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12 + The Michigan Daily - Friday, February 2, 2001

FRIDAY Focus ,



The legendary Iowa Hawkeyes shoot into Ann Arbor tonight


Stop the Iowa invasion:

our scnooi
ile no school can be the
Wgreatest in every sport, the
best schools will always
defend their pride.
The pride of the University body at
large -not just 10 Michigan
wrestlers - will be put on trial
tonight. The most prolific Division I
athletic program, the Iowa wrestling
team, will attempt to overrun Cliff
Keen Arena as it's
conquered seem-
ingly every other
arena in the counp-
try in the last 30
When Iowa
invades, it's like a
parasite. The DAN
Hawkeyes tem-
porarily infest the WILLIAMS
gymnasium with The
their wrestling Outsider
fanatics and dom-
inate mat and stands. If Cliff Keen is
laced with black and gold striped polo
shirts tonight, I will vomit.
But all upchucking aside, the
biggest reason to attend tonight's meet
is that Michigan has a legitimate
chance of winning.
Two weeks ago at the National
Duals in State College, Michigan all
but beat Iowa - burglary was com-
mitted. Michigan junior Charles
Martelli, who has made remarkable
improvement this season, was robbed
of a pin by an indecisive referee. The
ref smacked the mat to signal a pin
and then changed his mind upon con-
Michigan lost three points in the
decision and ended up losing the
match by two.
This tale didn't surprise me the first
time I heard it -.Iowa wrestling is a
silver spoon program. Its fans follow

necas you
the team like roadies. Every few years
(including this year) the national
championships are in the Hawkeyes'
hometown of Iowa City, and of course,
the referees enter every match know-
ing Iowa is supposed to win.
It blows away any advantages the
Yankees or Duke basketball or Florida
State football owns. No wonder Iowa
has won the last six NCAA champi-
onships and nine of the last 10.
Meanwhile, the Michigan squad is
as scrappy and tenacious as any team
I've ever followed, a reflection of its
leader, coach Joe McFarland.
I don't think I've ever met a coach
that seems more enamored with his
sport more McFarland, and the team
believes in him. This makes Michigan
a program on the rise, and certainly
deserving of your attendance in such a
featured match. If you take care of the
setting, I believe this team will create
the exciting plot.
It makes me ill to think that the
Michigan family would be willing to
let tonight be just another phase of this
Iowa epidemic. I think this school has
already taken a serious hit in pride -
Michigan's already had one arena
annexed by a rival this week.
As a member of the prestigious
Michigan fanbase, you have a duty
to maintain the respect this universi-
ty has built over the years. The
invading Hawkeyes do not respect
you - they view this event as a
minor obstacle on their way to
another national title.
Going to an Ohio State-Michigan
football game is easy; truly bleeding
maize and blue takes effort. In many
ways, tonight's square-off will separate
the Michigan proud from the pre-
Dan Williams can't wait to get to Cliff
Keen Arena tonight and can be reached
at dhw@numich.edu

Wo. S MAcigan vs.Wo.3 Iowa
Iowa: 3-0 Big Ten,
15-2 overall
Michigan: 1-1,
Series record:
Michigan 19-22-1
7 Porv +o ngbt aCOW keen Arena

Photos courtesy
Iowa athletic department

By Jeb Singer m Daily Sports Writer

f you look up Iowa assistant athletic director Dan
Gable's office phone number, you'll notice that
it's the same as that of the wrestling coaches.
Gable is never far away from the program that he
coached for 21 glorious years. Clearly, he is loyal to
his new post in the department, a post that he has
held for three years since injuries and time con-
straints forced him to resign as coach.
Gable created a dynasty a team in the nation's most
competitive conference. In his 21 seasons as coach,
Gable captured 21 Big Ten championships and 15
national titles. Each year, everyone else competed for
Gable coached 152 All-Americans. Of those
national place-winners, 45 of them - or three out of
every 10 - won national titles.
"I don't train my wrestlers to be All-Americans,"
he once said. "I train them to be national champions."
Then there were the 106 Big Ten champions and
10 Olympians, including four gold medalists.
"It's harder to be a good coach than it is an ath-
lete," Gable said. "If you are good (as an athlete), you
can win a lot of matches. But as a coach, it's just not
within your control. When it's not within your con-
trol, it's more difficult."
Gable was both a great athlete and a great coach.
Starting with the first match of his sophomore year in
1963 at West Waterloo (Iowa) High, Gable won 182
straight matches. During that stint he won three state
championships and two national titles. But the most
memorable match was the one that got away.
In the finals of the NCAA championships his
senior season, Gable lost 13-1 I to Washington State's
Larry Owings. For so long Gable did not know how

