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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, February 7, 2002 - 11A


Rough road trip awaits grapplers

returns to
Ann Arbor
By Seth Klnpner
Daily Sports Writer
Mike Cammalleri retuned to Ann
Arbor this week, but he is still nowhere
near ready to carry Michigan into the
NCAA Tournament. In fact, consider-
ing that two weeks ago he could barely
walk, his recovery seems miraculous.
Because Cammalleri's swollen throat
was preventing him from speaking,
Ruth Cammalleri, Mike's mother, pur-
chased a Fisher-Price horn that he
would squeeze whenever he needed
Cammalleri seemed to think the
home care did him some good, adding
that "there is nothing like being in
Mom's care." His diet consisted of
milkshakes and fruit smoothies for the
first week he was home. Once he was
able to handle solid foods, the home-
cooked Italian meals quickly got his
spirits up.
"I am starting to feel better. I am def-
initely on the recovery side of things,
Cammalleri said. "I am still a little tired
and really not able to do much and have
been advised to limit my activities as
much as possible."
Cammalleri left for his Toronto home
two weeks ago when he contracted
mononucleosis and was unable to take
care of himself or attend class.
At home, the junior was in good
hands - his mother is a radiological
technician at York Central Hospital out-

^ ,

By Eric Chan
Daily Sports Writer
The Big Ten standings and national
rankings could possibly become a huge
jumble in the next two weeks as the No.
3 Michigan wrestling
team starts a stint of four
road conference matches. STATE
Michigan will start its COLt
road trip this weekend Who: No.3 Mi
against No. 24 Penn State Big Ten, 11-3
and No. 4 Ohio State. No. 24 PennS
"We're looking to wres- 7) and No. 3C
tle well at State College 1,18-2)
first, and then maybe we When- Sp.m.
can use that momentum Latest: The B
against Ohio State," said catapulted in
Michigan coach Joe

141 pounds. Michigan's Clark Forward
should have his hands full when he
faces the former NCAA qualifier.
"There's no doubt about it - those
guys are tough," McFarland said.

"Clark and
to] S
Michigan (2-1
overall) vs.
State (2-1, 5-
Ohio State (3-
tomorrow, 2
uckeyes have
to the top 5.

Foley need to wrestle hard
because those are two big
Michigan will head from
State College to Ohio State
on Sunday, and the
Wolverines better be ready
when they do.
The Buckeyes were
ranked No. 15 just two
short months ago, but have
exploded into the top five.
Their second-place per-
formance at the National

at 149 pounds. Ohio State's Keaton
Anderson, ranked No. 6 in the nation,
will wrestle No. 7 Mike Kulczycki of
Michigan. Anderson's 6-4 upset win
over then-No. 4 Jared Frayer helped start
Ohio State's comeback against Okla-
homa at the National Duals.
Michigan is favored in Sunday's
matchup, but Ohio State may have an
ace up its sleeve in back-up 184 pounder
Blake Kaplan. One of Michigan star
Andy Hrovat's losses was to Minnesota
No. 4 Damian Hahn, and the other came
against Kaplan at the preseason Michi-
gan State Open. In that match, Kaplan
caught Hrovat in a trick countermove
known as the "spladdle" and put Hrovat
on his back.
The move gave Kaplan five points
and an insurmountable lead in his 7-5
upset win over Hrovat. Hrovat later
wrestled back in that tournament to face
Kaplan again in the consolation finals,
where Hrovat emerged victorious, 6-0.
While Ohio State has used No. 17
Anton Talamantes most of the year at
the 184-pound spot to great success,
Kaplan's ability to use tricky counter-
moves like the "spladdle" may get him
the call against Hrovat.

Mike Cammalleri has not played since Jan. 12 because of mono, but he will be in
town this weekend. Michigan changed the time of Friday's game to 7:05 p.m.

side Toronto. Her professional knowl-
edge allowed her to keep her son at
home and on IVs and other fluids, even
though doctors suggested that he stay at
the hospital.
"You get a little more paranoid when
it is your own child," she said. "You
watch for signs more when it is your
own kid. When you see any symptoms,
you jump on it right away."
Over the two weeks, he lost more
than 15 pounds, but he has started put-
ting the weight back on. He has still not
started working out or putting muscle
back on, but he's confident that he will
be able to do so once he starts lifting.
But Cammalleri was not confident
about the ability of his cardiovascular
system to recover quickly.
He met with a team doctor Tuesday
and was told to limit his activity and

avoid working out until the two meet
again next week. Since getting back to
Ann Arbor on Sunday evening, Cam-
malleri has done a lot of sleeping and
straightening things up with professors.
"I haven't been getting out of the
house much, I have just been going to
class and coming back and doing what I
have to do," Cammalleri said. "It is still
kind of a week-to-week type thing."
Even though it is unclear when Cam-
malleri will return to the ice, Michigan
coach Red Berenson was glad to see
him and the impact his return has had
on the team's morale.
"It is important being a captain that
he is here whether he can play or not,"
Berenson said. "He needs us to play
well in his absence. He should be out
there, but he is not. So we need to play
really well without him."

