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January 26,2004

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Grapplers open Big
Ten season victoriously

By Steven Shears
Daily Sports Writer

When Michigan wrestling coach
Joe McFarland looked at the sched-
ule earlier this season, he noticed
something frightening - rivals
Iowa and Min-
nesota would be
traveling to AnnMC GN
Arbor to start -
the Big Ten sea-
son. For a IATMAY
Michigan team MICHIGAN 31
that has strug-
gled to take an
early lead in multiple dual week-
ends, slow starts have meant quick
losses.
Fortunately for Michigan, a slow
start led to two eventual victories,
as the Wolverines closely defeated
No. 10 Iowa 20-16 on Friday and
crushed No. 12 Minnesota 31-4 on
Saturday.
"We have not wrestled well in our
first duals," McFarland said. "We
always seem to wrestle better on our
second day or in our second dual.
I'm not sure why we haven't wres-
tled well in our first dual. In the
first dual your nerves might be
there, and then you get in your
groove you start to get a little more
comfortable."
Two weeks ago at the National
Duals, Michigan also began on the
wrong foot as it struggled with,

though eventually defeated, a
mediocre West Virginia squad. The
Wolverines picked it up thereafter
and recovered with a third place
finish.
On Friday, Iowa had the benefit
of facing Michigan first, and it
took advantage.
The marquee matchup of Michi-
gan's 125-lb. redshirt freshman
Mark Moos (ranked third in the
nation) and second-ranked Luke
Eustice to start the night was any-
thing but exciting.
Moos lost the match 13-3 and
Iowa took a 4-0 lead.
"(Moos) didn't wrestle a real
good match, and that wasn't one of
his best performances," McFarland
said.
It wasn't until the 149-lb. match
that the Wolverines came alive.
Seventh-ranked Ryan Churella
of Michigan was tied 2-2 with
eighth-ranked Ty Eustice at the
end of regulation. The match
spanned a total of ten minutes
until Churella scored an escape
and held Eustice down for the
remainder of the second overtime
to capture a 3-2 victory.
The crowd at Crisler erupted, and
Michigan regained the lead at 8-7.
"I was a little fatigued," Churella
said. "It was a pretty long match."
Said McFarland: "I told him to
continue to stay aggressive and
See WRESTLING, Page 7B

Cagers stop skid with
win over Penn State

By Daniel Bremmer
Daily Sports Writer
STATE COLLEGE - After his
team's loss at Wisconsin on
Wednesday night, Michigan coach
Tommy Amaker
stressed how
important Sat-
urday's game at
Penn State would be for his
Wolverines.
Apparently, his team got the
message.
Michigan was clearly the more
aggressive team en route to a rela-
tively easy 69-59 Wolverine win at
the Bryce Jordan Center - a win
that snapped Michigan's three-
game losing streak.
"I think that we didn't play grit-
ty enough," Penn State coach Ed
Dechellis said. "We didn't play
like a team that had just come off
an embarrassing (80-37) loss (at
Illinois on Wednesday), and we
didn't play as hard as we could to
try to win this game."
Michigan had Penn State on the
ropes, leading 21-8 with 7:20 to
play in the first half.
But the Wolverines allowed the
Nittany Lions to go on a 10-2 run
to pull within seven with just
under four minutes to play in the
half.

Michigan (2-3 Big Ten, 11-5
overall) went on to score nine of
the next 14 points - highlighted
by a three pointer from guard
Daniel Horton on a nice dish by
Bernard Robinson - to lead 32-22
at halftime.
Penn State made a quick run
coming out of the lockerroom
behind eight straight points from
junior Jan Jagla.
But the Nittany Lions couldn't
stop Michigan on defense during
the same stretch and never got
closer than six for the rest of the
game.
Sophomore Lester Abram led
Michigan with 19 points on 6-for-
8 shooting, including two three-
pointers.
"(Lester) was very efficient,"
Amaker said. "He took really good
shots."
Amaker was also pleased with
the play of forwards J.C. Mathis
and Brent Petway, who combined
for eight points, nine boards and
three blocks.
"Both of them really ignited our
team this afternoon," Amaker said.
Petway silenced an already quiet
Penn State crowd with two
emphatic dunks: the first off an
alley-oop from Horton and the
second on a follow-up of a
See NITTANY LIONS, Page 5B

Friday: Michigan 4, WEIsRaN Mh : a 1i Saturday: MICHIGAN 7, Western Micbigan 0
Cers keep pace n CCHA with weekend sweep

By Gennaro Filice
Daily Sports Writer
Posterize.
The emotions that this sports verb encompasses
run the gamut. For the receiving object, the poster-
izee, there are feelings of pain, loss, subservience and
unadulterated embarrassment. For the acting subject,
the posterizer, there are sensations of gratification,
victory and sheer dominance. Saturday at Yost Ice
Arena during Michigan's 7-0 thumping of Western
Michigan, Michigan center T.J. Hensick enjoyed the
latter as posterizer on many different occasions.
Although the freshman phenom, who earned the
game's first star, repeatedly humiliated the Bronco
defense, one first-period play stood above the rest.
Senior captain Andy Burnes punched a
pass through to Hensick on the right side
" of the Western Michigan blueline. Quickly

met by the Bronco defense, Hensick retreated toward
center ice. But Hensick recognized an opening and
reversed skate, scooting up the right side of the ice
toward Western Michigan's net. Hensick had one
defender to beat. But the defender, assistant captain
Mike Jarmuth, was no slouch. Jarmuth - the lone
senior defenseman in the Broncos' lineup - was
named Western Michigan's most valuable defense-
man in 2002-03. Face-to-face with Jarmuth, Hensick
swiftly maneuvered the puck under Jarmuth's stick
and juked his way around the 6-foot, 203-pound
roadblock. In the clear, Hensick deked Bronco goal-
tender Scott Foster into bewilderment and slipped
the puck through the five-hole. The goal came with
just over four minutes left in the first period and
served as the Bronco dagger.
"I think my instincts just took over," said Hensick,
who totaled two goals and two assists on the night.
"It's just one of those plays that you don't see too

often because the defensemen are so skilled and they
take a body. But I made a move and luckily got
around him, and it was me and the goalie, and I
found a little hole between the goalie's pads and it
went in.
"It brought a big smile to my face."
Hensick's individual brilliance capped off a period
that included a one-time goal by sophomore Bran-
don Kaleniecki and a breakaway score courtesy of
freshman Mike Brown.
"It was a good start," Michigan coach Red Beren-
son said. "They're a good team, and I thought we
kept them on their heels. You didn't want the period
to end because you knew that they would regroup"
Michigan (10-4-1 CCHA, 16-7-1 overall) contin-
ued its offensive onslaught in the second period, tal-
lying three more goals. Kaleniecki notched his
second goal in the period's third minute, burning
See BRONCOS, Page 4B

ROLLER COASTER ON ICE
Looking at the team's winning percentage over the last three fall seasons,
it's clear this winning streak could change in a hurry. Below, the team's
"hottest" months are in - and their "coldest" are in blue.

2000-01

Sept.IOct.
November
December
January

.571
.500
.750

2001-02
.375
.714
.500
.71

2002-03
.714
.250

2003-04
.875
.429
.500

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