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The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, January 22, 1996 - 7B
By Jennifer Hodulik
Daily Sports Writer
Go big or stay home.
if wrestling was as simple as that,
Michigan (5-4) might well be on its
-way to a national title.
n Friday night against an inferior
tral Michigan team, the upper
weight classes dominated the over-
matched Chippewas (2-4), sweeping
the final five matches.
However, the lower weight classes
proved to be a weakness for the No. 13
Wolverines as wrestlers under 158-lbs.
dropped four of the first five decisions.
Michigan coach Dale Bahr acknowl-
edged the trend in Michigan wrestling
to load up talent in the heavier weight
*ses while the lighter weight classes
remain out of the spotlight.
"That has been our history in recent
years," Bahr said. "The lower classes
have to step up. They need to get better
and they need to wrestle better."
Friday's event opened with a close 4-
3 victory by Central's Davon Gray over
Michigan's Joe Warren at 118-lbs.
Warren, a freshman, has been success-
so far this season, compiling a 14-9
After Wolverine sophomore Bran-
don Howe (126) won a convincing 9-2
decision over Chippewa Brian
Maksimowski, the meet was tied at
However, freshman Corey Grant
(134), junior Drew Pullen (142) and
freshman Jeff Reese (150) dropped the
following three matches for Michigan,
placing the Wolverines at a 12-3 disad-
But this lead was short-lived. Michi-
gan sophomore Bill Lacure (158) set
the tone for the remaining matches by
scoring four points on a major decision
over Ken Rumps, 14-3.
After a win by sophomore Jeff
Catrabone at 167, senior captain Jesse
Rawls Jr. (177) also recorded a major
decision forthe Wolverinesover Armin
Another bright spot for Michigan was
senior Lanre Olabisi's 8-2 win over
Mike Mikesell at 190. In filling in for
the injured Frank Lodeserto, Olabisi
recorded his first career dual meet vic-
tory and put the Wolverines ahead for
"That was a nice win for us," Bahr
said. "We needed some backup at 190
and heavyweight, and we needed him."
Rounding out the competition was
a 3-1 overtime victory by Michigan
sophomore Airron Richardson over
The consensus opinion following the
meet was that Michigan must improve
in the lower weight classes to stay
competitive in a Big Ten conference
that features 11 teams ranked in the top
"We're not going to win very many
matches in the Big Ten if we don't win
two of the first four matches," Bahr
said. "I knew we would have problems
in that area."
Catrabone, who turned in a typically
strong performance to improve his dual
meet record to 9-0, agreed with his
"A lot of our lower classes need to
work harder," Catrabone said. "Real
good teams are going to take advantage
of this weakness."
Bahr also indicated that inexperience
was a factor in the early losses.
"We've got four new people in those
weight classes," Bahr said. "Three of
those are freshmen."
Rawls was optimistic that the lower
weight classes would contribute more
to the team in time.
"We've got tough guys in the upper
weight classes that have been around,"
Rawls said. "The lower classes should
come around by the end of the season."
Michigan's senior captain Jesse Rawls Jr. putting Central Michigan's Armin Michelson to the mat in Friday's victory.
Gophers golden in upset of women
By Nancy Berger
Daily Sports Writer
The Minnesota women's gymnastics
team has just accomplished a feat that no
other Big Ten team has been able to do for
almost three years.
Saturday night at the Sports Pavilion in
Minneapolis, the Golden Gophers de-
The Wolverines haven't lost to a Big
Ten foe since they were beaten by Michi-
gan State at the State ofMichigan Classic
on Feb. 7, 1993. Their streak of 32 con-
secutive dual meet victories also ended.
"What happened was that we breezed
through the first meet and we got compla-
cent," Michigan coach Bev Plocki said
after the 191.25-190.325 Gopher win.
"lopefully we learned a lesson."
For the Wolverines, losing the meet
was not as painful as the loss of one of
their top performers. Freshman Nikki
Peters could not finish her routine after
being hampered by leg trouble.
As a result of Peters' injury and her
performance in the event, Michigan was
forced to drop her low score and use
senior co-captain Dianna Ranelli's score
of 9.275 as the fifth score in the event.
Michigan's results on the floor were
reflective of how the gymnasts felt.
"RanelIi had sonic stomach problems
and nissed her first pass," Plocki said.
"Heather Kabnick landed short on her
first and second passes and could barely
finish her routine."
For Michigan, the cloud that lingered
over Minneapolis had a little silver lining
- the Wolverines scored a Sports Pavil-
ion-recordon the vault with 49.025 points.
Michigan's domination on the appara-
tus was not even contested by Minnesota
as the Wolverines swept the first five
places and outscored their opponent by
almost two points.
Peters emerged victorious in the event
with a score of 9.90, while senior co-
captain Wendy Marshall finished third
(9.875) and Kabnick finished the sweep
With its successan the vault.Michican
was looking to get back on track after a
dismal start on the uneven bars.
"Only two girls did well on the bars and
four fell," Plocki said. "I thought that we
got on track on the vault."
This was not the case as Kabnick and
Ranelli fell on the floor and lost Peters
was lost to injury.
M innesota, however, would not allow
this meet to be another"busi ness-as-usual"
day for Michigan.
Minnesota had a gymnast place firsin
the other three events.
Mindy Knaeble led the Gophers, win-
ning the all-around (38.90) and floor
Other individual winners for Minne-
sota were Susan Castner on the balance
beam (9.80) and Kristin Vandersall on
the uneven bars (9.825).
Marshall led the Wolverines, placing
second in the all-around (38.90) and in
the vault (9.875).
Marshall was followed by junior An-
drea Mc[Donald, who placed third in the
Despite a loss at the hands of a BigTen
team, sophomore Lauren LaBranche
doesn't feel that the team is headed in the
"i don't think it will effect us nega-
tively," LaBranche said. "Everyone has
to stick together, keep this season in per-
spective, and make realistic goals."
STEPHANIE GRACE LIM/Daidy
Michigan's loss to Minnesota was its first to a Big Ten opponent since Feb. 7,
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