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2 - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, January 9, 1995

Here is how the top 25 teams in college basketballfared this week-

'M' grapplers win two.
of three in dual meets

By DANIELLE RUMORE
Daily Sports Writer
It was a perfect day. Though it was
cold, the newly fallen snow sparkled
on the ground as the sun shined brightly
overhead creating apicture-perfectday.
It was Saturday, and the Michigan
wrestling team played host to Morgan
State, Eastern Michigan and Lehigh
for a series of dual meets at Cliff Keen
Arena.
Just when it seemed that the No.20
Wolverines would garner three victo-
ries and put the exclamation point on
an otherwise perfect day, Lehigh
spoiled the moment.
After trouncing Morgan State and
Eastern, Michigan fell to the No. 17
Engineers. With the Wolverines trail-
ing 15-13, Lehigh captured the heavy-
weight class, clinching the victory, 18-
13.
Lehigh ran over the Wolverines in
the first five weight classes, getting off
to a fast 15-0 lead.
The tables began to turn as the next
four weight classes resulted in wins for
Michigan. Freshman Jeff Catrabone
(158), ranked No. 6, defeated No. 12
ranked Brian Cippolone, 4-1, and se-
nior Chad Biggert (167), ranked No.5,
defeated Kyle Severson, 14-4.
"It's almost like two different dual
meets when we watch the first five
guys and the last five guys wrestle,"
coach Dale Bahr said. "If we can only
split the first four weight classes, we
can compete with anyone in the coun-
try."
The most emotional battle was be-
tween No. 11 junior Jesse Rawls Jr.
(177) and No. 7 Rick Hepp. Rawls,
who injured his back in the Midlands
Tournament, saw minimal practice last
week, yet defeated Hepp 3-2. He won
on a takedown with two seconds re-
maining in the match.
"Those guys, are archrivals," Bahr
said. "All (Jesse) has done is ride the
bike and work on getting his back bet-
ter. I'm really amazed that he can go
out there and wrestle and beat a sev-
enth-ranked guy in the country without
any practice."
Senior Jehad Hamdan (190)

brought Michigan within two points
of Lehigh as he defeated Andrew
Fitz, 11-5. The outcome of the match
rode on freshman heavyweight
Airron Richardson. He lost 3-2 to
No. 10 Bill Closson, eerily reminis.
cent of the Illinois match.
d"His match was not the difference
in the meet," Bahr said. "The differ-
ence was at 118 and 134, where we
gave up five points and four points
early in the match.
"It's just too bad that he's the last
guy (to wrestle)," said Bahr. "We lost
in the first few weight classes."
The first dual meet of the day fea-
tured Michigan against Morgan Stat*
in front of a group of intense Morgan
State fans. One in particular taunted the
Wolverines with chants such as "Crush
that Wolverine like a jelly bean!"
The taunting did little to disrupt
Michigan as it went on to win the meet
45-4.
The Bears forfeited in the 118, 150
and 158 weight classes, handing the
Wolverines 18 unearned points.
Michigan registered two pins by
Chad Biggert(177) and Jehad Hamdan
(190) along with three shutouts by Drew
Pullen (142), Jeff Catrabone (167) and
Airron Richardson (hvywt).
The Morgan State meet included a
few changes in the usual lineup. At 142
lbs., sophomore Drew Pullen replaced
Mike Ellsworth, who has struggled
maintaining his weight. Catrabone
(158) moved up to 167 lbs. and Bigge*
(167) moved to 177 lbs.
"The reason (for the changes) was
because Jesse Rawls got a sore back
and we wanted to give him a break
before he wrestled the Lehigh match,"
Catrabone said after the match. "It was
just for the team."
The Wolverines defeated Eastern
42-3 after moving Catrabone and
Biggert back to their usual positiori*
and inserting Rawls to warm-up for
Lehigh.
Michigan registered two shutouts
by Catrabone (158) and Biggert (16
and two pins by Rawls (177) and
Richardson (hvywt) enroute to the vic-
tory.

J

WRESTLING NOTEBOOK

Engineers end victory
drought at Cliff Keen

By JED ROSENTHAL
Daily Sports Writer
It usually holds true to form that
engineers are overwhelmingly smart.
Just walk around campus and listen to
them discuss all of the problem sets
they have to do. Well, they can wrestle,
too.
The Lehigh Engineers steamrolled
into Cliff Keen Arena Saturday, riding
a perfect 3-0 record. Lehigh then
waltzed out of Ann Arbor with three
more wins, including a thrilling 18-

13 verdict over the Wolverines.
The last time the Engineers won at
Michigan, Ronald Reagan was in the
White House. During the 1985-86
season, Lehigh beat the Wolverines,
26-16. Over the last eight seasons,
Michigan has won all eight meetings
between the two schools. During that
span, the Wolverines have outscored
the Engineers, 227-97, including a
36-11 trouncing in the 1992-93 sea-
son. Michigan still leads the all-time
series, 12-8.

NOT PULLING THEIR WEIGHT: Once
again, the lower weight classes failed to
produce in a dual meet. Lehigh swept
the first five matches, leaving the Wol-
verines in a 15-0 inescapable hole.
"We've got to score early in the
lower weights," Jesse Rawls said.
"Our upper weights are good, but
they're not that good that we can lose
our first five matches."
Against Illinois on December 10,
Michigan suffered the same results.
Excluding MattStoutin the 118-pound

class, the Wolverines lost all of its
lower weight matches, putting the team
behind 14-3.
IT'S A SIUE THING: Before facing
Lehigh Saturday night, Michigan
hosted Eastern Michigan University
and Morgan State University, and the
Wolverines beat the two schools 42-
3 and 45-4, respectively.
With the two wins, the Wolverines
added to their winning streaks over
both schools, leaving the all-time se-
ries records at a perfect 8-0 each.

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The Michigan wrestling team defeated Eastern Michigan and Morgan State this weekend before falling to Lehigh.

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Athlete* of the Week
WHO: Jeff Catrabone
TEAM: Wrestling
HOMETOwN: Harbor Creek, Penn.
YEAR: Sophomore
ELIGIBILITY: Freshman
WHY: During three dual meets Saturday, Catrabone went undefeated,
including two shutouts. He improved his overall record to 20-4.
BACKGROUND: Catrabone, currently ranked No. 6 nationally in the 158-
pound weight class, did not see any action last season. He won two
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