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Page 6 - The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday- February 19, 1990

HOOSIERS
continued from page 1
Bahr echoed this sentiment.
"The tempo was set in the first
three matches," Bahr said. " The
kid's a thrower at 118, and we knew
about it. We wanted to stay out of
it, and we didn't."
Michigan's Salem Yaffai kept
Michigan close with a 11-4 win over
Lou Silverman. At this juncture,
Indiana led by a slim margin, 4-3,
and there was no reason to expect
anything but a close match.
The Hoosiers had other plans,
however, as they did not lose in any
of the next five matches to put the
match away with a 22-7 lead with
only two matches to go.
The avalanche began with a draw
between two top-ten performers,
Michigan's Joey Gilbert and
Indiana's Tony Hunter, 9-9. The
match was marred by two
controversial stalling calls against
Hunter, the second one with two
seconds left, which incensed
MacFarland.
"I was really mad at 134," the
Hoosier coach said. "To make a call
like that with two seconds left is

completely ridiculous."
"We were lucky to get a draw,"
Bahr admitted.
Indiana kept its composure
through the uproar and as a result,
took command of the meet.
After Adam Caldwell beat the
Wolverines' James Rawls, it was
Hoosier senior Brian Dolph's turn to
get on the mat. Dolph is the second-
ranked 150-pounder in the country,
and his opponent, Feldkamp, is a
redshirt frosh who has spent the
better part of this season as a
backup.
The results were predictable as
Dolph went up 24-9 with 1:12 left
to score a technical fall and give the
Hoosiers five team points and a 14-5
advantage.
Gotcher then drew with Casey
Graham, 1-1, in a match where
neither wrestler tried to score the
other very often. While the
Wolverines needed a win, Gotcher's
performance impressed Bahr.
"Larry did a solid job for us," he
said. "It was difficult situation, and
he's going up against a tough kid."
One of the Wolverines' top
individual performances was in vain,
as senior co-captain Justin Spewock

lost a close match to Casey Graham,
5-3. The match nearly ended early,
when Spewock put his opponent o1
his back for a near fall.
"I'm happy with the intensity I
had. I just wish I could have kept it
up longer," Spewock said. "g
thought too much, and when you-
think you lose."
Regardless of the final count
Bahr liked what he saw from his
167-pounder.
"Justin's been looking real good
for us since dropping down (from,
177)," he said. "I thought he had the
guy there for a minute."
Fritz Lehrke continued his tear
through the dual meet portion of the
season by defeating Todd Coulter, 6-
0. Lehrke's record now stands at 29-"0
6-1 overall, 6-0 in Big Tenn duar
meets.'r
While the Wolverines were
obviously upset over the loss, their'
focus seemed to be on the future,
namely the Big Ten and nationa*
tournaments.
"We always say around here that
the tournaments are the main thing,"
Bahr said. "The dual meet season i
up and down. Last week, we were
thrilled to beat Iowa State and
Minnesota. This week, we're
disappointed."

Michgan's James Rawls (142 lbs.) works against Adam Caldwell of Indiana yesterday. The Hoosiers handed
Michigan its first loss in 26 Big Ten dual meets, 26-10.

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HOOSIER COACH ONCE STARRED AT MICHIGAN
Ex-Wolverine returns to topple 'M' l"° a'

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by Matt Rennie
Daily Sports Writer
It used to be that when Joe
MacFarland went to a Michigan-
Indiana dual meet, he headed for
Crisler Arena, and he brought his
maize and blue singlet.
Although that was not very long
ago, a lot has changed since then.
Today, Michigan holds its dual
meets in Varsity Arena, and
yesterday, MacFarland wore a
Hoosier red sweater and tie rather
than a singlet.
MacFarland wrestled at 126
pounds for Michigan during 1982-
85. During this time, he was named
All-American every year. In addition,
he reached the national finals in
1984 and 1985 before settling for
runner-up both years.
These days, MaFarland is on the
administrative end of the wrestling
world as the Indiana head coach. He
is enjoying a 12-0 record with a 4-0'

mark in the Big Ten. Yesterday, his
defeated that of his former coach as
the Hoosiers defeated Michigan, 26-
10.
After graduation, he went on to
become an assistant coach at Indiana.
When former Hoosier head coach
Jim Humphries left the team before
the season began to coach a
professional club, MacFarland was
the natural choice to get the job.
What's made the transition easier
for MacFarland, the youngest coach
in the conference, has been the
senior leadership on this year's
squad. Seven of the ten Hoosier
starters are in either fourth or fifth-
year veterans.
"The cycle is turning their way
right now," Michigan coach Dale
Bahr said. "They're in a similar
situation to us last year, when we
had so many seniors."
Nonetheless, this is the same
team that went 6-4 in the Big Ten

