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BASKETBALL
No 19 Michigan St. 84,
OHIO STATE 58
No 3 Kansas 83,
IOWA STATE 62
No. 9 Kentucky 63,
LOUISIANA STATE 61
No. 10 Stanford 74,
CALIFORNIA 72

PRO
BASKETBALL
UTAH 101.
Chicago 93
MINNESOTA 95,
New York 88
Miami 98,
PHILADELPHIA 84
WASHINGTON 104.
Cleveland 88

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BUFFALO 2.
Boston 2
TORONTO 3.
St. Louis 2
DALLAS 1.
Philadelphia 0
NEW JERSEY 2.
Ottawa 0

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Need something to do tomorrow night? The men's
swim team and wrestling team both host meets in Ann
Arbor.
Thursday
February 5, 1998

.Carr 'couldn't be happier' after reeling in football recruits

By Mark Snyder
Daily Sports Editor
After a long night and an even longer morning,
Lloyd Carr can finally relax after signing what
experts are calling the finest recruiting class in
the nation.
Yesterday, on the first day of the spring signing
period, 19 players sent in their letters of intent,
securing Michigan's football future for years to
come as Carr and recruiting coordinator Bobby
Morrison watched the commitments roll in.
The class, loaded with talented players in nearly
all of Michigan's weak areas, is a group about
which Carr said he "couldn't be happier."
Hailing from II states and two countries
fight end Deitan Dubuc lives in Montreal - the
players committed to the National Champions
early and often. Twelve of the players ensured
their arrival before Michigan played in the Rose
Bowl.
Following a season in which Michigan's strin-
gent defense dominated games and gained admir-
ers, it was the offensive skill positions that creat-
ed the largest stir on the recruiting scene.
The first commitment - more than a year ago
- came from Brighton quarterback Drew

Henson. His decision got the ball rolling for the
Wolverines.
Despite Michigan's existing depth at quarter-
back - Scott Driesbach may return for a fifth
year while Tom Brady and Jason Kapsner have
multiple seasons of eligibility remaining - Carr
maintains Henson will have an opportunity to
compete for playing time from the start of the
season.
"He's had the advantage of playing in an out-
standing (high school) program," Carr said. "He's
coming in more developed than the average guy,
but we'll have to see how he reacts to the speed of
the game.
"He is a guy who will have an opportunity to
compete."
Henson's multiple talents -- he also throws a
90-mph fastball that has professional baseball
scouts drooling .- extended into Carr's domain.
Unworried about overstepping his bounds.
Henson did a little recruiting of his own.
"Drew understands to win a championship, the
better players you have to have with you -and
he did (help) during the course of this recruiting
process," Carr said. "There were a number of
occasions he talked to some guys who were visit-

ing and I understand he made some phone calls."
While depth at quarterback may not be a sig-
nificant question for Michigan, finding targets
for those gunslingers was a bit more difficult.
But with just two commitments, Michigan's
receiving corps improved from suspect to excep-
tional.
"Particularly, it was
important for us to recruit
two receivers," Carr said.
"With Russell Shaw leaving,
Charles Woodson played an
integral part of our passing
game, and Tai Streets will be
a senior - we did an excel-
lent job there. We recruited
two guys who will have an
immediate opportunity."
Carr The loss or near-departure
of those three receivers
would probably not have altered Carr's praise.
though.
"Marquise Walker and Dave Terrell would play
no matter who was here," Carr said. "They have
that kind of ability."
Walker, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound wide receiver

