Picture of the Week – The Last Hudson Dealer

The last Hudson dealer – Ypsilanti, Michigan, photo by sjb4photos

Here in Ypsilanti, Michigan is the last remaining Hudson dealership
in existence. It is now part of the Ypsilanti Auto Heritage Collection,
founded by Jack Miller, who’s Father started this dealership.

Jack was manning the front desk when we visited on New Year’s Eve.
This 1933 Terraplane is currently displayed in the showroom and is
all original.

Fresh Express Salads Recalled

Fresh Express announced a voluntary recall Monday for some ready-to-eat salads in 26 states because of possible salmonella contamination.  The Romaine-based salads have expiration dates between May 13 and May 16, and the letter “S” in the product code.

The salads were sold in the following states: Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Nebraska, Montana, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nevada, Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming, North Dakota, and South Dakota. No other Fresh Express salads were included in the recall.

The recall notification was issued out of caution based on an isolated instance where a single package of Fresh Express Hearts of Romaine Salad was confirmed positive for Salmonella during a random sample test by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to a news release. The salad had a use-by date of May 15.  Company officials said it is “highly unlikely” that any of the potentially affected salads are still on store shelves because of the expired use-by dates, but consumers might still have the product in their refrigerator and should immediately discard it.

The use-by date is found in the upper right hand corner of the package with the product code located immediately underneath. For Fresh Express Gourmet Cafe Salads, the use-by date and product code are located on the bottom of the salad bowl.  Fresh Express said it is working closely with the FDA, and after learning about the positive test, completed a company-wide product traceability review.

Source: PR Newswire

Your Ypsilanti Weekend: May 21-23, 2010

May 20, 2010 by  
Filed under News


Underground Roots Presents

Tracy Kash Thomas

Friday, May 21

Detroit Music Award winner for Outstanding Jazz in 2009, Vocalist Tracy Kash Thomas brings her lush vocals to Ypsilanti’s Key Stone Underground Martini Lounge. (200 West Michigan Avenue)

Live Music at The Elbow Room

“Computer Perfection” (Friday) and “The Ultrasounds” (Saturday)

Friday, May 21  8:00pm;  Saturday, May 22  10:00pm

The Elbow Room (6 South Washington Street) brings the psych-pop sound to Ypsilanti Friday with the appearance of Computer Perfection and then grooves along with indy-rock threesome, The Ultrasounds on Saturday.  The Ultrasounds write pop songs that are upbeat and easy to latch onto.  Their sound is fresh but has a retro vibe.

Dueling Piano’s

Music, Comedy and Sing-a-Long

Friday & Saturday, May 21 & May 22  8:00pm

High-energy music and comedy.  Using song requests, sing-along, on-stage celebrations, props, song battles and more, Dueling Piano’s gets the Ypsilanti audience at Pub 13 (13 North Washington) laughing, dancing and drinking.

“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Lincoln High School Drama Production

Fri, May 21  7:00pm;  Sat, May 22  7:00pm;  Sun, May 23  1:00pm

William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” portrays the adventures of four young Athenian lovers, a group of amateur actors, their interactions with the Duke of Athens, Theseus, the Queen of the Amazons, Hippolyta, and with the fairies who inhabit a moonlit forest. The play is one of Shakespeare’s most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world.  This weekend, it will be performed at the Lincoln High School Auditorium, 7425 Willis Road, Ypsilanti.

Pastel Art Convention

For Amateur and Professional Artists

Friday – Sunday, May 21 -23

The Great Lakes Pastel Society is holding its first Pastel Convention at Eagle Crest Resort (1275 South Huron Street) in Ypsilanti. Workshops and demonstrations by well-known artists will ensure an informative weekend for all who attend.  The weekend includes a variety of events. For detailed information of this educational event, please visit www.glps.org.

“Busses In Depot Town”

Vintage Volkswagon Show & Festival

Saturday & Sunday, May 22 & 23

In Concert: “Seeded Plain”

Saturday, May 22  9:00pm

Seeded Plain is a trio of Bryan Day, Jay Kreimer, and Joseph Jaros.  They perform improvised and composed pieces on homemade instruments, electronics, and custom software.  Avant turntablist and sound manipulator Maria Chavez will be appearing with Seeded Plain at Dreamland Theater, 26 Washington St. Ypsilanti.

