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8B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - November 19, 2001

'Big Green' advances
with big win over 'M'

History at work for
Wolverines in NCAAs

By Allison Tope
Daily Sports Writer
With just four minutes remaining on
the clock, Michigan goalkeeper Suzie
Grech's voice carried throughout the
field and into the stands.
"Play tough, there's nothing left."
Grech couldn't hide the desperation
in her voice and the statement sounded
more like a plea. Michigan had just
gone down 1-0 in yester-

Dartmouth controlled the middle
field with three players within one
inch of 6-feet - Devon Haskell, Erin
Osborn and Jamie Lang. The Big
Green won almost every ball in the air
due to their considerable height advan-
tage. Michigan countered that by try-
ing to keep the ball out of the middle.
"What I really wanted to do was get
out wide because we felt we would be
able to beat them going outside," jun-
ior midfielder Michelle

TOM FELDKAMP/Daily
Michigan fought hard, but fell to Dartmouth in the second round of NCAAs.

day's game against Dart- D DARTMOt
mouth in the second
round of the NCAA tour- ICHIGA
nament. Without a goal
to tie the game, Michigan's season
would be over.
Michigan would have a last minute
shot by sophomore Erica Kleinholz,
but the game remained 1-0 as the
whistle blew, marking the end of the
2001 season for the Wolverines.

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Pesiri said. "It worked a
few times in the first half
when I got out wide and
sent it to a forward down

the line."
Defender Amy Sullivant assisted
Pesiri in the back during the first half.
The dynamic duo fed off of each other
with give and go passes to move the
ball up the field. Pesiri remarked after
the game that her teamwork with Sulli-

vant helped her to control the midfield.
Toward the end of the game, Michi-
gan coach Debbie Rademacher broke
up the tandem of Pesiri and Sullivant
to move Sullivant up to forward with
junior Abby Crumpton.
"Amy had given us some goals earli-
er in the season so I moved her up
front to make some opportunities,"
Rademacher said.
The move gave Sullivant a chance to

find the back of the net, but her closest
look at the goal - on a one-on-one
opportunity with the goalie - sailed
wide right.
The Wolverines earned the opportu-
nity to play in the second round by
defeating Marquette Friday night 1-0
in the first round. Crumpton scored the
only goal, extended her scoring streak
to six games in a row before it came to
an end yesterday.

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By Megan Fitzgerald
Daily Sports Writer
The last time the Fuhrman University
golf course hosted the NCAA cross
country national meet, the Michigan
men's team placed fourth overall, had
three All-Americans, and had a sub-
3:54 mile runner place second in the
race.
Now, four years later, the men's cross
country team will head back to
Greenville, S.C. looking for the same
success that its
alumni had in 1997.
"We have the GREENVI
same type of per- who: No. 7 Michigan c
sonnel as in '97." national championship
coach Ron When: 11:00 a.m.
Warhurst said. "It'll Latest: Michigan place
be interesting to see Lakes Regional last Sa
how things turn
out."
In 1997, the Wolverines were led by
Kevin Sullivan, a speedster known
more for his fast mile times than his
cross country performances. Sullivan,
now an assistant coach for the team,
placed second in the race and was fol-
lowed by teammates John Mortimer
and Todd Snyder, who placed 11th and
22nd, respectively, earning All-America
honors.
Heading into today's race, Alan
Webb, who like Sullivan is known more
for his stunning mile times, hopes to be
a top-five finisher in a field containing
the country's best collegiate runners.
Also hoping for All-America honors are
seniors Mike Wisniewski and Mark
Pilja.
The team is looking for it's other var-
sity runners, Tom Greenless, Nathan
Brannen, Brian Turner and Ryan Hes-
selink to help match the 1997 perform-
ance.
"We should be a top-ten team, but if
we run well, we're looking at fifth or
sixth." Warhurst said.
After a surprising second place finish
at the Great Lakes regional meet, the
team moved up to a seventh-place rank-

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ing in the Cross Country Coaches Asso-
ciation poll. Colorado, Stanford,
Arkansas, Notre Dame, North Carolina
State and Portland are the teams ranked
ahead of Michigan.
But Warhurst and the team don't
place too much importance on these
rankings.
"Rankings don't mean anything,"
Warhurst said. "Anything can happen
- that's why they run the meet."
The Wolverines have been looking
forward to this meet
1 all season.
LE, S.C. "The national
npetes at NCAA meet is what it's all
about," Warhurst
said. "That's what
second at the Great we've been training
rday. for."
Training has paid
off for the Wolverines, and the team is
poised and ready to make its mark on
the national scene.
Freshman Alan Webb is favored to be
among the top runners. Webb has run
well all season, and is looking to make
improvements for his season finale.
"I'm going to go out more aggres-
sively," Webb said referring to the start
of his race. At the regional meet, Webb's
first 10-kilometer race, Boaz Cheboiy-
wo of Eastern Michigan beat Webb by
starting out faster than the field and
keeping enough distance to win the
race. Webb learned from this experi-
ence, and plans to take this knowledge
with him to the national meet.
"Now I know what it's going to take,"
Webb said, "It won't be easy, but I'm
confident."
Running closely behind Webb will be
his two senior teammates, Mike Wis-
niewski and Mark Pilja, who have both
already run multiple national meets,
and have already earned All-America
honors. Both seniors hope to be in the
top 10 to 25, and Warhurst hopes his
other two scorers will be in the top 30
to 50.
"We've~got the talent and experience
to place really well," Warhurst said.
"We're the healthiest we've been all
season. We're ready. It's up to the guys
now"
Grapplers
led by low-
weighters
By EicChan
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan wrestling team's
lower-weights have been dominant this
year. It's not as though its upper-
weights - including All-Americans
Otto Olson, Andy Hrovat and Matt
Brink - have been wrestling poorly,
but the lower-weights have looked phe-
nomenal.
"I should take a lesson from some of
these lower-weight guys," said Olson.
"They're looking real good on their
feet"
What are these guys doing so well?
In the sport of wrestling, a technical
fall means complete domination. A tech
fall ends a match when a wrestler is
winning by 15 points. To be a college
wrestler, and to be on the losing end of
a tech fall is embarrassing.
Michigan has wrestled in just two
preseason tournaments - including the
Michigan State Open in East Lansing
this past weekend - but 149-pounder
Mike Kulczycki has already embar-
rassed a handful of wrestlers. Kulczyc-
ki notched two technical falls en route
to the crown at the Eastern Michigan
Open two weeks ago in Ypsilanti. The

All-American also posted two more
technical falls at Michigan State this
week on his way to another first-place
finish.
A.J. Grant isn't a master of the tech
fall like Kulczycki, but the 125-
pounder is a master of finding a way to
win. Grant is one of the smartest
wrestlers on the team - he knows the
best time in a match to score, and the
best way to do it. Grant isn't a "take
him down, let him up" kind of wrestler,
but he has the will to win - which is
evidenced by his All-America status.
At the Eastern Michigan Open,
Grant beat two of the top freshmen in
the nation in Michigan State's Nick
Simmons and Indiana's Joe DuBuque.
In the quarterfinal round in East Lans-
ing yesterday, Grant once again had to
wrestle a highly-toted freshman in
Northwestern's Thomas Vargas. In high
school, Vargas captured a State champi-
onship in California, one of the nation's
best wrestling states.
The score was tied at zero going into
the second period, but Grant scored one
escape point with a stand-up, and then
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