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vs. Michigan State
Tonight, 7:30 p.m.
Varsity Arena

Tuesday, January 23, 1990

Men's Basketball
vs. Michigan State
Saturday, 3 p.m.
Crisler Arena

The Michigan Daily.
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by Jeff Sheran
Daily Sports Writer

Page 9




by Jeff Sheran
Daily Sports Writer

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What's wrong with today's youth?
For Michigan wrestling coach Dale Bahr, absolutely nothing.
Bahr's first-year wrestlers helped lead the Wolverines to dual meet vic-
tories over Illinois and Purdue last weekend, compiling an 8-0 total record.
"The development of the freshmen really helps us," Bahr said. "That's a
key to the team's success, and I think in these matches, it's happening."
Jason Cluff (118 lbs.) set the tone for his fellow frosh with 8-1 and 7-4
wins in the opening division. His 4-1-1 dual meet record ranks third among
his teammates, and his reliability has been a great asset to the Wolverines.
"I want to get to the point where the team can count on me," Cluff said.
"I'm just gonna keep working hard, because the harder you work, the harder
it is to lose."
Finding it very hard to lose, true frosh Joey Gilbert follows at 134.
Gilbert and 190-pounder Fritz Lehrke remain the only undefeated Wolverines
in dual meet competition, boasting 6-0 records.
However, Lehrke is an experienced co-captain, a projected winner for
Michigan. Gilbert, on the other hand, is simply the pot of gold at the end of
the recruiting rainbow.
Gilbert had already established himself with victories over top-ranked
Chuck Barbee and Olympian Ken Chertow, and with his pin of tenth-ranked
John Epperly. But in case any skeptics persisted, Gilbert silenced them with
hard-fought decisions over Illinois' talented Derrick Crenshaw and Purdue's
tough Tim McClellan.
Like Gilbert, 142-pounder James Rawls was not expected to win
consistently for the Wolverines. The two frosh battled for the starting spot
at 134, and when Gilbert won, Rawls planned to be redshirted. But when
Bahr gave him the nod at 142 two weeks ago, Rawls was no doubt out of
shape mentally and physically.
However, with a week to prepare himself for the conference season,
Rawls took advantage of the scarce opportunity to elevate his conditioning.
"I'm better than I was at the Virginia Duals," Rawls said. "It was a
tough week, but I'm ready."
Lanny Green (167) rounds out the group of successful rookies. Green
lulled out a 7-6 decision over Illinois' Geoff Woodcock because of a 2:13
'}ding time advantage. He then beat Purdue's Chris Lemanski, 6-1.
*'"Lanny's conditioning is just so good," senior co-captain Justin
Spewock said. "He's hard-nosed in every match, and that will pay off."
Spewock offered further praise for the Wolverine newcomers. "I think our
redshirt freshmen are the key to Michigan being a potential national
champion team two, three years down the road," he said.
So while it is fashionable to blame everything on today's youth, Bahr
has no complaints. And that suits him fine.

Diaper dandies are not limited to
college basketball in the South,.
something to which both the Michi-
gan and Michigan State wrestling
teams can attest. The two teams,
each bedecked with underclassmen,
square off in a dual meet tonight
(7:30, Varsity Arena).
Michigan (4-2 in dual meets, 2-0
in the Big Ten) comes off a
successful weekend which included
landslide victories over Illinois and
Purdue. In the meets, Wolverine first
and second-year wrestlers compiled a
9-1 record.
Likewise, the Spartans (2-1-2, 1-
1-1) rely heavily on their underclass-
men, sporting five newcomers of
their own.
In previous team competition,
Michigan State managed a 20-20 tie
with Purdue, and a 24-13 victory
over Illinois. Michigan routed the Il-
lini, 30-3, and defeated Purdue, 26-8.
But Michigan State assistant
coach Jessie Reyes believes that
because of the presence of so many
newcomers, the outcome of the
match cannot be easily predicted.
"I feel that we can win at any
weight class, or lose - it all de-
pends on how well the young guys
use their skills and conditioning,"
Reyes said.
The key to the meet, according to
Reyes, is how effectively the Spart-
ans wrestle early on. "Our light-
weights are really gonna have to

come through for us," he said,
conceding that Michigan is very
strong later in the lineup.
The first matchup between
underclassmen occurs at 134 lbs.,
where Michigan State's Pete Schulte
(1-3 overall, 0-3 in the Big Ten)
faces Joey Gilbert (27-5, 2-0).
While Schulte is a sophomore
and Gilbert is a true frosh, Gilbert
possesses far more experience in
competition this season. In addition,
as Reyes asserts, "Gilbert doesn't
wrestle like a freshman," referring to
his earlier victories over several top
However, Michigan State does
hold the advantage at 142 lbs., where
Jeff Mustari has already beaten
Michigan's James Rawls and prev-
ious 142-pounder James Feldkamp.
Rawls, who won his last two
dual meet matches, seeks revenge
against Mustari for his loss in their
first match, at the Ohio Open in
November. With seconds remaining
in the contest, Mustari scored a
takedown on Rawls to tie the score.
Because of the takedown criteria, the
tie was awarded to Mustari.
"I'm not gonna let the same
thing happen again," Rawls said.
"I'll give it my best and hope to
come out on top."
Michigan coach Dale Bahr shares
Rawls' sentiment. "We love to beat
State, and we hate to lose to them,
so we're gonna come out extra tough
against them," Bahr said.

Michigan 190-pounder Fritz Lehrke gets a grip on Illinois' Matt Bern-
stein. Lehrke won the match by major decision, 18-7. The Wolverines
face Michigan State in a dual meet 7:30 tonight at Varsity Arena.

State Rivalry

- Bo-meets Sparky as Tigers hit town

by Rod Loewenthal
Daily Sports Contributor
The Detroit Tigers clawed into
the 1990 season yesterday with a
promotional tour stop at Ann
Arbor's Domino's Farms. The ap-
pearance was only part of a week-
long statewide tour that will see the
club visit other cities such as Grand
Rapids and Lansing.
"I promise we'll be a lot more
improved over 1989," Tiger manager
Sparky Anderson said, understand-
ably looking ahead after last season's
59-103 record.
The, off-season acquisitions of
left-handers Lloyd Moseby of the
Toronto Blue Jays and third baseman
Tony Phillips of the Oakland A's
should add some punch to the Ti-

gers' attack.
Detroit has also signed right-
handed power-hitter Cecil Fielder in
order to solve the problems at first
base which had been created with the
departure of Darrell Evans in 1988.
Last year Fielder batted .302 with 38
home runs and 81 RBI's for Japan's
Hanshin Tigers.
Asked about the differences in
playing baseball in Japan and in the
U.S., Fielder quipped, "Anywhere
you go, you've got to see the ball
and hit it."
One of the main reasons for last
season's dismal performance can be
attributed to the fact that the Tigers
sent 16 different players, including
Matt Nokes, Jack Morris, and Alan
Trammel, to the disabled list, a team

record 20 times.
Anderson welcomed Tiger brass,
such as new club president Bo
Schembechler, saying "working with
stars is easy, it's working with
mediocrity which is hard."
When asked to comment on any
future renovation projects for Tiger
Stadium, Vice President Bill Haase,
shocked many when he bluntly de-
clared "We are no longer looking at
renovation, we are looking for a
whole new stadium."
Speculation arose as to where the
new stadium would be built but all
that Haase would commit to was
that the club was "continually work-
ing at the project."



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