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restlers merit top 20 rank
By Pete Wegman
Five Nebraska Cornhusker wrestlers flew to
Princeton, N. J., Tuesday to participate in the
NCAA wrestling championships March 13-15.
The five will attempt to give Nebraska a position
in the nation's final top twenty ratings, according
to coach Orval Borgialli.
"We're going to prove we should have been
rated in the top twenty all year," Borgialli said.
Nebraska has yet to be listed this season in the
rankings by Amateur Wrestling News.
Current ratings have Iowa on top, followed by
Big 8 champion Oklahoma State,, Wisconsin,
Oklahoma and Iowa State. Big 8 schools have
been NCAA team champions 39 out of the last
44 years. Oklahoma won last year's tournament.
The five Huskers who qualified for the
nationals by placing in the top four in their
weight class at the Big 8 tournament are 1501b.
freshman Doug Hassig, sophomore heavyweight
Bruce Conger, junior Tony Jennings at 134 lbs.,
junior 190 lb. Bob Johnson and 126 lb. senior
Johnson was the lone Husker among the five
to attend the nationals last year. Johnson said he
has a much better chance of placing this year
(the top six wrestlers in each 32-man weight class
"The first year at nationals, just taking it all in
really overwhelmed me. Also, the number one
and two guys in my weight class aren't back this
time like last year," Johnson said.
The opposite of Johnson is freshman Doug
Hassig. Hassig, a two-time state high school
champion in Kansas, said he had no expectations
whatsoever of going to nationals when he came
Hassig, who qualified for the nationals by
defeating two wrestlers at the Big 8 tournament
who beat him in the regular season, said the main
difference between high school and college
wrestling is the length of the season.
"The six month college season, compared to
three months in high school, is really tiring,"
Gary Harnisch, a senior who has wrestled for
four years at UNL, said his senior season seemed
the shortest of the four to him. He called the
nationals, "my last big fling,"
"I had to make it to nationals this year," he
said, "It was my last chance."
Tony Jennings became the first Husker in
recent years to complete the , season with a
perfect dual mark, including no forfeits,
according to coach Borgialli.
"I think my chances are real good at placing
at nationals," he said. "I can't let up at all out
there though-there's no easy matches at
Nebraska's heavyweight Bruce Conger said he
has to learn by his mistakes. "I got beat by a
wrestler at the Big 8 tournament I had never
wrestled before, but that's the way it goes
sometimes," he said.
He added that although the competition will
be rough, he hopes to place and receive a medal.
Nebraska's previous high team finish at the
NCAA championships was ninth. The high
individual finish under coach, Borgialli was sixth.
UNL's ski club will sponsor
a party Wednesday at 8 p.m.
for anyone interested in the ski
trip over spring vacation. The
party will be held at the
Chateau Lafieur 1045 N. 63 St.
For further information call
Dea Ferris, 474-1425.
canoe trip March
13 to 15.
Canoes and equipment will be
furnished. For additional
information contact the
Recreation office, 1740 Vine
Jerry Fort was named to the
Big 8 all-conference team
selected by the United Press
Fort already holds the
Nebraska all-time scoring lead
with 1,369 points, while
scoring more field goals (576),
and attempting more field
goals (1,341) then any player
in UNL history.
Joining Fort on the All-Big
8 team were Alvin Adams of
Oklahoma, Hercle Ivy of Iowa
State, Willie Smith of Missouri,
and Chuckie Williams of
Cagers end season,
salvage 1 4-1 2 record
Nebraska closed their basketball season in unspectacular fashion
Saturday, bowing to Hercle Ivy (Iowa State) 82-69.
The loss, preceded by several unlucky conference defeats,
relegated the Huskers to mere repetition of last year's 14-12
Despite that modest mark, Nebraska stirred the most
excitement among their roosters in recent years with their
promising conference start and reckless play.
Their early success in the Big 8 conference also stirred
premature championship speculation, which naturally made it all
the more disappointing once the losses began to pile up.
