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The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday- February 17,1992- Page 7.

Individual efforts
key women runners

Wrestlers battle back
against Gophers, 28-12

by Bernadette Ramsey
Daily Sports Writer
Members of the Michigan wom-
en's track team were able to concen-
trate on individual efforts rather than
team scoring at Saturday's Red
Simmons Invitational. Several of the
runners came through with sparkling
Amy Buchholz and Karen
Harvey got the Wolverines started
on the right track with second- and
third-place finishes, respectively, in
,the 3000 meters.
"It was a good race, but not as
good as I would have liked,"
Buchholz said. "It started at a good
pace, then I kind of hit a lull, and
then picked up the pace at the end."
Despite the lull, Buchholz man-
aged a time of 9:53.88: Harvey fin-
ished at 9:58.29.
"I got caught too far back,"
Harvey said. "I kept going back and
forth with a girl from Western and
got thrown off. It was a good learn-
ing experience for me."
One o the most exciting races of
the day was the 800 meters which
featured Michigan teammates
Kristine Westerby and Amy
Banister. Before the start of the race,
Westerby correctly predicted it
would be a fast field.
"It's going to be a great race, be-
cause everyone is capable of running
2:10. Races like this make you push
harder because you know what ev-
eryone can do," Westerby said.
That harder push resulted in a
time of 2:12.11 and a third-place fin-
ish for Westerby. 4

However, the race belonged to
Banister. With a winning time of
2:08.7, Banister became an NCAA
provisional qualifier. Banister's per-
formance earned her the Red
Simmons Outstanding Athlete
Award for the meet.
"I needed this to get my confi-
dence going," Banister said. "I can
run well when I've got it together in
my head, and my confidence is up."
Assistant coach Mike McGuire
was not only happy with the results
of the 800, but felt the team as a
whole had a pretty good day.
"We had some really good per-
formances today, especially in the
middle and long distances,"
McGuire said. "Our goal now is to
get everyone healthy. Every meet we
have two or three who don't run or
run subpar due to injury or illness."
First-year runner Courtney
Babcock finished second in the mile
with a career best time of 4:50.88,
just short of provisional qualifying
"Courtney has improved every
meet, and she's got a good shot at
qualifying," McGuire said.
The Wolverines had a big day in
the pentathalon, pulling off a sweep.
Alison Smith took first with 3578
points, enough to take the lead in the
Big Ten. Laura Jerman was second
with 3340 while Deborah Mans fin-
ished the event in third with 3097.
Jayna Greiner gave the team a
needed boost in the field events,
winning the shot put with a career
best distance of 42 feet 5 1/2 inches.

by Tim Rardin
Daily Sports Writer
With his Wolverines down 9-0
after two matches against Min-
nesota, Michigan wrestling coach
Dale Bahr was a bit concerned about
his sixth-ranked wrestlers. The
letdown he had worried about be-
forehand was becoming a reality.
However, the tides turned quickly,
as 134-pounder Joey Gilbert ignited
a run that notched seven of the final
eight weight classes for Michigan,
and a 28-12 victory over the host
Golden Gophers.
"When we got down early, I was
a little concerned," Bahr said. "But
Minnesota has some big holes in
their lineup, and it showed as we still
won seven of ten matches."
Minnesota earned a fall at 118, as
Eric Folkins pinned Wolverine Dan
Leemaster. At 126 pounds, the
Gophers' Scott Rohrer scored an up-
set decision over No. 20 Jason Cluff
in a tight match, 3-2.
Third-ranked Gilbert delivered
for Michigan as usual, winning a
major decision over Tim Harris, and
upping his undefeated dual record to
10-0. The next two Wolverines fol-
lowed suit, as No. 13 James Rawls
(142) and 11th-ranked Brian Harper
(150) recorded decisions over their
opponents. Rawls' win was a mild

upset, as he controlled No. 9 Damon
Johnson, 8-2.
The Gophers, down 10-9 in the
team score, bounced back at 158, as
Minnesota's Mike Marzetta, ranked
eighth in the nation, decisioned Sean
Bormet, ranked seventh, 6-2, to put
Minnesota ahead 12-10.
"Marzetta got the first takedown
and was in control the whole way,"
Bahr said. "It was a tough match for
Sean because he was a little sick."
Bormet wasn't the only one, as
many of the Wolverines were a bit
under the weather, after eating some
not-so-agreeable food the day be-
fore. However, Michigan was still
able to capture the last four weight
classes to close out the match.
After decisions from Jesse Rawls,
Jr. (167) and ninth-ranked Lanny
Green (177), Jehad Hamdan (190)
pinned Minnesota's Jason Klohs
2:11 into the match. Heavyweight
Phil Tomek didn't get a chance to
wrestle, winning by forfeit in the fi-
nal match.
"We knew they were weak at the
last three weights," Bahr said. "I
wasn't too worried because I thought
we could get those matches."
Michigan moved its overall dual
meet record to 9-0-1 with the vic-

Deb Manns of Michigan jumps over a hurdle in a portion of the women s
heptathlon this weekend in the Red Simmons Invitaitonal. Several
Wolverines had excellent races in the meet which gave them a weekend
off from Big Ten action.

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