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WEST VIRGINIA 71
Nevada Las Vegas,
New York 111,
N.Y. ISLANDERS 7,
N.Y. RANGERS 4
New Jersey 2,
March 20, 1997
shifts focus to
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aiy Sports Writer
Call them the Fab Four, or the Final Four.
Chris Viola (118 pounds), Bill Lacure (150), Jeff
Catrabone (167) and Airron Richardson (heavyweight)
are the only Michigan wrestlers left competing. They
will ' begin competition today at the NCAA
Chaipionships in Waterloo, Iowa.
At the Big Ten championships two weeks ago, Viola
placed seventh, while All-America tri-captains Lacure,
attabone and Richardson each finished second in
eir respective weight classes.
Health has been one of the primary concerns of the
last' couple of weeks. Coming out of Big Tens, Lacure
had' a slightly injured hip, while Viola was bothered by
his shoulder, which will probably require surgery after
the' season. Neither injury,
however, should keep Viola Up NeXt
ortacure from wrestling this Oiat: NCAA
Aside from health, the Championships
focal point of the last couple Who: Four Michigan
weeks has been getting the . wrestlers
Team in a positive frame of When: Today through
mind. According to Michigan Saturday
coach Dale Bahr, Lacure, Where: Waterloo,
who received academic All- lowa
District IV honors this week,
has been occupied with tests and papers. Catrabone is
nervous, while Viola is worried about his shoulder. It's
the coaches' job to keep the wrestlers on an even keel.
"We've been trying to stay in a real positive mood
with the kids," Bahr said. "You're not in a situation now
here you want to be saying 'You didn't do this right.
'ou' didn't do that right.' Whatever they do is almost
right; because you want them to go in feeling good
about themselves, feeling positive.
"The other day, Viola thought that practice started an
hour later than it did. (Catrabone) turned to me and
said, 'Don't worry coach. When you smile, I smile."'
H may be getting introspective, but Catrabone is
trying not to get stressed out.
"I'm picturing some of my earlier matches in my
head," Catrabone said. "I'm trying to relieve tension,
inking about exactly what I need to do. Mentally, I
eljelaxed. Right now, I'm ready to kick some butt."
Since the Big Ten features such wrestling power-
houses as Iowa and Minnesota, each wrestler knows
that he has already faced some of the country's tough-
"The caliber of competition that we faced at the con-
ference championships was pretty much top-notch,"
Lacure said. "It featured some of the best wrestlers in
the nation. If we can do well and place at Big Tens, we
know we have a chance to do well at nationals."
See NCAAS, Page 15A
Michigan hits road
for NIT quarters
Blue to face Garrity,
By Will McCahil
Daily Sports Editor
For the first time in a while, the
Notre Dame men's basketball team has
something to do after St. Patrick's Day
besides watching college hoops on TV.
That something is hosting Michigan
(21-1 1), which visits South Bend's
Joyce Center tonight at 7:30 for an NIT
The Wolverines' last game was a vic-
tory Tuesday night over Oklahoma
State, in which sophomore guard Louis
Bullock tied a career high with 28
points in a 75-65 win.
For its part, Notre Dame (16-13) beat
Texas Christian, 72-
62, the same night. Feeling
Irish coach John
MacLeod said the
chance to play this late
in March has his team
fired up. What: NIT qu
"It's unusual for us When: Tonig-
to be playing this late Where: Joyc
in the season" At stake: A t
in theCity for the N~
MacLeod said. "For to be played
the last couple years, Square Garde
we've been sitting and
watching other people
play on TV, and now we have an oppor-
tunity to do this."
MacLeod said Bullock, the
Wolverines' pot ofgold at the end of the
rainbow, could present a serious prob-
lem for Notre Dame defenders.
"I don't know if there's a better 3-
point shooter in the country," MacLeod
said. "Bullock is the one that catches
your eye, for the simple reason that he's
not only a shooter, but he's become a
driver to the basket as well, which
makes the coverage double-tough."
