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Scoreboard NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOC.
MEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL Atlanta 93, CLEVELAND 79
No. 1 KANSAS 80, No. 8 Iowa St. 67 MIAMI 98, Washington 95
No. 13 DUKE 84, Campbel 59 Orlando 114, NEW JERSEY 111
No. 19 B.C. 81, Georgetown 74 Utah 97, PHILADELPHIA 96
WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL Phoenix 105, DALLA S 98
No. 12 Clemson 67, GEORGIA TECH Charlotte 102, DENVER 100 (OT)
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Tuesday
January 14, 1997

10,

Former Blue heroes return
to old stomping grounds

By Dan Stillman
Daily Sports Writer
Steven Halko and Brian Wiseman
may not have recognized the new
and improved Yost Ice Arena yester-
day, but it still felt like home, and
that's what they stressed to the cur-
rent Wolverines after practice.
Halko, a senior at Michigan last
season, now plays for Springfield --
part of the NHL Hartford Whalers
organization - in the American
Hockey League. Wiseman, who
skated for the Wolverines from 1990
to 1994, is also in the AHL, playing
in the Toronto Maple Leafs' organi-
zation.
As a captain and defenseman last
season, Halko helped lead the
Wolverines to the national champi-
onship with four goals and 16
assists. He also made the NCAA all-
tournament team.
After watching yesterday's prac-
tice from the press box with
Michigan coach Red Berenson,
Halko talked to his former team
about life after Michigan.
"I just told them not to be in a
rush to leave Michigan," Halko said.,
"I have no regrets, I wouldn't change
a thing. (I told them) not to rush to
go play pro hockey, because your job
is never safe there."
One of the biggest differences
between life at Michigan and the
professional circuit is the relation-
ship with teammates.
"The camaraderie in the dressing
room, just between players off the
ice is a lot different," Halko said.
"Guys are fighting for jobs there.
Whereas here, you're hoping every-
body works hard next to you for the
better of the team."

Wiseman, who holds the school
record for assists, 164, echoed
Halko's thoughts when he too talked
with the current Wolverines about
life after Michigan.
"It was different here," Wiseman
said. "You go out and play for the
pride of your school and there's not
(the same) type of unity in our lock-
erroom.
"Guys, they're playing for some
different individual reason. Whether
it's for money, whether it's to be
called up to the
Toronto Maple
Leafs or
whether it's just
they have noth-
ing else to do
but to play
hockey because
they don't have
an education to
go get a job."
Due to the
Halko different atti-
tude of some in
the pro's, Wiseman had trouble when
he first left Michigan and played in
the IHL.
"I played in Chicago in the IHtL
for two years, and I talked to one
guy," Wiseman said.
"It was a thrill to go out there and
wear the 'M' jersey out Friday,
Saturday night, hear the band play-
ing and the crowd roaring. Now, we
got guys (in the AHL), they don't
care. We win, it's no big deal to
them."
Wiseman expressed his full
approval of senior Jason Botterill's
decision to stay at Michigan for his
final year.
"I don't think he's going to second

guess that decision the rest of his
life," Wiseman said. "He might have
lost some money ... but for money
- I don't think is a reason for guys
to leave. You're going to look baO
and regret it if you didn't (stay) your
senior year.
"I just try to send a message that
this is going to be the best time of
their lives. Guys really miss it and
that's why you see guys coming
back. Every chance we get we want
to come back and still keep in touch
and be a part of it to some extent."
Senior captain Brendan Morris c
did his part in helping form
Wolverines to stay a "part of it'
when, after winning last season's
title, he dedicated the championship
to former Wolverines.
Wiseman said he appreciated the
gesture from the Michigan captain*
who, coincidentally, is closing in on
his assist record.
"That was a real class thing that
Brendan said," Wiseman said. "In
the heat of the moment, he just we
a national championship and scoreT
the game-winning goal.
"To think of that, that says a little
about the character of Brendan+
Morrison."
INJURY UPDATE: Right wind
Justin Clark has not practiced or
played since the first of the year due
to illness. The sophomore is waiting
on results from a blood test.
- Another sophomore right wi4
Dale Rominski, did not play in
Friday's game against Alaska due to
an ailing back.
However, he did skate in
Saturday's game against Ferris State
and is considered healthy, according
to Berenson.

MARK FRIEDMAN/Daily
Michigan captain Brendan Morrison was praised by former team captain Brian Wiseman for recognizing past Michigan teams
after the Wolverines won the national championship last year.

Captain Catrabone finds time to wrestle, too

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By Tracy Sandler
Daily Sports Writer
It's been a pretty big season for
Michigan junior wrestler Jeff Catrabone
so far. He's the second-ranked wrestler in
the country, has been the champion at
167 pounds in three tournaments and
will be competing in the National
Wrestling Coaches Association All-Star
Wrestling Classic on Feb. 3 at Clarion
University.
Oh, and by the way, he has a 17-1
record (3-1 in dual meets, 14-0 in tour-
naments).
Catrabone first started wrestling when
he was 4 or 5 years old.
"Basically, I've got two older sisters
and an older brother," Catrabone said.
"My older brother always wrestled, so he
kind of got me into it, you know,
wrestling around the living roomand
stuff like that, so I always enjoyed it."
Since that time, Catrabone has
become a tough competitor, and as a tri-
captain, along with wrestlers Bill Lacure
and Airron Richardson, he has to take on
the responsibility of team leader.
"First of all, he's talented," Michigan
coach Dale Bahr said. "People look up to
people who are talented and willing to
compete hard. He's a consistent winner.
He did it in high school, juniors, and he's
done it for us the past two or three years."
Leading the team is an aspect that
Catrabone enjoys, because he can push
his teammates to utilize their talents.
"I like (the role of team leader) a lot,"
Catrabone said. "I go into the practice
room; I work as hard as I can. I try to
persuade the other guys to work as hard
they can by winning. I try to give them a
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