The Michigan Daily - Thursday, December 10, 1998 - 11A
New order may throw off
veteran Michigan wrestlers
By Michael Shafrir
Daily Sports Writer
Heading into the first dual meet of the season,
Michigan wrestling team will be looking to
develop a consistency that will carry it through the
But first the Wolverines need to know when to
Michigan coach Dale Bahr will not be able to
tell his wrestlers when they are going to take the
mat up until an hour before the meet starts.
"We are using a new procedure to draw the line-
ups in dual meets," Bahr said. "An hour before the
meet, we will draw the first weight class out of a hat
d go from there."
Normally, the meet runs from the lightest weight
to the heavyweights. Bahr said he is interested in
seeing how his team will respond to the new proce-
In order to help the team adjust to the new pro-
cedure, the Wolverines will keep the same lineup
that they have brought to early season tournaments.
Senior Chris Viola is wrestling at 125 pounds.
Two years ago he was Michigan's most consistent
wrestler, Bahr said, before being slowed last year by
e oulder injury.
"Viola is back up now;" Bahr said. "He's only
lost twice this year and is looking really sharp."
Junior Joe Warren, last year's Big Ten
Championships runner-up at 133, remains at that
weight. He takes on sophomore Pat Macnamara,
the Spartans' top wrestler and an All-American.
"This should be one of the best matchups of the
night," Bahr said. "He's their best kid and Joe is one
of our best."
The 141-pound weight class features sopho-
more Damion Logan who is coming off a fifth-
*ce finish at the Cliff Keen Invitational in Primm,
In that meet, the top four finishers were the top
four ranked wrestlers in the country.
Senior Corey Grant, who has lost just one match
against Michigan State in the last three years, is
slotted in the 149 weight class.
"Corey really gets up and excited for the
Michigan State match;' Bahr said.
A leg injury put Grant on crutches during the
ff Keen Invitational, but Bahr said that he
ects him to wrestle on Friday.
Earlier in the season, Grant won the Michigan
At 174, sophomore Otto Olson wrestles William
Hill, who Bahr described as the Spartans' second
Olson decisioned Hill 1-0 at the Michigan State
Invitational in November.
Bahr said that the Heavyweight class will be
interesting, but not for the normal reasons.
"We've got Matt Brink, a freshman, up against
Matt Lamb," Bahr said. "Lamb must be 25 years
old and has already been to the Army and back"
Army experience aside, Brink and Lamb are
two very evenly matched wrestlers, Bahr said.
The last five times Michigan and Michigan
State have met, neither team has won by more than
five points. This time should be no different.
"We match up really well with Michigan State,"
Bahr said. "It will be interesting to see how this one
turns out, especially because no one has really dom-
inated in the past."
Friday night's event will be held at Crisler Arena
instead of the Wolverines' usual home, Cliff Keen
Bahr said that last year 2,800 people watched
the match in East Lansing. Two years ago at Cliff
Keen, the arena was filled to capacity.
"We are expecting 3,000 to 4,000 people on
Friday," Bahr said.
The capacity crowds at Cliff Keen aren't the
only reason this match was moved to Crisler. Crisler
will host the Big Ten Championships in March.
"This is going to be a test run for the arena,"
Bahr said. "We are going to try different things set-
ting up for this meet and use the big scoreboards for
Part of the appeal of tomorrow's match is the in-
state rivalry between the Wolverines and the
"We expect people from all over the state to
show up," Bahr said. "If people want to come to
one wrestling meet this year, they should come to
this one. It's going to be really fun."
order of weight
classes might be
night will be a
familiar one -
The ar on the Floor (uh, Mat) Michigan vs. Michigan State
Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m., Crisler
125-Chris Viola, Sr.
133-Joe Warren, Jr.
141-Damnion Logan, So.
149-Corey Grant, Sr.
157-Charles Martelli, Fr.
164-Jason Rawls, So.
174-Otto Olson, So.
184-Andy Hrovat, Fr.
198-Kyle Smith, Fr.
HWT.-Matt Brink, Fr.
New safety regulations not welcomed by all college wrestlers
By Brian Knavish
The Pitt News
(U-WIRE) PITTSBURGH - When
three collegiate wrestlers died of
extreme dehydration from cutting
weight last season, the nation cried out
to the NCAA, "Something needs to be
done to stop unsafe weight-cutting."
The NCAA listened. An entire new
of rules designed to eliminate
unsafe weight-cutting - the practice
of sweating to lose weight and reach a
desired weight class - has been put
info place for the 1998-99 wrestling
So what do wrestlers think of the
new, safer rules designed to keep them
"They suck," said Pitt wrestler Rob
Loper. "I think they're more restraining
to the athletes. Now we have to con-
stantly be watching our weight and
dieting, and that takes away from our
Under the old rules, a wrestler still
had to reach his desired weight class,
but he could do this using any method
he chose. He could weigh in for a
match up to 72 hours before the match
This huge window of time between
weigh-ins and match time enticed
wrestlers to engage in unhealthy but
effective weight-cutting practices.
Weigh-ins now take place only one
hour before match time. This discour-
ages dramatic weight-cutting, because
if a wrestler were to cut massive
amounts of weight, he would only have
one hour to recuperate and would be
too weak to wrestle.
Another rule is that plastic workout
suits are now abolished.
But the NCAA didn't stop there.
Now a wrestler receives a weight certi-
fication in October, which determines
the minimum weight at which he may
wrestle all season.
This certification is done by weigh-
ing a wrestler and measuring his body
Then the minimum weight at which
he may wrestle is determined by figur-
ing out what his hydrated weight would
be at 5-percent body fat.
Once that weight is determined, the
wrestler may not go below that weight
"It's probably a lot healthier,"
explains Loper, "but college is sup-
posed to be the best time of our lives."
Loper explained that under the old
rules, cutting weight may have been
hell for a day or two, but afterward the
wrestlers could occasionally eat junk
food or go out and drink beer, both
activities that have been severely ham-
pered by the new rules.
"I think it's (healthier), but it's a lot
of rules to follow," explains All-
American wrestler Nick Mengerink. "I
think having mat-side weigh-ins would
have been enough to curb some of the
problems we've had in the past, but this
way now is a little bit too much."
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From Saturday, December 26 through
Thursday, December 31, buses will follow the
Winter Break Schedule . The first bus will leave
Northwood V at 7:10 am and will run every 40
minutes, with the last bus leaving Central
Campus at 12:10 am.
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* The first inbound trip starts at Stone Drive
and goes to McIntyre, then along Hubbard to
Baits. There is no service to Bonisteel Blvd on
the first trip.
Regular service will operate through Sunday,
December 20, and will resume after Winter
classes begin on Wednesday, January 6.
Regular service will be available through
Tuesday, December 22. Service will resume
after the holidays on Monday, January 4.
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University Commuter buses will not run during
this time period (December 23 through January
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Wednesday, December 23. A combined
Kellogg/North Ingalls shuttle will be available
from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., December 28 through
December 31. The shuttle will leave the North
Ingalls building on the hour and half hour.
Stops include Riverview, Kellogg, Cancer and
Geriatric Center, Taubman and Mott. Regular
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