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Collins and Wymer to be honored
Todd Collins and Beth Wymer will be honored at tonight's Michigan
Athletic Academic Honors Banquet as the 1995 Michigan Conference
Medal of Honor recipients. The Big Ten Medal of Honor is presented
annually to the graduating male and female student-athlete at each
conference school who has attained the greatest proficiency in both
academics and athletics.

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Traylor to join Michigan
eWolverines land 6-foot-9, 300-pound center from Detroit

By Ryan White
'aily Basketball Writer
DETROIT - His nicknames are
"Baby Shaq" and "The House." Now,
Ie's also a Wolverine.
At a press conference in his high
school yesterday, Detroit Murray-
Wright's Robert Traylor,, the state's
"Mr. Basketball," became the third
4xemberof Michigan's recruiting class
for next season.
He joins Inkster's Albert White
and Maryland's Louis Bullock, both
of whom committed to Michigan dur-
ing the early signing period in No-
vember.
"This is an important day for my
amily and for myself," Traylor said.
"When you dream, you set goals, and
*ny goal is to make it to the National
Basketball Association one day. To
achieve that goal I have to work hard
on the court as well as further my
.ducation."
Then, after thanking all of the
:oaches and schools who recruited
him, he announced he'd be going to
Michigan.

Traylor said that after narrow-
ing his choice down to three
schools: Michigan, Michigan State
and Detroit, he made his final deci-
sion 10 minutes before the press
conference.
"It was just the feeling in my heart
that I always wanted to play at Michi-
gan," he said.
However, Traylor didn't promise
to stay in Ann Arbor for a full four
years.
"I hope it's possible for me to
leave college in two years," he said of
his NBA aspirations. "But that is go-
ing to take a lot of hard work."
He added, though, that receiving
his degree is important.
At 6-foot-9, 300 pounds, Traylor
will likely step in at center for the
Wolverines. But he plans on drop-
ping 20-25 pounds before next season
begins.
"I thinkat275-280I'll bequicker,
I'll be able to jump better and I won't
get tired as quickly," he said.
Traylor said he was looking for-
ward to playing with this season's

Big Ten Freshman of the Year,
Maurice Taylor. He also added that
while he can't give future teammate
Maceo Baston any tips on gaining
weight, he "would like to talk to him
about losing some."
In his senior year for the Pilots,
Traylor averaged 23 points, 15 re-
bounds, five blocks and five assists
per game.
Sunday, in Magic's Roundball
Classic at the Palace of Auburn Hills
he led all scorers with 22 points, pulled
down 11 rebounds and was named
Most Valuable Player of the victori-
ous West team.
In Sunday's game Traylor went
up against the player who many be-
lieve is the top high school prospect in
the country - Kevin Garnett.
Garnett is still rumored to possi-
bly be coming to Michigan if he scores
a 17 or better on the ACT.
Many felt that Traylor wouldn't
join the Wolverines if Garnett was
going to be there as well, but Traylor
denied those reports.
See TRAYLOR, Page 10

MOLLY STEVENS/Daily
Detroit Murray-Wright's Robert Traylor, with his grandmother and five-year old brother at his side, announced
yesterday that he will attend Michigan in the fall. Traylor averaged 23 points and 15 rebounds in his senior year.

Winkler and Toni qualify for NCAAs Men's Regional
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By Chris Murphy
Daily Sports writer
Saturday's NCAA East Regional
at Penn State featured top-caliber
gymnastics competition from
around the region. Included in the
field of athletes were five members
from the Michigan men's gymnas-,
tics team.
While the team itself failed to
qualify, the five Wolverines who were
selected were able to make quite an
impact on the competition.
The Wolverines finished the
day with two gymnasts qualify-
ing for NCAAs, each in two
events.
Seniors Royce Toni and Brian
Winkler will travel to Columbus in
two weeks. Toni will compete on the
rings and the parallel bars, while
Winkler competes on the floor and
the parallel bars.
"By and large, I was very
pleased, and very satisfied with
the five individuals that went to
State College," Michigan coach
Bob Darden said.
The Wolverines' overall perfor-
mance proved to be strong as the
individuals competed for the first time
all year without their teammates to
back them up.
"Going into a competition like this,
one without our whole team, is very
tough for two reasons," Darden said.

