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The Michigan Daily - SPORTSTuesday - January 21, 1997 -.7B

lose battle to
health, Big 12"
Tracy Sandier
DIpXySports Writer
Things didn't go exactly as planned for the Michigan
wrestling team during its trip to Nebraska over the week-
.At the Cliff Keen National Duals in Lincoln, Neb., the
Wolverines beat Wartburg, a Division III school from
Iowa, 31-10, but then lost to No. 3 Iowa State, 26-14, and
Oklahoma, 19-16.
"What has really hurt us in both dual meets is we miss
omn more stopper," Michigan coach Dale Bahr said. "We
&eded one more win. Against Iowa State we lost three or
four overtime matches or lost in the last second by one
Part of the problem for the Wolverines was health.
Teya Hill at 142 pounds and heavyweight Airron
Richardson were both wrestling with the flu, while 118-
pounder Chris Viola was wrestling with an injured shoul-
der. A few unhealthy wrestlers combined with three
matches in six hours can cause the team to experience a
slight breakdown, according to Bahr.
'I felt OK in the first two matches, but by the third
tch, I could feel the sickness taking its toll,"
Richardson said. "I was getting tired quickly. I'm usual-
lyi really good condition."
,Despite the losses, the team did have a few bright
spots at the tournament. Junior 167-pounder Jeff
Catrabone came from behind to beat Oklahoma's Mike
Roler, 13-12.
"I= was caught for seven points, and the match went
back and forth and back and forth, but I kept my compo-
suqr," Catrabone said.
Apother positive for the team was watching champi-
ssip matches on Sunday, according to Bahr. The inten-
sity on the mats gave the team an idea of what would be
needed to go far in the NCAAs.
-Nonetheless, the team would rather have been partici-
pating in the championship.
"We could havebeaten lowa State, and we only lost to
Oklahoma by three points," Catrabone said. "We were a
little disappointed. We're a good enough team to go there
and place in the top four. We've just got to keep working
hard. Only good things can happen in the future."
The Wolverines must now keep both this weekend's
*sses to Iowa State and Oklahoma, as well as last week-
ends loss to No. 4 Penn State, in perspective. The regu-
lar season is all in preparation for the NCAAs, and the
team has many young wrestlers who can only get better
with experience.
The team will now use this week to prepare for
Saturday's home match against Northwestern.
B.ghr said the goal is to get the team healthy and work-
ing hard, while giving the wrestlers some much-needed
"It's mental, a lot of it, getting the right attitude, build-
g confidence," Richardson said. "It's difficult when
ou haven't been wrestling well. We need to attack more
ad go after people. We need to have the mental tough-
nessato win those close matches."

Senior sprinter Edzra Gibson and the Wolverines placed first in the Red Simmons' invita
and Eastern Michigan got Into a brawl following the 4x400 relay.

Continued from Page 1B
words were exchanged, along with catcalls
from the bleachers. In an instant, the small
group of runners grew into a mob. The pile
moved across into the infield as punches were
flagrantly thrown, athletes jumping onto each
other. A race official was caught in the middle
of the melee while attempting to settle things
Nearly as quickly as the fight started, it was
over. After things settled down and were sorted
out, the result was a Michigan first-place fin-
ish and an Eastern disqualification. No one on
the Michigan team was injured.
After the race, Michigan runner Damon
Devasher gave his scoop on what happened.
"It got blown out of proportion. At the end of
the race, guys started yelling. After that, every-
body just mobbed in because they thought
there was going to be a fight," Devasher said.
"It was a misunderstanding that was blown
out of proportion," he said.
The brawl was also something new for
Michigan coach Jack Harvey.
"It was like a spontaneous eruption," said
Harvey. "I've seen some altercations before,
but nothing as spontaneous as this."
As for the rest of the meet, although not
quite as exciting, there were some solid perfor-
mances from the Wolverines. Because this was
not a scored team event, participants were run-
ning for time.
One of Michigan's top performers was dis-
tance runner John Mortimer. Mortimer started
the day off with a win in the mile with a time
of 4:08.78.
Mortimer wasn't done, however, as he won
the 3000-meter race after a strong finish.
Mortimer's winning time was 8:39.33.
A second strong performance was turned in
by Devasher who won the 55-meter dash.

Devasher, who ran a 6.45, was pleased with his
"I ran better than I did last week. I just have
to work on my start some more," Devasher
said. "I came on strong at the end, which
makes me very pleased. The start is very
important in the 55. If I get a good start, I feel
I can compete with anybody."
For the second straight meet, a strong per-
formance was turned in by junior Don
McLaughlin. McLaughlin won the 800 race in
152.19. This was six seconds faster than his
winning time of a week ago.
Other Michigan winners included Nicholas
Watson (5000), Neil Gardner (55 hurdles) and
Taiwo Okusanya (triple jump).
Harvey was pleased with the performance of
several of his runners and with the meet's over-
all outcome.
"McLaughlin was outstanding again. He ran
his personal best in the 800," Harvey said.
"Mortimer ran very well along with freshman
Steve Lawrence. I was also pleased with
Damon Devasher's run in the 55-meter dash."
The Michigan men are faring well in the
three-team meets, but if the team wants to be
competitive at the Big Ten Championship, it
must continue to have to improve rather than
being satisfied where it is now.
"We're competitive right now in three-team
meets, but that doesn't mean we're going to be
competitive in the Big Ten," Harvey said. "I
think that we'll get some improvements in the
next couple of weeks."
The Wolverines travel to Eastern next week-
end for a second meeting. Harvey spoke with
the team in the locker room after the incident
and let the team know that his team will have
to be the one to show more class next week.
"I told the guys that they can't resort to that
kind of stuff, track is not a contact sport,"
Harvey said. "We've got to be the ones to show
more class."

