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The Michigan Daily - Friday, February 7, 1992 - Page 11

Women
tumblers
look past
IIllinois
by Andy Stabile
Daily Sports Writer
After winning its home opener
against Iowa last week, the Michi-
gan women's gymnastics team is
looking forward to a Valentine's
Day showdown with Northern Illi-
nois and Louisiana State. This does
not mean the Wolverines are look-
ing past tomorrow's meet against
Illinois - it just means they aren't
looking forward to it.
Nevertheless, the Wolverines
will make the trek to Champaign to
face a hapless Illini squad.
"We are going to do well,"
Michigan junior Ali Winski
said."But we are trying to be re-
laxed about it. Next week is our big,
big meet."
Even with the team's focus cen-
tering on next weekend's home
meet, the long trip to Champaign
will give the Wolverines something
to rejoice about. Rookies Li Li Le-
ung and Debbie Berman have recov-
ered from injuries and are back in the
lineup.
Against Iowa last Saturday, Le-
ung scored 9.55 on the uneven bars
and Berman tallied 36.90 competing
in the all-around. Both are expected
to perform in the same events to-
morrow. While the addition of
these two will add depth to the
Wolverine lineup, Michigan will
look to this season's frosh phenom
Beth Wymer to lead the way against
Illinois. Wymer has won the all-
around in each of the Wolverines
four meets this season.
After finally getting some gym-
nasts healthy, Michigan coach Bev
Fry may take precautions to avoid
injuries this weekend. "(Fry) will
probably have us water down a few
routines." Winski said.
Last year's Big Ten all-
around co-champion Wendy Wilkin-
son is scheduled to undergo recon-
structive knee surgery Monday.
Wilkinson tore the anterior cruciate
and medial collateral ligaments in
her knee at the season-opening meet
in Pittsburgh.

'M' wrestlers host
Keen Team Duals

by Tim Rardin
Daily Sports Writer

Though the NCAA Champi-
onships are still over a month away,
the ninth-ranked Michigan
wrestling team will get a sneak
peak of some of the competition this
weekend. The Wolverines will wel-
come many of the top teams in the
country to Crisler Arena for the
Cliff Keen National Team Duals.
Thirteen teams will come to
Ann Arbor for the team tourna-
ment, including eight of the top ten
teams in Division I, as well as de-
fending Division II champs, Ne-
braska-Omaha, Augsburg College,
who claim top honors in Division
III, and last years NAIA champions,
Northern Montana.
The duals will differ slightly
from the NCAAs in that teams
will go head-to-head as they would
in a dual meet, with the winning
teams advancing to the next round
instead of just the winning
wrestlers.
Named after the Wolverines'
legendary wrestling coach, the event
will begin at 9 a.m., with OSU tak-
ing on Augsburg, and West Virginia
going against Wisconsin. The re-
maining first-round matches kick

off at 11 a.m. Michigan will face
Oregon, Nebraska will wrestle
Northern Montana, and Minnesota
will match up with Penn State.
Both Iowa and Iowa State received
first-round byes. Wolverine coach
Dale Bahr is pleased to be hosting
the event, which is an off-shoot of
the prestigious Virginia Team Du-
als.
"We're happy to be hosting the
meet," Bahr said. "It's good for our
program and I think it will be good
for wrestling in the Ann Arbor
area. People will be able to come
out and see their favorite teams
wrestle against the best competi-
tion in the country."
Michigan, which is as healthy as
it has ever been, has been practicing
especially hard of late in order to be
prepared for this weekend. Wolver-
ine co-captain and All-American
Lanny Green feels the team is ready.
"We changed it up a little bit
this week," Green said. "We're at a
different phase in our season now,
and I think everbody is feeling
pretty good."
Michigan, seeded sixth in the
event behind Iowa, Iowa State, Penn
State, Wisconsin, and Ohio State,
have a tough first match against the
Ducks, currently ranked No. 23 in
the country. Green is looking for-
ward to the match.
"We're anxious to get after it,"
Green said. "Oregon is a very solid
team, but we can definitely beat
them as long as we just go after it.
We can beat them badly."
Assuming the Wolverines ad-
vance, they will likely face No. 3
Penn State in the second round.
ThoughaMichigan does not want to
look past the Ducks, Green is
equally optimistic about the chance
to go against the Nittany Lions.
"They're tough all the way
through," Green said. "We're obvi-
ously going to have to wreslte great
against them, but I think we can beat
them."
A win against Penn State would
propel the Wolverines into the
semifinals, which are scheduled to
begin at 11 a.m. Sunday. The finals
will then begin at 4 p.m.

