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Page 8-The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday- February 8, 1993

Wrestlers breeze by
Illinois and Indiana

Runners dominate
in Notre Dame meet

by Michael Rosenberg
Daily Sports Writer
The Big Ten is, unquestionably,
the toughest wrestling conference in
the country. It boasts three of the top
five teams in the nation, and five of
the top ten.
"It's by far the best conference in
the country," heavyweight Steve
King said.
"I think that you could finish fifth
or sixth in the Big Ten and still be in
the top ten at the NCAAs," coach
Dale Bahr said.
But even a superconference has
some cupcakes.
The Wolverines found that out
Saturday when they defeated
Illinois, 29-12, and Indiana, 32-12.
"(The results) were about what I
expected," King said. "Indiana and
Illinois are near the bottom of our
conference."
Wolverine Sean Bormet,
currently ranked third in the country
at 158 pounds, compared Illinois and
Indiana to some of the tough
opponents the team has faced in
recent weeks, most notably at the
Cliff Keen National Team Duals.
"The competition was a little
easier," Bormet said.
Bormet, who won both of his
matches handily, said that the bad
back which kept him out of
Thursday's Purdue match didn't
bother him Saturday.
"There wasn't any strain," said
Bormet, who pinned Illinois' David
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Holocaust.
The twins are also looking for-
ward to seeing family. Both their
mother and father were born in Is-
rael, so Kalli and Lelli have a num-
ber of relatives that live in Israel.
"We have family in Israel, we'll
be able to visit them," Kalli said. "It
will be great to have all the support
(at the Games)."
Kalli, who will most likely play
midfield for the Americans, is ex-
cited about the international atmo-
sphere.
"At first we'll be at a training
camp, with all of the Americans,"
she said." "But during the competi-
tion we will be split up, and we will

Sullivan. "I was favoring it a little
bit. I didn't want to go underneath,
so I just snapped the guy's head
down to the mat."
One of the few Michigan
wrestlers who was disappointed with
his performance was 190-pounder
Jehad Hamdan. Although Hamdan
pinned Indiana's Gabe Bailey, he
lost to the Illini's Jeff Monson, 8-4.
"I've wrestled him once before,"
Hamdan said. "I had a pretty bad
match. He got up a few points on
me. I was down by one with 20
seconds left, and I just couldn't
score from there."
"We have been working real hard
in practice, and it's really paid off in
the third period," King said.
In King's only match, he
defeated Illinois' Dave Dziedzic by
a technical fall.
"I expected to win by a technical
fall," King said. "Actually, I was
hoping to get a pin."
Michigan will face some more
serious competition this weekend
when it battles Ohio State and
Minnesota.
"I think that after (No. 1) Penn
State and (No. 3) Iowa, there are
three teams that are real close (in the
Big Ten) - us, Ohio State, and
Minnesota," King said. "We beat
Ohio State at the Cliff Keens. I think
that if we win these two matches, we
can establish ourselves as the third
best team in the Big Ten."
be housed with the field hockey
players from the other countries."
Michigan coach Patti Smith is de-
lighted with the experience the Hose
twins will receive.
"I think it's a great experience
any time you can go against interna-
tional competition," Smith said.
"They will get a boost going into
the fall," she added.
Lelli is looking forward to the
fall. She has seen improvement of
the team through her career, and
1993 may be the year when Michi-
gan receives its first-ever NCAA
tournament berth.
"When we came in here as
freshmen we were mediocre," Lelli
said. "But our coach has done a
good job recruiting. We're getting a
good class next year."