"First, we miss the enthusiasm of the
team. Second, we lack the continuity
in the lineup."
Junior Bob Young, competing
all-around, led off the regional for
Michigan. The only Wolverine to
compete in every event, Young
turned in a strong performance, fin-
ishing with a score of 55.75. Unfor-
tunately, that put him in 15th place,
not good enough to qualify for na-
tionals.
The Wolverines were looking to
benefit from a favorable schedule
that had them competing toward the
end of the rotation. Michigan was
not able to capitalize as senior Rich
Dopp and junior Kris Klingler failed
to compete well on the high bar,
traditionally a strong event for the
tumblers.
"If we had to do two routines again,
I would like to see them redone on
high bar," Darden said. "Rich Dopp
and Kris Klingler's performance was
flat, it just did not have the normal
sparkle."
Fortunately, the Wolverines were
able to turn it around on the floor
exercises. Dopp received a score of
9.75 while Winkler won the floor
competition with a score of 9.925,
qualifying for NCAAs for the second
year in a row.
Winkler's victory proved to
be especially sweet since he was

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able to outscore Iowa's Jay
Thornton, the gymnast that beat
him at Big Tens.
"That was very redeeming for
Brian," Darden said. "It gives him a
little bit better frame of mind going
into Nationals."
Perhaps Michigan's biggest
surprise of the meet came from
Toni. Toni had been selected as
an alternate on the still rings and
did not expect to compete. How-
ever, when a space opened up for
him, Toni was able to take advan-
tage.
The senior turned in one of
his strongest performances of
the year, earning a 9.7, good
enough for seventh place and a
berth in the National Champion-
ships.
Toni continued his heroics on
the parallel bars, scoring 9.675; a
fourth place finish thatqualified him
for NCAAs. Winkler also qualified
with a 12th place score of 9.5 on the
bars.
Neither gymnast is a stranger to
finals competition. Both have com-
peted in at least one national cham-
pionship in the past. Winkler fin-
ished first in nationals on the floor
in 1992.
"Both Royce and Brian are veter-
ans of NCAA final competition,"
Darden said.

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This is how Michigan fared at the
at the NCAA Men's Gymnastics
East Regional this past weekend
in State College:

Floor exercise
*1. Brian Winkler
7. Rich Dopp
36. Bob Young
Pommel Horse
30. Bob Young'
Still Rings
*7. Royce Toni
29. Bob Young
Vault
40. Bob Young
Parallel Bars
*4. Royce Toni
*12. Brian Winkler
16. Bob Young
High Bar
13. Rich Dopp
20. Bob Young
46. Kris Klingler
All-Around
15. Bob Young

9.925
9.75
9.35

9.10
9.70
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8.95
9.675
9.50
9.45
9.60
9.45
7.90
55.75

MOLLY STEVENS/Daily
Junior Bob Young was one of five Michigan men's gymnasts who
competed in the NCAA Regionals this weekend at Penn State.

*qualifies for NCAA Championships

'M' lacrosse falls to Wheaton in overtime

By Dorothy Chambers
For the Daily
The insistent buzz of an alarm
clock echoed in the back of each
Wolverine's head on Saturday night.
Time to wake up.
In its final home game of the
year at Oosterbaan Fieldhouse, the
Michigan men's lacrosse team was
caught napping by Wheaton, a small
Shicago-area school, II1-10in over-
time.
"We never really hit that sense
of urgency during the game where
you step it up a level and you say
'Okay, we've got to start playing
for real,"' co-captain John
Kolakowski said.
The match was tight from start to
finish, with each period ending in a

tie. Wheaton managed to build a two-
goal lead in the fourth, but a goal by
midfielder Andy Tumpowsky cut the
Wolverines' deficit to one.
With less than three minutes to
play, Brian Molitor grabbed the ball
in his own end. The Michigan
midfielder raced the length of the
field and flipped a shot past the
Wheaton goaltender to knot the score
at 10.
In overtime, Wheaton attackman
Seth Richardson burned the Wolver-
ines for the fifth time that night, scor-
ing the game-winner 30 seconds into
the extra period.
"We underestimated them,"
Kolakowski said. "We didn't know
much about them coming in, so we
just assumed that they probably

weren't going to be very good. In-
stead, we should have assumed that
they were going to be a pretty good
team and just worked from there."
Wheaton outplayed Michigan in
just about every aspect of the game,
clogging up the crease and swarming

the Wolverines every time they
touched the ball.
Michigan didn't handle Wheaton's
zone defense very well and had a hard
time getting a shot off, especially in
See LACROSSE, Page 10

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