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Women's Swimming & Diving
vs. Notre Dame
Tonight, 7 p.m.
Canham Natatorium

SPORTS

Men's Basketball
vs. Purdue
Sunday, 12:45 p.m. (CBS)
Crisler Arena

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Wary 5,1993 Page 10
Wrestlers ease through at Purdue a-'

by Paul Barger
Daily Sports Writer
Minus the services of All-
America Sean Bonnet, the Michigan
wrestling team (3-2 Big Ten, 9-3
overall) invaded Purdue(2-3, 6-6) on
Thursday night and came away with
a 24-8 victory.
The Wolverines lost the first
match of the evening to the
Boilermakers' All-America Gabe
Zirkelbach to fall behind, 3-0.
However, Jason Cluff's decision at
126 pounds gave the Wolverines a
lead they would never relinquish.
Mike Mihalic's victory at 134
pounds was followed by James
Rawls' one-point triumph. Rawls
upped his record to 16-3, the best
percentage on the team. Brian
Harper recorded an impressive tech-
nical fall at 150 pounds to give the

squad a 15-3 edge on the scoreboard.
"I thought I wrestled well,"
Harper said. "My conditioning felt
really good and everything was
clicking. I expected to wrestle their
man that wrestled at 158."
The following match was sup-
posed to pit Purdue's Tim Roahrig
against Bonnet, who are both rated
in the nation's top 10. But Bormnet's
hack has been acting up, and
Michigan coach Dale Bahr elected to
hold him out.
"The plan was to hold him out if
we could," Harper said. "We were
only going to use him if we needed
him. But, the low weights did well,
and we were able to rest his back."
Roahrig won his match at 158
pounds and his teammate, Roy Hall,
duplicated the feat at 167. With three
matches to go, Purdue cut the lead to

15-9. But Michigan's final three
wrestlers caine through as they have
throughout the season. The high
weight trifecta of Lanny Green (18-
4), Jehad Hamden (18-10) and Steve
King (23-5) each added three points ,
to the cause to give their team the fi-
nal 24-8 margin of victory (Purdue..,,
was penalized one team point).
"As a team our intensity was very
high," Harper said. "We set the pace.,.;.,.
of the whole match. Our condition-
ing was far better than Purdue's."

The team will take the rest out of
wrestling as it heads to Champaign
Saturday to face Illinois and Indiana.
The Illini's strengths are at 142 and
190 pounds, where they have two,
wrestlers in the top 10. The Hoosiers
field an inexperienced team.

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HEATHER LOWMAN/Daily
Senior Jason Cluff helped the Michigan wrestlers score a big 24-8 victory over the Purdue Boilermakers last night
in West Lafayette. Cluff's decision over Matt Koontz gave the Wolverines a lead that they would never relinquish.

Icers hope to exit Oxford (Ohio) with honors

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by Chad A. Safran
Daily Hockey Writer
With 32 points,. the Michigan
hockey team (15-4-2 CCHA, 19-4-3
overall) currently resides in second
place in the CCHA. Which is the
mystery team in first place?
It is not Lake Superior State,
which is tied with the Wolverines.
Nor is it Michigan State, mired in
the fifth spot with 23 points. The
team residing in the top spot is the
Miami Redskins.
Miami?
Yes, it's true. The Redskins lead
the league with a record of 15-2-3,
giving them a one-point lead over
the Wolverines and Lakers heading
into the weekend.
Miami coach George Gwozdecky
has unlocked the doors to success
with three keys.
"First, out chemistry has allowed
us to play close and competitive,"
Gwozdecky said. "Second, our goal-
tending was a big question mark
coming into the season, but Rich
(Shulmistra) has really stepped up.
Third is our team strength. We
would get knocked off the puck all
the time. We've built a team that is
stronger and faster."
However, Michigan has an op-
portunity to move into first place

when it takes on the upstart Miami
squad tomorrow night at Goggin Ice
Arena in Oxford, Ohio.
But first, the Wolverines must
take care of Ohio State tonight in
Columbus. Looking past the
Buckeyes is something that concerns
Michigan coach Red Berenson.
"That's the game we've got to
get focused on," Berenson said.
"Look at last year when Lake
Superior went down there. We were
in a battle with them for first place
and they lost both games. Getting
focused for the Miami game is
easy."
Michigan defenseman Chris
Tamer agreed with his coach.
"Ohio State is a tough place to
play," Tamer said. "The older guys
know it. We just have to concentrate
on Friday night's game."
The players held a meeting last
night after practice to make sure ev-
eryone' remains zeroed in on the
Buckeyes.
Miami faces a similar situation
Friday when it takes on one of the
league's weaker teams in Kent State.
Gwozdecky is treating this weekend
like any other for his club.
"The game against Michigan is
no more important than the game
against Kent State," Gwozdecky

said. "The CCHA is the toughest
league in college hockey and every
weekend is a tough weekend."
Junior center Brian Savage, who
has split the pipes for 22 goals this
season and assisted on 13 others,
leads the way for Miami. Right wing
Chris Bergeron (10-23-33) and de-
fenseman Bobby Marshall provide
plenty of ammuntion for the Red-
skin attack.
Savage's main concern against
Michigan is the Wolverine offense.
"They are really good," Savage
said. "They are a team that can jump
on you quick with all four lines, es-
pecially guys like (David) Oliver
and (Dave) Roberts, and their goalie
(Steve Shields) has been real hot
lately. We've got to keep their of-
fense off the board."
One key member of the Michigan
offense will have a day to rest.
Center Mark Ouimet will sit out the
Ohio State game as a result of a
game misconduct penalty incurred
because of a major spearing penalty
against Michigan State last Saturday.
The senior forward will be in a
situation different from most when
the Wolverines take the ice against

