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Women's Basketball
vs. Illinois
Thursday, 7:30 PM
Crisler Arena

SPORTS

Women's Tennis
vs. Toledo
Today, 2 PM
Track and Tennis Building

Page 7

The Michigan Daily

Tuesday, March 8, 1988

THE SPORTING VIEWS

Michigan wrestlers not short
on effort at conference meet

Women cagers gain
split over weekend,

_

By STEVEN COHEN
The Michigan wrestling team
entered the Big Ten championships
last weekend seeking the Big Ten ti-
tie. What it received instead was a
close second-place finish and eight
national qualifiers.
Nevertheless, its opponents saw a
spirited and dedicated Wolverine
team. Unlike Iowa coach Dan Gable,
who downplayed the tournament,
Michigan was determined to end the
Hawkeyes' streak of 14 consecutive
conference titles.
As much as they wanted to qual-
ify wrestlers for the NCAA tourna-
ment, the Wolverines wanted a Big
Ten title.
"They got great team unity," said
Wisconsin's Jeff Jordan. "They came
in here, and they wanted to win this
tournament really bad. They were all
ready to go.
"I mean you walk in their locker
room, and they had stuff all over the
place. They had 'Michigan is going
to do it, Michigan is going to de-
throne Iowa.' They gave them a run
for their money."
NOT ONLY did the narrow
margin of victory, 116.75-105.25,
indicate the closeness of the meet,
but the conduct of Iowa's team per-
haps revealed that they were more
concerned about Michigan than they
had previously let others to believe.
Iowa didn't have much reason for
concern going into Saturday night's
consolation round. They led by 20
points, and Michigan, considered
their main threat, was in third place.
Yet on Saturday night, Michigan
showed the strength and character
that produces championships. Sev-
eral Michigan wrestlers needed to
forget close losses and the impossi-
bility of an individual title and
wrestle in do-or-die situations.
EACH MICHIGAN victory
served to motivate the next Wolver-
ine wrestler. It produced a domino
effect. Michigan did not lose a match

By LISA GILBERT
Big Ten road victories are always
hard to find. The Michigan
women's basketball team found one
lying in Minnesota, at the paws of
the Gophers.
The 86-77 victory enabled
Michigan to gain a split in their fi-
nal road trip of the season after los-
ing to Iowa by a score of 76-55,
two days earlier. The Wolverines
raised their record to 6-10 in the Big
Ten, 13-13 overall.
Friday night, Michigan invaded
Carver-Hawkeye Arena, where sec-
ond-ranked Iowa has won 23
straight games. The Hawkeyes (15-
1, 25-1) earlier this season trounced
the Wolverines by a whopping
score of 89-54.
IN THE first half, Michigan
came out strong and took an early
18-16 lead. However, the lead was
short-lived as Iowa went on a 19-2
tear and never looked back. It carried
a 38-25 lead into the locker room at
halftime.
The Hawkeyes continued their
dominance in the second half as
Michigan's offense was stymied by
a tenacious woman-to-woman de-
fense. The Wolverines shot a dis-
mal 39 percent with only Leslie
Spicer (12 points) and Tanya Pow-
ell (11 points) scoring in double
figures.
"I thought we played as well as
can be expected against a top-ranked
team like Iowa," said Michigan
coach Bud VanDeWege. "Talent-
wise we were outmanned. Iowa
goes 10 players deep and in order to
win we would have had to have
played a perfect game."

"Coach VanDeWege did an ex-
cellent job of preparing his team,"
Iowa coach C. Vivian Stringer re-
marked. "He recognized the things
we did last time and made the nec
essary adjustments."
IN ADDITION, the Wolve-
ines had to contend with thousands
of hysterical Hawkeye fans.
"I give them credit. They played
with a lot of poise, which is ex-
tremely difficult under the circu-
stances," Stringer added.
Going into Sunday's game in
Minneapolis, Michigan needed a
victory to keep alive their hopes for
a winning season.
"Everyone went into the game
with a positive attitude," remarked
first-year guard Carol
Szczechowski. "We really want tiat
winning record."'
The Golden Gophers proved to
be no match for the fired-up
Wolverines. Michigan dictated the
tempo of the game from the open-
ing tip-off and led by as many as 18
in the first half.
LATE IN the second half the
Wolverines lost some of their in-
tensity, and Minnesota staged a fu-,
rious comeback effort to narrow the
gap to six points. Michigan was
able to hold off the rally as they hit
a number of key free throws down
the stretch.
Tempie Brown scored 24 points
to lead a balanced Wolverine attack
in which five players scored in
double figures.
VanDeWege was pleased with
one of his team's better perfor-
mances this year.

