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Page 2- The Michigan Daily -Sports Monday- January 29, 1990
Michigan Sports
A compilation of Michigan sporting events
and information for the coming week.
Monday, January 29
No events scheduled
Tuesday, January 30
No events scheduled
Wednesday, January 31
Men's basketball vs. Purdue at Crisler Arena,
7 p.m. (Raycom)
Thursday, February 1
No events scheduled
Friday, February 2
Women's basketball at Purdue, 7:30 p.m.
Ice hockey at Western Michigan, 7:30 p.m.
Men's swimming vs. Michigan State at
Canham Natatorium, 7 p.m.
Women's swimming at Ohio State, 5 p.m.
Men's Gymnastics vs. Michigan State at Varsity Arena,
7:30 p.m.
Women's Gymnastics vs. Michigan State & Iowa at
Varsity Arena, 7:30 pm
Saturday, February 3
Men's basketball at Wisconsin, 1 p.m. (Raycom)
Men's indoor track at Michigan State Relays,
time TBA.
Women's Indoor track at Michigan State Relays,
time TBA
Ice hockey vs. Western Michigan at Yost Ice Arena,
7:30 p.m.
Women's Swimming at Minnesota, 4 p.m.
Sunday, February 4
Women's Basketball at Illinois, 2 p.m.
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beat UIC
by Scott Erskine
Daily Sports Writer
If improvement was factored into
a final score in gymnastics, the
men's gymnastics team would have
walked away with a victory this
Unfortunately, it's not.
The.Wolverines lost the match to
the University of Illinois-Chicago
by less than one point, 266.6 to
The difference in the meet was
the final event, the horizontal bar,
where two of the Wolverines fell
during their routines.
"We're just having a little trouble
with our release moves right now,'.
fifth-year senior Tony Angelotti
said. "They're not consistentlike all
our other events. Since it's (the
horizontal bar) our last event, our
endurance is a little lower than in the
beginning of the meet."
However, overall the gymnasts
improved by nearly ten points over
last weekend and gained the respect
of UIC's head coach, Clarence
"When I saw Michigan I wasn't
expecting what I saw today. They
just did not shine at the Windy City
(Invitational) and I thought that's
what type of team they had and
they're a very good team," Johnson
said. "I didn't think they were going
to be as strong in depth. I have to
come into it (the meet) with a little


better attitude the next time we meet
them in Chicago, because they have
a very good team."
Michigan sophomore John Mains
was also happy with the overall
performance of his team. "The
difference between this meet, which I
was really happy about, and last
weekend (the Windy City
Invitational), was that we kept a
rally going and really kept our
attitude," Mains said.
Individually, Michigan's Jim
Round, Ruben Ceballos, and Matt
Harrison finished first, third, and
fifth in the all around standings.
Angelotti captured the best single
score for the day, receiving a 9.65 on
the floor exercise.
Michigan also held the top
positions in the pommel horse, the
still rings, and the vault.
Michigan head coach Bob Darden
was happy about the improvements
in his squad and was also happy that
UIC could come to the meet. UIC
was invited to compete because they
were at Western Michigan for a
Saturday meet. The scheduled team,
Illinois, was forced to cancel their
trip when one of their members was
struck with a case of German

Women Gymnasts
spring past Flames
by Dan Zoch
Daily Sports Writer
When the Illinois women's gymnastics.team caught the measles and had
to stay home this weekend, the University of Illinois-Chicago Flames were
called in to take their place.
But they should have stayed home, too, because they got trounced by the
Wolverines, 181.95-143.7.
"I am so happy," senior co-captain Wendy Comeau said. "It was a really
good time, a fun meet. That's what it's all about."
Michigan, led by fine performances from senior Jeni Hescott and first-
year student Tina Blair, excelled in every event. Junior Christine Furlong
and first-year gymnast Eva Gordon had particularly excellent scores on the
uneven bars, scoring a 9.35 and a 9.3, respectively.
The average performance in any event by the Wolverine squad was
almost nine out of a possible ten. The Flames, in comparison, averaged
about seven points per event, except for the vault, in which they averaged'
eight per gymnast.
UIC couldn't have been too displeased, though. Injuries racked their
team to the point that they couldn't field a full squad for the floor routines.
In fact, only five gymnasts showed up for the meet, as opposed to
Michigan's sixteen.
"We're hurt big time," UIC coach Roni Cromwell said. "We've got our
three best all-arounders all on crutches back home and I had to go without a
full lineup today.
"Hopefully this will be our worst match of the season."
The Wolverine team was a bit more exuberant in their post-game
Michigan Coach Beverly Fry said: "I'm real excited. I think the kids did
a really good job and I knew they were going to, because I knew how
excited they were for their first home meet. They really put it together."
One of the most exciting parts of the competition came in the floor
exercises. First-year gymnast Allison Winski lit up the crowd with a spirited
exhibition performance to the music of "Great Balls of Fire." Junior
Christine Furlong, doing her routine to New Order, also got tremendous
support from the audience, along with a 9.2.
"We put Allison's exhibition first today because it was the first time
she's attempted a double-back, and we wanted to take a little bit of pressure
off her. Next week she'll be back performing," Fry said.
The hardest part of the competition was locating a competitor. UIC just
happened to be the closest team available. "We were frantically calling
around trying to find someone to come and finally got a hold of (UIC)," Fry
"I thought it was pretty funny that they (the Illini) had the measles,"
Comeau said. "Don't they get their measles shots in Illinois? We found out
on Wednesday and thought it was kind of funny. But it was really great of
UIC to fill in."

