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(24) FLORIDA 89,
South Carolina 61
(5) MARYLAND 77,
Clemson 60
(20) Syracuse 73,
BOSTON COLLEGE 56
(23) Texas 62,
BAYLOR 52

(11) KENTUCKY 88,
Vanderbilt 63
(10) OHIO STATE 63
(15) Wisconsin 54
(7) ST.JOHN'S 73,
Notre Dame 53
ARKANSAS 104,
(2) Auburn 88
(17) Indiana 70,
ILLINOIS 64 (OT)

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The Michigan soccer team signed four recruits Tuesday,
increasing the class of 1999 to six. Andrea Kayal,
Michele Pesiri, Vicky Whitley and Carly Williamson add to
the earlier signings of Abby Crumpton and Amy Sullivant.

Thursday
February 25, 1999

5A

Louis Bullock
played his final
game as a
Wolverine in
C ler Arena last
Awi. The senior
finished strong
with 25 pointsM'
and was a
perfect 8.8 from
the l ne.
WARREN ZINN/Daily
Hoops drops home
finale to Penn State

Bahr none
Grapplers host
0
Big Ten meet
By Michael Shafir
HN Daily Sports Writer
For 20 straight years, Dale Bahr has stood in the same spot,
watched the same thing and suffered through the same result.
It's made his hair turn gray, sapped his body of energy and
frustrated him to levels most people have never experienced.
Every year that Bahr has been the coach of the Michigan
wrestling team, Iowa has won the Big Ten championship.
But this year, Bahr may be able to walk away with a differ-
s: ent outcome.
"I think this may be the year that Iowa doesn't win" Bahr
said. "In fact, I'd be astounded if they pull it out."
Minnesota has ascended to the top of the conference ranks
and with two close wins over the Hawkeyes this season, the
Golden Gophers are primed to end Iowa's reign at the Big Ten
g Championship.
Iowa, which has won 25 straight Big Ten championships, is
still ranked third in the country but doesn't have the firepower
sr to keep up with Minnesota.
"Minnesota has the personnel top to bottom to win," Bahr
said. "Iowa has four or five outstanding individuals, but just
doesn't have the depth"
Leading the way for the Gophers are two wrestlers ranked
first in the country in their weight class, Chad Kraft at 157
pounds and 197 pound Tim Hartung.
Michigan brings 10 wrestlers that have a chance to qualify
for the NCAA Tournament. It takes a top-seven finish at the
conference championship to earn a bid for NCAA's.
"Obviously I'd like to see all 10 qualify," Bahr said. "But I
think seven is more realistic and anything above that is gravy."
Leading Michigan's charge is second-ranked Otto Olson.
Olson, who did not lose a match in a dual meet all season, will
be the top seed at Big Tens.
DAVID RoCHKIND/Daily Olson's stiffest competition will come from Penn State's
For twenty years, Michigan wrestling coach Dale Bahr has seen Iowa rule at the Big Ten champi- Glenn Pritzlaff and Northwestern's Mark Bybee. Olson's
onships. But Bahr's team Is hoping to prevent Iowa from prevailing again next weekend. See BIG TENS, Page 8A
Fr eshmanneed to mature for big meet

:

4

Rick Freeman
y Sports Editor
The final score of Michigan's loss
o Penn State, 78-72, might well be
orgotten even before this season is.
ce Brian Ellerbe and Tom Izzo are
a'das bright, young coaches clash-
n ead to head for the best talent in
ichigan and across the country, few
*11 remember this, the Wolverines'
8th and no
ubt not the PENN STATE 78
ast loss of
heir 91st sea- MICHIGAN 72
,on.
That's the gospel around the
ichigan basketball program - bet-
er years are coming. More history is
be written. Why dwell on the
egative?
"I think we'll see a coach that is
onna get his players to contend in the
ig Ten and the country in the years to
ome," Michigan Athletic Director
om Goss said.
Nobody wants to say that next year
ould be even rougher than this one.
ithout the steady guidance of
en ors Robbie Reid and Louis
*ck - honored in a pre-game cer-
Women's
-m
ennis tops
,partans
By Dan Williams
For the Daily
The Michigan women's tennis team's
victory over Michigan State yesterday
was a comeback in every sense of the
word. They came back from deficits in
games, sets and matches, and ultimate-
ly won the competition, 5-4. With the
victory, the Wolverines extended their
4ging streak over Michigan State to
12 games, a streak that dates back to
1989.
"Its been a long time since Michigan
State has beat us'" Michigan coach
Bitsy Ritt said. "As the match pro-
gressed, we had the confidence advan-
tage."
The competition began with
Michigan State jumping out to a 2-1
lead after the doubles matches. To com-
pound matters, Michigan's top player,
s>r co-captain Danielle Lund, didn't
play singles due to tendonitis.
Even with victories from junior co-
captain Brooke Hart and senior Jen
See SPARTANS, Page 8A

