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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, January 9, 2003 - 9A

YESTERDAY'S GAME
Wisconsin (65)
FG FT REB
MIN M-A M-A 0-T A F PTS
Penney 39 6-10 3-4 0-9 4 216
Tucker 37 5-11 5-6 3-3 1 0 15
Wilkinson 33 3-10 2-2 2-9 3 3 8
Owens 33 4-6 0-0 2-3 1 2 9
Harris 25 3-9 2-4 00 1 4 9
Mader 9 2-3 0-1 0-3 0 3 4
Wade 23 1-1 2-4 1-2 2 1 4
Nixon 1 0)0 0.0 0.0 0 1 0
Totals 200 24-50 14-21 30 12 16 65
FG%:.480. FT%: .667. 3-point FG: 3-8 375 (Pen-
ney 1-2, Harris 1-2, Owens 1-1, Wilkinson 0-2, Tuck-
er 0-1). Blocks: (Wilkinson). Steals: 6 (Harris 2,
Wade 2, Penney, Tucker). Turnovers: 17 (Owens 5,
Penney 3, Harris 3, Tucker 2, Wilkinson 2, Wade,
Nixon). Technical fouls: none.
MICHIGAN (66)
FG FT REB
MIN M-A M-A O-T A F PTS
Robinson 38 4-14 3-3 1-7 1 1 11
Blanchard 32 6-18 1-2 4-11 1 2 17
Brown 16 33 2-2 2-4 0 3 8
Horton 38 8-13 4-4 1-1 7 4 25
Abram 28 1-2 1-1 1-5 3 2 3
Hunter 23 1-4 0-0 0-1 0 3 2
Groninger 15 0-3 0-0 0-1 1 2 0
Baily 9 0-1 0-0 3-3 0 1 0
Harrell 1 00 0-0 0-0 0 0 0
Totals 200 23.55 9-1911i-35 13 18 66
FG%: .418. FT%: .917 3-point FG: 9-19, .474 (Hor-
ton 5-7, Blanchard 4-9, Groninger 0-3). Blocks: 1
(Horton). Steals: 5 (Robinson 2, Horton 2, Blan-
chard). Turnovers: 19 (Abram5, Robinson 4, Horton
4, Blanchard 2, Hunter 2, Baily). Technical fouls:
none.
Wisconsin .............34 31 - 65
Michigan...........gy .k.p.31 35 - 66
At: Crisler Arena, Ann Arbor
Attendance: 8,809
some of the 8,809 fans at Crisler Arena
heading - prematurely - for the exits.
"We didn't do a great job against them
defensively in the first half or the start of
the second half," Amaker said. "But our
energy picked up because of LaVell -
he really gave us a chance to win.
"An incredible effort against the
defending Big Ten champions."

Dowd moving his way up
the ran kings for Michigan

RYAN WEINER/Daily
LaVell Blanchard drives during Michigan's comeback win over Wisconsin last night.
Blanchard hit four 3-pointers in the second half.

By Eric Chan
Daily Sports Writer
One could only describe Michi-
gan wrestler Foley Dowd's perform-
ance last season as inconsistent.
One could go on to describe
Dowd's performance this season as
simply amazing.
"Maturity and development is the
difference. Foley really figured out
how to win the close matches,"
Michigan coach Joe McFarland
said.
"He prepares himself well for all
his competition. I think experience
is really the big thing here."
Dowd is off to a red-hot start this
year, climbing from ninth in the
rankings at 133-pounds to No. 5,
according to Wrestling Internation-
al Newsmagazine's latest poll.
The lightweight duo of Dowd and
125-pounder A.J. Grant makes up
one of the most formidable combos
in the country.
Dowd, a redshirt junior from
Howell, N.J., has a 15-1 record this
season, with his only loss coming
against Cal-State Bakersfield's
Matt Sanchez at the Cliff Keen
Invitational.

