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The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - January 29, 2001 - 7

Crapplers' weekend
salvaged at State

By Richard Haddad
l1aiy Sports Writer
EAST LANSING -Throughout the
Michigan wrestling team's meet against
hated Michigan State, Jenison Field
House was dripping with intensity. You
could see it in the blood spilling from
the gash below Michigan senior captain
Joe DeGain's eve. You could see it in the
ferocity with which Michigan heavy-
weight Matt Brink and Michigan State's
Wally Lamb smacked each other's faces.
And if you listened hard, through the
deafening noise of the crowd, you could
ear it in the thud of Michigan sophomore
A.:,1. Grant's head hitting the mat, the vic-
tim of a Chris Williams form tackle.
in a marathon battle marked by four
consecutive overtime matches, the
sixth-ranked Wolverines (1 -2 Big Ten,
11-3-1 overall) outlasted the eight-
ranked Spartans (1-1, 5-3), 20-12.
Michigan was demolished 29-6 by No.
Minnesota on Friday night, but the
win over the Spartans salvaged a brutal
weekend.
"I was concerned with how we were
going to compete because we were a lit-
tie down coming off of that loss to
Minnesota,' Michigan coach Joe
McFarland said. "We didn't compete
well up there at all. We didn't come out
with the kind of fire and intensity that
you need to knock off the No. I team in
the country, and Minnesota proved why
they're No. I."
But that fire and intensity was more
ihan evident on Sunday.
During introductions, the Spartans
,came out oozing excitement, gestuing to

the raucous crowd and feeding off of that
energy. But Michigan didn't hesitate to
quiet those clad in green and white.
DeGain commenced the day's festivi-
ties by dominating No. II Nik Fekete at
197 pounds. Bleeding profusely
throughout the match, the only things
that slowed Detain were the frequent
timeouts needed to wipe off the blood.
In a match that may as well have been
a streetfight, heavyweight Matt Brink
proceeded to keep the ball rolling for the
Wolverines. After three periods of push-
ing., hitting, cross-facing and stalling
penalties, Brink scored a takedown just
eight seconds into overtime to put away
Matt Lamb and to give Michigan a 6-0
advantage.
In keeping with the sheer competi-
tiveness of the afternoon, none of the.
next three matches could be decided in
three periods, either. But to Michigan's
chagrin, the outcomes at 125, 133 and
141 all fell in the Spartans' favor.
"Those overtime matches are tough on
coaches" McFarland said. "I couldn't tell
you the last time I saw that happen."
The fact that Grant, Clark Forward
and Folev Dowd all lost --and the sheer
volume with which the Spartan faithful
responded made the experience even
harder for McFarland to stomach.
"I was concerned because we lost
three overtime matches in a row, and I
was concerned because we were in posi-
tion to win all three ofthem," McFarland
said. "It's just some positioning things we
need to work on, but we need to do a bet-
ter job of winning those matches."
Despite the setbacks, Michigan's
upper weight classes managed to secure

FBI searche
recruiting i
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The FBI
has begun a probe of allegations that a
Memphis high school football coach
was paid to influence a star player's
choice of college.
"We have initiated a preliminary
investigation to determine if any federal
violations have occurred," Special Agent
Kelli Sligh said Friday.
She declined to say what laws could
be involved because the inquiry is just
getting under way.
Besides the FBI, the Southeastern
Conference, the NCAA and Tennessee
Secondary Schools Athletic Association
are investigating how colleges recruited
Albert Means, a defensive back from
Trezevant High School.
An assistant coach at Trezevant,
Milton Kirk, has gone public with claims
that head coach Lynn Lang solicited
$200,000 to get Means to sign a letter of
intent with the University of Alabama.
Means, who is not accused of any
wrongdoing, began at Alabama last fall
but withdrew and enrolled at the
University of Memphis this month after
learning of the allegations. The
Memphis school system has suspended
Lang, Kirk and Melrose High School
football coach Tim Thompson until the
investigations are completed.
The Commercial Appeal reported
Friday that Kirk told NCAA and SEC
investigators this week that he witnessed
a University of Kentucky booster give
Lang an envelope containing S6,000
during Means' official visit to the school
on the weekend of Dec. 18, 1999.
A message seeking comment left at
Kirk's home by The Associated Press
was not immediately returned.
Kirk, who said he accompanied Lang,

