January 22, 2002

Wrestling Weekly Release: Bears find success at Colorado Collegiates, prepare for another busy week

THIS WEEK: The Bears will get a rematch against Air Force Academy on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in Butler Hancock Hall. The will return to Gunnision, Colo., on Thursday for a dual with Western State. Sunday, they will compete against Ft. Hays State in the Bart Brown Memorial Match in Wray, Colo. at 7 p.m.

UPCOMING COMPETITION: The Bears were defeated by their next foe, the Air Force Academy, at the Colorado Collegiates. Air Force outscored the Bears 107-78.5. The Bears also saw Western State at the competition. Western finished fourth behind Adams State with a score of 56.5.

COLORADO COLLEGIATES: The number 18-ranked University of Northern Colorado wrestling team finished in second place as a team and had two individual championships in the Colorado Collegiate Championship in Gunnison, Colo., on Saturday. Air Force Academy won the team championships for the third year in a row. Brody Olson (157 lbs.) and Jared Deaguero (165 lbs.) went 3-0 in the meet to earn first place honors. Jason McMillan (197 lbs.) and Tom Clemen (Hwt.) were defeated in their final matches to take second place. McMillan won the individual championship at 197 last year. Also placing for the Bears, Ronnie Stafford (141 lbs.), Brian Hufford (174 lbs.), Cole Allison (184 lbs.), and Tony Schunke (Hwt.) took third place. In fourth place for the Bears, Joe Kingry (149 lbs.) finished 2-2 on the day. The other schools participating were Adams State College (ranked 19th in the nation), Western State College (ranked 11th in the nation) and the Colorado School of Mines (ranked 20th in the nation).

BEARS MEASURE UP NATIONALLY: Brody Olson continues to be ranked in the national polls. At 157 pounds and currently 17-8, Olson is ranked fifth in the nation. He was narrowly defeated in a 2-0 decision by Aaron Veskrna of South Dakota State who is currently ranked second in the nation. Tom Clemen and Jason McMillan also enter the latest polls ranked eighth at 197 pounds and heavyweight divisions respectively.

UNC MOVES UP IN THE RANKS: The UNC Bears moved up one spot in the NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches' Association Top 20 poll announced on Jan. 9. UNC went from 19th to 18th on the current poll. There are five NCC schools ranked ahead of them including: no.1 North Dakota State, no. 4 Nebraska-Omaha, no. 6 Minnesota State-Mankato, no. 7 South Dakota State, and no. 14 Augustana. St. Cloud State is the only NCC school not in the top 20.

HEAD COACH: Jack Maughan is in his fifteenth 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-ups and 28 All-Americans. A 1986 graduate of North Dakota State University, where he was a two-time All-American performer, Maughan has a career dual record of 87-97-1.

BLUE AND GOLD LUNCHEON: The Blue and Gold Luncheon will be held every Monday at Noon at Old Chicago (2349 W. 29th Street). Coach Maughan, as well as all in-season coaches, will speak at the weekly luncheon.