Page 10 -The Michigan Daily - Friday, January 8, 1993
by Michael Rosenberg
Daily Sports Writer
After traveling to Wisconsin, Ohio, and Nevada to
participate in tournaments that don't count, the Mich-
igan wrestling team opens its regular season Saturday in
Three teams will visit Cliff Keen Arena tomorrow,
and the 12th-ranked Wolverines are prohibitive fa-
vorites against all three. Ferris State, Morgan State and
Lehigh are all unranked, and have lost a combined 11
straight games. Of the three, Lehigh presents the most
formidable challenge to Michigan.
The day's matches will start at noon, when Michigan
wrestles Morgan State and Lehigh takes on Ferris State.
At 1:30, the Wolverines battle Ferris State, and at 3:00
Lehigh will grapple with Morgan State. The wrestlers
will then break for dinner, and at 7:00 Michigan and
Lehigh will return for the marquee matchup of the day.
The Wolverines' depth should be too much for any
of the other teams to handle.
"Four or five wrestlers have been pretty consistent
for us," Michigan coach Dale Bahr said. "Sean Bormet,
Steve King, James Rawls, and Lanny Green have all
been starters for three years. King is new to us, but he
was a starter with Notre Dame (before transferring)."
Bormet, currently ranked second in the country at
158 lbs., may wrestle at 167 against Ferris State and
Morgan State in order to give redshirt sophomore Chad
Biggert an opportunity to wrestle at 158. Saturday will
mark King's regular season debut as a Wolverine.
"Bormet, obviously, is one of our top wrestlers,"
Bahr said. "I think he has been our most consistent
wrestler this year."
Bahr has taken a new training approach this season
that has hurt the Wolverines early in the year, but he
feels the squad is pushing harder than ever and the fresh
approach will help it further down the road.
"We were leaving our postseason form in Dec-
ember," Bahr explained. "So I haven't pressed early as
much this year. We didn't do as well early as we would
have liked - we didn't place as high in Las Vegas as
we had previously - but when the kids came back after
Christmas, they were determined to do well, and they-'
have worked very hard so far this year."
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While most everybody else who
attends Michigan was home cele-
brating the holidays, the men's gym-
nastics team was busily preparing for
its upcoming Big Ten season. And
tomorrow night the Wolverines will
find out just how prepared they are
when they open their competitive
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season against Minnesota.
Big Ten champions the last three
years, the Golden Gophers should
present quite a challenge for Mich-
igan. But, despite the fact the Wol-
verines are battling a few nagging
injuries, it expects to give Minnesota
everything they can handle.
"We feel that if we hit all our
sets, we can give them a run for the
- money," said Royce Toni, who, for
the second straight year, will sit out
the season opener due to injuries.
"We've been close the last few years
but (this year) we'd really like to go
in and beat them."
Because this is the Wolverines'
first meet of the year, the team and
coach Bob Darden are more con-
cerned with their performance than
wining or losing.
"We have a really talented team
... but because we are a young team
we don't have the difficulty in our
routines yet, the individual skills
may not be at a really high level,"
Darden said. "We are focusing on
trying to develop confidence."
"We want to go into Minnesota
and feel confident with our routines
as a team," Toni said. "We need to
concentrate on the events we are
strongest at now - we need to ex-
pect great things from them. We
need to make sure we remain consis-
tent and perform within our own
Michigan's Mark Ouimetfaces off against Northern Michigan in the
championship game of the Great Lakes Invitational. Ouimet and the
Wolverines open their weekend series against Illinois-Chicago tonight
opens indoor season
by Brett Forrest
Daily Hockey Writer
"They always play their best
hockey against Michigan," Wol-
verine coach Red Berenson said. He
spoke of the Illinois-Chicago
Flames, Michigan's opponent to-
night and tomorrow in Chicago.
Michigan leads the series, 22-14-1.
In 1991-92 the seventh-place
Flames gave the first-place Wol-
verines fits. Michigan struggled to
get five points out of a possible eight
in four games with UIC last year,
needing overtime to secure one
victory and two third-period goals
Why? Well, it might have to do
with the resume of third-year Flames
head coach Larry Pedrie. Pedrie was
assistant coach and recruiting coor-
dinator for Berenson in Ann Arbor
from 1987 to 1990. He makes cer-
tain his team is pumped when it
This season has been a tough one
for Pedrie thus far. The Flames cur-
rently sit in 10th place in the league,
two points out of the cellar. There
are just two seniors and three juniors
on the squad and Pedrie has had to
dress up to 20 underclassmen.
Also, last year's freshman stand-
out goalie Jon Hillebrandt has not
been the stalwart some experts be-
lieve he should be. A member of the
CCHA All-Rookie team last season,
Hillebrandt now has a goals against
average of 4.58.
"This season has been disappoint-
ing," Pedrie said. "We're not playing
up to our potential. We're a better
team than our record shows. Our
youth might be affecting us more
than we are admitting. Sometimes
we're not patient enough."
There are bright spots on the
UIC roster, though. The Flames are
led by freshman left wing Rob
Hutson (14-6-20) and sophomore
centers Chris MacDonald (6-8-14)
and Derek Knorr (3-11-14).
UIC is coming off a strong 3-2
victory over Minnesota Jan. 3 at the
Mariucci Classic in Minneapolis.
Berenson and the rest of the Mich-
igan camp know they need to be
prepared heading to Chicago.
"Last year, they outplayed us,"
Michigan winger Cam Stewart said.
"They sent us out on our butts in
Chicago (a 4-1. UIC victory Jan. 17).
Their whole team picks up their play
for Michigan. We have to be ready
to bear down."
Wolverine assistant coach Billy
Powers, a 1988 graduate of Mich-
igan, spent his last two years as an
assistant to Pedrie. He has been
spotted recently in the Michigan
lockerroom handing out Flame se-
crets. Nevertheless, both teams know
what to expect from each other.
"Michigan will want to skate,"
Pedrie said. "They will want to make
it a wide-open game. We don't have
the skill and speed for that. We are
going to have to slow them down."
"They have been struggling,"10
Michigan forward David Roberts
said. "Every time we play them, they
get up for us, it's a big game for
A serious Facility
by Tonya Broad
Daily Sports Writer
No, it isn't spring yet. There is
still snow in the forecast. Yet some
dedicated men have been running
since September to prepare for the
beginning of their season.
The Michigan men's indoor track
& field season kicks off tomorrow at
the Track & Tennis building with an
intrasquad meet at 12 p.m.
Wolverines head track coach
Jack Harvey feels optimistic and
looks for a much improved season
from last year's low Big Ten finish,
after filling holes in the roster
One strength returning for Mich-
igan is senior distance runner Matt
Smith, who did not run during last
year's indoor season. Smith, coming
off an impressive cross country
season, is expected to lead the team
in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters.
Michigan poses quality personnel
in sprints, but the relay teams are
still a question mark for Harvey.
"We definitely could use some-
one like Tyrone Wheatley," he said.
Another worry for Harvey is the
freshmen's inexperience with run-
"One highlight will be watching
what they can do under pressure," he
The seasoned veterans and new
recruits competing in field events
also seem well poised for the start of
. The intrasquad meet, used as a
measuring stick for training, will
help prepare the team for Michigan
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