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Page 12-The Michigan Daily- Friday, January 25, 1991

Wrestlers take State title
in defeating Spartans

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Blue wrestlers host
Cyclones and 'Cats
by Eric Sklar
Daily Sports Writer

by Josh Dubow
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan wrestling team
rebounded from its loss Sunday at
Purdue to finish a successful road
trip with its seventh consecutive
victory against intrastate rival
Michigan State Wednesday night.
The Wolverines finished their trip
by winning three of their first four
Big Ten dual meets.
Michigan coach Dale Bahr vis-
ited the Spartans (2-3 overall, 1-2
Big Ten) knowing his squad was at
a decided disadvantage at both
126 pounds and 167, and those
turned out to be his only losses.
"We are inexperienced at 126
and 167," Bahr said. "We came
into the meet almost expecting to
lose those*matches. But I was im-
pressed with Mike (Mihalic, 126).
His ankle looked pretty good and
hopefully he will be completely
healthy for the weekend."
Michigan (8-3, 3-1) only strug-
gled in two of the remaining eight
matches as Lanny Green (177) de-
feated Emilio Collins, 4-3, and
Phil Tomek (HWT) decisioned
Don Whipp, 7-6.
The Wolverines were led by
sophomores Joey Gilbert (134) and

James Rawls (142), and seniors
Salem Yaffai (118) and Fritz
Lehrke (190).
The featured match of the
evening came at 158 pounds be-
tween Michigan's Sean Bormet
and the Spartans' Roy Hall. Three
of Bormet's four defeats this sea-
son have come at the hands of
Hall.
"Sean looked as good as he has
all year," Bahr said. "1 think it was
important for him to beat Roy and
get that monkey off his back."
The Wolverines took control of
the individual matches in the latter
stages by taking advantage of their
superior conditioning. "We really
have been stressing conditioning a
lot this month," Bahr said. "We
take three weeks off for exams and
Christmas and only now are we
getting back into full swing.
"Our intensity was as high as it
was at Las Vegas (the Wolverines
placed fifth out of 41 teams). I
think it was the deciding factor
last night (Wednesday)," Bahr
added. "We don't worry about
over-practicing for dual meets be-
cause we are looking to reach our
peak in the Big Tens and NCAAs."

In what looks to be an exciting
weekend of wrestling, Michigan
will host two nationally-ranked
squads, Iowa State and Northwest-
ern, today and tomorrow. Both op-
ponents boast some of the top
wrestlers in the country.
The Wolverines enter the
weekend fresh off a big victory
against intrastate rival Michigan
State and Michigan is ranked ninth
nationally. Third-ranked Iowa State
(6-0) is first up for the Wolverines
tonight at Cliff Keen Arena.
"They're an excellent team,"
Michigan coach Dale Bahr said.
"They have pretty good personnel
in every weight class."
One of the better matchups of
the night will come- in the 158-
pound bout between Iowa State's
Steve Hamilton and Michigan's
Sean Bormet. Hamilton is an All-
American and is currently ranked
second in the nation. Bormet isn't
far behind, ranked tenth.
The key to this match, how-
ever, lies in experience.vWhile
Hamilton is a seasoned veteran,
Bormet is only a redshirt frosh.
"It should be a good match, al-
though Hamilton, being a fifth-year
senior and a returning All-Ameri-
can, would definitely be favored,"
Bahr said.
The Cyclones also have several
other wrestlers who could pose
problems for their Michigan coun-
terparts. Dan Knight (126) and
Torey Jackson (150) are both
ranked third in the nation in their
respective weight classes.
And the upper weights, which
Michigan has depended on in the
past, will face stiff competition
from the Cyclones. Wolverine
Lanny Green will face the nation's
fourth ranked 177-pounder in Matt
Johnson (22-3).
Fritz Lehrke (190) will wrestle
Iowa State's Dan Troupe (23-7) for
the second time this season, hav-
ing already defeated Troupe in
overtime at the Las Vegas Classic.
And Michigan heavyweight Phil
Tomek will have his hands full

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Bormet
with Todd Kinney (21-3-1).
While he feels his team will
put out the best effort possible
Bahr thinks the Cyclones hold'
bit of an advantage over Michigan.
"They are a little more bal-
anced than we are," he said.
"They're putting out there ten
wrestlers with pretty good records
and we're putting out there seven
kids with pretty good records."
Tomorrow afternoon Northwest-
ern visits Keen Arena in a Big Tena
clash. The Wildcats are ranke*
22nd in the country with a 6-4-
record, however, they are 0-16in
the conference.
"They've (Northwestern) really
been banged up with injuries this
year," Bahr said. "Fortunately;
we've been fairly healthy and tt
we can stay that way, we're prob-
ably a better balanced team them
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wrestlers who could give tho
Wolverines trouble. The feature
match of the afternoon should be
the 190-pound bout. Lehrke will.
take on Northwestern's Mike Funk,
the top-ranked 190-pounder in the
country.
Also, Tad Yeager (126) is
ranked tenth in the nation with a4l
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the Big Ten championships last
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