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January 13, 1998
Asselin, Smith suffer minor
injuries in car accident
By James Goldstein
Daily Sports Witer
Josh Asselin and Brandon Smith -
freshmen on the Michigan basketball
team - were involved in a single-car
accident Sunday night on M-14 in
Washtenaw County east of Nixon Road.
Asselin and Smith were accompanied
in the vehicle by freshman team manag-
er Chris Ferreira and Asselin's high-
Trent Daley. They
home from The
Palace of Auburn
Hills, where they
had attended the<
first half of the
game against the
police reports, Ferreira was driving in
the left lane heading west on M-14
around 9:50 p.m., when he slammed on
the brakes to avoid an animal and quick-
ly lost control of the vehicle. The police
reported that neither alcohol nor drugs
were involved in the accident.
Smith said he was asleep, along with
Daley, in the back seat, when they were
given a sudden wake-up call.
"We were sleeping and all of a sudden
Chris hit the brakes," Smith said. "We
started veering to the right and then we
went into a ditch.
"I was terrified."
All those involved were taken to and
treated at St. Joseph's Hospital in
Ypsilanti, where both players received
stitches. Asselin - a 6-foot-i I center
- received stitches to his forehead, and
Smith - a 6-7 forward from Amarillo,
Texas - on his right thumb. Smith left
the hospital around 1 a.m., while
until 5 a.m. for his
father. Brian, to
pick him up.
A s s e I i ni ' s
account of the
accident was a lit-
tle different than
the original policet
who spoke to The Asselin
last night from his home in Caro, said
that his son was resting there comfort-
ably. He also said that Josh told him
there was nothing in the road, not even
an animal, and that the car suddenly
"The kids think something in the car
locked up," Brian Asselin said. "The
vehicle rapidly lost control and deceler-
ated. They felt like the brakes locked
Josh Asselin, who was sitting in the
front passenger seat, also mentioned to
ball players Josh
were involved In
a single-car acci-
dent on M-14 on
Sunday night. The
minor injuries and
are expected to
travel with the
team to Ohio
Wrestlers adjust to new dietary rules
By Evan Braunstein
Daily Sports Writer
When the season began, the future of the
Michigan wrestling team looked bright. The
Wolverines were ranked fourth in the nation and
had a deep lineup chock full of All-Americas.
Three wrestlers - Jeff Catrabone, Bill Lacure
and Airron Richardson - were in a position to
challenge for the national championship in their
weight class at the end of the season.
Then, tragedy struck when teammate Jeff
Reese passed away on Dec. 9. One month later,
the team is attempting to return to the champi-
onship form it envisioned at the start of the sea-
son. It hasn't been easy.
The Wolverines have lost their last four
meets. They are just starting to re-condition
themselves to where they should be at this point
in the season.
"We came back from Christmas break and we
really haven't had a chance to have some good
workouts," Michigan assistant coach Joe
McFarland said. Yesterday "was a really good
workout, and hopefully we'll get in two or three
more days this week."
After Reese's death, the University instituted
guidelines that reformed the ways in which
wrestlers can cut weight. Among the changes
are the prohibition of rubber suits and a weight
policy that requires wrestlers to weigh-in no
more than three hours before the meet.
"It's tough for me," Catrabone said. "I know
some of the other guys are a little sluggish, too.
We're going through an adjustment period right
Previously, wrestlers weighed-in for their
match a day before the meet. Due to the new
policy, the wrestlers are forced to changed their
"We don't have to much time to hydrate our-
selves before the match," Catrabone said.
"We're dieting down better now, but we are los-
ing a lot of our strength and its kind of hard to
build it back up in three hours. We used to have
about 24 hours."
Contributing to the Wolverines' problems last
weekend was the loss of their 118-pound
wrestler, Chris Viola, who was not able to make
weight in any of the three meets.
