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The Michigan Daily - Friday, February 2, 1996 - 11
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By Michael Rosenberg
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan football team may play
at Hawaii to end the 1998 season, As-
sistant Athletic Director Jeff Long said
yesterday.
"We're having discussions with the
University of Hawaii," Long said.
"We'renegotiating with them. We
would like to do it.
The game would take place Nov. 28
at Oahu, a week after Michigan plays at
Ohio State.
"That's during Thanksgiving break,"
Long said. "We would miss less class
time, which is one reason we would do
it."
Long said negotiations are still in the
preliminary stages, but that they are
centering on financial considerations,
among other issues.
"They clearly have an interest," he
said. "Whether they are willing to pay
the amount what we want is an issue. I
would like to have it done before the
summer - by the end of May. But it's
hard to say."
It is not yet clear whether the contract
would be for a home-and-home series
or a one-game deal.

"We're having discussions with the
University of Hawai. We're negotiating
with them. We would like to do it."
- Jeff Long
Michigan assistant athletic director

"That's in thenegotiations," Long said.
"Typically, Hawaii does not return."
Normally, Michigan would want to
play host to a team in addition to play-
ing on the road. An exception could be
made in this case for a number of rea-
sons, not the least of which is recruit-
ing.
"I can't say that anyone is against
(the trip)," Long said. "It would be
good for recruiting as well as for the
people we have here now.
Playing a regular-season contest af-
ter the Ohio State game would be a
break from tradition, but not unprec-
edented. The Wolverines visited Ha-
waii to end the 1986 season, winning
27-10. That was the only year since
1942 in which Michigan ended the sea-
son against a team other than the Buck-

eyes.
Television rights would belong to the
Rainbows because they are at home.
Long said those discussions will likely
not get started for some time because
the game is almost three years away.
The NCAA limits teams to 11 regu-
lar-season games. Michigan already has
11 games on its slate. But the NCAA
allows a 12th game under certain con-
ditions.
One of those condition involves
games at Hawaii, an exemption granted
when the Rainbows were concerned
they would not be able to keep Division
I football.
A similar exemption is made for the
preseason Pigskin and Kickoff Clas-
sics. Michigan won the Pigskin Classic,
18-17, over Virginia last season.

JONATHAN LURIE/Daily
The Michigan football team is planning a trip to Hawaii in 1998. The game Would be held a week after the Ohio State game.

Urapplers hope to find consistency
inweekend meet with Boilemakrs

By Wil McCahill
Daily Sports Writer
Don't let the numbers fool you.
The Purdue wrestling team has won
more than twice as many as it has lost
*d is ranked in the top 25.
When the Boilermakers bring their
9-4-1 overall record and No.23 ranking
to Cliff Keen Arena Sunday at noon,
however, they will most likely be look-
ing for their first win against another
ranked team, barring a surprise upset of
No.4 Michigan State Saturday.
Purdue has faced five ranked squads,
and has but one tie and four losses to
ow, for it. The No. 17 Wolverines, on
4eother hand, have beaten two and tied
one of the seven ranked teams against
whom they've competed. Michigan is
6-5-1 overall and 1-2-1 in the Big Ten,
while Purdue has an 0-3-1 mark in the
latter category.
Keeping all this in mind, look for a
closely fought battle between the two
teams this weekend. Purdue is experi-
enced where Michigan is not; two of the
Boilermakers' first four wrestlers are
nked in the top 10, and three of the four
are juniors or seniors. Sophomore Tim
Dernlan is No. 6 at 118 pounds, and
134-pound Frank Laccone is No. 7 for

Purdue.
This comes as bad news for the Michi-
gan squad, where the four weight classes
under 150 are generally suspect. On the
flip side of the experience coin, Michi-
gan has the edge at and above 150.
Sophomore Bill Lacure brings a 23-6
record to the mat at 150, and behind
him are three ranked wrestlers: No. 5
This weekend's meet:
Who: Michigan (1-2-1 Big Ten, 6-5-1
overall) vs. Purdue (0-3-1, 9-4-1).
When: Sunday at noon
Where: cliff Keen Arena
What: Twenty-third ranked Purdue
represents No. 17 Michigan's sixth
ranked opponent of the season. The
meet should be evenly matched as
both team's strengths come in
different weight classes. While the
Wolverines are strong in theupper
weight classes, they lack experience
in the lower weights.
Jeff Catrabone at 158, No. 3 Jesse
Rawls Jr. at 177 and No. 7 Airron
Richardson at heavyweight.
Catrabone and Richardson are unde-
feated in dual-meet competition this

season. Of Purdue's wrestlers in the
upper classes, only one is a senior,
and only one has a record much above
.500. That, however, is No. 6 senior
heavyweight Tony Vaughn, who
checks in with a 28-3-4 record.
In the past few meets, the Wolver-
ines have started an unsettling trend,
falling behind in the early weight
classes, putting pressure on the upper
classes to bring the team back from
sometimes huge deficits to win the
match.
This was the case against Illinois
last weekend, when Michigan wins in
the last two matches gave the Wolver-
ines the upset of the eighth-ranked
Fighting Illini. And against No. 18
Northwestern the next day,
Richardson's win in the final match
enabled Michigan to salvage a tie.
Against Michigan State Wednes-
day, the Wolverines faced two top-10
wrestlers in the early matches, and
the upper weight classes couldn't quite
pull that one out of the fire as Michi-
gan came up two points short of the
No. 4 Spartans. Down-to-the-wire
meets are exciting, to be sure, but it
makes coming out on the short end
that much harder.

KRISTIN SCHAEFER/Daily

Michigan will be looking to avoid a slow start this weekend. The team has struggled in the lower weight classes all season.

Crew team member recovers after
being hit by car on North University
By Chris Murphy by frost on the windshield Rock said. Besides that, Rock was initial
Daily Sports Writer She was hit on the right side of her worried about how her injurv wo

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lid

It's no secret that college athletes
face many dangers.
But it's not that often that one of
them has a brush with death.
Just that happened this past
Wednesday when sophomore Katie
Roek was hit by a car while walking
across campus.
Roek, a former goalie for the
omen's soccer team and a current
member of the women's crew team,
was traveling home from the CC RB
yesterday morning when she was hit
crossing North University Avenue.
Rock said the car had slowed and
looked like it was going to stop. The
driver did not notice Rock crossing
the street because of the glare caused

body.
Rock was taken to University Hos-
pitals where she was treated for a
ligament sprain in her right knee. She
was given a brace and should be on
crutches for about a week.
She did not sustain any other major
injuries though she said she is still
very sore.
Her condition has kept her away
from classes for two days.
When asked about the injury, Rock
simply termed the ordeal as being
very dramatic.
"The first thing I thought was that I
broke both of my knees," Rock said.
"At first I felt stupid that I walked in
front of a car."

affect her rowing. However, since the
incident, her optimism has increased.
"It's very frustrating that I can't do
anything right now," Rock said. "But
I know that I'm going to get better."
Rock isn't sure when she'll be able
to return to the team. However, she is
already looking forward to her rehab
work.
"Once I get into rehab I should be
fine," Rock said.
A native of Rochester Hills, Rock.
was a member of the women's soccer
team for more than a year. At the end
of her second season, she chose to
join the rowing team.
She was working out with her new
teammates just prior to the accident.

Read
SPORTSMonday
for coverage of
Saturday night's
Michigan-Ohio
State men's
basketball
game.

~jMj

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