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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, January 30, 1997 - 13A

LACURE
*ontnued from Page I0A
tweir All-Americans - Lacure, Jeff
Catrabone and Airron Richardson -
to bring in some extra points.
Lacure was up 4-1 on his oppo-
nent in the second period. Since
Lacure's strongest position is on his
feet, his coaches wanted him to let
his opponent up, and then take him
down. Lacure wanted to try and turn
is opponent, which is not his
trength.
He ended up winning the match,
574, but he was not able to bring in
the big points the Wolverines need-
ed.
"Against Northwestern, I really,
for some reason, got this idea that I
wanted to pin that guy, and I wanted
sto turn him," Lacure said.
"I should have let him go and just
,taken him down, beat him on my
eet. I just, I don't know, wasn't
thinking."
Having wrestled since he was five
}years old, Lacure first became inter-
ested in the sport by watching his
uncles. When he saw an ad in the
::paper promoting a program for
younger kids, his mother signed him
up.
But wrestling is not Lacure's only
ampus activity. He is a member of
W-PACT, which is a group of stu-
dent-athletes who have gone through
training sessions to counsel people
with problems, such as drugs or
--stress.
Along with a few other student-

athletes, Lacure was the founder of
SHARE - Student Athletes
Helping to Achieve Reading
Excellence.
The organization, comprised of
three or four athletes from different
teams, reads to elementary school
students and answers questions.
"We just want to go out there and
kind of give people a feel that these
athletes are real people, and they're
doing these things and they're stu-
dents also," Lacure said.
"One of our goals is to try to
incorporate the idea that academics
are really important."
As much as Lacure's coaches
would like for him to focus on
wrestling, Lacure's versatility sets a
good example for his younger team-
mates.
"I like it, to tell you the truth, that
he's a well-rounded individual,"
Bahr said.
"He's a very active, well-rounded
young man, and I guess, sometimes,
we coaches like to have people hone
in on just wrestling and school, a
combination of the two. Ten years
from now that will be a real asset for
him, to be involved in a lot of differ-
ent activities."
As much as he enjoys wrestling,
nothing is more important to Lacure
than being an all-around person.
"I made a promise to myself years
ago, when I was in high school, that
I wasn't just going to be an athlete,"
Lacure said. "I didn't want to hold
up that stereotype that was all I was
about."

Michigan wrestler Bill Lacure epitomizes a true student-athlete, as an Academic Ali-American and nationally-ranked wrestler.
feels that he still has a few things c
GRAPPLERS which to work.
Continued from Page 10A "I felt good. My shape felt good. T

on
'he

could bump DeLeon in there and have
Chris kind of offset whatever happens at
118, then we could come out of there
with one of those four deciding match-
es."
They did better than that.
Along with Viola and Hill's wins,
sophomore Corey Grant won his match,
giving the Wolverines wins in three of
their first four matches.
All week, the 12th-ranked Wolverines
have been aware of how well they need-
ed to wrestle in order to upset the sixth-
ranked Spartans.
Lacure, Catrabone and Richardson
recorded major decisions, accompany-
ing Viola and Hill's performances.
"We talked about it during the week,
that Jeff, Airron and I and some of the
other guys who could had to get bonus,
had to win with majors, tech falls or
pins;' Lacure said.
Although injuries have hurt the
Wolverines, any recent lapses they have
experienced have not been due to lack of
preparation, but more to lack of mental
confidence.
"We knew all year that we trained hard
enough to wrestle this well," Richardson
said.
"It's finally starting to come through
for us. We kept saying that the most
important thing was to keep a positive
attitude, because we knew we were
putting in the hard work. We knew the
effort was there.'
As well as he wrestled, Catrabone

takedowns were there' Catrabone said.
"I wish I got some turns on top. I got
reversed. I tried something and made a
little mistake, which I've been making
lately, which I'm correcting and need to
correct to do better."
Last night's win can be a turning point
for Michigan's season.
The Wolverines hope that the confi-
dence gained in this match can carry

them through the rest of the season.
"Michigan State's a good team;
Lacure said. "They've beat some of the
top-ranked teams in the country, and it's
always a big match for us. This is not a
make or break season thing, but it's kind
of like pushing us over that little hump
that we've had trouble getting over.
"Hopefully, we can carry this momen-
tum into the rest of the season. There's
not much left, but if we can just carry
this through, it's going to be a hell of
a team."

A
JEANNIEDVERVAASEMENT

JEANNIE SERVA AS/Daily
Michigan's Chris Viola (118 pounds) recorded a major decision over Michigan State's Jasson Nusbaum last night.
Men's gymnastics returns home

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By Eugene Bowen
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's gymnastics
team will host its second meet of the
season, and this time the Wolverines
hoping for a better outcome.
Last Sunday, the Wolverines fell to
Illinois, 216-220.575.
The defeat will not be forgotten as
the Wolverines prepare for their next
dual meet Saturday night at Cliff
Keen Arena.
And this time, the Wolverines face
a mighty foe - Ohio State.
The same Ohio State team that
won both the Big Ten and NCAA
ampionships last year.
The same Ohio State team whose
roster includes 1996 Olympic gym-
nast Blane Wilson, who finished
tenth in the all-around.
The same Ohio State team that was
the only one to defeat Illinois at the
Windy City Invitational.
"Going against the best team with
a lot of great guys is a really cool
thing," senior co-captain Jason
*cDonald said.
"You know who you're competing
against, and you know what .you
have to do."'
First and foremost on the
Wolverines' list is to keep up recent
improvements in the pommel horse

tine slip Sunday.
The Wolverines will also need to
focus on hit percentage. Michigan

coach Kurt
team's 55.8
was too low.

Golder said that the
percent against Illinois

2,r 40

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MEN'S TENNISN
AT O'CHARLEY'S VOLUNTEER TENNIS
CLASSIC
BASKETBALL/i
IMSB
HOCKEY/C
VS. BUTLER UNIVERSITY
ANN ARBOR ICE CUBE, 9:40 PM

WOMEN'S SWIMMINGN
VS. NOTRE DAME/EMU
CANHAM NATATORIUM
3:00 PM
MEN'S GYMNASTICSN
VS. OHIO STATE
CLIFF KEEN ARENA
7 :00 PM
MEN'S BASKETBALL/V
VS. MICHIGAN STATE
CRISLER ARENA, 2:30 PM
MEN'S HOCKEYN
VS. BOWLING GREEN
YOST ICE ARENA, 7:00 PM

WOMEN'S TENNIS/N
AT WISCONSIN
TEAM BADMINTON/I
NCRB
FENCING/C
AT CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY

1

2
MEN'S WRESTUNG/V
AT OHIO STATE, 6:00 PM
WOMEN'S GYMNASTiCSN
AT STATE OF MICHIGAN CLASSIC
YPSILANTI, 2:00 PM
WOMEN'S TENNIS/V
AT NORTHWESTERN
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL/V
AT INDIANA, 7:00 PM
BASKETBALL/I
I MSB
ICE HOCKEY/I
YOST ICE ARENA

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