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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, March 22, 2000 -13

eThrough war-like times,
'M' wrestlers never quit

By Jon Schwartz
Daily Sports Writer
It would have been so easy for them to give
But then again, in a sport like wrestling,
where the largest of margins can leave even
the victor bruised and bloodied, "easy" takes
on a whole new mean-_
ing. Taking the easy way WRE
out doesn't work in war,
and it certainly doesn't Commentary
work in wrestling.
So the Michigan wrestling team fought on.
The wrestlers tried to put the loss of superstar
Otto Olson behind them and keep on fighting.
whey decided that losing a star did not mean
crificing winning.
And they won.
No, the Wolverines did not win the NCAA
Championships in St. Louis over the past
weekend. They didn't even crack the top 10.
This year they placed 13th, exactly the same
spot as last year's team.
But where the wrestlers succeeded was in
their ability to exorcise a demon that could
have easily killed them - the impulse to look
* next year in the face of competitive tragedy.
Instead they fought on and came home suc-
cesses, forgetting about the outsiders who had
ruled them out three months earlier.
And while coach Joe McFarland would
never follow the lead of the naysayers, even
he was not beyond sharing the pain of his ath-
"It was frustrating," he said. "But as a
coach, you have to hide those frustrations.

Even though 'you may think, 'God, I don't
have the confidence right now going up
against a tough team,' it was encouraging see-
ing these guys continuing to work hard in
Frustrating in that, during his first season
as head coach, McFarland did not hold the
insurance of wrestlers who he could pencil in
for easy victories day in and day out. Besides
Olson, the Wolverines found themselves
without the services of Joe Warren, Mike
Kulczycki and Damion Logan, each for sev-
eral matches.
"I don't know if there was one meet when
we were completely healthy," McFarland said.
But just as a rusty bullet wouldn't stop a .44
Magnum from firing - a few scars weren't
sending this team down. The only thing stand-
ing in the way was the Big Ten.
The Big Ten is just an ordinary wrestling
conference like the Civil War was a quarrel
between neighbors. That point is evidenced
by the fact that at the National Wrestling
Coaches Association All-Star Classic in
February, seven of the 10 matches included at
least one wrestler from the conference.
And Michigan's 5-2-1 record in the Big Ten
season probably didn't even approach its
expectations for the year. But when expecta-
tions include a team's best players, conces-
sions must be made and understanding is a
"I just tried to put that out of my head, and
not to focus on it too much as a negative,"
McFarland said.
The team won when it had to, and lost
when it was expected to. Despite the best

P4yRyt g'COrtRNUE/al y
Sophomore 184-pounder Andy Hrovat is a key to Michigan's future contention in the Big Ten.

efforts of the entire roster, with more
wrestlers called into action over the season
than any coach wants, the depleted Michigan
team was just not going to beat powerhouses
like Minnesota and Illinois. Both teams held
the Wolverines to single digits in their respec-
tive matches.
But the records and scores didn't show the
team's truly impressive feats. McFarland
looked deep into his brigade and found the
soldiers to keep his team alive.
Wrestlers like Charles Martelli, Olson's
replacement at 174 pounds, and 125-pound
true freshman A.J. Grant stepped into the line
of fire and escaped with only a few nicks.
And as the season ends, it is the future that
comes to the forefront of the rejuvenated
Michigan team. Losing only one starter, All-
American Joe Warren, and returning three

former All-Americans, Michigan is looking
solid for the coming years.
And McFarland wants them to know that
while injuries like this season's cannot be pre-
dicted, 13th just won't cut it next year when
the team gets Olson back and straps a stan-
dard issue uniform onto the team's future stars
- 133-pound Foley Dowd, 141-pound Clark
Forward and the most touted recruit of them
all, 125-pound Chris Rodrigues.
"This team's capable of much more next
year," McFarland said. "But there's going to
be a price to pay. It's not going to come easy.
Those guys are going to have to make that
commitment to the team and stick around this
summer, and continue to work out so they can
get prepare for next year.
"Summer wrestling brings winter champi-
ons, no question about it."

Spartans reminiscei
Final Four party
EAST LANSING (AP) - After Joshua Zantello watched
Michigan State's basketball team lose to Duke in last year's
Final Four, he and some friends went out into the chilly March
night to join a raucous street party.
As the bonfires grew larger and students poured into the
streets, the party became a full-fledged riot. Zantello was
amazed as he watched a stranger rip the grille off someone's car.
He didn't know that witnessing that act, without trying-o
stop it, would cost him thousands of dollars in legal fees and
restitution. He didn't know that East Lansing and Ingham
County, furious about alcohol-induced problems, would crack
down more harshly than ever before after the March 27 riot:
Zantello wound up one of 71 Michigan State students and
132 people total arrested on riot-related charges. Because he
didn't stop the man who
ripped the grille off the
car, Zantello was con- -d S
sidered an accessory to Facts and figures from the March 27
the crime, a charge that riot at Michigan State. Rioters were
could have sent him to prosecuted both by Ingham County
prison for up to a year. and the City of East Lansing.
Zantello said he Arrests: 132 peopl, including 71
believes the punishment Michigan State students and 12 stu-
would be justified if he dents from other schools.
had taken the grille.
"If I had actually Convictions: 113 people, including
done something, yeah, 55 felonies and 58 misdemeanors.
but I personally didn't Costs for damage andi
even know the guy that $ sd9n vs t
took it," he said. "We
had nothing to do with Retribution payments ordered:
it whatsoever. I think it $325,818
was a little extreme for
what we had done." Tips: Website set up to catch rioters
whatwe hd doe." received 575 tips; 106 of the people
Zantello, a sopho- arrsted were identified through the
more marketing major Website.
from Niles, said police
identified him because aew cymsom .
he was quoted in The
State News, Michigan State's student newspaper.
Police arrested him and a neighbor on April 11. He posted a
$250 bond and was released with an electronic tether on the
condition that he leave home only for work and school.
On April 28, his charge was reduced to disorderly conduct, a
low-level misdemeanor. He was sentenced to I l days in jail, but
wasn't jailed because the judge gave him credit for the time he
spent on the tether.
Still, he was ordered to remain on the electronic tether for six
months, and was given a computer monitor hooked to a
Breathalyzer so police could make sure he was at home and
alcohol-free when he was supposed to be.
Zantello said police checked on him several times a night,
calling at 8 p.m., 12 a.m., 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.
Zantello paid $75 for the Breathalyzer. He also was ordered
to pay $2,300 in restitution plus courtroom and attorney fees.
He's still making payments to the court.
Zantello says he took a second part-time job to help pay his
bills. But he says the experience hasn't changed somethings.
"I still go out, I have a good time," he said. "I'm not wild and
crazy, I'm not a bad guy, so I'm not the kind of person the
police would be going after."
But if there's ever another riot?
"I'll be at home watching it on CNN," he said.
The Albany essentials

