The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah on February 28, 1973 · Page 5
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Provo, Utah
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Page 6- I HE rihRALD, Provo, Utah, Wednesday rebruary 28, 1973 Powerful Cougars Nail Down Mat Crown Watts Cookin' By JOE WATTS Tournament Committee Replies to Questions I've talked over the telephone with three members of the six member NCAA Tournament Committee and I posed the questions to them which have been raised by BYU coach Glenn Potter in regards to their recommendation that sidelined BYU from the NCAA Tournament. The questions Potter raised were (1) Why wasn't the ruling given prior to the start of the season? and (2) Why wasn't UCLA threatened with loss of its automatic berth when it was in violation of the same rule two years ago? I talked with Tom Scott, of Davidson, College, who is chairman of the committee, J.D. Morgan, Athletic Director at UCLA, and Wiles Hallock, PAC-8 Commissioner. In regards to the first questions, Scott said that "A letter was sent in-August to all conferences which emphasized that they must comply with minimum NCAA requirements in order to qualify for an automatic tournament berth." The letter was a general letter, addressed to all conferences, and it was never specific to BYU or the WAC on the Cosic situation. Scott felt the letter was enough warning, but apparently the WAC didn't. Both the WAC and BYU proceeded with the idea that the Cougars would be able to compete in the tourney without Cosic if the team won the WAC title. It's possible to find fault on both sides in the matter. The NCAA Tournament Committee would have been better off to be specific about the issue, and the WAC would have been wise to seek a ruling itself. However, in view of the fact that the rule had never been enforced previously although other conferences had been in violation might have led the WAC not to worry about the matter. -' . When the NCAA decides to make a change in enforcement policy it seems to me that whenever possible it should give a specific forewarning. PAC-8 Was in Violation About the other question the answers are totally inadequate. Two years ago Larry Hollyfield competed for UCLA during the season, but because the PAC-8 junior college transfer rule was less stringent than the NCAA rule he was ineligible for the NCAA Tournament. However, no challenge was ever made of the PAC-8 automatic tourney berth, although the rule was clearly on the books then as it is now. Chairman Scott dismissed the issue by saying, "We weren't made aware of the Hollyfield situation, and we were made aware of the Cosic situation." He acted like this was the first he had ever learned of the Hollyfield situation. That doesn't justify the discrimination in the application of the rule. It's totally unfair to allow UCLA to get by without punishment and then turn around and levy a very severe penalty against BYU, especially without a clear forewarning of intentions to do so. J.D. Morgan, the Athletic Director at UCLA, said of the situation, "I don't blame Glenn Potter for raising the question, but there is a slight difference in that Hollyfield was a substitute at UCLA at the time, and Cosic, of course, is a major reason for BYU's success." Still, that doesn't justify the discrimination in application of the rule. The rule states nothing about the ability of the player concerned. It's simply a matter of whether the league rule is as stringent as the NCAA rule. The PAC-8 was in violation then the same way the WAC is in violation now. No Quarrel With Rule, But My objection to the NCAA recommendation is with the timing and the inconsistent application of the rule, and not with the rule itself. The rule is a good rule and should be enforced. No team should be able to qualify for a tournament with a player who is ineligible for that same tournament. It's simply not fair to other teams. I have no quarrel with the rule. However, it must be enforced unformly and consistently, without favoritism, and when it has never been enforced before a clear and specific warning is in order. KEN WESTFALL, BYU's heavyweight, gained a big win Tuesday night in handing New Mexico's defending heavyweight WAC champ Milton Seals a 7-3 loss to win the WAC title himself. Earlier in the season Seals had defeated Westfall but the latter gained revenge as the Cougars defeated the Lobos for the team title, their seventh in eight years. BYU'S WAC CHAMPION wrestlers pose for team photo following their decisive