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10 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, January 29, 1997

McCAHILL
Continued from Page 9
same time can't dwell upon.
"It was a lesson for us," he said of
last night's contest. "Having as mini-
mal depth as we have, not getting sig-
nificant injuries is important.
"And in order for us to play the rest
of the season, it's going to have to stay
that way."
Michigan coach Steve Fisher, like
Taylor, chooses not to worry about
such factors out of his control.
"You worry about coaching the
players you have," he said. "There's too
many things to worry about, and worry
about if a guy's going to twist his ankle
getting on or off the bus - I don't
think any of us worry about that."
Aside from junior Jerod Ward's knee
troubles, injuries have not been much
of a problem for Michigan during the
past few years. So the Wolverines hope
a medical emergency will not become
a reality in Ann Arbor the way it has in
Happy Valley.
It's not often that a win over a last-
place opponent gives a team much to
dwell on. But as the Wolverines pore
over last night's box score, and look at
the teams' records, they should thank
their lucky stars things aren't the other
way around.
Because they could be. And very,
very easily.
- Will McCahill can be reached over
e-mail at wmcc@umich.edu.

MICHIGAN (67)
FQ FT REB
MIN M-A MA 0-T A F PTS
Taylor 33 4-11 0-0 3-9 3 1 8
Ward 24 4-8 2-4 1-2 1 1 12
Traylor 30 4-12 3-4 5-10 3 3 11
Bullock 31 6-11 8-8 2-4 2 2 23
Conlan 33 2-3 0-0 1-2 4 3 5
Baston 24 1-4 4-6 2-3 1 3 6
Hughes 25 1-5 0-0 0-0 1 1 2
Totals 200 22-5417-2216331514 67
FG%: .407. FT%: .773. 3-point FG: 6-12,
.500 (Bullock 3-6, Ward 2-4, Conlan 1-1,
Hughes 1-1). Blocks: 6 (Taylor 3, Ward 2,
Baston). Steals: 12 (Bullock 4, Baston 3,
Traylor 2, Hughes 2, Conlan). Turnovers: 17
(Hughes 4, Taylor 3, Ward 3, Traylor 2,
Bullock 2, Conlan 2, Baston). Technical
Fouls: none.
PENN STATE (59)
FQ FT REB
MIN M-A M-A 0-T A F PTS
Stephens 31 5-9 1-2 4-5 1 3 111
Stevenson 32 2-4 0-0 2-7 2 2 4
Booth 34 4-8 2-2 2-7 2 0 101
Bailey 37 2-5 2-3 1-3 6 3 6
Lisicky 36 7-21 0-0 1-5 3 4 19
Metzger 21 3-7 2-5 3-4 1 4 9
Fritz 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Jackson 4 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 1 0
Macklin 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Pettigrew 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals 200 23-55 7-1217-361517 59
FG%: .418. FT%: .583. 3-point FG: 6-16,
.375 (Lisicky 5-14, Metzger 1-1, Macklin 0-
1). Blocks: 6 (Booth 3,2Stephens 2,
Stevenson). Steals: 12 (Stephens 4,
Stevenson 2, Booth 2, Bailey 2, Lisicky 2).
Turnovers: 22 (Stephens 6, Bailey 6, Booth
5, Lisicky 3, Macklin). Technical Fouls:
none.
Michigan .............35 32-67
Penn State .............31 28-59
At: Bryce Jordan Center.
A: 14,742.

Good or great? Blue wrestlers will try to
ure it out aanst Spartatonight

By Evan Braunstein
Daily Sports Writer
There is a thin line between being a
good team and a great team. Usually the
difference lies in winning close match-
es.
Lately, the Michigan wrestling team
is having trouble in that area.
Saturday, the 12th-ranked Wolverines
defeated a much weaker Northwestern
team by a single point. In that match,
there were three bouts decided by two
points or less. Michigan wrestlers lost
all three of them.
On Jan. 12, the Wolverines faced No.
4 Penn State and lost 23-13. That con-
test contained six matches decided by
two points or less. Michigan wrestlers
lost five of those.
In a sport where one bout can mean
the difference between a team victory
or defeat, the Wolverines haven't been
wrestling like a great team.
As the team travels to rival Michigan
State for a tough conference match
today, Michigan coach Dale Bahr is
searching for answers.
"I don't know what it's going to take
to start winning those close matches,"
he said. "I think the kids have to
believe in themselves. Maybe because
they've lost a couple now they're start-
ing to second guess themselves. But
we've got to find some way to win
those close matches. Lots of times it's
pride."
Against Michigan State, Bahr said he
will be looking for his team to show
some improvement.
"They aren't so good at 126, 134, and
142 pounds' he said. "We've got to win
those three weights classes. Then we've
got (tri-captains Jeff) Catrabone, (Bill)
Lacure and (Airron) Richardson, and
we'll be in good shape. It's going to
come down to who wins the close
matches.'
The Wolverines are counting on
Lacure, Catrabone and Richardson to
not only win, but win big.
"(Michigan State's) got three real
good kids, and we got three real good
kids," Bahr said. "I guess Airron, Bill
and Cat got to go out after majors, tech

KRISTEN SCHAEFER/Daily
Michigan wrestler Bill Lacure and his teammates hope to turn their luck around In close matches. The Wolverines are looking
to tri-captains Lacure, Airron Richardson and Jeff Catrabone to reverse that downward spiral tonight in East Lansing.

falls or pins. Michigan State's got three
kids that are ranked in the top three or
four in the country, and they're going to
go after those.'
Unfortunately, the experience needed
to win tight matches can be hard to
come by in a team that starts seven
underclassmen.
"The younger guys are losing the
close matches, but even the older guys
are doing it too" Catrabone said.
"Hopefully, our practices are going to
pay off for us and in the next couple of

weeks you're going to. see a big
improvement.'
Lacure's remarks echoed those of
Catrabone and his coach.
"Mentally, we've got to get confi-
dent" he said. "You can see when some
of the guys are wrestling, they get ten-
tative- afraid to lose. I do it too."
"We've just got to believe in our-
selves. We have the talent to be a great
team.'
Last year, the Wolverines hosted
Michigan State on Jan. 31. At the time,

they had a record of 6-4-1. After losing
a close two-point match to the Spartans,
Michigan rattled off six straight victo-
ries to close out the season.
This year the Wolverines are 5-3 and
in dire need of a spark to jumpstart the
team.
The good news for the Wolverines is
not only that they lead the overall series
between the two schools by a record o1
49-31-4, but Michigan also won its last
road meet against Michigan State, dur-
ing the 1994-95 season.

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