s illegal
i Memphis
Means and the player's mother oan t1
recruiting visit to Lexington, said.:t
demanded $6,000 for getting Means to
the Kentucky campus.
The handoff came in the lobby of the
Hyatt Regency hotel during a meeting
with Claude Bassett, then the Kentucky
recruiting coordinator, and a booster
before attending a basketball game at
nearby Rupp Arena, Kirk said.
"The lobby was packed with people
because it was right before the game.
and the booster-I don't remember his
name -- ianded Lynn an envelope,'
Kirk said. "I knew what it was right then.
"Then, later on that same night back
in the hotel, Lynn opened the enve
- it was a thick envelope, like a
sized envelope - and I saw the410
in it. It was $6,000." 2
Kirk also said Lang was paid S Q
by both Alabama and Georgia foI
Means official visit, but added tgat
never saw Lang receive money f
those schools. Although NCAA".
allow a player to make five such vise
Means went to only three univcrt
the newspaper reported.
Kirk told his story to NCAA i t
gator Rich Johanningmeier and '
investigator Bill Sievers during an in m
view Wednesday, the newspaper rexP
ed. Kirk couldn't say for sure That
Bassett knew about the booster's, p-"
ment to Lang.
Lang has repeatedly denied Kirk's
allegations. Kirk said that he was asked
by the NCAA and SEC investigators
about Memphis businessmen Logan
Young and Bill Harper.
Young is a prominent Alabama booster
and has denied any wrongdoing pertain-
ing to Means.

JOYCE LEE/Daily
Michigan 133-pounder Foley Dowd goes for a shot against Michigan State's Pat
McNamara Saturday night. Dowd took the match to overtime, but lost 4-2.
Star of the Week
Otto Olson
184 pounds
The nation's No. 2 wrestler in the 184-pound class was
Michigan's lone two-time winner this weekend, scoring a
52 decision over Minnesota's Jacob Volkmann on Friday
before beating Michigan State's Nate Mesyn by a 14-5
major decision on Saturday. For the season, Olson is
23-1.

the victory, and fittingly, senior captain
Otto Olson recorded the deciding points
with a 14-6 major decision over Nate
Mesyn at 174 pounds.
IFor his final takedown, Olson vicious-
lv slammed Mesyn into the mat, burving
his opponent's face in the rubber.
The image of Olson towering over
Mesyn 's motionless body epitomized
the emotions associated with the match.

"This is always a great duel, always
physical, always intense," Mcl irland
said.
"I've got confidence in our whole
team," DeGain added. "If someone
drops a match, someone else will be
there to step up and make up for it."
After Sunday, Detain has all the
more reason to, harbor that confi-
dence.

.

Personal bests take Indiana

Jy Sarah Rubin
'Die Daily
Eighteen seasons of Jon Urbanchek's
rcjgn as coach of the Michigan men's
swimming and diving team have ceded
only four losses within the Big Ten
p1nfercnce.
three of them are to Indiana.
On Saturday, the Wolverines took a
eycn-hour bus ride to battle the
Ioosiers in a dual meet at Bloomington.
0 pturing its third consecutive confir-
e victory, Michigan defeated Indiana
132-110.
No. 9 Michigan (4-4, 3-0 Big Ten) had
the definite advantage over Indiana (2-4,
(f Big Ten). But two years ago, sue-
.uinbing to midseason injury and winter
sickness, the Wolverines folded to their
underdog nemesis in Bloomington. In
their first dual meet inYidiaina since the
loss, and dealing with injuries and
*en cs including sophomore Garrett
angieri, they knew to be wary.
"Basically two years ago, we went
down under similar conditions," senior
captain Scott Werner said. "Key guys
from the team couldn't compete.
Sometimes Indiana can get up for meets,
especially against us. A week ago we
Were like, 'We'll beat them, no problem.'
Fhen the same thing happened every-
one started getting injured, and it's like,
'this is just what we thought two years
ireshman Dan Ketchumii agreed, but

