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2 - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, March 20, 1995

'M' Sports Calendar
Monday, March 20 -
No events scheduled.
'Tuesday, March 21
No events scheduled.
Wednesday, March 22-
Baseball vs. Eastern Michigan, 3 p.m., Fisher Stadium.j
Men's Lacrosse vs. Motor City Lacrosse Club, 10:30 p.m., {
Oosterbaan Fleldhouse.
Thursday, March 23 -
Men's Swimming and Diving at NCAA Championships,
Noon/7 p.m.,, Indianapolis.
Friday, March 24
Men's Swimming and Diving at NCAA Championships,
Noon/7 p.m., Indianapolis.
Women's Tennis vs. Michigan State, 3 p.m., Liberty Sports
Complex.
Men's Volleyball at Big Ten championships, Madison.
Saturday, March 25
Hockey vs. Michigan St. or Wisconsin, Madison.
Men's Swimming and Diving at NCAA Championships,
Noon/7 p.m., Indianapolis.
Women's Tennis vs. Penn State; 1 p.m., Liberty Sports
Complex,
Men's Gymnastics at Big Ten Championships, 1 p.m.,
Champaign.
Women's Gymnastics at Big Ten Championships, 1 p.m.,
Champaign.
Baseball at Iowa (DH), 1 p.m., Iowa City.
Softball at Purdue (DH), 1 p.m., West Lafayette.
Men's Volleyball at Big Ten Championships, Madison.
Sunday, March 26-
Men's Tennis vs. Wisconsin, 9 a.m., Liberty Sports Complex.
Men's Gymnastics at Big Ten Championships, 2 p.m.,.
Champaign.
Women's Golf at Saluki invitational, all day, Carbondale, Ill.
Baseball at Iowa (DH), 1 p.m., Iowa City.
Softball at Purdue (DH), 1 p.m., West Lafayette.
Men's Volleyball at Big Ten Championships, Madison.
If any club would like to add its schedule to the 'M' Sports Calendar,
please drop off a copy at The MichiganDaily, 420 Maynard.

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WHO: Talor Bendel
TEAM: Swimming
HOMETOWN: Edgewood, Kentucky
YEAR: Freshman
ELIGIBILITY: Freshman
WHY: Bendel garnered seven All-American awards in this weekend's NCAA tournament in Austin, Texas. She swam
a leg of the All-America 200, 400 and 800 freestyle and 400 medley relays, as well as the 100 and 200 butterfly
(54.18, 1:58.59) and 200 freestyle (1:46.59) events.
BACKGROUND: Bendel was the YMCA national 200 butterfly champion and record-holder her senior year in high
school, earning her YMCA Swimmer of the Year honors. She was also YMCA 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly
champion and ranked No. 1 among high schoolers in the 100 butterfly. She set state records in the 200 freestyle
and 100 butterfly.

WRESTLING
Continued from page 1
in his right knee, while Catrabone
suffered a first-degree separation of
his right shoulder.
So, the Wolverines accomplished
only a fraction of what was expected.
Catrabone was severely hindered
by his shoulder and his successful
season was cut short when he failed
to advance to the consolation
bracket.
"I'm really disappointed,"
Catrabone said. "I go all year without
an injury and I dislocate my shoulder
with one practice to go. I should have
placed and been an All-American,
but I have three years left and the time
will come."
Along with Catrabone, two other
qualifiers were freshmen, and their
inexperience showed early. Both
Brandon Howe (126) and Airron
Richardson (heavyweight) exited qui-
etly, unable to advance to the
quarterfinals in the championship or

consolation brackets.
However, Michigan coach Dale
Bahr was still pleased with the perfor-
mance of his rookie wrestlers.
"I thought Brandon wrestled
pretty well." Bahr said. "I was
pleased that he won his first match.
I think it was a good experience for
him to be here.
"I'm real happy with Airron. He's
got to get better, which he will when
he trains this summer. Heck, he didn't
even wrestle last year."
Howe felt he gained some valu-
able experience but needs to im-
prove.
"My confidence has finally come
around, but I've got to get better in
tough situations (on the mat)," Howe
said. "It's frustrating because I
should be scoring out there and I'm
not."
Richardson was handed a tough
draw, facing No. 5 seed Justin
Greenlee of Northern Iowa.
Richardson was beaten convincingly,
9-0.
Richardson, however, wasn't

I should have
placed and been.
an All-American,
but 1 have three
years left and the
time will come."
- Jeff Catrabone
Michigan wrestler

ment for the Wolverines.
Senior co-captain and No. 8 seed
Jehad Hamdan (190) fared the best of.
the five qualifiers, cruising through
his first two matches before falling to
defending national champion and No..
1 seed Joel Sharratt of Iowa..
Hamdan fell to the consolation,
bracket and squared off against the
No. 3 seed, nemesis Emilio Collins
of Michigan State. In all of dhe
matches'between the two, Hamdan
had been unable to emerge victori-
ous, and Saturday proved to be n
different.
Collins manhandled Hamdan, win,~
nling 10-2. Still, by finishing sixth,,
H-amdan established himself as. an
All-American.
"It would have been nice to have
Jehad wrestling for third or fourth,
but Collins put that to rest," Bahr said.
Fighting through his strained
ligaments, No. 3 seed Biggert (167)
narrowly escaped first- and second-
round defeats before his confronta-
tion with unseeded Lou Cerchio of.
SeoJH.