Spring Songwriting Showcase

Sunday, May 23  2:00pm – 4:00pm

Inviting all local artists to perform up to 10 minutes of their original material.  Ypsilanti District Library – Whittaker Road.  Call (734) 482-4110 ext. 1359 to sign up.

Broadway and More”

Ypsilanti Community Choir Concert

Sunday, May 23  2:00pm

Riverside Arts Center 76 N. Huron St. Ypsilanti.  Ypsilanti Community Choir presents its First-Ever Benefit Revue!  Elegant desserts by Old World Bakery served at intermission.  Tickets $15.00 in advance $20.00 at the door.  Tickets available at the Mix (130 W. Michigan) and Haab’s Restaurant (18 W. Michigan) Seating is limited, so buy your tickets early.  For more information, visit  www.ypsicommchoir.org.

Puppet Sundays

Puppet Show Theater

Sunday, May 23  3:30pm

Ypsilanti’s Dreamland Theater (26 South Washington) presents puppet shows for children every Sunday afternoon. These original shows utilize a variety of types of puppetry including marionettes and shadow puppets.  Cost: $5.00 (Free for children 3years and younger)

Materials Unlimited Building for sale for $845K

Ypsilanti institution Materials Unlimited building and business are for sale. The building at 2 West Michigan Avenue in downtown Ypsilanti is on the market for $845,000. Reynold Lowe, owner, said the business is for sale as well.

Materials Unlimited

The sale is brokered by Jackie Wright at Charles Reinhart Company.

Lowe said he has run the business for nearly 40 years and it is time to look for someone that can continue with the business.

Lowe said they have the complete package with up to date website with on-line sales, computer systems, and inventory. Lowe would not disclose the price of the business and referred inquiries to his broker.

“Before I started this business, I did painting and sculpture,” said Lowe. “I would like to get back to that.”

Materials Unlimited is a destination business in Ypsilanti. Lowe said he has worked with area business so that visitors know about local restaurants like Beezy’s, Sidetrack, and Haabs. Customers come from all over the country, Canada, and overseas and will often spend the entire day in Ypsilanti.

Virtual Tour of the Materials Unlimited building

Materials Unlimited

Maurer buys three more properties in downtown Ypsilanti (Update1)

April 21, 2010 by  
Filed under News

Eric and Karen Maurer announced this afternoon they have purchased three more properties in downtown Ypsilanti.

The properties are 120, 122, and 124 W Michigan Avenue and add over 18,000sf to their growing  portfolio. Maurer is the largest property owner in downtown Ypsilanti

Michigan Ave c. 1980. Photo Courtesy Ypsilanti Heritage Foundation

Michigan Ave c. 1980. Photo Courtesy Ypsilanti Heritage Foundation

Two of the properties were the former home of long time Ypsilanti clothing institution, Mellencamps. More recently Nobles Clothing, Jackson Hewitt, and Baker Accounting were tenants.

The buildings were all bank owned and are in need of significant work. The Maurers did not disclose purchase price.

Karen Maurer said these new properties would follow the concept for the already successful Kresge Block and the Mack and Mack building in downtown Ypsilanti.

The plan calls for three separate retail space on the first floor each with about 2,000sf. The upper floors will be upscale loft apartments with elevator service.

Maurer said they would be removing the metal facade and awning from the Mellencamp’s building. Construction is slated to begin in the Fall of 2010.

Website Maurer Management

Update 1: May 4, 2010 3:57p. Corrected name of tax preparation firm that was previous tenant in one of the buildings. The error was made in reporting.

Beal owes Ypsilanti over $84,000 in back taxes (update1)

April 9, 2010 by  
Filed under Featured, News

According to records obtained from the Washtenaw County Treasurer, Ypsilanti landlord Stewart Beal and his associated companies owe $84,136.96 in past due property taxes to the City of Ypsilanti. The report, dated April 6, 2010, lists the 38 properties Beal owns in the city.

Of the 38 properties, Beal is past due on 17.  Past due pay payments include missed payments in September 2009 and February 2010.

Beal owes $21,358.88 in back taxes on this apartment building in Ypsilanti.

Beal owes $21,358.88 in back taxes on this apartment building at 206 N. Washington in Ypsilanti.

For 206 N. Washington, Beal owes $21,358.88.

On Beal’s property at 711 Pearl St, he owes just $7.13.

Beal was before City Council on Tuesday regarding the fire ravaged Thompson Block in Depot Town.

