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by Gary Seacrest
A fourth place finish may not seem like a very high goal,
but that is exactly what Orval Borgialli, Nebraska wrestling
coach, would like to accomplish in this weekend's Big Eight
. wrestling tournament at Oklahoma State.
Borgialli's goal isn't as modest as it sounds since the Big
Eight is the country's toughest wrestling conference. Iowa
State, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma are all ranked in the top
ten in the nation.
The Huskers finished fourth in the Big Eight last year and
this season recorded their best dual season in a decade with a
"We hope to finish in the upper division," Borgialli said. "It
is going to be tough to get third, but we have a good chance to
get fourth. It will be a dog-fight for fourth and we might even
slip to seventh."
Iowa State and Oklahoma State, currently ranked first and
second in the country respectively, will battle for first place,
according to Borgialli. "I feel Oklahoma State will win the Big
Eight just because the meet is at Stillwater," the Husker
coach predicted. "But I think Iowa State has a better chance
to win the NCAA"
Despite a rash of sickness and injury, Borgialli plans to
take a full squad to Stillwater for the meet, which also serves
as a NCAA qualifying meet. "If we get healed up we feel that
everybody we take has a good chance to place," he said.
The Husker wrestlers with the best chance to win first
places, according to Borgialli, are 118-pound Bob Orta and
167-pound Joe George. Both are seniors who have wrestled on
the varsity for four years.
George, who has a 24-5 record in duals and tournaments
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this season, finished second in the Big Eight and sixth in the
NPAA at 167 last year. "If I wrestle as well as I m capable. I
think I can win," George remarked. "But I have to keep my
CO,Borg?aCHiU?abels George, a graduate of Omaha Creighton
Prep as "strong and unorthodox." "He does some moves that
most guys wouldn't even think of trying," the wrestling coach
noted. "He's probably one of the most consistent wrestlers
we've had." , . . .
Borgialli is equally high on Orta, who graduated from
Lincoln High. "He has a' tremendous knowledge of the sport
and has been exposed to all aspects of wrestling-college,
national and international competition," Borgialli noted. Orta,
who packs his 110-pounds into a 5 feet 1 frame, won a
national AAU championship in 1970 and competed in the'
World Games in Canada the same year.
Orta has finished fourth in the Big Eight competition three
straight years and has a 17-4 record this year. "This is my best
chance in four years to win the title," he said. Oklahoma's
Gary Breece, Orta's chief competition, finished second in the
conference and third in the nationals at 118 last year, but has
been slowed by illness recently.
Besides George and Orta, Borgialli predicted that
126-pound Mony Halstead, 142-pound Tom Lotko and
158-pound Steve Ravenscroft should place high in the
conference meet, which features three national champion
Iowa State will take two of the national titlists into the
Stillwater meet-190-pound king Ben Peterson and 158-pound
champion Carl Adams. Oklahoma State has perhaps the most
heralded performer in Yoshiro Fujita, the reigning 126-pound
titlist. Fujita is undefeated and scarcely challenged in 40
straight matches over the past two seasons.
Gallagher Hall, site of the tournament, could literally shake
when Chris Taylor, Iowa Stata's 395-pound heavyweight, takes
the mat. The 6-7 Taylor is undefeated in 15 dual matches this
season and has scored a qukk pin in nine of the matches.
Bob Duffek, 22-year old
UNL tennis player, died
Thursday, after a two-year
battle against cancer.
Duffek graduated from
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where he lettered in tennis
before going on to earn a
varsity letter at Nebraska. He
was a member of Delta Sigma
Pi fraternity and served as a
tennis instructor at the Lincoln
basketball team overcame a
five-point deficit in the last 30
seconds of play to defeat the
Kansas State freshman, 67-66,
Monday night at Manhattan.
The Husker freshmen used
four straight free throws and a
lay-up by Steve Erwin in the
last half-minute to register
their ninth win of the season
against two loses. Kent
Reckewey led Nebraska scorers
with 21 points.
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THE DAILY NEBRASKAN
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1972
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