win Tuesday night at the University of Utah. WAC champ Laron Hansen, center, holds the team trophy surrounded by teammates while coach Fred Davis, back left, beams proudly at his team which qualified all but two for the NCAA tournament Subdued AtmospherePervades Pirate Spring Training Camp By MILTON RICHMAN UPI Sports Editor BRADENTON, Fla. (UPI) Something is missing here. You can sense that the minute you walk into the Pittsburgh Pirates' camp. You become immediately aware of it as soon as you look around the outfield, into one of the batting cages or the clubhouse, and you don't see Roberto Clemente around. You don't hear him either. It would be inaccurate to characterize the Pirates' camp as a gloomy one. It's not. Nor can you say the Pittsburgh players go around brooding all day over the tragic death of their gifted rightfielder off the shore of San Juan, P.R., two months ago. It is completely accurate to say, however, the entire complex here known as Pirate City is subdued. Not Too Much Laughter There isn't too much laughter, too much horseplay, or too many jokes. Each spring Roberto Clemente came here, he had his favorite room in two-storied Galbreath Hall. It was the corner room on the second floor and now there is a small metal piece on the door with an inscription which says: "I want to be remembered as a ballplayer who gave all he had to give." -Roberto Clemente 1934-1972 Roberto Clemente might be happy to know his wish has been fulfilled —••• The Pirates rerik'inber, mostly the way he wanted them to. "We were very close," says 25-year-old Gene Clines, who probably will wind up taking over Clemente's rightfield position. "I'm always thinking about him. Like right now, I'm living on this place t on • the beach ;ind I can go out on'the Mexico. I always think of him when I look out there. You know, I'd complain to him sometimes that I wasn't playing, and he'd say, 'Don't worry, you'll get your chance. You'll play.'" Dave Giusti, the Pirates' reliever, also remembers. Lost Best Player "What it comes down to is we have lost our best player," he says. "Not only on the field, but from an inspirational standpoint also. I enjoyed the guy. I've enjoyed him as much as any player I've met in the game." Tears still come to Manny Sanguillen's eyes whenever he talks about his friend, Roberto Clemente, for any length of time. It happened again Tuesday when Sangy remembered how they both did their running together in spring'training. "He used to run in front of me," said Sanguillen, swallowing hard, "and I used to run behind and push him." Roberto Clemente isn't here in the flesh but the memory of him certainly is. Everybody talks about him, not in a mawkish or maudlin way, but in a delicately affectionate way. "I find myself thinking it'll be a couple more days and he'll show up," says Willie Stargell, who along with all the other North Carolina State Remains Undefeated By United Press International The North Carolina State Wolfpack remained one of only two major college unbeatens Tuesday night by holding off archrival North Carolina, 82-78. The victory was the 24th this season for North Carolina State. But the Wolfpack will never know if they're better than the other unbeaten—UCLA. North Carolina State has been barred from post-season competition by the NCAA for recruiting violations and probably will wind up the season undefeated and uninvited. Tim Stoddard had 16 points and Tom Burleson 14 for State. David Thompson, the Wolf- pack's sophomore sensation, got in foul trouble early and played less than half the game, finishing with 18 points. George rjarl led the Jar Heels with 21. back porch'and see the'Gulf v of-»-~ Tne loss . left Nortn Carolina at 21-6 for the season. In other action, Missouri rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat Kansas, 79-63, at Lawrence, Kan.; St. John's kept its NCAA tournament hopes alive by ripping Holy Cross, 108-90, at Worcester, Mass., and Iowa State surged past Nebraska, 82-76, at Lincoln, Neb. Texas Tech earned a slot in the NCAA playoffs by edging Arkansas, 64-63, in the key Southwest Conference game. Elsewhere, Army downed Seton Hall, 64-61, West Virginia edged Pittsburgh, 59-58, Cincinnati trounced Butler, 83-57, Wichita State clubbed Bail State, 108-76, Texas clobbered Texas Christian, 89-69, Baylor edged Rice, 72-71, Texas A&M topped Southern Methodist, 7875, New Mexico State whipped West Texas State, 108-81, and Oral Roberts rolled over Pan American, 116-79. Pittsburgh players is wearing a black ribbon on his left sleeve. Each