the Redskins. Mark's younger
brother, Terry, is a Miami forward.
Although the Ouimet brothers
have played against each other for
three years, Mark senses that this
time is unique.
"We're going in their arena and
I'm playing against my brother and
they're a competitor. It's different in
that sense," Ouimet said. "Usually
we've gone in there and we've ex-
pected to beat them every time. This
time, that's not the case. We're go-
ing in there knowing we're going to
be in for a game."
Although the regular season still
has four weeks remaining after this
one, Berenson does not deny the
significance of the Miami game.
"Any time it's for first place, it's
a four-point swing," Berenson said.
"It is not the whole season, but it
gives us a better chance of catching
them. Looking at the big picture, we
want to be one of the top two teams
in the league."
Tamer also noted that Saturday's
match-up means a great deal.
"We want to have a winning
record against every team," Tamer
said.

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Kevin Hilton skates against Miami earlier this season. Michigan travels to
Oxford tomorrow night with hopes of taking over first place in the CCHA.

Women runners split squad for weekend competitions,

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by Dave Darby
American history teaches us that
a house divided can not stand. But
can it run and jump?
The Michigan women's track
team will attempt to answer that
question this weekend as it splits
forces and heads off in different di-
rections. The jumpers and some
multi-event athletes will go north to
compete in the Michigan State
Relays at East Lansing, while the
remainder of the squad heads south
to compete at Notre Dame.
In addition, Michigan freshman
long distance runners Molly Lori,
Katy Hollbacher, and Amy Parker
head west to Sandy. Ore., to comn-
pete outdoors in the U.S. Women's
Junior (19 and under) Cross Country
Championships. The race selects the
national team that will compete in
Spain next month.
Originally the plan was to send
only the distance runners to Notre
Dame, but the consistent improve-
ment of the team and Notre Dame's
oversized track convinced Coach
James Henry to change plans. More
than half of the team set personal or
collegiate bests last weekend.

Although it will be an unscored
meet, the competition at Notre Dame
should be tougher than any
Michigan has faced this year, with
the host and one or two Big Ten
teams on hand.
"Notre Dame should be the best
competition we've seen," assistant
coach Mike McGuire said.
Michigan's long-distance stand-
outs Molly McClimon, Chris Szabo,
Karyn Harvey, Courtney Babcock,
and Kelly Chard should spice up the
3,000-meter event.
The mile relay team of Richelle
Webb, Laura Jerman, Jessica Kluge
and Kristine Westerby figures t~o be
tested by the tougher competition.
However, Westerby, preparing to
run attached this week, sprained an
ankle in practice and is listed as day-
to-day.
Notre Dame's track is 350 meters
compared to just 200 meters at
Michigan State; a normal outdoor
track is 400 meters. The larger track
gives the runners easier curves and
longer straightaways and should
produce faster times.

At MSU, the team will compete
against familiar foes such as
Michigan State, Central Michigan,
Eastern Michigan, Macomb and
Toledo. Due to the lack of numbers,
Michigan's overall score shouldn't
reflect their strength.
"Other schools might look and
say, 'Michigan only finished sixth or
seventh'," coach Henry says, "but
we're only running a few people."

And the team's attitude about
splitting up?
"It's going to be strange to have
all our people all around," sprinter'
Tearza Johnson said. "Hopefully our. 4
attitudes will be unified even though
we're not together."
Hligh jumper Monika Black is
more optimistic.
"We'll be a team in mind if not
in the physical sense," Black said.

Men's track team hopes to
regain lost ground at MSU

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by Tonya Broad
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan versus Michigan State,
the classic in-state rivalry, will be
put to the test tomorrow, right? Well,
sort of.
When the Michigan men's track
and field team travels to East;
Lansing tomorrow, the rivalry be-
tween schools will not be at a
fevered pitch. The meet will be un-
scored, which will provide a less
intense atmosphere.
Central Michigan, Toledo,
Bowling Green and MSU will all
participate. Wolverine coach Jack
Harvey scheduled the meet to pre-
pare his team for the Central Col-
legiate meet which will be held at
MSU the following weekend.
The Central Collegiate meet, un-
like this weekend's, will post high-
caliber competition and will be
scored. The team will have a chance
to measure itself against other con-
ference schools to see where they
stand for the Big Ten meet.

"Most of our guys are pretty
young," Harvey said. "I wanted
them to get familiar with the track
for Central Collegiate next week."
After coming off a disappointing
showing at Ohio State last weekend,
Harvey seeks to regain the ground -r
his team has lost.
"We didn't run very well last
weekend," Harvey said. "We're
looking to get back on track."
The men's track team will have
to improve as a team without the
performance of two key individuals. z
Distance runner Scott MacDonald,
who led the team last week at Ohio;1.
State, will take this week off to rest.
Tyrone Wheatley is still being held
out because of back spasms.
The field event competitors will ;
also have to step up and become'
more consistent. They showed'
weaknesses at Ohio State, but coach
Harvey hopes that was just a fluke.

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