After the fire in September 2009, scaffolding  was installed to support the walls of the building. The scaffolding and braces block part of the streets on both River and East Cross.

Beal was hoping to get a contract with the City that would have permitted the streets to continued to be blocked until October 2010, some 13 months since the fire.

During his testimony, Beal said the City could not hold up the proposed contract over past due taxes as the company that owns the Thompson Building, Historic Equities Fund 1, LLC, was current on their taxes.

When asked about his other properties, Beal admitted he did owe other taxes in the city and responded that he would pay them “soon”. Beal did not say how much he owed or when he would pay his taxes.

The Thompson Building was part of Beal’s portfolio owned by Beal Properties, LLC. Beal transferred the Thompson Building to Historic Equities Fund 1, LLC in 2008,

Council voted to not give Beal a contract or extend the time the scaffolding can remain in the right of way.

City Attorney John Barr said he has already prepared the filings to sue Beal to get him to remove the temporary supporting structures from Cross and River and require Beal to properly secure the building.

See the Beal Tax Report

(UPDATE1) April 9, 2010 12:24p Because of a math error, the amount owed by Mr. Beal reported in an early story is incorrect. Mr. Beal owes is $84,136.96 not $86,068.80 as was originally reported. The error was made by the reporter.

MSU to buy EMU in hostile takeover bid

April 1, 2010 by  
Filed under Featured, Humor, News

msu-emu

(April 1, 2010) YpsiNews.com has learned that lawyers from Michigan State University are in Ypsilanti this week to finalize the agreement to purchase Eastern Michigan University for $24 million. While all eyes are focused on Indianapolis and the MSU Spartans return to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four, lawyers from the high powered Lansing law firm of Hykema, Lostit met with corporate counsel at EMU to discuss terms of the takeover.

Ypsilantians across the city were stunned upon learning the news.

“It seems as if something like this happens every year to Ypsilanti”,  said long time Ypsilanti resident and business owner Karen Maurer.  “I am not sure Ypslanti can take much more of this.”

Sources tell YpsiNews the takeover should be completed by August 2010, just in time for new student orientation.

So why is MSU buying EMU? YpsiNews takes you inside and explains what no one else wants to explain about the deal.

The Doyle Letter

The roots of this merger goes back to September 3, 2003 when then EMU Vice-president for Finance Patrick Doyle wrote a letter to EMU Regent Jan Brandon. The three page Doyle Letter, as it was to be called, was always rumored to explain the finances surrounding the controversial Presidential Palace.

Ann Arbor News sued EMU in a Freedom of Information Act case asking for a copy of the Doyle Letter. The Ann Arbor News, not too surprisingly, lost the case when the Appeals Court and Michigan Supreme Court ruled in favor of EMU.

The problem was the Ann Arbor News was too specific in their FOIA request when they asked to see the Doyle Letter.

d-letter-dIn December 2009, just two days before Christmas, YpsiNews submitted a new FOIA request to EMU this time asking for all letters in 2003 where the authors last name begins with the letter ‘D’.

It worked, YpsiNews.com got the Doyle letter and a letter about a leaking toilet in Pray Harold.

What was inside the Doyle Letter shocked even the normally unflappable YpsiNews Investigative Team.

While the Doyle letter did indeed disclose that the presidential palace had run far over budget, the shock was that the memo outlined how EMU could hide the cost overrun through an acquisition by EMU of another University.

Doyle’s plan was ultimately rejected by the Regents as unworkable because they couldn’t figure out how to buy another University and not make it look like they were covering up the costs surrounding the presidents house.

Mark Hollis, MSU Athletic Director

Mark Hollis, MSU Athletic Director

Regent Brandon, who has close ties with MSU, let it slip in 2008 to Michigan State Athletic Director Mark Hollis that it was possible for a state run university to buy another state run university.

Hollis began quitely lobbying MSU Regents and alumnus for the Athletic Department to buy a University and specifically EMU. Hollis believed EMU was the right choice as it was close to Lansing and it was likely to piss off the most Wolverine fans being that EMU was just 7 miles to the East of Ann Arbor.

Little did Hollis know how quickly MSU alumnus were willing to fork out the green. MSU raised the nearly $35 million they thought it would take to buy EMU in just 6 days. Hollis has not said what they plan to do with the remaining $11 left over after the deal  with EMU closes.

