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The Michigan Daily - SPORTSTuesday - Tuesday, January 17, 1995 - 7

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Continued from page 1
victories.
Not exactly an even matchup.
And it looked like the veteran was
going to come through when he got
Richardson on his back near the edge
of the ring midway through the first
period, coming within an eyelash of a
pin.
"There were people on the sides
saying, 'Come on, come on, come
on!"' said Richardson of the season-
high 1,141 screamingspectators. "The
fan support helped tremendously. I
knew that I only had a foot or half a
foot to go and I would be out of
bounds."
Richardson, in what turned out to be
the key point of the match, fought his
way outof bounds from on his back and
was able to avoid what would have
been the match-losing pin.
"When he was on his back, that
was the biggest heartache I've had all
year," Michigan coach Dale Bahr said.
"Because, here we are, we've wrestled
pretty well we're up by five, and
boom a pin, we would lose by one."
Richardson's near pin proved to
be the only major scare of the match
which he lost by decision, enabling
a"'y the Wolverines to win the meet, 17-
15.

Michigan would not even have
had the chance to get the win if it
weren't for the performances of Chad
Biggert and Jesse Rawls, Jr. earlier in
the meet at 167 and 177 pounds, re-
spectively.
The Wolverine pair each man-
handled their own opponents and reg-
istered major decisions to give the
Wolverines a 14-12 lead instead of a
12-12 tie.
"We knew we needed (the major
decisions)," Rawls said. "I was trying
for the pin and I think Chad was too.
We were trying to put the match away
early before it got to the heavyweight."
Rawls and Biggert helped get the
Wolverines back on track after the
lower weights lost four of the first six
matches to put the Lions, who were
wrestling in their third match in 24
hours, up, 12-6.
After Michigan's Matt Stout
started the day off with a narrow 7-6
victory at 118, Brandon Howe, Brian
Aparo and Mike Ellsworth dropped
the next three matches to put the
Wolverines behind, 9-3.
Howe nearly upset No. 1 Sanshiro
Abe at 126 before falling, 6-5, while
Ellsworth fell, 3-1, to No. 2 John
Hughes at 142.
Jake Young put the Wolverines on
track again with a 12-9 decision over
John Lange at 150, but No. 6 Jeff
Catrabone was upset at 158 by No. 9

Glenn PritzlafftoputMichigan behind,
12-6, heading into the Biggert match.
"I was starting to look to see where
we were going to get anymore points,"
said Bahr of his feelings after the
Catrabone loss. "We had two wins
'We're real pleased
with (the wins), and I
think they will be a
spring board for doing
real well in February.'
- Dale Bahr
Michigan wrestling coach
and four losses and we couldn't af-
ford another loss along the way, be-
cause we knew would struggle at
heavyweight."
Bahr got the major decisions from
Biggert and Rawls, and 190-pounder
Jehad Hamdan won, 6-3, to give the
Wolverines the comfortable, albeit
not clinching, 17-12 lead heading into
the heavyweight showdown.
"Our kids hive done a lot," said
Bahr of a week that included an upset
victory over Michigan State. "They
beat the fourth and sixth ranked teams
in the country in one week. We're real
pleased with (the wins), and I think
they will be a spring board for doing
real well in February."

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Michigan wrestler Chad Biggert (top) helped the Wolverines upset No. 4 Penn State with a majority decision over
Matt Hardy. His victory along with that of Jesse Rawls, Jr. gave the Wolverines a 1442 lead.

BLUE MATTERS:

Top weights
,Can't do it
all for Blue
By DANIELLE RUMORE
Daily Sports Writer
Tfe Penn State wrestling team
should have beaten Michigan at Cliff
Keen Arena Sunday. After all, the
Nittany Lions are the No. 4 team in
ge country and boast national cham-
pion heavyweight Kerry McCoy, who
holds a 68-game winning streak.
The No. 20 Wolverines did the
unexpected when they upset the Li-
ons, 17-15, in front of a home crowd
of 1,141.
The victory was sweet and one to
be remembered, yet behind the cheers,
the excitement and the dethroning of
enn State from the top five, one
ing is abundantly clear - the Wol-
verines need to wins from the lower
weight classes and they need to do it
fast.
The lack of performance in the
first five weight classes has been a
constant problem all season and
Sunday's meet was no different.
Though Michigan won two of its
first five weight classes, it did so in a
*ost unimpressive fashion.
At 118-pounds, senior Matt Stout
only beat freshman Shawn Fishburn
by a point. Fishburn brought a 4-5
record into his match.
"Matt won his first one but didn't
look especially strong," Michigan
coach Dale Bahr said.
The 126-, 1340- and 142-pound
classes lost in Sunday's contest.
ranted, Brandon Howe (126) and
'ike Ellsworth (142) lost to the No.
I and No. 2 wrestlers in the country,
but freshman Brian Aparo (134) lost
to sophomore Erik Smith, who was 0-
3 coming into the match.
"Aparo is a true freshman at 134
and they (true freshmen) struggle in
the Big Ten," Bahr said.
The Wolverines lost four of the
rst five classes against both Illinois
d Michigan State and dropped all
five against Lehigh.
The upper five weight classes have
been the saving grace for Michigan
all season. Freshman Jeff Catrabone
(158), senior Chad Biggert(167),jun-
ior Jesse Rawls, Jr. (177) and senior
Jehad Hamdan (190) are each ranked
in the top 15 in the country.
The pressure from losing most of
*e first five classes puts the pressure
on the upper weight classes to bring
the Wolverines back into contention.
The first four matches are usually not
in question, but the deciding factor is
unfairly left in the hands of freshman
heavyweight Airron Richardson
"We still need to split the first four
(weight classes)," Bahr said. "We
can't go one out of the first four; it
rs too much pressure on our upper
uys.
"it's a problem that we have on
our team this year. We'vebeen able to
overcome it four out of six (dual
meets), but you can't go to the well

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