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Bell and his boa
by Kim Ball
It's a Saturday night, and there's a wrestling meet at the
Coliseum. John Bell, UNL's 190-pounder, takes off his
warm-up jacket, unwinds the baby Colombian boa constrictor
wrapped around his neck and hands it to teammate Jeff Class
for safe keeping. An unnerved opponent collapses on the mat.
This, of course, didn't happen. Bell does wrestle, but he
doesn't tote his pet snake to meets despite encouragement to
do so by UNL wrestling coach Orval Borgialli.
Borgialli thinks it would be a good way to get more people
to come to wrestling meets.
Bell, who perhaps is better known as football player Rich
Glover's back-up last fall, likes animals. Besides the boa. Bell
and his wife Paula own three aquariums (filled with
meat-eating fish), a puppy and a small black cat.
"We just like animals," Bell said, adding jokingly: "We're
trying to substitute for kids."
Since returning from the Orange Bowl, Bell has won all his
matches. But the late start has hurt.
"I'm in terrible shape, really horrible shape," he said. "If I
can put out the work I need to, I'll keep on winning. But if I
don't get in any better shape, there's no way I'll keep
Bell could give up wrestling and concentrate on football
since he probably will be the leading candidate for middle
guard next fall. But he says he likes wrestling too much.
"I'll be getting in better shape wrestling than if I was just
conditioning for football," Bell added. "Wrestling is a total
fitness sport. It helps your quickness and endurance."
One aspect of wrestling Bell doesn't like is losing weight. He
had to lose 10 pounds to wrestly at 190 pounds.
Despite the dieting. Bell said wrestling really complements
"It teaches you a little more coordination with your hands.
You learn how to get past somebody's guard."
"When you can go through eight minutes of wrestling, you
know you'll be able to play a football game," Bell said.
The Huskers next home wrestling match is Feb. 10. Bell
says there is a chance that his snake may attend.
Willie Harper and Monte
Johnson were selected in the
second round. Harper went to
the San Francisco 49ers and
Johnson to the Oakland
Bill Olds and Rich Glover
(Glover won the Outland and
Lombardi trophies) were
picked in the third round. Olds
was picked by the Baltimore
Colts. Glover went to the New
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Bell . . "We like animals.'
Triangular could be season 's top
He ism an Trophy winner
Johnny Rodgers was selected
by the San Diego Chargers in
the first round of the National
Football League draft Monday.
He was the 25th player
Defending Big Eight indoor track champ
Nebraska hosts Kansas and Colorado
Saturday in what could be the top meet of
the indoor season.
Top performers are returning for both the
Colorado and Kansas teams that finished
second and third respectively in last year's
Big Eight rankings.
Nebraska's middle-distance runner Jim
Hawkins heads the list of three defending
Big Eight indoor champions to be at the
Hawkins, Husker co-captain this year
along with Wes Leonard, won the Big Eight
Indoor 1 ,000 yard run last year in 2: 1 2.0.
Kansas shotputter Rudy Guevara and
Colorado sprinter George Daniels are the
other Big Eight champions that will compete
in the meet which begins at 1:30.
Guevara won the Big Eight shotput
championship with a 58'-11 34" effort
while Daniels took the 440-yard run with a
time of :49.1.
Also performing Saturday will be four
men that won titles in last year's national
junior college meet.
The former champs include hurdler Ralph
Fisher and sprinter Karl Webb, both from
Nebraska, and Kansas stars, miler Jim Euell
and pole vaulter Terry Porter.
Sevigne said that this year's Husker squad
should feature great balance with it's only
weakness in the pole vault.
Bill Lauer, who holds the school record in
the. pole vault with a mark of 15'8", is out
with a broken wrist indefinitely, according
Field events begin at 1:30 p.m. Saturday
with track events starting at 2 p.m. at the
indoor track on the east side of Memorial
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