Kearney, Neb. – The 4th-rankedNebraska-Kearney wrestling team went 4-0 at the 2ndAnnual Midwest Duals Saturday at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds.
The dual tournament featured 24 teams (23 schools) competingon 13 mats. In all, 47 duals were held, as well as many exhibition matches.
UNK (9-3, 1-0) beat 5th-ranked Central Oklahoma,23-18, Southwest Minnesota State, 31-6, Northern (S.D.) State, 45-6, andDivision III Wisconsin-Whitewater, 28-15.
The Lopers were still minus Lincoln sophomore Chase White (3rd/157lbs.) but sophomore Daniel DeShazer (Wichita, Kans.), the 133 lbs. defendingnational champ, saw his first action of the 2013-14 season as he wrestled inthe two afternoon duals.
The key match came right off the bat against the rival UCOBronchos.
At 141 lbs., second-ranked Brock Coutu (Griswold, Conn.) hada second period fall to give UNK a 10-4 lead. UCO countered with a fall and atech to take the lead but then Gering senior Brock Smith stunned top-rankedChris Watson, 5-3, at 165 lbs.
The oft-injured Smith managed takedowns in each of the firsttwo periods, and then got an escape in the third, to record his biggest win asa Loper.
Despite wins by senior Patrick Martinez (4th/174lbs.) and sophomore Romero Cotton (1st/197 lbs.), the dual came downto the heavy weight match. There, veteran Kelsey Empting (Ponca City, Okla.)recorded a takedown in the first sudden victory period to beat eighth-rankedCody Dauphin, 5-3.
Empting earned All-American honors at 197 lbs. for theLopers in 2007. However, injuries sidelined him soon after and a rodeo careerfollowed.
UNK had three falls and three majors to roll past the NSUWolves. One of the falls was by DeShazer, who spent the fall on the footballfield. Against Northern, Martinez tallied a 21-6 tech fall ofsixth-ranked Jacob Begin with Coutu recording another pin.
Whitewater, ranked third in the NCAA Division III, fellbehind 16-0 as Kansas junior Tyler Anderson had a late pin at 149 lbs. withCentral City sophomore Connor Bolling winning by major decision at 125 lbs. Later, Martinez had another fall with Empting losing in overtime.
UNK is at Fort Hays State Wednesday night and then visitsAdams State on Saturday
Courtesy of UNK Media Relations