February 1, 1999 - SportsMonday - The Michigan Daily - 38
'Wrestling takes fight out of No. 6Illinois
SPORTSMONDAY COLUMN f j
h r staff
The Michigan wrestling team took a
Whig step towards establishing itself
amoung the Big Ten's and the nation's
elite teams yesterday. The No. 10
vW~erines rebounded from a disap-
o inting loss to Central Michigan on
hursday by upsetting No. 6 Illinois,
;2616 at Cliff Keen Arena.
This weekend's meet was a chance
for redemption for the Wolverines,
who were beaten by Illinois just two
weeks ago at the Virginia Duals.
In that meet, as well as in Thursday's
,ss; Michigan tied its opponent with
five individual victories apiece, but both
time the Wolverines fell short in points.
Not the case yesterday, when the
AVolverines won six of the 10 matches.
"All year long we've been winning
five'matches, but we needed someone
to step up and get that sixth match,"
Michigan coach Dale Bahr said. "We
g'6t that today."
The meet started in the 174-pound
weight class, which pitted Michigan's
sixth-ranked Otto Olson against 20th-
ranked Ben King of Illinois.
This was the third meeting of the
ason between the two, with King
winnng at the Las Vegas Invitational,
and Olson winning at the Virginia
Duals. This time Olson decisioned
Ip.g 6-4 and upped his untarnished
dual-meet record to 10-0.
The meet was highlighted by the
wrestling of freshman Andy Hrovat
and senior Corey Grant.
Hrovat, ranked 15th in the country
in the 184-pound weight class, scored
a major decision against 10th-ranked
Nate Patrick of Illinois by a score of
10-2. Hrovat took charge of the match
in the second period scoring a five-
point near-fall, which could have led to
a pin, but time expired. Hrovat secured
the major decision with a takedown,
just 20 seconds before the match
Grant supplied the surprise of the
afternoon by upsetting fourth-ranked
Adam Tirapelle of Illinois 5-4. Trailing
after the first period, Grant shut out
Tirapelle 4-0 in the second, and brought
the entire Cliff Keen crowd to their feet
as he held on for the victory in the third.
"The difference in the match was the
takedown I had in the second period,"
Grant said. "I give a lot of credit to the
coaches for getting us physically pre-
pared and mixing things up in practice.
This is a real turning point in my senior
"Andy and Corey really turned things
around today," Bahr said. "Both kids
have raised things up a level. Andy put
us in a position to win the meet and
Corey put them away."
Not to be outdone were the
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Chris Viola won his match here, and the Michigan wrestling team scored an upset
victory over No. 6 Illinois at Cliff Keen Arena yesterday, 20-16.
Wolverines' fantastic lower weight trio
of Chris Viola, Joe Warren and Damion
It was just business as usual for these
three with Viola winning 4-1 over 14th-
ranked Steve Doerrer, Warren scoring a
major decision over Dave Stoltz and
Damion Logan squeaking out a decision
over seventh-ranked Carl Perry 5-4.
Illinois coach Mark Johnson ques-
tioned his team's attitude yesterday.
"Our guys came in here and just
expected to win," Johnson said. "You
can't do that. We weren't prepared. The
bottom line is that Michigan just wanted
it more today."
Men's tankers drop
first dual since 1991
By Jon Zemke
Daily Sports Writer
There was a blue moon out on Friday
night, at least for the Michigan men's
swimming and diving team. The
Wolverines lost to Indiana on Friday,
137-106, which snapped a conference
dual meet winning streak that stretched
back to 1991.
"Indiana was really psyched,"
Michigan men's swimming coach Jon
Urbanchek said. "They took advantage
2 of the fact that they knew we were miss-
ing some of our key personnel."
Michigan started out the meet quickly,
winning three of the first five events
including a sweep of the 1,000-yard
freestyle with Mike McWha taking first,
T Joe Palmer second and Chuck Kennedy
But the second half ofthe meet proved
to be fatal, as Indiana took the majority
of wins in the races, including a sweep of
the 100 free.
"Indiana swam extremely well. Their
times were extremely good for this time
of the season. We could not match them
in some areas," Urbanchek said.
Sophomore Scott Meyer recorded a
TO career best 50 free to win in 20.97. Chris
Thompson also won the 500 freestyle as
the Wolverines swept the event, with
McWha and Kennedy filling out the last
"Scott Meyer had a good swim,'
Michigan senior Andy Potts said. "That
was unusual that we won the 50 (free),
but yet we still couldn't pull out the
Michigan's diving team was solid, tak-
ing first in the oae-meter springboard
and second in.the three-meter. Indiana's
top diver, all-American and Big Ten
diver of the year in 1998 Mike Collier,
won the three-meter.
A lot of Michigan's top swimmers
have fallen to the wayside sickness and
injury. Senior all-American Tom
Malchow missed his second consecutive
meet because a bout with pneumonia
and John Reich also missed the meet due
Two of Michigan's best freshmen
were lost for the season before the meet.
John Mallory is having his anterior cru-
ciate ligament in his knee repaired today
while Jon Arndt is recovering from
"A lot of our outstanding swimmers
could not make this trip," Urbanchek
said. "My thought was that it's more
important for them to be healthy for the
Big Ten Championships three weeks
down the road than go and swim a dual
meet. Nobody's going to remember a
dual meet in two days. Who cares?"
s for Blue
t really was my own fault, so I
can't complain. I had my head
down to begin with, and at the
time, I certainly wasn't paying atten-
tion to what was going on around
I was in the Central Campus
Recreation Building, and I was
studying a little event program, when
all of a sudden ... SMACK!
