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"Scoreboard..
EN'S NCAA
1S KETBALL BASKETBALL
(2) MARYLAND 92, (3) TENNESSEE 89,
Wake Forest 69 DePaul 47
(21) PITTSBURGH 78, (8) N. CAROLINA 85
Prarie View 64 Georgia Tech
(24) CLEMSON 82, (15) Colorado State 70,
East Tennessee St. 54 UTAH 69

(20) Florida 98.
STETSON 76
Marquette 81,
(21) WISCONSIN 73
(23) Nebraska 75,
DRAKE 72
NFL FOOTBALL
PHILADELPHIA 17
St. Louis 14

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"Tracking 'M' teams
Check out the Michigan men's gymnastics team tonight
as it competes in the Maize and Blue intrasquad at Cliff
Keen Arena. The meet begins at 7 p.m., so come early
and get a Lalo Haro autograph before the rush starts.

Friday
December 4, 1998

11

Wrestling
gambles
on top
rapplers
Dy Tracy Sandler
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan wrestling team will
roll the dice with four top 10 wrestlers
at this weekend's Cliff Keen Las Vegas
ollegiate Wrestling Invitational.
Intermat Wrestling Magazine ranked
the Wolverines 25th nationally, placing
Chris Viola 10th (125 pounds), Joe
Warren third (133 pounds), Damion
Logan sixth (141 pounds) and Otto
Olson eighth (174 pounds).
Therefore, today and tomorrow has
the potential to be very telling for the
young Michigan team.
"It's a huge tournament," Warren
said. "Scouts from three different rank-
jg magazines are going to be there. It's
mays a tough tournament, but our
team's in such great condition. It's time
for us to show what's up"
Despite the team's overall inexperi-
ence, Michigan coach Dale Bahr
agrees with Warren that the tournament
holds potential for a strong showing.
"Even though we're starting a lot of
young people - six or seven freshmen
and sophomores - I still would like to
t me home with a top five finish,"
ahr said. "It's just a matter of 10 guys
going for us. Our four wrestlers ranked
in the top 10 have to make it to the
finals or place high in the tournament."
The youth makes for a more interest-
ing season, Bahr said.
"The kids are working real hard,
because they're young, and they have a
lot to prove," Bahr said. "We've upped
the work ethic, I'd say, 25 percent.
e're coming in four mornings a week
.d working out and working out hard
.in the afternoon.
In terms of leadership, Bahr is look-
ing for more than one Michigan
wrestler to replace Jeff Catrabone, Bill
lacuire and Airron Richardson, all of
whulom graduated last year.
"J oe Warren is a very emotional
leader, Bahr said. "He loves to win. He
hates to lose. Otto Olson's the same
ay. I look for him to really be a bright
star that a lot of people outside of our
group here didn't really anticipate.
"Damion Logan could be an out-
standing wrestler for us. The key on
that is for him to stay healthy. It seems
like he gets hurt here and there. Really,
Chris Viola has looked really good in
workouts for us. Really those four guys
and Corey Grant. I can't forget Corey."
For Logan, health is a priority. The
past two years, he has left Nevada with
juries. Two years ago, he suffered a
season-ending shoulder injury, and last
year he suffered a concussion.
"I wanted to go into this tournament
feeling confident," said Logan. "I've
been working my butt off. My shots are
working well, I'm confident on my feet
and I'm feeling strong. I want to finish
free of injury."
Confidence, conditioning and vali-
ation will be the keys to success today
d tomorrow for the Wolverines.
"My one loss this year was to
Michigan State's Pat McNamara,"
Warren said. "He was really good on
top, and I was having trouble getting
out of the bottom.

"Right now, I'm in peak condition
and ready for this tournament. I want to
win this thing.'

Fnends, family
could relax Jones

By Josh Kleinbaum
Daily Sports Editor
Leon Jones isn't going to be ner-
vous this Sunday when the Michigan
men's basketball team takes on
Western Michigan in Grand Rapids at
2 p.m.
Forget the fact that probably half
the population of Battle Creek,
Jones' home town, is going to be
there. Forget the fact that his entire
family will be there, too. Forget the
fact that half the crowd will probably
be in the Leon Jones Cheering
Section.
Heck, Jones' college career isn't
even a month old and he's got two
starts under his belt, so what's the big
deal about a few friends and family
members?
"I think I'll actually relax more,"
Jones said on Wednesday after
Michigan's 74-44 trouncing of
Bradley. Jones started that game, his
second start in three days. "It'll prob-
ably be a lot of fun. I'm exciting
about it."
But if the Jones clan is expecting
Leon to start on Sunday at Van Andel
Arena, they'll be disappointed.
Brandon Smith, back from Texas and
well-rested, will almost surely get the
nod.
Keeping up with the Jones' isn't
too difficult a task. The family often
makes the two-hour drive from the
Land of Milk and Cereal to the Land
of Coffeehouses and Crisler for
Michigan's home games on weekends
- when they don't have to worry
about work - so making the one
hour, 45-minute drive to Grand
Rapids shouldn't be too bad.
What makes the game exciting for
Leon will be his friends. Battle Creek
is just a 45-minute drive from
Kalamazoo, so plenty of Jones' high
school buddies found themselves
going to Western.
"It's going to be kind of weird,"