by Dave Darby
The Michigan women's track
team had a banner day in Notre
Dame, Ind. Saturday, winning two
events and placing in every event en-
tered.
On an oversized indoor track
conducive to speed, the personal
bests just kept coming. Michigan's
women posted eleven lifetime highs
on the day.
In the 55-meter hurdles, Michi-
gan's Laura Jerman ran and jumped
away from the rest of the field, win-
ning easily in a personal best time of
8.12 seconds.
The race of the day was the 3000
meters. Michigan's Molly Mc-
Climon set a face pace for the first
mile. With about 1000 meters to go,
McClimon, teammate Courtney
Babcock, and a runner for Nike
broke ahead of the pack and raced to
a blanket finish. Babcock won in
9:19.19, with McClimon finishing
third in 9:19.77. Both times are au-
tomatic NCAA qualifying times, and
both were personal bests.
Commenting on the race, Bab-
cock said," Molly kept the pace go-
ing. I just tried to stay with her, and
good things happened."
Also scoring personal bests in the
3000 was Michigan's Karyn Harvey
in 9:39.24, Chris Szabo in 9:44.80,
and Kelly Chard in 9:45.77.
Michigan's Mile Relay team of
Richelle Webb, Jessica Kluge,
Tanya Clay, and Jerman finished

third in 3:51.
44. Clay ran for Kristine West-
erby, whose sprained ankle kept her
out of action.
Westerby will be out for four
weeks and will miss the rest of the
indoor season. Assistant Coach
Mike McGuire said of Westerby,"
She's one of our top middle distance
runners. Having her out will hurt us,
but she'll bounce back."
Shot Putter Ronda Meyers tied
her best with a throw of 44' 11 1/2",
but had to settle for third in her
event.
In the 200 meters, both Tearza
Johnson and Webb set bests, John-
son finishing fifth in 25.41 seconds,
and Webb taking second in 25.02.
Kluge finished second in the 800,
running a personal best 2:10.46.
Clay finished sixth in the event at
2:15 flat, also a personal high.
McGuire said she was very
pleased with Michigan's showing. "I
consider it mission accomplished,"
he said. 'We got our qualifying
times and personal bests, and that's
what we went (to Notre Dame's
oversize track) to do."
Instead of going to Notre Dame,
three runners from the team traveled
to Sandy, Oregon to compete in the
U.S. Junior (19 and under) Women's
Cross-Country Championships.
Michigan's Katy Hollbacher took
second in the three, mile outdoor
race, while teammate Molly Lori
finished seventh.

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Courtney Babcock, seen here running the mile, played an integral role in
Michigan's excellent showing at Notre Dame this pastweekend.

Men make up for last week a

by Tonya Broad
Daily Sports Writer
The sun was shining outdoors but you
couldn't tell inside the dreary Jenison Field-
house where the MSU Relays were being held.
Despite the depressing lighting conditions
indoors, the Michigan men's track & field team
got back on track at Saturday's meet, after com-
ing off a sluggish meet against Ohio State the
week before.
Wolverine head coach Jack Harvey said he
felt the meet ended well, but was preparing
more for the Central Collegiate meet which will
be held at MSU next weekend and will boast
higher caliber competition. Ten-to-fifteen teams
are slated to attend, among them three Big Ten
teams - Purdue, MSU and Michigan. Eastern
Michigan is favored to win the meet overall.

"We're pointing towards CC (Central Colle-
giate) and Big Tens," Harvey said. "Those are
the two meets we want to do well in."
In spite of the low-key atmosphere Saturday,
there were several quality performances put in
by members of the men's team.
Shawn Clancy won his second pentathlon
(3621 pts.) which includes the long jump, high
jump, shot put, 55-meter high hurdles and the
1,000-meter run. The distance medley team
(10:11.7) and the 3200-meter relay team
(7:47.2), also took top honors.
Trinity Townsend was slated as having an
outstanding performance in the 600-meter run,
coming through the tape in a time of 1:19.65,
which is ranked second overall in the Big Ten.
Other standouts include field events person-
nel Toby VanPelt in the pole vault and Jon

it MSU relays
Royce in the high jump. VanPelt won his event,
soaring 16'10-1/2", while Royce displayed
equal heroics flying 6'10-1/4".
One fact that makes Royce's jump a true
display of heroics was that he cleared the jump
on a five step approach, after shortening his in-
consistent eleven step approach. Royce's one
concern is to be consistent throughout the year.
"I jumped bad [Saturday], my steps were
off," Royce said. "I need to work on my ap-
proach next week, if I get a consistent approach
I could conceivably jump 7'3".
Saturday's meet also saw the introduction of
two more Michigan football players to the
men's track & field line-up. Amani Toomer
placed seventh overall in the 55-meter, and
Todd Richards jumped 6'8" in the high jump.

