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- The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, January 20, 1999 - 13


NCAA rule change spells
trouble for Blue wrestling

By Michael Shafrir
Daily Sports Writer
People say change is good, but if
you ask members of the Michigan
wrestling team, they would have pre-
ferred to leave things alone.
This season, the NCAA decided
that instead of the standard procedure
of beginning the match at 125
pounds and finishing with the heavy-
weights, they would draw a weight
class out of a hat before the meet.
Whatever was drawn would be the
starting point and they would cycle
through from there.
The idea, Michigan coach Dale
Bahr said, was to take the emphasis
off the heavyweights - usually the
last match of the meet - and give
any wrestler, on any given night, the
opportunity to wrestle in the last
Michigan's strength, however, lies
in the first three weight classes.
Senior Chris Viola is ranked seventh
in the country at 125, junior Joe
Warren is sixth at 133 and sopho-
more Damien Logan is sixth at 141.

"I want those first three guys to
go after a pin;" Bahr said. "I don't
want them to just get a decision,
because we need more points than
those give us."
The way Michigan has been
wrestling of late, they would be best
off having all their meets start at 125.
Last Sunday at Lehigh, when the
draw had the meet beginning with the
lower weight class, the Wolverines
won their first three matches, giving
the team confidence - and a 17-0
lead. Michigan then lost the next
three matches but still led 17-11
going into the heavier weight classes.
"It gives us a big psychological
advantage to jump out to an early
lead," Bahr said. "Our middle guys
need to correct some mistakes before
we could be comfortable starting the
match there. It really helps having
(Viola, Warren and Logan) wrestling
Bahr said he would be comfort-
able starting Viola, Warren and
Logan against any three wrestlers in
the country.

"Not many teams can come out at
the start like that and dominate,"
Bahr said. "They are some of the best
lightweights in the country."
Lehigh coach Greg Strobel
admitted that he would have liked to
start the match - a 24-18 Wolverine
victory - somewhere else.
"If we had started in the middle,
we would have had some momen-
tum," Strobel said. "But that's just the
luck of the draw, I guess."
Warren believes that the
Wolverines can start anywhere in the
"As a team, we know that we have
to outwork the other team, so we'll
do that no matter where we start," he
He made it clear, though that he
does not like the new procedure,
advantages and disadvantages aside.
"I don't like it," Warren said. "It
gives the meet a different atmosphere.
I think it should be started at 125."
Given the way that Viola, Warren
and Logan have been wrestling, most
Michigan fans would agree.


The Michigan wrestling team will be forced to grapple with a new NCAA rule this season.

Men's track
coach to call it
quits in2000
By Joe Michelotti
For the Daily
Jan. 1, 2000, may or may not mark the end of the
world, but this date will mark the end of an era for the
ichigan men's track team.
After leading the Wolverines for 23 largely successful
seasons, coach Jack Harvey has announced that he will
retire at the turn of the millennium.
"It seemed a good point in time to make this decision
and it seemed to work out in the stream of things," Harvey
said. "It's been a long ride. I have only been away from
(the University) for six months, when I was at grad school
in Reno, Nevada, in 1968. I have never had another job."
Michigan's head coach since the 1975 season, Harvey
has led the Wolverines to four indoor Big Ten track titles
Ond six outdoor titles, with the team finishing as high as
fourth in its best NCAA Championships showing, in
1995. In two-plus decades at Michigan, Harvey has
coached 45 All-America athletes, but despite all the suc-
cess, Harvey would rather be'remembered for building a
clean, reputable program.
"I wanted to do things as they should be done, putting
the emphasis on academics and not necessarily winning,"
Harvey said.
A final decision has not yet been made in determin-
ing a successor to Harvey, but Harvey has made a rec-
*mmendation for assistant Ron Warhurst to be elevated
to his vacated position. Harvey hired Warhurst, who is
the Michigan men's cross country coach, a quarter-cen-
tury ago as his first assistant.
"We wouldn't have lasted this long if it had not been
good," Harvey said. "(Warhurst) does a great job with the
(long distance runners) and I think he can handle the
program without a problem."
- The Ann Arbor News contributed to this report.

Northwestern recruit bolts; could
Michigan be his next destination?

