Weekly Release: 16th-Ranked Wrestlers Host Adams State, Western State
This Week's Schedule: The 16th-ranked UNC wrestling team returns to Butler-Hancock Hall this weekend after nearly two months without a home competition. The Bears host two non-conference foes with Adams State arriving Friday and Western State coming in Saturday. Both duals begin at 7 pm.
For the Record: UNC enters the weekend still looking for its first dual win of the season. The Bears are 0-4-1 overall and 0-3-1 in North Central Conference action. UNC's lone tie was a 21-21 stalemate at second-ranked North Dakota State.
Adams State is also seeking is first dual win of the season. The Grizzlies are currently 0-4 with losses to UC-Davis (35-7), Pacific University (24-19), Southern Colorado (22-19) and Air Force (43-3). Adams State face Cal State-Fullerton Thursday in Golden.
No. 14 Western State enters the weekend with a record of 3-2. The Mountaineers have notched victories over Central Washington (31-11), Fort Hays State (33-7) and Colorado Mines (19-15), while falling to San Francisco State (21-16) and Air Force (27-15). Western State travels to Chadron State Friday night.
The Coach: UNC head coach Jack Maughan is in his 14th season at the helm of the UNC wrestling program. During his tenure, the Bears have finished among the nation's top-10 on six occasions. Maughan has coached three national champions, four runners-up and 26 All-Americans. A 1986 graduate of North Dakota State University, where he was a two-time All-America performer, Maughan has a career dual record of 82-96-1.
In the National Rankings: In the most recent NCAA II Wrestling Poll (Jan. 16), the Bears are ranked no. 16, one slot down from the previous poll (Dec. 20). (See page 2 for complete national rankings.) Individually, UNC has four wrestlers ranked led by senior Marshall Hahn (3rd, 149 pounds) and sophomore Brody Olson (4th, 157 pounds). Also ranked for the Bears are junior Tom Clemen (5th, 197 pounds) and senior Jason Romero (7th, 125 pounds).
The Week in Review: The Bears dropped its only dual of the week, falling 21-15 at Colorado Mines in non-conference action. UNC won four matches in the dual, led by Jason Romero's 9-0 major decision over Dusty Mars (125 pounds) and Brody Olson's 9-3 win over Jon Martinez (157 pounds). At 141 pounds, Simon Hoepfner defeated Nate Peterson 10-9 and at 197 pounds, Mines forfeited to UNC's Jason McMillan.
One of the more exciting matches of the night was at 149 pounds. UNC's Marshall Hahn lost a 2-1 double overtime decision to Jody Trantham. However, Hahn wrestled the match with an injured knee. He strained ligaments in his knee during the team warmup.
UNC's Eric Spry also was bitten by the injury bug. Spry was forced to forfeit the 133-pound match when he injured his neck. He was taken by ambulance to the hospital where he was later released.
Injury Update: The status of Marshall Hahn (knee ligament strain) and Eric Spry (neck) will not be known until later in the week. Both wrestlers are scheduled to see doctors this week at which time their availability for this weekend's contests will be determined.
UNC Hosts Division II National Championships: UNC's Butler-Hancock Hall is the site of the 2001 NCAA Division II National Wrestling Championships to be held March 9-10. UNC has hosted this event on two previous occasions (1992 and 1996). For tickets, or more information, please contact the athletic department at 970-351-2534.
Blue & Gold Luncheon: UNC head coach Jack Maughan, along with all in-season coaches, will speak every Monday at the Blue & Gold Booster Luncheon held at Old Chicago (2349 W. 29th Street). The luncheon begins at noon and costs $7 per person.
This Week's Probable Lineups
#16 Northern Colorado (0-4-1)
125 - #8 Jason Romero (Sr., 2-2)
157 - #4 Brody Olson (So., 13-9)
174 - Shad Stagl (Fr., 8-10)
184 - Ryan Guillaume (Fr., 7-8)
Hwt. - Tony Schunke (So., 12-10)
Adams State (0-4)
125 - Adam Mars (So., 15-2)
133 - Jimmy Melek (Jr., 13-9)
141 - Shane Barnes (RF, 2-3)
149 - Angelo Duarte (So., 6-12)
157 - Travis Koppenhafer (RF, 18-9)
165 - Phil Allen (So., 6-9) OR Jesse Roseberry (RF, 0-5)
174 - Don Ortega (So, 4-10)
184 - Walter Scherar (So., 1-9)
197 - Manny Martinez (Fr., 8-11)
Hwt. - Dustin Sullivan (So. 7-9)
#14 Western State (3-2)
125 - Anthony Guillen (Jr., 15-5)
133 - Fred McCathron (Sr., 9-10)
141 - Zac Stratton (Jr., 15-3)
149 - Adrian Jiron (So., 6-3)
157 - Ryan Mizushima (Jr., 5-3)
165 - Dave Vondy (Jr., 12-9)
174 - Steve Sisler (Sr., 9-9)
184 - Dirk Sisneros (Fr., 0-4)
197 - Jeff Mueller (So., 9-4)
Hwt. - Tyler Ainsworth (Fr., 1-6)
NCAA II Coaches Poll (Jan. 16) No. School (first-place votes) Points 1. Nebraska-Omaha (7) 159 2. Central Oklahoma (1) 148 3. North Dakota State 143 4. Ashland (Ohio) 139 5. Pittsburgh-Johnstown 124 6. South Dakota State 123 7. Central Missouri State 107 8. Minnesota State, Mankato 101 9. Findlay (Ohio) 94 10. Nebraska-Kearney 73 11. Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 71 12. Southern Colorado 57 13. Chadron State (Neb.) 55 14. Western State (Colo.) 48 15. West Liberty State (W. Va.) 36 16. Northern Colorado 33 17. San Francisco State 32 18. St. Cloud State (Minn.) 31 19. Wisconsin-Parkside 26 20. Minnesota State, Moorhead 21
Others Receiving Votes: Adams State, Colorado School of Mines, Fort Hays State, Gannon (Pa.), Shippensburg (Pa.), Southwest State (Minn.).