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Basketball
vs. Iowa
March 4, 1 p.m.
Crisler Arena

SPORTS

Wrestling
vs. Iowa State
Sunday, 1 p.m.
Crisler Arena

The Michigan Daily

Friday, February 24, 1989

M' wrestlers ready

to take title

BY STEVEN COHEN
The fourth-ranked Michigan
wrestling team's training schedule is
designed so the team "peaks" four
times during the season. Next
week's Big Ten championships in
Purdue on March 4 and 5, is one of
those times.
"Since 1974 we've been after the
Big Ten title and we can achieve it
this year," said Michigan coach Dale
Bahr. "This group of guys have
made a believer out of me."
The Wolverines' 18-2 record and
12-0 Big Ten record could only have
bolstered Bahr's confidence.
Iowa has won the Big Ten title
every year since Michigan last won
the crown in 1973.
Michigan's main competi-tors for
the crown are the Hawkeyes, who
just moved into the No.1 nat-ional
ranking, up from the No.5 spot.
Last season Iowa won the title,
116.75 to Michigan's 105.25 in the
closest race in years.
Michigan would like to qualify
all ten wrestlers to the national
tournament. The Big Ten is allotted
47 bids. The top four finishers in
each weight class plus seven
wildcards will qualify.
118 pounds- Minnesota's Keith
Nix, Northwestern's Jack Griffin,
and either of Iowa's 118 pound
qualifiers: Terry Brands or fifth-
ranked Steve Martin will be the top
three seeds. Junior Salem Yaffai will
take to the floor for Michigan.
126- Iowa's Tom Brands and
OSU's Brad Gintert should be the
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top two seeds. Michigan's John
Moore lost 27-12 to Brands and 6-4
to Gintert. "I'm just going to stay in
his face and get good shots in the
middle of the mat," said Moore
about a rematch with Brands.

Fisher

S. Amine Pantaleo
150-Indiana's third-ranked Brian
Dolph is the favorite with Illinois'
Steve Hankenson, Michigan's Sam
Amine, Purdue's Dave Walter, and
Minnesota's Matt Demaray all in
contention. Amine, who finished
fourth last year, defeated Hankenson
twice last season and has tied Walter
this season.
158-Top-ranked Wolverine Joe
Pantaleo, 36-1, is the favorite ahead
of Indiana's Jim Pearson. Of
Pearson's five losses this year, four
have been to Pantaleo. Minnesota's
Gordy Morgan will also contend.

134-Michigan's top-ranked John
Fisher is the two-time defending Big
Ten champ. Challenging Fisher will
be Iowa's Joe Melchiore, who lost
twice to Fisher this season and
Northwestern's fifth-ranked Joei
Bales. Five wrestlers were ranked in
the top 12 this season. "I'm looking
forward to it," said Fisher. "It would
be nice to win it, to get the
recognition and those rings."
142-MSU's third-ranked Stacy
Richmond and Michigan's Larry
Gotcher, who finished third last
season, will be seeded first and
second. Ohio State's Kenny
Ramsey, who last year defeated both
Gotcher and Richmond in the Big
Tens, as well as Minnesota's Jim
Caughey will contend.
"Yeah I'll be seeded second but
I'll beat Richmond unless he messes
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"I don't really care where I'm
seeded - the results will all come
out the same," said Amine, who last
year finished third. "Everyone I lost
to I want to avenge while the people
I haven't wrestled - I definitely
want to come off the mat with my
hand raised."
177- Another deep weight class.
Seven wrestlers will contend for
spots- Minnesota's Dave Dean,
Iowa's Dave Finch, and the
Wildcats' Mike Funk have all
defeated Michigan's James Dye.
Purdue's Mike McHenry is in the
top five nationally as is Dean.
"I think I can beat everyone in the
conference except Dean," said Dye.
190-Northwestern's Mark
Whitehead is the favorite with the
rest up for grabs. Michigan's Fritz
Lehrke has tied Whitehead, and
Wisconsin's Todd Seiler and beat
other contender Chris Short of
Minnesota. Iowa's Brooks Simpson
defeated Lehrke last month.
"I have to wrestle my best
tournament," said Lehrke. "It used to
be I would wrestle a highly-ranked
guy and they would say, 'You
wrestled real well, real close.' Now,
I'm expected to win."
HWT- Four ranked wrestlers
will contend-Iowa's Andy Haman
(No.6), Purdue's Matt Lindley
(No.8), Illinois' Jon Llewelyn
(No.9) and Michigan's Bob Potokar
(No.12). Last season Potokar
finished fourth.
It's now up to Michigan to
wrestle the trophy away from Iowa,
and bring it back to Ann Arbor.

