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Scoreboard
WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
MEN'S COLLEGE BA SKET BA LL No. 7 GEORGIA 86, No. 13 Florida 73
No. 1 KANSAS 86, No. 22 Texas Tech 77 No. 8 Virginia 75, No. 17 CLEMSON 65
No. 2 WAKE FOREST 68, Wofford 51
No. 3 Kentucky 92, FLORIDA 65
FLORIDA STATE 74, No. 5 Maryland 70
No. 11 Iowa State 77, NEBRASKA 67 Home team in CAPS
No. 12 DUKE 80, No. 19 N. Carolina 73 mi

Thursday
January 30, 1997

Shuffling lines key to
Blue's Ohio State visit

-

By Jim Rose
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan hockey team has had
usual problems that arise during the s
college hockey season.
And now, beginning with tonight's
Ohio State, it will have to deal with
usual.
On top of their everyday bump
Wolverines will have to perform
without the services of one of
their top offensive threats, as a
result of the less-than-common
"separated-shoulder-after-a-
fight-with-a-teammate" ailment.
Junior winger Bill Muckalt is
expected to miss three weeks
after a skirmish in practice
Monday with goaltender Marty
Turco.
Which makes tonight's game
- at the State Fairgrounds in
Columbus - all the more inter-
esting.
Ohio State is coming off a big
win over Michigan State, handing the
3-2 loss in East Lansing last Saturday
And the Buckeyes' impressive p
summed up in two words: Ray Aho.
Aho, a freshman goaltender, has 1
Defensive Player of the Week for two
Against Michigan State last weeken
83 shots, including 44 in Saturday's v
saves the previous weekend.
"That's what they're looking for
Michigan coach Red Berenson sai(
they've got one."
But Aho - who at 5-foot-6, ]
Michigan backup goaltender Chris D
did not have much luck in the last me

two teams.
On Nov. 8, Aho was yanked after facing just 10 shot$
Ito deal with all the - and giving up three goals - at Yost Ice Aren
ix-month grind of a Michigan went on to win that game, 7-Z.
And Ohio State has not fared well since. The
7 o'clock game at Buckeyes, winners of just five conference games in 18
one that is not-so- tries, will probably need Aho to be on top of his game if
they hope to compete with the Wolverines.
s and bruises, the Ohio State's top two scorers - senior Chad Power and
freshman Hugo Boisvert - are tied for'
hr 22nd in the CCHA, with a combined 58
points between the two of them.
Who: Michigan and Ohio State By comparison, Brendan Morrison
Where: State Fairgrounds, leads the Wolverines with 55 points of hb*
Columbus own.
When: 7 pm. Add to that the two highest-scoring
Notes: Since the 199-91 Via- Buckeyes, who are a combined minus-44
son, Michigan is 25-0-3against for the season, and you can see why Ohio
State is not among the league's elite.
Wolverines 7won Still tonight's game comes on the heels
on Nov.8 -,1
at Yost lce of an emotionally draining weekend for
Arena. Michigan (14-1-2 CCHA, 23-1-3 overall;-
after two big conference victories over
Miami (Ohio). And with Muckalt's
absence, the Wolverines will be playin
Spartans a surprise with a shuffled lineup.
Y. "They're not a last-place team. They're a threat t,
erformance can be knock a Michigan off," Berenson said. "They've got a lit-
tle confidence now. They went up to Michigan State and
been named CCHA gave up five goals in two games."
consecutive weeks. Earlier this season, Michigan allowed five goals in Erti
d, he stopped 78 of Lansing - in one game. The Wolverines lost that game, 5
victory. He made 76 Berenson said that senior Warren Luhning will mostt.
likely take Muckalt's spot on the Morrison-Matt Hey'
is a hot goalie," line. Dale Rominski is slated to skate with Bobby Haye
d. "And right now, and John Madden in Luhning's usual spot.
Interestingly, the November meeting of these t
45 pounds makes teams was one of just five games this season in whir"
addario look big - Muckalt was held scoreless. He has 43 points (18 goals
eting between these 25 assists) on the season.
Lacure leads in gyni
and in classroom A

JONATHAN LURIE/Special to the Daily
The MIchIgan hockey team will play tonight without Bill Muckalt, seen here in action during the College Hockey Showcase in
November. Muckalt is expected to miss about three weeks after suffering a separated shoulder in practice on Monday.

