vs. Western Michigan
Tomorrow, 7:30 p.m.
The Michigan Daily
Thursday, February 7, 1991
Men's and Women's Gymnastics
vs. Ohio State
Tomorrow, 7 p.m.
MO'S SECOND CLASS RANKS AMONG WOLVERINES' BEST EVER
'M' lands natio
by Adam Lutz
Sitting confidently in his new
recruiting office, Gary Moeller
acted as if it was just another day
at the office.
"I think we had a good year,"
There was no gloating or
boasting for the second-year head
coach who had just signed one of
the top two recruiting classes in
Michigan put together a 21-
person class, consisting of eight
All-Americans, and including
seven of the top 20 players rated in
The Detroit Free Press's "Best of
the Midwest" list.
With the annual signing date in
the past, it is time for the scouts to
begin their annual rankings of the
countries' top classes.
This year, depending on whom
you listen to, it seems as if the top
spot belongs to either Penn St. or
Tom Lemming, considered the
Midwest's top analyst, boasts that
this year, "Michigan's No. 1 ... It
has the best class in my memory,
and I've been at this for 11 years!"
Meanwhile, Allen Wallace,
SuperPrep Magazine's senior
editor, is unsure whom he would
rate No. 1, claiming, "It's a
complete toss-up. They both have
great, well rounded classes."
One publication to place the
Wolverines second, The National,
feels that Penn State's decision to
enter the Big Ten, combined with
a great coach and rich tradition
helps explain the Lions' exception-
Without discussing the talent
of certain individuals, Moeller was
quick to clarify that the State's top
player, Tyrone Wheatley, would
definitely play tailback.
As for the possibility of certain
players coming in next season and
immediately competing, Moeller
explained that "some have the
ability to contribute in a back-up
role next season ... if they can
pick up the offensive or defensive
signals and come into practice in
good physical condition."
The only dark cloud remaining
is the six recruits who have not
passed the Proposition 48
requirements. However, his staff
feels that the players the Wol-
verines recruited are all capable of
passing with their next attempts.
This year, Michigan stockpiled
both the offensive and defensive
line. Moeller claimed Michigan
did not emphasize those positions.
However, every year there appears
to be an abundance in one position
and draught in another.
"This year we were fortunate
that there were offensive linemen,
because last year we couldn't find
any. This year we looked for tight-
ends and only found one we were
The massive offensive lineman
were led by two All-Americans,
Paul Barry and Trezelle "Tree"
Jenkins. Barry's combination of
size and quickness will most likely
be utilized at the guard slot.
Meanwhile, Jenkins' greatest
attribute is his immense size, 6-
foot-7. His senior season was
considered disappointing by most,
but he seems dedicated to im-
proving his strength and technique.
On the defensive side, Mich:-
igan was able to land All:-
Americans Trent Zenkewicz ang
Walter Reggans. Zenkewicz is
considered by most experts to be
the top lineman in the Midwest, as
he combined his talent with
See Recruits, Page 10
Frosh tailback Ricky Powers was last year's great recruit. Michigan coach
Gary Moeller hopes this year's recruits prove just as capable.
tumble into town
by Charlie Wolfe
0Daily Sports Writer
W There's an old sports axiom -
Anever underestimate your opponent.
,r In the case of the Michigan
,men's gymnastics team, that should
,not be a problem when the
Wolverines face Ohio State tomor-
row night at Keen Arena. After
being overwhelmed by a surprising
Spartan squad last week, life gets no
;;sier for the Wolverines as they
take on the powerhouse Buckeyes.
"Ohio State is a traditionally very
44good team," Michigan assistant
: coach Mike Milidonis said. "They
;- were national champs in '86 and are
::consistently one of the better teams
,,in the country."
, Michigan's Scarlet and Grey
#: nemesis is also coming off a huge
:victory over last year's national
:'champions, Nebraska. The Buck-
,:eyes' defeat of the Cornhuskers will
,make the Wolverines' upset
,opportunity all the more difficult.
_ Head coach Bob Darden was
"disappointed with his team's per-
.formance last Friday in East Lans-
.ing. Although he resolved to forget
tithe team's 270 score and simply
move on, there were some particu-
:larly top-notch individual efforts.
:Against the Spartans, many gym-
nasts posted some of their best
scores of the season.
Glenn Hill matched his personal
,;best of 9.7 on the pommel horse.
:Royce Toni had season bests on
;vault (9.25), horizontal bars (9.35),
and rings (9.55). And Jim Round and
;Ben Verrall both posted their highest
season totals in the all-around.
If Michigan doesn't dig itself
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another large early hole as it did in
East Lansing, the Wolverines should
be able to give the Buckeyes stiff
"I think the two keys for us are:
how hard we work and prepare for
the meet, number one. But how
consistent we are, number two,"
Milidonis said. "That seems to be
our downfall a little bit. If we can be
really on, like we were against
Illinois, we'll scare them."
One major advantage for the
Wolverines will be the friendly
confines of Keen Arena. Both the
men's and women's teams were
victorious at home against Illinois
two weeks ago. The squads hope to
have another outstanding crowd to
cheer them to victory again in their
last co-ed home meet.
"We were real happy with the
audience and spectators versus
Illinois - they make it exciting for
us," Darden said. "It used to be in
years past that you had to be silent
during a meet, but long gone are
those days. The men and women
really appreciate the support and
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Rookie Ben Verrall competes on the horizontal bar in a recent meet against
Illinois, in which he placed fourth in the all-around. Last week against
Michigan State he posted a season's best score in the competition. Verrall
and the Wolverines hope to continue to improve against Ohio State
tomorrow at Keen Arena.
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