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The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, December 6, 2000 -9

KGrant grows in Big Ten;
avoids sophomore jinx

By Job Singer
Daily Sports %Vritcr
A.J. Grant knows about the difficult
ansition from high school to college.
In high school, you are used to winning
all the time, but you come to college and
you get beat on a little bit," the sophomore
srpd.
Last year. Grant was the victim. This
year he is the bully. After taking second
place in this past weekend's Cliff Keen Las
,Vegas Invitational, Grant is 14-2 on the
year. His runner-up finish was the best on
the team - not badconsidering he didn't
expect to start immedately when he
tered Michigan last season.
"I didn't plan on going varsity. I figured
I'd redshirt." Grant said.
G,'ant took abuse during the dual-meet
scason en route to a 4-11 record in 1999-
2000. But as the meets got bigger, Grant
got better. lie proved himself to be among
the conference's best by taking fifth in the

Big Ten Championships. Then he proved
that he could compete on the national level
by winning two matches at NCAAs. His
improvements reflect on bettering his
positioning with his feet.
"Inli college. evervone goes after you." he
said. "They don't care who you are. I am
just staying in position and not letting peo-
ple get in on my legs as much."
Some thought top recruit Chris
Rodrigues who also wrestles at 125
pounds - would take over Grant's starting
spot right away. But Grant wasn't afraid.
"I knew it was my spot last year and I
just had to keep it"' Grant said.
Michigan coach Joe McFarland lo\ es
looking across the practice mat everyday
in Crisler Arena and seeing the likes of
Rodrigues. Grant and high ly regarded 133-
pounder :oley Dowd going at each other.
"(ireat wrestlers make other wrestlers
great," McFarland said. "All these guys are
pushing each other and their practices are
that much better"

HAWAII
Continued from Page 8
will have some healing power as both swimmers are ke
conipetitors in its NCAA fate.
"Everybody's going," Urbanchek said. "The thought of
going to Hawaii seems to cure everybody's illnesses. It
seems like everybody gets healthy."
After rigorous training in the Pacific, the Wolverines
will fly to San Francisco for dual meets Jan. 5-6 against
No. 3 Stanford and No. 5 California.
"Stanford and Cal are going to be tough meets because
we are going to be flying straight back from the harddst
couple of weeks of training that we will be doing the
whole year," captain Scott Werner said. "On the way
back, we will probably only have a day or so to recowir-f
With my experience two years ago, we didn't do so wel
because we were pretty tired."
Michigan won the meet last year against Stanfordbut
a victory will not come without a struggle. None of the
Cardinal's key swimmers graduated. The team was able
to recruit more talented swimmers to its roster, making it
even more of a challenge.
"I don't know how that will shake out," Namesnik said.
"Hopefully we will give them a good run. Chances arc,
we probably won't beat those teams."
But to briefly forget the pessimism, one can only be
envious of the team's Hawaiian vacation.
"It is secluded, but it will still be Hawaii," Werner said.
"We will train outdoors and work on some good tans.
And it's going to be a lot of fun."

NORMAN NG/Daiy
125-pounder A.J. Grant has fought his way to a mark of 14-2 in his sophomore campaign.

The Las Vegas tournament was the first
time Grant placed highest on the team.
McFarland believes the torch is being
passed to Grant.
"No doubt about it.'' McFarland said.
"lle will probably be one of the future
leaders of the team."
One ofGrant's leadership qualities is the
h igh aspirations he takes to the mat.
"I definitely want to be in the top three
in the Big Ten," Grant said. "I want to be

an All-American."
Despite their lack of success in Vegas,
Grant knows many of his teammates will
be at the top of their respective weight
classes.
"I had my bad weekend at Michigan
State," Grant said. "This weekend was my
time. Now I know I can wrestle with the
big guys.
"The big names are nothing but a
name.

ROEMENSKY
#ntinued from Page 8
Roemensky's value. In even-strength sit-
uAtions, Michigan has scored 14 more
goals than its opponents have while he
was on the ice.
"He's just a solid overall defenseman?
said Jeff Jillson, the anchor of
Michigan's blue line. "He brings the
puck out really well and plays good
defense. You can always rely on him to
play solid at both sides of the ice."
The Wolverines are blessed with a
*ethora of offensive firepower. But with
the injuries to the blueliners, the team
needs a way to stay in control defensive-
* Coach Red Berenson sees that ability
in Roemenskv.
"He's nomally a reliable defensive
defenseman and he gets the puck out of
his own zone and has good defensive
instincts." Berenson said. "That shows
Lip in his plus/minus because he's not
Ming up a lot of goals.
"That's the kind of player that you
need. They don't need to score a lot or
have great statistics, but if they're not
being scored on and they're doing their
job in our zone, then they're important to
o'ur team."

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Eyewitness
West Bank & Gaza
plus video footage
Speaker: Sarah Flounders
National co-director of the International Action Center
Organizer of hurnanitarian and fact-finding delegation to the
West Bank and Gaza Strip, late Oct. 2000
When: Thurs, Dec. 7, 7:30pm
Where: Angell Hall Aud. C
Lvent sponsors: American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee;
Arab Students Association. International Action Center.
Muslim Students Association. Palestine Committee

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Badgers' Nick Davis
9trested for theft
MADISON {U-WIRL) _
Wisconsina football player Nick
Davis and a female friend were
,charged with felony retail theft
Monday for allegedly stealing a
$4,000 high-definition TV from a
Madison Best Buy.
Davis, 21, a junior wide receiver
*d kick returner, and freshman
Jenny Manikhan, 20, each face up
to 15 years in prison and S10,000 in
fines if convicted.
According to the criminal con-
plaint, Davis approached
Manikham, a Best Buy cashier, and
asked if she could "hook him up"
with a TV
The complaint states Manikham
recorded and voided the purchase
of a 38" RCA fiat-screen TV, but
ye a copy of the receipt and a pur-
chase order to Davis on Oct. 23.
Davis, Manikham and several
friends picked up the TV from the
store on Oct. 24, and store officials
noticed it missing with no record of
purchase on Nov. I5.
After locating the purchase order
and voided transaction conducted
by Maniklham, store officials con-
46cted police.
Dupay Is back with
Gators for State game
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -
Humbled and a little bit wiser,
Florida guard Teddy Dupay earned
his way back onto the team yester-
day after a one-game suspension.
Gators coach Billy Donovan
«wldn't divulge whether Dupay
110l start tonight when No. 8 Florida
plays at No. 2 Michigan State in a
rematch of last year's national title
game, but he said tlie junior guard
w ild make the trip.
"le took care of some things yes-
terday and this morning," Donovan
said. "Once he gets some final
things completed, he'll make the trip
and play."
ADonovan wouldn't say what
upay. had to do to earn his spot
back after being suspended for "vio-
lating team rules."' It seemed clear,
hov ever, that Dupay apologized to
tearnmates for the actions that led to
his suspension last week.

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