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Hockey
vs. Bowling Green
Tonight, 7 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena

Men's Swimming
vs. Indiana
Saturday, 1 p.m.
Canham Natatorium

Injuries plaguing wrestlers
Loss of King, Rawls, subdue Blue at Cliff Keens

By RYAN WHITE
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
When it rains, it pours, and right
now the No. 4 Michigan wrestling
team is caught in a monsoon.
Jan. 8, the Wolverines (5-4 over-
all) lost the services of Brandon Howe
(126 pounds), when he tore his ante-
rior cruciate ligament against Mor-
gan State.
At the beginning of last week they
learned that Jesse Rawls, Jr. (177)
would have to have surgery on an
infected knee and would be out for
two weeks.
Finally, last Thursday, the day
before the team was to leave for the
Cliff Keen National Team Duals in
Lincoln, Neb., AllAAmerican heavy-
weight Steve King sprained his ankle
in practice.
As a result of the compounding
injury situation, Michigan won only
one of its three matches at the Team
Duals over the weekend.
"You can't win at this level with
three starters out," Michigan coach
Dale Bahr said. "In athletics, injuries
are a strange thing. The last two or
three years we haven't had much of a
problem with injuries, but this year
every time I turn around a trainer is

yelling at me."
Michigan opened the weekend
with a 27-10 victory against Buena
Vista (Iowa) College. The Wolver-
ines, however, lost their final two
matches - the first to No. 6 North
Carolina, 29-11, and finally to last
years' Division II national champion
Central Oklahoma, 24-13.
"Sometimes you learn more about
your team with a loss than with a
win," Bahr said. "You can't give up
the ship when you're down. We went
out and wrestled tough; it might have
been the best thing that could have
happened to us."
Bahr also noted that Oklahoma with-
drew from the tournament - which
was eventually won by Oklahoma State
- because of injury problems similar
to those of the Wolverines.
Two wrestlers continued their ex-
ceptional work on the mats. Ranked
No. 2 in his weight class, Sean Bormet
(158) won all three of his matches,
two by pins, to improve his season
record to a perfect 19-0.
No.5 Brian Harper (150) improved
to 21-3 on the season with a perfect 3-
0 weekend. One of Harper's three
wins was a 4-2 overtime victory
against No. 12 Dean Moscovic of

North Carolina.
Aside from improving his season
record, Harper's three victories
brought his career record to 99-44-2.
As a result, his next win will make
him only the 12th wrestler in Michi-
gan history to record 100 victories.
The loss of Rawls, who will
miss this weekend's match at
Northwestern as well, has left the
team shorthanded, but Bahr be-
lieves the injury may be a bless-
ing in disguise.
"Jesse's been struggling, and the
rest might do him some good," he
said. "It will give him a chance to
recover both mentally and physically."
King is expected to wrestle this
weekend, but may be forced to miss
the National Wrestling Coaches As-@0
sociation All-Star Classic Jan. 31 in
Pittsburgh.
He was scheduled to compete
against No.1 Justin Greenlee of North-
ern Iowa.
While the team is hurting now,
Bahr believes that in the long run the
Wolverines will be in good shape.
"We just have to go out and fight
as hard as we can, and hope that we
get everyone back in the end," he@S
said.

Michigan wrestler Brian Harper (150 pounds) competes against Michigan State in a meet earlier this month. Though
the Wolverines struggled at last weekend's Cliff Keen National Team Duals, Harper won all three of his matches.
Men spikers finish second in Indiana
By DAN McKENZIE scout the opposition. Particularly sur- weekend," Griffin said. "We realize
DAILY SPORTS WRITER i inv wa W ii d A TrI. nd inn th t it is mnrP imnn t rt t oln' by .

The media guide for the Michigan
men's volleyball club lists finishing
first in the Big Ten as one of the
team's goals for this season.
When the Wolverines fell to 0-3
after losing to Tri-State in Angola,
Ind., last Friday, the prospects of a
conference title seemed to be grow-
ing dimmer.
"We weren't ready to play," Michi-
gan coach Pam Griffin said. "We were
standing around waiting for some-
thing to happen."
However, the loss to Tri-State
seemed to give the players a wake-up
call heading into the Indiana Tourna-
ment the next day. The Wolverines
managed to come in second out of 24
teams, losing in the finals to Ohio
State, 15-13, 14-16, 16-14. Junior
setter Stan Lee and freshman middle
blocker Brad Yeager had outstanding
games for Michigan over the week-
end.
After losing to Purdue last week,
Lee had said that team chemistry
seemed to be lacking. However, in
this tournament, Lee appeared to have
improved his communication with the
rest of his team.
Yeager, already a central figure in
Michigan's offense, displayed his
ability to handle his role in the middle
during the tournament.
"Everyone had exceptional
games," Griffin said. "Our blocking
and defense really stood out."
With other Big Ten clubs in atten-
dance, the Wolverines got a chance to

prsui WGIGere scUnsn ann IuWd.
Normally considered to be two of
the weaker teams in the conference,
both gave exceptionally competitive
performances this weekend.
"We probably won't make any
changes to our game, even after see-
ing all of the Big Ten teams this

lt it is more importantt o play Iy our
game plan and not worry about what
others are doing."
The Wolverines will take that
game plan and their newly found
momentum into East Lansing this
Friday, when they will take on Michi-
gan State.