The Nittany Lions are led by identi-
cal twin brothers, Josh and Scott
Josh is currently ranked No. 11 in the
nation with a 32-3 record at 133 pounds.
Tomorrow, at Penn State, he'll square
off against Michigan's Foley Dowd, who
is currently ranked eighth in the nation.
The other brother, Scott, is 23-9 this sea-
son and ranked No. 15 in the nation at

Dual Championships has helped their
meteoric rise. At that tournament, the
sixth-seeded Buckeyes upset then-No. 2
Oklahoma and No. 3 Oklahoma State.
Despite placing higher than Michi-
gan at the National Duals, the Buckeyes
are ranked a spot below the Wolverines.
Out of Ohio State's 10-man roster,
seven wrestlers are ranked in the top 10
in the nation.
The best match of the day should be

This Weekend in
Michigan Athletics

Presented by:

Tested Diaz-Luong perseveres

By Evan Brown
Daily Sports Writer
Senior gymnast Daniel Diaz-Luong opened his Michigan
career as a champion, but the question this year is whether he
leave as one.
Diaz-Luong started writing letters to Michigan
when he was a sophomore in high school, express- LAS
ing interest in coming to the University for aca- who: Michi&
demic and athletic purposes. Winter cupc
"Michigan had just gotten a new coach, and when: 3:30j
they were in the process of rebuilding the pro- 7:30 p.m. s
gram," Diaz-Luong said. "I wanted to come in and Latest: The t
be part of the rebuilding process." nasts compe
Diaz-Luong chose Michigan, and was a major Vegas for tw
contributor to the Wolverines' national champi- U.S. Nationa
onship team in the 1999. He competed in many events and was
the pommel horse and vault national champion.
After reaching the pinnacle of men's collegiate gymnastics,
he hit rough times in his sophomore year.
"The entire year was terrible," said Diaz-Luong. "I came off
a wrist injury to get a neck injury, and had several ankle
,unjuries.Iwas on the verge of hanging it up.'

l T

After talking to family, Diaz-Luong decided to stick it out,
and things worked out well.
He became a member of the 2001 Pan-American Champi-
onship team the 2001 World Championship team. He also
won the Big Ten Championship in the vault and floor exercise
and earned five all-american honors after the
EGAS This year Diaz-Luong and his teammates are
(5-4) at the looking to shake off a rough 5-4 start and to get
allenge back to being national contenders. Michigan
m. tomorrow, coach Kurt Golder believes that there is a lot to be
rday confident about.
100 gym- "This year has kind of gone like our year did
in Las when we won the National Championship," Gold-
spots on the er said. "We had a lot to overcome that year with
eam. injuries, just as we do this year."
"We have a talented team and a lot of ability," Diaz-Luong
said. "I see very good things happening to us in the next few
Eight Michigan gymnasts will travel with Diaz-Luong to
the Winter Cup Challenge this weekend in Las Vegas. They
will look to showcase their abilities, and as they compete for
the final two spots on the U.S. National Team.

Swimming &
Michigan vs.
Michigan State
Friday, February 8
6 p.m.
Saturday, February 9
Canham Natatorium
Admission is FREE!
#12 Michigan vs.
#13 Nebraska-
Friday, February 8
7:05 p.m.
Saturday, February 9
7:35 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena

Thursday, February 7
Michigan vs.
#14 Illinois
7 p.m.
* Rowdy Towel Giveaway*
Half-time Performance:
Quick Change
Saturday, February 9
Michigan vs.
Penn State
11 a.m.
"Michigan Style"
Beach Partyl
For tickets, call
(734) 764-0247.
For more information
on Michigan Athletics,
visit MGoBiue.com

Women's Tennis
Saturday, February 9
Michigan vs.
11 a.m.

Varsity Tennis Center
Admission is FREE!


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