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Georgetown 52,
CONNECTICUT 51

UMass 75,
FORDHAM 54
FLORIDA 102,
Jacksonville 82
OHIO 71,
Eastern Mich. 70
S. Illinois 91,
INDIANA STATE 77
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UTAH 111,
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Tuesday
February 4, 1997

9

jlatrabone
and Lacure:
All-Stars
By Tracy Sandler
Daily Sports Writer
It was definitely an honor to be
there, but it would have been even
Fetter to win.
Michigan wrestlers Bill Lacure, at
150 pounds, and Jeff Catrabone, at
167 pounds, participated in the 31st
Annual USAir/National Wrestling
Coaches Association All-Star Classic
at Clarion University (Pa.), last
night.
Both wrestlers lost, but both
matches were close.
Lacure lost to Iowa State's Chris
no, the defending national cham-
pion and the top-ranked wrestler in
the country at 150 pounds, by a score
of 8-6, while Catrabone fell, 4-2, to
Oklahoma State's Mark Branch, last
year's national runner-up.
Despite the loss, Michigan coach
Dale Bahr said he was pleased with
his wrestlers' performances.
"They are each ranked behind the
kids that they wrestled, and they both
ve a good battle," Bahr said. "Bill
and Jeff are two of the best wrestlers
in the country. It's nice to be selected
to one of these things. They can think
of themselves with the top kids. It
legitimizes them in this class of indi-
viduals and wrestlers."
Bono has always been a tough
match for Lacure, who has lost to
Bono three times. Bono got the
match's first takedown with 1:56 left
' the first period. Lacure was able to
record a takedown of his own in the
second period, but Bono bounced
back in the third.
"All Bill needs is one match to
break through (against Bono)," Bahr
said. "Next time the pressure might
See ALL-STARS, Page 10

Women's tennis
off 1to fast start

By Nita Srivastava
Daily Sports Writer
Game ... set ... match, Wolverines.
So it was for the Michigan women's
tennis team after the Wolverines upset
Wisconsin and Northwestern in their
first dual matches of the season.
The Wolverines, ranked 42nd in the
nation, and fifth in the Midwest,
defeated the defending Big Ten cham-
pion Badgers on their home turf in
Madison, 5-2, on Friday. Michigan
went into the match as a definite
underdog, as Wisconsin came into the
contest ranked No. 10 in the latest
ITA Rolex Collegiate Tennis
Ranking.
Michigan senior Sarah Cyganiak
led singles play with her upset over
third-ranked Melissa Zimpfer, 6-4, 6-
2.
"I was mentally prepared for the
match," Cyganiak said. "I knew I had
nothing to lose, and I was just loving
playing."
The Wolverines dominated the
Badgers in singles, as all three of the
freshmen won, with Erryn
Weggenman and Danielle Lund prov-
ing easily victorious, 6-2, 6-1 and 6-
1, 6-0, respectively. Brooke - Hart
came back from a set down to win, 3-
6, 7-5, 6-3.
"I started off slow, but was able to
put everything together at the end of
the match," Lund said.
Junior Sora Moon also had an easy
victory, defeating Wisconsin's
Barbara Urbanska, 6-1, 6-4.
The doubles portion of the competi-
tion was where Michigan fell short, los-
ing two of the three matches. However,
the tandem of Michigan junior Jen
Boylan and Weggenman managed an 8-