from Syracuse, N.Y., and Terrell, who stands 6-4
and hails from Richmond, Va., are two of the top
receiver prospects in the nation and fill the
largest hole on the Michigan depth chart.
"Probably seven or eight of (the recruits) were in
our (summer) camp - of the 12 early commit-
ments," Carr said. "And most of those guys looked
at the school before the heavy recruiting began."
But the cornerstone of this season's class, run-
ning back Justin Fargas, nearly gave Carr a heart
attack at the last minute.
On Tuesday night, while most of the football
commitments were sitting down to quiet dinners
at home after cementing their positions as
Wolverines, Fargas was sweating from outside
pressure. Meanwhile, Carr was doing his best to
retain the nation's top tailback.
A 40-minute phone conversation - which
Carr said must have endured "30 interruptions"
- swayed the California native back to
Michigan, a choice he announced last Saturday
but didn't confirm until late yesterday morning.
"I thought that fax was never going to come
in," Carr said. "In the final analysis, (UCLA and
USC) made a pitch to keep him at home. And 1
simply reminded him of the goals
See RECRUITS, Page 10A

Signing Day
Yesterday was the first day for
college football recruits to sign
binding letters of intent.
Michigan's incoming class,
judged by many experts to be
the best in the nation, features
blue-chip prospects from all over
the country. For a complete list-
ing of Michigan's signees as of
yesterday, turn to page 14A.
The recruiting class was filled
with tailbacks, wide receivers
and even a punter. The 19
recruits all sent in their letters
yesterday and, according to
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr,
there will be no more commit-
ments for Michigan.

Crisler is
nextso
for 'Cats
* O'NeillI
By Mark Snyder
Daily Sports Editor
For Kevin O'Neill, another dawn
brings another realization that he
needs to regain his bearings.
Years of traveling and upward
progression through the collegiate
*coaching ranks have landed O'Neill
in the heart of snowy misery, but
being the workhorse he is, the job is

'M' wrestlers fall short of victory at Jenison

Today's Game
Who: Northwestern vs.
No. 18 Michigan
Where: Crisler Arena
When: 8 p.m.
Notable: Northwestern
center Ean Eschmneyer
leads the Blig Ten in
both scoring an
rebounding.

ideal.
As the
coach of the
Northwestern
basketball
team, his
office is the
Windy City
and the com-
petition is
fierce.
T h e
Chicago
Bulls domi-

By Evan Braunstein
Daily Sports Writer
EAST LANSING - When rivals
Michigan and Michigan State locked
horns in an intrastate wrestling meet last
night, everyone at Jlenison Field match
was expecting to see a close match.
They were right, the meet went down
to the wire -- but it was the first match
that proved to be the deciding factor.
The No. 12 Wolverines fell to the
ninth-ranked Spartans, 18-16, in a nail-
biter that was tied at two different times
during the competition. It was David
Morgan's victory over No. 16 Chris
Viola at I18 pounds, however, that
tipped the outcome in Michigan State's
favor.
Morgan pinned Viola 1:56 into the
match to give the Spartans a 6-0 lead.
The fall was the only one of the night.
"The pin was definitely the differ-
ence," Michigan coach Dale Bahr said.
Morgan, who is ranked No. I in his
weight class, had wrestled Viola twice
before but never pinned him.
"It felt great," Morgan said. "I knew
if I went out and picked it up I would
win. Those guys weren't in shape and
he wasn't ready to wrestle."
The next match also featured two
ranked wrestlers, this time at 126
pounds. Michigan's Joe Warren, ranked
14th, faced No. 8 Pat McNamara of
Michigan State.
Warren fell behind early as
McNamara scored a takedown and
three near-fall points. Warren never
recovered, losing 8-3 and increasing the
Wolverines deficit to nine.
The Wolverines pulled even in the
next three matches with victories by
Damion Logan, Corey Grant and Bill
Lacure. A loss by Michigan's Jason
Rawls at 158 pounds gave the Spartans
a 12-9 lead, but co-captain Jeff
Catrabone tied the score again by
defeating Greg Degrand.
With three matches remaining, the

