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The Michigan Daily-Friday, January 15, 1988- Page 11
Ten season

By RICHARD EISEN
From your favorite pre-rush fraternity
bash, or from the. back seat of your '71
Nova, or from wherever you will be on
Saturday night, just give a hard listen and
you will hear the Michigan wrestlers
avenging themselves at Crisler Arena.
This weekend, Michigan will open up
its Big Ten season, hitting the floor against
Illinois and Purdue. Last year, both Illinois
and Purdue caught the Wolverines at the
end of an extended road trip and capitalized
on their fatigue. The Illini beat Michigan
in a squeaker, 18-16, and the next day the
Boilermakers trounced Michigan, 24-14.
All things considered, will Michigan be
looking for revenge?
"Oh, yes," smiled Michigan coach Dale
Bahr. "In my eyes, these guys caused us
some problems last year from the simple
standpoint of our season. So we're ready to

'In my eyes, these guys caused us some problems last
year from the simple standpoint of our season. So we're
ready to get them back for that reason.'
-Michigan wrestling coach Dale Bahr

get them back for that reason."
THIS ATTITUDE may do Michigan
very well, for it might surprise Purdue,
who feels that there is no revenge factor
involved in this weekend's matchup with
Michigan. "I don't think that any Big Ten
team is in any revenge situation," said
Purdue coach Mike Trujillo. "I think we
just try to get as much as we can at any
time."
The Boilermakers took that theory to
heart last year and compiled as many wins
as they could, 11 of them. Only two losses

and one tie marred an otherwise perfect
record. And since most of last year's
starters have returned, this year's outlook
seems just as bright. "We lost our 126
(weight class) pounder from last year, and
basically he was our only loss. So, I feel
we're pretty strong," said Trujillo.
So far, Purdue has done well in duals,
beating Cal-State Bakersfield, Fresno State,
and Army, while losing only once, to Ok-
lahoma State.
One reason why Purdue has gotten of to
its good start is 177 pound senior, Joe

Urso, the leader of the Boilermaker's bal-
anced lineup. Urso, an All-American last
year at 167, has quickly acquainted himself
to his new home at 177, finishing first ini
that weight class at the Eastern Michigan
Open. Bahr openly admitted that Urso could
definitely cause Michigan problems.
Another outstanding Boilermaker
wrestler is 142 pound senior, Joe Lilovich,
who was Big Ten champion last year.
ILLINOIS, however, isn't as balanced
as Purdue, yet the Fighting Illini have
some outstanding wrestlers that could beat
Michigan at certain weight positions. The
Illini attack is led by 142 pounder Mike
Azinger, a senior from DeWitt Iowa, who
was an NCAA qualifier last year. "He's
finished third in the Big Tens last year,"
said Bahr. "He's one tough kid, there's no
question about it."
So far Azinger has compiled a record of

11-4-1. This record becomes more impres-
sive when you look at Illinois' poor overall
record of 0-2 in dual matches. Illinois has
lost to Missouri and to Division II school
Southern Illinois University at Ed-
wardsville.
Michigan's Larry Gotcher has drawn the
unenviable task of wrestling both Azinger
and Purdue's Lilovich at 142 in back to
back nights. To add insult to injury,
Gotcher has had a little water on the knee
and hasn't practiced very much this week.
But despite all these negatives, Bahr sees
positive. "Even though he hasn't been able
to practice real heavy this week, Larry's the
type of competitor that's raring to go at the
start of the match. He's a real, real tough
competitor," said Bahr.
See BLUE, Page 12

TRACK AND FIELD:
Mens track team opens at EMU

BY JOHN McDERMOTT
"Our team is in a rebuilding
phase, and this year is the bottom of
it," Michigan's men's track coach
Jack Harvey says of his team's cur-
rent condition.
After finishing fourth in the Big
Ten's indoor and outdoor seasons
last year Harvey says, "It will be
tough to do as well as last year. We
lost several good athletes, guys you
can't replace in one year."
Still, Harvey hopes to finish "in
the middle of the pack" this year.
The Wolverines start their indoor
season today at the EMU Invita-
tional in Ypsilanti. This unscored
meet will feature many local col-
leges from Michigan as well as the
University of Toledo.
While the team will miss All-
American distance runner Chris
Brewster, who graduated last year,
coach Harvey is excited about the
potential success for senior John
Scherer and sophomore Brad Barquist
in the distance events this year.
Scherer finished second in the Big
Ten in the 10,000 meter last year
(behind Brewster), and ran second in
the NCAA Championships in cross-
country this year.
Harvey also looks for success this
season in the high jump, an event he
says, "We're loaded in." Newcomers
Rory Stace, Greg Duffy, and Brad
Holwerda are expected to play major
roles.

Quarter-miler Claude Tiller, half-
miler Matt Butler, sprinter Wiley
Boulding, and rookie hurdler Rudy
Rodman are expected to do well this
year. Also, after being redshirted last
year, Harvey is looking for a big
season out of junior shotputter J.J.
Grant.
Womewn beg;in
indoor season
The Michigan women's track
team opens its indoor season this
tomorrow when it hosts the Michi-
gan Relays. The meet will primarily
include Michigan schools, as well as
the University of Toledo and the
University of Windsor.
Last year's team suffered some
key injuries on the way to a disap-
pointing eighth place finish in the
Big Ten. Coach James Henry ex-
pects this year's squad to finish in
the middle of the pack. "We've
worked very hard and are excited to
get things rolling," he said.
Henry is looking for several of
the athletes to contribute tomorrow.
"We're expecting to do well overall.
We want to use everyone in this
meet," he said.
In the field events, shotputter
Sonia Payne returns after finishing

third in the conference last year.
Tracy Babcock and Cheri Sly will
pace the Wolverine distance runners,
while the sprinters will be lead by
Dana Davidson, Jillian Osborne, and
Sophia Dubreuial.

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