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Page 6-The Michigan Daily-Sports Monday- February 10, 1992

Duals has NCAA feel
Meet offers preview of national championships
by Tim Rardin

Daily Sports Writer
Last weekend's Cliff Keen National Team
Duals proved to be a mini version of the
NCAA wrestling championships in two very
distinct ways.
First, the event welcomed 14 teams, includ-
ing the defending Division I, II, III, and NAIA
champions, and eight of the top 10 teams in
DIvision I rankings. On those teams were 37
All-Americans, 42 nationally-ranked wrestlers,
and five returning national champs.
Second, Iowa won. In fact, Iowa dominated,
as its closest match came against No. 2 Iowa
State in the final. The Hawkeyes, who are the
defending DIvision I national champions, pre-
vailed easily, 32-13. Coach Dan Gable has led
his squad, which this year returns All-
Americans in nine out of ten weight classes,
four of whom are currently No. 1, to 19
straight Big Ten titles and a 12-0 dual meet
record thus far this season. The reign contin-
Aside from Iowa, which is clearly in a class
all its own, the rest of the field provided a very
exciting weekend of wrestling action. In fact,
11 matches came down to the final heavy-
weight class, three of which included ninth-
ranked Michigan.
While the Wolverines lost two of those
decisions, 18-17 to No. 3 Penn State and 19-18
to No. 10 Ohio State. OSU won all three of its
close matches to capture third place in the
Saturday against fifth-ranked Wisconsin,
the Buckeyes stormed back from a 12-0 deficit
after two weight classes to take the lead, 18-17,
after the 177-pound class. They went on to win
easily, 25-17, advancing to a semifinal bout

with Iowa.
After falling to the Hawkeyes, 35-8, Ohio
State matched up with Michigan. The Buck-
eyes had to win at heavyweight to eke out the
one-point victory and did just that as OSU's
Ray Mendoza, ranked seventh in the country,
defeated Wolverine Philk Tomek, 5-3.
The final come-from-behind victory came
in the consolation match against Penn State,
who had beaten the Buckeyes, 24-17, earlier in
the season. But Ohio State would not be
denied, as they took the last three weight
classes, including falls at 177 and heavy-
weight, to win 23-20.
The fifth-place match pitted the Wolverines
against Wisconsin. The Badgers boasted five
nationally-ranked competitors, including No. 3
158-ponder Matt Demaray, who was named
the Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament.
Coach Dale Bahr's squad held an 18-14 advan-
tage, coming down again to the final weight
class. This time, Tomek prevailed, putting the
finishing touches on the 22-14 victory.
"I'm a little disappointed that we lost the
close ones," Bahr said. "But we were strong
enough to come back, and it was nice to get
some good wins from our veterans."
Nebraska, ranked eighth, and No. 17
Purdue closed out the placing, as the Corp-
huskers edged the Boilermakers, 22-19, to
capture seventh-place overall.
Bahr was pleased to be able to host the
tournament, which was held in Ann Arbor for
the first time ever.
"The whole atmosphere gave us a good
look at the NCAAs," Bahr said. "Of course, it
was especially nice to have it in our own back-

Michigan All-American Joey Gilbert wrestles against an Oregon opponent in the Cliff Keen National Team Duals. Iowa won the 14-
team tournament, defeating Iowa State, 32-13.

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to pull Michigan within one, but
Penn State again established its
four-point lead when Mike Kraft
(190) scored a decsion over Jehad
Tomek earned only a decision in
the heavyweight match, and the
Wolverines lost the heartbreaker by
one point.
"Gilbert had a great match that
got the crowd going, and Lanny,
Sean, and Brian were also tough,"
Bahr said. "But Jesse at 167 didn't
get the job done, and (Hamdan) also
cost us at 190. I can find good in (the
match), but becausewe lost by one
point, it's hard to."
Michigan thus went to the con-
solation round Saturday evening,

where it tangled with Nebraska-
Omaha (UNO), the reigning NCAA
Divsion II champions. But that did
not bother the Wolverines, who eas-
ily tamed the Mavericks, 42-5.
Michigan beat Nebraska in its
next match, 33-11, and headed into
the consolation semifinal against
tenth-ranked Ohio State in hopes of
earning third place for the meet.
However, Michigan fell short when
the Buckeyes climbed from behind
and eked out a 19-18 victory.
Michigan was in control for the
duration of the match, as Leemaster,
Gilbert, Bonnet and James Rawls
all earned decisions. However, a
draw between Green (No. 7) and
third-ranked Kevin Randleman and a
Buckeye pin by Rex Holman (No. 4
at 190) of Hamdan pulled Ohio
State within two points.

But Ray Mendoza (No. 7) de-
feated Tomek by decision, giving the
Buckeyes their only lead of the
"Both losses (to PSU and OSU)
were hard because we thought we
had them and then lost them," Bahr
said. "I'd rather lose by 40 (points)
than one."
The Wolverines battled for fifth
place in their final match against
Wisconsin. Although the Badgers
jumped out to an early lead, the
Wolverines ran away with a 22-14
Gilbert earned his sixth victory
of the weekend with a 12-5 trounc-
ing of Badger Steve Hoffman.
Bonnet, who is ranked eleventh at
158, moved up to 167 to face sev-
enth-ranked Badger John Harms, and
earned a 4-1 decision over him.


