Feb. 14, 2009

Courtesy of Nebraska-Omaha

This Week
The University of Nebraska at Omaha wrestling team will return to action this weekend when they compete in the MIAA Duals on Sunday, Feb. 15 in Warrensburg, Mo.  UNO will battle No. 19 Fort Hays State at 1 p.m., Truman State at 2:30 p.m. and will finish the dual by facing No. 18 Central Missouri at 4 p.m. Each match will feature a live webcast on OMavs.com.

Records & Rankings
The Mavericks are currently 10-0 and ranked No. 1 in the latest National Wrestling Coaches Association poll released on Feb. 4. UNO has nine wrestlers ranked in their respective weight classes, including six ranked in the top two. Todd Meneely is ranked No. 1 at 157 pounds, while Cody Garcia (133), Mario Morgan (141), Aaron Denson (165), Ross Taplin (174) and Brent Pankoke (184) are each ranked second. Other ranked Mavericks include third-ranked wrestlers Tony Lewis (285) and Esai Dominguez (149), and No. 5 Jacob Marrs (197).

Fort Hays State enters this week with an overall record of 6-3, including a 21-19 victory over then fifth-ranked Central Oklahoma. The Tigers are ranked No. 19 in the latest NWCA poll and are led by third-ranked James Annon (141) and No. 4 Danny Grater (157).

Truman State is currently 1-6 this season, with their lone win coming in its first dual of the season against Hannibal-LaGrange.

 No. 18 Central Missouri begins the week with a dual record of 5-3 and have won its last three duals by a combined score of 119-21. The Mules have two ranked wrestlers, fifth-ranked Cody Beck (285) while 133-pounder Grant Baker is ranked No. 7.

The Coach
Mike Denney is in his 30th season as the Maverick head coach. The Dakota Wesleyan graduate has a 286-109-5 career mark. He has twice been named the NCAA II National Coach of the Year and led the 1991, 2004, 2005 and 2006 Mavericks to NCAA II national championships.

Last Week

UNO improved to 10-0 on the year with a pair of road wins last week. The Mavericks dominated No. 13 Augustana, 28-9, winning eight of ten bouts, including a pin by Meneely and a major decision by Morgan.

UNO came back the next night and defeated third-ranked Minnesota State, Mankato, 17-15. Garcia and Meneely each scored major decisions to help secure the Maverick win.

On Deck
The UNO wrestling team will be idle until they compete in the Midwest Regional Championships on March 1 in Kirksville, Mo. hosted by Truman State University.

Probable Starters

125 - Matt Rein, So., 26-17
133 - No. 2 Cody Garcia, Jr., 24-8
141 - No. 2 Mario Morgan, So., 23-12
149 - No. 3 Esai Dominguez, RFr., 27-9
157 - No. 1 Todd Meneely, Sr., 19-0
165 - No. 2 Aaron Denson, So., 21-7 or Ryan Pankoke, So., 30-12
174 - No. 2 Ross Taplin, Sr., 32-7
184 - No. 2 Brent Pankoke, Sr., 7-1
197 - No. 5 Jacob Marrs, Jr., 21-7
285 - No. 3 Tony Lewis, Sr., 17-8