State Legislature Not Happy

“You can’t just buy a University” exclaimed State Representative and perennial gubernatorial candidate Alma  Wheeler Smith (D-54). “There are rules, this has to go before a committee and be approved by the legislature. We have to have hearings and town hall meetings!”

Mike Cox

Mike Cox

Gubernatorial candidate and current Attorney General Mike Cox (R) not surprisingly, disagrees with Smith.

Cox said in an AG opinion released on Thursday, April 1, 2010 that the public university is a creature of the State Constitution. Cox went on to say the transfer, ownership, or management of a State University is not subject to the approval of the state legislators nor the voters. The only requirement would be approval by both the Boards of Regents of EMU and MSU. The Board of Regents are independent bodies, they can do as they please with no accountability to the governor, state legislature, or the voters.

Cox,  a Michigan Wolverine, seemed nonplussed that he just wrote an opinion that says that Board of Regents at Public Universities don’t have to listen to the governor

“Who cares”, said Cox. “The Board of Regents at Public Universities in Michigan have never been accountable to anyone, this opinion doesn’t change anything.”

When this reporter reminded Cox that he was running for governor, Cox tilted his head to the side and said, “Oh.”

Wolverines not happy

At first, outgoing University of Michigan Athletic Director Bill Martin also seemed nonplussed about the MSU-EMU merger.

“Who cares”, said Martin repeating an oft heard phrase from U-M alumni.  “We kick EMU’s ass every year, nothing will change.”

Apparently Martin, like most of the rest of the nation, can’t fathom why MSU would want to buy EMU.

“It’s the Economics, Stupid”

So why would the MSU Athletic Department buy another University and why EMU? It is all about the scholarships.

Since MSU is acquiring an already establish NCAA Division I-A school, MSU will be able to maintain two football and two basketball programs. In a quirk of the NCAA rules, since MSU and EMU will be goverened by a single Board of Regents, student athletes can transfer from EMU to MSU without losing a year of eligibility. This is huge, says MSU’s Hollis.

With this purchase MSU has in effect created their own farm team system for all college sports. This will change college athletics forever and catapult MSU Sports to the top echelon of college sports.

For $24 million, MSU has been able to double the number of available scholarships. For football, MSU can increase their scholarships from 85 to 170 in a single year. The doubling of available scholarships will apply to all sports at MSU

When it was explained to U-M’s Bill Martin why MSU was buying EMU, Martin responded “No comment.”

Former CEO of Dominos Pizza David Brandon is the new incoming Athletic Director of Michigan to replace Martin and yes EMU Regent Jan Brandon is married to David.

Will other schools look to buy other smaller universities?

Already Norte Dame is in talks to acquire Sun Belt Conference school Old Dominion and Penn State is looking to acquire Lehigh University.

EMU’s Legacy and Advance Ypsilanti Future

The merger makes sense for some at EMU. EMU can once and for all put behind them the mess over the name change from the Hurons to the Eagles.

“Except for Athenians”, said EMU History Professor Mark Higbee, “everyone likes the Spartans. They are  the bad guys that ultimately get killed but still became heroes. Besides, the EMU football team won’t have to change the colors of their uniforms, so it saves the University money. That is a good thing.”

Ypsilanti Mayor Pauli Schwaibler, whose campaign slogan in 2006 was “I am going to march on Lansing to demand our fair share of taxes.” was relieved when he learned that Lansing was in town this week.

Not quite understanding it was Michigan State University in Lansing that was coming to Ypsilanti, Schwaibler saved some shoe leather and walked over to the Sidetrack where the attorneys had taken a break for lunch.

Schwaibler asked if they would like to purchase Water Street for $22 million.

The lawyers politely declined, saying that they only had enough bags of cash for one money pit and for $2 million more, EMU seemed like a better deal.

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Reporter Steve Pierce is a former TV weatherman and made his first Final Four appearance with CBS in 1984 while living in Albuquerque. In his spare time he reads other peoples email using Wireless Ypsi.

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Power out in Downtown Ypsilanti, UPS driver trapped inside truck

January 15, 2010 by  
Filed under Breaking News, News

A driver from UPS/Overnite is trapped inside his truck after a powerline fell. This happened on South Huron next to Ypsilanti City Hall around 1:15p this afternnon. YpsiNews reporters saw a bright flash from a transformer behind City Hall. The damage resulted in a power line falling across the road and landing on the truck. The driver is OK, but Ypsilanti Fire Department has asked the driver to stay in the vehicle until crews from DTE can make sure the line is not energized.

