z - me micnigan Daily - SPOFTSMonday - Monoay, December 12, 1994
Here is how the top 25 teams in men's college basketball fared
1. North Carolina
15. Michigan State
16. Arizona State
17. Georgia Tech
22. New Mexico State
25. Wake Forest
How they fared
beat Cal St.-Fullerton, 99-65
beat Murray State, 94-69
beat N. Carolina St., 96-91
beat No. 11 Maryland, 85-74
beat Texas, 91-73
beat Boston University, 90-49
beat No. 23 Michigan, 69-59
lost to No. 5 UMass, 85-74
beat Rhode Island, 90-65
beat Tenn.-Martin, 110-56
lost to E. Michigan, 92-76
lost to Nebraska, 96-91 OT
beat Lafayette, 112-84
beat Memphis, 83-80 OT
beat Rice, 67-50
lost to No. 9 Duke, 69-59
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off with a6-3 victory at 118 pounds, the
next four Wolverines lost - two by
major decision. The quartet of defeats
put Michigan down, 14-3.
"They have been (a problem) so far
this year," Bahr said of the lower weight
classes. "We've got to split those first
four and not give up extra points."
Michigan's Jeff Catrabone turned
things around at 158, however, by de-
feating Ernest Benion, 11-6.
Catrabone's triumph pulled the Wol-
verines to within eight, 14-6. Chad
Biggert, Jesse Rawls Jr. and Jehad
Hamdan then followed with critical
wins at 167, 177 and 190 respectively
to put Michigan ahead 16-14 going
into the final match.
It was Biggert's win againstCharles
Gray that proved to be the most critical
for the Wolverines. Ranked No. 8 na-
tionallyGray ranks four spots ahead of
Biggert in their weight class.
Trailing 4-2 in the final period,
Biggert executed a takedown in the last
two seconds to tie the match at four and
force overtime. He went on to win the
match with a takedown, keeping the
Wolverines in the meet and setting up
the critical heavyweight showdown.
"I thought (the heavyweight) would
be a very, very close match," current
Illinois coach Mark Johnson and former
Michigan All-American said. "I know
they think a lot of Richardson, and we
think a lot of Brady, but it came down
to a coin flip.
"Had the coin flip gone the other
way, who knows what would have
Biggert keys 'M' comeback effort
By JED ROSENTHAL
Daily Sports Writer
Overtime is wrestling's equiva-
lent of a shootout. In a mere two
minutes, an entire team's momentum
can shift. In a crucial Big Ten matchup,
Michigan senior wrestler Chad
Biggert altered his team's momen-
tum to a full-fledged attack upon Illi-
nois with his thrilling 6-4 overtime
"Biggert had a great match. He put
us in position to win (the meet)," Michi-
gan coach Dale Bahr said. "He got the
guy tired and won it in sudden death. I
thought he did a great job for us. And I
thought that was the match that put us
on the road to victory, I thought."
The Wolverines had suffered
through four straight individual-match
losses, including a defeat in the 150-
pound class by Jake Young, the
nation's No. 12 wrestler at that weight.
He fell to the Fighting Illini's Steve
Marianetti, ranked No.3.
With Michigan's Jeff Catrabone
earning an 1 l-6decision at 158 pounds,
it seemed as if the Wolverines might
recover from their 11-point deficit.
Why the optimism? Ted Nugent's
"Stranglehold" was echoing in Cliff
Keen Arena as Biggert was announced,
giving a hint as to what was to come.
In the first two periods of the 167-
pound weight class, Illinois' Charles
Gary (ranked No. 8)clearly outwrestled
With 1:17 remaining in the second
stanza, Gary escaped from Biggert's
grasp for one point. Then, with 25 sec-
down for another two points. A victory
seemed all buthopeless for Michigan as
Biggert had dug himself a deep trench
'He got the guy tired
and won it in sudden
death. I thought he did
a great job for us. And I
thought that was the
match that put us on
the road to victory.'
- Dale Bahr
coach talking about
which appeared inescapable.
Now down 3-0 in the final period,
Biggert's teammates rallied behind the
senior, and he parlayed their enthusi-
asm into his performance.
At 1:45, Biggert reversed out of
Gary's hold for two points, but the
Illini wrestler still held control of the
match. At 1:05, Gary escaped from
Biggert for yet another point and a4-2
lead. Then the dramatics began.
With under 15 seconds remaining
in the third period, a scramble ensued
between Biggert and Gary in front of
the Wolverine bench.
Biggert tried to bring his foe back
into the ring, but failed. Gary, sprawled
on his back, continued to hold onto
the mat, using it as a crutch. Upon the
referee's orders to let go, Biggert
pulled Gary back into the ring with
only two seconds remaining, claim-
ing two points to bring the match to a
4-4 tie. The momentum had swung
full circle into Michigan's favor.
In the sudden death two-minute
overtime, Biggert finally gained con-
trol of the match when it mattered
He took advantage of Gary's obvi-
ous fatigue and threw him to the mat for
a two-point takedown with under one
minute remaining. The points provided
a needed win for both himself and the
Wolverines at that particular moment.
"One sixty-seven was a real key
swing match. Our kid got tired, and
Biggert did a great job coming back
and winning. It was a good win for
them," said Illinois coach Mark
Johnson, a former two-time All-S
American at Michigan.
"We were down so far, if Chad
loses that match, we're pretty much out
of the meet. He showed a lot of heart.
That got me pumped up," Michigan's
Jesse Rawls Jr. said.
Rawls' 12-4 win at 177 pounds,
coupled with Jehad Hamdan's 14-8
victory at 190 vaulted Michigan into
the lead, 16-14, with only the heavy-
weight match remaining.
But overtime proved to haunt the
Wolverines, as Airron Richardson lost
in overtime, 2-1, giving Illinois the
Athle-te of t"he
WHO: Mike Knuble
HOMETOwN: Caledonia, Mich.
WHY: Last weekend, Knuble scored five goals in Michigan's two games. Against Ohio State Friday, Knuble
found the back of the net three times in the first period, his second hat trick in four games. His efforts
helped the Wolverines to victories over Western Michigan, 4-3, and the Buckeyes, 7-2.
BACKGROUND: In his 11 games this season, Knuble has tallied 14 goals, leading the team. The senior right a
wing was selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the 199? NHL Draft.
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