Jones said. "They'll be cheering for
Western, but they'll be cheering for
me, too."
If things go the Wolverines way,
Western's fans won't have too much
to cheer about besides Jones. But for
that to happen, the Wolverines (4-4
overall) will have to worry about
Bullock.
No, we're not talking about Louis
Bullock, Michigan's shooting guard
and leading scorer, but Isaac Bullock,
the Bronco's (3-2) beast of a forward.
Isaac Bullock, no relation to the
Wolverine, isn't a big, tall force in the
paint - and that's just the problem.
He stands at just 6-foot-4, weighs a
massive 250 pounds and could wreak
havoc on the Michigan post defense.
"That's going to be difficult to
defend," Ellerbe said. "You don't see
that very often."
And he's hot, too. In the Bronco's
63-51 victory over Detroit, Bullock
scored a season-high 15 points and
grabbed a career-high nine rebounds.
But the strength of this Bronco
team lies in its guards. Using a three-
guard lineup, the Broncos through
Kylo Jones, Tony Barksdale and Rod
Brown at Michigan. The threesome
averages 34.6 points per game and is
the heart of Western Michigan's team.
Jones, much like Michigan's
Bullock, has the ability to burn up the
nets from long range.
In the Bronco's 90-66 loss to
Michigan State, the sophomore tied
the Breslin Center record with eight
3-pointers en route to a 28-point
game.
The Broncos use the three-guard
lineup because Shaun Jackson, a 6-7
forward and the only returning starter
from last year's NCAA tournament
team, is sidelined with a stress frac-
ture in his right foot. Jackson aver-
aged 12.5 points and six rebounds
before injuring the foot in the second
game of the season.

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MARGARET MYERS/Daily
Leon Jones takes the Wolverines Into Grand Rapids for a showdown with Western Michigan. Michigan tries to avenge a 1997
season-opening loss to the Broncos. Western Michigan looks to repeat last year's NCAA tournament magic.

Wolverines swoop into Ohio to face Miami, BG

By Chris Duprey
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan hockey team (7-1-1 CCHA, 9-2-2 over-
all) will look to continue its six-game unbeaten streak -
in which the Wolverines won four games and tied two -
when it travels to the Buckeye State to take on Miami and
Bowling Green tonight and tomorrow.
Despite trailing first place surprise Ferris State by one
point in the conference standings, Michigan has three
games in hand against the Bulldogs, and can reclaim the
lead outright with two wins this weekend.,.
Last season, the short neutral zone of Goggin Ice
Arena wasn't so kind to the Wolverines, as a veteran-
loaded Miami team rudely swept two games from them
Jan. 23 and 24.
"It's not fresh in our minds, but I think all of our play-
ers know that Miami's been a tough place to play for our
team," Michigan coach Red Berenson said. "They don't
have any bad games against us. You know you're going to
have a good game."

After a solid fifth-place finish last season, Dan Boyle,
Trevor Prior and many of the other key cogs on last year's
team have departed Oxford, and Miami coach Mark
Mazzoleni has been forced to pick up the pieces en route
to a slow 2-9-3 conference start.
Even with the many injuries Mazzoleni's club has suf-
fered - including defenseman Dustin Whitecotton's sea-
son-ending arm fracture - the RedHawks have started to
make strides.
Miami played against Ohio State tough in a two-game
series last weekend, salvaging the second game after the
first contest was tied by the Buckeyes with five seconds
remaining in regulation, then stolen from the RedHawks
in overtime.
"With those guys out, I think we played very well. We
played intensely and with emotion," Mazzoleni said. "I
can see already how much they're coming."
Miami and Bowling Green will both have one advan-
tage over the Wolverines - their game against Michigan
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Wei rA.y.
J

Josh Langfeld
leads the
Wolverines to
Ohio for a pair of
CCHA matchups
with Miami and
Bowling Green
this weekend.
MARGARET MYERS/Oaily

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