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By Michael Shafrir
y Sports Writer
With only two dual meets left on the
schedule, it is time for the Michigan
wrestling team to look ahead to both
the Big Ten and NCAA
Championships. But afew Michigan
wrestlers are probably looking for
&ne rest and relaxation.
Michigan has been bitten recently
by the injury bug. Compounding the
problem is a roster that featured five
freshmen against Purdue. There isn't a
lot of experience on the team with the
grueling preparations for the two
championship meets in the near future.
Corey Grant suffered a deep calf
bruise at the end of Thursday's practice
Ad is expected to miss the last week-
Vd of the season. But Michigan coach
Dale Bahr said it could have been
much worse.
"We thought that his leg was bro-
ken," Bahr said. "He's not moving
around too well right now, but at least
his season's not over."
Frank Lodeserto has been bothered
by a nagging ankle sprain suffered Jan.
24 against Wisconsin.
"We'll probably keep him out until
Ao Tens," Bahr said. "It's real hard to
over from an ankle sprain if you
keep wrestling. The only thing you can
do is rest it.'
The two freshman mainstays in
Michigan's lineup, Andy Hrovat and
Charles Martelli, are looking to stay
strong through the end of the season.
"It's a long season for the fresh-
man ;' Bahr said. "It's real tough for
them to maintain their intensity for the
!iole season."
. Bahr said that Martelli has been
going through some difficulttimes on
the mat.
"He's at his low point, as far as this
season goes;' Bahr said.
Hrovat, on the other hand, seems to
have found what it takes to make it
through a long season. In the match
against Purdue, Hrovat moved into
10th-place all-time for wins by a fresh-
'I gotta give credit to the condition-
ing and coaching I've been getting,"
Hrovat said. Michigan assistant coach
"Joe McFarland has been getting on
me lately to improve my mental side
and that's helped a lot"
Bahr credits the attitude Hrovat
brings to the mat for helping him this
"He's not afraid to go after points,
*ich you don't usually see in a fresh-
man," Bahr said. "He's out there
laughing and smiling which is great to
Injuries and fatigue aside, the
Wolverines feel they will be ready to
grapple with the best in the next
"It might seem unrealistic with the
inexperience we've got," Bahr said.
"But we want to win at some Big Ten
titles and then go see what happens at
I V 1 n

With his win Sunday against
Purdue, freshman Andy Hrovat
moved into 10th place all-time for
wins by a freshman.
The top 10: (current wrestlers in

Grounded runners
make the best of it

By RaFo Ombe
For the Daly
Seven members ofthe Michigan men's
track and field team were scheduled to
compete at high altitude in the mile-high
air of Colorado this weekend. But thanks
to the American Airlines sickout, they
couldn't get off the ground.
"Everybody was pretty bummed about
not getting to go,' freshman Ike Okenwa
With their flight cancelled, the athletes
joined the rest of their teammates
Saturday at the non-scoring Wolverine
'This was really a low-key meet,'
assistant coach Ron Warhurst said.
"We're just sharpening up for the Big Ten
With the Big Tens only a week away,
several Wolverines notched encouraging
performances that left the coaching staff
optimistic for the upcoming champi-
onship meet.
The most encouraging performance
came from freshman sprinter Ike
Okenwa, who was held out of Michigan's
previous meet with a leg injury. Fans and
coaches alike breathed a collective sigh
of relief after seeing Okenwa win the 60-
meter and 200-meter dashes.
Although he didn't make the provi-
sional standard for the NCAA
Championships, Ike was pleased with his
performance and can't wait to compete in
the Big Tens.
"Just being at Big Tens as a freshman
will be great" Okenwa said. "I'm really
excited. This is what we've been training
for all year. There's no looking back
The Big Ten Championships, which
take place this Saturday, also mark the
last chance Okenwa will have to make
the provisional standard that has eluded
him all season.
"I can't back off in practice. If I just

