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Despite the injuy, Lacre's loss was
tore a case of a mental breakdown than
"I got crushed," Lacure said."It got out
f hand. I felt like I got in, but I couldn't
nish. I didn't try to finish. I felt like I
ist wrestled terribly. The kids not that
ood, and I made him look that good."
aving beat Wilmot three times
me,Catrabone was confident going
to the match, but was unable to find a
"I don't know if I froze up, but I did-
't wrestle as well as I had earlier on in
ie tournament and as well as I wrestled
im at other times, Catrabone said.
Whle the captains reached the finals,
Kahr was displeased with the wrestling
f the underclassmen. With the excep-
on of seventh-place finishes by 118-
c bisophomore Chris Viola and 142-
ound redshirt freshman Teya Hill, and
n eighth-place finish by 158-pound
ue freshman Otto Olson, the younger
gpt)rs did not perform well.
"It' nice to have three kids in the
inals, but I'd like to have followed up
4th some of (the younger) guys in third,
urtli fifth and sixth," Bahr said.
Depite his seventh-place finish,
'iQIg did not perform as well as expect-
dArinjured shoulder is part of the
:ason why Viola did not wrestle the
ay he, or Bahr, would have liked.
"He'dbe the first to admit it.... Chris
prtt'tough, and he downplays it a lot,
ut in the last month of the year, he's hurt
the shoulder) in practice," Bahr said.
Bahr said he is not surprised with the
:am's.fifth-place finish. Big Ten powers
awQ innesota, Illinois and Penn State
iake up four of the country's top five
a sense I came into this tourna-
ient feeling like fifth was where we
voud be, based on everything that's
appened," Bahr said. "We've really
ought a lot of adversity this year...
We've held together pretty well."
The Wolverines can now look for-
to the NCAA tournament, March
0-22, at Northern Iowa. Aside from
acure, Catrabone and Richardson's
tomatic bids, Viola will go as a wild
ard and Hill as an alternate.
As he prepares for nationals,
atrab6ne said he will use the weekend's
isappintment to motivate himself.
"Third time being runner-up at the
ig Thns is really starting to piss me
>ff," Catrabone said. "Something's got
o change. I'm not sure if it's my work
:thic or if I just got to relax going out
ow I'm the best guy at my weight
I'geljng it all in perspective, Lacure
s acepting his Big Ten fate, but looking
orward to rewriting it at nationals.
"Alln all, I can't be too uptight about
t" Lare said. "All that matters is two
veeks from now, anyways. When it all
:ones down to it, aIdrather have him
>eat me here and I'll kick his butt in
iatibnals. I'll make that trade any day."
Blue takes in experience
By Tracy Sandier
Daily Sports Writer
MINNEAPOLIS - They came. They
saw. They conquered.
Well, maybe they didn't conquer.
They can conquer next year. This year
was about winning, but it was also about
being part of the experience.
For Michigan wrestlers Mat Warner,
Teya Hill, Otto Olson, Joe DeGain and
Frank Lodeserto, their first trip to the
Big Ten wrestling championships in
Minneapolis wasn't exactly perfect, but
it was eventful.
Warner, Olson and DeGain are true
freshmen, while Hill is a redshirt
freshman and Lodeserto is a sopho-
The winner of his first match, 126-
pound Warner, lost his second to the No.
2 seed, Eric Jetton of Wisconsin, while
177-pounder DeGain lost both matches.
Lodeserto, at 190 pounds, separated
his shoulder. Hill, at 142 pounds, wres-
tled his way to a seventh-place finish,
while 158-pound Olson was pinned in
the consolation final for seventh place
and suffered a probable pulled muscle in
his shoulder or collar bone area.
Due to the number of talented
wrestlers in the conference, nobody was
surprised at the high level of matches
that took place.
"I was expecting a lot of really tough
competition," Warner said. "The Big Ten
is one of the toughest (wrestling) confer-
ences in the country. It was a great feel-
ing (to win my first match). I was glad
that my parents could be here and see it
and that I could help contribute to team
Not only was the competition tough,
but the competition was also, for the
most part, older. The young
Wolverines were wrestling against
juniors and seniors, wrestlers who had
been there and had been to nationals
"Mat Warner, DeGain and Otto are all
true freshmen, and this is not a true
freshmen tournament," Bahr said.
"Physically, they're not in the same boat
as some of these other kids, not maturi-
Aside from the difficulty of the com-
petition, the atmosphere surrounding the
conference championships is not that of
a normal dual meet, and the new guys
noticed the difference.
"It's really electrifying," Warner said.
"When I first walked into (Williams
Arena), it really got me excited. It made
me think of the state finals in high
"It was definitely an exciting experi-
ence, and I'm definitely looking forward
to making the trip back and hopefully
then going to nationals."
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managed a fifth-place finish at the Big Tens.
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