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Page 10-The Michigan Daily- Friday, January 15,1993

Pesky Buckeyes battle Blue
Bowling Green to follow icers' contest with lowly OSU

by Andy Stabile
Daily Hockey Writer

Have you ever tried watching a
really good show on TV when two
other people in the room started
talking? You try to ignore them, but
after a while you are drawn into the
conversation and completely ignore
the television.
If this sounds familiar, then you
understand clutch-and-grab hockey.
clutch and grab (kluch and grab)
n. 1. A hockey stratagem featuring
much clutching and grabbing (in no
particular order) that often results in
a boring hockey game. Teams em-
ploying this tactic hope to avoid be-
ing blown out by a more talented
team. Can be successful if referees
'let 'em play.' 2. The hockey
stratagem expected to be employed
by last-place Ohio State (3-10-1
Central Collegiate Hockey Associa-
tion, 5-10-13 overall) against se-
cond-place Michigan (10-4-2,14-4-
3) at Yost Ice Arena tonight at 7.
"They are a gritty type team. A
tough team," Michigan coach Red
Berenson said. "We have to play our
game, and if we play it well, things
will be alright." -
In short, Michigan has to focus

on the television show.
Tonight, however, the Wol-
verines will be without the services
of junior Cam Stewart, who will
serve the game misconduct he pick-
ed up against Illinois-Chicago last
Saturday. Junior Brian Wiseman,
Stewart's center, still suffers from
the nagging back injury that forced
him to miss that game and is
questionable for both of this
weekend's contests.
That means two-thirds of the
Wolverines top-scoring line could
miss the game with the Buckeyes.
"We're not one-hundred per-
cent," Berenson said. "We'll have to
play with the lineup."
While Berenson will be forced to
use some of the younger players that
have played sparingly throughout the
season, Anton Fiodorov will not be
one of them. The sophomore will be
kept out of action for disciplinary
reasons.
With 14 rookies on the roster,
Ohio State coach Jerry Welsh is no
stranger to putting a young squad on
the ice. Welsh can look to the future
of the program with promise because
sophomore Sacha Guilbault is pac-
ing the Bucks with seven goals and

seven assists. But what Ohio State
lacks in talent and experience, WelshO
hopes to make up for with the size
and tenacity of his young squad.
"We couldn't stop big, strong
personnel last year," Welsh said be-
fore the season. "We were looking to
add size, strength, defensive abilities
and toughness in recruiting."
Stewart will return to action
Saturday when Bowling Green visits
Yost. The Falcons (6-10, 11-13) are
led by junior winger Sean Pronger,
who has 18 goals to go with 15 as-
sists on the season. While Bowling
Green occupies seventh place in the
CCHA, Berenson knows that the
Falcons always have a little some-
thing extra for Michigan.
"I think they are a better team
than their record," Berenson said.
"They always play well against us."
Last season Bowling Green
wound up in the cellar of the CCHA
but managed to sweep the home-
and-home series against the Wol-
verines in February. This season, the
Falcons have shown improvement
but have lost many close games,
including two last weekend to Ferris
St., both by a 4-3 score.

EVAN PETRIE/Daily
Mike Mihelic and the rest of the Michigan wrestlers won this match against Lehigh last Saturday. Tomorrow the
team tries to get another victory as they take on the nationally ranked Penn State Nittany Lions at Cliff Keen Arena.

Wrestlers
by Bob Abramson
Daily Sports Writer
While Penn State's men's
basketball team seems to be headed
for the cellar of the Big Ten, its
wrestling team has made a profound
impact in its first year of conference
competition.
The third-ranked Nittany Lions
(2-0-1 Big Ten, 6-0-1) have already
tied No. 1 Iowa and defeated 10th-
ranked Ohio State and 13th-ranked
Wisconsin.
Tomorrow in their conference
opener, the 12th ranked Wolverines
(3-0) clash with Penn State at Cliff
Keen Arena in a meet that could
decide the seedings for the Big Tens.

tangle wit
"This is a critical match for us,"
Penn State coach John Fritz said.
"Especially since this is our first
dual meet on the road. Michigan
poses a lot of good matchups, but if
we wrestle our game plan, we feel
we can beat any team in the
country."
This is the Big Ten opener for the
Wolverines, who finished sixth in
the conference last year and ad-
vanced five wrestlers to the NCAA
Championships. The last time these
two teams met, the Wolverines suf-
fered a disheartening 18-17 loss to
Penn State at the Cliff Keen Team
Duals. Michigan hopes it can re-
bound from last year's disappoint-