bust it out. Monday and improve my
starts, I can make that standard," he said.
Okenwa isn't the only Wolverine who
enters the week with momentum on his
side. Freshman thrower Patrick
Johansson had a breakthrough perfor-
mance 'in the stranger indoor only 35
lb.weight throw. He threw two feet fur-
ther than he did a week ago and left
Michigan coach Jack Harvey very
"This is the kind of day we were wait-
ing for from Patrick," Harvey said. "If he
has two more feet left in him, and I think
he does, he can really challenge for the
win at Big Tens.'
Another freshman, Jeremy Schneider,
proved that he is ready to compete with
the best of the Big Ten. Schneider ran the
400 and won after winning the 500 and
600 in the previous two weeks.
"Everything is dropping into place
right now," Schneider said.
Also notable was the performance of
freshman Oded Padan, who continued
his season-long domination of the triple
jump. Padan, ranked eighth in the nation
in the event, stayed undefeated by win-
ning with a jump of 51 feet, 1 inch.
Although the performances of
Michigan's talented freshmen have been
nice, Harvey is not sure what to expect
from them at Big Tens.
"You can't really count on freshmen at
the Big Tens. They'll make their mis-
takes. Its just a matter of minimizing
those mistakes."
At this point in the season, the coach-
ing staff is looking for an upperclassman
who can come forward with strong per-
formances in crunch time.
That one could be junior Jay Cantin.
After suffering through an early-season
slump, Cantin has heated up in the past
two weeks, winning the 800 in 1:52, the
fastest any Wolverine has run the event
all year.

The Wolverine Open wasn't supposed to feature many members of the Michigan men's track team, but the American
Airlines sick-out forced seven members of the team to make unscheduled appearances at the Track Building on Saturday.

I ,

Confidence growing, and its
showing for women' track





By Arun Gopal
For the Daily
The No. 9 Michigan women's track
and field team went into Saturday's
Wolverine Open at the Indoor Track
Building looking for a confidence
The Wolverines certainly got it.
The Wolverines had their "best
meet of the year so far," Michigan
coach James Henry said.
Though the meet was unscored, it
was clear that the Wolverines were
enjoying more success than they had
experienced the previous week at both
the Meyo Invitational in Notre Dame
and at the Cannon Classic in
Junior Brandi Bentley turned in the
top individual performance of the day
for the Wolverines.
Bentley won the long jump with an
NCAA-qualifying leap of 20 feet, 10
1/2 inches, which ranked as the
nation's third-best jump this year.
The jump broke school and venue
"It felt great;' Bentley said. "My
hard work paid off. I feel like I have
put in the work all year, and I'm see-
ing the results."
The record jump comes just 'one

week before the Big Ten
Championships in Columbus.
"Taking Big Tens is my goal. With a
solid week of practice, I feel like I've
got a good shot," Bentley said.
Another Wolverine who had a pro-
ductive day was distance runner Katie
McGregor won the mile with an
NCAA provisional qualifying time of
"I did alright," McGregor said.
"This was my first time running this
event in a while. I was glad to get in
under 4:50, but it wasn't a great run. I
hope to get better before Big Tens
next week."
Among Michigan's other winners
were Adrienne Hunter in the 800
meters, Maria Brown in the 60
meters, Marcy Akard in -the 3000
meters, Nikki Keith in the shot put
and the distance medley relay team,
which clocked in at a time of 3:47.8.
Hunter was pleased with her victo-
ry in the 800, yielding an NCAA pro-
visional time of 2:09.03.
"I'm happy with my run," Hunter
said. "This is the fastest I've ever run,
indoors or outdoors. I've still got
room to improve before Big Tens,
where I'll be running the 600 instead

of the 800."
Henry was satisfied with his team's
performance, coming off a below-
average showing last weekend.
"This was definitely better than last
week," Henry said. "It's good to fin-
ish up with our best meet of the year.
"We need to use this result for
momentum and confidence. If we
take confidence from this meet and
show some determination, we'll put
up a hell of a fight at Big Tens."

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