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Ice Hockey
NCAA First Round vs. Cornell
Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Arena
The Michigan Daily

Thursday, March 14, 1991

Women's Gymnastics
vs. Michigan State and Central Michigan
Saturday, 2:00 p.m.
Keen Arena
Page 9

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Buffaloes trample Michigan, 71-(
First-round NIT loss gives Blue first losing season in 10 years

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I Name
Salem Yaffai,
Joey Gilbert,
James Rawls,
Sean Bormet,
Lanny Green,
Fritz Lehrke,
Phil Tomek,

Weight
118 pounds
134 pounds
142 pounds
158 pounds
177 pounds
190 pounds
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Wrestlers hit
NCAA tourney
by Josh Dubow
Daily Sports Writer
The collegiate wrestling season comes to a close
this weekend at the NCAA Championships in Iowa
City, and Michigan coach Dale Bahr is looking for a
dramatic improvement from last year's 31st place
finish. The Wolverines qualified seven wrestlers this
year - three more than in 1990.
"Sending seven wrestlers gives us a lot more op-
portunities to score than we had last year," Bahr
said. "Our guys are a little inexperienced, but they
are much more enthusiastic than some of the other
* teams we've had."
The Wolverines are sending five first- and second-
year wrestlers to Iowa, and only two of their
wrestlers, Joey Gilbert (134 pounds, second place at
Big Tens) and Fritz Lehrke (190, second), have pre-
viously qualified for nationals.
Amateur Wrestling News' Tournament Rankings
lists Michigan 14th, but three Big Ten schools which
are ranked higher than the Wolverines - Ohio State
(8), Minnesota (11) and Wisconsin (13) - placed
behind Michigan at Big Tens earlier this month.
* Michigan's other qualifiers are Salem Yaffai
(118, second), James Rawls (142, fourth), Sean
Bormet (158, second), Lanny Green (177, third), and
Phil Tomek (HWT, fourth).
Controversial officiating hurt both Bormet and
Gilbert in their championship matches at Big Tens,
and the two are looking for rematches with their
Hawkeye adversaries, Tom Ryan and Tom Brands,
respectively.
"My goal is to be national champion," Gilbert
'said. "I've worked hard since Big Tens, and hope-
fully I'll get a chance to get (Brands) again and
maybe I can intimidate him a little this time."
Bormet is confident about his chances in a possi-
ble rematch. "I know I'm better than (Ryan),"
Bormet said. "I'm looking forward to a rematch, and
I'm confident I can beat him."
However, Bahr warns against looking ahead to po-
tential matchups. "You never know what is going to
happen," Bahr said. "If you look ahead to wrestle a
certain guy, either one of the guys could lose before
they wrestle, and that usually leads to a letdown."
While both wrestlers had techniques they wanted
to work on before nationals, it is nearly impossible to
change the technical style of wrestling in such a
short period.
"You can't erase years of technique in only two
weeks," Bahr said. "You've got to wrestle with what
got you there."
At Big Tens, Rawls was penalized numerous
times for stalling and vowed to be more aggressive
come NCAAs. Bahr feels that Rawls' work during the
past two weeks will help him this weekend.
"James has worked on becoming more aggres-
sive," Bahr said. "While technique is harder to
adapt, aggressiveness is much easier. If James wres-
tles like he's capable of, he can beat anyone in the
nation."
From a team standpoint, Iowa is the clear cut fa-
vorite, finishing the dual meet season undefeated and
running away with its 18th consecutive Big Ten title.
The Hawkeyes' toughest competition should come
from two-time defending national champion Okla-
homa State, as well as Penn State, who tied Iowa
earlier this season.
"I really don't see any one beating Iowa in their
home arena," Bahr said. "They have been dominat-
ing since the National Duals."

