Page 14- The Michigan Daily -Friday, November 10, 1989
by Matt Rennie
Daily Sports Writer
The Eastern Michigan Open,
which takes place this Saturday,
marks the beginning of the 1989-90
collegiate wrestling season. For
many coaches, these early tourna-
ments are opportunities to warm up
for the conference season.
Michigan coach Dale Bahr, how-
ever, does not subscribe to this point
of view. He believes that these
meets set precedents for the rest of
"I personally think that you get
in the habit of
right at the star
want to go over t
things to differe
seek quick start at EMU
winning or losing to which Bahr referred. Gilbert, at the 134 class. Michigan won at last year's open.
t," Bahr said. "We Bahr will not let these these State coach Phil Parker called this "I want our older guys
here and win." newcomers use inexperience as an weekend Gilbert's "christening." just to prove to themselves
will mean different excuse. He expects big things from "This will be a good measure for want to beat people and we
-nt members of the all of them. Michigan because they're so young," beat them bad," said Bahr.
s to win
Michigan team. For a trio of first-
year redshirts - Jason Cluff, James
Feldkamp, and Lanny Green - it
will be the beginning of their col-
legiate careers as starters.
Cluff will compete at the 118-
pound weight class, while Feldkamp
will go at 142 and Green at 167. For
them, it will be extremely important
to start building the winning habits
"I can see a change in (Cluff's)
demeanor this year. He's really in-
tense in practice. Feldkamp's got a
lot of talent. Lanny's the type of
guy who can wear you down. He
needs to work on being more
Another wrestler making his
debut will be heralded frosh Joey
The Wolverines are not entirely
inexperienced, though. Returning
starters Salem Yaffi, Larry Gotcher,
Sam Amine, Justin Spewock, and
Fritz Lehrke look to improve on
their performances of last year.
Amine will be defending his title
in the 158-pound class, which he
The tournament is based solely
on individual competition, so no
team scores are kept. Nonetheless,
the results will give Bahr an idea of
where his team stands because six
teams from the Big Ten will be
represented, although pre-season
favorites Iowa and Minnesota will be
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