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2 - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, February 7, 1994


Here is how the top 25 teams in college basketball fared this
weekend. First place votes are in parentheses.Games played are
through Feb. 6.

Cameron leaves 'M' to
help coach Redskins

What a difference a week makes.
Last Monday, Michigan assistant
football coach Cam Cameron was
*lping the Wolverines wrap up their
1994 recruiting class. Today, he will
e introduced to the media in Wash-
ington D.C. as the Washington
Redskins' new receivers coach.
Cameron, a 10-year veteran of the
:Michigan program, accepted the job
:ast Friday, a day after the Redskins
lamed Norv Turner their new head
zoach. While he admits that he will be
leaving a lot of good memories be-
.ind in Ann Arbor, Cameron felt it
.vas time to move on.
"I need to get out of the comfort
zone of Michigan," said Cameron,
wvho eventually wants to be a head
roach in college or the pros. "I needed
.o go some place where I could feel
ie-pressure of coaching again."
The possibility of Cameron leaving
he Wolverines, where he was the quar-
:erback and receivers coach for the last
;ightyears, heatedup Wednesday when

The Washington Postpublished a story
listing Cameron as a possible member
of Turner's new staff.
Cameron and Turner have known
each other for almost a decade, hav-
ing met when Turner was an assistant
with the Los Angeles Rams. Often
consulting with Turner about offen-
sive strategies, Cameron says that
there is much of Turner's knowledge
in today's Michigan playbook.
"Norv and I were always talking
about possibilities," Cameron said.
"Things just fell into place."
Cameron will be reunited with
former Michigan standout Desmond
Howard, who has struggled in his two
seasons with Washington. He says
that there is no reason the former
Heisman Trophy winner can't play
for the Redskins the way he played
for Michigan.
Cameron began his coaching ca-
reer after graduating from Indiana in
1983. He earned two letters as a quar-
terback for the Hoosiers and earned
three in basketball before a football
knee injury ended his playing career.

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WHO: Brian Harper
TEAM: Wrestling
HOMETOWN: Burlington, Wash.
YEAR: Senior
WHY: With his victory over Ohio State's Charlie Becks, Harper garnered his 100th career victory at
Michigan. He is only the 12th wrestler in Michigan history to do so.
BACKGROUND: Harper finished third at the1993 Big Ten Championships, after ending up fourth the year
before. Last season, Harper posted a 31-14 overall record. Additionally, he qualified for the NCAA meet
at 150 pounds.


Blue wrestlers beat Buckeyes, fall to Boilermakers

The No. 15 Michigan wrestling
team got exactly what it didn't need
this weekend - another injury.
While the Wolverines (6-6 over-
all, 1-4 Big Ten) split the weekend's
meets, beating Ohio State Friday, 20-
12, and losing to Purdue Saturday,
23-18, their already injury-riddled
lineup took yet another blow.
In Friday's match against Ohio


State, Jehad Hamdan (177 pounds)
injured his right knee. Coach Dale
Bahr believes that Hamdan tore his
medial collateral ligament (located
on the interior side of the knee), the
same injury that ended Hamdan's sea-
son last year.
"I've never had a year like this," a
frustrated Bahr said. "I've never had
a year where we've had so many
people go down. Two-thirds of our
team is walk-ons, and you can't win.
I don't care who you wrestle, you just
can't win like that."
Michigan was without three of its
starters for Saturday's meet against
the Boilermakers. Brandon Howe
(126) was out with a torn anterior
cruciate ligament, Jesse Rawls Jr.
(177) missed his second straight week-
end due to an infected knee, in addi-
tion to Hamdan's injury. Of those
three, Rawls is the only one who will
be back this season.
"It's so disappointing when an-
other key guy gets hurt," senior co-
captain Brian Harper said. "It's just
another stroke of bad luck, and we

have to regroup and try to work
through it."
Heavyweight Steve King and
Harper were the only two Wolverines
to win matches. The rest of Michigan's
points came because Purdue forfeited
in two weight classes, 142 and 158.
Replacing theinjured Hamdan was
Lanre Olabisi, whose match against
the Boilermakers' John Hansen was
the first of his college career.
Olabisi started strong before tir-
ing midway through the match, and
eventually losing, 13-7.
"It's tough because (Olabisi)
misses two days of practice a week
because he has class at four," Bahr
said. "He practices three days a week,
and all of a sudden last night we tell
him that he's going to wrestle. So he's
not really in any type of wrestling
One match in particular that dis-
appointed Bahr was Chad Biggert's
at 167. Biggert lost to Purdue's Aaron
Moran, a wrestler that he had beaten
in overtime earlier this season.
The weekend, however, was not a

total disappointment for the Wolver-
ines. They did manage to pick up their
first Big Ten win of the season with
the victory over Ohio State.
Against the Buckeyes, Michigan!*
managed to do something that it has
seldom done this year - get on the
scoreboard first.
Matt Stout opened the meet for the
Wolverines at 118 with a 6-1 victory
over Ohio State's Mike Glane.
"I was pleased with the win at
118," Bahr said. "I thought that was
one of the .keys to the meet." j
The biggest highlight for the Wol-
verines was Harper collecting his4
100th victory against Buckeye Char]ie-
Becks. He is the second Wolverineto-
achieve that milestone this season
(Sean Bormet was the first) and only.
the 12th wrestler in Michigan history.
to reach the 100-victory plateau.
Harper's achievement, howevere
was overshadowed by the loss to the:
Boilermakers, and the possible sea-
son ending injury to Hamdan.
With two weeks left in the dual.
meet season, Bahr is already looking-
down the road to the Big Ten Cham-
pionships in Iowa City March 5-6,
and even farther ahead than that.
"We have to start thinking about
helping the guys that are going to do-
well in the Big Tens," he said. "We
have to look at the individual things,.
and look down the line to next year."
Trivia Answer
In 1987, Indiana won the<<
national title with a win over
Syracuse. That same year,
the Hoosiers went 15-3 in
the Big Ten, tying Purdue
for the title. a

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