Of course every Husker fan has a theory as to why Nebraska
finished fourth in the conference, rather than on top.
The most widely accepted one could be teemed the "Cipriano
Incompetency" theory. Other fans prefer to subscribe to the "No
Talent Aside from Fort" theory.
Had the Huskers salvaged a few more of those close games,
Nebraska fans would now be packing their bags for some
tournament site instead of theorizing.
Practically everybody will be back next year (including
Cipriano), and the new Coliseum will radiate an atmosphere of big
time college basketball that might prove inspiring.
Besides, with the NCAA, NIT and Commisioners tournaments,
there will be 56 post season berths open.
With the rash of post-season tournaments nearly upon us, I
hereby offer my predictions which, surprisingly, no one has asked
Nebraska Class A-Omaha Central '
Does anyone really believe in All-Star Wrestling?
Apparently some do, because people are turning out in record
numbers around the country to see such events as "Texas Death
Matches" and "Battle Royalcs."
A wrestling card in Omaha a few weeks ago drew a bigger crowd
than all but one of Creighton's games.
Over 8,000 people paid their hard-earned money to see a series
of contrived flips, off-target punches that nontheless drew blood
and kicks to the head.
Viewers wishing to see those bone-crushing matches for nothing
can tune in KETV Channel 7 on Sunday evenings or they can
watch the equally believable "My Partner the Ghost" on another
Women swimmers' talent like family heirlooms
By Becky Morgan
Swimming talents are like family heirlooms to the
four UNL women swim team national qualifiers.
Inheriting diving skills from a brother and sister is
Kincade, a senior at UNL, will compete in the one
and three meter diving events at the Association of
Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) National
Swimming and Diving Meet this weekend at Arizona
State University in Tempe, Ariz.
Kincade's sister Susie, who is on the UCLA swim
team, also will be at AIAW National meet. An older
brother Rick is a diving coach at UNL.
There will be 75 divers at the meet, Kincade said.
"This year has been my best season, but I have no
idea how I'll fare at Nationals," she said.
Comparing her increased success this year over
last, Kincade said it was because this is the first year
UNL has had a diving coach for the women, she said.
Another UNL diver qualifying for National
competition is Nancy Dykes.
Swimming has always been in the Dykes family,
she said. "We used to mess around at the pool as kids
trying different dives. That's what got me seriously
Dykes, a junior from Omaha, received her first
instruction at age 14. She dove competitively as a
senior at Northwest High School.
This will be Dykes first trip to Nationals.
"I'm going with the attitude to do the best I can,"
she said. "I know I can lestn alot from watching the
Two-time qualifier in the 50-yard breast stroke
Ruth Spencer, Omaha junior, said her family started
swimming because it was the easiest thing to do.
"The pool was close, so we all learned how to
swim. I've been swimming competitively since the age
of!!," she said.
Known as the Spencer gang, Ruth and her five
brothers and sisters formed a summer team. Two
brothers, Tip, a sophomore, and, Rick, a freshman,
are swim team members at Northwest Missouri State
Last year, Spencer placed in the upper 3rd (27th
in a field of 77) in the nationals meet.
"I'm really excited about Nationals this year," she
said. "We've had our best season. I've got to give alot
of credit to Sullivan (swim team coach Pat). She
really brought the team along.
Competing nationally in the 50-yard backstroke
will be junior Deb Peterson.
"It will be interesting to watch the other
swimmers," she said.
Peterson has been swimming for 12 years and has a
younger sister who swims in competition.
There will be about 700 swimmers at the AIAW
Nationals, Sullivan said.
There will be teams f'om throughout the nation,
she said. Arizona State, Miami and UCLA are favored.
"Kincade has a good chance foi placing among the
top 1 2 divers," Sullivan said.
"She will be competing against 75 other entrees in
the one-and three-meter competition."
The four qualifiers and Sullivan will fly to Arizona
Wednesday, and return Sunday.
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