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Women's Basketball
vs. Michigan State
Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena

TSPORTS
Tuesday, March 5, 1991

Ice Hockey
vs. Ferris State
Friday, 5 p.m.
Joe Louis Arena, Detroit

The Michigan Daily

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Michigan
takes 4th
in track at
Big Tens
by Kevin Sundman
Daily Sports Writer
With eventual champion In-
diana and Illinois literally running-
away with the Big Ten Men's;
Indoor Track and Field Champ-
ionships, the only battle that,
remained was for third. Wisconsin,
Michigan, and Ohio State all
ascertained hopes of finishing their.
seasons on a high note.
When the final scores were
tabulated, the three squads were
within seven points, with the
Buckeyes edging the Wolverines
by a single point for the coveted
third spot.
"We scored what we thought
we would coming into the meet,"
Michigan coach Jack Harvey said.
"Our only disappointment was not
getting third and beating Ohio
State, a team we thought we
should have beat."
Michigan's effort was led by se-
nior Brad Barquist who coupled a
first-place finish in the 5000
meters with a strong second-place
performance in the 3000 meters.
His times in each event qualified
him for the nationals this week,
but he will compete in the 5000
meter event only.
Sophomore high jumper Dan
Redden followed up his third place
finish at the Big Ten meet with a
NCAA-qualifying jump on his final
attempt this past weekend in the
Silverston Invitational held in Ann
Arbor. His jump of 7' 3" allows
him to join senior teammate Brad
Holwerda - who cleared 7' 2 1/4"
to place second at the Big Ten
meet - at the nationals.
Other team members headed to
the NCAA meet in Indianapolis
are junior Jerry Douglas in the 55
meter high hurdles, senior Neal
Newman in the 800 meter run, and
senior Brad Darr in the pole vault.
"They all have a chance at
being an All-American (top 6
places)," Harvey said. "Once you
get to this level, it's just a matter
of who's hot on that particular,
day.
Douglas finished a distant sixthI
in the Big Ten meet in 7.51

Maturing squad may
dethrone Iowa by '93
by Josh Dubow
Daily Sports Writer
After an impressive second-place finish in this weekend's Big Ten
Wrestling Championships, the Michigan wrestling team should look
ahead to the 1993 Big Tens, when they will have a chance to finally
end the Iowa Hawkeyes' 18-year reign over Big Ten wrestling.
Like this season's championship, next year's has virtually been
decided. The Hawkeyes will return all 10 wrestlers from a squad that
outdistanced second-place Michigan by more points than the margin
by which the Wolverines beat last-place Indiana.
Big Ten teams have been satisfied with second place for much of
the past 18 years. Even next season, taking the runner-up trophy will
be a gratifying accomplishment.
But not in 1993.
Because seniors Fritz Lehrke (190) and Salem Yaffai (118) will be
the Wolverines' only losses to graduation in the next two years,
Michigan will soon field a more experienced squad than Iowa. Next
year the Hawkeyes graduate six starters, including three of its five
current Big Ten champions.
Michigan had the opportunity to dethrone the Hawkeyes at the
1989 Championships. Earlier that season, an experienced Wolverine
squad ended Iowa's 99-match Big Ten dual meet win streak. Entering
the final session of wrestling at the Big Tens, Michigan led the Hawk-
eyes by six points, before Iowa pulled away to its 16th straight title.
1990 proved to be a disappointment for the Wolverines, as they
finished 31st at NCAAs. But the development of 1989's No. 2
recruiting class will help enable the Wolverines to break the
Hawkeyes' run of Big Ten titles. From that class, Joey Gilbert and
Sean Bormet were finalists this year; Lanny Green placed third; and
Phil Tomek and James Rawls finished fourth.
Gilbert and Bormet both showed they could already wrestle with
Iowa's best. With two years more experience, and inexperienced
Hawkeye competition, Gilbert and Bormet should walk away with
championship trophies. Rawls showed he can be one of the top 142-
pounders already this season, but only when he wrestles aggressively.
Green has proven he can beat anyone in his weight class outside of
Minnesota's No. 1 ranked, senior Marty Morgan. Tomek and Harper
also made their marks on their respective weight classes and should
only improve upon this year's finish.
Last year Michigan also landed another heralded recruit in Jehad
Hamdan of New Lenox, Ill. Hamdan, who was redshirted this year,
should replace Fritz Lehrke at 190 pounds next year. Hamdan placed
third in the nation at 190 in a tournament this past summer.
But the Wolverines must regard next season as preparation for
1993 instead of as a season in its own. Michigan coach Dale Bahr
must set a goal of first place in the 1993 Big Tens - not another
second place finish.
That '93 Wolverine squad should be disappointed with anything
short of a Big Ten championship.

'M' stakes claim in West*

Gymnasts tumble to
by Caryn Seidman
Daily Sports Writer

No.

