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The Michigan Daily - Friday, December 7, 2001--13

Grapplers set to tackle dual

Walker named All-
American by coaches-

Michigan Senior Marquise Walker
was one of two wide receivers, along
with Jabar Gafney of the Florida,
named to the American Football
Coaches' Association 2001 All-Ameri-
ca Team. Walker caught a Michigan
school record 81 passes for 1,043
yards and 11 touchdowns this season.
The coaches named 25 players to the
team (11 offensive, II defensive, 3
specialists).
Walker's value on special teams,
returning 23 punts for 206 yards and
blocking two punts, along with his
performance on offense, also earned
DUKE
Continued from Page 11
souri in the NCAA Tournament and
he said he did not like having to
coach against his former player,
Quin Snyder.
"It's not as much (strain) when it's
regular season because we're both
going to go on from there,"
Krzyzewski said of tomorrow's
game against Amaker. "It's not an
end-all. Coaching against Quin in
the NCAAs, one of us is going to
get knocked out and I don't like
that."
Those sentiments are understand-
able, considering his 12-0 record
against former players and assis-
tants. Could he be 12-1 after tomor-
row?
Duke is playing the best basket-
ball in the country and Michigan
has lost three of its last four games.
The Wolverines are struggling to
find a way, to keep their primary
inside presence - senior center
Chris Young - out of foul trouble.
REDHAWKS
Continued from Page 11
play in a rink like that - a small,
compact rink," junior John
Shouneyia said. "Miami is a lot like
that. Once they get going there, (the
fans) get loud so we have to give
them nothing and shut them up."
In spite of the hostile environ-
ment, the Wolverines feel that the
defensive-minded RedHawks will
force Michigan to play its best
defensive hockey.
"They're a team that has been
very good themselves home and
away and they do it by not scoring a
lot of goals," Michigan coach Red
Berenson said. "We can't afford to
give up a lot of goals - we have to
play our best defensive hockey."

him the Bo Schembechler Award as
Michigan's Most Valuable Player in
2001. He was named by the coaches
and the media to the first team All-Big
Ten team and was a semi-finalist for
the Biletnikoff Award, given to the
nation's best receiver.
In his career at Michigan, Walker
set school records for receptions (171)
and most consecutive games with a
catch (35). He finished fifth in all-
time receiving yards with 2,169 and
seventh in touchdowns with 17.
The AFCA All-American will lead
the Wolverines into the Florida Citrus
Bowl on New Years Day to face a team
from the Southeastern Conference to
be named on Sunday.
- staff reports
It will be difficult to contain Duke
center Carlos Boozer without strong
minutes from Young.
But the real thorn in Michigan's
side, as predicted by Amaker, will
likely be Mike Dunleavy, who is as
versatile a player as the Wolverines
will face this season.
On top of all that, the Blue Devils
boast what is arguably the best
backcourt in the country in Jason
Williams and Chris Duhon. Last
Saturday, Michigan was torched as
Boston College's Troy Bell and
Ryan Sidney overmatched the
Wolverines' guards with a combined
57 points.
Tomorrow the apprentice will
challenge the master in the twilight
of a rivalry that is more than a
decade in the making. The Wolver-
ines - rebuilding and still working
toward consistency and identity -
will challenge the blue and white
juggernaut that is Duke. Another
34-2 first half score is unlikely, but
a serious challenge by the Wolver-
ines probably is as well.
Even with the defensive strug-
gles, the Wolverines have been on a
roll since the two-loss series to
Northern Michigan. They have
posted a 6-1-1 record overall since
then - including a mark of 5-0-1
in the CCHA.
That record is the best in the
CCHA over that time period and the
Wolverines are hopeful that they
can keep making noise in the con-
ference.
"We're coming off two wins, so
we're concentrating on going in
there ready to play hockey," Burnes
said. "We don't want to go in too
high or go in too low - we've got
to go in on an even keel where
we're ready for anything and ready
to do whatever it takes to get four
points on the road."

