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10 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, December 8, 1993
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By SCOTT BURTON
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
Although Michigan showed no
adverse effects from having a de-
pleted roster in its opening game vic-
tory over Eastern Michigan, it be-
came apparent in last weekend's
Marriot Classic that the seven active
Wolverines were negatively affected
by playing so many minutes.
"Our legs were just gone," Michi-
gan coach Trish Roberts said. "But I
told our kids to get used to that -
playing 30 to 40 minutes a game."
Freshman guard Jennifer Keifer
played all but three minutes in the
Wolverines' two games this week-
end, and she is averaging over 38
minutes per game this season. Fresh-
man forward Silver Shellman is aver-
aging over 35 minutes per game. Four
other players are averaging at least 25
minutes per game.
AND STARTING FOR MICHIGAN ...
COACH TRISH ROBERTS:
Because Michigan has only eight
active players, it is impossible for the
Wolverines to scrimmage a full-court
gemeon their own. Because of this, the
transition offense and defense are strug-
gling. This was seen in Michigan's
opening scrimmage with Latvia, and
during the Marriot Classic.
To help remedy the situation, Rob-
erts and her three assistants - Carol
Owens, Sandy Thomas and Kathy
Barge Miles - have been running
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full-court with the team in practice.
"Because of our numbers, we don't
get the chance in practice going up and
down, and when we do it's with three of
us coaches," Roberts said. "But we
don't give them what they need. We're
looking for a couple of managers from
the men's team to practice with us."
The coaches certainly have the
credentials to give the team a run for
its money. Roberts was an All-Ameri-
can at Tennessee in 1979. Owens, as
recently as last year, was a profes-
sional player overseas. Thomas was a
three-year co-captain for Maine-
Presque Isle (1971-73). And Miles
was a four-year player at Central
Michigan (1982-86).
IF YOU THOUGHT CAL-IRVINE WAS
TOUGH:
After starting its season with a
win, Michigan stumbled last week-
end with losses toCal-Irvine and North
Texas. These losses may serve as a
reality check for the inexperienced
but optimistic Wolverines, as the sea-
son will only get tougher when the
Big Ten season starts. The confer-
ence has been ranked by many as one
of the best in Division I, featuring
three teams - Iowa, Penn State and
Ohio State-ranked nationally in the
preseason top-ten.
"Our kids thought Eastern Michi-
gan was the level of competition that
they would face," Roberts said. "Now
they have to step up their level of play."
"We know that when the Big Ten
starts, we'll face the pressure," Keifer
said. "It was good to get a feel for it
(this weekend)."
SHOOTING PERCENTAGE CAN BE
SUCH AN UGLY THING:
One of Michigan's obvious woes
this year has been poor shooting. The
Wolverines have shot only .346 thus
far, with an unsightly .270 (17-for-
63) rate against Cal-Irvine. First-year
walk-on center Angie Mustonen (2-
for-4) was the only Wolverine who
didn't have a shooting percentage
below .500 in the contest.
Free throw shooting has also been
a problem for the Wolverines, who
sport a team percentage of .615 on the
year.

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REBECCA MARGOLIS/Daily
Freshman Silver Shellman (45) is one of four Michigan players averaging at Phone:
least 25 minutes per game this season.
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By BARRY SOLLENBERGER
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
In a span of three weeks, the 10th-
ranked Michigan wrestling team has
traveled to St. Louis, Madison and
Las Vegas. But the Wolverines aren't
just proving they can handle jetlag.
They are also confirming to the
wrestling world that they can compete
with the best teams in the country.
At the Las Vegas Classic held Fri-
day and Saturday, Michigan finished
fourth in a field of 38. Second-ranked
Oklahoma State won the tournament.
The tournament featured the
Amateur Wrestling News' top 10-
ranked teams in the nation with the
exception of No. 1 Penn State.
"Overall, I was pleased with our
placing;" Michigan head coach Dale
Bahr said. "It's the highest we've
ever finished (at the Las Vegas Clas-
sic) and the most champions and fi-
nalists we've ever had out there."
As usual, the Wolverines were led
by returning All-Americans, seniors
Sean Bopmet and Steve King.

Bormet won four matches, includ-
ing three falls, to capture the 158-
pound crown, while King won the
heavyweight championship after trail-
ing, 2-0, to beat Indiana's Vito Maurici
in overtime, 3-2.
Bormet notched his eighth win of
the season and became the 11th wres-
tler in Michigan history to collect 100
wins in a career when he downed
Brandon Alderman of Wyoming in

the semifinals, 8-3.
Senior Brian Harper also contrib-
uted, taking second place in'the 150-
pound class. The Burlington, Wash.,
native stopped Oklahoma States's
Jacob Newby, 4-2, in overtime, be-
fore falling to No. 1 Lincoln Mcllravy
of Iowa in the finals.
While the Wolverines' top wres-
tlers performed as expected, the sup-
porting cast struggled.

s tourney
"I was happy with our fourth-place
finish, but I would have liked to have
seen a little more balance in our
lineup," Bahr said.
According to Bahr, junior Mike
Ellsworth (142-pound class) and
sophomore Jesse Rawls Jr. (177-
pound class) did not perform up to
expectations. Rawls won his first
match and dropped his second while
Ellsworth was beaten in the first round.

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EVAN PETRIE/Daily
Wolverine wrestler Sean Bormet competes in the 1993 NCAA championships. He won four matches in Las Vegas.

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