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When was the last time the
Michigan men's swimming and
diving team won the national
championship?
(Answer, page 2)

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'M' Sports Calendar
AP Basketball Top 25
WMEB College Hockey Poll
Indoor track
Swimming preview
Men's basketball
Wrestling -
Hockey
Women's basketball
Gymnastics

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1?enn State
By TIM SMITH
Daily Sports Writer
Ordinarily a loss in a wrestling
match would not be something to be
proud of.
But Michigan heavyweight Airron
Richardson's 8-2 loss in a match
gainst Kerry McCoy of Penn State
Sunday was no ordinary defeat.
With No. 20 Michigan (2-1 Big
Ten, 4-2 overall) leading 17-12 against
the No. 4 Nittany Lions (2-3, 2-3)
going into the final match, Richardson
needed to do only one thing in order to
ensure the Wolverines the upset vic-
tory - not get pinned.
While avoiding a pin may not seem
like such a tough request considering
*at the majority of wrestling matches
come down to a decision instead of a
pin, this once again was no ordinary
match.
Richardson is a redshirt freshman
who was playing football a year ago
at Morehouse College, while McCoy
,a junior, is the defending national
champion with a string of 68 straight
See UPSET, Page 7

Wolverines roll over Wildcats
Taylor, Jackson lead resurgent Michigan to 92-70 victory

By ANTOINE PITTS
Daily Basketball Writer
EVANSTON - Things are start-
ing to come together for the Michigan
men's basketball team.
The Wolverines (3-1 Big Ten, 9-6
overall) recorded their first conference
road victory of the season with a 92-
70 win over Northwestern (0-3, 4-8).
The win sets up a first-place show-
down with Illinois tonight.
Ray Jackson and Maurice Taylor
notched career highs in scoring as
Michigan handed the Wildcats their
sixth straight defeat. Jackson scored
25 points and surpassed 1,000 career
points. Taylor's 23 points was the
best of his young career.
"They beat us in every phase of the
game," Northwestern coach Ricky
Byrdsong said. "Offensively they did a
great job, defensively they did a great
job. It's the same scenario for us."
The Wildcats stayed with the Wol-
verines early, trailing by just five, 37-
32, at the half. Things soon changed
in the second stanza as Michigan
erased any chance for a second straight
loss to Northwestern.
Jimmy King, scoreless in the first
half, scored eight straight followed
by Taylor's eight consecutive points,
including a vicious dunk, as the Wol-
verines opened up a 55-46 lead.

Michigan's 35-12 second-half run
put to rest Northwestern's thoughts
of repeating last year's 97-93 win
over the Wolverines.
"They don't have as many weap-
ons," Jackson said. "Last year they had
a weapon at every position. They aren't
as deep either.
"Last year both teams had a lot at
stake. We were trying to win the Big
Ten and they were trying to make the
NIT. There was a lot at stake and emo-
tions were high. For the players that
were here last year it was a big game.
We lost the Big Ten title here."
The Wolverines had their second
straight good shooting performance
hitting 61 percent, including 68 per-
cent in the second half. Michigan also
handled the ball well, turning it over
just seven times while dishing for 16
assists.
"It's all about taking care of the ball
and making wise decisions," Jackson
said. "Then we'll be successful."
The Wolverines looked like they
were going to put Northwestern away
but the Wildcats hung tough. Michigan
held a 21-12 lead, but Northwestern
crept back into the game, led by Dewey
Williams with 14 points in the half.
"I thought when we were nine ahead
in the first half with about six minutes
to go that we had a chance to go in with