Michigan's Jesse Rawls, Jr. wrestles last weekend against Indiana. The Wolverines host the Cliff Keen
National Team Duals at Crisler this weekend.

Blue runners streak to Spartan Relays

by Benson Taylor
The women's track team will try
to regain its stride tomorrow at the
Spartan Relays in East Lansing. The
Wolverines will compete against
MSU, Central Michigan, Western
Michigan, Eastern Michigan, and
various small colleges.
Although no points will be
scored at the meet, the event remains
important to Michigan coach James
Henry because he is looking for im-
provement in the sprints, jumps, and
hurdles. After winning the first
two meets of the season, the team
faltered last weekend, finishing
third behind Illinois and Iowa.
"If we had had good perfor-
mances in those areas we could have
had a victory over Iowa and Illi-
nois," Henry said. "Our middle dis-
tance and distance kept us in it."
Two events to watch at this

weekend's meet are the two-mile
(Amy Bannister, Jessica Kluge,
Kristine Westerby, and Carrie
Yates) and 1600-meter relays (Ban-
nister, Westerby, Jennifer Ridgley,
and Richelle Webb). The two-mile
relay is stacked in hopes that the
team may qualify for the NCAA
meet, and the 1600 relay team is
looking to break the school record
of 3:46.62. Last year's 1600 team
didn't qualify for the fast heat at
the Big Tens, but Henry anticipates
different results this time.
"We have the personnel to do it
(break the record)," Henry said.
"We need a good performance for a
good seed at the Big Tens."
Ridgley, co-recipient of the Out-
standing Athlete Award at last
weekend's meet, said, "We've been
inconsistent this season. We need to
go out and blow it as fast as we can,
and hopefully we'll break it."

by Bruce Inosencio
Daily Sports Writer
The Wolverines invade East
Lansing this Saturday to take on the
Spartans and other area rivals in the
Spartan Relays. Ohio State, Eastern
Michigan, Western Michigan, and
Central Michigan will be in Jenison
Fieldhouse for the all-day competi-
tion.
A running score will not be kept
for the meet but Michigan is in no
way looking to put forth a weak ef-
fort. The Wolverines' best events
will most likely be in the distances.
Michigan coach Jack Harvey is
confident the distance squad will
hold its own and is subsequently
giving a few runners the weekend
off.
"We're going to give (Tony)
Carna, (Dan) Oden, and (Jim)
Finlayson a break this weekend,"

Harvey said.
In their places will be Shawn
MacKay and Ian Forsyth in the
3,000-meters and, in the mile, Matt
Schroeder and Joe McKown.
Eastern Michigan's coach, Bob
Parks, is concerned with Michigan
State and Ohio State, but still feels
the Wolverines are the team to
watch Saturday.
Eastern can usually be counted
on for giving Michigan a run for its
money, but injuries may ground the
Eagles Saturday as EMU will be
without its top three hurdlers.
While the Spartan Relays meet
boasts several All-Americans,
EMU's Tommy Asinga may be the
top athlete. Asinga, a sophomore
from Suriname, currently has the na-
tion's fastest time in the 800. He
will be running the 600 this week-
end against Michigan's Andy
Tomasic.

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