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by Erin Himstedt
Daily Sports Writer
Just when it looked like all hope
was gone, the Michigan men's vol-
leyball team regrouped with a rem-
edy for revival.
After finishing 2-2 against Ohio
Wesleyan and Morehead State in the
first matches of round-robin play of
the 1993 Wolverine Invitational
Saturday, the Wolverines came back
to capture the first-place berth within
their pool by defeating Northwestern
and the University of Windsor, 4-0.
The spikers' overall inexperience
was evident in the inconsistency and
lack of focus that formed the key ele-
ments in their stagnant early play.
Due to numerous personnel changes,
the team has struggled to develop its
group chemistry on the court.
"At first it was real shaky -
they were getting used to playing to-
gether," Michigan coach Pam Griffin
said. "They're all very talented play-
ers, but they haven't played together

very much, with injuries and ab-
sences and sickness. We can see the
potential just by watching them here
today, but we've just got to work
out the kinks."
Although Michigan was later
eliminated in the quarterfinal round
against Illinois State, its impressive
performance against such a
formidable opponent as Windsor en-
couraged the young team. This rivet-
ing match was the day's - if not the
season to date's - high point.
"That game was where we really
came together and played as strong
as we've played all year," first-year
student Andy Spitser said. "The win
against Windsor really helped us in
learning. We know now that we can
beat them, and they're one of the top
teams in Canada."
Intense spiking from sub Justin
MacLaurin and powerful blocking
from middles Chad Stielstra and

Soren Juul were the catalysts that set
off the Wolverines' victory reaction.
"Our blocking was the key. We
had so many roofs - we just shut
them down," Spitser said. "Once we
got our blocking going so success-
fully, it kind of keyed the rest of our
game."
Juul agreed.
"We put on a formidable block-
ing display in a couple of our
games. That boosted our team's
morale, got the fans involved, and
also got team thinking about win-
ning. It was the right combination
of energy peaking, not being too ar-
rogant, and being able to focus, and
we came through with a big win."
Michigan was unable to extend
this winning streak into playoff
competition, as inexperience once
again raised its ugly head. Illinois
-State took the first two games in the
best-of-three match.

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by Scott Burton
Daily Sports Writer
It took over one month and five
meets to do it, but finally the
Michigan's men's gymnastics team
recorded its first victory on the sea-
son with its 267.5 - 261.1 defeat of
Western Michigan Saturday at
Kalamazoo.
However, it was hardly a stand-
out day for the Wolverines. Al-
though producing excellent scores in
several events, the team saw its team
score decrease from the previous
week's for the first team all season.
"It was a tough meet," Wolverine
coach Bob Darden said. "Western
Michigan was not as nice of a facil-
ity as the guys have been used to and
we had a bit of trailing off at the end
- that's the reason we had that step

backward in the team score."
Freshman Bob Young provided
the highlight of the meet. Young
finished first in the all-around com-
petition with a 54.50. His day in-
cluded a second-place finish in the
parallel bars (9.20) and pommel
horse (9.1) and a third-place finish in
rings (8.90).
"He has really been coming along
great the last two months," Darden
said. "We had to get him over a cou-
ple of injuries, but now that he has
moved into the all-around, I know
that he feels comfortable."
As has been common place the
whole season, the floor exercise was
Michigan's strongest event on the
day. The team score of 46.75 far
outpaced Western Michigan's 43.9,
and Wolverines accounted for four
of the top five scores.
"If you look at our floor exercise,
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lost a little bit of our mental flow."
Michigan's 43.50 score in rings
particularly concerned Darden.
Some of the younger gymnasts have
had trouble this year adapting to the
new scoring standards that require a
greater use of strength and difficulty
in this event.
"A lot of the major difficulty
comes from the combinations of
strength moves (that are required),"
Darden said. "And we not only have
a young team, but a number of our
very strong performers have been
sidelined with injuries."
Despite Saturday's difficulties,
the team still showed improvement
from the beginning of the season.
"Not in this meet in particular,
but in tracking the team over the last
month, the team has improved dra-
matically," Darden said.
The improvement may be further
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