No. 1 'M' leers to face low-flying
Falcons in rare weeknight matchup

MaliVai advances to first
Grand Slam quarterfinal

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -
Todd Martin kept cool in the 102-
degree afternoon heat. MaliVai Wash-
ington warmed up in the cool evening
air.
The two Americans battled bro-
ken toenails and nose bleeds and un-
forced errors yesterday at the Austra-
lian Open, but both won and advanced
to a quarterfinal showdown.
Martin, covering his head and legs
with iced towels during changeovers,
beat Xavier Daufresne 6-7 (3-7), 7-6
(7-5), 6-3, 6-3 in a languid match that
lasted three hours, 24 minutes.
"After the first seven or eight
games, it was just a matter of staying
cool and dealing with the heat as well
as I possibly could," said the ninth-
seeded Martin, who lost seven pounds
during the match and had a nose bleed
he blamed on the blazing sun. "Our
games both went down a bit, and that
was attributable to the heat."
Washington reached his first

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Research Fellow,
Department of Physics, Vniversity of Michigan
The Divine World; the Physical World
The third in a series of presentations on faith and thought and
the interplay between a Catholic religious commitment and the
profession of teacher and intellectual.
Open to all interested students, faculty and others
Wednesday,January 26, 7:00 p.m.
at the Newman Center 331 Thompson Street

Grand Slam quarterfinal by outlasting
Mats Wilander in five error-filled sets.
He overcame early sloppiness and
rallied to win 6-7 (7-9), 6-2, 6-7 (3-7),
6-4, 6-1 in a center-court battle of
attrition that lasted four hours.
"I think I was up and down
throughout the match. There were
times, especially in the two
tiebreakers, where I was making a lot
of errors," Washington said. "It's
really satisfying to be able to grind
through a match like that."
No. 4 Stefan Edberg also advanced
to the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-
4 victory over Swedish compatriot
Lars Jonsson. It is the 10th straight
time Edberg, a two-time champion,
has reached the Australian Open quar-
ters.
Edberg's next opponent will be
No. 6 Thomas Muster, who rubbed
ice on his face during changeovers
while defeating No. 12 Alexander
Volkov 6-3, 6-3, 6-2.
The other men's quarterfinals were
determined Sunday. Top-seeded Pete
Sampras will face No. 10 Magnus
Gustafsson and No. 3 Jim Courier,
seeking his third straight Australian
Open title, will play No. 5 Goran
Ivanisevic.
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of our Spring/Summer
1994 Watch Collection.
Wednesday,
January 26, 1994
5-7 p.m.
Refreshments will be
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guest and you will have
the opportunity to pre-
order your favorite
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By MICHAEL ROSENBERG
DAILY HOCKEY WRITER
When the Michigan hockey team
last played Bowling Green, the Wol-
verines needed a Jason Botterill goal
with 41 seconds left to salvage a 5-5
tie.
After the game, Falcon coach Jerry
York had mixed feelings about the
result.
"We played well," York said, "and
Michigan's a great team, but 40 sec-
onds ... jeez, that's close."
Between that Oct. 29 matchup and
tonight's 7 p.m. game at Yost Ice
Arena, the two teams have been like
two comets going in different direc-
tions.
The Wolverines have won 17 of
their last 18 conference games, and
have been perched atop the national
rankings for over two months. Michi-
gan now has a sparkling 22-2-1 record,
including a 17-1-1 mark in the CCHA,
10 points better than the second-place
Spartans.
Bowling Green, on the other hand,
has not lived up to the promise it
showed in the early part of the season.
The Falcons, who have been ranked
as high as fifth this season, have
dropped six of their last eight.
They now have a conference mark
of 9-6-2 - good for fourth in the
CCHA - with an overall record of
11-9-2.
The Falcons now will need a strong
late-season run just to make the NCAA
tournament.
Bowling Green is led by two of
the top offensive players in the con-
ference in centers Brian Holzinger
and Sean Pronger.
"You have got to respect Pronger
and Holzinger," Michigan goalie
Steve Shields said. "Holzinger is as
quick as anyone in the league. We
need to play a better defensive game
than the last time we met. We're ex-
pecting a great battle."
Bowling Green has shown flashes
of dominance, but has lacked consis-
tency all-year long.
For example, the Falcons have
won two out of three from fifth-ranked
Lake Superior State, but have also
lost to second-division teams Illinois-
Chicago and Notre Dame.

0.

MARK FRIEDMAN/Daily
The No. 1 Michigan hockey team expects a tough fight with Bowling Green
tonight at Yost. The Falcons tied the Wolverines earlier this season.

"I think we've just got to concen-
trate on playing well," said Michigan
right wing David Oliver, the nation's
leading scorer. "They're playing tough
hockey."
Another of Bowling Green's top
players is senior defenseman Jeff
Wells, who leads the team in scoring.
However, six Wolverines have scored.
more points than Wells' 21.

WING IT! AT
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This lack of offensive punch is
partly a result of the feeble Falcon
power play, which has scored just 22
times. By comparison, Michigan has
56 goals with a man advantage.
To add to their woes, the Falcons *
will be without starting goalie Bob
Petrie, who is out a week to 10 days
with a sprained medial collateral liga-
ment.
Manning to
announce today
NEW ORLEANS (AP)-Highly-
recruited high school quarterback
Peyton Manning has narrowed to four
the colleges he is considering attend-
ing next fall.
Manning, the 6-foot-5 player from
Newman High School in New Or-

The top 25 teams in the AP Top 25 poll
place votes in parentheses.

with records through Jan. 23. First-

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5.
6.
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UCLA (59)
Duke (6)
Kansas
North Carolina
Arkansas
Connecticut
Purdue
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Record
13-0
13-1
17-2
14-3
13-2
16-1
16-1
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Points
1,619
1,542
1,388
1,319
1,312
1,244
1,231
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