Friday, August 3, 1984
The Michigan Daily
Fraser may hit gold twice
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properly train for these '84 Summer
"Frankly speaking, I knew Steve
would do this (win the gold medal) in
February of this year. Nothing would
get in his way. He was fanatical in his
quest to win the gold," said Minick, who
trained early every morning with
Fraser for two and a half years.
Minick and Fraser have delevoped a
close friendship as a result of the early
morning sessions. "I look at him as my
fourth son. He's a totally exceptional
individual," said Minick.
Minick's confidence in his friend was
well founded as Fraser easily won the
United States Olympic Trials last
spring and literally bulldozed his way to
Olympic gold in Los Angeles.
Wrestling in the 90-kilogram (198
pounds) weight class, the 26-year-old
Fraser drew a bye in the first round of
his tournament. He then beat Karolj
Kopas of Yugoslavia, pinned Garry
Kallos of Canada and whipped Swedish,
sex symbol, national hero and former
three-time World Champion, Frank
Andersson. In the semi finals he beat
George Pozidis of Greece which
assured him of making history as the
first American EVER to wina medal in
Greco-Roman wrestling which is a style
of wrestling contested entirely above
the waist and in the past, an event
dominated by European wrestlers.
Fraser capturedthe gold ina thrilling
final over Ilie Matei of Romania. He
tied Matei at 1-1 with only 39 seconds
remaining in the match which is where
the match ended, but in Olympic rules
the last wrestler to score points in a tie
is declared the winner.
So Fraser will return to Ann Arbor a
true national hero. And whether he
joins pizza king Monaghan or opts for
a career in coaching or law infor-
cement, one thing is for sure. Fraser is
United States ......
West Germany ....
South Korea .......
Former Michigan wrestler Steve Fraser of Ann Arbor celebrates after
defeating Romania's Ilie Matei to win the first medal ever for the U.S. He
won the gold.
Morris back; Tigers win, 2-1
By KAREN TENSA
Special to the Daily
DETROIT - A two-run homer run by
Lou Whitaker yesterday was all Jack
Morris needed to record his 14th victory
and join teammate Dan Petry as the
league's winningest pitcher.
Whitaker led the Tigers to the 2-1 win
over the Cleveland Indians in a rare
weekday afternoon game at Tiger.
ALTHOUGH MORRIS gave up only
one run, in eight innings, the early
frames weren't exactly smooth sailing.
Morris allowed two hits in the first and
a triple in the third which tavelled all
the way to the 400-foot mark in center
field past centerfielder Chet Lemon. He
escaped damage both times.
Indian designated hitter Andre Thor-
nton opened the scoring in the fourth
with a homer to left center field - his
23rd of the season.
Dave Bergman led off the Tiger fifth
with a single to right field off Cleveland
starting pitcher Bert Blyleven. Two
'outs later, Whitaker hit a home run
idown the right field line into the lower
IN EIGHT innings Morris gave up';
seven hits, walked none and struck outl
one batter. Willie Hernandez chalked
up his 22nd save, mopping up the ninth,
giving up only one base hit.
The Tigers also threatened in the
seventh, cl)asing Blyleven from the
game and going through two relief pit-
chers. But with the bases loaded and
two out, Lance Parrish hit a chopped
ground ball to pitcher Tom Waddell to
end the inning.
Lance Parrish slides into Cleveland shortstop Julio Franco to prevent a
double play in the fourth inning of yesterday's 2-1 Detroit victory at Tiger
... blasts game-winner