member of the Pirates has his own private memory of Rqberto Clemente. "...Every time I see a ball hit to rightfield, every time someone makes a good play," says Bill Virdon, the manager. "...After that wild pitch of mine against the Reds last October that cost us the pennant," says Bob Moose, "I was sitting in the'corner all by myself and he came over to me and said, 'Don't worry about it anymore. It's gone; it's gone.'" No More Basket Catches "...I think of Roberto and I think no more basket catches, no more sliding catches where he'd come up throwing," says Bob Prince, Pittsburgh's veteran broadcaster. "What really gets me though is I know I'm never going to see him again." Perhaps the memory which personifies Clemente best belongs to Harding Peterson, who once caught for the Pirates and now directs their minor league clubs. One day last spring, Peterson was walking toward the clubhouse from the field here when lie saw Clemente standing all by himself at home plate with a bat in his hands. There was nobody else around. Everyone had gone into the clubhouse. Clemente would stride four, five times with his front foot without swinging the bat. Eventually he did, then ran hard to first base. He walked back to the plate and repeated the same thing again and again. Peterson finally said: "Excuse me, Bobby, what are you doing?" "Well," Roberto Clemente answered. "I'm in pretty good shape physically. But I'm making believe it's opening day. We play the Mets and I know (Tom) Seaver is gonna pitch. BYU Captures Seventh Title In Sight Years By PHIL SHURTLEFF Herald Sports Writer SALT LAKE CITY - The powerful BYU wrestlers nailed down their seventh Western Athletic Conference wrestling championship in the last eight years Tuesday evening and gained four first places to crush second place New Mexico by nearly 30 points, 90Vz to 61. The Lobos were able to only gain two firsts from their five finalists and two of the Lobo losses were by defending champions who lost to Cougar grapplers. Besides the four firsts and two second places, the Cougars also nailed down all four consolation championships they were involved in. Heading the list of winners for the Cougars was Laron Hansen who gained first place at 134 pounds while teammates Ken Westfall and Ben Ohai and younger brother Mark all netted firsts at heavyweight, 190 and 158 pounds, respectively. Laron Hansen and WestfaJl were the Cougars who apparently weren't impressed with the Lobos defending champions and went to work to upend the former champs. Westfall Wins Heavyweight Westfall was pinned by New Mexico's Milton Seals the last time the pair met in Lobo land and the pin meant the Cougar's loss to New Mexico then. This time Westfall poured it on in the third period to gain a solid 7-3 victory. "I really wanted that one," Westfall said happily after the match. In what was touted before the tourney finals as the top match of the night BYU's Ben Ohai and Utah's Joel Savage went at it in the 190 pound finals and it was a classic battle of the two outstanding grapplers. Both wrestled a strategy match with moves carefully, but quickly, thought out. They both faked, shot, countered, Ernie Lopez Battles for Title Tonight INGLEWOOD, Calif. (UPI) .Jose Napoles, the aging but still brilliant welterweight champion of the world, puts his 147-pound title on the line tonight against tough Ernie "Indian Red" Lopez, a challenger five years his junior. Napoles, who will turn 33 on April 13, is a 2-1 favorite to keep his crown in the 5-round bout at the Forum here. It will be the same ring in which he stopped the 27-year- old Lopez with only 22 seconds left in their last championship meeting three years ago this month. "I know if I don't win this one I won't get another chance," said Lopez, a red- haired part Ute Indian who came to California from Utah to continue his boxing career. Napoles enters tonight's fight with a 68-5 record with 49 knockouts while Lopez is 47-7-1 with 23 KOs. "I haven't been what you'd call super active but I'm ready for him (Napoles)," Lopez said. "I've been waiting for this fight for a long time." Zone 23 Tourney Underway The Zone 23 Explorers basketball tournament got underway Tuesday night in Springville. The results are as follows: Palmyra 7lh 52. Pioneer 2nd 51 Provo 22nd 64, Salem 2nd 27 Kolob 15th 76, Provo 3rd 47 Provo 13th 70, Payson 3rd 31 Spanish Fork 46, Payson 1st 15 Provo 10th 51, Mapleton 1st 40 Palmyra 4th 42, Sunset 2nd 29 Genola 36, Springville 7th 31 Wednesday's Schedule Middle Gym 6:00 Sunset 2nd vs Springville 7th 