Page 8--The Michigan Daily- Sports Tuesday - January 19, 1993
No. 2 Penn State tops wrestlers, 25-9
by Bob Abramson
Daily Sports Writer
The Rolling Stones used to sing
the line, "Time is on my side, oh yes
But for the 12th ranked Michigan
wrestling team (0-1 Big Ten, 3-1
overall) the clock seemed to be in
the hands of second-ranked Penn
State (5-0-1, 8-0-1). The Nittany
Lions pulled out two matches by one
point and managed a 25-9 victory
"Michigan gave us a good fight,"
Penn State coach John Fritz said.
"But let's face it, sometimes things
go the other way. After the 150-
pound match, you look at some of
the matches and you say, wow, there
might of been some situations where
Michigan could of won those."
At 158 pounds, second-ranked
Sean Bormet of Michigan went
down to the wire with Penn State's
fifth-ranked Josh Robbins. With
Robbins leading 8-6 in the third pe-
riod, Bormet executed an escape to
cut the lead to 8-7 with fifteen sec-
onds remaining. Bormet needed a
takedown to win but could not con-
vert before time ran out.
Michigan coach Dale Bahr at-
tributed Bormet's loss to his lack of
conditioning in practice.
"Sean has had a bad back lately,"
Bahr said. "So we have been holding
him out of the hard wrestling in
practice. He was tired at the end of
the match because he hasn't wres-
tled. I knew if Sean was healthy he
could beat this kid."
In another key matchup, 10th
ranked Lanny Green of Michigan
went into two sudden death over-
times tied 3-3 with third-ranked Matt
White of Penn State at 177 pounds.
In the second overtime, Green
chose to be on the bottom. Green
needed an escape or reversal in thirty
seconds to win, but time expired,
giving White an automatic 4-3
The Wolverines three victories
came at 142 pounds, 150, and the
heavyweight division. Michigan's
James Rawls scored a 5-3 victory
over Penn State's John Hughes at
142. At 150, Wolverine Brian
Harper downed the Nittany Lions'
Tony Bobulinski, 6-2. In-the heavy-
weight division, eighth-ranked Steve
King struggled to a 3-1 win over
ninth-ranked Greg Troxell.
Penn State wrestler Cary Kolat
was truly impressed with some of
the Wolverine victories.
"We came in here expecting to
dominate this meet," Kolat said.
"But Michigan is pretty tough and
they gave us a better match than we
thought they would."
In the other matches, Penn
State's Shawn Nelson (118),
Sanshiro Abe (126), Cary
Kolat(134) and Troy Minnich (167)
all tallied major decisions over
Michigan's Matt Stout, Jason Cluff,
Mike Mihalic and Kevin Williams.
The Nittany Lions' Kerry McCoy
was also a 7-2 victor over the
Wolverines' Jehad Hamden at 190
Coach Bahr was a little disap-
pointed with some of the
Wolverines' efforts against Penn
"It really didn't bother me that
we lost the first three weight classes
because I knew their guys were re-
ally tough," Bahr said. "But I ex-
pected a victory at 158, and I figured
we had a good chance at to win at
167 and 177. Maybe even 190 also.
We didn't win the close ones
though, and I think we can wrestle a
lot better. I think we have some
work to do, that's obvious. First, we
have to try to get Sean a little more
healthy and then we will go from
Ewing leads Knicks past Suns, 106-103
Heavyweight Steve King tries to get a grip on Penn State's Greg Troxell on
his way to a 3-1 victory. Michigan will find out how exciting Nebraska
really is this weekend when it travels to Lincoln for the Cliff Keen National
PSU, Blue closer than
25-9 score indicates
by Michael Rosenberg
Daily Sports Writer
A year ago;Penn State's wrestling team beat Michigan, 18-17. This year,
the Nittany Lions won by the score of 25-9. Is Penn State that much better?
Are the Wolverines that much worse?
The answers, ironically, may be no and no. Yes, Penn State is ranked No.
2 in the country, and the Nittany Lions have already beaten No. 10 Ohio
State and tied 19-time defending Big Ten champion Iowa. But Penn State
was no doormat last year, as it finished third in the country.
Michigan may also be about as good as it was last year. The lone lost let-
terwinner, heavyweight Phil Tomek, has been replaced by Steve King, who
is even better than Tomek. King won his match Saturday.
The biggest changes in the Wolverine lineup are the absences of Joey
Gilbert and Jesse Rawls, Jr., who are both being redshirted this year. Gil-
bert's replacement at 134 pounds, Mike Mihalic, needed a miracle to defeat
third-ranked Cary Kolat, and he didn't get it, losing by a major decision.
Another major reason for Michigan's lopsided defeat Saturday was
coach Dale Bahr's new training regimen for the team. In previous years,
Bahr felt his team started off the season strong and came up short at the end.
So this year, Bahr has not run his troops as hard early. He hopes that they'll
be in top shape by late February, just in time for the Big Ten and the NCAA
In particular, Sean Bormet (158) has not practiced as hard as he would
have, largely due to a hurt back. Bormet, currently ranked No. 2 in the
country, lost to No. 5 Josh Robbins by a single point Saturday. Come
March, that is a match Bormet probably wins.