by Theodore Cox
Daily Basketball Writer
BOULDER, Colo. - Last
night's 71-64 Michigan loss to
Colorado in the NIT was typical of
this year's season for the Wolver-
ines. The team began strong, only
to fade in the end, and suffer a{
heart-breaking loss before 8,177
people at the Coors Events Center.
With 15:30 left in the game,
Michigan forward James Voskuil
drove the lane, dunked the ball,
and to add an exclamation point,
hung from the rim.
The effort gave the Wolverines
a 10 point edge and everything
seemed to be going right.
But the rim didn't vibrate back
to its normal height. Instead, it was
stuck at a 10 degree downward an-
gle. To restart the game, 6-foot-10
Colorado center Shaun Vandiver
was forced to walk over and fix it.
The embarrassment of the situa-
tion disgusted Buffalo coach Joe
Harrington.
"Coach yelled over to me, 'We
need you to do more,"' Vandiver
said. "That seemed to ignite me."
The senior then went on a ter-
ror, scoring 12 points in the paint
down the stretch to pull Colorado
ahead.
"I knew I could get a lot of
space down low," Vandiver said.
"So I just kept my position."
Michigan coach Steve Fisher
blamed the breakdown on fatigue.
"They were a little too strong
for us," Fisher said. "We got tired
and the stress wore us down."
In the end, the Wolverines'
only hope was their outside game.

And even though captain
Demetrius Calip made a valiant
effort, he couldn't carry the load
by himself. The senior guard
scored 29 points in his final game
for Michigan.
The first half was all Michigan,
as the Buffaloes forgot how to do
one of the basic things in basket-
ball - score. But maybe when a
team hasn't played in a tourna-
ment for 22 years, things like that
happen. The Buffaloes had only
three field goals the entire first
half, shooting only 13.8 percent.
More precisely, Vandiver was
the only Colorado player to score
from somewhere besides the free
throw line.
"We took a lot of bad shots,"
Harrington said. "It doesn't matter
who scores if you get good shots."
But even though the big center
from Detroit was able to score, he
wasn't able to outrebound Riley.
The center had 11 first half re-
bounds.
The difference in the first half
was the Wolverines' inside de-
fense, which didn't allow the Buf-
faloes an easy basket. The defense
was so strong that Colorado was
held scoreless for nearly four min-
utes at the end of the half, allow-
ing Michigan to build a 10 point
lead.
"In the first half we dictated the
flow and we kept the crowd out of
the game," Fisher said. "But the
second half we couldn't control the
rebounds.
"Whenever Colorado didn't
score, they were able to tip it in."

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Demetrius Calip dunks over Colorado forward House Guest in the first half of Michigan's 71-64 loss.

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OTHER

I S. Illinois 75, Boise State 74 - Cincinnati 82, Ball St. 55
" Wisconsin 87, Bowling Green 79 - Houston at Stanford-
" Providence 98, James Madison 93 (Late Game)
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by Ken Sugiura
Daily Sports Writer
The University of Michigan may not field
a varsity soccer team, but if the 1994 World
Cup Michigan Bid Committee hasits way,
Ann Arbor may be able to do a bit better
than that.
The committee goes before the Board of
Regents today in Dearborn to request per-
mission to submit a bid to the United States
Soccer Federation to host World Cup soccer
matches in the summer of 1994.
Monday, the committee met with Jack
Weidenbach, interim athletic director, Wal-
ter Harrison, executive director of University
relations, and Richard Kennedy, vice presi-
dent for government relations, to discuss
plans for meeting with the University Board
of Regents.
The World Cup is the premier soccer
event in the world. Held every four years, it
pits the 24 best national teams of the world
in a two-month long, 52-game tournament
consisting of round-robin play followed by a
championship round.
If Michigan is chosen to host the four
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games that the committee is hoping for,
Malley believes it would "obviously gen-
erate over $200 million for southeast
Michigan."
Before Monday, the committee was
drowning in a sea of red tape. Problems
included finding a way to grow grass in the
then artificially-surfaced stadium, conflict-
ing schedules, and cost to the University.
However, it appears the committee has won
over the school, or at least the athletic
department.
It promised "no costs whatsoever, it
would not in any way interfere with the
football program, and would generate reve-
nues for the university," Malley said.
If the committee is given the required
permission, Malley is certain Ann Arbor will
be one of the two Midwest sites for com-
petition, along with Chicago. Over other
competing cities Columbus, Minneapolis,
and Buffalo, Ann Arbor boasts a large
stadium as well as an airline hub, proper
housing accommodations, and the capability
to handle large crowds.

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