Ypsilanti police have closed off South Huron at Ferris. The power outage has snarled traffic in every direction as drivers look for alternate routes. Traffic lights are out at Huron and Michigan Ave as well as Washington and Michigan Ave.

Power is out for businesses and residents in about a 6 block area.

Wolverines Lead After Day One at EMU Swim Invitational

December 5, 2009 by  
Filed under News, Sports

Thanks to a fast start and equally-fast finish, the No. 19th-ranked University of Michigan women’s swimming and diving team leads after the first day (Friday, Dec. 4) of the Eastern Michigan Invitational, held at the Michael H. Jones Natatorium. The Wolverines won four of the day’s six events, scoring 361 as a team to lead second-place Eastern Michigan by 63 points (298).

Michigan looked in command from the opening gun. Senior Emily Hanson (Bloomington, Ill./Normal Community) gave U-M a first-place finish in the meet’s opening race, the 1,650-yard freestyle, making it her first win in that event this season. Her time of 16:40.53 was good enough to meet NCAA ‘B’ qualifying standards. Sophomores Kristyne Cole (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) and Megan Craig (Ann Arbor, Mich./Mercy) and freshman Kally Fayhee (North Aurora, Ill./Rosary) finished in sixth, seventh and eighth, respectively, earning a total of 36 points for the Wolverines.

The 200-yard butterfly was dominated by U-M seniors Margaret Kelly (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) and Courtney Beyer (Los Altos Hills, Calif./Los Altos) as both earned new season highs in the 200-yard butterfly and finished 1-2, with Kelly earning an NCAA ‘B’ mark. Senior Emily Christy (Schwenksville, Pa./Spring Ford Area Senior) and redshirt senior Lori Morton (Portage, Mich./Central) rounded out the Wolverine contingent, as the quartet combined to score 63 points and occupy four of the top seven places. The Wolverines ended the first day of competition in the 400-yard freestyle, once again taking the top two spots, with the foursome of Kelly, senior Leigh Cole (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer), sophomore Alexa Mehesan (West Des Moines, Iowa/Valley) and K. Cole taking home first place with a time of 3:25.67.

The Wolverines placed four swimmers in the top 11 during the 100-yard freestyle, led by a second-place finish from L. Cole, who narrowly missed out on first by a slim margin of seven one-hundredths of a second. Freshman Katherine Carl (Bloomfield Hills, Mich./Lahser) beat her previous career best (55.21) by nearly four seconds, clocking in at 51.76. Despite swimming exhibition, her time was the third-fastest in the event Friday.

Sophomore Liz Johnson (Milford, Mich./Milford) broke away down the stretch of the 200-yard backstroke to earn a first-place finish, with freshman Ashley Cohagen (Ann Arbor, Mich./Pioneer) coming in third. Freshman Julia Andracki (Arlington Heights, Ill./Prospect) had the lead down the stretch in the 200-yard breaststroke but could not hold off a late surge from Ana Pena Gonzalez of Wayne State and finished in second at 2:20.72.

Senior diver Stephanie O’Callaghan (Howell, Mich./Howell) secured top honors in the only diving event of the evening, scoring a 581.30 on the three-meter board. Fellow senior Caitlin Dunphy-Daly (Royal Oak, Mich./Rochester) came in fifth (524.80), while redshirt freshman Sarah Suprise (Portage, Mich./Hackett Catholic Central) came in 12th (404.05).

The Wolverines return to Jones Natatorium tomorrow (Saturday, Dec. 5) for the conclusion of the EMU Invitational, in search of their seventh straight EMU Invitational title. Competition will begin at 10 a.m. and continue at 6 p.m.

