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MICHIGAN BANS RUBBER SUITS FOR WRESTLERS

University of Michigan wrestlers will no longer be allowed to exercise in rubber suits or spend excessive amounts of time in the sauna.

Athletic director Tom Goss issued the directive in the aftermath of Michigan wrestler Jeff Reese's death Dec. 9. Reese worked out in a rubber suit the day before a match because he wanted to make a 150-pound weight maximum.

Goss also asked wrestling coaches to make recommendations about how much weight wrestlers can lose in a week and when they should be weighed before a match.

"We have to force this through the Big Ten and the NCAA," Goss said. "Everyone recognizes that safety is an issue. Maybe this time we can drive some legislation through the NCAA."

Wrestling practices were suspended at Michigan after Reese's death.

Goss said practices may resume after the holidays if guidelines are in place.

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