to lose, but in his collegiate finale he figured out how
to do so. He was defeated, but he turned it into a pos-
"The Owings match was one that did me a lot of
good by losing," Gable said. "I can't understand how
I ever put myself in that position to lose that match.
So, yeah, I'd like to have won it, but I don't know if it
would have had the same effect on me if I had won it.
However good I was up to that point, it took me 10 to
12 years of wrestling to get to that level. And then the
next two years, between that Owings match and the
Olympic Games, I improved more than I did in the
previous 10 years."
The powerful Soviet wrestlers went to the 1972
Olympic Games in Munich with one objective:
Destroy Gable. They failed miserably. Gable not only
won the gold, but he never even surrendered a point.
Were it not for the qualifying leading up to the
Olympics, it would have gone down as the greatest
performance ever by a wrestler. In 21 qualifying
wins, Gable recorded 12 pins and won the other nine
matches by a combined score of 130-1.
The wrestler who scored the point? Larry Owings,
who was trounced by Gable, 7-I.
While Gable was training for the Olympics, his
father was helping him find a job. There was an
opening for an assistant coach at the University of
Iowa. When deciding whether to take the offer, Gable
deferred to his father's opinion.
"I was allegiant enough to them at that point in
time in my life," Gable said. "I hadn't done a lot of
homework on it. I got advice, and I got, probably,
correctly advised."
Gable took the position, which led to the head-

coaching role after three years. Once Gable's stint
ended in 1997, history had been written and rewritten
over and over again. But to the program's delight,
four of Gable's brightest pupils stepped up to fill the
void left by his departure. Head coach Jim Zalesky
with assistants Tom Brands, Joe Williams and Lin-
coln McIlravy now run the program. Under Gable's
tutelage, they combined to win 12 national titles as
wrestlers. And under his apprentices', the Hawkeyes
have won national titles in each of the three seasons
since Gable left the sidelines.
"All these guys are great wrestlers and have gone
on to become good coaches and that's what we need,"
Gable said. "We need great people to stay in our
sport, to be able to coach young people to be great
athletes. We have to lead, and continue to carry on
the legacy.
"I'm pretty proud of anybody that can go out, and
stay in the profession, and do a good job, that has
been coached by myself."
Away from Iowa, Gable has been at the helm of
three Olympic teams, 10 World Cup teams and the
1986 Goodwill Games team. Among the athletes he
has worked with are Michigan coaches Joe McFar-
land and Kirk Trost. Gable understands the effect he
has had on the sport.
"You can hardly mention anybody associated with
wrestling in coaching, or competing, that I haven't
had a positive effect on with his own athletic career,
and his coaching career," Gable said.
Despite the loss to Owings, the man who ruled his
sport had this to say about his career: "It was about as
good as it can get."
And he is not being biased.

The Michigan wrestling team has taken the Spartans down twice this season,
but the level of competition gets higher with Iowa coming to town.
Tale o thle tape
Series record: Iowa leads, 22-19-1
Last Meeting: Iowa wins 20-18 on Januar 20, 2001
First Meeting: Iowa wins 21-2 in 1924
Iowa in Ann Arbor: 10-11
Hawkeye wrestling history:
NCAA Team Titles: 20
Big Ten titles: 28
All-Americans: 235
Big Ten champions: 170
National champions: 68
All-time dual meet record: 712-182-30
Wolverine wrestling history:
NCAA Team Titles: 0
Big Ten titles: 11
All-Americans: 137
Big Ten champions: 106
National champions: 17
All-time dual meet record: 608-257-22'
Last time around
Michigan wrestlers fall three
points short of glory
By Richard Haddad
Daily Sports Writer

