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Page 6-The Michigan Daily/New Student Edition-Sports - Thursday, September 10, 1992

Wrestlers end on
disappointing note
by Tim Rardin
Daily Sports Writer
What began as a season full of promise ended as one
ftill of disappointment for the Michigan wrestling team.
SAfter it finished second in the Big Ten and 12th at
tile NCAA Championships the previous season,
Michigan coach Dale Bahr had high expectations for his
tiam, which returned two All-Americans in 134-
ounder Joey Gilbert, who finished third in the NCAAs,
,Ind Lanny Green (177), who captured sixth. However,
4ter a solid dual-meet season, Michigan faltered in the
M.g Tens and NCAAs to end the season on the
downside.
Experience prevailed at nearly every weight class,
N ith the only exceptions coming at 118, 167 and 190.
R~dshirt frosh Matt Stout and true frosh Dan Leemaster
ared the duties at 118, while first-year wrestler Jesse
Rawls, Jr., son of former Michigan Big Ten wrestling
champion, Jesse, Sr., took over at 167, and redshirt
f6sh Jehad Hamdan held down the spot at 190.
At 126 pounds, Jason Cluff returned from a solid 15-
1record the previous year, and at 142 was another
gawls product, James - a returning NCAA qualifier.
Brian Harper returned at 150, as did Sean Bormet at
0$8, who finished second in the Big Ten his first year
did was named the Amateur Wrestling News'
Fzeshman of the Year.
Phil Tomek, the lone senior on the squad, finished
out the lineup in the heavyweight division.
, After a tough early-season schedule that included a
trip to the Las Vegas Classic, the young but fairly expe-
rienced squad performed well throughout the season.
The Wolverines improved on last year's 11-6 dual
meet record with a 13-4-1 overall mark, holding down
the sixth spot in the nation for most of the season. The
four losses all came against top-10- ranked foes, two of
which occurred at the Cliff Keen National Team Duals,
which were held in Ann Arbor.
Michigan lost two heartbreakers in matches that both
came down to the final weight class. The first was to
then No. 3-ranked Penn State, 18-17, and the second
dame against then No. 10-ranked Ohio State, 19-18.
The Wolverines returned to the Big Ten Chain-
ionships knowing that Iowa was in a class all its own,
but also knowing that they could compete with any
fther Big Ten team for second.
However, that would not be the case, as Michigan
finished in a disappointing sixth place, and qualified
only five wrestlers for the NCAAs.
With Sean Bormet out after sustaining a knee injury
just before the Big Tens, the Wolverines sent only
Gilbert and Green, as well as first-time qualifiers Cluff,
Harper, and Hamdan to the NCAA Championships in
Oklahoma City.
After four days of wrestling action, only Gilbert
earned All-American status, though he too faltered on
ihs way to a sixth-place finish after a third-place effort
tke year before.

a

Women's basketball
suffers diSmal season

by Tim Spolar
Daily Basketball Writer
If the Big Ten were a profes-
sional league, at least the Michigan
women's basketball team would
have a high draft pick. However,
the Wolverines have no such
consolation after their dismal 7-21
season with only three victories in
18 conference games.
After opening the season with a
nonconference mark of 3-4, Michi-

home contest against Northwestern
in which they rallied from a half-
time deficit only to lose in the
waning moments - to blowouts
suffered at the hands of power-
houses such as Iowa and
Wisconsin.
One of the few bright spots of
the season was the consistent domi-
nance of center/forward Trish An-
drew. Andrew led the team in
scoring, rebounding, and blocked

The Wolverines lost in every way possible,
from heartbreakers ... to blowouts.

gan headed west for the Washing-
ton Husky Classic. Although they
suffered a first-round loss to the
host team, the Wolverines scored a
major upset in the consolation
match, defeating eventual national
runners-up Western Kentucky.
Michigan coach Bud VanDeWege
labeled the upset "the greatest vic-
tory in Michigan women's basket-
ball history."
However, things turned ugly
quickly for the Wolverines, as they
dropped their first four Big Ten
matches. While Michigan did man-
age two victories over Minnesota
and one against Indiana, the re-
mainder of the conference season
was an excercise in futility. The
Wolverines lost in every way pos-
sible, from heartbreakers - like the

shots, establishing herself as one of
the conference's premier perform-
ers. Andrew became Michigan's
all-time blocked shots leader as a
sophomore and notched the Big
Ten mark late last season. While
other players shone from time to
time, none were able to sustain the
high level of play necessary for the
team to pull itself out of the cellar.
As the season drew to a close,
VanDeWege decided to hand over
the reins after eight years at Michi-
gan's helm. Newcomer Trish
Roberts, a former All-American at
Tennessee and All-Pro in the de-
funct Women's Basketball League,
has guided Maine to 20-win sea-
sons in each of her four years as
coach.

The Michigan women's basketball team finished 7-21 last season.

Michigan field hockey team breaks even against tough schedule

by Andy Stabile
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan field hockey team's
.500 season seems better than .500 be-
cause most of the teams they played were
supposed to beat them.
Of the 13 teams the Wolverines faced
this season, six finished ranked in the na-
tion's top 20. Michigan finished the sea-
son 9-9 down from 1990's mark of 12-7-
2.
"At one point we were 14th in the
country and that was a real bright spot
for us." Michigan coach Patti Smith said.
"We had a very tough schedule - and
that's no excuse - but I think we could
have done better."
The early season saw Michigan play

well against eastern powers such as
Springfield College, New Hampshire,
Duke, and Virginia before coming home
face a tough conference schedule.
"We started off playing really well
out East," Smith said. "But we couldn't
sustain that level of play throughout the
season."
It wouldn't be until the seson's last
two games - victories over Michigan
State and Northern Illinois - that the
Wolverines could play at the same level
that put them into the national rankings
early in the year.
Two losses characteristic of
Michigan's play this season came against
Ohio State and Iowa. Against the
Buckeyes, Michigan needed a victory but

couldn't put away Ohio State.
"We were really battling for third in
the conference but lost in OT," Smith
said.
On the other end of the spectrum,
Michigan went into a game against Iowa
without high expectations but forced an
extra period before losing.
"We played out of our socks against
Iowa," Smith said.
With the addition of Penn State to the
Big Ten next season, the conference will
boast three of the nation's top ten teams
(Penn State, Iowa, and Northwestern).
With Michigan knocking on the door, it
could be the nation's most competitive
conference. The Wolverines will need to
play at a high level more consistantly to

compete.
To make that step up into the confer-
ence elite in the 1992 season, Smith will
look to an experienced senior class to
lead the way. Offensive firepower should
come by way of forwards Katie Thomas
and Katie Vignevic.
"They'll be seniors and they've been
on the forward line ever since they've
been at Michigan," Smith said.
On the other end of the field, senior
Mary Beth Bird will anchor the Michigan
defensive corps.
"She has got real good instincts and
really solid skills," Smith said. "She'll
help us out defensively."
Leading the whole team will be co-
captains Keely Libby and Thomas.

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