Page 7
Icers face 'clawing' Miami;
eye upcoming CCHA playoffs
BY MIKE GILL
The Michigan hockey team enters Oxford this weekend for a two-game
series against Miami-Ohio with its post-season fate pretty well sealed.
However, their opponent will be fighting for a playoff birth.
Michigan (19-13-4 and 15-11-4 in the Central Collegiate
Hockey Association) has already clinched home-ice for the first-round of
next weekend's CCHA playoffs. They have an outside shot at third place if
they sweep Miami and Ohio State sweeps third-place Illinois-Chicago.
The Redskins kept their playoff hopes alive with an 8-4 win Tuesday
night over the Buckeyes. Ohio State holds a two point lead in the
standings for the final playoff birth.
Miami coach Bill Davidge is pulling out all the stops to try and ensure
a playoff birth. "The first thing I did Wednesday morning is call UIC and
give them a scouting report on Ohio State," Davidge said. "We're coming
off playing our best games of the year. We're on a roll. Michigan, they
don't have much to play for."
While the Michigan coaching staff admits they will probably finish in
fourth place, they aren't willing to wave the white towel of surrender.
"EVERYTHING HAS to fall just right for us at Miami and at Ohio
State," assistant coach Mel Pearson said. "Realistically, it looks like
Bowling Green (in the first-round of the playoffs.)"
Tonight's game at Goggin Arena will be difficult for the Wolverines.
Don Stone, Mike Helber, and Jim Ballantine will not see action due to
disqualifications they received against Michigan State. They are available
for tomorrow's game. In their absence Jeff Urban will play on a line with,
Mike Moes and Ted Kramer while Kent Brothers will skate alongside Rob
Brown and Ryan Pardoski.
Miami (11-25; 8-22 CCHA) sports first-year forward Craig Fisher (20
goals-18 assists-38 points), who Davidge said is "just like Denny Felsner
- one of the best forwards in the country."
Michigan swept the Redskins to
open the campaign, both games by HOCKEY HOTLINE
6-5 scores. In the closing minutes The Daily Sports page will have
of one game, Davidge had a hockey hotline between 2 and
Wolverine captain Myles 7 p.m. Sunday, March 5. That day,
O'Connor sent to the penalty box if necessary, a third and deciding
when he observed that the game will be played at 7:30 p.m.
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called "bush league."
Davidge plans more of the save this weekend with his playoff hopes
hanging. "Why not," Davidge asked. "If a cat is backed against the wall,
it's not going to sit and purr at you. No. It'll have its claws out. That's
what I have to do."
IF MICHIGAN does face Bowling Green (21-14-3; 15-14-3 CCHA)
in the playoffs (March 3,4, and if necessary March 5) at Yost Arena, it
should be quite a match-up. Michigan won three of the four regular season
games, in highly emotional, close games.
Falcon coach Jerry York, who said he's very disappointed in not attain-
ing home-ice, pinpoints the Michigan defense as the area his team must
key on. "Myles O'Connor deserves a lot of praise for he has been a key
reason they gained home-ice. We need to hold Myles in check," York said.
Berenson said: "I think -the playoffs will be a repeat of what we saw
against them this season - you don't know what you're going to see-
games won and lost in the third' period, comebacks, great scoring,
emotional, physical, penalties...."
We got the idea coach. "It's classic college hockey," he added.

M. Amine Dye

167- Four out of the top six
wrestlers nationally in this weight
class are from the Big Ten-
Wisconsin's Dave Lee, Iowa's John
Heffernan, Michigan's Mike Amine,
and Northwestern's Brad Traviolia.
Minnesota's Marty Morgan and
Indiana's Chuck Poulsen will also
contend.

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indoor Big Ten Championships

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Illinois is favored to take the title
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"The difference between a first
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5000-meter races. In last year's
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"She (Rowand) has a great chance
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events."

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in the 3000-meters and senior Carol
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meters.
Sophomore Amy Bannister, a
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will run in the 600-meter race. Last
year she took fourth place for
Northwestern in that event.
Senior Dana Davidson will lead
Michigan in the 55-meter hurdles.
Davidson has already qualified for the
NCAA Championships in this event
with her efforts last week at Eastern
Michigan.
Both Davidson and first-year
sprinter Alison Smith will compete
in the pentathlon, and junior Gillian
Osborne will run in the 200-meter
and 400-meter races.
The Wolverines continue to
fight nagging injuries and a recent
bout of the flu. Although Henry
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well-being, he does not see it as a
debilitating factor.

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