Michigan grapplers
top Michigan State

By Tracy Sandler
Daily Sports Writer
EAST LANSING - Between
chasing a Pitbull and climbing a
Hill, the Michigan State wrestling
team was unable to overcome the
Wolverines, losing last night's match
at home, 28-15.
Michigan, which has been strug-
gling at the lower weight classes
lately, shuffled its lineup a little bit,
moving 118-pounder Chris "Pitbull"
Viola to 126 pounds and junior Greg
DeLeon to 118 pounds.
And it turned out to be a good
decision.
Viola earned a major decision,
while 142-pound wrestler Teya Hill
pined Michigan State freshman
Sam Hakim, giving the Wolverines a
13-6 lead, from which they never
looked back.
"Right now I feel great, because I
wanted to come in and just be
strong," Hill said. "I was hurt earlier
in the week, but I'm glad I won it for
the team."
Viola came out against Michigan
State's Jasson Nusbaum, fighting
like the dog he's nicknamed after.
His command over his opponent was

not a big surprise to the Wolverines.
They were aware that he surpassed
Nusbaum's ability, but it doesn't
make his performance any less spec-
tacular.
The Wolverines were looking to
Hill to come up with a major deci-
sion. No one could have predicted
just how much he would deliver in
the clutch.
"We knew Teya could destroy that
guy," Richardson said. "We were
hoping for a major, but he pinned
him. That took a little pressure off of
me. I knewthat becausewe had that
pin early, that would take a little
pressure off of me."
According to NCAA rules, Viola
will return to 118 because a wrestler
can only be moved up once during
the season.
"I thought it was a good move for
us to put Greg DeLeon at 118 and
Chris at 126," Michigan coach Dale
Bahr said. "(DeLeon's opponent
David) Morgan's outstanding. I rec-
ognize that. He has beaten Chris
before. Chris has wrestled him close
at times, but I thought with Matt
Warner being a true freshman, if we
See GRAPPLERS, Page 13A

By Tracy Sandler
Daily Sports Writer
Smart and stubborn.
r "'It's a scary combination for any-
one, especially an athlete.
Michigan wrestler Bill Lacure is
not only 20-4 on the season, ranked
third in the country at 150 pounds,
and wrestling in the National
Wrestling Coaches Association All-
Star Classic at Clarion University on
Feb. 3, but he is also a First-Team
Academic All-American.
"Bill's got a good head on his
shoulders," Michigan coach Dale
Bahr said. "He's an excellent student.
That helps a lot in athletics, because
he's aware of what he has to do in
terms of preparation. He's aware of
what he has to do in competition, and
he's able to handle stressful situa-
tions really well."
On a team that has been struggling
lately at the lower weight classes, the
Wolverines count on Lacure, as a tri-
captain and All-American, to score a
lot of points and win his matches.
Every time he steps on the mat,
Lacure's teammates know what they
can expect from him, and they also
JEANNIE SERVAAS/Daily know that he has the ability to deliv-
The Michigan wrestling team defeated Michigan State last night, 2815. er in the clutch.

"Since he's ranked in the top three
in the nation in his weight class,
there's not going to be too mah
times he meets somebody equal tM
him in his ability," Bahr said.
"If he's meeting someone of lesser'
ability, not only do we expect him t
win, but we expect him to put ext.
points on the board, extra team points.
on the board, which means we're~
looking for wins by a major decisioi .
or better."
No matter how talented or bright a
wrestler is, big wins do not come eas-
ily or without aclittle advice. A stub-
born attitude can hurt an athlete,
which not only hurts himself, but
also hurts the team.
"Sometimes I get these ideas in
head, like an idea about what I want
to do or what I want to get done, and
it's really hard for me to try to deter,
mine that, to try something else,"
Lacure said.
A perfect example occurred in the
Wolverines' Jan. 25 dual meet
against Northwestern. After losing
some of the early matches in that
meet, the Wolverines were looking to
See LACURE, Page 13*

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