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Wrestlers shuffle weights to cover
loss of team captain I
By Tim Pearson
Nebraska wrestling coach Tim Neumann
expected his team to be a little banged up at this
point in the season.
But something he didn’t expect was the loss
of one of his team captains for the season.
Chad Nelson, a sophomore at 167 pounds,
tore his anterior cruciate ligament before the
Comhuskers’ victory over Oklahoma on Sun
So the Huskers will have to reshuffle their
lineup for tonight’s dual against fifth-ranked
Minnesota in Worthington, Minn., Neumann
Losing Nelson “is tough,” Neumann said.
“He’s a team captain, and it’ll be hard to replace
Freshman Tom Manzella, who had wrestled
at both 177 and 190, will move down to 167 to
Freshman Ryan Tobin, who has a 21-15
record, will wrestle at 177, and senior Russ
Vering will go at 190.
All-American and 134-pounder Frank
Velazquez, who has been hampered by injuries
all season, will not wrestle against the Golden
Gophers, Neumann said.
Instead, redshirt freshman Jason Reitmeier,
who attended Worthington High School, will
wrestle in his place.
The meet will be held at Worthington High
School, where Reitmeier was a two-time state
champion and an Amateur News first-team All
Redshirt freshman Justin Ware will contin
ue to wrestle at 142 pounds after winning a
wrestle-off against All-American Mike Eierman
Friday. Ware is 20-5 after pinning Oklahoma’s
The Huskers will have two duals in the next
Heavyweight Tolly Thompson (bottom) and the sixth-ranked Cornhusker wrestlers will face fifth-ranked Minnesota
today at Worthington, Minn. un:....:n u.««««n;<. n;
four days, with another coming against Iowa
State Sunday. ......
Neumann said he made the schedule that
way on purpose.
“After the National Duals, 1 knew we’d be
banged up,” he said. “We got ourselves back
together, so I wanted some tough competition
back-to-back like this.
••inis will neip prepare tnem ior Dig nignis
M innesota will offer the Huskers one of the ir
toughest tests of the season, Neumann said.
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NU after junior college basketball star
By Mitch Sherman
The Nebraska basketball team ap
pears to be in the race to sign the most
pursued junior college player in the
Ben Davis, a 6-foot-9-inch, 245
pound power forward, who is averag
ing 22 points and 13 rebounds per
game for Hutchinson (Kan.) Junior
College this season, is primarily con
sidering Nebraska and three other
schools, Hutchinson assistant coach
Phil Anderson said.
“UCLA, Nebraska, Michigan and
Arizona are in it,” Anderson said.
“He’s not going to decide until after
the season is over next month. He’ll
pick out five places he can go visit.”
Davis was a high school All-Amer
ican at Oak Hill (Va.) Mouth of Wil-\
son Academy, and he original ly signed
with Kansas out of high school in
As a Jayhawk, he made the All-Big
Eight freshman team in 1992, but he
transferred to Florida after his fresh
Davis never played for the Gators.
Prior to the 1993 school year, he left
Florida to attend Hutchinson Junior
Davis will graduate from the junior
college in May and could attend a
Division I school next year with two
years of eligibility left.
Anderson said Davis would make
his decision after his visits and sign
during the April signing period.
“He’s definitely an impact player
wherever he,goes,’’-Anderson said.
“He-’rthe'most dominant player I’ve
seen in junior college this year.”
Nebraska coach Danny Nee said
the Huskers hoped to sign two players
this spring. They already have five
new players set to suit up next season.
Nebraska, who will have only two
returning players taller than 6 feet 7
inches next season, signed four high
school players in the fall period, the
tallest being 6-foot-11-inch Leif
Nelson from Riverside, Calif.
Other future Huskers include 6
foot-8-inch Andy Markowski from
Ord, 6-foot-7-inch Chad Ideus from
Adams and 6-foot-8-inch Chester
Surles from Saginaw, Mich.