"Foley is very aggressive. He has
some great leg attacks," McFarland
said.
"He's just an outstanding
wrestler."
After beating No. 8 Cory Coop-
erman at the Lehigh dual meet and
then topping No. 13 Phil Mansueto
at the Cleveland State dual, Dowd
put on his best performance to date
at the Midlands Championship.
Dowd shocked the wrestling world
by entering the tournament as the
No. 5 seed and walking out as the
champion of one of the toughest
tournaments in the country. En
route to the Midland finals, Dowd
beat No. 9 Mike Simpson from Ari-
zona State and No. 10 Josh Moore
from Penn State.
In the finals, Dowd squared off
against No. 7 Zach Roberson - the
All-American from Iowa State who
had beaten him 8-3 in the second
round of the 2002 NCAA Champi-
onships, knocking him into the con-
solation bracket.
Dowd scored the first takedown
in the opening period to gain a 2-0
lead, but Roberson fought back to
regain a 3-2 lead in the second peri-
od. With a late second-period

escape, Dowd tied the score enter-
ing the third period. Scoring on an
escape and a takedown in the final
period, Dowd completed the upset
over Roberson and had the last
laugh.
"He wrestled fantastic at Mid-
lands. He won some real tough
matches," McFarland said.
Dowd will have to carry his
momentum into March for the Big
Ten and NCAA Championships.
Last season, Dowd finished a dis-
appointing seventh at the Big Ten
Tournament after entering the tour-
nament ranked sixth in the entire
country. Dowd was then eliminated
on the second day of last season's
NCAA Championships by Edin-
boro's Cory Ace - a wrestler he
had beaten earlier in the 2001-02
season.
The 133-pounder will be tested
again in two weeks at the Cliff
Keen/NWCA National Duals in
Columbus. The four wrestlers
ahead of Dowd in the rankings -
Oklahoma's Johnny Thompson,
Oklahoma State's Witt Durden,
Minnesota's Ryan Lewis and Wis-
consin's Kevin Black - will all
compete.

BADG ERS
Continued from Page 8A
his game-high 25-point evening and
giving Michigan (1-0, 8-6) its first lead
since a 13-12 lead early in the first half.
As if Horton's offensive heroics
weren't enough, the point guard blocked
Devin Harris' layup attempt on Wiscon-
sin's last possession, sealing Michigan's
spectacular victory and sending the
Maize Rage storming onto the court.
"I was trying to contest the shot
without fouling, and that is what I was
able to do," said Horton of his final

block. "We are a totally different team
from years past and right now we are
showing it"
Until Blanchard and Horton began
connecting from long range late, Michi-
gan's chance at an eighth-consecutive
victory appeared to be dead and buried.
The Wolverines weathered the storm
in the first half as Wisconsin shot 52
percent from the field, time and time
again working into the lane for easy
baskets. Then Michigan almost went
under during a nine-minute field goal
drought in the second half, opening up
the Badgers' 15-point lead and sending

Stanford ready for an
'ambush' of tankers

SErdman, fan club off to fast start

P-ALO ALTO, CUALIF.
Who: No.1 Michigan at No. 3 Stanford and
No. 4 California.
When:1 p.m.
Latest: The Wolverines head out West to
take on two national powerhouses.

By Jim Weber
For the Daily

day, so that was kind of weird."
Now that both are freshmen at
Michigan, they occasionally run into
each other on campus. Touran said Erd-

By Megan Kolodgy
Daily Sports Writer
Three days after returning home from
an intense winter training trip to Hawaii,
the Michigan's men's swimming team is
headed to the West Coast to take on two
of the top teams in the nation.
"I just hope that after all this travel
their biological clocks know what the
hell is going on," coach Jon
Urbanchek said.
The Wolverines will need to be back
on track if they want to defeat No. 3
Stanford and No. 4 California this
weekend and maintain their position as
the No. 1 team in the country. After suf-
fering a close 134-109 loss to Stanford
last year at Canham Natatorium, the
Wolverines are anxious to beat the Car-
dinal in its own pool Friday. But Stan-
ford is equally ready for a victory.
"Stanford hasn't had any competition
yet this year," Urbanchek said. "That's
why they're not in the No. 1 spot. They

