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repMrestlers deteriorate at UNC
Thursday. January 7, 1971
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Coach Sam Barnes poses with dissenting wrestler Luther Gartrell, who along
with other Tar Heel matmen questions the veteran coach's ability.
i by Clint Roswell
l Sports Writer
liovers and other strangers; Billy
Chamberlain knows the story. He knew
that being a black athlete enrolled in a
"I wasn't misled," smiled Chamberlain.
"I ddn't expect it to be a bowl of cherries.
A black is gonna have problems in any
major white university."
"I liked it here because I knew the score
right away. That's good. It's better than
when it's behind your back.
Chamberlain, a mature, serious and
involved student, is quite easy-going. His
temperament has permitted him to lead a
somewhat pleasant college life.
"The racists don't bother me," said the
6-6 junior from New York City. "They
used to, but not anymore. In fact, nothing
they do bothers me anymore. These people
aren't the ones that matter. It's the
teachers, the friends, the deans that make
the impressions on me."
Chamberlain is a married student,
which he cites as a "major stabilizing force
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Chamberlain mature, easy -
in my life," and is very concerned about
"I've spent every summer since I was a
sophomore in high school working with
kids," added Chamberlain. 'The
philosophy behind " "the community
isthat -theIunf and -ghettor kids
"lookpto athletes,' hnstleTS-sarrd!,pimps.
Our job is to reach them first and get their
"We want to get the kids off the drugs
and into something worthwhile. It's .
terrible. Some of them are 8-10 years old
and are men already. They don't want
advice and are lost."
Because of this acute problem, Billy has
decided upon a teaching career sometime
after graduation. He is also interested in
playing professional basketball.
"I would ike to play pro ball,"
expressed Chamberlain. "I want to make it
big because I don't want to waste my
Billy realizes that at 6-6 he , fits
somewhere in the forward-guard range in
the pro ranks. Billy plays forward for the
Carolina wrestling captain Luther
Gartrell, in order to slim down to his
fighting weight of 142, lost 13 pounds in
1 1 days.
During that period, his diet made one
think that he was being cast for a spot in a
war refugee ad,.
"I ate three hard boiled eggs, five cans
of soup and a turkey leg," he said.
Gartrell starved himself to qualify for
matches in the North Carolina Collegiate
Wrestling Championships and a duel match
against South Carolina.
He lost in both. So did Carolina.
The senior from Ashvrlie, Ala., began
his wrestling career in Chapel Hill after
winning second place in the Georgia state
chammpionship while a student at Georgia
Gartrell, as a freshman, won fourth
place in the Atlantic Coast Conference,
and competed in the NCAA matches. In his
junior season, he again finished fourth in
the conference and third in the North
"I've deteriorated in the last four
years," he said. "That's true of every
wrestler that ever came to Carolina."
The last time the Tar Heel wrestling
team won more than they lost was 1967
when they managed 6 wins in 1 1 matches.
Prior to that epic year, Gartrell was in the
third grade when Carolina completed a
winning season. The Heels won 6 and lost 4
Wrestling is not leading the league in
excitement in Chapel Hill. A residence hall
floor meeting is likely to outdraw a
After wrestling before large crowds in
high school, not much more than a station
Heels, but has been approached by Coach
Smith to learn the guard position.
"I'm more at home at forward, but I
think I have the quickness to play the
"backcourt. I played guard against
Northwestern briefly and did okay
defensively, but I was a, little too at ease?
with the ball." ' ' '
Because of his background, color and
physical attributes, Billy has often been
compared to his good friend and former
Tar Heel, Charlie Scott.
"It's an honor to be compared to
Charlie," acknowledged Chamberlain.
"However, we differ enormously in
playing styles on the court. Off the court
we approach some things differently also.
Billy was referring to Scott's overall
aggressiveness and controversial college
"I'm not the martyr type," explained
Asked if he would recommend Chapel
Hill to other blacks, he responded :
"Yes, but not people who have a
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wagon full of people watches Gartrell and
his teammates now.
"Wrestling is nothing to the people
here," the captain complained. "Lack of
student support hurts our attitude."
Dr. Sam Barnes, coach for 20 years,
author of several books on wrestling and
UNC English professor, blames his teams
lack of success on economic factors and
"An economic change is affecting
minor sports today-it's now a rich man's
game," observed the coach.
"It's tough for a kid to find the time
row. His expenses are high, so he needs to
spend his free time working."
Smaller schools in this state like East
Carolina and Appalachian State, where
tuition and living expenses are lower than
they are at Carolina, now have successful
wrestling programs which attract top high
Gartrell, however, feels differently:
"Many of the high school wrestlers that
have come here had the potential of being
the best in the conference, but they quit."