a double-figure lead," Michigan coach
Steve Fisher said. "Previous games
when we've gotten the lead we've kind
of allowed it to slide back. We did a
little of the same tonight."
For the Wolverines, Jackson and
Taylor did most of the damage. The
two combined for 31 of Michigan's 37
points in the first half. Jackson, hit-
ting from everywhere on the court,
finished his 20 point half with a layup
to give the Wolverines a five-point
halftime lead.
"In the first half, Ray was the whole
show," Fisher said. "He really did a nice
job on the slash, dribble-drive and cut.
He was unstoppable in that first half."
Jackson was also a catalyst on the
defensive end. He helped the Wolver-
ines hold Cedric Neloms,
Northwestern's leading scorer, to
eight points.
"They did a tremendous job,"
Byrdsong said. "They we're prepared
for his drives to the baseline. They
always had a crowd around him. We
haven't developed much of a perim-
eter game so it makes it easier to
guard Cedric."
The Wildcats were able to top the
Wolverines in one area. Northwest-
ern outrebounded Michigan, 32-27,
but the Wildcats couldn't stay with
See WILDCATS, Page 6

"" t -"I" t " A N/ lly
Maurice Taylor dunks the ball in Michigan's win over Northwestern Saturday.
Taylor had a career-high 23 points against the Wildcats.

'M' completes sweep of Lake State

By TOM SEELEY
Daily Hockey Writer
SAULT STE. MARIE - Hollywood could not have
made a better film about this weekend's Michigan-Lake
Superior State matchup than what Michigan's Marty
Turco created for himself.
Playing in front of countless numbers of family and
friends, the freshman goaltender set a career-high in saves
in Friday's 5-1 Michigan (11-2-0 CCHA, 16-4-0) victory
and then broke that mark Saturday during the Wolverines'
thrilling 4-3 overtime win over Lake State (5-7-2, 7-9-4).
Friday, Turco stopped 34 of the Lakers' 35 shots, and
Saturday his 42 saves kept Michigan in the game while the
Lakers outshot the Wolverines, 45-30.
It was a homecoming of sorts for Turco, who hails
Chm Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., just across the St. Mary's
iver from the home of the Lakers.
"You try not to think about it, but obviously it's a
different atmosphere," Turco said. "You can hear people
yelling, as much as you try to avoid it, but it was a lot of
fun, especially playing well in front of a crowd like that."
The only thing missing from Saturday night's game
were fireworks after Bill Muckalt's goal clinched the
Wolverines' come-from-behind victory. With 2:09 gone
in the overtime period, Michigan defenseman Blake Sloan
skated out from the corner to the right of Laker goalie John
Ciahame and sent a centering pass to Muckalt, who
hocked it home to give the Wolverines a hard-fought
win.
Sloan's penetration so deep into the Laker end caught-
Muckalt a little off guard, but it didn't stop him from
notching a team-leading fourth game-winning goal.
"Blake gave me a good pass, and I just buried it,"
Muckalt said. "I was a little bit surprised (to see Sloan), I
was like 'Blake, what are you doing down there?' But as
soon as he came out of the corner I was glad he was there

because I knew if the puck carne across, it was going in.
Sloan said it was just a matter of seizing an opportunity
when it presented itself.
"I got the puck and the se4& parted a little bit." Sloan
said. "I don't know where the defense went. It was kind of
a two-on-one down low with mn and Mucks. and I just slid
it over to him and he did a good job puttin"g it away."
Warren Luhning added tw p goals for the Wolverines.
including the game-tying tally with just nine seconds left
in the game. Kevin Hilton also scored for Michigan, but in
the end it was Turco who was the star of the show as the
Wolverines completed the fit; sweep of the Lakers at
Norris Ice Arena since the Ott8-89 season.
"Not too many teams are going to come up here and
win two games," Michigan coach Red Berenson said.
"Turco kept us in the game \ ith save after save, and you
have to take your hat off to h~ijVp
The script in Friday nigh 's game looked like some-
thing out of Quentin Taran mo ' repertoire. With the
Wolverines leading, 2-1, the game got a little gory, both
on the ice and on the scorebiard.
With five minutes remaining in the second period, and
the Wolverines on the power play, Muckalt fired a shot
that Lake State's Mike Matteucci dropped to the ice to
block. Muckalt's shot is arguably the hardest on the
Michigan team, and on this ccadion his blast struck
Matteucci in the chest. The Laker d'efenseman lay on the
ice and coughed up blood untilla stretcher came out and
carted him off to the hospital. Lakqir 6ficials reported that
he had a lung contusion, and tikii forced him to sit out
Saturday's contest. . i
Matteucci was one of the leads'ris n the Laker blueline,
and his departure seemed to openriup the floodgates for the
Michigan offense. Seconds after Matteucci left, Wolver-
See LAKERS, Page 8

