Weekly Release: No. 15 Wrestlers Face Fort Hays State in Wray, Colorado
This Week's Schedule: The 15th-ranked UNC wrestling team travels to Wray, Colorado this Wednesday to face Fort Hays State in the Annual Bart Brown Memorial Match. The match is scheduled to for 7 pm.
Bart Brown Memorial Match: Wednesday's match honors the memory of former UNC wrestler Bart Brown. A native of Wray, Colorado, Brown wrestled for the Bears from 1988-92, earning All-American honors for his third-place finish at the 1992 NCAA national tournament. He was tragically killed in an automobile accident in March of 1998.
For the Record: UNC's overall record stands at 3-5-1, while its NCC record is 1-4-1. UNC has won three of its last four matches, with the only loss being a 25-12 decision against top-ranked Nebraska-Omaha.
Fort Hays State is 5-5-1 overall and 3-1 in Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference action. The Tigers have won four of their last five outings, including a 20-19 victory over Augustana on Saturday.
Wyoming Match to be Televised on AT&T: UNC's dual with Wyoming on February 14 will be televised on a tape-delay basis on AT&T Broadband (Ch. 8 - Greeley). AT&T's Jim Porth will handle play-by-play duties, while Rob Norwood provides commentary. The match will be telecast on Sunday, Feb. 18 (9:30 am) and Tuesday, Feb. 20 (6:30 pm).
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 85-97-1.
UNC in the National Rankings: In the most recent NCAA II Wrestling Poll (Jan. 29), the Bears are ranked no. 15, one slot up from the previous poll (Jan. 16). (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 (6th, 157 pounds). Also ranked for the Bears are junior Tom Clemen (5th, 197 pounds) and senior Jason Romero (8th, 125 pounds).
Scouting the Tigers: Fort Hays State (5-5-1) brings a young squad into Wednesday's match. The Tigers have six freshmen and sophomores in their probable lineup. FHSU is strongest at 157 pounds, where senior Chad Parks is 19-6, and 174 pounds, where freshman Jordan Nichols is 16-7. Other Fort Hays wrestlers above the .500 mark include Justin Speakman (7-5, 157 pounds), Matt Sleder (11-10, 197 pounds) and Cody Parks (14-13, heavyweight).
Hahn Climbs UNC Career Victory Chart: Senior Marshall Hahn (149 pounds) currently ranks ninth on UNC's all-time victory list with 81. The Bayfield, Colorado native has a career record of 81-51. As a freshman, he earned All-American honors by finishing seventh at 134 pounds.
UNC Wrestling Celebrates 75th Anniversary: This season marks the 75th anniversary of the sport of wrestling at the University of Northern Colorado. Wrestling was first sponsored at UNC in the 1925-26 season. Through the years, there have been many memorable teams, wrestlers and coaches. In the 75 years of wrestling at UNC, there have been: 36 conference championship teams, 9 individual national champions, 18 Division I All-Americans and 63 Division II All-Americans.
Bears Defeat Augustana for First NCC Win: The 15th-ranked Bears notched their first North Central Conference victory of the season Thursday (Feb. 1) when they defeated no. 20 Augustana 34-15 at Butler-Hancock Hall.
UNC exploded out of the gates building a 25-0 lead by the intermission. The dual began at 157 pounds and Augustana was open giving Brody Olson a forfeit win for the Bears. Junior Brian Hufford followed that up with a 4-3 decision at 165 pounds to improve to 14-10. At 174 pounds, freshman Shad Stagl pinned Augie's Jeremy Murphy in 6:24 to build the UNC lead to 15-0. Augustana was open at 184 pounds as Ryan Guillaume picked up the forfeit win. At 197 pounds, junior Tom Clemen showed why he's ranked no. 5 in the nation as he handled Ben McKenzie in a major decision (17-3).
The Vikings got on the board at heavyweight when sixth-ranked James Garvey pinned Tony Schunke in the first period. Senior Jason Romero then turned the momentum back in the Bears' favor with a pin of Charlie Swanson (4:48) to build the UNC lead to 31-6. Simon Hoepfner was the only UNC wrestler to win in the final three matches as he posted a 6-5 decision over Ryan Carlson at 141 pounds. Third-ranked Marshall Hahn lost a tough 3-1 double-overtime decision to no. 8 Seth Webster in the dual's final match.
Bears Can't Handle Top-Ranked Nebraska-Omaha: In a match that saw nine ranked wrestlers score victories, the UNC Bears fell 25-12 to top-ranked Nebraska-Omaha Saturday (Feb. 3) afternoon at Butler-Hancock Hall.
UNC, ranked 15th in the nation, took a 6-3 team score lead after the second match when senior Marshall Hahn pinned UNO's Cody Ritter at 149 pounds. The third-ranked Hahn improved his season record to 18-7.
However, the Mavericks won the next five matches, four by decision and one by major decision. One of the more intriguing matchups of the afternoon came at 197 pounds where Nebraska-Omaha's top-ranked Chad Wallace faced UNC's freshman dynamo Jason McMillan. In a intense showdown which featured a heated exchange between the wrestlers, Wallace was able to come away with the 10-5 win.
Heavyweight Tony Schunke posted a 3-2 win over Lance Tolstedt and then Jason Romero scored a 4-3 victory over Mack LaRock. Romero had entered the match ranked no. 8, while LaRock came in with a 24-2 record and the no. 2 national ranking.
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.
#15 Northern Colorado (3-5-1, 1-4-1 NCC) 125 - #8 Jason Romero (Sr., 5-3) 133 - Eric Spry (Jr., 2-2) OR Jon Nider (Jr., 0-4) 141 - Simon Hoepfner (Jr., 13-8) OR 149 - #3 Marshall Hahn (Sr., 17-7) OR Andy Stumpf (Fr., 9-7) 157 - #4 Brody Olson (So., 16-10)
165 - Brian Hufford (Jr., 14-11) 174 - Shad Stagl (Fr., 9-13) OR Shane Grenko (Sr., 1-2) 184 - Ryan Guillaume (Fr., 10-9) 197 - #5 Tom Clemen (Jr., 12-5) OR Jason McMillan (Fr., 10-2) Hwt. - Tony Schunke (So., 15-11)
Fort Hays State (5-5-1) 125 - Derek Mainus (Jr, 7-13) 133 - Chris Aguilera (So, 10-10) 141 - Mike Scott (Fr., 5-12) 149 - Travis Stites (Fr., 8-13) 157 - Chad Parks (Sr., 19-6) OR Justin Speakman (So., 7-5) 165 - Erich Singer (So., 13-12) 174 - Jordan Nichols (Fr., 16-7) 184 - Josh Haar (Jr., 8-10) 197 - Matt Slader (Jr., 11-10) Hwt. - Cody Parks (Jr., 14-13)
NCAA II Coaches Poll (Jan. 29) No. School (first-place votes) Points 1. Nebraska-Omaha (8) 160 2. North Dakota State 152 3. Central Oklahoma 144 4. South Dakota State 136 5. Ashland (Ohio) 128 6. Pittsburgh-Johnstown 119 7. Minnesota State-Mankato 112 8. Central Missouri State 89 9. Nebraska-Kearney 86 10. Findlay (Ohio) 85 11. Carson-Newman (Tenn.) 67 12. Southern Colorado 58 13. Chadron State (Neb.) 56 Central Washington 56 15. Northern Colorado 48 16. West Liberty State 43 17. St. Cloud State 34 18. San Francisco State 28 19. Western State 23 20. Augustana (S.D.) 22 Others receiving votes: Adams State, Gannon, Minnesota State-Moorhead, Southwest State, Wisconsin-Parkside