The pamphlet was knocked to the
ground, and my hand very nearly
went with it.
I never did see exactly what it was
that had broken in on my reading
(and nearly broken my hand in the
process), though I had a
pretty good idea. At thatHow 11
moment - and really, w
for most of the weekend world
- there were volleyballs they 9
flying all over the place, Anzon
in all directions, at what Florida
seemed close to the come !
speed of sound (or Arbor
maybe faster, since I cer- dub
tainly didn't hear that
particular one until it
drilled me). tOuran
When I'd made certain ~~--
my hand was still attached (I could
tell from the pain), and had gathered
my program (and senses), a close
look at the pamphlet confirmed what
I'd already suspected: There was a
volleyball tournament going on
inside the CCRB. Yes, I'm a regular
It didn't take a genius to figure it
out (or even a sports writer, for that
matter) -- the three main-floor bas-
ketball courts were monopolized by
six already-in-progress volleyball
matches. Several other teams of play-
ers lined the walls of the gym, wait-
ing for their team's next turn. Fans
and family also watched from up
against the walls. And if you've ever
been inside the CCRB, you know that
there isn't a whole bunch of extra
space to begin with.
The place was packed.
But that, in itself, wasn't all that
surprising. I've waited many a time
for a pickup hoops game on those
very same basketball courts. What
was surprising was that according to
the program, these were men's club
volleyball teams from all over the
country. Here it is, well into the sec-
ond semester for most colleges, and
there were teams -- not even varsity
teams, mind you - from every cor-
ner of the United States. Right here
in the CCRB.
The program listed competing
squads from the University of
Arizona, U. of Virginia, Utah Valley
State, Cal-Berkeley, U. of Florida,
Sacramento State ("Sac State" to
opponents) and Navy. There were 30
teams in all, and only five of them
(Michigan State, Western Michigan,
Oakland U. and two Michigan teams)
were schools from the state of
The first thing I thought was: How
in the world did they get Arizona and
Florida to come to Ann Arbor for a
club volleyball tournament? The sec-
ond thing I thought was:
the How in the world do they
plan to accommodate 30
d teams in this building?
' The third thing I thought
7 and was: Man, my hand still
D Ann But somehow, Reeder
or a Singler, the coordinator
of the "Michigan
ail Collegiate Classic," was
able to lure teams from
nent? all over.
------- Things got a little
more complicated when 30 teams
showed up at the gym. But the tour-
ney was structured to keep the action
On Saturday, the teams were divid-
ed into six pools of five teams each.
Round-robin pool play determined
the top four teams in each pool;
those teams advanced to a single-
elimination playoff. By the end of the
first day, the field was whittled down
to 16 teams. Those teams battled yes-
terday to determine the champion.
The end result? A long weekend
for Singler, presumably, and the rest
of the CCRB and tournament staffs.
And not everybody left entirely
happy. Poor Western Michigan, for
example, was particularly discour-
aged after Arizona - armed with
last year's tourney MVP, Mike
Stowell - made mincemeat of the
Broncos. But theirs was an extreme
Other teams were more successful.
The whole event brought people from
all over the country to Michigan's
own CCRB. And if nothing else,
there was plenty of fun to be had by
the players warming up between
games - sports writers, after all, are
excellent for target practice.
- Jim Rose can be reached via
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ToM Malchow missed another meet with pneumonia, and his presence was sorely
lssed. Indiana defeated Michigan in a dual meet, 137-106. It marked the first
tme -Michigan had lost a dual meet, dating back to 1991.
Return of swimmers
By Ryan C. Moloney
Daily Sports Writer
..-When you are on the same team as Shannon
-Shakespeare, there isn't always enough left-
over spotlight, no matter how deserved it is.
Not that anyone on the Michigan women's
wimming and diving team is complaining.
rhe ninth-ranked Wolverines handled No. 22
Notre Dame on Saturday, beating the Irish 162-
136 at Canham Natatorium.
The victory was the last dual meet of the
season for the team, and it served further
notice of another star on the Michigan team---
The sophomore captured the 100-yard back-
stroke (55.99), the 100 butterfly (56.32) and
the 50 freestyle (23.78).
Crisman snagged the 50 free by one one-
hundreth of second, reaching for the tap before
Notre Dame's Carrie Nixon.
Michigan coach Jim Richardson wasn't sur-
prised in the least about Crisman's competi-
tiveness or her three-win performance.
"Shannon's ranked No. 2 in the country in a
couple of events, but Jenny's ranked number
two in the country in the 100 backstroke,"
Richardson said. "We certainly haven't over-
"She loves close races. She loves to race and
she is a competitor. She's probably the swim-
ming equivalent of a gym rat. She loves a good,
old-fashioned tussle where every swim counts.
She loves to push off the wall, look'em in the
eye and challenge them - who's gonna get
For her part, Crisman was satisfied with her
performance and the team's.
"I was happy with my performances,"
Crisman said. "They were decent times for me
for now. Jim told us we needed to step up and
I think we did that as a team."
For Shakespeare, it was just another day at
the office. The junior won the 100 breastroke
(1:02.55), the 100 freestyle (51.07) and the 200
Yet the most encouraging aspect of
Saturday's meet from the team's perspective
was the return of Kerianne Kalbko and Jenni
Kalbko was stricken with the flu for most of
last week and Eberwein has not swam com-
petively for most of January because of her
battle with Epstein-Barr syndrome.
"It's huge to have them back," Shakespeare
said. "It's really nice to have Eberwein back.
She's a senior and she's had some bad luck.
Kerianne is on the upswing of things too and it
felt really good to have a full team."
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