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12 -The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, August 10.1994

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NEWTON
Continued from page 11
he askedmewhetherIwascomfortable
withit or if I liked starting better. He
said they had given some consideration
in moving me to the starting rotation.
"But right now I'm the only
lefthanded pitcher in the bullpen, so
as far as my team goes, that's where
they need me now. So definitely for
this year I am in the bullpen."
Newton has excelled in his spe-
cialized role, leading the Jammers
in ERA with a sparkling 2.05, while
carrying a 3-2 record and 26
strikeouts in 31 innings. And al-

though he will certainly be a fixture
at Jamestown for this season, his
performance and the fact that he is a
lefty could move him rapidly
through the Tigers' system.
"I think you have to be optimistic,"
Newton said. "Ithink if you're not, you
can become frustrated in not coming
up. There is not a ton of lefthanded
pitching in the organization, so in that
regard I think I am off to a good start."
One thing that Newton hopes will
make him an even more promising
commodity is learning to toughen up
against lefthanded hitters - although
as a lefty he is already inherently at an
advantage against other southpaws.

"I would say the pitch makeup is
there, but the one thing we've worked
on a little bit this summer is throwing
sidearm to lefthanded hitters,. which
makes it especially difficult to hit,"
Newton said.
It is also beneficial to Newton's
career that the Tigers' system is hardly
chock-full of pitching prospects. And
so if Newton can perfect his setup role,
one day he could be pitching not too far
from where he played his college ball.
"I went to Tiger games when I was
in school and Tiger Stadium is a great
place to see baseball and to play base-
ball," Newton said. "So ending up
there would definitely be exciting."

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Grapplers pin three.
'M' wrestling signs three more recruits
By Roderick Beard Bahr expects Viola to start in thd
DAILY SPORTS WRITER 118-pound class. Viola, a state champ
Having athletes start in their first inVirginia,isastocky,aggressive wres-
year is popular in college basketball. tier who goes after his opponents. Bahr
Now it's making its way to wrestling. said that a wrestler like Viola is good to
The Michigan wrestling team an- begin dual meets with.
nounced the signings of Airron "That fireball mood sets the tempo
Richardson, Brian Aparo and Chris for the entire match and others can
Viola for the 1994-95 season. With the feed off of it," he said.
departure ofseniors Brian Harper,Steve Bahr thinks Aparo is the "sleeper"
King and Sean Bormet, the team loses of the group. Aparo, from Victor HigP'h
valuable experience and leadership. School in New York, never won a state
Michigan coach Dale Bahr expects title and never finishedhigherthanthird.
to fill the spot left by King with "He is a steady, hard worker with
Richardson. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound good skills," Bahr said. "He reminds
heavyweight won the state champion- me a little of Brian Harper."
ship in Ohio as well as the national Bahr stresses Michigan will be
championship as a high-school senior young, and that the recruits may start
in 1993. The problem, though, is that this year, with last year's reserves fill-
Richardson has not wrestled in a year; ing the other holes. He does not expect
he played football at Morehouse Col- too much too soon from his recruits.
lege in Atlanta last year. "The Big Ten is the best confer
"He is a bright, motivated, good ence in the country and it is tough for
athlete," Bahr said. "It will take three freshmen to break in immediately,"
or four months to get him back in Bahr said. "I'll know how good they
wrestling shape, though." are in four years."

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RECRUITS
Continued from page 11
"Fox will bring some offensive
skills to our blueline, while at the
same time he should complement the
strong defensive nucleus we are build-
ing this season," Berenson said.
Last but not least is Turco, a 5-
foot-10, 165-pound goalie who played
with the Cambridge Winterhawks of

the Ontario Midwestern Junior "B"
League. Turco will be competing for
the spot left by team mainstay Steve
Shields.
"Marty brings great athletic ability
to U-M, which should enable him to
challenge for the starting position,"
Berenson said. "He gained valuable
experience as a rookie last season while
playing in nearly 50 games for Cam-
bridge. He'sanexcellentreflexgoalie"

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