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Page 8-The Michigan Daily- Sports Monday - February 15, 1993

GREEN
Continued from page 1
"But when it comes down to the
NCAAs, everyone shoots up to an-
other level and I just have to shoot
up with them. I just want to perform
up to my potential, and I think I
have the potential to be a national
champion," he added.
Michigan may have never had
the services of Green if he hadn't
gone to summer orientation at West
Point.
Green had been offered an ap-
pointment at West Point following
his senior year at Napoleon (Mich.)
High School, where he was a vale-
dictorian and a state champion in
wrestling. Green wanted to attend
Michigan, but Bahr wasn't able to
offer him a scholarship.
Eventually he decided to attend
West Point, but after summer orien-
tation there, Green felt it would be
better for him to come to Michigan
as a walk-on wrestler.
"At orientation, they spit in my
face, they yelled at me, and I didn't
like it that much," Green said. "With
the schedule at West Point, they did-
n't give you time to work out on

your own because they want to keep
you stressed out and busy the whole
time. I didn't need that typed of mo-
tivation. I like to motivate myself."
Green's motivation turned him
from a walk-on freshman at
Michigan to a four-year starter for
the Wolverines. With hard work
comes success, and Green's strong
work ethic is renown in the
Michigan wrestling program. He
loves to work out and quietly leads
by example.
"I've been here since 1981, and I
have seen a lot of wrestlers come
through here, but nobody has work-
ed harder than Lanny," Michigan
assistant coach Kirk Trost said.
"lie has got a great work ethic,"
Michigan wrestler and roommate
Jason Cluff said. "He is a good lea-
der because you see him putting in
the effort and it makes you want to
put in the effort."
"I came into Crisler Arena to a
do a little exercise a couple of
Saturdays ago after weigh-ins and
there was Lanny running up every
step in the building," Bahr said.
"Often times, he will say, 'Coach,
can you open up the building at 6
a.m. so I can get my lifting in before
class?"'

Green's work ethic doesn't stop
at wrestling, though. His determina-
tion has carried over into acade-
mics, where he has a 3.4 in mecha-
nical engineering and is a two-time
academic All-Big Ten selection. He
'He is a great role
model for the rest of
the guys on the team.
He loves to work out.
He works hard.'
- Joe McFarland
Michigan assistant coach
is currently working part-time at
Ann Arbor Machine Company, put-
ting his engineering skills to work
for companies like General Motors
and Ford.
"I like problem-solving because
it is kind of a challenge and it makes
you think," Green said. "At the
company, we just solve a lot of little
problems like a little part that goes
on a brake of a car. Most people
wouldn't find this interesting, but I
do."
"I talked to the president of the
company that Lanny had been work-

ing for at a banquet last spring,"
Bahr related. "Lanny had only been
working there for a month, but the
president said that the joke around
there is that Lanny doesn't stop
working long enough to even go to
the bathroom."
Green plans to attend graduate
school for engineering, and con-
tinue wrestling internationally in
freestyle tournaments. Whatever
Green goes into, if previous history
can be used as a guide, he will be a
success.
Green has been the prime exam-
ple of the student-athlete at Michi-
gan. He is humble, he works hard,
he is a quiet leader and he is a
coach's dream.
"Ie has taken the God-given tal-
ent that he does possess and proba-
bly achieved 130 percent of what a
normal person would have achiev-
ed," Bahr said.
"He is a great role model for the
rest of the guys on the team,"
Macfarland said. "He loves to work
out. He works hard. He takes his
wrestling very seriously. He is a
successful student as well as an ath-
lete. You wish you had 40 Lanny
Greens. Those are the type of guys
we're looking for."

LM TT77SI
--
Lost weekend for 'M'
wrestlers 'not good'
by Michael Rosenberg
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan heavyweight Steve King was doing his best to stay optimistic.
"We have to regroup, set this aside, and go on from here ..."
He sighed.
"This is not good."
No, it was not good. The loss to Ohio State Friday was not good. The
loss to Minnesota Sunday was not good. The losses this weekend by
Michigan's three best wrestlers, Sean Bormet, Lanny Green, and King, were
not good. Bormet's bad back, Jehad Hamdan's bad knee; none of these
things were good. In 48 hours, the Wolverines had dropped from fifth in the
country to fifth in the Big Ten.
This team has been a week away from peaking for about two months.
For some reason, the Wolverines just can't seem to put it together for an
extended period of time. They beat Ohio State at the Cliff Keen Team
Duals, and then they lost to the Buckeyes three weeks later. Neither Ohio
State-Michigan match resolved anything. Which is the better team?
It seems as though each wrestler is a microcosm of the team. Take
Bormet, for example. He lost to Penn State's Josh Robbins, then, a week
later, won the Most Outstanding Wrestler award at the Keens.
Bormet beat Ohio State's fourth-ranked Mike Schyck, 9-0, then lost to
Minnesota's second-ranked Mike Marzetta, 7-1.
Certainly this inconsistency is not-a result of a lack of effort. Bormet has
been hampered by injuries throughout the year, first by a bum knee, then by
a bad back. Sometimes it is surprising he can even get out of bed, let alone
wrestle.
"Sean's back has been bothering him," Michigan coach Dale Bahr said.
"In fact, it was bothering him out there today. He could hardly walk."
"My lower back and my neck started fatiguing, and, that was it right
there," Bormet said. "Shit, my back can't take that kind of pressure."
Hamdan has been plagued by a bad knee. In the third period of his match
against Minnesota, his knee caused him to use up all of his time-out
allotment. "(My knee) just slid out," Hamdan said. "He had my knee, and I
tried to get away. I think that was what did it."
There is no shame in losing to Ohio State or Minnesota. Both are among
the top ten teams in the nation. But sometimes it seems as though the
Wolverines could be winning these kinds of matches if only they could
catch a break. Friday, Rick Monge of Ohio State defeated Michigan's Brian
Harper by one point. If Harper had won, Michigan would have won as well.
Despite the setbacks, the wrestlers have not given up hope.
"I'm not worried about it," Bormet said. "Hopefully I can get through the
rest of these duals and start concentrating on the Big Tens."
Hamdan also seems confident that all will turn out well in the end.
"Big Tens are in three weeks," Hamdan said. "I just have to baby (my
knee) as much as I can until then. I have to tape it up like I did today and
just go out (and wrestle)."
"I think that, after Penn State and Iowa, there are a few teams - Ohio
State, Minnesota, Wisconsin and us - who are grouped together."
Third place at the Big Tens is a reasonable goal. But nobody will be
surprised if the Wolverines finish sixth.

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WRESTLERS
Continued from page 1
round," King said. "I had no offense.
I've got to figure out a way to take
that guy down."
After the two meets, Bahr
expressed his disappointment.
"I thought the score would be a
little closer," Bahr said. "I was
expecting a different outcome at a
'You can't let one
match give you a
swelled head, but ... I
think I'm the best in
the country.'
- Mike Marzetta
Minnesota wrestler
few weights. Obviously, 158 was
one of them, and heavyweight was
another."
Having been beaten by the
Buckeyes and the Golden Gophers,
Bahr was left only to measure the
ability of his team's opponents.
"I think Minnesota should be
ranked right up there," Bahr said.
They are 19-2. I think that they are
better than Ohio State."

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Wolverine Lanny Green and the rest of the Wolverines had a difficult time
this weekend, losing to both Minnesota and Ohio State.

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