3 victory.
"Wisconsin has really solid doubles
teams," Michigan coach Bitsy Ritt said.
"The real story is how well we did in sin-
gles. We played really smart and fought
hard ... Wisconsin was shocked."
Michigan followed Friday's upse-t yith
another big victory later in the weekend.x
Sunday was a day of comebacks' and
confidence in Evanston, as the underdog
Wolverines took on the 24th-ranked
Wildcats - third in the Midwest -:=and
won, 4-3.
"It was the most exciting college ten-
nis match that I have ever seen,; said
Ritt.
The tandem of Lund and Hart proved
to be the deciding match of the competi-
tion, coming back from a 3-7 defieit to
gain an 8-8 tie. The duo was down 1-6 in
the tiebreaker, but stayed in the rnafch,
saving numerous match points to i.tme
back to win, 12-10. The final score of
the match was 9-8.
"We really dug down, got our concen-
tration back, and tied it all together,"
Lund said.
Moon also demonstrated her
strength with a close three-set match
score of 6-7, 7-6, 6-2, against
Northwestern's Laura Guignon.
Ritt said the Wolverines are thriv-
ing on the dual-match format, which
bodes well for the upcoming season.
"We're handling the pressure
exceptionally well," Ritt said. "The
freshmen are performing more like
returning players than like freshmen."
Cyganiak said that she and her
teammates are brimming with confi-
dence after the upsets.
"We can beat anyone, and I2 am
looking forward to seeing how .we
fare this season," she said.

FILE PHOTO
Senior Sarah Cyganlak led the Michigan women's tennis team to upsets over No. 10 Wisconsin and No. 24 Northwestern over
the weekend. The Wolverines beat the Badgers, 5-2, and the Wildcats, 4-3.

.Women gymnasts douse competition at weekend meet

Wolverines coast to Classic victory in State of Michigan

By Sara Rontal
Daily Sports Writer
Wipe Out!
Besides being the title of the famil-
iar Beach Boys song, it is also what
*e Michigan women's gymnastics
team did to its competition at the State
of Michigan Classic on Sunday in
Ypsilanti.
The Wolverines caught a huge wave
and engulfed Eastern Michigan,
Michigan State, Central Michigan and
Western Michigan with a whopping
team score of 196.425.
The score placed the Wolverines
only 0.075 away from breaking into
e top five all-time scores in
' ichigan history.
The Wolverines also surfed their
way into the record books by scoring
fifth on the vault with a 49.475 and
fourth on the uneven bars with a score
of 49.175.
"We were real happy with the
results," coach Bev Plocki said. "We
are finally coming together as a team."
That seems evident, especially
hen looking at the performance of
eshman Sarah Cain, who is anything
but a beach bum.
On Sunday, Cain captured her third
straight all-around title with a score of
39.425. In the vault, she registered a
9.9 for the fourth straight meet.
"I was really excited about the
meet," Cain said. "I had so much fun."
Plocki said she not only sees the
team coming together, but she also
acknowledges Cain's talent.
"She is becoming more consistent,"
Plocki said. "She is also getting more
comfortable with the collegiate com-

petition?'
But Cain is not fazed by her indi-
vidual performance.
"The individual doesn't count," she
said. "I just wanted to help the team."
Along with Cain, sophomore Nikki
Peters did wonders for Michigan's
team score.
Peters scored a perfect 10 on the
uneven bars and a 9.975 in the vault.
Also helping the Wolverines ride
the wave to victory was sophomore
Lisa Simes, who finished second
overall in the meet.
She finished second on the vault,
uneven bars and floor exercise, an
event which is anything but
Michigan's weakest.
"We have had some good meets on
the floor," Plocki said. "This team
does not have a weak event."
Captain Andrea McDonald also
turned in a solid performance.
Although still recovering from back
problems, she scored a 9.725 on the
vault and a 9.775 on the beam.
"She did well on both," Plocki said.

"Next week, I hope to get her on the
floor exercise."
Sophomore Beth Amelkovich also
helped the team by finishing third in
the all-around with a score of 39.125.
The meet boosted the Wolverines to
2-0 in the Big Ten, putting them in
good position in their attempt to win a
sixth consecutive Big Ten title.
Plocki said she had expected
Michigan State to give the Wolverines
a run in conference competition.
"Prior to this weekend, Michigan
State would have been next in compe-
tition," Plocki said.
But the Wolverines drowned the
Spartans, who finished with an overall
score of 190.000.
The meet gave the Wolverines the
biggest score of their season, making
it their biggest win.
But the race for the Big Ten cham-
pionship is far from over, especially
since the Wolverines must face Ohio
State on Thursday.
"Ohio State was good last year, and
they are good this year," Plocki said.

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