While Chaikin did not link my name to any use of anabolic steroids. I wish to state for the record that I have never prescribed anabolic steroids for anyone. I have never condoned their use by athletes.
ROBERT M. PEELE JR., M.D.
? Chaikin used the term "shoot up" in his story as a slang expression, synonymous with "inject." He was not implying that Dr. Peele misused Xylocaine or that he mistreated him.—ED.
This year's NCAA wrestling championships were notable for more than Oklahoma State's achievement of its first team crown in 18 years (At Last a Title for the Cowboys, March 27). Heavyweight Carlton Haselrig of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown (at left in the photo, trying for a takedown against Northern Iowa's Joel Greenlee in the final match) became the first wrestler to win six NCAA titles—three in the Division II tournament, in which the Mountain Cats compete, and three in the Division I tournament, in which Division II champions are invited to compete. His record of 143-2-1 includes a career-closing unbeaten streak of 122 matches. Haselrig suffered both his losses as a freshman, was tied once in his sophomore year and was undefeated as a junior and a senior. Such dominance is even more remarkable because Haselrig's high school did not have a wrestling program. He won the Pennsylvania Class AAA schoolboy heavyweight title in 1984 by training with a private coach and practicing with a team from a nearby high school.
J. PHILLIPS SAYLOR