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"Penn State looks like they have
an overall stronger team than us this
year," Michigan assistant coach Kirk
Trost said. "But that was the case
last year and we ended up losing by
one point. If one more match could
have turned out differently, we
would have beaten them."
Both the Wolverines and the
Nittany Lions have undergone sig-
nificant changes from last season.
Michigan's two-time all-Amer-
ican Joey Gilbert has been redshirted
for the season along with Jesse
Rawls Jr. Steve King has trans-
ferred from Notre Dame and is
ranked eighth in the nation in the
heavy-weight division.
'We are going to have
to fight for every point
we can. I think it
might go down to the
last match.'
- Sean Bormet
Michigan wrestler
As for Penn State, they lost three
all-Americans from a team that fin-
ished third at the NCAA champi-
onships. They still have four all-
Americans and eight of 10 wrestlers
ranked in tie top 10 by the Amateur
Wrestling News.
"All of the matches are going to
be key," said Michigan 158-pounder
Sean Bormet, who is presently
ranked second in the country. "They
don't have any weak weights, so we
are going to have to fight for every
point we can. I think it might go
down to the last match."
"It's gonna be up to some of
those guys on our team who are not
as strong for us," Trost said. "They
are going to have to wrestle their
best matches. We're gonna need all
the extra points we can to win."
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by Jesse Brouhard
Daily Sports Writer
A Saturday sojourn to Eastern
Michigan presents the opportunity
for the Wolverine men's track squad
to take another peek in the mirror.
The team is hoping for continued
improvement following a successful
intrasquad meet last weekend.
"It's only the second meet of the
season. At this point we are just
trying to see what we've got,"
Michigan coach Jack Harvey said.
"The kids just got back from
vacation; I want to see where we
are."
So far, the strength of the squad
resides in the distance events. The
Wolverines received strong perfor-
mances in the 800-meter and mile
events with Trinity Townsend and
freshman Scott MacDonald leading
the pack in the respective events.
Freshman Theo Molla posted an
ironman performance last weekend
placing second in the mile, followed
by a win in the 3,000-meter event.
The successful cross country season
'At this point we are
just trying to see what
we've got. The kids
just got back from
vacation; I want to see
where we are.
- Jack Harvey
Michigan track coach
in the fall was an important
contributor to the early season
strength of the long distance group.
"We are strong in the distance
events due to the fact that we follow
cross country season," Harvey said.
"The cross country team won the
Big Ten. That definitely helps our
strength in long-distance events."
Michigan's prowess in the dis-
tance events is in stark contrast to
the Wolverines' lack of fleet sprint-
ers. One helpful sign is the appear-
ance of Tyrone Wheatley out of pads
for the first time this season.

Men runners sally forth to Ypsilanti

"Wheatley is out and running
well. I'm not sure when he'll be
ready for a meet. He's only worked
out this week," Harvey said.
Harvey is hoping that there still
might be a few more football players
interested in appearing in the future.
The biggest question mark still
remaining for the squad is whether
the freshman class will be capable of
performing at a consistent level.
Twenty-eight runners will partici-
pate for the Wolverines in the all-
day event. This is the maximum
number allowed for a travel team.
"It's still the early season for us

Depth keys

'M' women

"

runners in season opener

by Tom Bausano
Daily Sports Writer
While everyone else at Michigan
thinks of January as the 'Can you
survive the severe weather?' month,
James Henry, head coach of the
women's track team, likes to think
of January as the 'Do you believe?'
month.
The squad will open its indoor

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but by the end of the preseason we
should know what to expect,"
Harvey said. "Right now our fresh-
men are untested and you never
know how they will react to the
pressures of competition."
No serious injuries have surfaced
for the other than a hamstring pull
suffered by pole vaulter Toby Van
Pelt. The field events, however, are
an area where the Wolverines will
need improvement in order to remain
competitive in future meets
The next event on the docket for
the squad will be the Michigan Re-
lays at home next weekend.

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competing will

when it hosts the
at the Track and
The field events
and the running
11:30. The teams
include Eastern

Michigan, Western Michigan,
Southwestern Michigan, Bowling
Green, Hillsdale, Grand Valley State
and Lansing Community College.
The outlook is very bright for the
Wolverines due to an increase in
depth. The distance runners, led by
senior Molly McClimon, hope to
continue their success from the out-
standing cross country season they
had this fall. At the intrasquad meet
last weekend, sophomore Courtney
Babcock ran an indoor personal best
in the 3,000 meters with a time of
9:44.4.
"We are high-spirited from win-

ning the Big Tens this fall,"
Babcock said. "We want to carry that
over to the whole track team in order
to get motivated for indoor track."
The sprinters, led by Richelle
Webb, have proven that they are
ready for this season by virtue of
their determined efforts at the
intrasquad meet.
The field events should be a
strong area for the team this year.
The high jumping trio of Monika
Black, Linda Stuck, and Abbie
Schaefer should score a lot of points
this season. Throwers Julie Victor
and Ronda Meyers bring both talent
and experience to their event. Bryn*
Gerich, current Michigan record
holder in the triple jump, and Lisa
Adams, former record holder, have
the potential to score well.
With the increase in depth, Henry
believes this team has the talent to
be successful - but the team needs
to learn to believe in itself.
"We should be a substantially
better team than past years," Henry
said. "This is a team I'm really ex-
cited about. We need to pick up
where the cross country team left
off. I like to think of January as the
'Do you believe?' month."
ence action shouldn't play a mental
factor according to Wolverine James
Voskuil.
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"I think it'll be the same as how
we get ourselves ready for any
game," Voskuil said. "We just got to
come back and play and make sure
we get a victory."

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"He gets assists, he gets steals,
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real threat for us."

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Ten, 11-2), who are still reeling from
Tuesday's one-point loss to Indiana,
Notre Dame represents their last
non-conference opponent. Due to the
addition of Penn State to the Big
Ten, Michigan had an open date in
its Big Ten schedule and filled it
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