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Wednesday, April 10,
Trials are in May
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Bill Scherr, the NCAA 190-pound
wrestling champion, will take the
first step towards an Olympic gold
medal May 18-20 at the U.S. Olympic
trials in Iowa City, Iowa.
After achieving all his wrestling
goals in a 134-18 career at Nebraska,
the senior from Mobridge, S.D., said
he is confident about his Olympic .
He isn't trying to be cocky, he said,
but "You have to be confident in your
abilities. I know if I wrestle up to my
capabilities, I can beat anybody in
the world. I beat the number one and
The No. 1 and 2 guys are Russia's
Sanarsan Oganysan, an Olympic gold
medalist, and Robert Tibilov, also
from Russia. Scheer is 1-1 in matches
against each of them. The two
matches with Oganysan took place
recently while a Russian team was
touring the United States.
"I think I've done as well as anyone
internationally in my weight class,"
Scherr's international experience
includes winning second place at the
Junior World Championships in 1981
and wrestling freestyle in Europe the
past two summers. He said he hasn't
wrestled in the World Championships
or Russia's Tblisi Tournament, which
are the world's biggest tournaments
next to the Olympics.
The disadvantage for American
wrestlers in the Olympics, Scherr
said, is that they must switch from
the collegiate style to freestyle.
Wrestlers in many other countries,
including Russia, practice freestyle all
Scherr has advantages over other
Americans with regard to freestyle.
Besides his international freestyle
experience, Scherr said Stan Dzeic
dic, considered by some to be the fin-
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UNL Olympic hopeful Dill Ccherr relaxes at home with his wife Teresa. Scherr is one cf four current cr former
Hcsker wrestlers competing in the Olympic trials. EillYbrother Jim, Al Freeman and Gary Albright are also
hoping for Olympic glcrr.
est freestyle coach in the world,
works with him in Lincoln. Dzeicdic
won a bronze medal wrestling at the
1976 Olympics and is the assistant
U.S. Olympic coach. Scherr has been
.working with Dzeicdic throughout his
four years at Nebraska and said he
would not be in a position to qualify
for the Olympics without him.
Scherr said his toughest competi
tion at the trials will come from sev
eral non-collegiate amateurs. Ed
Banach from Iowa, Mitch Hull from
Wisconsin and Steve Frazier from
Michigan all have been practicing
freestyle in preparation for the trials
longer than Scherr has. Only one
freestyle wrestler from each weight
class will compete in Los Angeles. A
Greco-Roman style team will also
wrestle for the U.S., but Scherr said
he will probably try out only for the
The May competition will deter
mine the top six wrestlers in each
weight class for both freestyle and
Greco-Roman. The top six will
advance to a two-week training
camp. At the end of the training
camp, another competition will be
held, from which the Olympic
wrestlers will be determined.
Scerr said he needs to regain the
physical and emotional levels he had
at nationals in March. He said he will
train harder than he did for nation
als, working out three times a day in
the two weeks before the trials.
"I'm in a position to make myself
ready to compete," Scherr said. "I feel
I have the background and the expe
rience to put myself at that level in a
very short period of time."
Nebraska assistant Coach Tim
Neuman said he agrees.
"I think the closer tryouts come,
the harder he's going to be working "
for them," Neuman said. "Hell have
had enough time to change from his
collegiate style to freestyle. I think by
that time he'll be a legitimate threat."
Scherr will move from his collegiate
weight class of 190 pounds to 198 at
the trials. To make his 190 pounds
more "solid," he said he will lift
Scherr said that although being
national champion is a "great feeling,'
it is "nothing comparable to being on
top of the world.
"It's always been some sort of
dream," he said. He said he didn't
think realistically of the Olympics
until his freshman year in College
when he won the Great Plains Meet.
He said he beat some of the best
wrestlers in the country.
"I knew it was something I could
shoot for " Scherr said.
Scherr won two Big Eight cham
pionships in addition to his NCAA
title. This year, he lost only once and
held the No. 1 ranking the entire
Scherr and his wife Teresa work
together to achieve his wrestling
"I think I put as much into it as he
does in my own way," Mrs. Scherr
said. "Our first priority is to glorify
God." She said right now that means
getting ready for the Olympics.
"Wrestling was first in my life when
I was in high school," Scherr said. "I
though that by achieving some suc
cess in wrestling, I would be achiev
ing some sort of satisfaction in life.. I
really began to search for something.
That's when I became a Christian."
Scherr said the effort he puts into
wrestling carries over into other
"I can't separate the different
things into different areas," he said. "I
like to do the best in everything I do."
An example is academics. Scherr
was named four times to the all-Big
Eight academic wrestling team. His
current GPA is 3.67.
"I'm not going in different direc
tions with any of it," Scherr said.
His wife said Scherr is giving the
Olympic trials his best shot. Scherr
said if he doesn't qualify, it will be a
disappontment but it won't be the
end of the world.
"If I give it my best effort, I have
nothing to worry about," he said.
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:' - y - --. Scoreboard
; (Sportmssshi? ratirs"3 in parentheses)
Co-Eec Cembali D
Roadrunners 16, Team 3 7
Guppies 14, Sigma NuLittie Sisters 2 13
I Tappa Keg 15, Cather ThreePound Eleven 10
Quotation Marks 21 , Sandoz Five Abel Elevenl 8
Mickey D's 15, Jesus is Lord 12
Fig Mutants 9, CatherTourPound Thirteen 4
No Names 17, Harper FiveSchramm Seven 15
Schramm Two 14, The Eliminators 11
Cather ThreePound Seven 17, Abel Three 15
Where's the Beef 1 9, D. S. B.'s 17
Burr Three East-West 21, Food Science 12
Jamokes 15, Architorture 9
AB 5 & Company 10, Kappa Kappa GammaHashers 5
Suds & Such 14, Team 212 ,
Team 1 14, Abel Twelve 9
Toby and the Riffraff def. Arnie's Angels by forfeit
Women's Gc fibril
Gators def. Sandoz Two The Zoo by forfeit
LXIXERS 3. Sorry. My Fault 0 ,
Don Ho's (3.6) 2, Mumsa Two (3.3) 1
Team Italia (4.0) 1, Blue Mooses (4.0) 0
Nacional (3.2) 5, Pi Phi Hashers (3.2) 1
America's Team def. Holysmokers by forfeit
D. C.'s (5.0) 4, Numsa One (5.0) 1 ;
Abel Six def. Abel Ten by forfeit
Schramm Eight (4.0) 2, Cather Twelve (4.0) 1
Piper Four (4.0) 3, Cather Eleven (3.2) 1
Because of many cancellations of soccer and
- scflb2.Il games this spring, the Office of Campus
"Recreation has scrapped the original schedules
for those two sports. The office set up a double
elimination tournament which will begin today.
Teams may pick up a schedule of the tourna
ment at the office after 1 p.m. today.
Recreation hours will be reduced this weekend
because of the holiday. Call 472-3467 for a list of
open recreation hours.
Schedules and information for summer trips
are now available at the ofilce.
Frisbee golf will be played Thursday on' the
grassy mall south of the Coliseum. Tee times will
be available after 3 p.m. today at the office.
- Men's 10,CCD lector ran
1. John Hansen, Tau Kappa Epsi'on 33:30
2. Jim Witter, Aiha Tau Omega 33:30
3. Tom Becker Indspendent 33:21
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