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felt like a week in itself, as the lead
changed hands six times before
Tomek ended it with a 14-6 major
decision over Roger Williams.
"Phil held the guy off," Bahr
said. "I expected him to win, but
that's the first time he's had to win
(his match) in order to win the bout
for us."
The Wolverines (6-2 overall, 4-0
in the Big Ten) overcame impressive
performances by a trio of nationally-
ranked Wildcats. Jack Griffin (118
pounds), Brad Traviola (167), and
Mike Funk (177) all scored major
decisions or technical falls to acc-
ount for 14 of Northwestern's 20
Michigan's key victories were the
work of Joey Gilbert (134) and Larry
Gotcher (150).
With the Wolverines down 7-2
after two matches, Gilbert gave his
team six points when he pinned Tad
Yeager 1:04 into the match..
"I was pleased with Gilbert,"
Bahr said. "He put extra points on
the board, and kept things equal

through the first four matches when
we weren't doing well."
Gilbert suffered a cut below his
right eye just four seconds into his
match. After a second injury time-
out, the four-time Illinois state
champion made sure that there would
not be a third one by pinning the
overmatched Yeager.
wrestling real
well right now,"
coach Tim Cys-
ewski said. "I
think he's prob-=
ably the best gity
on their team
right now, as a
freshman." Gilbert
Gotcher wrestled his best match
of the Big Ten season as he scored a
13-4 major decision over Paul An-
dreotti. Although the win was good
for four team points, Gotcher
thought he was robbed of a six-point
pin when the referee controversially
stopped the match.
"Larry was going to pin the kid,
and it wasn't illegal, but the referee
stopped it," Bahr said.

Cysewski agreed, "I think the
referee thought (Gotcher) had him in
some potentially dangerous situa-
tion, possibly choking him. I didn't
see it."
Regardless of the call, Cysewski
was impressed.
"Gotcher's a hard-nosed S.O.B."
he said. "I'd do the same thing if I
was him. If I had a freshman and I'm
a senior, I'd go after him. That's
what he did."
The win gave the Wolverines a
slim 12-11 advantage, which Sam
Amine quickly expanded with a 4-0
decision over Toby Willis. The fifth-
ranked Amine raised his team-leading
record to 27-3-1. Willis entered the
match with an impressive record of
his own, 18-9, but Amine never let
him have a chance.
The lead quickly evaporated as
Traviola and Funk put the Wildcats
ahead, 20-15, and set the stage for
the late heroics.
In the 190-pound match, Lehrke
needed a victory in order to give
Tomek the opportunity to win it all
for the Wolverines. Lehrke's opp-
onent was Matt Case, certainly no
pushover at 16-6.

Lehrke kept cool in a pressure-
cooker of a match to defeat Case, 3-
1, without the benefit of a takedown.
This was the first conference meet in
which his match meant anything in
terms of team standings, but the
senior co-captain is not afraid of
being counted on.
"I have confidence in myself,"
Lehrke said. "It's better me than
someone else."
Marring otherwise impressive0
efforts by both squads was the con-
troversy over the officiating. The
referee reportedly was a volunteer
assistant for Northwestern, which
some Michigan wrestlers felt in-
fluenced his calls.
The controversy was not limited
to Gotcher's match. In the 126-
pound match, Salem Yaffai drew
with Neil Kohlberg, but there was
much debate over how the referee'
distributed points and riding time.
While the matter was exas-$
perating, the Wolverines dealt with.
it lightheartedly after the match.
"(Northwestern) put ten good
guys on the mat and one good ref-
eree," senior co-captain Justin Spe-
wock joked.


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