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Page 10-The Michigan Daily- Tuesday, November 17,1992

Wrestlers rule Ohio Open
Green, Rawls, Bormet and King capture individual titles

by Pul rBsrger
Daily Sports Writer

Four individual champions in a
10-weight class tournament would
leave any wrestling team feeling op-
timistic.
The Wolverines showed 36 other
teams, including six from the Big
Ten, that they are a team to be reck-
oned with at the Ohio Open in
Columbus last weekend. The fact
that the tournament was only a pre-
season event did not detract from the
team's performance. Michigan dom-
inated the middle- and upper-weight
classes, emerging as the superior
team in the competition.
James Rawls began the victory
paracd' with a win in the 142-pound
weight class. He decisioned David
Leonardis from North Carolina, 2-1.
"I was happy with my perfor-
mance," Rawls said. "I did some
things that I wanted to do. I have a
ways to go, but it was a good way to
start the season."
Steve King, a transfer from Notre

D2ame, came through with a victory
for the Wolverines at heavyweight.
le handled Ray Mendoza of host
Ohio State, 6-1.
"I was a little nervous," King
said. "It was like starting over
putting on the Blue instead of the
ND. I am real happy with the results
and with Michigan as a whole."
The all-effort team consists of
Sean Bormet and Lanny Green. Be-
cause of illness and injury, neither
man was even supposed to compete.
The twosome not only wrestled but
were victorious in their respective
weight classes. Bonnet squeaked by
Dan Wirnsberger, who wrestled un-
attached, 1-0, in the 158-pound
class, while Green won by default
over teammate Jesse Rawls at 177.
The team got solid results out of
other team members as well. Mike
Mihalic (fourth place at 134), Mike
lilsworth (seventh at 142), Brian
Harper (fifth at 150), and Jehad
Hamden (third at 190) all helped in

the Wolverines overall performance.
Jesse Rawls managed a second-
place finish after defaulting to Green
in the Championship round. In the
semifinals, Rawls defeated Indiana's
Brady Harrison, 3-I.
" I think the team as a whole
looked real strong," James Rawls
said. " It looks like we'll be very
well-balanced."
The team will continue to prac-
tice and compete until the regular
season rolls around in January. After
a iwo-week hiatus, the wrestlers will
head to Madison for the Northern
Open. Then, the Wolverines hope to
emulate the success they experi-
enced in Columbus last weekend at
the Big Ten Championships, March
6-7, which will also be held in
Columbus.
"It is more of a team here (than it
is at Notre Dame)," King said.
"Michigan is a great school with a
great wrestling program."

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James Rawis captured the 142-pound title at the Ohio Open.

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HOCKEY NOTEBOOK

Week off could pose
obstacle for icers

However, Berenson

hopes that the rest will

by Chad A. Safran
Daily Hockey Writer
NCAA rules stipulate that the college
hockey regular season last no longer than 22
weeks. Because of this, Michigan will not be
practicing under coach Red Berenson's super-
vision this week. However, the team will hold
its own practices. This gives the Wolverines
two weeks off before their next game, Nov. 27
against Western Michigan.
"It takes away some of the mental pressure
of the games," Berenson said. "Physically, it
gives the players a chance to do some weight
training on their own, and some skating with-
out the pressure of having to perform as you
would during a regular game week with the
coaches on the ice."
Sometimes though, a week away from
game action can be a hindrance to a team.
"It can be a negative thing if your team has
a lot of momentum," Berenson said. "When a
team gets a break like this sometimes they lose
their focus."
Last year serves as an example. Michigan
was 8-1-2 and had a week off before heading
to Sault Ste. Marie to play Lake Superior State.
The Lakers proceeded to sweep the Wolve-
rines, 3-2 and 10-0.