7:15 Genola vs'Palmyra 4th 8:30 Mapleton 1st vs Payson 1st New Gym 6:00 Provo 3rd vs Payson 3rd 7:15 Kolob 15th vs Provo I3th 8:30 Pioneer 2nd vs Salem 2nd 9:45 Palmyra 7th vs Provo 22nd Top Scorers Afler One Round Blaine Clark, Provo 3rd 29 Mike Bowers, Provo 13th 21 Doug Pickup, Provo 22nd 19 Ricky Johnson, Provo 10th 19 Mark Spencer, Pioneer 2nd 18 Ross Beck, Palmyra 7th Kelly Brown, Provo 13 then shot again and going into the final period it was only a one pointer, 4-3 for Ohai. In the final period both still seemed to be in good condition. Savage started on top but Ohai escaped. Savage then got the take down as they went out of bounds to tie it up at five apiece. Ohai then stood up trying for an escape but Savage tried to drop him and it turned into a reversal^ for Ohai. With only three seconds left in the match Savage made a last ditch effort and escaped but time ran out as he tried for a takedown and BYU's Ohai won the fight, 8-6 with the addition of a riding time point. Arizona's Dale Brumit at 118 pounds started off the night by gaining a second-period pin over Wyoming's Don Meeker and with it the award for the outstanding wrestler of the tournament as well as the WAC title there. At 126 pounds BYU's Kerry Anderson found New Mexico's David Romero, the defending champ at that weight, a bit too much and the Lobo retained his crown with a 15-7 decision. Hansen Wins At 134 pounds Cougar ace Laron Hansen dethroned another defending champion, New Mexico's Roy DeVore, with a 7-3 decision there., Hansen gained an escape, a takedown and then one point for stalling on Devore in the final period to jump ahead of the Lobo who had been ahead 3-2 going into the last period. At 142 pounds CSU's Tim Williams gained a first period pin over Roger Ball of Arizona for the title there. Later in a wrestle off for an NCAA berth behind Williams, Ball also lost to BYU's Reed Fehlberg who had placed third in the regular tourney action. In a similar situation at 118 pounds BYU's Alan Karstetter wrestled Don Meeker who was second behind Brumit and Karstetter won that qualifying, match for a trip to the NCAA tourney. Cougar Kerry Anderson also had to wrestle for his NCAA spot behind the first place finisher at 126 and won, reaffirming his second place. At 150 pounds in the championship finals CSU's Gary Blosser gained a 4-2 decision over New Mexico's Don Jackson while at 158 pounds BYU's Mark Hansen gained a squeeker over Utah's Jody Smith, 4-3. Coach Davis said Monday that he figured this was going to be a fairly evenly matched pair and he was right. This was Hansen's third win over Smith in their three meetings. At 167 pounds New Mexico's Dave Goodier won the WAC title there by handing BYU's Dennis Whimpey a 7-2 loss after almost pinning the Cougar during the second period. Whimpey hung on and received two points in the third period for two separate stalling calls on Goodier to avoid a shutout. Returning champion Al Sye of' Arizona did get a shut out at 177 pounds over Utah's John, Needham as Sye scored a 7-0 win over the Ute with little effort. For the Cougars the tournament completed a successful year in WAC competition and the Mountain Cats will now head for the up-coming NCAA tournament with eight of their ten grapplers making the trip. Championship Finals 118 — Dale Brumit, UA, pinned Don Meeker, Wyo, 3:10. 126 - David Romero, NM, dec. Kerry Anderson, BYU, 15-7. 134 — Laron Hansen, BYU, dec. Roy Devore, NM, 7-3. 142 - Tim Williams, CSU, pinned Roeer Ball, UA, 1:19. 150 - Gary Blosser, CSU, dec. Don Jackson, NM, 4-2. 158 - Mark Hansen, BYU, dec. Jody Smith, U, 4-3. 167 - Dave Goodier, NM, dec. Dennis Whimpey, BYU, 7-2. 177 - Al Sye, UA, dec. John Needham, U, 7-0. 190 - Ben Ohai, BYU, dec. Joel Savaee U, 8-6. B Hwt. - Ken Westfall, BYU, dec. Milton Seals, NM, 7-3. Consolation Finals 118 - Alan Karstetter, BYU, dec. Glen Woelk, NM, 5-0. 126 - Phil Bayouth, Wyo, dec. Jim Weed, UA, 10-3. 134 - Brad Warrick, Wyo, dec. Jeff Schoeneman, CSU, 16-3. 142 - Heed Kehlberg, BYU, dec. Paul Allison, 7-3. 150 - Dave Hansen, BYU, dec. Jody Sloan, Wyo, in OT, 4-0. 158 - Bob Steel, Wyo, by forfeit over Dennis Bugajski, UA. 167 - Steven Jentzen, CSU, dec. Kim Bowman, U, 6-5. 177 - Mike Hansen, BYU, pinned Jerry Workman, ASU, 1:31. 190 - George Lantz, Wyo, dec. Ken Vogt, NM, 6-3. Hwt. - Pete Clark, CSU, dec. Gerald Slemmer, ASU, 3-1. Kiual Team Standings BYU, mi; New Mexico, 6i; Colorado 17 State, 43; Wyoming, 40V Z ; Arizona, 39; 17 Utah 31; Arizona State, 9.

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