"I blame myself," Bonnet said of the loss. "I'm not in shape. That's all it
"Sean's had a bad back," Bahr said. "We only wrestled him once (out of
three matches) the week before. What we've been doing is holding him out
of the hard wrestling, and he's seen a chiropractor twice."
All-American Lanny Green also lost his match Saturday by one point.
Green, who tried to wrestle at 167 earlier this season but struggled, has not
adjusted completely to the return to his old weight.
If Bonnet and Green had won their matches by one point rather than lost
them, the score would have been Penn State 19, Michigan 15, and that's
probably a better indication of the gap between these two teams right now.
Patrick Ewing scored a season-
high 35 points yesterday, including a
free throw and baseline jumper in
the final minute that gave the New
York Knicks a 106-103 victory over
the Phoenix Suns.
The win was the first in 11 games
this season in which the Knicks, the
NBA's best defensive team, allowed
100 points. The loss was just the
sixth in 18 road games for the Suns,
who have the league's best overall
record of 25-7 and best road mark.
Ewing made 12 of his last 15
shots after a terrible start. His free
throw with 51 seconds left snapped a
99-99 tie and he came back with the
baseline shot 29 seconds later for a
102-99 lead. Four free throws by
Doc Rivers in the final 14 seconds
kept the Knicks safely in front.
Charles Barkley led Phoenix with
27 points, but he scored only four on
1-for-5 shooting with four fouls in
the fourth quarter. He left the court
cursing the officials after the game
and nearly collided with referee Dan
Crawford after tripping over a tele-
vision cable on the way to the locker
Danny Ainge matched his sea-
son-high with 23 points and Tom
Chambers scored 10 of his 16 in the
fourth period for the Suns.
John Starks finished with 21
points for the Knicks, including two
baskets during a 10-0 run that put
the Knicks in front 91-87 with 6:46
Ainge scored nine points during
an 18-6 run that turned a 64-60
deficit into a 78-70 Suns lead with
1:09 left in the third period.
Ainge also had 10 points in a
span of four minutes in the second
quarter, leading a 12-4 spurt that
gave Phoenix a 41-29 lead with 6:52
left in the first half.
Ewing, who missed 6 of 7 shots
in the first quarter, scored the final
13 Knicks points in a 22-10 run that
tied the score 51-51 at halftime.
Ewing, who sat out the first seven
minutes of the second period, made
all six of his shots in the final 4:16
of the half.
Bulls 103, Celtics 93
Michael Jordan scored 29 points
in just three quarters, and Scottie
Pippen had 24 as the Chicago Bulls
handed the Boston Celtics just their
second loss in 10 games, 103-93
The Bulls opened a 19-point lead
late in the third quarter, and coach
Phil Jackson cleared the bench in the
fourth quarter before the Celtics
made the final score more re-
Reggie Lewis led Boston with 21
points, while Kevin McHale scored
Chicago, which lost in overtime
to Orlando on Saturday night despite
Jordan's NBA season-high 64
points, hit just 30 percent of its shots
in the third quarter, but led by at
least 13 points throughout the pe-
riod. The Bulls opened their biggest
lead, 79-60, on a layup by Jordan
with 1:11 left, and it was 79-62 go-
ing into the final 12 minutes
The game was tied at 17-17 be-
fore the Bulls took the lead for good
with a 13-4 run in the final 3:23 for a
30-21 advantage at the end of the
first period. Jordan scored 15 points
on 7-of-11 shooting in the quarter.
In the second quarter, the Celtics
closed to 39-35 on McHale's layup
at 7:16, but Chicago then outscored
Boston 20-8 to hold a 59-43 advan-
tage at halftime.
Rockets 110, Lakers 90
Vernon Maxwell made 6 of 7
shots from 3-point range in the first
half, and Hakeem Olajuwon had a
strong second half as the Houston
Rockets won their fifth straight
game, 110-90 over the Los Angeles
Lakers on yesterday.
Maxwell scored 22 of his 24
points in the first half, missing his
only 3-pointer attempt in the second
half. He was 9 of 14 from the floor
Maxwell's six 3-pointers in the
first half left him one short of the
NBA record for a half, held by John
Roche and Michael Adams.
Houston's 11 3-point goals for
the game was the most ever against
the Lakers, with the previous high of
10 by San Antonio last year.
Olajuwon scored 15 of his 21
points in the second half as the
Rockets fought off a threat by the
The Lakers closed a 15-point
deficit to 67-64 with the help of
Byron Scott's three-point play. But
the Rockets scored the next five
points, on Scott Brooks' 3-pointer
and Olajuwon's turnaround jumper.
Houston then pulled away from a
74-66 third-quarter lead by outscor-
ing the Lakers 14-6 in the first six
minutes of the final quarter.
The Lakers were led by James
Worthy with 18 points, A.C. Green
with 14 and Campbell with 13.
The Rockets had six players in
double figures. Matt Bullard had 15
points, Brooks 14, Winston Garland
11 and Otis Thorpe 10.
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