help his club this season.
"It's probably a good time," Berenson said.
"We don't get the time off at Thanksgiving
that the normal students get. A few of them
will go home this weekend which normally
they would never do during the season."
KEEPING AN EYE OUT: With his relatives
watching, Michigan sophomore right wing
Anton Fiodorov made his season debut this
past weekend in the Wolverines' series against
Miami (Ohio). Fiodorov, a native of St.
Petersburg, Russia, was cheered on by his in-
laws as well as by his "American" parents, the
family he stayed with when he toured
Michigan with his Russian club.
This was only the second game of
Fiodorov's career at Michigan and he was a
little unsure of himself when he took the ice
for the first time.
"The first shift I was nervous," Fiodorov
said following the Wolverines' 2-2 tie Friday
night. "But it was all right. I got through it. I
played all right and felt all right."
A year has made a difference for Fiodorov.
"I was a lot more comfortable," he said. "I
knew what to do. Everything was good."
Goaltender Al Loges is now the only team
member who has not seen any ice time this

season.
ON THE MEND: Defenseman Aaron
Ward is almost fully recovered from the
surgery done to remove bone fragments from
his knee on Nov. 4. Pending a doctor's visit
today, Ward should be skating by the end of
the week and will return to action for the game
against Western Michigan.
"(The knee) feels great right now," Ward
said. "I can't really say if the motion is back.
It's been almost two weeks since the operation,
and I've got the same amount of motion that I
did prior to it. So, I'm sure it's going to come
along even more."
Brian Wiseman will also use the time to
rest a sore back. Wiseman is currently receiv-
ing treatment, but the injury is nothing serious
and he will be available for the next game.
MOVING ON UP: Michigan's win and tie
over Miami allowed the Wolverines to inch up
one spot to third in the latest Albany Times-
Union Poll. Michigan received 174 votes, 17
ahead of No. 4 Denver. Undefeated Maine
continues to keep a strong hold on the No. 1
ranking. The Black Bears received all 24 first-
place votes and 247 overall. Lake Superior
State remained in second with 214 votes.

FOOTBALL
Continued from page 9
didn't you go for two and the win. I
didn't want to tie anyone. As a
parent you want to make the best
decision for your kids."
PASS THE BOWL: Sunday, the
Holiday Bowl announced that it will
invite the third-place Big Ten team
to San Diego. Michigan State,
Illinois and Iowa are the three teams
vying for that spot.
If Michigan State wins its game
Saturday against Illinois, the
Spartans will represent the Big Ten.
If Michigan State loses and the
Hawkeyes win, Iowa will go to San
Diego. If Illinois wins and Iowa
loses, the Illini will be invited.
Ohio State has already been
invited to the Citrus Bowl against
the loser of the SEC championship
game Dec. 5.
Pac-10 athletic directors voted
Sunday to send Washington to the
Rose Bowl. The conference
presidents are expected to vote to
send the Huskies to Pasadena today.
At issue was whether the Huskies
should forfeit the games in which
suspended quarterback Billy Joe
Hobert played.
INJURY UPDATE: Inside
linebacker Marcus Walker dressed
for the Illinois game but did not see

any action. Walker is expected to
return to the starting lineup this
Saturday. Greg McThomas played at
both outside and inside linebacker
last week and should receive more
game action this week.
Outside linebacker Martin Davis
left Saturday's game with a sprained
knee but should be ready for this
week's game. Cornerback Coleman
Wallace will miss this week's game
again with a pinched nerve.
Although his team is banged up,
Moeller will not use that as an
excuse.
"You've got to line up and play
with who's ready," Moeller said.
"Whoever is ready to play will play.
If one of them happens to be me,
we'll get beat. Whoever practices
this week will play Saturday."
WHO NEEDS TICKETS?: Rose
Bowl tickets for students, faculty
and staff will be on sale Nov. 30
and Dec. 1 at Yost Ice Arena.
Tickets will be on sale from 8 a.m
to 6 p.m. Tickets are $47 and
students are limited to one. Students
must personally sign up for their
own tickets. Tickets can be picked
up Dec. 31 in Pasadena between 8
a.m. and 4 p.m. in person with a
photo ID.
TV TIME: Saturday's game will
be nationally televised by ABC-TV
starting at 12:10 p.m. EST.

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