Women's tennis trying to halt losing streak

By Joe Smith
Daily Sports Writer
If tennis was like the game of horse-
shoes, the Michigan women's tennis team
mnigfit be in a lot better position than the
Losing several close matches to top-
ranked teams and proving they can com-
pete with the best is simply not good
enough for the Wolverines (0-3 Big Ten, 5-
5 overall).
After starting off the season 4-0,
Michigan has lost five out of its last six,
including setbacks to No. 12
Northwestern, No. 20 Tennessee and No
23 Kentucky. The lack of execution and
consistency in certain spots were the dif-

ference in the highly competitive matches. opportuniti
"We need to cut down
on our own mistakes," ,,

senior co-captain Base
Danielle Lund said. After sta
"The teams weren't that women'si
much better than us, We and som
just couldn't execute Wolverin
and prove it out on the the BigT
But these losses are No3
not what bother No. 12 NK
Michigan coach Bitsy Illinois
Ritt the most. San Dien
Letdowns to Illinois No.201T
and Minnesota on the Minneso
days following these
heartbreaking defeats represented

Line blues
rting off 4-0, the Michigan
tennis team hit the wall-
e rough competition. The
nes are currently winless in

es to beat conference foes
against which Michigan
stacked up well.
"I thought we matched
up pretty well with
Minnesota," Ritt said.
"We have to improve our
consistency throughout the
whole lineup and win
those close matches."
The Wolverines' 0-3
start in the conference is
their worst since the 1989-
90 season, when they start-
ed off 0-4. But that team
turned things around and
- won its next five games en
7-6 conference record (20-9

Although this same fate could hold true
for these Wolverines, their path will not be
as easy. Next week, they will face three
Top 40 teams, including No. 14 Notre
But Michigan has the opportunity this
weekend to rejuvenate the season in its
first Big Ten road match. The Wolverines
will face Michigan State (0-3 Big Ten, 2-7
overall) in East Lansing on Saturday at i
The Spartans, also winless in confer-
ence play, have not enjoyed many close
matches. They've been blanked in each of
their first three Big Ten matches, winning
only one set, and being outscored, 21-0, by
their opponents.

00 State

Lost, 3.6
Lost, 2-5
Lost, 2-5
Won, 6-3
Lost, 4-5
Lost, 2-5

missed route to a

Continued from Page 12
Peach knows this better than anyone. With three
years of NCAA blue line experience and a nation-
al title under his belt, the captain has tried to
impart his knowledge onto Michigan's large crop
of freshmen.
"It's so much more intense than the regular sea-
son," Peach said. "All the games that I remember
from my career here are from the tournament. You
just tell the younger guys to think of the Michigan
State game times two. The freshmen have learned
a lot this year and I hope I've been able to teach
them that this is the time of year that you have to
put all of your eggs in one basket."
TOURNAMENT NOTES: Michigan enters the 2000
NCAA Tournament with the highest winning per-
centage of any team in history. The Wolverines
boast an astounding .700 winning percentage with
a record of 35-15. The team's 35 tournament vic-
tories are second all-time to Minnesota, which has

39. Michigan is appearing in its 23rd NCAA
Tournament - third most behind Minnesota (24)
and Boston University (25).
Michigan starts off the new millennium the
same way it ended the last. The Wolverines were
the only team to appear in all 10 tournaments in
the '90s.
Saturday's matchup with Colgate will be the
first time the two teams meet in the NCAA
Tournament. The two teams have met four times
in the regular season, with the Wolverines holding
a 3-1 advantage. The two teams split their last
meeting back on Oct. 16-17 of 1997 at Yost Ice
SPORTIN' THE FUZZ: A few of the Wolverines
have already begun growing a little playoff facial
hair for the NCAA Tournament. The styles range
from the traditional full facial beard, to the goatee
to the on-to-Sturgis handle bar approach by
"Last year I had a goatee and we know how that
turned out," Blackburn said. "This year I've got
handle bars so we'll so what happens."

If you're planning on heading to Albany this weekend for
Michigan's first-round matchup with Colgate, here are a few
important things to know:

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