Tom Wald, a 6-foot point guard
who transferred from Mankato
(Minn.) State last season and is sitting
out this year, will also see action as a
Husker next season.
The spring signing period runs from
April 13 through May 15.
Continued from Page 7
Huskers, and Tim Alexander, a team
mate of Campbell’s, picked Oregon
“You never really know what makes
a guy choose a school,” Osborne said.
“Earlier in the season, we had some
momentum from the Orange Bowl,
but lately guys don’t think about that.
You might lose a guy because of dis
tance or weather or because of a girl he
met a party — you just never know.”
Osborne said the events early Sun
day morning, including a fight at a
recruiting party involving Huskers
Ramone Worthy and Abdul
Muhammad, apparently had no effect
on any of the recruits.
Worthy was stabbed and
Muhammad was pushed through a
Sophomore comerback Tyrone
Williams has been charged with com
mitting two felonies later that morn
ing. Police said he may have fired two
bullets into the back panel of a car.
“We contacted all of them and told
them what happened,” Osborne said.
“Two kids who were (at the party)
when it happened both signed with us.
There were a few coaches that tried to
take advantage of the opportunity to
get them away from us, but everybody
Osborne said it was too early to
comment on which of the players might
contribute to the team the earliest.
Bobby Burton, an analyst from
National Recruiting Adviser in Aus
tin, Texas, said the Huskers’ class
ranked somewhere between 10th and
20th in the country.
Burton sa id Nebraska’s top recrui ts
were Grant Wistrom of Webb City,
Mo., Eric Warfield ofTexarkana, Ark.,
Tray Crayton of Oceanside, Calif.,
and Brian Knuckles of Coffeyville
(Kan.) Junior College.
He said Florida State hauled in the
nation’s No. 1 class, followed b^Ten
nessee, Ohio State, Michigan and
“It’s too early to tell exactly where
Nebraska stands,” Burton said. “But
they are somewhere in the top 20. It
was a fairly strong class.”
Continued from Page 7
Chubick also will have to counter
three 7-footers during the course of
the next five games: Kansas’ Greg
Ostertag, Iowa State’s Loren Meyer
and Oklahoma State’s Bryant Reeves.
And with four of their next five
games on the road, including Sun
day’s contest with 19-3 Kansas, Nee
said the Huskers needed a spark.
“We’re entering the toughest part
of our schedule by playing four of the
next five on the road,” Nee said. “But
at this point, I think the road might
help us. I really feel the seniors now
have todig down. We have to cany out
our assignments, especially going on
Nee said Nebraska needed to get
back to doing the same things it did
during its 11-game winning streak.
“We feel we have to have more self
disciplinc,” he said. “Self-discipline
is very important, and I don’t think
we’ve shown that in our losses.”
Nee said part of the discipline in
cluded making the right decisions.
“We can’t shoot the ball from the
three-point line in transition," he said.
“We have to attack the basket or else
just pull it out and set it up.”
Continued from Page 7
the hell of it.
But we can get rid of some of the
guns and get some control of a nation
that seems to have none.
Of course, we’ve heard all our lives
from those against gun control that
guns don’t kill people. People kill
people. It’s behavioral.
They’re right. Guns don’t kill peo
pie. Bullets do. And as one comedian
said, let's take the pistols out of idiots’
hands and let them throw bullets at
That way, people won’t get injured
or killed by some hothead with a be
havioral problem and a handgun.
Thankfully — amazingly — no
one was injured or killed in either of
the incidents during the past two
weeks. But it's just a matter of time
before the death list hits the sports
As Sooner coach Barry Switzer
said about OU’s problems in 1989:
“No university has ever totally been
safe, ivory tower or not. (But) I never
thought 1 needed to post rules against
The world never thought that ei
Especially not this part of the world.
Cooper li a leator mwi-editorial major
aad ii the Dally Nebraikaa iporti editor.
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