emony along with Ron Oliver and Erik
Szyndlar - next season the
Wolverines might not surprise anyone.
If there weretany surprises in this
game between two Big Ten bottom-
feeders, it was that lowly Penn State
was able to sweep the season series
with Michigan. The Nittany Lions
pulled this off largely due to the
efforts of Joe Crispin (17 points) and
Calvin Booth (16 points), whose late-
game sky hook put Michigan down by
four.
"It just wasn't enough;' Robbie
Reid said.
He was talking about Michigan's
effort last night, but he could have
meant its entire season.
These Wolverines played their
hearts out at times, especially when
lifted on the cheers of their fans. But
when the fan support wasn't there,
their game usually wasn't either.
"I'm very, very disappointed in Ann
Arbor and Michigan for not support-
ing Robbie and Lou," Ellerbe lashed
out after the game. The fans are "real-
ly the epitome of college basketball."
When Michigan makes it back to
See FINALE, Page 8A
MSU: s
warrants
not served
The arrest warrants issued
Tuesday for Michigan State hock-
ey players senior forward Bryan
Adams and senior defenseman
Jeff Kozakowski-had not been
served as of late last night,
Michigan State Assistant Athletic
Director John Lewandowski said.
"It is still an open investiga.
tion. It's our policy not to com-
ment, Lewandowski said.
- The charge on the warrant for
Adams is for malicious destruc-
tion of property and the charge on
the warrant for Kozakowski is for
assault and battery, according to a
report on USA Today's college
hockey Website.
The report also said that the
warrants came as a result of a
Sept. 18, 1998 incident, according
to district police records.
Kozakowski and Adams could
not be reached for comment.
-By Daily Sports Writer
Mark Francescutti

.

By Jason Emeott
Daily Sports Writer
This weekend, it's time for
Michigan's freshman swimmers to
leave Never Never Land behind and
grow up.
Michigan coach Jon Urbanchek is
counting on his younger Wolverines
in the Big Ten swimming and diving
Championships in Bloomington
today through Saturday.
"The freshmen will have, to con-
tribute big points for us to have a
chance," Urbanchek said.
"We are putting an awful lot of
pressure on a very talented freshmen
class.This is their opportunity to
shine."
That is a lot of pressure, consider-
ing that Michigan enters the Big Ten
Championships with the unfamiliar
role of underdog.
The Wolverines have won 11 out
of the last 13 Big Ten titles. But for
the first time, they recognize that
nothing short of a spectacular perfor-
mance will bring home another
championship banner to Canham
Natatorium.
Michigan needs the group of "new
kids" to help take back the Big Ten
title from defending champion
Minnesota.
That's a little bit of pressure -
considering that one year ago these
freshmen were ripping up their high

school state championships. Starting
Thursday, they will have to make the
transition to swimming in one of the
fastest conference championship
meets in the country. It's time to
grow up.
"I like the pressure," said
Michigan freshman Jeff Hopwood.
"This is what we've been looking
forward to the past five months of
training. I hope that the other six
freshmen and I will step up."
Hopwood said that his freshmen
class has big-meet experience out-
side of the high school ranks at
junior nationals, but no one can truly
know what to expect of the Big Ten
Championships.
"It's obviously going to be an
extreme difference;" Hopwood said.
Even though they're new to the
game, the freshmen class isn't going
to let their inexperience get in the
way of what they have to accomplish
this weekend.
"We're the big question marks on
the team with being the first year in
the program, but we're well aware of
what's expected of us;' Hopwood
said.
Outside of their freshmen, the
Wolverines are hoping their
strengths will overcome their major
weaknesses to topple the Gophers
and the rest of the Big Ten.
Michigan's strengths will be in the

200-yard butterfly and 1,650-yard
freestyle, where defending champi-
ons senior co-captain Tom Malchow
and sophomore Chris Thompson are
obvious favorites. Also, the
Wolverines are counting on strong
performances in the 500 free, 200
breaststroke and the 400 individual
medley.
Fast swims in those events will be
essential because the Wolverines are
very weak in the backstroke, the
sprint events, and the short relays. In
fact, Urbanchek won't even enter a
swimmer in 200 back because the
Wolverines are so shallow in the
event.
To counteract the lack of depth in
the swimming events, the Michigan
swimmers can count on their divers.
"Our divers will keep us in bal-
ance," Urbanchek said.
Michigan diving coach Richard

Kimball is expecting a quality per-
formance from his squad. He said
that Indiana has the best divers in the
conference, but Michigan should
challenge anyone else for the
remaining diving points.
"We've been diving well lately,"
Kimball said. "I really think we're
going to come through this week-
end."
Overall, the entire Michigan
swimming and diving program is
well aware of what it's going to take
to win its 12th conference title in 14
tries.
"We need to have some big time
swims,"Urbanchek said.
But, nobody seems scared of the
task at hand. Everyone is focused
and ready to go.
"I think it's going to go great,"
Hopwood said. "I'm ready. In fact, I
can't wait."

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