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The Michigan Daily/New Student Edition -Thursday, September 6, 1990- Pag5
WOLVERINES DROP FROM UPPER ECHELON

Wrestlers slip
by Jeff Sheran
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan wrestling team ranking slipped con- Fritz Lehrke,1
siderably last season, finishing 31st nationally, as op- January, andi
posed to 5th in 1989. Half as many Wolverines quali- who wrestled
fied for the national tournament as did the previous sea- However, Go
son, and none of the four achieved All-American status. standout Sam)
Michigan (6-2 in the Big Ten, 11-4 overall) Amine's to
maintained a strong showing in dual meet competition, rolled around,
and held a No. 8 national ranking at the end of the dual seed for the B
season. Indiana, which placed sixth in the nation, every seeded
handed Michigan its first home defeat after 25 straight Gotcher and L
wins, a streak dating back to 1986. weight classes
Key Michigan victories included a road win against Gilbert (134) f
Northwestern, the nation's fourth-best team, 22-20. But in qual
Two weeks later, the Wolverines notched wins over two Championshil
higher-ranked squads, Minnesota and Iowa State. conference tout
Michigan coach Dale Bahr found the upsets was rated eight
especially pleasing, because it made opponents At the NCA
recognize the Wolverines as a national contender, and winning round
not simply a team decimated by the graduation of three and third mat
All-Americans in 1989. Gotcher, who
"This team seems to bend, but not break," Bahr said Spewock alsoi
after the victory in Minneapolis. "Every time one of our However G
big guns gets beaten, the other guys pick up the slack." in the tourna
The big guns for Michigan included 190-pounder American statu

to 31st
the Big Ten's Wrestler-of-the-Month.for
two-time All-American Larry Gotcier,
3 most of the season at 150 pounds.
etcher moved up to 158 after fellow
Amine injured his knee at Iowa State.
ass loomed large when tournament time
as Michigan lost its only would-be top
ig Ten Championships. It followed that
Wolverine placed as projected, with
ehrke placing second in their respective
s, and Justin Spewock (167) and Jody
inishing fourth and fifth, respectively.
ifying only four wrestlers for the NQAA
ps, Michigan fell to sixth in the
rnament, a disappointment for a team that
th in the country for much of the season,
LA's, no Wolverine advanced to the place-
s. Lehrke, seeded fifth, dropped his second
aches en route to an early exit, as-did
held the seventh seed. The unseeded
notched one victory before eliminatior.
filbert, a true frosh, compiled a 3-2 record
ment and fell one match short of All-
us.

JOSE JUAREZ/Daily
Larry Gotcher, who attained All-American status twice while at Michigan, dropped his second and third round
matches at the 1990 NCAA meet - preventing him from becoming a three time All-American.

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