want that spot back, and they're ready
for an ambush."
Fending off the Cardinals will be
no easy task as both teams are "very
close on paper," according to
Urbanchek. Friday's dual meet will
be decided by what should be several
close races. Two of these include the
50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard
freestyle, in which Michigan's Gar-
rett Mangieri and Stanford's Randall
Bal are separated by just hundredths
of a second. The 100-yard breast-
stroke and the 200-yard medley relay
are other events that are likely to be
critical to the outcome of the meet.
"Stanford definitely has the person-
nel to knock Michigan out of the top
spot," Urbanchek said. "Berkley does
too. It's easy getting to the top, but it's
hard to stay there"
Although the majority of the Wolver-
ines are in their best condition so far
this season, freshman Chris DeJong -
who was crucial in the win over then-

No. 1 Texas in November, injured his
knee on the training trip while playing
beach volleyball. DeJong will still com-
pete in Palo Alto.
Apart from DeJong's unfortunate
injury, Urbanchek views the training
trip as a success.
"The team stayed in a dorm and ate
meals together," he said. "I think the
swimmers definitely bonded, which I
think is just as important an accom-
plishment as the training."
If Michigan's newfound unity is not
enough to carry it to victory, then per-
haps a strong fan base in the Bay Area
will help.
"Despite the fact that Michigan is so
far away, we usually have just as many
supporters as Stanford," Urbanchek said.
After about six weeks without any
significant competition, the Wolverines
hope that their many hours logged train-
ing will pay off.
"I expect them to step up,"
Urbanchek said.

Katie Erdman didn't just bring two
state track titles to Michi-
gan - she even broughtB
her own fan club. TRACK B
Erdman is a freshman
from Cadillac who won Wo: Michigan
the Division 2 state title in When: 9:30 a.
the mile and 800 meters Latest:Women
last spring. She impressed begins the que
Nick Touran of nearby Triple Crown.
Petoskey so much during
high school that he created a fan club
last May.
Touran said that his friends first
pointed Erdman out to him because she
resembled his girlfriend. After Erdman
caught Touran's eye, he and his buddies
became her personal fans when she beat
the best runner from their school. This
victory jump-started the fan club, which
can be found at katie.pwfl.com/.
Touran "was on another team that was
in my conference, so it started last springf
and they put posters up at a meetErd-
man explained. "I met them later that

UILDING
iat the Jack
onal
m. - noon
n's track
st for the

man is friendly toward him,
and he is glad she does not
feel awkward about the fan
club.
"She is really nice about
it," Touran said. "She will
say, 'Hey, how are classes?'
It is not too weird, but I am
embarrassed about it"
As for his old girlfriend

who resembles Erdman, Touran said
that he is still seeing her. But, because
she is still in high school, there is some
jealousy now that her look-a-like and
Touran go to school together.
"Over Christmas break we actually
had the 'Katie Erdman talk,"' Touran
said. "She isn't too thrilled. But we
talked about it, and I reassured her that
(Erdman) is just a celebrity. I actually
compared it to her making a fan club
for Brad Pitt"'
The web site claims that even some
of her teammates are part of the fan

club. It is little wonder why; at the
intrasquad meet a month ago, Erdman
set meet records in the 800 and 1,200
meters. Making the 800-meter record
even more impressive was the fact that
Erdman outran record holder Rachel
Sturtz, who is a three-time Big Ten
Conference champion in the event.
This Saturday at The Jack Harvey
Invitational, Michigan will begin its run
toward the Big Ten Triple Crown, which
consists of the cross-country conference
title, the indoor track title and the out-
door track title in the same school year.
The Michigan women currently possess
all three titles, but they need to repeat
the indoor and outdoor titles this year to
complete the Triple Crown because the
three titles came in the same calendar
year, not the same school year.
Erdman will have to start her Michi-
gan career without her biggest fan in
attendance, as Touran said that he has
already made plans for Saturday.
"I am not going to be able to make it
to that one, sadly;"Touran said, adding
that he would "take some friends down
(to a future meet)."

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