Forrester flying
high at Simmons
By hds Fra the second week in a row with a height
[aly Spo Writer df 5-foot-11. Forrester has been concen-
The Michigan women's track team trating her energies on strength training
understands the risks that an individual- recently, but feels that her full potential
oriented sport like track can pose to will not be tapped until she works ntore
team unity. on her jumping technique.
Distance runners, sprinters and "I'm still working on strength,"
jumpers all have personal events and Forrester said. "Our season is a long sea-
personal agendas, but they must achieve son, so eventually I'll get more into my
a cohesive chemistry if they are to suc- technique. Right now there's a lot of
ceed on the team level. bugs to work out. I looked at the ape
Saturday, at the Red Simmons from last weekend, and there's so much
Invitational hosted by Michigan, team that's wrong."
scores were not even kept - athletes Forrester was very close to breaking
from Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan's record height of 6-0 1/2 for
Michigan, Notre Dame, Toledo, Toronto high jump in indoor track, set last year
and even some without teams came to by Monika Black. Forrester said she
compete for individual honors. should be able to break that record by
The meet was explicitly designed to the end of this season.
emphasize personal competition and "I've jumped 6-2 in praltc,
achievement. The Wolverines could Forrester said. "I made a new apt h
have fragmented, they could have fallen (for jumping 6-1 today), so my gsr
apart. attempt was my best attempt at 6- ui
Instead, teammates cheered each that should have been my first atte t
other on to performances that surpassed My first two jumps, I was too closeo
last weekend's impressive team victories the bar on takeoff"
over Indiana and Michigan State. After Michigan standouts in the runnting
Saturday's meet, Michigan coach James events include sophomore iS :
Henry gathered all of the Wolverines in Hamilton, who placed first in theQ6
the center of the track to celebrate what meter run with a time of 1:33.57; and
was ultimately a victory for Michigan's sophomore Marcy Akard, who finished
team unity and spirit, even though tech- second in the 3,000 with a time of
nically the Red Simmons was an invita- 10:13.30. Freshman Maria Brown had
tional for individual competition. an impressive afternoon, placing third
"There is a division, but when you're and fourth in the 55- and 200-meter
dealing with chemistry you have differ- dashes, respectively.
ent chemicals that you're trying to put Fellow freshman Lisa Ouellet'fin-
together to develop a successful squad;' ished first in a physical 800-meter run
Henry said. "The distance program is a with a time of 2:14.21. She and -air
different entity, my sprinters are sprint- mate Katie McGregor, who came in sec-
ing, and my throwers are in another cor- ond, ran a tough race against Eagles
ner throwing, so very rarely do we have Karen Smith and Zelda Elijah, who tried
a chance to get together. to crowd the track to keep the contest
"Even in competition, there is that close. The physical nature of the rgce
different focus. They cheer their team- was a rude awakening for Ouellet ho
mates on, they are very united, which is just recovered from an injury that had
very important for team chemistry and sidelined her for the cross country sea-
success. It is important to be a team son.
together, letting them know right away "That was the most physical racee
that you did well, plus your team did ever run in my life," Ouellet said.
well.' "Especially because I'm new in coltege.
Leading the way for Michigan in the That was crazy. It was like they just did-
field events was sophomore Nicole n't want us to go by them - they just
Forrester, who won the high jump for kept hitting and holding us back.
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Continued from Page 38
in the land.
Couldn't they have done the same
st season? After all, they have pretty
much the same team.
Are you kidding? Under Roberts,
tley would have been blown off the
floor by the Cardinal.
"After (the Stanford game), a couple
of kids said, 'You know coach, we did-
Wt even play our best game,"' Guevara
said. "For them to say that to me, tells
me that they think they can beat the No.
I team in the country.
ITm not sure they would've thought

that last year."
Certainly not.
The Wolverines have cooled off a bit
after their fast start, dropping four of
their first seven conference games,
including three of four on the road. But
this was to be expected. The Big Ten is'
one of the strongest conferences in the
nation, and it's never easy to win on the
But optimism remains high at
And people are taking notice.
The 2,903 fans that watched
Michigan beat Illinois, 93-87, last
Sunday at Crisler marked the
Wolverines' largest home crowd of the

Indeed, the Wolverines have the tal-
ent and experience necessary to chal-
lenge for only the second NCAA tour-
nament appearance in school history.
"My goal is to be in the middle of the
Big Ten," Guevara said. "I think that
because of the strength of the Big Ten,
if you finish in the middle, your
chances are pretty good (for an NCAA
As for the future?
Michigan is likely in good hands for
years to come, as long as it keeps

"If the end of the year comes and
she's still an interim coach," Kiefer said,
"(Michigan Athletic Director) Joe
Roberson will have 14 players knock-
ing at his door."
Roberson wouldn't give anybody else
the permanent job, would he?
Not if he cares about the future of
Michigan women's basketball.
- Barry Sollenberger can be reached
over e-mail atjsol@umich.edu.

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