Wolverines looked to be in good shape.
Second-ranked Airron Richardson was
a virtual lock at heavyweight, meaning
the Wolverines had to win only one of
the next two bouts.
Their best chance came at 1 77
pounds as Joe Degain faced James
Brimm, who had yet to record a victory
this season. Degain scored first with an
escape in the second period, but gave up
three points in the third and lost the
closest match of the night, 3-2.
"The pin may have been the differ-
ence," Bahr said. "But the key was the
match at 177 (pounds). After the first
five matches, I knew it would come
down to (the 177 weight class). We
needed to win that match."
After Ryan Balcom lost at 190
pounds, Richardson's major decision
over Matt Lamb could not change the
outcome. The loss dropped the
Wolverines to 2-2 in the Big Ten and 5-
7 on the season.
"I've never come in this gym and lost
before," Catrabone said. "And I know I
didn't want this to happen my senior
year. I'm holding everything back right
now. Tears should be coming from my
eyes.
"I know we're a better team. A one-
point match here or there could have
changed the outcome of this meet."
The Wolverines have a chance to
redeem themselves this weekend when
two conference foes travel to Cliff Keen
Arena for the first home meets of the
season. Michigan will face Ohio State
tomorrow before taking on 10th-ranked
Purdue on Saturday.
The Boilermakers boast seven ranked
wrestlers and should give the
Wolverines all they can handle.
"We need to pull through and win
both meets," Catrabone said. "We're
still making our comeback, and things
will be different when (the Big Ten tour-
nament) comes around."

nate the sports landscape in a city
not known for college athletics -
let alone quality college basketball.
But O'Neill, who makes his Ann
Arbor debut as Northwestern coach
tonight at Crisler Arena, persists
with his methods and is making
believers out of his players.
His new home, Evanston, lies on
the outskirts of Chicago, instead of
in Knoxville, Tenn., Marquette, Wis.
or Tuscon, Ariz. - O'Neill's last
three stops on his meteoric rise to a
Big Ten position.
His flighty nature seems to have'
found a resting place in Evanston
and his plans follow accordingly.
"I would like to stay here for
awhile," O'Neill said. "I like it here.
But as a coach, you never know
what is going to happen."
His hands-on approach to coach-
ing has produced a noticeable dif-
ferenc among his players.
"Coach O'Neill's a much more
involved, much more intense player
on the floor watching the game,"
All-Big Ten center Evan Eschmeyer
*said. "There will be a lot of yelling
and screaming but he does it for a
reason. He does a lot more than
(former) coach (Ricky) Byrdsong
See WILDCATS, Page 12A

AP PHOTO
Despite Michigan wrestler Jeff Catrabone's 4-1 victory last night at 267 pounds, the Wolverines fell short of victory, losing
18-16 to arch-rival Michigan State. The match took place at Jension Field House in East Lansing.

Spartans also boast solid signings

i

EAST LANSING - (AP) There were
smiles in East Lansing after Michigan
State announced a football recruiting
class that included at least five players
who earned All-American honors from
various prep scouting reports. Coach
Nick Saban received letters from 22
players, some of whom might be in the
Spartans' starting lineup next season.
Probably the best player to sign with
the Spartans was already in the neigh-
borhood. Josh Thornhill, a 6-foot-3,
240-pound linebacker who was named
to at least eight prep All-American
teams, was right up the road at Lansing

Eastern.
"Michigan State had a very, very
good class," Lemming said. "Michigan
also wanted Thornhill, I know that."
Saban also did well in talent-rich
Florida, signing South Broward wide
receiver Broderick Nelson and defen-
sive back Jimel Cofer, Fort Lauderdale
defensive tackle Josh Shaw, Riviera
Beach linebacker Pierre Wilson, and

Sarasota defensive back Cedric Henry.
Nelson may be the best of that group.
Last season, the two-time Florida all-
stater caught 32 passes for 550 yards
and eight touchdowns, despite heavy
coverage.
"He's not just a receiver. He can run,"
South Broward coach Matt Lococo told
the Lansing State Journal. "He becomes
a running back after the catch."

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