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Page 14-The Michigan Daily- Friday, January 29, 1993

Blue grapplers face
sleeper Northwestern

Lanny Green and Co. will try to stave off a feisty Northwestern squad tomorrow at Cliff Keen Arena.

The Michigan Daily We'vegoftit all
NEWS " SPORTS * ARTS * PHOTO * OPINION

9iU(1NKVEWS
Cowboys' return to glory
is inevitable: Dallas, 114-8

by Bob Abramson
Daily Sports Writer
Before the illustrious Super
Bowl, before the everlasting pre-
game show, and even before the in-
comparable Bud Bowl V, the 12th-
ranked Michigan wrestling team (1-
2 Big Ten, 7-3 overall) will try to
put on its own form of entertainment
against Northwestern (3-1-1, 5-3-1)
Sunday.
The Wolverines are back on track
after winning four out of its last six
matches and placing fifth at the Cliff
Keen National Dual Championships
in Lincoln, Nebraska last weekend.
Michigan came through with a cou-
ple of surprising victories, defeating
fourth-ranked Iowa State 22-15 and
downing Big Ten foe and No. 11
Ohio State, 22-14.
"After we lost to Penn State two
weeks ago, the team was a little dis-
appointed that it didn't perform bet-
ter and seemed a little apprehensive
heading into Nationals," Coach Dale
Bahr said. "But we ended up win-
ning four out of six matches and I'm
real pleased with our progress so far.
"My biggest concern heading
into this weekend is that we're still
kind of tired. When you wrestle six
big dual meets in two days, it takes a
lot out of you."
The Wildcats roll into Ann Arbor
on the heels of a stunning 18-18 tie
with sixth-ranked Minnesota. Al-
though none of the Wildcats' wrest-
lers are ranked nationally, they may
be the sleeper team in the Big Ten.
"In this conference, anybody can
beat anybody so you have to be
ready every week," Northwestern
coach Tim Cysewski said. "I think if
we get the early lead and hold on to
it, then we have a chance of winning
this match."
The Wildcats' strength comes
from their lower weight classes,

starting at 118 pounds where Jeff
Mirabella has compiled an 18-6
record and a sixth-place finish at the
Northern Open. At 126 pounds, Ted
Yeager has recorded seven falls this
year and finished fourth at the
Midland Championships.
Paul Andreotti, coming back
from a shoulder injury, defeated
third-ranked Damon Johnson of
Minnesota at 142 pounds last week.
Even though Northwestern's
strength may lie at the lower weight
classes, a key match-up will come at
177 pounds, where Michigan's 10th-
ranked Lanny Green will battle the
Wildcats' Roger Williams. Green
defeated national champion Kevin
Randleman of Ohio State 4-3 last
week, while Williams lost to Ran-
dleman two weeks ago in the last
twenty-six seconds of the third
period.
"Green and Williams could turn
the tables of the match right there,"
Cysewski said. "If Green wins, it
may give them the edge going into
190 and the heavyweight division."
Coach Bahr feels that the
Wolverines match-up well with
Northwestern.
"Their first four kids are real
tough," Bahr said. "But where they
are strong, we are strong. At 150 and
158, they are not as strong, so
maybe we can put some extra points
on the board."
Northwestern will be without one
of its top wrestlers, Rohan Gardner.
Gardner was eighth in the country at
167 pounds and placed third in the
Ohio Open before he suffered a sea-
son-ending knee injury.
There will be changes for Mich-
igan, too. Brian Perkins will start in
place of Matt Stout at 118, while
Chad Biggert replaces Kevin
Williams at 167.

by Michael Rosenberg
Daily Sports Writer
I'm not going to sit here and
make fun of the city of Buffalo end-
lessly. It's not that I don't want to. I
can't. My mom's from Buffalo.
(Don't laugh. At least she got out.)
No, I'm going to tell you that the
Cowboys will win because they are
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Okay. Maybe that's a slight ex-
aggeration. Maybe the Cowboys
aren't that good. It doesn't matter.
They're playing the Bills.
The Bills, you might recall, hail
from the AFC. AFC teams generally
head into the Super Bowl scoring
more than Madonna, but in the big
game the offense never shows up.
Defense? Are you kidding me?
The Bills play defense like Iraq.
They couldn't stop a nose from run-
ning. The Cowboys will run
roughshod over the Bills. (Note: I
don't know exactly what "running
roughshod" means, but I'm pretty
sure I read it somewhere before.)
Dallas, on the other hand, had the
best defense in the league this sea-
son. They won every game they had
to. They'll be ready.
Of course, the Bills do have more
experience. After all, when was the
last time Troy Aikman was inter-
cepted three times in the Super
Bowl? At least if it comes down to a
field goal in the final seconds, we
know who's been there before.
Some people say that the Bills
really showed something in their
comeback against the Houston Oil-
ers. And they did. They showed that
the Oilers play even worse defense
than they do.
Then there is the argument that
the Bills will win because they are
going to come together and give ev-
erything they have to avenge the
previous losses. Yeah, right. The last
time the Bills were united, so was
the Soviet Union.
Buffalo's best player, Thurman
Thomas, lost his helmet at last year's
Super Bowl. Contrary to published
reports, his head was not in it.
Dallas 114, Buffalo 8.

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by Chad A. Safran
Daily Sports Writer
Last year at about this same time
I sat in front of a computer and pre-
dicted that the Buffalo Bills would
defeat the Washington Redskins in
Super Bowl XXVI. The result was a
blowout victory for the Skins and a
bruised ego for yours truly. Who
knew Thurman Thomas would for-
get where he left his helmet.
The Bills have returned to the
"Big Game" to face the upstart
Dallas Cowboys, and again, I am
giving the nod to Buffalo.
The Bills do not wish to become
the first team in league history to
lose three consecutive Super Bowls.
For the Bills, the game simply
comes down to one thing - pride.

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Then the little thing called mo-
mentum comes into play. Did the
Cowboys win two games, convinc-
ingly, on the road in two incredibly
hostile environments, like the Bills
did? No. Buffalo also played a wild-
card game against Houston that you
may have seen.
Yes, they won a game after being
down 32 points in the second half.
The greatest comeback in the history
of the NFL with a backup quarter-
back leading the way.
The defense has starred since the
second half against Houston. Pitts-
burgh managed 250 total yards.
Miami? Please. Smith and Darrell
Talley were so close to Dan Marino
they had the warning label on the
back of his helmet memorized by
halftime.
Buffalo can come up with that
big play any time because of
Thomas, the best all-around running
back in the league. He led the NFL
in all-purpose yards for the fourth
year in a row. Who's record did he
break? Jim Brown's. Dallas fans can
have Emmitt Smith. I know he led
the NFL in rushing this season, but
no team with the NFL's leading
rusher has ever won the Super
Bowl?
Buffalo 31 Dallas 27.

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