phased by the defeat, winning his
next match in the consolation bracket
before falling to Jason Gleasman of
Syracuse, 5-2.
"Obviously I'm disappointed that
I wasn't an All-American, but I still
have a lot to learn," Richardson said.
"It's refreshing to know that I got this
far after skipping a year.
"I think it was a magnificent and
enjoyable experience. It was really
fun."
The success of their seniors,
though, was the story of the tourna-

Never.
Since the NCAA Championship
expanded to 64 teams in
1985, the Big Ten has sent at
least one team to the Sweet 16
every year.
In six of those tournaments,
the Big Ten has been
represented in the Elite Eight
by at least one team.
The last year a Big Ten team
has not made it past two
rounds was 1950.
Read it.
Follow ,it.
Love it.
Worship it.
Recycle it.

" BL
By Danielle Rumore
Daily Sports Writer
IOWA CITY - I-80 is the main
highway that runs into this city. The
surroundings on the side of the road
embrace the stereotypes that so often
describe the state of Iowa. There is a lot
of grass, flat land and very few trees.
But, this isn't Iowa.
There are also cows and corn, not
to mention farmland as far as the eye
can see.
Yet, this really is not Iowa.
It became evident during the drive
to the NCAA Wrestling Champion-
ships in Iowa City this weekend that
Iowa is more than corn and cows. The
love for the Hawkeye sports program
sets Iowa apart from any other farm-
ing state. The people of Iowa have a
love for Iowa sports, most notably
wrestling, which is absent from most
other national programs.
"""
'There's always been a winning tradi-
tion here," Bettendorf, Iowa native Mar-
garet McNamara said. "In the '20s and
'30s they won, in the '40s they won. With
Gable, there is something about the way
he recruits and motivates, so they have
won and won and won."

c E

Loyalty to Hawkeye wrestling
helps team to another NCAA win

"I"

Seton Hall

.

This woman is referring to Dan
Gable, Hawkeye wrestling coach for
the past 19 years. Gable made Iowa
synonymous with wrestling-he made
it legendary. The Hawkeyes won their
13th NCAA team title under Gable this
weekend, their 15th all-time.
The team title recipient was never
in doubt and was never an issue. Iowa
ran away from the competition, clinch-
ing the team title after Friday's events.
No other team had a chance against
a Hawkeye roster filled with excep-
tional raw talent. Five wrestlers were
ranked No. 1 in their individual weight
class, four ranked No. 4, one ranked
No. 6 and one ranked No. 12.
"This program has the tradition of
the National Championships and the
Big Ten championships," Iowa native
Patrick Hupp said. "The style of wres-
tling here is crowd pleasing because
it's an aggressive style that puts points
on the board.
"A lot of other programs around the
country aren't doing this. Iowa changed
the style to make it fan pleasing and
that's why they get 10,000 people for a
dual meet."
The scene atCarver-Hawkeye Arena
this weekend borderlined on insanity.

The 13,100-seat arena was filled to
capacityduring every session, with more
than half of the fans clad head-to-toe in
yellow and black in support of Iowa.
The chants of "Iowa! Iowa!" made it
abundantly clear that the hometown
Hawkeyes were the definite favorite.
The Hawkeye section, dispersed
throughout the entire arena, came alive
for every Iowa wrestler. All of the fans
would rise and shout at the top of their
lungs when an Iowa wrestler was close
to a pin or another remarkable feat.
Hawkeye buttons thatplay their fight
song, posters, key chains and various
articles ofclothing were second in popu-
larity to the yellow and black sneakers
worn by many young fans.
Wrestling is to Iowa what basket-
ball is to Indiana. In fact, it may be
stronger. Many people attribute the
cult following of the Hawkeyes to the
lack of professional teams in the state
of Iow a.
"There's no basketball team, nopro-
fessional hockey, no professional base-
ball, so we follow the college sports
heavy-duty," McNamara said.
"The people follow the college scene
a lot more," Michigan wrestling coach
Dale Bahr, a former Iowa State wres-

tier, said. "It's their 'pro' team. It's the
only show in town which gave the sport
some status. It's a social event.
"Wrestling was around longer (in
Iowa) than most places, so they have
a longer tradition," Bahr added. "Fa-
thers, uncles, and maybe even grand-
fathers wrestled, so its a status sym-
bol for a little kid to be a wrestler.
Iowa has a winning tradition. The
team dominates national scene and
people become attached to it."
Iowa wrestling has a cult following
like nothing you'veever seen. Whether

it is due to the lack of professional
sports in the state of Iowa, an estab"_.
lished family tradition, an intense inter-
est in the program Gable established or
a combination of all three, Iowa wres-
tling is revered, loved and followed.
It is not transient, fair-weather, or
band wagon-style support. Most.
Hawkeye fans have lived in Iowa their
entire lives and have supported their
team for as long as they can remember.
"There's loyalty here," Hupp said..,
"The Iowa fans are loyal to the..
Hawkeycs regardless of whether they
are winning or losing."

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