EVAN PETRIE/Daily
game-winning overtime goal against Lake Superior. The Wolverines won, 4-3.

Michigan celebrates Bill Muckalt's

Vlen upset by Stanford;
put NCAAs in question

Diving for perfection
Sairichez and Bogaerts perform art in obscurity

By MICHELLE LEE THOMPSON
Daily Sports Writer
Under the weight of all the pres-
sure on the Michigan men's swim-
ing and diving team (7-1) to beat
Stanford Friday, the Wolverines sunk.
Indeed, the No. 2 Cardinal upset the
No. 1 Wolverines, 134-109, in a meet
which Michigan coach Jon Urbanchek
described as "a spanking."
The meet's outcome tangles the
rankings for Michigan, Stanford and
Texas; the three teams compose the
top three teams in college swimming
dhave both won and lost to other top
three teams:
t No. 1 Michigan has beat No. 3
Texas but lost to then No. 2 Stanford.
S No. 3 Texas has beat No. 2
Stanford but lost to No. I Michigan.

nior co-captain Gustavo Borges was
Michigan's other double-winner, tak-
ing the 50 free (20.10) and 100 free
(43.98).
Freshman Jason Lancaster won
the 200-yard butterfly (1:47.89). and
sophomore Tom Dolan placed first in
the 1000 freestyle with a 9:07.36 time.
"But you can't win an NCAA
championship with four swimmers,"
Urbanchek said. "Other than those
four, some of them needed an alarm
clock. I'm glad we got spanked a
little bit."
But Urbanchek said he was espe-
cially proud of Lancaster, the only
Michigan freshman to win an event.
"Jason kept us in the ballpark."
"1 was nervous," Lancaster said.
"And I personally swim better when

B1 NIC-HOLAS J. COTSONIKA
Daily Sports.Writer
At 6 a.r.,there are no waves. Canham Natatorium is
cavern-)us rand calm, the air is still, the water is
undisturbed. It is too early for ripples and splashes,
mistakes and Terrors. It is too early for imperfection.
Abel Sanc'tiez,4and Alex Bogaerts know this, but they come
anyway. They come to practice every morning, and every
morning the water just sits there waiting, taunting them. They
look down into it' mirror and it throws back their reflection
every time. It is the last time Sanchez and Bogaerts will
see perfection alV day.
Diving is a spbrt that can never be mastered.
There are no bolli to put in nets, no runs to be
scored, no times tp beat. A diver may set out to win
a competition, br in the end, he is only competing
with himself. He tan only strive for a goal that
will forever eliie'rlhim - nerfection.

They stick with it, practicing at 6 a.m., staying until 8 a.m. Then they
come back in the afternoon to do it all over again, after classes.
They spend four hours a day, every day, trying to
perfect something they cannot, Trying not to make
waves.

The two Michigan divers, both seniors, are
standing above the empty pool, thinking about the
day's first dive.
"Just before you dive, it's a matter of
concentration," Bogaerts says. "You'll do a dive and
the starter gun will go off and you won't even hear it.
When you get up there you relax and calm down. It's
total concentration."
The divers try to clear their heads. Classes, homework
and other distractions have no place in the mind of a
person preparing to hurtle themselves into cold water.
nDivers need to think ahout their art Thev need to visualize

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