he felt that the team was up to the effort.
"I think that we were all fired-up, just for
the sake of revenge. We weren't going to
lose"
And, considering the caliber of the
Michigan team, it was no shock that it
didn't. Ketchum was one of the several
Michigan swimmers to take first in his
event. lie conquered the 200-yard
treestyle with a personal best, an NCAA
qualifying time of 137.98. Ketchum was
mindful of high level of competition in
the race.
"The guy right next to me split a 43.0
in a relay right before the race. At the
hundred I was thinking, this guy went a
43.0, so I took off I didn't save any-
thing:''
Michigan won all but two of the indi-
vidual races. Werner took the 200-yard
individual medley in 1:50.59 and the
20-yard breaststroke in 2:01 .42 The
400-yard medley relay team of Jordan
Watland, Wernei, Christian Vanderkaav
and 'T'ony Kurth dominated Indiana with
a time of 3:21.34. Consistently sweeping
his events, senior (hris Thompson won
the 1,000-vard freestyle in 9:14.91 and
the 500-yard freestyle in 4:32.47.
Coach. Jon Urbanchek called the meet,
"par for the course." He considered the
results to be "exactly what the team had
expected"
And, with the great times that the
Wolverines are producing, they are cur-
rently a favorite to reclaim their Big en
title.

Deja vu for tankers
after identical losses

Relaying a difference
Since winning the NCAA title in
1995, Michigan's main downfall has
been its relay times. But this sea-
son, the 400 individual medley relay
has seen interior changes, resulting
in gradual improvement.
Eastern Michigan Quadrangular
Oct. 27, finish time 3:24.81
Jordan Watland, Scott Werner, Tony
Kurth and Dan Ketchum
At Georgia
Nov. 3, finish time 3:23.92
Watland, Werner, Kurth and Garrett
Mangieri
Texas Invitational
Dec. 1, finish time 3:22.15
Watland, Werner, Vanderkaay and
Ketchum
Vs. Penn State andPurdue
Jan. 20, finish time.3:20.51
Watland, Werner, Vanderkaay and
Kurth
At Indiana
Jan. 27, finish time 3:21.34
Watland, Werner, Vanderkaay and
Kurth
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Michigan women's swimming coach
Jim Richardson stressed consistent
swimming prior to the Wolverines'
back-to-back meets last weekend.
The Wolverines fulfilled his hopes
ey recording an identical 143-point
'otal against Notre Dame on Friday and
;Northwestern on Saturday.
But Michigan's opponents also
Worded an identical point total in these
meets, resulting in two 157-143
Michigan losses on consecutive days.
; Richardson had to joke with the team
4bout its form of consistency.
"Obviously we would rather have the
1 57 points both meets," he told the
squad, "but you did what I told you to
go, which is swim consistentlv."
Most importantly, Richardson
ouribed the team's last weekend as
our best meets this semester."
The team could have done even bet-
tr Saturday against Northwestern if not
#)r key injuries to Annie Weilbacher
gnd Samantha Arsenault. Weilbacher
Iat out the meet, and Arsenault only
4wam in the 200-yard freestyle event

Reasons to believe
Although Michigan lost two highly
contested meets over the week-
end, it was paced by four stellar
performances giving Coach Jim
Richardson reason to be optimistic.
Friday at Notre Dame
Jennifer Crisman - won the 50-
yard freestyle and the 100-butterfly
Samantha Arsenault - won the
200-freestyle and the 100-freestyle
Saturday at Northwestern
Emily Fenn - first place in the
1,650-freestyle and 500-freestyle
Tealin Keleman - won the one- and
three-meter diving events
sideration time of 16:35.31.
Richardson was also very pleased
with Lori Eberwein, Julie Kern and
Lindsay Johnson in this event, who
finished fourth, fifth, and sixth,
respectively.
le cited three pivotal events in the
meet - -the 50-yard freestyle, the 200-
backstroke, and the 100 butterfly.
Crisman competed in two ofthese nar-

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