By Jim Rose
Daily Sports Editor
John Navarre, a high school senior
quarterback from Cudahy, Wis., has
gone back on an oral commitment to
play football at Northwestern, The
Daily Northwestern reported yester-
day. The article said Navarre would go
to Michigan instead.
Neither Navarre nor Michigan offi-
cials could be reached late last night to
confirm or deny the report, but
Navarre's high school coach, Carey
Venne, was quoted in The Daily
"That's what happens when you
don't take care of your recruits," Venne
said. "It's a tragedy, just a crappy
thing. We don't know what to believe
anymore. You have to be a little more

"It's like having a girlfriend you
can't trust in the bar. You don't want to
be looking over your shoulder for four
Neither Navarre, a 6-foot-6, 220-
pound high school senior who is
almost certainly under 21, nor his
father were quoted in the story.
The report said both Navarre and his
father became frustrated after repeated
attempts to contact Northwestern
coach Gary Barnett were unsuccessful.
Barnett's name has recently been
mentioned in connection with the head
coaching position at Colorado, which
was vacated last week by Rick
Neuheisel. Barnett issued a statement
last week, however, that said he had
not been contacted by Colorado, and
that he intended to honor his existing
contract at Northwestern, which runs

for another decade.
It's common knowledge to most col-
lege football fans that Barnett's name
is tossed around every time a major
college is looking for a new head
coach. The recent furor has been
fueled by Barnett's ties to the Colorado
program, where he was an assistant
earlier in his career.
Navarre's father, the report says,
became miffed after he ran into sever-
al roadblocks in his attempts to reach
Barnett. Venne was even angrier.
"Everything seemed to be signed,
sealed and delivered," Venne said. "I
don't care what kind of ties (Barnett)
has (in Colorado) - that security was
lifted. John was violated."
Incidentally, Navarre was not listed
as one of espn.com's top 15 quarter-
back recruits in the nation.
7 P.M.


The Michigan track teams will host the Red Simmons Invitational
at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the Michigan Track Building.
on and Michigan alumnus Kevin Sullivan was honored as
one of the eight top scholar athletes in the country at the
most recent NCAA convention.
The award, deemed the "Top Eight Award," is given to
student athletes who demonstrate leadership, character
and athletic achievement. In addition to the honor of win-
ning the award, Sullivan will receive a scholarship for
graduate studies if he wishes to advance beyond the
bachelor degree in mechanical engineering he received
from the University.

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Cuttin' a rug(by)
The Michigan Rugby Football Club is holding open practices to
prepare for its spring season. Practices are from 9:30-11:30 p.m.
at Oosterbaan Fieldhouse on Tuesdays, and 9:30-10:30p.m. at
the Coliseum on Wednesdays. Questions? Feel free to call
994-5317 for further information.

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LONDON (AP) - The first IOC
ember resigned yesterday in the
rowing Olympic bribery scandal -
not one of the committee's power
brokers but a former sprint champion
who said her only offense was being
too naive.
Pirjo Haeggman of Finland, one
of the first two women appointed to
the International Olympic
Committee, submitted her resigna-
tion in person to IOC President Juan
antonio Samaranch in Lausanne,
Haeggman is one of 13 members
implicated in the investigation into
allegations of misconduct by IOC
delegates stemming from Salt Lake's
_winning bid for the 2002 Winter
Games, the biggest corruption scan-

amid allegations of conflict of inter-
est in contracts with sports associa-
In a statement from Helsinki,
Haeggman denied any wrongdoing
but said she could no longer function
as an IOC member. She said she had
been "rash and perhaps naive in my
trust in other people."'
Haeggman's ex-husband, Bjarne,
reportedly worked briefly for the Salt
Lake bid committee and for 20
months in an Ontario government
job initiated by the Toronto commit-
tee bidding for the 1996 Summer
Haeggman was among the nine
IO. members accused ofserious
violations who faced possible expul-
sion, a senior Olympic official close

Haeggman's action but glad a fellow
former athlete had made the sacri-
"Who would've thought Pirjo
would resign?" said DeFrantz, a
bronze medal rower in 1976. "1
guess it renews my belief in
Olympians, that when she was called
to task, she said 'All right, I have
been judged guilty and I will
Haeggman resigned four days
before the IOC investigators, headed
by vice president Dick Pound, are to
meet in Lausanne to conclude their
inquiry and make recommendations
to the executive board.
The board can suspend any mem-
bers found guilty of serious miscon-
duct. A special general assembly has

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