McFarland
last year.
"I think he'll probably

rookie coach of the year in the
NCAA," Bahr said. "He really
deserves it."
MacFarland has been using many
of the same methods as a coach as
Bahr used when he was coaching
MacFarland.
"We have a lot of the same
training," the Hoosier coach said.
"We pride ourselves on conditioning,
just like Michigan does."
His recent success has not caused
him to for get his roots.
"I attribute a lot of the success
I've had both as wrestler and now as
a coach to Dale and (Michigan
assistant) Joe (Wells)," he said.
"They run a classy program up
here."
While he is enjoying his current
situation, MacFarland is aware that
success is temporary and his mind is
always looking toward the future.
"I'm trying to build a program
down here," he said. "I think we've
got the makings of a perennial
contender."
Bahr believes his former student
will face the real test during the off-
season.
"His real job is still ahead of
him," Bahr said. "This recruiting
class will really determine what the
future holds for him."

Loss may pave way
to better Big Ten's
by Jeff Sheran
Daily Sports Writer

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Yesterday the Michigan wrestling team rode a 25-0 conference dual me&a
wave into Varsity Arena, only to wipe out at the hands of Indiana, 26-10.
But the Wolverines did in no way drown; they simply got their feet wet.;4
Wrestling, like many sports, entails an all-important Big Ten
Championship Tournament, so excuse Michigan for not shedding tears over
its broken streak.
"Nobody ever remembers who wins the dual meets, only the Big Ten
Championships," senior co-captain Justin Spewock said. "Indiana did a great=
job, but even they were just building up towards the Big Tens."
Now, after Michigan has experienced its share of easy competition in the,
likes of Illinois, Purdue and Michigan State, and difficult opponents such as
Minnesota, Northwestern and the Hoosiers, the Wolverines can set morei
insightful goals for the final conference tournament. Three individuals hold
futures that are, at least for now, well-defined. :
Leading the way against the Hoosiers was torrid 190-pounder Frit#
Lehrke. His victory solidifies his position as the likely No. 2 seed at the.
Big Tens, behind Iowa's Brooks Simpson. Simpson beat Lehrke earlier this
year at the Northern Open.
Joey Gilbert (134) should receive the third seed in the March 10f'
tournament. Tom Brands, Iowa's sophomore Big Ten champ and an all-'
American, is a safe bet for the top seed. Minnesota's Mark Zenas, who beat
Gilbert two weeks ago, should fall in behind Brands.
Clinching a top seed for Michigan should be Sam Amine (158), who did"
not wrestle against Indiana. Amine's stiffest competition will come from"t
his left knee, which will undergo arthroscopic surgery this week for atir
injury sustained against Iowa State. Amine will have 17 days to rehabilitate
his knee before the Big Ten tournament begins.
While losing to Indiana caused Michigan to lose sight of extending an"
impressive statistic, in reality, it helped gain a clearer vision as to what is
really important.
The remainder of Michigan's schedule is conducive towards preparing for'.
the tournament. The Wolverines host Wisconsin and Ohio State, twoe.
middle-echelon teams.
Michigan then hosts a quad-meet with three lesser opponents. There, the
primary benefit lies in that the Wolverines become accustomed to wrestlingO
several times in one day.
These meets, like the Indiana meet are all steps leading to the top of then
conference staircase. But the Hoosiers provided what may prove to be th&'
only blemish on Michigan's team record, a distinct mental challenge to,
overcome next month. 2
In that respect, the loss to Indiana served as another taste of what stiff,-
league competition is like. And it showed that nothing can be taken for
granted, not even win number 26.

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