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68 - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - March 6, 2000

Wrestling settles or 5th at Big ens

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Continued from Page 18
All three liked their chances
going into the semifinals and aill
three were forced to accept the con-
solation bracket.
2NI ost importantly, all three
responded with third-place finishes.
"The last thing (Michigan coach
Joe) McFarland said was let's get as
many' thirds as possible,"' Logan
said of his coach's reaction to the
disappointing first day. "And we got
a kot of thirds."
But Michigan took plenty of posi-
tives from the meet -- evidenced by

the fact that, despite not having a
single wrestler in the championship
bracket on the last day, the
Wolverines are still sending seven
wrestlers to the NCAA
(Cham pio nsh ips,
"I was happy with the way that we
camne back and wrestled,"
McFarland said. " think that's a
tribute to the guys realizing what the
hell they're capable of performing
out there."
A.J. Grant, Michigan's 125-pound
true freshman, finally found his
confidence again and was able to
finish with a fifth-place showing.
Grant, who had struggled

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Big Ten's toughest weight lasses
lost to third-place in sr Lero
Vega of Minnesota
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"I'm really happy for A A Warren
said. "A.J. wrestled as hard as he
could. Now he's going o nutionals
with a fifth-place finish
Also notable was Matt Brink.
Though the heavyweight suffered a
disappointing loss to Miehitan
State's Mutt Lamb. he recoveredI to
place fifth and punch his ticket to
NCA As.
"Mlv firsmahpaauns a
K,-id that I beatCfour ou;lsxtms
B k said. " " di"a"ited
because I thought I' uvet a win
thcrc."
But by the end. the Wolverines
had turned around a devastating day
and come out with one that everyone
could be happy about.
While 'fifth-place was not what
the Wolverines were hoping for, it
was a sign of perseeiance.
"For us to not have anyone ii the
finals is bad," Warren sad "Fifth
with no one in the inalis is good."

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Joe Warren and
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wrestling team
struggled in the
Big Ten
Championships
IO .k this weekend. The
Wolverines fin-
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WEST LAFAYETTE Charles
Martelli wants to fulfill his season-long
mrission - living up to the words of
one of his favorite songs.
Michigan wrestlers are welcomed to
the mat at each home meet as a song of
their choosing plays in the background
over the Cliff Keen Arena speaker sys-
tem. Martelli uses a popular Metallica
tune.
And like the song states, he'd love to
be the "Hero of the Dav."
In West Lafayette this past weekend,
Martelli had a chance to play hero for
two days. Unseeded and unexpected to
make noise in this past weekend's Big
Ten Championships, the sophomore
from Naperville. Ill., turned some

heads -including that of his coach, Joe
McFarland.
"I'm real happy for him," McFarland
said. " Chuck beat some guys that beat
him during the regular season."
For Martelli, the regular season was
anything but regular.
Listed at 157 pounds, Martelli was
expected to redshirt entering the sea-
son.
But when a team captain and nation-
al champion contender like 174-pound
Otto Olson goes down with a season-
ending injury, everybody has to nake
adjustments.
Martelli did just that, struggling
through the final ten meets of the sea-
son while sporting a 2-8 record in a
weight class that was, at the beginning
of the season, considered a guaranteed
win for the Wolverines.

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But after placing sixth at Big Tens,
Martelli is in a position that he admit-
tedly never imagined. In two weeks, he
will be with the team in St. Louis, rep-
resenting Michigan in the NCAA
Championships.
The first glimpse of opportun$
came on Saturday, when Martelli lost in
the preliminary round to No. 7 Joel
Walker of Ohio State- a match that he
was very upset about.
But despite some feelings of failure,
Martelli used the loss as a springboard,
realizing that he wrestled well enough
in the recent past, and that it was time
for something to go his way.
"Something had to click," Martelli
said. "Is it the end of your season
not? What do you want to do?"
Something clicked.
Martelli followed his loss with two
wins to end the first day of the event.
Suddenly, an unseeded wrestler was in
the semifinals. hunting for a third-place
finish.
That wrestler, as excited -as evr,
embraced his teary-eyed parents alld
displayed a new sense of confidence
not often seen in similar situations.
Olson and his knee were no longer so
clearly tattooed on the foreheads of
each member of the team.
"This is awesome," Martelli
screamed. "It feels great!.
Unfortunately, memories of the
Michigan captain could not stay away
for long. En route to losing to No.2
Ben King of Illinois, Martelli's previ-
ously injured hamstring was pulled
again. In his later preparation for t
fifth-place match, Martelli realized tlw
he could not possibly go on and he hod
to forfeit to Minnesota's Delaney
Berger.
And though the tournament didnt
end as well as it started, Martelli is still
alive and off to St. Louis, with another
chance to become the hero of the day
ahead of him.

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