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Sports Monday Trivia
Who was the last frosh
to win the MVP award of
the NCAA basketball
tournament?

Inside Sbrts Monday
'M' Sports Calendar 2
AP Basketball Top 25 2
Athlete of the Week 2
Q&A 3
Gill Again 3
Women's Basketball 6
Men's Swimming 7
Track 7
Gymnastics 8
Tennis 8

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The Michigan Daily -Sports Monday

February 18, 1991

4f , 'M' fightsf to spli*t 1with State
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by Dan Zoch
Daily Hockey Writer
After the first period of Satur-
day's game at Joe Louis Arena,
the Wolverine and Spartan
hockey teams began a brawl that
would last for fifteen minutes and
leave a trail of 12 disqualifica-
tions, assorted minor penalties,
and one very sore linesman.
Michigan (25-5-3 CCHA, 28-6-
3 overall) split the series with
Michigan State (13-13-5, 16-6-5),
with a 6-5 victory on Friday and a
6-2 loss on Saturday. Saturday's
crowd, which at 15,684 set a
CCHA regular-season record, wit-
nessed Michigan's first loss since
Dec. 15 and, of course, the fight.
As both teams took the ice to
head into the lockerrooms after
the Spartans notched a 1-0 lead at
the end of the first period, some
pushing and shoving broke out
near the bench. According to
Michigan coach Red Berenson,
the battle was engaged when
Michigan State goaltender Jason
Muzzatti, who was not playing,
left the bench and headed straight
for Michigan goaltender Steve
Shields.
"Muzzatti jumped our goalie,"
Berenson said. "I don't think the
referee had a handle on what was
happening.
"It brought us down to a differ-
ent level of college hockey than
I'm used to seeing. It's a blemish
on the league. It's a blemish on
college hockey," he added.
Michigan State coach Ron
Mason did not agree with Beren-
son's assessment of the fight.
"It's not our fault," he said.
Muzzatti's fight with Shields
earned both players a five-minute
fighting penalty and a disqualifi-
cation. Muzzatti also earned a
five-minute major for leaving the

JE-IFRM UNTZDaiy
Michigan's Demetrius Calip dribbles down court on the way to a 64-58
Wolverine triumph over Northwestern. Michigan was able to pull out the
victory despite shooting 26 percent in the first half.
*Wolverines avoid
nightmare,

Officials try to break up the fight between Michigan goalie Steve Shields and MSU goalie Jason Muzzatti at
Joe Louis Arena Saturday night. Both players were ejected from the game.

bench and a second disqualifica-
tion.
The ensuing chaos was too
much for the officials to handle.
As a result, eight more fighting
disqualifications were handed out
to Michigan's Kent Brothers,
Cam Stewart, Doug Evans, and
Chris Tamer, and Michigan State
icers Kelly Harper, Jim Cummins,
Bryan Smolinski, and Joby
Messier.
"It's just one of those things

that happens," said Michigan se-
nior Kent Brothers. "But, with
Muzzatti initiating something like
that, we got the short end of the
stick in penalties."
Michigan defenseman Aaron
Ward was given a disqualification
and a five-minute major for at-
tempting to injure an official.
Wolverine forward Ted Kramer
and defender David Harlock were
also served two-minute minors
which gave the Spartans a 4-3

power play to open the second pe-
riod.
Spartan junior Jason Woolley
took advantage of the power play
by scoring at 1:05 in the second.
Woolley scored again on the
man-advantage just over a minute
later after an elbowing call
against Michigan co-captain Don
Stone.
Michigan forward Mark
Ouimet put the Wolverines on the
See ICERS, Page 5

by Jeff Sheran
Daily Basketball Writer

EVANSTON - Michigan bas-
ketball coach Steve Fisher saw
flashes of 1984 Saturday night. It
was no Orwellian nightmare - it
was more of a post-season night-
mare.
The Wolverines captured the
NIT Championship in 1984. Credit
Northwestern, for it was the Wild-
cats' 54-52 overtime victory that
kept Michigan out of the NCAA
tournament.
Northwestern almost did it
again.
Michigan (5-7 in the Big Ten,
12-10 overall) can afford no more
than one more loss this season to
earn an NCAA berth. To suffer that
defeat against the last-place Wild- -
cats (0-12, 5-19) would be redun-
dantly painful.
However, the Wolverines re-
grouped from dismal first half to
defeat Northwestern, 64-58, at

