12 - The Michigan Daily - Friday, January 19, 1996
'M' grapplers prepare for in-state foe in first home dual.
By Jennifer Hodulik
Daily Sports Writer
While Michigan students return
from the winter holidays, the wres-
tling team hopes to get a break of its
own today when it faces an inexperi-
enced Central Michigan squad.
The No. 13 Wolverines will wrestle
in their first home dual meet of the
season after facing tough competition
at the Virginia Duals this past week-
Michigan coach Dale Bahr insinu-
ated that his squad should have the
upper hand against the Chippewas,
who have not beaten the Wolverines
in 10 attempts.
"This is a lighter weekend since we
went home for Christmas," Bahr said.
"We are a stronger team overall."
However, the Michigan lineup has
experienced some injuries during a
difficult stretch, that included visits
to No. 9 Penn State and No.23 Lehigh.
"We've had a lot of competition
and we're kind of beat up," Bahr said.
"We're trying to get some of our start-
ers healed up."
TheWolverines will be without
freshman starter Taya Hill (142-lbs)
who is out with a knee injury. Senior
leader Jake Young (150) and fresh-
man Frank Lodeserto (190) will most
likely be out as well. Rounding out
the list of potential question marks is
freshman Joe Warren (118).
Bahr indicated that these injuries
might not be critical in the face of
"Central Michigan has a young team
that is good in the lighter weight
classes," Bahr said, "but we're real
strong after that. In the weight classes
above 150 lbs., we should win."
Those upper weight classes, 158-
heavyweight, have certainly been ef-
fective thus far, combining for a 31-9
record this season.
Third-ranked senior captain Jesse
Rawls (177) is undefeated in dual
meets with an 8-0 record (20-3 over-
This is a l ter
weekend since we
went home for
Christmas. We are
a stronger team
- Dale Bahr
Michigan wrestling coach, on
today's dual meet against
Sophomore Jeff Catrabone (167)
has also enjoyed an 8-0 record (28-4
overall) in dual meets and is currently
ranked No. 5 in the nation.
At 158, sophomore Bill Lacure has
been reliable in tallying 19 wins on
Sophomore heavyweight Airron
Richardson rounds out Michigan's
top-heavy squad for Friday's event.
He is ranked No. 6 with a 26-6 overall
Bahr will call on some reserves to
fill in for the injured starters in the
other weight classes.
"Some backup people will get a
chance to wrestle," Bahr said. "(These
are) guys who need to get some expe-
Junior Drew Pullen will likely be
called upon to fill in for Taya Hill at
142 and freshman Jeff Reese will
likely take over Jake Young's spot at
150. Senior Lanre Olibisi will prob-
ably replace Frank Lodeserto at 190.
Big Ten Champ.
Big Ten Champ.
The Michigan wrestling will have to contend with injuries to some of its starting wrestlers when it faces Central Michigan
today in the first home dual meet of the season. The Wolverines are coming off a tough weekend after competing in the
Cagers need to stay foa
And now for our special feature,
where one ignorant Michigan men's
basketball fan gets to ask questions
of a True Expert - namely, yours
® ® Ignorant Fan: It seems to me
that the next nine games will seal
Michigan's Big Ten fate. The
Wolverines play six games against
- S the three teams that have a chance
to beat them out for the Big Ten
title - Penn State, Iowa and
Purdue. And they play two games
against Indiana, which is always
tough. The only easy victory should
be the Feb. 3 game at Ohio State.
Ignorant Fan: Obviously,
winning all nine is coach Steve
Fisher's dream. It's also not going
to happen. My feeling is, if the
Wolverines go 8-1, they will be the
favorite to capture the conference
championship. If they go 7-2, they
will have an excellent shot, pro-
vided that the two losses are not to
the same team. A 6-3 record would
mean they have to win their last five
games to have any chance. Is that
Sunday's game "
is a must-win
sed for rest
Ignorant Fan: The Boilermakers
have one of the Big Ten's best
coaches in Gene Keady, a tremen-
dous homecourt advantage and a
13-2 record. That said, I can't see
Purdue winning this. It's a team full
of role players, a team that will
have trouble scoring down the
stretch in close games. The Boiler-
makers are destined to stumble a
few times along the way.
Ignorant Fan: That leaves us
with Iowa and Michigan as the most
likely candidates for the Big Ten
title. Iowa hasn't not played nearly
as well as it's capable of playing.
Forward Jess Settles has been
several notches below the stardom
that was predicted for him in the
preseason. Guard Chris Kingsbury
is struggling with his shot. But the
Hawkeyes have lost only three
games, including one Big Ten
contest. Settles will improve, and
Kingsbury is capable of catching
fire for a couple of weeks. Iowa is
still the favorite.
Ignorant Fan: But don't count
out Michigan. The Wolverines are
the most talented team in the
conference, and everything seems to
be coming together. Players are
settlingin their roles. Fisher has
found a lineup he likes. Guys who
have struggled - like swingman
Willie Mitchell and center Robert
Traylor - are improving by the
day, it seems. This team is danger-
Expert: It is.
Ignorant Fan: As a fan, I like
,Michigan's chance of winning the
Big Ten crown. But if the players
start looking past opponents, they
will find themselves losing to poor
teams. The Wolverines are not
nearly good enough to look past
anyone. So while I can daydream
about winning the conference, the
players have to concentrate on the
next obstacle, namely Penn State.
- If you have any critical questions
Michael Rosenberg did not answer
thoroughly in this column, e-mail
him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
don't lose to
Lions at home.
And win or
a tough task after
that - a trip to Bloomington
Tuesday night on one day's rest.
Ignorant Fan: Then come four
out of five games against Iowa, the
preseason favorite, and Purdue,
which has won two consecutive
titles, you may have noticed.
Expert: I did.
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Booth, a freshman center, has
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