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SAM AMINE LEADS WOLVERINE MATTERS
Wednesday, February 7, 1990
Wrestling legacy lives
by Matt Rennie
Daily Sports Writer
Although wrestling always seemed to be in Sam
Amine's blood, at first he wasn't sure why.
He compiled an undefeated junior high record and
placed in the state tournament his first year of high
school. His older brother Mike earned attention from
colleges while at Lincoln High in Warren, Michigan.
Still, Sam had no real idea where his aptitude for
wrestling came from. But he had a hunch.
"I always wondered about my dad," Sam said. "He
was always showing us all this stuff. He threw Mike on
his head about ten times. We never knew he wrestled."
Nazem Amine not only wrestled, but he wrestled
extremely well. In the 1960 Olympics at Rome, the
senior Amine took home the bronze medal for his na-
tive country, Lebanon.
"My mom finally told us when I was in ninth
grade," Sam explained. "She gave me his medal from
the Olympics, which me and Mike always rotate."
Today, Sam, Michigan's starting 158-pounder,
boasts the best record of any Wolverine with a mark of
The Amines are regularly in attendance at many of
their son's matches. Some wrestlers find their parents'
presence to be disturbing, providing extra pressure as
well as encouragement. But Sam does not have this
"I try to focus everyone out wherever I'm at," he
said. "I'm going to want to win whether (my dad's)
there or not there, so I'd rather have him there than
Sam has pummeled opponents this season regardless
of who is watching, scoring pins or technical falls in 13
of his 27 wins. His performance has earned him a No. 5
national ranking and the praise of rival coaches.
"I like his style," Michigan State coach Phil Parker
said. "He's aggressive. He comes right after you and
doesn't wait for things to happen."
Amine is not the type to get comfortable when he
has a lead.
"Sam wrestles the whole match," Michigan coach
Dale Bahr said. "Before a match, he's like a caged an-
imal. He doesn't think, 'Can I win?' He goes out and
puts lots of points on the board for us."
Sam started last year for Michigan at 150, posting a
10-6-2 record, but after the graduation of All-American
Joe Pantaleo he moved up to 158. The difference has
been apparent in the locker room as well as on the mat.
"I get everyone hyped up after practice," Sam says.
"A lot of guys are too nervous. I like to crack jokes,
but when it's time to get down to business, that's when
Bahr also likes Amine's antics: "I have truly enjoyed
this year with him," Bahr said. "Sam is fun to work
with. He's matured a lot in the last year."
In addition to being the team's designated joker, he
is also famous for his dancing skill, which he says has
practical applications for wrestling.
"I dance a lot to lose weight," he explained. "Ser-
iously, I'm probably a lot quicker on my feet because of
"I was moody last year," he confesses. "I cut a little
too much weight getting down, but we had such a good
team, it was the only way we'd be tough."
Last year, the Wolverine starter at 167 was none
other than Sam's brother, two-time All-American Mike
Amine. This resulted in a natural competition between
"We always competed and pushed each other," Sam
said. "To this day, I told him I'm going to be national
champ, and beat his runner-up."
Although Sam Amine will have two cracks at the
national championship because of his junior eligibility,
he is focusing on doing it this year.
"There's six or seven guys that can win (the weight
class)," he said. "I want to be national champ more than
anything, but I'm the one who's got to determine that."
Michigan wrestler Sam Amine grapples with Illinois' Matt Korfist in a recent 158-pound match at the Varsity
Arena. Amine went on the win the match on a technical fall, 19-4.
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Daily Football Writer
Michigan recruit Nate Holdren
hasn't been named as a top quar-
terback on many high school All-
That's probably because none of
the nation's experts could pinpoint
whether Holdren is a better quarter-
back or linebacker. Yet, even with-
out national media acclaim, Wash-
ington state's Player-of-the-Year will
probably be Michigan's top recruit
in the class of 1994. In addition,
_ he's considered by some to be one of
the top five college baseball players
in the country.
"Nate's a real gifted athlete," said
Lonnie Person, Holdren's football
coach at Richland High School.
"He's real big and he's real mobile.
He can probably play five positions
on the football field."
However, Holdren knows what
position he wants to play: quar-
terback. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound,
Richland, Washington native listen-
ed to offers from Michigan, Texas
A& M, Washington State, Miami
and Notre Dame.
It came down to the Irish and
Michigan until Notre Dame recruit-
ers told him, "we want you to play
linebacker." Holdren is a two-time,
all-state linebacker in high school.
Yet he doesn't want to do that.
Michigan had another edge in the
race for Holdren. The Wolverines
were his favorite team growing up.
"Nate has a real love affair with
Michigan," Pierson said. "For what-
ever the reason, that's his team."
Coach Gary Moeller also drew
praise from Holdren.
"Coach Moeller is a very good
guy," Holdren said. "He gets fired
up, but he also is a real team guy."
Only the fate of Michigan's
baseball team kept Holdren hedging
on his decision to become a
Wolverine. That was until he met
new Michigan coach Bill Freehan.
"He's one of the main reasons
I'm coming to Michigan," Holdren
said of Freehan. "He's a player's
coach. He knows how he wants to
be treated and I think that's how he
is going to treat us."
- Defensive lineman Aubrey
Beavers from Yates High School in
Houston has crossed Michigan off
his list after the Wolverines rushed
him on his decision. Some experts
feel Beavers could be the top defen-
sive prospect in the country.
"They told me to make a decision
right there, and I didn't want to,"
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