8B - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - January 12, 1998
Wrestlers drop three
matches on the road
By Evan Braunstein
Daily Sports \riter
The Michigan wrestling team traveled to the East
Coast this past weekend hoping to uphold its No. 4
national rank, but instead returned home still look-
ing for answers.
The Wolverines struggled in all three of their
meets, losing to lower-ranked opponents. The team
dropped hard-fought matches to unranked -Iofstra
and 12th-ranked Lehigh on Saturday after falling to
No. 6 Penn State on Friday.
Still regrouping from the death of teammate
Jefferey Reese, the Wolverines needed a spark to
rekindle what looked to be one of the most promis-
ing seasons in many years. Victories in these three
matches could have given the team exactly that. The
losses give the Wolverines an 0-1 record in the Big
Ten and drops them to 2-4 overall -- not nearly
what they expected two months ago.
"Being ranked fourth in the country and then los-
ing to teams we shouldn't be losing to - it's frus-
trating," Jeff Catrabone said. "But I keep telling the
guys that we've been through a lot so far and it's
going to take some time before we get bact into it.
"We just have to stay positive and we'll get back
to where we want to be."
Against Hofstra and Lehigh, the Wolverines
found themselves down 12-0 before the meet even
started, as 118-pounder Chris Viola failed to make
weight and 158-pounder Bill Lacure did not wrestle
due to injury.
Lacure was plagued by a bruised rib and sat out
both of his matches instead of risking further injury.
Viola was the only Wolverine not to make weight,
but according to heavyweight Airron Richardson,
many wrestlers had problems cutting weight.
"A lot of the guys were really sluggish," he said.
"They haven't become adjusted to the weight-cut-
The University recently instituted guidelines man-
dating that wrestlers weigh-in three hours before the
match. Previously, weigh-ins ocurred the day before
a match. Because the Wolverines have not held
many practices since Dec. 9, when Reese passed
away, the wrestlers are not in top condition and have
not quite adjusted to this new policy.
"Some of the guys are frustrated," Richardson
said. "But we have to learn from our losses. The
most important thing is to keep our morale up. It's
the end of the season that really matters."
Down 12-0 to Lehigh, Joe Warren and Damion
Logan both won their matches to make the score 12-
9. The team's next victory did not come until the
167-pound weight class, as Catrabone defeated
Mark Dufresne, 4-3. That put the score at 18-12 in
favor of the Engineers with three matches remain-
ing. The Wolverines won two of those three, but it
was not enough, as they fell overall, 21-19.
Earlier in the day, Michigan faced Hofstra, losing
by only five points. After dropping 12 points due to
forfiets, the Wolverines found themselves unable to
climb out of the hole. Warren and Logan again both
produced wins, as did Teya Hill at 150 pounds. After
Catrabone's major decision of Rob Ansphach, the
Wolverines found themselves down by only one
They couldn't take the lead, however, as Joe
DeGain and Ryan Balcolm both lost, making the
Wolverines deficit 11 points. Richardson's pin at
heavyweight changed the score to 28-23, but the out-
come remained the same.
"I think if we had Viola and Lacure wrestling for
us we would have beaten Hofstra and Lehigh,"
The Michigan wrestling team struggled on an East Coast road trip this weekend, dropping three consecutive matches. The fourth-ranked Wolverines
were beaten by lower-ranked opponents each time.
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tions. Following the initial proposal
of limits on recruting, Goss sent the
NCAA additional information
regarding the state of the program
While Goss has yet to receive a
response from the athletic governing
body on this matter, the prospects are
varied. Proposals by other schools
have not always been accepted readi-
ly, as the NCAA often imposes its
own act of judgment.
The suggestion of recruiting penal-
ties emerged following the NCAA
findings released on Dec. 17. In that
statement, the NCAA discovered
three secondary violations.
The first problem dealt with
Detroit booster Ed Martin's role as a
representative of the institution. By
being deemed as such, Martin's pres-
ence during a recruiting visit by for-
mer head coach Steve Fisher created
Martin also figured in the second
of the violations. His gift of a birth-
day cake and car rides for family
members of a recruit were not in
accordance with NCAA rules.
The final trangression dealt with
Martin's contact with a recruit while
that recruit was on his paid visit to
the University. While the visit was
acceptable under NCAA guidlines,
Martin's contact was deemed
The common thread between all
three violations is Martin and his role
as an agent of the Athletic
Department's interests. That determi-
nation by the NCAA forced Goss to
his present proposal to appease the
NCAA with the recruiting limits.
From Staff Reports
Michigan junior Daydrion
Taylor, who played free safety for
the Wolverines this fall, announced
that his football career is over.
Taylor was injured against Penn
State on Nov. 8, when he leveled an
opposing player near the sideline.
Both players remained on the
ground for several minutes after the
In eight games this season,
Taylor made 16 tackles and one
interception. As a sophomore, he
had 72 tackles - fifth-best on
Michigan's defense - and an inter-
ception while starting all 12 games.
Mortimer and Cantin win indoors
By T.J. Berka
Daily Sports Writer
John Mortimer and Jay Cantin started
the Michigan men's indoor track season
the same way they finished their cross-
country season this fall - ahead of the
Mortimer won the 5,000-meter run
Saturday at the Michigan Open with an
automatic NCAA qualifying time of
13:48.47. His time was the second best
time in school history. Cantin was one of
four Wolverines to win an event this
weekend, as he took the 3,000 with a
personal-best time of 8:31.53.
Other Michigan athletes to collect vic-
tories include Kevin Bowman in the 200
and freshman Charles DeWildt in the
RUNNING AWXY: The Michigan
women's track team started its indoor
season impressively at the Michigan
Open this weekend, winning eight out of
Katie McGregor and Nicole Forrester
led the way at the Open by turning in
NCAA provisional qualifying efforts.
McGregor won the mile run with a time
of 4:49.06, and Forrester took the high
jump with a leap of 5-foot-10.
Five other Wolverines emerged victo-
rious. Maria Brown, Sarah FHamilton and
Alison Noe ran to victories in the 200,
600, and 3,000-meter events.
Michigan also did well in the field
events, with Sarah Clauw winniIing the
weight throw and Nikki Keith taking the
DOING FLIPS: The fourth-ranked
Michigan women's gymnastics team
started off its schedule with a 190.65-
190.15 victory over Ohio State in
Columbus on Friday night.
The Wolverines, who rested Sarah
Cain and Nikki Peters for the meet, got
quality performances from senior
Heather Kabnick and freshman Bridget
Knaeble. Kabnick led the team in the
vault, balance beam and floor exercise
routine, which led to an all-around score
of 37.55. Knaeble didn't show butterflies
in her first collegiate meet, compiling a
score of37.275. Lisa Simes tied Knaeble
in the uneven bars with a score of 9.75.
The Wolverines also got good perfo-
mances from Sarah-Elizabeth Langford
and Katie Nellans.
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