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Men's Basketball
vs. Northwestern
Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena
The Michigan Daily
Wrestlers drop two
matches, lose Cluff

_SPORTS
Tuesday, January 15, 1991

Ice Hockey
vs. Bowling Green
Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena

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Mixed results
Women look improved, but drop two of three

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by Josh Dubow
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan wrestling team
suffered three losses this weekend;
two in the National Team Duals, and
more importantly the loss of Jason
Cluff (126 pounds) for academic rea-
sons.
Cluff, an LSA sophomore, is the
first Wolverine wrestler to be de-
clared academically ineligible in
three years. Coach Dale Bahr had
sympathy for Cluff, because of his
difficult course load. Bahr hopes
Cluff will overcome this setback and
wrestle next year.
In the double-elimination tour-
nament, the eighth-seeded
Wolverines opened competition by
defeating the Oklahoma Sooners, 26-
10. In the second round, Oklahoma
State scored revenge for its Sooner
state brethren by trouncing
Michigan, 32-8. The Cowboys are
the two-time defending national
champions, and the No. 1 team in
the country. The Wolverines closed
their tournament with their third dual
meet of the day in a 22-15 loss to
Northern Iowa.
"We wrestled really well against
Oklahoma," Bahr said. "We won all
of the matches we were supposed to,
and I was really happy for Brian
(Harper) because he finally won a
close one."
Harper (150) had lost four con-

secutive matches prior to Friday's
victory. The big wins for Michigan
came from Joey Gilbert (134) by
disqualification in a match that he
was dominating, and Sean Bormet
(158) in a major win.
Bormet, a redshirt frosh, was the
most impressive performer for the
Wolverines as he swept his three
matches and improved his record to
18-3. However, against the
Cowboys, it was a completely dif-
ferent story.
"We were totally outmatched
against them," Bahr said. "They are
an outstanding team with a deep
lineup. You don't become two-time
champions for no reason."
Along with Bormet, the other
scorers for Michigan were Lanny
Green (177) and Fritz Lehrke (190)
who tied Randy Couture, the fifth-
ranked wrestler in his weight class.
Bahr was most disappointed by
the Northern Iowa meet. Michigan
was hindered by its performance in
the lowest two weight classes.
Fatigue may have been a factor, as
the Wolverines competed in three
matches on Friday. Salem Yaffai
(118) is still struggling to make
weight after gaining close to 15
pounds over break. Also, first-year
wrestler Mike Mihalic (126), forced
into the lineup because of Cluff's
ineligibility, injured his ankle in the

by Jeff Cameron
and R.C. Heaton
Daily Sports Writers

Cluff
second round and was forced to for-
feit six points against Northern
Iowa.
. Yaffai opened the match with a
tie, and after Mihalic's forfeit,
Michigan trailed, 8-2, a deficit that
proved to be insurmountable despite
victories from Gilbert, Bormet,
Lehrke, and Tomek.
"Yaffai should have won, and if
Mihalic had held them to three
points, we would have won," Bahr
said.
The biggest surprise of the tour-
nament came from Penn State. The
fourth-seeded Nittany Lions upset
second ranked Iowa in the semis and
then Oklahoma State in the finals to
win the tournament.
"I thought that after the top two
teams, the next five or six were
pretty even," Bahr said. "I really ex-
pected it to come down to Iowa and
Oklahoma State, but Penn State re-
ally impressed me."

Finishing third in a four-team
meet is not always considered a
great finish, but for the Michigan
women's gymnastics team it is a
promising start.
The Wolverines placed third in a
very competitive field behind Wis-
consin and Arizona on Saturday.
They came from behind to defeat a
talented Minnesota squad, which
finished third in the Big Ten last
year and is expected to contend for
the title again.
"Last year, if we started off bad,
we would have given up. We came
back and finished with vaulting and
bars respectably. We pulled out a
win," Michigan coach Beverly Fry
said. "They're starting to find that
competitive edge. They're fighting
for every tenth. We're very happy
to come up with the win."
Unfortunately for Michigan,

they started the meet, their first of
the season, on the balance beam.
The beam, which is considered one
of gymnastics' toughest events,
caused problems which the Wolver-
ines could never totally recover
from.
"I don't want to make excuses
for the team, but there were a lot of
circumstances beyond our control,"
Fry said. "We started off slow on
the beam. The arena was loud.
Maybe Wisconsin is more used to
that. We have the same advantage
when we compete in our gym."
Some bright spots for Michigan
were the performances of sopho-
more Allison Winski and first-year
gymnast Wendy Wilkinson. They
led the team in all-around competi-
tion with scores of 36.75 and 36.1
out of a possible 40.0 respectively.
Junior co-captain Laura Lunbeck led
the team in vaulting with a 9.3.
"Allie is going to have a great
season," Fry said. "People can ex-

pect to see exciting things from Ali
Winski and Wendy Wilkinson. I
think they will be real crowd
pleasers."
Michigan's third-place finish in
the meet was quite impressive con-
sidering the quality of their compe-
tition. Arizona is thought by most
to be a top ten team in the country.
Wisconsin and Minnesota are ex-
pected to fight for the Big Ten
crown.
"Michigan looked nice," Wis-
consin assistant coach Jeff Thomp-
son said. "They've really improved
and upgraded their skills. Coach Fry
has her own kids to work with
now."
The Wolverines are looking to
improve on their first meet perfor-
mance Sunday when they travel to
Missouri to compete with Utah
State, Iowa, and Missouri.
"We will be more confident this
weekend," Fry said. "We expect a
much better showing in Missouri."