On the other bench, Michigan coach
Steve Fisher not only has the Irish's
home-court advantage to worry about
- they are 14-3 at Joyce this season -
but said he was very concerned with
stopping junior forward Pat Garrity, the
Irish for trip to N.Y
Big East's Player of the Year.
"Garrity hurts you in all kinds of
ways," Fisher said. "He can bring the
ball up the floor against the press ...
he's taken more 3-point shots than any-
body on the team, and he's a guy that
also leads them in rebounding.
"You get a guy with that kind of flex-
ibility, and that's why he's player of the
Garrity leads Notre Dame in points
per game (21), rebounds per game (7.3)
and minutes per game (35). He has shot.
just over 48 percent from the floor this
season, including a healthy 40 percent
from beyond 3-point range.
As a team,
lucky? Notre Dame is
hitting only one
of every three 3-
pointers it puts
ati up, making it all
arterfinal the more impor-
t, 7:30 tant for Michigan,
CetotNew York to clamp down on
at Mdisna -"He presents
at Madison all kinds of prob-
lems for us,"
Fisher said. "He's
got great versatility. He's good, and he's
big and he knows how to play."
Besides Garrity, the Irish's scoring
thins out significantly. Senior point
guard Admore White runs the show,
dishing out a team-high 6.5 assists per
contest, while adding 10 points and five
boards per game.
"You start with (Garrity) but you
don't end with him," Fisher said.
"White has done a good job of running
the ballclub. This is not a one-man
Notre Dame also has some size to
throw at the Wolverines. In addition to
the 6-foot-9 Garrity, the Irish frontcourt
features 6-foot-11 senior center Mart
Gotsch (7.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per
See IRISH, Page 15A
Michigan guard Louis Bullock helped send Oklahoma State packing Tuesday, scoring 28 points. "I
don't know if there's a better 3-point shooter in the country," Notre Dame coach John MacLeod said.
Women's tankers head to NCAAs
By Fred Link
Daily Sports Writer
All season long, the Michigan
women's swimming team has focused on
one thing -- the NCAA championships.
Today, the sixth-ranked Wolverines
411 begin their three-day effort to
dethrone 1996 NCAA champion
Michigan is led by freshman Shannon
Shakespeare and senior co-captain Anne
Two weeks ago, Shakespeare won
three events and earned co-swimmer of
the meet honors as Michigan won its 1 lth
straight Big Ten Championship.
Kampfe hopes to improve on a fifth-
ce- finish in the 400-yard individual
medley and an eighth-place finish in the
If the Wolverines are to improve on last
season's third-place finish, they'll need
strong performances from all of their
IWe don't have the kind of depth as a
team that we had two years ago (when
Michigan took second) across all of the
events," Michigan coach Jim Richardson
*id "So the people that we have will
have to swim faster than they've ever
swum before in their lives."
Top-ranked Stanford is heavily favored
to win a sixth consecutive NCAA cham-
The Cardinal, which defeated
Michigan earlier this year, returns nearly
tw-thirds of its point production from
last year's championship team and has
added double Olympic gold medalist
n'They have a lot of depth, and they
have aj lot of great athletes:'Richardson
said,. 2Character-wise, I think this is one
o1-ti best Stanford teams I've seen
baewes the board."
~'1ie Wolverines will also face stiff
Throughout the year, Michigan coach
Jim Richardson has emphasized the need
to train hard and sacrifice swimming per-
formance in dual meets to do well at
"I'm more concerned with our training
and preparation than I am about backing
off to look good on a weekend that does-
n't mean anything," Richardson said.
"We can't train hard if we start backing
off because we have a meet on Saturday.
The price you pay is that you won't look
as good (at dual meets) when you race, in
order to hopefully go faster at the end."
The end is finally here, and the
Wolverines are about to find out just how
fast they can go.
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