"Chris has been working on getting every-
thing under control," McFarland said. Not
wrestling "has given him some more time and a
chance to get some more workouts under his
One recent bright spot for the Wolverines has
been the performance of sophomore Joe
Warren. Wrestling at the new weight class of
126 pounds, Warren has 18 victories this season
- tied for the team lead with Catrabone. He is
5-1 in dual meet action and won all three of his
matches the past weekend.
Against Penn State on Jan. 9, Warren beat
Jason Betz, the seventh-ranked wrestler in the
"I feel good at this new weight class." he said.
"My body is healthy and strong and I feel great."
"As for the rest of the team, we're getting
right back into condition and it's going to come
back around. These past few meets weren't that
important and we can't get down about them.
"It's the tournaments at the end of the season
that are really big."
his father that he landed outside the vehi-
cle on the grass.
"All he remembers is rolling over, hit-
ting the grass and then he was on the
ground," Brian Asselin said.
The elder Asselin said that when the
car came to a stop, the roof of the vehi-
cle was on the ground and the back left
wheel had fallen off.
He said that his son will return to
school in the next few days.
Smith attended yesterday's team prac-
tice, but Asselin remained home with his
family in Caro.
Michigan coach Brian Ellerbe and
other coaches rushed to the hospital t4
see the two injured players.
"We are all very relieved and thankful
that there were no serious injuries in
what could have been a tragic accident,"
said Ellerbe in a written statement last
night. "Everyone involved is extremely
Ellerbe said that he expects both play-
ers to travel for Saturday's Ohio State
game, but it's too early to know how
much playing time they will receive.
This accident conies almost two years
after Michigan basketball players were
involved in a car accident on the same
highway. Then-Wolverine Maurice
Taylor, accompanied by Robert Traylor,
Louis Bullock, Ron Oliver, former
Wolverine Willie Mitchell and then-Flint
Northern recruit Mateen Cleaves,
crashed his Ford Explorer on M-14.
By Jason Emeott
For the Daily
In the midst of the Michigan footba
team's Big Ten and Rose Bowl titles, and
a national championship, not to mention
that thing called the Heisman Trophy, it's
been easy to forget about anything but
the football team lately.
The Michigan varsity cheerleading
team, who have led 100,000-plus people
in a variety of roaring cheers Saturday
afternoons in Michigan Stadium, now
have a few accolades of their own to br
The 20-member team finished sev-
enth in the nation at the Universal
Cheerleaders Association national
championships on Saturday at MGM
Studios in Orlando, Fla.
"With the whole football season and
now this, it was great," junior cheer-
leader Jamie Flowers said.
Led by senior co-captains Mark
Cousineau, Rebekah Johnson, Nick
Offredi and Carla Perez, Michigan f
ished with its highest ranking ever. In
addition to its seventh-place finish
nationally, the Wolverines finished as the
No. 3 non-scholarship cheerleading
school in the country. The team also cap-
tured its biggest goal by bringing home
the Big Ten championship.
Since August, the Wolverines put in
countless hours in preparation for the
UCA championships but almost didn't
have the opportunity to see the fruitsO
Tracie Surdu competed despite a par-
tial tear of the medial collateral ligament
in her knee.
"It was pretty amazing," Cousineau
said of his teammate. "We weren't even
going to compete without her because
we had no backup plan, but she really did
a great job. I was paired with her on parts
of the routine, and you couldn't even tell
she was hurt."
Cousineau said that when the tea
went to visit Disney World for a day,
Surdu needed a wheelchair to get
around the park because she was in so
"Tracie and the team performed so
much better because we had to come
together and concentrate to overcome
the injury,"' Cousineau said.
The Wolverines qualified for
Saturday's UCA finals after they sent
a tape of their performances from the
season. After extensive review of the
tapes and preliminary rounds, UCA
officials selected Michigan as one of 17
teams to compete in the finals.
The routines were scored on difficul-
Michigan wrestler Bill Lacure and the rest of the Wolverines
have had to adjust to new dietary requirements in the wrestling
program, instituted following teammate Jeff Resse's death.
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