Inconsistent men 's team edged by Minnesota

Conference name doesn't add up

by Josh Dubow
Daily Sports Writer
Sure, there are eleven teams in
the Big Ten, but who's counting?
Apparently not any conference offi-
cials.
Even with the addition of an
eleventh team, Penn State, into the
Big Ten Conference next year, the
conference has decided not to change
its current name.
Last spring, the Public Relations
Department recommended to the
Conference to maintain its current
name and investigate the possibility
of a new logo.

The Conference Joint Group,
composed of athletic directors, fac-
ulty representatives, and women's
administrators from each member
school, voted this fall to endorse the
the Public Relations Department's
recommendation.
Finally, last month, the Presi-
dent's Committee also supported the
decision to keep the current name
BIG TN
CONFERENCE
and search for a new logo. They also
reiterated the correct spelling of the
Conference's name as "Big Ten."
Mary Masters, the Managing Edi-
tor and Director of Special Projects

for the Big Ten, talked about the rea-
soning behind the decision.
"The name, Big Ten, has come to
mean more than just the name of a
Conference," Masters said. "The con-
ference has built years of tradition,
and by maintaining its name, we can
continue that tradition. Also, there is
a lot of equity in the name and the
committee felt that, for these rea-
sons, a name change was not appro-
priate at this time."
The Public Relations Department
is now looking at different logos to
replace the current one. They will
decide this summer whether or not to
replace the current logo.

by Caryn Seidman
The Michigan men's gymnastics
team vaulted into a new season on
Sunday. The team opened up their
season in Minneapolis against
Minnesota, a team which lost last
year's NCAA Championship by
one-tenth of a point to Nebraska.
"We were up against a very tal-
ented and competitive team, even
without John Rothelisberger (last
year's No.1 gymnast in the Big
Ten)," Michigan coach Bob Darden
said.
The final tally, 267.75 - 264.70,
showed the Wolverines were not
that far behind their talented oppo-
nents. It was the best start the team
had seen in a number of years, ac-
cording to Darden.
"Our guys were surprised the
meet was that close going into the
high bar competition," he said.
An added surprise was how well
some of the teams first-year mem-
bers performed against an extremely
experienced Minnesota team. New-
comer Ben Verrall placed first in the
floor exercises, which Michigan
won, with an average score of 9.45.

Team members Ruben Ceballos,
Scott Harris, and frosh Jorge Cama-
cho claimed second, third and fourth
in floor, respectively, leaving only
fifth place for Gonher Jay Canuto.

with a score of 9.0, beating out
Minnesota's Leif Carlson, who
placed second in the all-around.
Michigan also beat out Min-
nesota on the vault and the parallel-
bars. Co-captain Matt Harrison
placed first on the vault, and the
Blue took third through sixth place
on the parallel bars.
Darden feels the key to this
team'sdvictory is consistency,
something that was missing in.
Sunday's slim loss.
"We had approximately 16
breaks in routine," he said of the
problem which cost Michigan ap-
proximately eight points.
The Wolverines will have an-
other opportunity to face Minnesota
in this weekend's Windy City Invi-.
tational. All the Big Ten teams will
be there, and it promises to be a
good indication of where the
Wolverines stand within the confer-
ence.
"We know we can beat them
this time," Darden said. "We have'
to be more confident, but most of
all, consistent."

Darden
Other newcomers filled the void
left by the absence of Glen Hill, a
national qualifier on the pommel
horse, who was unable to compete
due to injury.,
First-year member Michael Mott
placed third on the pommel horse

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by CarynSeidman_

It'll take more than a few cuts
and scratches to keep the Wolverine
men's volleyball team down.
While two fractures in the cheek-
bone and stitches did knock Michi-
gan volleyball captain Jeff Timber-
lake out of action, it was not enough
to derail the club. The men beat both
Northwestern and Western Michigan
in their tri-match this weekend.
Michigan defeated Northwestern

in three out of four games; dropping
only the second game 11-15. The
team prevailed, despite losing Tim-
berlake, the most valuable player in
the Big Ten, and Scott Lauer, an-
other starter, due to a shoulder prob-
lem.
"We underestimated the playing
ability of Northwestern," Wolverine
coach Peg McCarthy said. "Since
they were the only Big Ten team not
to play in the Iowa Tournament, we

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had no idea of their ability."
McCarthy also believed that
Michigan would have swept the
Wildcats in three straight sets had
their starting line been in tact.
The men abandoned their normal
game plan of Timberlake setting and
Rico Latham passing and tried to
have Latham set, a big adjustment
for the team. "It was a big change
but the guys acclimated well to the
way I was setting," Latham said.
The Wolverines lost Timberlake
on Friday night in their game versus
Toledo. According to McCarthy, he
ran into the elbow of the official
who was signalling a call.
"I thought he lost an eye," she
said. "Blood was everywhere."
Doctors have said that Timber-
lake will be sidelined for four to six
weeks, but he hopes to be back
sooner.
Mental errors appeared to be the
team's downfall in this game, errors
that could be attributed to a lack of
leadership due to Timberlake's ab-
sence.

the role that Jeff had," McCarthy-r
said. ,-Ii*,
Michigan appeared to lose their.,
concentration in this game and at -
times their composure as well '..
Serves not finding anything but the;,.-.
net, constant net violations (players,
touching the net as they hit the bll1[7
over), and the teams inability to side
out, prompted some loud reminders,.
from McCarthy to her players.
Concentration appeared to be re-
turning the Blue to old form when,
they took a commanding 13-3 lead7
in the third game. Following a few
substitutions, the men lost eight.
straight points, leaving room for the
Wildcats. Although the Wolverines
won the game 15-12 in the end, rite
was apparent the team was not play- 4
ing up to its usual standards. As the
fourth game came down to the wire,
the men were able to pull out the"
victory, winning the game 17-15.
"We seemed a little bit slow and
sluggish at first," Latham said, "but
we have a lot of untapped potential
and hopefully we can adjust."

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