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Inspiration for the Marin specialization is Gordon Tovani, himself a barefoot kicker who tried out with the Oakland Raiders in 1960. He was 34, which made him one of the team's oldest rookies, a fact that led to his release.
But his love for the kick has not diminished. Tovani conducts clinics with Marin coaches and uses charts, diagrams, films and timing devices in his teaching. He is a medical supplies distributor, but his big kick is kicking.
BIG MAN IN OMAHA
Three years ago Gary Kipfmiller of Detroit was three years out of high school. He had knocked around a bit as an auto factory laborer and was thinking of becoming a welder when a better idea hit him. Why not become a professional wrestler? After all, he weighed 415 pounds.
After he enrolled in a professional wrestling school a friend suggested that he try out for the Olympic wrestling team, which was possible because he had not yet earned any money wrestling.
Kipfmiller headed for the tryouts at Ames, Iowa. There he met Don Benning, head wrestling coach at the University of Omaha (now the University of Nebraska at Omaha). Benning offered him a scholarship.
Today Kipfmiller is the star of an undefeated college wrestling team. He has also done something about his size. He is down to 365 pounds. And he is undefeated in 10 matches this season, with eight pins and two decisions.
Under Benning, the university has become a national wrestling power, somewhat handicapped by the fact that it belongs to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics rather than the larger and more prestigious National Collegiate Athletic Association. As Omaha U., the school helped get the NAIA going and won't desert it now. Otherwise, it would be a serious competitor for the major wrestling powers—Iowa State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Navy—in the NCAA championships.
As for Kipfmiller, he has an eye on 1972 and the Olympics.