Doily Photo by ROBIN LOZNAK
Wolverine Larry Gotcher finished third in last weekend's Big Ten championships by defeating the seventh-
ranked wrestler in the country, Stacy Richmond of Michigan State, 12-1.

in the consolation round as six
wrestlers ensured their place in the
nationals.
The team element of wrestling is
often obscured when the primary
objective is for one man to beat his
opponent. A wrestler doesn't have
someone to help him pin a tough
opponent or escape from a precarious
position. Therefore, he must rely on
talent and motivational encourage-
ment to pull him through.
The Michigan wrestlers were at
each other's matches, screaming ad-
vice and offering encouragement.
This and the vocal home crowd

helped Michigan a great deal as
wrestling can often be a lonely
sport.
Though the Wolverines were not
seeking any type of moral victory,
they earned one through the actions
of the Iowa team.
GABLE STAYED at Crisler
Arena until midnight Saturday to
check the team scores. Iowa wrestler
Royce Alger was overheard asking
Gable, "Where's our team?" after
Michigan jumped ahead of the
Hawkeyes 94.6-90.6.
In head-to-head matches with

Iowa , Michigan took two out of
three with Iowa's win coming in the
controversial Joe Pantaleo-John
Heffernan match. With 20 seconds to
go in the match, Pantaleo was denied
a takedown because the referee felt
that Heffernan was partly out of
bounds.
But Pantaleo and his Michigan
teammates are not the type to let
questionable decisions and close
losses affect their goals.
"We (have) to walk out there (the
nationals) with our heads up - we
accomplished something," said
Michigan's Mike Amine.

V.

Women
netters
take on
Toledo

By LORY KNAPP
Already 7-4 this season, the women's tennis team
appears on its way to improving last season's 11-16
record
Michigan hopes to gain win No. 8 today when it
takes on Toledo at 2 p.m. at the Track and Tennis
Building.
Michigan won last season's match against the
Rockets, 7-2, and barring an upset, should win again.
And although the Wolverines expect a few close
matches against Toledo, they will be using the match
today more to test their depth.
"It will be a good opportunity to get others to play
and try other doubles combinations," said Michigan
coach Bitsy Ritt. "We want to get everyone ready for
the rest of the season."

LEADING THE Wolverines will be No. 1 sin-
gles player, Tina Basle. Basle, a returning senior, has
already defeated Duke's Patty O'Riley this season, the
country's ninth-ranked singles player. She currently
sports an 11-6 record.
The Wolverines have added five rookies to their ros-
ter this year, strengthening the team. They include sin-
gles players Stacy Berg (No. 2), Wendy Stross (No. 3)
and Kristen Ashare (No. 5). Kriste Miner plays No. 3
doubles with Stross, and Anna Schork is also expected
to play against the Rockets.
Ritt said, "They (the rookies) have made a signifi-
cant contribution already. They only need to gain con-
fidence."
In last weekend's dual meets, Michigan went 1-1.

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Men netters win
The sixth-ranked Michigan men's
tennis team showed why it is rated
so high by winning the Malone
College Invitational last Saturday.
Michigan improved its record to
7-3 by defeating No. 8 Kentucky, 5-
1 and Malone College, 9-0, en route
to the championship.
"This was our best performance of
the year," said head coach Brian Eis-
ner. "Kentucky's strength is indoors
because they are strong serve and
volleyers. Beating them is a big
win."
The Wolverines made quick work
of Malone College.
"I'm pleased with the victory over
Malone," said Eisner. Against
I weaker teams there is a tendency to
let up, but our concentration level
remained high."
- STEVEN GINNS
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