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The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, March 21, 1994 - 7

Continued from page 1
tally, 5-3, in favor of Smith.
Afterthematch, Smith praisedBormet.
"Bormet wrestled a smart match
and is a good wrestler," said Smith,
who's brotherJohn, atwo-timeOlym-
pic gold-medalist, coaches Oklahoma
State. "I'm glad to come out with a
Bormet, however, was not the only
Wolverine to have an opportunity for
an individual title.
In the finals ofthe 150-pound class,
top-seeded Lincoln McIlvravy of Iowa
knocked off Michigan's sixth-seeded
Brian Harper, 8-3.
After a scoreless first period, Harper
escaped 22 seconds into the second to
take a 1-0 lead. Mcllvary, however,
*scored atakedown late in the period for
a2-1 lead which he would neverrelin-
McIlvary escaped at the beginning
of the third period and scored a
takedown with 1:09 left in the match to
boost his lead to 5-1.
Harper scored only twice in the
final period - both on escapes -
while McIlvary added another
*takedown and was awardedapoint for
riding time to close out the scoring.
"I've never in my life wrestled
someone who could achieve that level
of intensity for seven minutes," Harper
Continuing his recent success after
returning from a knee injury, sopho-
more Jesse Rawls, Jr. finished seventh
at 177 pounds to become Michigan's
third All-American this season.
In the match for seventh place Sat-
urday, the unseeded Rawls defeated
12th-seeded Rob Ferraro of Bucknell,
After a scoreless firstperiod, Rawls
completed two quick takedowns and a
near fall to take acommanding 7-1 lead
late in the second period. He scored
another takedown at the 1:21 mark of
the third period, cruising to a major.
ecision victory.
Rawls credited hard work as the
key to helping him overcome injury
troubles, andgaining All-Americasta-
"I just never gave up," said Rawls,
whoreturned to the Wolverines in Feb-
ruary. "I keptpreserving through tough
times. I think that was the key."
Michigan's two other wrestlers,
enior Steve King and junior Chad
Biggert did not place.
Biggert (167) lost both of his
matches, to No.7 Chris StuderofBos-
ton University, 6-4, and to No. 10Jer-
emy McKean from Fresno State, 3-1.
King, the fifth seed in the heavy-
weightdivision, splitfourmatches dur-
ing the championship. He knocked off
Darin Priesendorf ofFresno State, 5-2,
in the first round, but then was upset in
atiebreakerby No.12JoshFeldman of
Virginia Tech, 5-4, to drop into the
losers bracket.
There he edged No.4 Vito Maurici
of Indiana, 2-1, in another tiebreaker,
but his ended his season, losing to Tony
Vaughn of Purdue in overtime, 5-1.
"Teamwise, placing in the top five
in the nation is just unbelievable after
the amount of things we went through,"
*Bahr said. "The kids never gave up on
themselves and we never gave up on

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.--Though both Sean Bormet and Brian Harper losttheir
championship matches Saturday night at the Dean E. Smith Center, neither should
remain disappointed for long.
Both Bonnet (158 pounds) and Harper (150) did Michigan, and themselves,
proud with their second-place finishes, and have plenty to be happy about.
The two, along with Jesse Rawls Jr., earned All-America honors. That, along
with the fact they will probably never have to wrestle in the Smith Center again
should be reason enough to celebrate.
The latter is exciting because the inside of the arena is painted the most
annoying shade of blue I've ever seen.
Harper has the least to be disappointed about. If you had told him amonth ago
that he would place second at the NCAAs, he would've said you were nuts.
Harper had a good draw going into the tournament and after Fresno State's
TerryWatts beatNo.2 seed Willy ShortofMinnesota,hetook theopportunityand
ran with it.
His semifinal match against Watts was one of the most exciting of the
tournament, and propelled him into a championship bout with Iowa's Lincoln
McIlvary, the No. 1 seed.
Harper lost the match, but his run through the tournament was a great story,
especially after struggling at the Big Ten Championships two weeks ago.
After his loss, though disappointed, Harper knew he had accomplished a lot.
"As time goes on I'll be happier about it," he said. "Maybe tomorrow, or in a
week, I'll enjoy it more."
Bormet was definitely the more disappointed of the two.
He wanted to beat Oklahoma State's Pat Smith more than anything. After he
won his second straight Big Ten championship, he said the win was great, but it
wasn't the NCAAs. His mood reflected the same sentiment after his loss.
"Of course it's an honor to be an All-American," he said. "But right now, that's
not important. I wanted it all, but I came up a little short. So it's very tough right
Bonnet, however, has no reason to be down. He gave Smith - one of the
greatest wrestlers of all time - his best match of the tournament.
Smith became the first wrestler in the 50-year history of the tournament to win
national championships, and barring any serious injury, Mcllvary - just a
freshman - could become the next to do it.
Bonnet and Harper didn't win it all, but they didn't lose either. They gave the
champs everything they could handle, and just came up short.
Both should be proud of their performances, and enjoy their All-American
status. That, and the fact they're never going to have to see Carolina Blue again.

Michigan's Brian Harper tries to escape from Iowa's Lincoln Mcllvary, the No. 1 seed, in the championship match of
the 150-pound weight class at the NCAA Championships last weekend. Harper, the No. 6 seed, lost the match, 8-3.

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seem that the Wolverines are having it too
easy,games like Saturday'saregoodprac-
tice for upcoming Big Ten tournaments.
"We like playing these teams,"
Reichel said. "We got to work on our

Co-captain Simich, who struck a
similar note, said, "We've been play-
ing teams with not much experience
and ... it shows."
While Simich and Reichel blamed
some of the penalties on questionable
officiating, Hohmuth said he enjoyed
the chance to kill them off.
"Man-down (defense) is fun,"
Hohmuth said. "It was pretty poor

quality play, but we got a good chance
to practice."
The Wolverines now look ahead
to the Big Ten East division round-
robin in Bloomington Saturday and
Sunday, where they will face host
Indiana, as well as Purdue.
Purdue is traditionally a strong
team, while Indiana has been incon-
sistent over the past few years.

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