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restlers hope for big crowd at meet tonight
Large aowds have been rare at Nebraska wrestling
matches in the past and coach Orval Borgialli said he
hopes the trend will change in the future-Wednesday
night, to be exact.
The Husker wrestling squad hosts the Northwest
Missouri State (NWMSU) Wildcats following the
Nebraska-Oklahoma State basketball game tonight.
"There will be 9,000 people in the Coliseum for
that basketball game," Borgialli said. "We'll be
starting the match five minutes after the game is over.
We hope all 9,000 will stay in their seats."
Borgialli has reason to hope for a good turnout.
His team has a 4-1 dual meet record. Heavyweight
Bruce Conger, 190 lb. Bob Johnson, 167 lb. Dave
Luth, 142 lb. Tony Jennings and 118 lb. Tim
Rimpley are undefeated in dual meets this year.
Conger, 19-2 overall, is leading the team in scoring
with 81 points. Jennings has scored 59 and Johnson
and Rimpley each have 50 points. Last weekend
against Minnesota and Superior State, Rimpley won
in the 134 lb. bracket.
Three weeks ago, Borgialli was concerned about
the ineligibility of several wrestlers and injuries to key
athletes, especially Johnson, who was out with a knee
injury. According to Borgialli, the ineligibility
problem has been solved, but the team remains
plagued with injuries.
"Smelling like a rose"
"We came out of that ineligibility deal smelling
like a rose," he said, "but the injury factor is killing
us." Johnson, who hasn't wrestled since the end of
December, could be ready this week, Borgialli said.
He said 158 lb. Mark Boer and Luth both pinched
nerves at Minnesota last weekend, but that both of
them should be ready to wrestle by late this week.
"I think we can handle them," Borgialli said of the
NWMSU Wildcats. Last year the Wildcats lost to the
Cornhuskers 28-11, enroute to a 10-6 dual season.
Unbeaten against their conference competition last
season, the Wildcats return eight of last year's 10
Following the NWMSU meet, the Huskers have
two days rest before traveling to Columbia to face
Missouri Saturday. The Tigers lost to Kansas State
26-18 one day after the Huskers defeated the KSU
Wildcats 36-3. .
"They're tougher than their record indicates,"
Borgialli said. He said he thinks the Tigers are a
stronger team than the Wildcats.
After the meet Saturday, the Huskers have three
dual meets remaining before the Big 8 Tournament
Feb. 28 to March 1 at Oklahoma State. According to
Borgialli, the Cowboys' overall talent and their home
mat advantage makes them the team to beat.
"I don't think there is any doubt about them
being the favorite," he said. Borgialli added that if the
Huskers remain healthy they would be in the thick of
it at the tournament.
He said he also hopes Nebraska will sent at least
six wrestlers to the NCAA championships, but admits
his biggest concern now is "keeping the Coliseum
filled for that match Wednesday."
Pride key to Husker success;
freshman new hope for netters
Nebraska's scrappy basketball team is two
wir 3 away from a Top Twenty berth.
If the Huskers could knock off Oklahoma
State tonight and whip Missouri on the road
Saturday, they would find themselves 12-5
overall and 5-0 in the Big 8.
Those lofty marks would likely be enough to
propel the young Huskers into the ranks of the
elite next Tuesday.
The key to the Huskers new-found
respectability has been their stable performances
in road games. Husker backetball teams in the
past have been known for their inability to cope
with hostile crowds.
Playing at the Coliseum, they would run and
gun their way to a comfortable victory the
majority of the time. On the road, they would
disintegrate into confusion, usually committing
None of the players on the 1975 version of
the Huskers are likely to make it on a future
cover of Sports Illustrated. However, if they can
retain their present sense of determination and
pride, Coliseum partisans might really have
something to scream about.
Speaking of rags to riches, tilings might be
looking up, for the Nebraska tennis team this
The Husker netters, though undeniabl v
intelligent (a 3.8 team grade point average last
year) finished eighth in the Big 8 last season for
the third time in a row.
Last weekend at an invitational tournament in
Grand Island, Mario Hamdan defeated Bill
Jackson for the championship.
Both are freshmen at UNL. Hamden is from
Mexico, whe:e he is the third-ranked junior
player in the country. Jackson was rated 26th in
California last summer.
An Omaha woman made news recently with
her battle to be allowed to compete in the
Golden Gloves boxing tournament.
It doesn't look as if she is going to win her
struggle because officials feel she would not be
safe in the ring.
I would like to see a mixed boxing
doubleheader featuring Gloria Steinem vs. Ron
Stander, followed by Biilie Jean King against
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scored against Colorado Saturday. Tonight the Huskers will
meet Oklahoma State, 7:35 p.m. in the Coliseum.
NFL drafts 'Minnesota Twins ' and Starkebaum
By Larry Stunkel
The UNL football team may have had the best
linebacking corps in the nation last year, as the first
three Huskers chosen in the National Football League
draft were defenders Tom Ruud, Bob Nelson and
Ruud, a 6 ft. 3 in. 225-pounder from
Bloomington, Minn., was the first Husker chosen in
the draft, going in the first round to the Buffalo Bills.
His teammate and other half of the "Minnesota
Twins," Bob Nelson, also was chosen by Buffalo in
the second round.
But the biggest surprise for Husker fans so far in
the draft would have to be John Starkebaum going to
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the New Orleans Saints in the fourth round.
Advances for the draft said quarterback David
Humm, offensive tackles Marvin Crenshaw and Mark
Doak would be the first Nebraskans drafted.
However, after the fourth round, Ruud, Nelson and
Starkebaum were the only Huskers picked.
Ruud was also the first and only player from the
Big 8 conference picked in the fust round.
"I'm kind of shocked because there are a lot of
good ballplayers in the Big 8," Ruud said. He also
said he was surprised that Humm and Crenshaw were
by-passed the first round.
Nelson, too expressed surprise at the draft.
"I don't know what the story is, but the whole
draft has been kind of funny," he said.
Both Ruud and Nelson are from Minnesota and are
similar in their physical and playing statistics. In three
years as blackshirts, Nelson and Ruud were in on 202
and 216 tackles respectively. Ruud intercepted a total
of three passes and recovered five fumbles, while
Nelson made one pass interception and recovered two
fumbles during his career.
Starkebaum was the third man and alternated as
linebacker spot throughout most of his career.
Starkebaum, 6 ft. 2 in., 213 pounds from Haxton,
Colo., had 114 tackles to his credit, recovered two
fumbles and intercepted two passes.
The NFL draft will continue today, after drafting
through the seventh round Tuesday.
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