Welsh-Ryan Arena Saturday night.
"We've struggled in here every
year," Fisher said. "We made
some mistakes, but I'm happy we
came in here and got a victory."
Northwestern took a 30-25 half-
time lead, largely because of
Michigan's .226 shooting percent-
age (.182 from the three-point
line). Senior guard Demetrius
Calip led the errantbarrage, mis-
firing on all five three-point at-
tempts, and eight of nine shots
overall in the half.
"We had easy shots that didn't
fall," Calip said. "But we kept our
confidence. We knew they always
play a good first half, and our shots
were eventually gonna fall."
Calip reclaimed the Wolverine
lead at 13:34 with a three-pointer
from the left baseline, upping the
score to 38-36. But Fisher imple-
mented a full-court press at the
See WILDCATS, Page 4

Badgers edge wrestlers by point

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by Josh Dubow all of the meets between these

Daily Sports Writer

The Michigan wrestling team
concluded the conference dual
meet stage of the season this
weekend, and with the Big Ten
Championships two weeks away,
coach Dale Bahr looks for a five-
team battle for second place
behind Iowa.
"There are about five teams
(Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio State,
Purdue, and Wisconsin) that
should be in a dogfight for
second," Bahr said. "It seems as if

teams have been decided by one
or two points."
And true to form, in this
weekend's meet between Mich-
igan (11-6 overall, 5-3 Big Ten)
and Wisconsin (11-4-1, 5-2), the
Badgers prevailed, 18-17.
Bahr saw three weight classes
where the Wolverines could have
pulled out an extra point. At 134
pounds, even though Joey Gilbert
won, Bahr was hoping for a major
decision out of his sophomore
stopper. Gilbert was leading the

match, 12-4, trying to cement
away the major decision when Ron
Peiper scored a take down with
twenty seconds left.
"It's hard to be disappointed
with a sophomore when he wins,"
Bahr said. "But we expect a lot of
Joey and were hoping for a major."
Sophomore James Rawls' win-
less streak continued as he lost to
Dan Spilde, 7-4. Rawls tied both of
last weekend's matches, and Bahr
is hoping Rawls will return to his
form earlier in the season.
"We were expecting to win that
match, and I didn't even consider
it a toss-up," Bahr said. "We felt
James was the better all-around
athlete, but he just didn't get the
job done. I think he will regain his
form in time for Big Tens."
Brian Harper (150) sat out
again this weekend with an injured
foot. Harper was healthy enough to
wrestle, but rested for pre-
cautionary measures. So, Steve
Benninger was given the honor to
face No. 1 ranked Matt Demaray,
and even though he lost by

technical fall, Bahr was
disappointed with Benninger.

not

"This was a tough match for
Steve and losing by a technical
fall really isn't that big of a
disappointment for us," Bahr said.
"I think Brian probably could have
kept it to at least a major, but we
are looking more toward Big Tens
and NCAAs, so we didn't want to
risk it."
Other Wolverine victors on the
day were Sean Bormet (158), 5-1
over John Harms, Fritz Lehrke
(190), 19-8 against Mike Griswold,
and Phil Tomek (HWT), 4-2
versus Lee Krueger. Entering
Tomek's match, Michigan needed
a major decision to tie the match,
but Tomek could not pull away
from Krueger.
Mike Mihalic (126) and Lanny
Green (177) both lost for the
Wolverines, but Green was taken
down in the final seconds of both
the first and third periods, and had
two takedowns nullified for being
out of bounds.

BIG SHOES T
by Albert Lin t
Daily Basketball Writer Michelle Hall follows sist

FILL

er in

Michelle Hall was destined to
be tall. With three older siblings
boasting heights greater than six-
foot, and a 6-foot-3 father and a 5-
foot-Il mother, one was only left
to wonder just how tall she would
grow.
As it turned out, Hall reached
the same height - 6-foot-3 - as
her eldest sibling, sister Val, who
completed her Michigan
basketball career last season. The
two were dubbed 'The Bookends'
by their father, due to their similar
heights and appearances, and the
fact that Val was the oldest while
Michelle was the youngest.
While many women would
cringe at the prospect of
approaching,."let alone exceeding,
six feet, that was not the case for
Michelle or her sisters. Her father,
Jim, even recalled an episode
where Michelle's other sister,
Dianne, "came to me, crying, and
said, 'Daddy, do you think I'll ever

Michigan basketball tradition

Michelle said. "I was like, 'Gosh,
how many people can be 6-3?'
Females look at being tall as a
disadvantage. I don't feel that way
at all."
One of the advantages of her
height, Michelle said, is that it
enabled her to obtain a scholarship
to play Big Ten basketball. But
when it came time to choose
schools, she faced a difficult
decision.
Beginning with Val, all her
siblings were put into a local
basketball program when they
reached the fourth grade. Since
Dianne and Michelle were the two
youngest, they had always played
together.
"She and I were always the two
that got left behind, but we always
hung around each other a lot,"
Dianne said. "We were kind of
like good friends when we were
little. We always played, went to
camp together, played basketball,
and whenever there were groups -
like we'd play outside or

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