The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - January 22, 2001- 3B
Michigan falls three
points short of glory
Star of the Week
Ranked 19th entering the duals, Martelli finished the
weekend 4-1, including three wins over top-12
wrestlers. He nearly pinned No. 8 Ben Shirk of Iowa
and then won by a fall against No. 6 Robbie Waller of
Oklahoma. Martelli's net dual meet point total of +14
ranked second on the team next to heavyweight Matt
Brink's compilation of +27.
* Variations on a Jim
of my academic strategy yes-
terday found me in the base-
ment of Michigan Book and Supply,
searching frantically for a text on
I expected the afternoon to be wast-
ed on a wild goose chase for the
obscure book, so you can iinagine my
delight at the sighit of a freshly
shipped stack, gleaming on the dusty
Smiling outright at my good for-
tune while feathering the pages across
my fingertips, another of life's little
lessons came into focus.
It seems to me that just when you
think you're completely doomed,
you're usually okay.
What worries me is that the inverse
is probably also true.
Now, while it's
been a big week in
the inauguration fan-
fare, it might have
been a bigger week in
. Columbus. The
Thursday that former
man Jim Tressel will
fill their recently vacated position of
head football coach.
That in itself has received mixed
reviews from pundits and faithful -
but Tressel's performance at the
Michigan-Ohio State basketball game
left very little to question.
"I can assure you that you'll be
proud of our young people," Tressel
said to an attentive halftime crowd,
"in the classroom, in the community
- and especially in 310 days in Ann
So there it is.
A guarantee? Not really.
Lockerroom material? I've seen
But Tressel's remarks certainly
reveal a bit about his job objectives
- and they more than insinuate that
he plans to leave Michigan Stadium
victorious this November.
What struck me was not Tressel's
lip service, but the general disregard
with which it was treated - at least
in Ann Arbor.
Even the most zealous Michigan
supporters could do nothing but
chuckle at the very idea of an Ohio
State victory in the Big House next
The Wolverines not only return
Heisman Trophy candidate Drew
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error for the Wolverines. Michigan
brought home five first-place finishes
and 19 top-five finishes in its first home
meet of the season.
Led by Scott Vetere and Brad Kenna,
the Wolverines set the pace early and
never looked back.
Both Vetere and Kenna earned two
first-place honors. While Vetere secured
first-place finishes on the pommel horse
(9.400) and the high bar (9.350), Kenna
took the top honors in both the floor exer-
cise (8.850) and the parallel bars (9.000).
"I'm not back to fill strength yet, but
I'm starting to get stronger," said Kenna,
who is still nursing a shoulder injury.
Senior tri-captains Kevin Roulston and
Tim Dehr turned in strong routines as
well. Roulston's 9.350 on vault was good
enough to earn him a first-place finish in
the event, while Dehr took second place in
both the floor exercise and parallel bars
with scores of 8.750 and 8.950, respec-
Daniel Diaz-Luong, still recovering from
an ankle injury, had a promising perfor-
mance, earning three top-five finishes
while competing in four of the six events.
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Shannon MacKenzie and Janessa Greico cap-
tured the other two individual event titles for
Michigan. MacKenzie scored a 9.900 on the
balance beam, while Greico was awarded a
9.850 on vault.
"I think we're really excited," Greico said.
"We still had a couple of problems, but we
stayed upbeat. We have a lot of talent on this
Henson and an improved defensive
front seven, but will also have the No.
1 incoming freshman class.
Meanwhile in Columbus, recruits are
abandoning a ship with a Division I
rookie at the helm - who has yet-to
hire a crew.
Add the fact that Ohio State has
not won in Michigan Stadium since
1987, and who could blame local
newspapers for essentially burying
Tressel's comments beneath the other
news of the day? Nobody around here
(outside Schembechler Hall) is taking
And maybe that's okay. But this
rivalry spans many a decade - and
there was a time when the scales
favored Ohio State.
From 1959 to 1968, Michigan
coach Bump Elliot
went 3-7 against the
to me Buckeyes. The final
when contest of his Michigan
career, a 50-14 drub-
you're bing, was a particularly
?tely painful loss.
And when the
Wolverines brought in
okay. a no-name assistant to
guide their ship in
1969, the prospect of
beating Ohio State was nothing short
But every player harbored the sting
of the 36-point loss, and Michigan's
new coach wouldn't let them forget it.
As the story goes, Bo Schembechler
reserved 15 minutes at the end of
each day that year to practice for
Ohio State. As far as the Wolverines
were concerned, 1969 was a one-
When November arrived, to the dis-
belief of perhaps all but one rookie
head coach, the Wolverines were vic-
torious, 24-10, and were headed to
A mentor was fond of saying that
"you can't have one with out the
other." I always figured that phrase
applied to life's little lessons.
So it seems to me that just when
you think you're completely okay,
you're usually doomed.
I don't know if Jim Tressel is the
right man for Ohio State. I don't
know if the Buckeyes even have a
chance this November.
But I am sure about one thing:
Tressel is counting the days.
And for that reason alone, so am I.
- David Den Herder can be reached
at dden numich.edu.
By Richard Haddad
Daily Sports Writer
STATE COLLEGE -Three points.