' He was the only member of the 1968
freshman team which won 9 of 10 matches
that remained on the squad.
Curtis Weaver, twice North Carolina
state champion and most valuable wrestler
in the state in 1967, won second place in
thb conference his freshman year.
He quit the team after the 1969 season.
."Basically it's because of Barnes," says
Weaver. "He doesn't know how to handle
people and doesn't command the player's
Fred Ball, also on the '68 freshman
team, starred at Lawrenceville (Del.) Prep.
'Ball agrees with his former teammate,
.Weaver, that the coach is the basis for the
Dental Blue coasted to an easy 68-39
victory over the Alkaceltics to win the
Grail Mural basketball tournament.
';s-"-The'wmne assumed a 29-16 half time j
lead, with nine foul shots to none for the
Field goals made the difference in the
second half as Dental Blue got 16. Webb
and Dempsey combined for 47 points to
lead the winners. Ali, Sharif f and Faison
combined for 3 2 to lead the losers.
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"Dr. Barnes should step down for a
younger person." said Ba'J.
Coach Barnes, according to Weaver and
Ball, fails to motivate his wrestlers and to
properly administer the team.
"He knows wrestling but can't teach
it," Weaver commented about his former
coach. "I could have done well if I had had
some guy to motivate me."
Ball attacked the manner in which Tar
Heel wrestlers train: "We're forced to
starve on our own. We should have a
training table like the football team."
Barnes' teams at VMI had a training
table, but the coach sees this as impractical
on a campus of 1 8.000 where the wrestlers'
residences and time schedules are so varied.
"Even if we h3d S 1 0,000 to institute one, a
training table would not be feasible, given
our situation," said Barnes.
Coach Barnes also noted the difficulty
of making the transition: "No one comes
here as a good college wrestler; a boy is
converted into a good college wrestler."
Young wrestlers, according to the
coach, do not reali2e the difficulty of the
transition because they have so much to
Mistakes that a high school star
commits will become more apparent, and
dangerous, when he debuts on the college
Indoor trackmen host
State, Duke Saturday
by Mark Whicker
Working up to next week's important
tri-meet with Duke and Tennessee, the
UNC indoor track team competes in a
couple of preliminaries this weekend.
Shot putter John Jessup and two relay
teams will, travel to Washington for the
Catholic Youth Organization invitational
tournament Friday night, and the Tar
Heels host State and Duke in an unofficial
meet Saturday afternoon at 1 :00.
"This Duke and State meet is one
where we just try to get a look at
everybody ,' said Tar Heel Coach Joe
Hilton. ? ": ' w ? "
"We'll probably use a lot of boys that
we might not normally use a big meet. No
score will be kept, and the results will not
go into the official record."
Tennessee, a SEC track power, and
Duke will invade the Tin Can next
Hilton estimates "over 50 teams" will
compete in the CYO meet in Washington,
plus several track clubs. Some performers
will be coming in from the West Coast.
Jessup, whose best indoor distance last
season was 56 feet, hit 54 in a warmup
meet before Christmas. The defending
conference champ is "really coming along
well," according to Hilton.
Assistant coach Boyd Newman will take
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Dr. B-iZT.es referred to a former
undefeated prep champion who could rot
properly execute a takedown: "When fee
got to col'ege he couldn't get off his back."
Motivation is contingent upon the
individual's desire, Barnes feels.
"S assume a boy wants to wrestle. 1
don't do it (motivate) any more," said the
"This is a generation that has insisted
that it be allowed to develop its own life
style and f think our program is structured
around self-motivation, which is certainly
an integral part of an individual's Life style.
"A large number of the boys who have
left the team in the past four years have
done so because they could not motivate
themselves. This may be a failing on my
part and I have tried to adjust. Maybe 1 can
do more to encourage self motivation."
Charles Sara, heavyweight on the
current squad, applauds Barnes' coaching.
"I like the coach, he's taught me a lot,"
said Sara. "Wrestling is on an individual
basis; you have to do it on your own."
As the conflict continues, Luther
Gartrell, Charles Sara and the remainder of
the team will continue hoping for victory.
"Losing weight for a week to win a
match," Gartrell said, "is like saving
money to buy something you want."
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Coach Joe Hilton
five men for each relay team in the CYO
event. Tony Waldrop, the ACC
cross-country champ as a freshman, Larry
Widgeon, Mike Garcia, and Steve
Grathwohl are on the two-mile relay.
Members of the mile relay team are Don
Wheless, Bill Weber, Hank Snowden,
Hubert West and Dave Ariail.
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