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Page 8 - The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday - March 19, 1990

From Staff Reports
After spring break practice at
Tulane University, the Michigan
sailing team sent sailors to two
major East Coast regattas last
Senior Debbie Hopkins sailed A
Division with junior Kathy Teeple
while sophomore Kim Kelly sailed
B Division with senior Marya Mogk
at the Naval Academy Women's
Regatta. The Michigan contingent
finished in 10th place out of 16
squads. Nationally, the women's
team is ranked tenth and finished
sixth at nationals last year.
At New York's Maritime School,
junior Co-Captain Ed Campaniello
sailed A Division with senior Dave
Milan while sophomores Ryan
McLaughlin and Timothy Mackey
sailed in B.
The team fared well in both
regattas despite the difficult
transition from the boats used in
practice at Tulane University to the
boats used in the races.
The Michigan sailing team is a'
club sport that competes nationally
throughout the academic year.
Practice during the season is held at
a sailing site on' Baseline Lake,
about 20 minutes from campus,
with transportation provided by the
Any interested students,
regardless of sailing experience, are
encouraged to attend the sailing team
mass meeting on Wednesday, March
21, 7:00 p.m. in Angell Hall (the
room will be announced on flyers
across campus).

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work out, but it gives me a mental
edge. When I step on the mat, I
know no one out there worked out
harder than me."
Another reason Gotcher trains so
diligently is to keep his weight
down. He weighs in naturally at ap-
proximately 180 lbs., but wrestled
for most of the season in the 150
division. He moved up to 158 after
an injury sidelined Sam Amine,
who was Michigan's starter at that
weight. But even with the added
eight pounds, the task of cutting
weight still loomed arduous.
"Larry's mastered cutting
weight," teammate and workout
partner Lanny Green said. "It's the
toughest thing to do in wrestling,
but he almost enjoys it."
Coach Dale Bahr recognizes
Gotcher's intensity as the
foundation for his success. "He's
just so focused on what he wants to
do that he refuses to lose. His
intensity has its positives and
negatives, but overall, that's why
he's a winner."
One of the negatives that
stemmed from Gotcher's attitude
was an outburst that occurred at last
year's NCAA tournament. He
squared off against Clarion's Mike
Cole in the semifinals. Several
minutes into the match, the referee
slapped his hand to the mat,
signifying that Gotcher had been
"I wasn't pinned. It wasn't even
close," he later argued.
Incensed, Gotcher slammed
down his headgear and initiated a
verbal exchange with the referee.
The official penalized Michigan two
team points.
"I had never been pinned before
in my life, not even turned,"
Gotcher said. "The ref took the
right to say that away from me."
Regarding the outburst, Gotcher
maintained, "If I didn't have that
attitude, I never would have gotten
that far in the first place. A good
loser is a loser."
Is that just a cop-out rationaliza-
"No, it's pretty close to the
truth," Bahr asserted. "Without that
approach, Larry wouldn't do nearly
as .well.
"I mean, look at a guy like Bo
Schembechler. He's got such a pas-
sion for winning, so you see him
ranting on the sidelines, throwing

his headphones. I don't know that
he would have won all those games
without that intensity."
As a result, many recognize that
when tournament time rolls around,
Gotcher responds with an uncanny
knack for surviving each match.
"Larry wrestles best with his
back to the wall," teammate Phil
Nowick said. "The NCAA is not
just a question of ability, it's en-
durance too, and no one can endure
like he can."
Gotcher carries over his
endurance to other areas of his life.
He maintains a 3.5 GPA in the
business school, a seemingly odd
complement to wrestling.
"I'm a weird combination -
I'm a good student and a good
athlete, and that's already
contradictory. I'm in the business
school and I listen to Iron Maiden. I
have a Grim Reaper tattoo, but I'll
be wearing a suit and tie to work."
However, each aspect is bound
by one common denominator.
"Every one of those things is in-
tense - wrestling, the business
school. Just getting a tattoo in the
first place is intense, and then
trying to go out every day in a suit
and make money."
Gotcher credits athletic competi-
tion as being the catalyst in his
life. "Wrestling has done everything
for me - it's given me that
attitude. If I didn't wrestle, I'd be
working in a factory the rest of my
Consider those monolithic stares
that adorn his walls. They are ac-
companied by countless reminders
of his mission in life to succeed,
most notably the self-addressed
message fixed beside his alarm
clock, ready to greet Gotcher every
Get up m-----f-----. You are going
to be NCAA Champion. Think
intensity a------. You are thef------
s---. You never, ever quit b----.
When you get tired, kick yourself
in the f---a--. Never get scored
on... NEVER! Another thing: get
straightf------ A's and a good paying
f------ job. WAKE UP GET
It would seem that Gotcher
places inordinate pressure on
himself to succeed, but he does not
get down on himself when he loses
a match.
"When I lose, the first thing I
think is I could have beaten him -
there's always a way I could have


Michigan's Larry Gotcher tries to escape the hold of Illinois' Dan O'Brien during the Wolverines' dual meet with
the Illini. Gotcher will compete this weekend in the NCAA championships in College Park, Maryland.
won that match," he explained. gone to any West Coast school, mates. Instead, he leads with his ac-
"The second thing is I'll never lose like Oregon, with good wrestling tions.
to him again." programs." "I don't talk much. When I do
One wonders what inspires Gotcher made the trek to Ann talk, people hear it," he said. "You
Gotcher's unrelenting drive, perhaps Arbor after a year at the University don't have to be loud to be a leader.
a professional athlete or other of Montana, which dropped its I'll do anything for those guys and
celebrity role model. However, his wrestling program after his first they know that."
o n I y sti mu1i tow ar d year. He then made the transition But above all, wrestling is an
accomplishment are self-imposed, individual sport. And while the
and the only lessons are self- 'There's a certain team concept is important to
learned, intensity I get, some Gotcher, his focus is
"I don't have any idols. I set my kind of adrenaline unquestionably toward his own
own goals. You have to succeed flow that when I et accomplishment.
with what you have," he said, a be- .ith 1 , "Wrestling is the ultimate win.
lief no doubt formed by the fact that it, there's no way I'm It's better than a fight, because the
Gotcher has had to rely solely on gonna get beat. I rules make you even - there are no
himself for a long time. don't know where it knives or guns, just you and your
On his own since his senior year comes from, but you opponent."
of high school, the Tacoma, Wash- can see it in my eyes Now Gotcher faces the toughest
ington native came to Michigan wI have it' task of all - his last opportunity
with everything he owned packed when to win a national title. Green likes
into the new Ford Escort he - Larry Gotcher his chances. "The NCAA is Larry's
financed himself. Though offered Michigan wrestler tournament. His record isn't perfect,
scholarships from many but it wasn't last year either."
universities, Gotcher chose Gotcher likes his own chances
Michigan, despite its distance. from aloof transfer student to team as well. Why does he think he'll
tri-captain in his three years in a succeed?
"You have to have respect for a Wolverine uniform. Appropriately enough, he quotes
kid who makes a decision to drag However, Gotcher is not the or- Steven Seagal in hard To Kill :
himself across the country because dinary leader, full of encouragement "Superior attitude, superior state of
he wants to go to a great business and praise for his younger team- mffind."
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