In the sport of wrestling, three points
are awarded for a minor decision. But
after Saturday's quarterfinal of the Cliff
Keen National Wrestling Duals, the
denomination is engrained in the
Michigan wrestling team's minds as a
And most significantly, that distinc-
tion denotes the margin separating
Michigan from the nation's most pres-
After defeating No. 22 Virginia Tech
in the preliminary round of the tourna-
ment by a score of 35-6, No. 6
Michigan fell to No. 3 Iowa 20-18 in
the quarterfinals. No. 2 Minnesota
knocked off No. 1 Oklahoma State 20-
12 to earn the championship trophy and
Iowa went on to defeat Iowa State to
garner third-place honors.
Relegated to the consolation bracket,
the Wolverines proceeded to prevail
over Nebraska-Omaha and Lehigh, 37-
6 and 22-16, respectively. After a sub-
sequent 22-16 defeat at the hands of
No. 4 Iowa State on Sunday, Michigan
squeaked by No. 5 Oklahoma in a 19-
19 thriller to finish in fifth place.
Because of the knotted score, the
final match against the Sooners was
determined by a tiebreaker. Michigan
received the edge and fifth place by tal-
lying two reversals to Oklahoma's one.
In their most anticipated match of
the season, the Wolverines took six out
of ten weight classes from Iowa, the
Hawkeyes recorded the two-point vic-
tory by virtue of the bonus points it had
After the match opened with two pins
and two major decisions in Iowa's favor,
Michigan found itself looking up from a
20-3 abyss from which it never recovered.
"When you look at the final score,
Rankings in parenthesis
Wgt. Wrestler Record
125 A.J. Grant (3) 21-6
133 Foley Dowd 21-7
141 Clark Forward (19) 19-8
149 Mike Kulczycki (12) 27-5
157 Pat Owen 11-7
165 Charles Martelli (19) 25-7
174 Otto Olson (1) 21-1
184 Andy Hrovat (8) 22-2
197 Joe DeGain (19) 16-8
Hwt Matt Brink (7) 19-2
By Jeb Singer
I)D y Sports Writer
those were two big pins
coach Jim Zalesky said.
WM' stakes its claim
Wrestlers serve warning to nation's best
for us," Iowa
Facing a 20-3 deficit, Michigan's
165-pounder, Charles Martelli, strode
out to meet No. 4 Ben Shirk at the cen-
ter of the mat. In the closing seconds of
a deadlocked contest, Martelli
slammed his opponent to the mat, and
the referee smacked the mat to signal
the pin and six points for Michigan.
But upon discussion, the verdict was
controversially reversed. Martelli was
awarded a near-fall and a 4-2 win,
while Michigan was awarded three
points instead of six.
"I though it was a pin," McFarland
said. "I thought it was right at the
buzzer, which would've given us the
fall. It was a huge call - it determined
the outcome of the match."
In an impressive comeback effort,
Michigan swept the final three weight
classes with minor decisions, but the
bonus points, the pins that were and the
pins that weren't, cemented the 20-18
"The thing about Iowa was that our
guys proved to themselves that we can
wrestle with the top teams in the coun-
try," McFarland said. "If we get a few
more breaks, do a few more things to win
a match or two, we can beat them next
STATE COLLEGE - The stars of
yesteryear graced the sidelines at the
National Duals this weekend.
Among them were three-time
national champions Lincoln Mclllvary
and Joe Williams and two-time winner
Kerry McCoy. And then there was
fabled Iowa State wrestler and Iowa
coach Dan Gable - the father of
Though he signed hundreds of auto-
graphs and gracefully allowed himself
to be interviewed, Gable was not the
story of the weekend.
Gable was overshadowed by a leg-
end in the making - Cael Sanderson,
whose 101st consecutive victory on
Saturday overtook Gable's all-time
It was a mark of endurance that
defined a sport in quite the same way
as Joe DiMaggio's hitting streak
The results of this weekend demon-
strated a passing of the torch atop the
team rankings as well.
"It was Iowa, Iowa State, Oklahoma,
Minnesota and Oklahoma State at the
top," McCoy, now an assistant coach at
Lehigh, said. "But now there a lot more
teams getting better."
Neither Iowa school made it to the
finals this weekend, which presents the
question: Will a team defeat Iowa in the
national championships? And if so,
who will it be?
One might not want to look any fur-
ther than the teams in the finals -
Minnesota and Oklahoma State.
Each team took a different road to
Oklahoma State demolished Iowa
State 25-13 in the semifinals while
Minnesota stole a victory from Iowa
after trailing 17-6.
In most other dual tournaments that
match would have been the highlight,
but Iowa's 20-18 win over the
Wolverines showed the top teams in the
nation that Michigan can compete.
"They've got a good team this year,"
Iowa coach Jim Zalesky said. "Dual
meets are about how you match up.
They won all the close matches."
Until the last match, Michigan
wrestlers who aspired to win an indi-
vidual title looked to Otto Olson.
The fourth, sixth and ninth-ranked
wrestlers lined up opposite Olson, and
all came away wondering how to beat
the best 174-pounder in the nation.
"He's ranked number one and I don't
think many people can stay with him,"
Zalesky said. "He is a real good scram-
bler and he keeps the pressure on guys
the whole time."
But Oklahoma's 12th-ranked
Michael Barger pinned Olson in an
upset, partly due to the fatigue Olson
had acquired in his previous matches.
"Otto told me that he was tired,"
Michigan coach Joe McFarland said.
"That sums it up right there."
This Michigan team is not yet in the
same class as the legends that watched
it, but it is striving for the top.
"There are still a lot of things that we
need to accomplish before March,"
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