1

Stanford, beat Cal

The Michigan men's gymnast-
ics team pitted itself against the
best in the country last week. And,
according to coach Bob Darden,
his team did "surprisingly well."
The Wolverines went to Cali-
fornia to compete in three compe-
titions in four days. They competed
twice against No.1-ranked Stanford
and San Jose State, and once
against Cal.
In their first meet against Stan-
ford and San Jose St., the Wolver-
ines finished second with a score
of 274.45 points, only a few points
behind Stanford's total of 276.3.
Michigan was able to defeat San
Jose, which finished with 271.55.
"We were ahead of Stanford
after four events, but they reorgan-
ized themselves and were able to
get ahead in the last two events,"
Darden said. "At this point in our
season it's not the physical effort.
It's all mental focus and we
showed our competitive tenacity in
this meet."
Rookie Ben Verrall demon-
strated his "competitive tenacity"
in his performance on the floor.
Verrall scored a 9.8 to grab second
place in the floor exercises, a
performance his coach called
"exceptional." Mike Mott, another
first-year member, had a "huge
responsibility" on the pommel
horse, as NCAA qualifier Glenn
Hill was out with a wrist injury.
"Mike had to assume the lead
on pommel horse," Darden said.
He assumed the position quite well
with a score of 9.6, a total which
was strong enough for him to finish
second in the event.
The Wolverines maintained
their strong performances in the
second meet at Stanford, where
they also competed against San
Jose State. Michigan scored a
278.4, shattering the old school
Spikers sign
first wave of
solid recruits
by Matthew Dodge
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan volleyball pro-
gram whipped into a U-turn last
week by signing its strongest
recruiting class in years. The
Wolverines, who hope to turn-
around from a 2-34 Big Ten record
over the last two seasons, desper-
ately need a transfusion of talent.
"The group of outstanding
signees certainly add a new di-
mension to our program," coach
Peggy Bradley-Doppes said. "They
bring a lot of enthusiasm and
experience to Michigan."
Signing National Letters of
Intent for the Wolverines are La-
shawnda Crowe (Adrian, Mich.),
Robyn Read (Hoopeston, Ill.),
Julie Scherer (Los Altos, Calif.),
and Aimee Smith (Escondido,
Calif.).
Crowe will give Bradley-
Doppes help in receiving the ball,
and in her play at the net. She is
also a track and field star at
Adrian High School, where she
holds four school records.
Michigan continues to blaze re-
cruiting trails in California, which
gave the program rookie star
Andrea Lucadam in 1990.

This year the west coast sent
Scherer, who competed in the
1990 national Junior Olympics,
and Smith, who earned First-Team
All-California honors in 1989.

A Michigan gymnast competes on the high bar against Ohio State earlier
this season. The squad beat both San Jose State and Cal this past week
while falling to top-ranked Stanford.

record by more than two points.
Although the score was not enough
to beat Stanford, which totaled
286.8 points, the Wolverines did
defeat San Jose State again.
"At home, in front of their
home crowd, Stanford took off like
a rocket and we just tried to keep
pace with them," Darden said.

"They threw out their best team at
us and we tried to respond."
Next stop for the West Coast
Wolverines was Cal, where they
soundly defeated the Bears, 276.45
to 271.75. Michigan scored higheD
than Cal in four of the six events,
dropping only the parallel and the
high bars.

seconds, well ei his qualifying
time of 7.30 seconds.
Newman placed second in the
meet, good enough to earn him
All-Big Ten At-Large honors. This
award was established to recog-
nize the most deserving of the
second-place finishers in the meet.

Darr led a trio of vaulters pla-
cing third in the meet with a vault
of 17' 4 1/2", which was well
below his season best of 17' 10
1/4". Frosh Toby Van Pelt and
senior Matt Scharl placed fifth and
sixth, respectively.

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HOCKEY NOTEBOOK
CCHA's second season
begins Friday at the Joe
by John Niyo
Daily Hockey Writer
Now the fun starts. With the bottom five teams in the CCHA
carefully done away with until next season, the top four teams are on
a collision course, eagerly headed down The Road to the Joe.
Michigan, the second seed, will face No. 3 seed Ferris State
Friday at 5:10 p.m., while the regular season champs, Lake Superior
State, ranked first in the nation, will face the No. 4 seed, Western
Michigan at 8:10 p.m.
The semifinal winners will face off in the championship game
Saturday at 7:40 p.m., preceded by a consolation matchup at 4 p.m.
The weekend games will be televised live on the PASS network.
And with all four of the top seeds winning their quarterfinal
matchups to advance to Joe Louis Arena, Michigan coach Red Beren-
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lackluster effort his Wolverines have put forth the past few weeks.
"Every one of the teams - all four that are left now - is shooting
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three solid periods of hockey. I'm hopeful that we will. "
Ferris State, the CCHA's surprise team this year making its first
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Michigan's runner-up finish in the CCHA was not a surprise,
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Now Joe Louis Arena will become their proving grounds.
"This is a big challenge for us," Berenson said. "We've sort of
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