In the past 10 years, the Michigan
State wrestling team has defeated
Michigan only once - and this
Wolverines have intention no of
allowing a second in the past 11.
The No. 4
M i c h i g a n
wrestling team JENISON FiELDHOUSE
travels to Michi- Who: Michigan (0-0) vs
gan State tonight 0), vs central Michigan
to begin its dual when: 7:30 p.m. tonigi
meet schedule. Latest: Michigan begin
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By Eric Chan
Daily Sports Writer

Michigan.
The big match tonight should be at
197 pounds, when Fekete (No. 6
Amateur Wrestling News) will take
on Michigan's Kyle Smith (No. 8).
Smith already defeated Fekete in pre-
season action at the Michigan State
Open three weeks ago, so Fekete will
be looking for
payback. Smith is
CLIFF KEEN ARENA coming off a strong
Michigan State (0- finish at the Cliff
0-0) Keen Invitational
7:00 p.m. Saturday where he defeated
s dual match action Pittsburgh's David
higan State and Sandberg (No. 10)
en route to a fifth-
place finish.
Despite capturing its first ever Cliff

Cntral Michgn

are going in as L
the favorites against the No. 18 Spar-
tans, but this is by no means going to
be a cake walk for Michigan.
Michigan State defeated No. 23
Central Michigan last week in a nail-
biter that came down to the final
match. The Spartans boast two All-
Americans in Chris Williams at 125-
pounds and Nik Fekete at 197
pounds.
Michigan will have to go into the
match without All-America heavy-
weight Matt Brink. Brink pulled out
of the Cliff Keen Invitational with a
knee injury last week after winning
his first three matches. Michigan
coach Joe McFarland hopes to red-
shirt backup heavyweight freshman
Greg Wagner, so backup 197-pound
sophomore Steve Heleniak will be
bumped up to wrestle in place of
Brink. This will be the first varsity
action for Heleniak in his career at

Keen Invitational title in Las Vegas,
McFarland was disappointed with his
team's intensity.
"We need to go out on the mat, get
the first takedown and set the tempo for
the match," he said.
Saturday night at Cliff Keen Arena,
Michigan will take on Central Michi-
gan. The Chippewas have five wrestlers
ranked in the top 20 in their respective
weight classes, and should be able to
give Michigan a tough match. Central
Michigan is led by sophomore 141-
pounder Jason Mestor, ranked ninth in
the nation at his weight class.
"We're coming off an emotional win
in Las Vegas, and it'll be interesting to
see how our guys respond," McFarland
said.

BIES
Continued from Page 11
center once a week to compliment her
play. Bies has earned the compliments
this season; she leads the team in
many statistical categories, including
points per game (16.2) and field-goal
percentage (62 percent).
In return, Bies said she gives Chris-
tensen advice on "the tricks of the
trade."
Through these conversations, Chris-
tensen and Bies also found out that
they have something unusual in com-
mon - each got a tooth knocked
through her lip. Christensen punctured
her lip last season and sympathized
with Bies when her mentor suffered
the same injury in last week's game
against Marquette. Bies needed stitch-
es for the injury but few people
besides Christensen even knew what
happened.
"Everyone that watched said, 'Oh,
she just got hit,' " Bies said. "No! My
tooth went through my lip. It is a little
more serious!"
Christensen will be thrilled this
weekend when Michigan faces more
man-to-man defense against Washing-
ton State and Washington. Up to this
point, teams have made inside scoring
tough for Michigan with a zone defense
that tested Michigan's perimeter shoot-
ing. But on Sunday, Notre Dame's zone
defense didn't stop Michigan's front-
court or backcourt. Guard Alayne
Ingram hit five 3-pointers while Bies
and fellow center Jennifer Smith scored
30 of the team's 78 points.
"We just picked it apart for the
Notre Dame game," Smith said
bluntly.

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The No. 4 Michigan wrestling team looks to build on its win in Vegas last weekend.

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