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Page 14-The Michigan Daily- Friday, February 12, 1993

Blue men duel Buckeyes for Big Ten lead

Grapplers battle OSU,
Minnesota for bronZe

by Doug Neye
Michigan and Ohio State men's
swimming and diving teams meet at
Canham Natatorium on Saturday at
1 p.m. If the traditional rivalry does
not provide enough incentive for the
second-ranked Wolverines (5-0 Big
Ten, 6-1 overall) to swim their best,
they can look to several other factors
for motivation.
First of all, Saturday's confronta-
tion will mark the final home meet
for this year's seniors.
Moreover, the last defeat in a
conference dual meet for the
Wolverines came two years ago
against the Buckeyes. Michigan has
lost only three Big Ten dual meets in
the last ten years, so losing to the
Buckeyes has not been forgotten.
Finally, of the twenty-eight
swimmers, only sixteen will be rep-
resenting Michigan at the Big Ten
championships. The Ohio State meet
will give swimming coach Jon
Urbanchek a better look at who de-
serves to make the trip to

Indianapolis in March.
By the way, Ohio State happens
to have a very good team.
"Ohio State is the No. 2 team in
the conference (behind Michigan).
We will have to use our best possible
lineup to beat them," Urbanchek
said.
The Buckeyes (3-0, 9-0) are

ranked 13th in the nation and are
coming off a successful weekend in
which they defeated Pittsburgh and
Division II power Kenyon. Steve
Robling, Andy Rolley, and Derek
deJong lead the way for Ohio State.
Despite the Buckeyes' unde-
feated record and recent success,
coach Bill Wadley does not antici-

pate his squad giving the Wolverines
a great deal of trouble.
"I believe Michigan can win the
national title," Wadley said. "They
are so far ahead of the rest of the Big
Ten teams that we should all be em-
barrassed. We've got a long way to
go before we can compete with Mic-
higan.

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Spikers head down south for tourney

by Jeremy Strachan
Daily Sports Writer
It will be the 1993 version of the
Civil War when the North takes on
the South in Lexington, Ky. this
Saturday. There will be a lot of kills,
but not many deaths. That is because
the battles will be fought on the
volleyball court instead of the open
fields in the Blue Grass State.
The Michigan men's volleyball
team (3-4 overall) is just one of the
twenty-four teams in the North-
South Tournament hosted by the

University of Kentucky. The tour-
nament centers on teams from the
South getting a chance to battle their
northern nemeses. The teams are
split into four pools, each with three
teams north of Kentucky and three
from south of its border. After
round robin play, the top three teams
in each pool advance to the
quarterfinals.
"It's going to be a tough tourna-
ment. We're looking for another vic-
tory like the one over Windsor last
weekend," Michigan sophomore

setter Stan Lee said.
"I think that is the best game
we've pliyed so far. In a do or die
situation we need to play like we did
against Windsor," he said. "We'll be
playing teams we've never seen
before."
Possible foes for the Wolverines
include Purdue, Notre Dame,
Michigan State and Kentucky, all of
whom have beaten Michigan once
for its four losses this season.
Michigan anticipates a good perfor-
mance nonetheless.

by Michael Rosenberg
Daily Sports Writer
During the Cold War, the Soviet
Union and the United States were
the two most powerful countries in
the world. Other countries had their
moments - China thought it was
cool for a while - but basically the
Soviet Union and the U.S. battled for
global supremacy.
The Big Ten wrestling season is
like the Cold War.
"I think Penn State and Iowa will
battle it out for the Big Ten and pos-
sibly the national title," Michigan
coach Dale Bahr said. "It would be
very difficult for anyone to step up
and beat them." In other words, ev-
erybody else is battling it out for
third place.
This weekend's matches have
major implications for that fight for
third. Michigan, currently ranked
fifth nationally, travels to Columbus
tonight to take on No. 6 Ohio State.
The Wolverines then come home for
a meet with the eighth-ranked
Minnesota Golden Gophers Sunday
at 2 p.m. at Cliff Keen Arena.
The Buckeyes feature six
wrestlers who are ranked in the top
ten, including defending national
champion Kevin Randleman (177
pounds). Randleman went unde-
feated last year, and he is favored to
repeat as NCAA champion.
"Randleman has strength, power,
and quickness. He's a tremendous
natural athlete," Bahr said.
If Randleman seems like
Superman, then Michigan's Lanny
Green is his kryptonite. Over the
past two years, Green is 1-0-2
against Randleman. During that
same time, the rest of the country is
0-55-1 against the Buckeye.
"They have always wrestled
tight," Ohio State assistant Jim
Jordan said. "There's something

about their style ... Green gives
Kevin some trouble. But it's
(almost) time for the big stuff. I
think Kevin will beat Green."
"I don't think Randleman likes to
wrestle Lanny," Bahr said. "It's the
classic confrontation of a nat ral
athlete versus a dogged mental tp-
proach. I think Lanny is tougher
mentally than Randleman."
Another match involving a
ranked wrestler is at 158 pounds,
where Michigan's Sean Bormet,
who is currently third in the coun-
try, takes on No. 4 Mike Schyck of
Ohio State.
"That's always a real tough
match," Jordan said. "Those guys
are two tough wrestlers."
This weekend will present an ex-
tremely tough challenge for Bormet,
who has been wrestling with an in-
jured back all year. Bormet appeared
to be completely healthy at the Cliff
Keen Team Duals three weeks ago,
when he was named that
tournament's most outstanding
wrestler. But then he was forced to
sit out the Purdue meet last week
when the back acted up.
"It hasn't bothered me in practice
lately," Bormet said. "I don't think it
will bother me this weekend.
Hopefully I'll be 100 percent by the
Big Tens."
As if wrestling Schyck wasn't
difficult enough, Bormet will have to
face second-ranked Mike Marzetta
of Minnesota Sunday.
"Those two have wrestled close
before," Minnesota coach J
Robinson said. "I think it will come
down to whoever's ready to wrestle.
"The meet itself will be very
close. The ball's in their court.
We're ranked eighth. What are they
ranked, fifth? They're favored to
win. Obviously, if we win, it will
help us nationally."

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