Team Standings (After Day One)

1. MICHIGAN 361
2. Eastern Michigan 298
3. Toledo 233
4. Wayne State 210
Event Winners/U-M Finishers (Day One)

1,650-yard Freestyle
1. Emily Hanson, U-M 16:40.53#
6. Kally Fayhee, U-M 17:13.39
7. Kristyne Cole, U-M 17:17.49
8. Megan Craig, U-M 17:21.23

200-yard Backstroke
1. Liz Johnson, U-M 2:01.33
3. Ashley Cohagen, U-M 2:03.01
10. Emily Brunemann, U-M 2:10.39
11. Emily Hanson, U-M 2:10.62

100-yard Freestyle
1. Sarah Kowalski, Eastern Michigan 51.06
2. Leigh Cole, U-M 51.13
4. Catherine Nosal, U-M 51.86
6. Alexa Mehesan, U-M 52.27
11. Katrin Vetter, U-M 53.69
Katherine Carl, U-M 51.76
Liz Koselka, U-M 52.77
Mary Grace Godfrey, U-M 53.10
Deirdre Jones, U-M 53.34

200-yard Breaststroke
1. Ana Pena Gonzalez, Wayne State 2:19.85
2. Julia Andracki, U-M 2:20.72
8. Val Barthelemy, U-M 2:25.83
Emily Brunemann, U-M 2:23.05

200-yard Butterfly
1. Margaret Kelly, U-M 1:59.19#
2. Courtney Beyer, U-M 2:02.90
5. Emily Christy, U-M 2:04.66
7. Lori Morton, U-M 2:06.37
Linnea Johnson, U-M 2:05.47
Keenan Koss, U-M 2:06.24
Emily Brunemann, U-M 2:06.35

400-yard Freestyle Relay
1. MICHIGAN, ‘A’ 3:25.67
(Margaret Kelly, Leigh Cole,
Alexa Mehesan, Kristyne Cole)
2. MICHIGAN ‘B’ 3:28.90
(Liz Johnson, Liz Koselka,
Mary Grace Godfrey, Catherine Nosal)
MICHIGAN ‘C’ 3:31.51
(Katrin Vetter, Katherine Carl,
Deirdre Jones, Kally Fayhee)
MICHIGAN ‘D’ 3:34.12
(Linnea Johnson, Megan Craig,
Emily Brunemann, Emily Hanson)

Three-Meter Diving
1. Stephanie O’Callaghan (U-M) 581.30
5. Caitlin Dunphy-Daly (U-M) 524.80
12. Sarah Suprise (U-M) 404.05

# NCAA ‘B’ qualifying standard

N O T E S

• Michigan has won the last six EMU Invitationals.

• Emily Brunemann did not swim the 1,650-yard freestyle, the event in which she won a national title back in 2008. Instead, she swam in the 200-yard backstroke, 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard butterfly, all for the first time this season.

• Megan Craig swam the 1,650-yard freestyle for the first time since her sophomore year in high school. She finished in seventh place (17:17.49).

• The EMU Invitational is Michigan’s last swimming event of the calendar year. They return to the pool Jan. 2, 2010, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, for the Copa Coqui.

Q U O T E S

Michigan Head Coach Jim Richardson
On his team’s performance Friday … “Really solid. For the people who swam at Purdue, we wanted to see if they could swim between their fastest times of the season so far and what they swam at Purdue. That’s been the majority of them. For the people who had more rest, we wanted to see them swim faster than they have all season and how close to lifetime bests they could come. We had a lot of real good swims out there. I am very pleased.”

On the performance from some of the well-rested freshmen and upperclassmen … “I think it shows that they have stayed true to their training. They haven’t let the fact that they haven’t competed take anything away from their preparation. Everyone says it’s the will to win. It’s not — it’s the will to prepare to win. That is the most important thing. They have passed that test with flying colors. We see day in and day out where people are and what they are capable of doing. It is nice to see them step up in somewhat of a pressure situation and do it then. We want these meets to be an accurate reflection of their training.”

On whether his team was sluggish with their times following the two-week break … “I would be disappointed if it were for any reason other than illness or fatigue from academic pressure, which is happening right now. I don’t think we have the kind of people on this team that are fragile like that. You don’t get points for how you feel or how you look. It can be ugly and fast, and that’s okay at times like this. Learning how to get your hand on the wall when you feel good or you feel bad is a real important skill to develop in the pool.”

U-M Senior Emily Hanson
On her first-place finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle … “It feels really good. Bruno [Emily Brunemann] wasn’t there and she always pushes me. Today gave me an opportunity to see where I was at. I’ve been training real well all season and gotten pretty consistent results. Definitely feels good to get a win.”

On her relationship with Emily Brunemann … “I think this past summer really helped mold our relationship. We spent a lot of time together training day in and day out. We are really close.”

On how her senior year has been going … “I am having an absolute blast. Our team is such a tight-knit group. There’s still a lot left to the season, but I am having a lot of fun.”

