UNC Takes First Place at 18th Annual Colorado Collegiates
Jan. 25, 2003
GREELEY, Colo. - The University of Northern Colorado took home their first Colorado Collegiates wrestling championship since sharing the title in 1998 and won their fifth title overall by besting six other Colorado schools on Saturday at Butler-Hancock Hall.
Sophomore Jared Deaguero (165 lbs.) and junior Loren Hutchins (149 lbs.) were individual champions for the Bears. Deaguero repeated at 165 lbs. while Hutchins won his first title. UNC's head coach Jack Maughan was named the Coach of the Year.
UNC took third place at 125 lbs. as Mark Hastings outlasted Adams State's Rob McCabe in the consolation bracket. Freshman Kyle Swenson was fourth at 133 lbs. and junior Ronnie Stafford was runner-up to Western State's R.C. LaHaye, the meet's Most Outstanding Wrestler, at 141 lbs.
Senior Brody Olson also finished second, at 157 lbs. to Adams State's Travis Koppenhafer. Sophomore Tanner Linsacum was the third place winner at 174 lbs., defeating Air Force's Jacob Lillich in the consolation bracket.
Junior Jason McMillian, making his first appearance on the 2002-03 season, finished second in the 197 lbs. weight class to Air Force's Ryan Kaiser. McMillian was the champion in 2001, while Kaiser has now won it in 2002 and 2003.
And at heavyweight, Air Force's Kevin Hoy became only the fourth competitor to win four Colorado Collegiate Championships, besting UNC's Dusty Hoffschneider in the finals. Hoy won in 2000 at 197 lbs. and has won the past three years at heavyweight. He joins Scott Gates (UNC), Chris Nelson (UNC) and Rodney Romero (Adams State) as the only people to accomplish that feat.
Overall, Air Force took home three top places, followed by two each for UNC, Western and Adams while Mines won a lone individual title.
Outstanding Wrestler: R.C. LaHaye (141 lbs.), Western State College
Coach of the Year: Jack Maughan, Northern Colorado
1. University of Northern Colorado, 108.5
2. United States Air Force Academy, 94.5
3. Adams State College, 72.0
4. Colorado School of Mines, 49.5
5. Western State College, 44.5
6. Thunderwolves Wrestling Club (USC), 2.5
7. CU Wrestling Club, 0.0
125 - Jared Haberman, Western State
133 - Adam Mars, Adams State
141 - R.C. LaHaye, Western State
149 - Loren Hutchins, Northern Colorado
157 - Travis Koppenhafer, Adams State
165 - Jared Deaguero, Northern Colorado
174 - Sam Sheretz, Air Force
184 - Mark Dubrovich, Colorado Mines
197 - Ryan Kaiser, Air Force
Hvy - Kevin Hoy, Air Force