.
-It's incredible how many times Dick Vitale says the same thing in
one telecast. He's still more fun than listening to Hubie Brown, though.
-It seems like every year Notre Dame has the No. 1 recruiting class in
the country.
-I'm already excited for Fletch Lives, which opens March 17.
-What are the job qualifications for the guy that holds up the towel in
front of Cheryl Tiegs when she's changing bathing suits in the Sports
Illustrated swimsuit video? Is a degree from this university good enough?
'Final thought: Right now, I'm in Venezuela, starting my ten day
vacation, sitting in rmy chaise lounge, with an ice cold beer in my hand,
looking at the crystal blue water, sun beating down on me.
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Thanks to 'M' hockey fans,
Spartans rule Yost roost

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Of the 8,404 that attended the Michigan-
chigan State game at Yost Ice Arena Saturday,
over half were Spartan fans. And that's disgust-
ing.
Why should the Spartans be afforded a large
partisan crowd in a Michigan building? Why
aren't the students at this university supporting
their hockey team in its most successful season
un der coach Red Berenson's tutelage?
At Munn Ice Arena, finding a Michigan fan is
like finding a Boston Red Sox championship
banner. There aren't many. At Friday's game in
East Lansing, there might have been thirty
Michigan fans and each was pelted with garbage.
But in Ann Arbor, it's as if these Spartan fans
own the place. Because there's so many of them,
Spartan fans do not have to worry about garbage
thrown at them. They just cheer. Loud.
The disappointing thing is that their fans are
so much louder than ours in our own building,"
Michigan goalie Warren Sharples said. "We've
got great fans but I really wish they were a little
0 more vocal. It's disappointing to hear the other
team's travelling fans drown out our own
supporters."
THESE MANY State fans in Yost hurt not
only the Michigan players, but aid the Spartans.
"Take away the (pep) band from Michigan, I

think we had more fans here than Michigan,"
Michigan State coach Ron Mason said. "It was
amazing how many people we had in the stands
and I tell you when you're behind it's not like
being on the road. We had a cheering section on
the end that would never let up."
This stinks. By not showing up at the game,
Michigan fans help out the Spartan cause. Using
the excuse that fans could not find a ticket for the
game is a cop out. If Michigan had real hockey
fans, they would have bought a ticket for the
State game ages ago. Before any of those slobs
came in and bought up half the rink.
So, if you are in the area during Spring Break,
support your hockey team and show up for the
playoffs. Hearing an opposing fight song drown
out The Victors in Yost is pathetic. Don't let it
happen again.
Here are some thoughts on some other sports
issues:
Boston Red Sox third baseman/philanderer
Wade Boggs has found out his life's problem
when he tuned in - get this - the G er ald o
Rivera Show. Boggs, who recently admitted to
having an affair with belle Margo Adams, said
he is oversexed. Boy, what a burden. I can see the
Red Sox announcers now when Boggs makes a

great play.
"What a great stab by Boggs, Bill. He hits
.360 and has a great glove." "Yeah, Joe. All that
and he's oversexed, too. He's destined for the
Hall."
And another Red Sox has made the news and
me nauseous. Roger Clemens, the new seven
million dollar man, reportedly complained when
there was no one to carry his bags for him in an
airport. Mr. Samsonite has obviously forgotten
his roots. I wonder if he complained about
anyone not carrying his bags for him when he
was in the minor leagues making about one
dollar a year.
Good thing Boggs didn't turn on The
Morton Downey, Jr. Show. Otherwise, he
might have thought he was a skinhead.
Did you know that in 1991, Los Angeles
Dodger/capitalist Orel Hershiser will make
three million dollars? It just proves what will
happen when a baseball superstar produces in the
last year of his contract. Soon we'll have our
first four million dollar player.
I hope Boggs can overcome his fateful disease.
I really do.

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