U-M Freshman Katherine Carl
On her 100-yard freestyle time … “It was a great time for me. It was my fastest of the season and I’m very happy with that. Training is hard, but I’m definitely getting faster and stronger as the year progresses.”

On her freshman season to this point … “I love it here. The coaches are great, the rest of the girls on the team are awesome. It’s a perfect fit for me.”

U-M Senior Emily Brunemann
On swimming in three events for the first time this season … “It was Stefanie’s [Kerska] choice, actually. She wanted me to work on my strokes for the 400 IM and that was the whole reason for doing it. It was also to give me a little bit of a break from the mile (1,650). I know I was going to have to do a lot of events, but up until this afternoon, I didn’t know which ones. I think I did okay. I am not a backstroker. It is my worst event, but I think I did alright in the other ones.”

On not swimming the 1,650-yard freestyle … “Also Stefanie’s choice. If it were up to me, I probably would be out there because I love the mile. But it’s nice to occasionally get a break.”

Story courtesy of University of Michigan Sports Information.

(Editors Note: If the story seems slanted towards U-M athletes, it is because YpsiNews.com has called Eastern Michigan University Sports Information Office several times over the past year for EMU sports news and stories, but they haven’t returned our calls.)

Spartan wrestlers pound EMU

December 4, 2009 by  
Filed under News, Sports

The Michigan State wrestling team defeated Eastern Michigan, 26-9, on Thursday (Dec. 3) night to improve to 3-1 on the season. EMU is now 2-1-1 on the year.

“It was an excellent team effort tonight,” said Spartan head coach Tom Minkel. “We had some tough, hard-fought matches, and I think this was the best team effort we’ve had in some time.”

The match started at 174 pounds where Ian Hinton defeated EMU’s Nick Hendrick, 5-1. After a pair of Eagle wins at 184 and 197 pounds, heavyweight Alan O’Donnell put MSU on top, 10-6, when he defeated David Wade, 2-1.

“I was pleased we were able to keep our composure and stay on task early on,” Minkel said. “I feel like we’ve made some good progress in the last couple weeks, and hopefully, we continue to improve.”

The Eagles 18th-ranked Chris Jenkins slashed the MSU lead to 10-9 when he defeated Eric Olanowski at 125 pounds but that would be as close as EMU would get, as the Spartans claimed the night’s final five matches.

No. 1-ranked Franklin Gomez won his 22nd consecutive match at 133 pounds to start the Spartans’ winning streak, followed by freshman Dan Osterman, who registered a major-decision win (15-6) over Andrew Novak at 141 pounds.

“We were all pleased with Danny,” said Minkel. “He is a freshman but wrestles like a seasoned veteran. He stepped up and did what we expected him to do tonight.”

David Cheza (149 pounds), Anthony Jones Jr. (157 pounds) and Kyle Bounds (165 pounds) closed out the meet with wins for MSU.

MICHIGAN STATE 26, EASTERN MICHIGAN 9
174 lbs.: Ian Hinton (MSU) dec. Nick Hendrick (EMU), 5-1 MSU 3, EMU 0
184 lbs.: Phillip Joseph (EMU) fall Nick Palmieri (MSU), 1:27 EMU 6, MSU 3
197 lbs.: Josh Lewis (EMU) maj. dec. Tyler Dickenson (MSU), 12-3 MSU 7, EMU 6
HWT: Alan O’Donnell (MSU) dec. David Wade (EMU), 2-1 MSU 10, EMU 6
125 lbs.: No. 18 Chris Jenkins (EMU) dec. Eric Olanowski (MSU), 5-0 MSU 10, EMU 9
133 lbs.: No. 1 Franklin Gomez (MSU) dec. Sean Clair (EMU), 4-2 MSU 13, EMU 9
141 lbs.: Dan Osterman (MSU) maj. dec. Andrew Novak (EMU), 15-6 MSU 17, EMU 9
149 lbs.: David Cheza (MSU) dec. J.J. Johnson (EMU), 6-2 MSU 20, EMU 9
157 lbs.: Anthony Jones Jr. (MSU) dec. Aaron Sulzer (EMU), 5-4 MSU 23, EMU 9
165 lbs.: Kyle Bounds (MSU) dec. Justin Brandel (EMU), 8-2 MSU 26, EMU 9

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