1OB - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - December 9, 1996
'M' wrestlers finish fourth in Vegas;
Catrabone gets 100th career victory
By Tracy Sandler
Daily Sports Writer
When you bet on horses in Vegas, fin-
ishing fourth means that you just missed
winning money. Well, over the weekend,
the Michigan wrestling team finished
fourth out of 45 teams in the Las Vegas
Invitational, just missing its goal of a
"Overall, we had a pretty successful
weekend," 150-pound wrestler Bill
Lacure said. "I think that most of us real-
ly wanted to place in the top three. We're
a little disappointed."
Highlighting the weekend was junior
Jeff Catrabone's 100th career win and
first-place finish at 167 pounds, while
Chris Viola placed second at 118 pounds.
Lacure placed second in his weight class,
and heavyweight Airron Richardson
grabbed third. Freshman Damion Logan
finished sixth at 126, while Corey Grant
placed seventh at 134.
Michigan coach Dale Bahr credited
Catrabone with providing strong team
"Jeff's doing a great job for us," Bahr
said. "He dominates on the mats. When
Jeff wrestles, it's one of the few times
the coaches can relax, because he dom-
inates his weight class. When the new
rankings come out around Christmas,
he should be ranked in the top three in
his weight class."
"Catrabone had a great tournament,"
Lacure said. "No one's really touching
him. He dominates everyone."
To advance to the finals, Lacure had
to beat Eric Siebert from Illinois.
"Siebert is kind of a nemesis for Bill,
because he beat him twice last year,"
Bahr said. "Bill had control of the match.
... We expect (Lacure) to compete for a
Losing to defending national champi-
on Sheldon Thomas from Clarion
University, Viola wrestled a telling tour-
"I think Chris is beginning to realize
that he can fight for a national title,"
Bahr said. "He's always pictured himself
as a good wrestler, who maybe could go
with the big boys."
Logan, meanwhile, dislocated his
shoulder during his sudden-death over-
time quarterfinal match.
"I dislocated my shoulder," Logan
said. "It kept popping out, but we kept
putting in back in. It affected me a lot,
but I had to kind of adapt. It kept pop-
ping out easier and easier each time it
came out. Right now I can't even take
my shirt off."
Even with the injury, Logan wrestled a
"For a freshman, he is proving to peo-
ple nationally that he may be ranked in
the top 12 or 16 in the country" Bahr
said. "He had a real good tournament"
Although he surprised many people,
Logan would have liked to have fin-
"I wasn't supposed to do as well as I
did, but I expected to do better" Logan
said. "I was on a roll. I wrestled fifth-
year senior Eric Jetton from Wisconsin.
We had a pretty good match. I just ran
out of time."
The Wolverines will now enjoy a
much-needed month off.
"This was our peak tournament," Bahr
said. "It had an NCAA championship-
Catrabone agreed that some time off
will benefit the team. "We now have a
month off to stay strong, keep in shape
and heal up any injuries;" Catrabone said.
Now that they have finished this tour-
nament, Bahr said that the team now
needs to shift its attention a little closer
"We're going to take a couple of days
off and practice," Bahr said. "We'll relax
a little bit. The guys have to change their
focus from competition to finals.
Academics have to be most important"
Bill Lacure and the Wolverines finsished fourth out of 45 teams at the Las Vegas
invitational last weekend. Michigan has a month off before its next meet.
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Madden was scared just to walk in the
dressing room. Michigan goaltender
Steve Shields (1990-1994) gave him
advice on "what to do and what not to do,
when to speak and when not to speak?'
His goal and assist total increased from
freshman to sophomore year and then
from sophomore to junior year. In last
year's championship season, he tacked on
27 goals and added 30 assists.
But what has become his torte is the
art of a shorthanded goal. Last season, he
led the nation with 10 shorthanded goals
and his five this year make it 20 for his
It's not a penalty killing situation, it's a
Madden power play.
"As soon as we get the puck, rather
than give up and say, 'OK, now we are
just going to dump it down the ice,' he
jumps in the hole," Berenson said. "He
wants to do more than kill the penalty."