Heavyweight Phil Tomek grapples with a Penn State wrestler in Crisler Arena Saturday. Tomek was
victorious in this match on his way to a 5-1 record over the weekend.

VanDeWege upset with
his team's lack of effort

MSU women thrash
Blue cagers, 76-55

by Jeff Williams
Daily Basketball Writer
igan women's basketball team's 76-
55 loss to Michigan State last
Friday was indicative of the prob-
lems it has had in the Big Ten this
season. The Wolverines showed
glimmers of aggressive play but
were unable to maintain it the entire
Michigan was able to keep
within reach of the Spartans for
most of the first half. The
Wolverines played with intensity
on defense and were taking - and
making - intelligent shots on the
offensive end.
But in the waning moments of
the half, the Spartans stepped up
their play and began to overwhelm
the Wolverines. By halftime they
had built a 12-point lead.
"I'm real unhappy with my team
right now," Michigan coach Bud
VanDeWege said. "Each of the last
four games I've been saying that the
other team has come out and was
more aggressive than we were."
Michigan's lack of aggressive-
ness was its undoing in the second
half. The Wolverines succumbed to

State's transition game and the
movement Michigan showed on of-
fense disappeared.
Michigan received very little
support from its guards the entire
game. Char Durand was reduced to
1-for-3 shooting from the field and
three points. Jen Nuanes and Leah
Wooldridge were held to only eight
and seven points, respectively.
The Spartans also shut down
Michigan's main offensive threat,
Trish Andrew, by preventing her
from taking the short range jumpers
that she was making in the first
"They forced Andrew out of her
game," VanDeWege said. "They
went out and guarded her and that
meant that she had to go down and
post up. She just wasn't willing to
dig in for some tough baskets."
The Wolverines' lack of inten-
sity on offense and inability to get
back on defense prompted VanDe-
Wege to make substitutions for all
five players on the court.
"I just can't stand to watch no
intensity," he said. "(Pulling all
five players) is something I've never
done before, but I felt it was

by Tim Spolar
Daily Basketball Writer
Michigan women's basketball team
lacks in Houdini-like quickness it
certainly makes up for in consis-
tency. The Wolverines once again
disappeared on the court Friday, los-
ing, 76-55, to Michigan State.
In what has become a familiar
scene on the road this year, the
Wolverines (1-8 Big Ten, 5-13 over-
all) jumped out of the gates with
sharp, intense play on both ends of
the court, only to fade away into
sub-mediocrity late in the first half.
After opening the contest with
three inspired minutes in which they
carried the lead and dominated play,
the Wolverines lost a bit of their
While they were able to hang
close to the Spartans until the mid-
way point of the half, their trade-
mark lack of offensive execution
and defensive aggressiveness again
began to rear its ugly head.
The Spartans (6-3, 12-7) made no
mistake in taking advantage of the
situation, outscoring the Wolver-
ines, 20-10, in the final 10 minutes
to carry a 42-30 lead into the locker
"We lost our intensity," junior
center Trish Andrew said. "We

came out strong - ready to fight.
But we gave in a little bit and let
them have a lead."
Similarly, in the second half,
Michigan came out firing, outscor-
ing MSU 7-4 in the first three min-
utes. However, poorly executed
possessions emotionally scrapped
the Wolverines, who were blanked
over the next four minutes.
Michigan was so devoid of ag-
gressiveness that coach Bud VanDe-
Wege substituted four freshmen and
backup guard Stacie McCall at one
interval, benching the Wolverine
"That was outrageous, but I got
tired of seeing no intensity," Van-
DeWege said. "There's no excuse for
that. I'm embarrassed by it:
"The game score at that point
was meaningless. I'm just not goi1g
to have anyone in a Michigan uli-
form out there playing that way. I
just can't stand to watch no inten-
sity. I'm really unhappy with rmy
team right now, but you've got ,to
give credit to Michigan State."
Indeed, the Spartans played: a
very sound game. Balanced scoring
from forwards Kisha Kelley,
Annette Babers, and guard Marline
Ferguson combined with aggressive
rebounding left little chance for a
Michigan comeback in the second
The Spartans dominated all of
the key facets of the game, including
points off turnovers (23 to Mich- 0
igan's 7), second-chance points (27
to 8), and points in the lane (44 ,to
12). Michigan State also notched 3
assists while committing only 10
turnovers, compared to 14 and 21,
respectively, for Michigan.
Michigan did have two positives
in the individual play of Andrew
and Molly Heikkinen. Andrew,
mired in a shooting slump of late,
connected for 17 points, while 0
adding to her nation-leading blocked

Stacie McCall and the women's basketball team fell to rival Michigan
State Friday evening, dropping to 1-8 in the Big Ten.

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