Featured matchups
Charles Martelli Ben Shirk
. 00-01: 20-8 15 00-01:228
Career: 50-39 Pourds Career: 42-20
Rank: #7 Rank: #8
First Meeting: Martelli won by decision
Two weeks ago, Shirk dominated, but Martelli scored a reversal and back
points as time expired for a 4-2 win.
Otto Olson Gabe McMahan
00-01: 23-1 74 00-01: 13-3 V
Career: 107-24 PoundS Career:82-32
Rank: #2Rank:#4
First Meeting: Olson won by decision
After a seven minute battle at the National Duals, where Olson won
10-9, this could be a momentum swinging match for either team.
1 Andy Hrovat Jessman Smith
00-01:25-4 00-01:13-5
Career: 80-28 POUndS Career: 33-18'
Rank: #6 Rank: #1
First Meeting: Hrovat won by decision
In an emotional rivalry Smith knocked Hrovat out of the NCAAs last sea-
son, but lost to him at the National Duals.
Remaining bouts
125 pounds: No. 6 A.J. Grant, Michigan (22-9)
vs. No. 2 Jody Strittmatter, Iowa (19-1)
Grant is 0-3 in his career against Strittmatter, but improves
every time they meet.
133 pounds: No.16 Foley Dowd, Michigan (23-8)
vs. No.1 Eric Juergens, Iowa (17-1)
Juergens is the defending national champion, and one of
the most solid wrestlers in the Iowa lineup. Dowd will have
to keep the match close to have a chance to win.
141 pounds: No. 20 Clark Forward, Michigan (19-10)
vs. No.1 Doug Schwab, Iowa (22-0)
Schwab is undefeated and ranked No.1 in the weight class.
Like Dowd, Forward must hang around in the match.
149 pounds: No.9 Mike Kulczycki, Michigan (28-7)
vs. No. 6 Mike Zadick, Iowa (14-3)
Kulczycki is 2-0 in his career against the All-American. This
is a crucial match for Michigan to win.
157 pounds: Pat Owen, Michigan (11-9)
vs. No. T+U Williams, Iowa (16-0)

By Jeb Singer
Daily Sports Writer,
No matter what anyone says, tonight's
dual meet between Iowa and Michigan is
not "just another match".
With 14 wrestlers ranked among the top
eight in their respective weight classes
and two teams ranked in the top six
nationally, this is a matchup of power-
"Iowa has been the top dog for so many
years that I think everyone has to respect
that," Iowa State coach Bobby Douglas
said. "Everyone has to look at wrestling
Iowa a golden opportunity."
Thus far Michigan has, as coach Joe
McFarland likes to say, "answered every
challenge put in front of them." The
team's slim 20-18 loss to the Hawkeyes
two weeks ago at the National Dual Meet
Championships demonstrated its ability to
compete with the best.
A win tonight would demonstrate a lot
"I was pretty well impressed with
Michigan going 20-18 with Iowa, and
Iowa may have been lucky to win that,"
Lehigh coach Greg Strobel said. "It is
going to be quite a dual. Little home
advantage will help Michigan."

Personal vendettas will be one reason to
watch this one. A.J. Grant, Michigan's
feisty 125-pounder,"has revenge on his
mind after losing to returning All-Ameri-
ca Jody Strittmater twice, once by pin and
once 10-3. Second-ranked 174-pounder
Olson, who beat fifth-ranked Gabe
McMahon, could get a real confidence
booster coming off a less than stellar per-
formance against top-ranked Josh
Koscheck at the NWCA All-Star Classic
earlier this week. Iowa coach, Jim Zalesky
was extremely impressed with Olson after
the Michigan-Iowa dual earlier this sea-
"I don't think very many people are
able to stay with him," Zalesky said. "He
keeps the pressure on people the whole
The mystique of Iowa's wrestling pro-
gram certainly makes this match attrac-
tive, but Penn State's two-time national
champion Kerry McCoy knows the atti-
tude needed to defeat the country's best.
"Every athlete, no matter who, has to
have the mentality that there is a possibil-
ity that on any given day, anybody can be
beat," McCoy said.
It all adds up to one simple point: If the
Wolverines do knock off Iowa, it will not
be just "another win".

Nation's eye focused on
Cliff Keen for Iowa dual


Ghnosts of wrestling past

'M' ends Iowa's 99
meet winning streak
By Steve Cohen
Daily Sports Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - The fourth-ranked
Wolverines ended Iowa's 99 match dual-
meet winning streak with a 23-17 win in
the finals of the Great American Duals
Classic in Indianapolis.
The Hawkeyes, winners of nine of the

Hawkeyes destroy out-
manned Wolverines
By Steve wise
Daily Sports Writer
It's a good thing riding time can only
count for one point in wrestling, or things
could have been much worse for the Michi-
gan matmen last night.
As it was, riding time (the difference of
time in control) was only one of the many



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