If you hear it from Madden, the word
shorthanded doesn't cross his mind.
"I never think shorthanded, because
whenever I think shorthanded, I never
score'" Madden says. "Those opportuni-
ties come when I am working hard to kill
a penalty, jump on a loose puck or create
The guy is like a magnet to the puck.
Wherever the play is, Madden always
seems to be there. And it's not just the
goals or assists he racks up. He deflects
pucks. He forechecks in the opponents'
zone, and he constantly wins faceoffs.
Case and point. Saturday night against
Ferris State, in the first period alone,
Madden had two assists, four scoring
chances - one shot that hit the post -
nine out of 13 faceoffs won and two hits.
After excelling in the beginning of the
season, coaches in the league marvel at
the talents and the effort Madden puts
out. Bowling Green coach Buddy Powers
called him "the best all-around player in
But that's his hockey side, his work-
man side. There are times when he lets
loose and becomes the class clown. A dif-
ferent side, but not to be overlooked.
If you've been around Madden for a
while, you know the flip-sides he has.
And if you know him well enough, like
fellow teammate and housemate Turco
does, then you know there are no gray
areas with Madden.
"He is a very extreme person," Turco
says. "When he is happy, he is really
happy, and when he is sad, he is really
sad. The thing that I like about Johnny is
that he doesn't let anything bother him."
And then there are the jokes in the
locker room. After talking to his team-
mates, the final verdict is in. Come
around and listen to the team joke-teller.
"No one can tell a better animate joke
than (Madden),' Turco says. " If there is
anybody telling a joke at my wedding, I
would definitely call on J. Mads to tell
It's something that Madden enjoys -
letting loose and laughing. It's a break
from his everyday serious nature and his
reserved self. It's a breath of fresh air.
"I always come up with some crazy
ideas or a crazy story" Madden says.
"Sometimes, I feel the need to step away
from reality and jump out of my skin for
a bit. That is the way I relieve myself."
Madden has no real hobbies, but has
taken up golf lately. His first time out on
the links, though, was quite an event.
About four years ago, Madden asked
Legg if he could go with him for his first
time to play golf.
"First day, I told him that I don't think
you have the temperament for golf,"
Legg says. "Short fuse, he'll snap and go
bananas on the course."
So Legg, Madden, Blake Sloan and
Harold Schock set out for the golf course.
Madden started off well, but then came a
par-three hole where you had to clear a
lake to reach the green.
The three golf pros cleared the water,
but then up stepped Madden to the tee.
He wasn't sure of what club to hit, but
then he pulled out a six-iron and took a
Splash. The ball landed in the middle
of the lake. Madden went ballistic, swear-
ing and then ...
"(Madden) helicopters his six-iron into
the middle of the lake" Legg says. "We
are just trying to hold back, because we
didn't want to get him any more riled up.
He was fuming."
So he took a mulligan. This time,
Madden chose a seven-iron.
Splash, splash. Same result, same reac-
tion. Once again, Madden chucked his
club into the lake and his golfing partners
had to cover up in the golf cart because
they were laughing so hard.
"Now, he has got two balls and two
clubs in the middle of the lake" Legg
says. "He jumps in the cart and sits down
and says, 'That's it, my golf career's
Madden's golf career didn't end, how-
ever. He says his golf game has
improved. But his hockey career is what
will not end after his senior year.
He says that the NH L can always use a
player "that is 5-11 and 185 pounds as a
two-way forward, who can score goals
and kill penalties and muck it up."
Tears will flow when he leaves
Michigan, he says. If it wasn't for
Michigan, he would be home with his
friends doing nothing.
But he is still on his own. He still keeps
to himself and remains serious most of
"As much as he helped shape
Michigan, Michigan helped shape him as
a man and helped him grow up a lot,"
"You have to build your own confi-
dence?" Madden says. "You've got to
have pride in what you do. You don't have
someone waking you up every morning
telling you to go somewhere or you have
to do this or that."
But Madden is used to it. He's been in
this situation for most of his life. Madden
doesn't need a wake-up call. He controls
his own clock.
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