Nebraska-Kearney advances at Duals
Stots beats top-ranked opponent, leads Lopers to semifinals
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- No. 4 Nebraska-Kearney rolled into the semifinals of the 2012 NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals by beating Ouachita Baptist and sixth-ranked Augustana (S.D.) on Saturday.
The Lopers (2-0) will face top-seed and No. 1 ranked Newberry on Sunday in a semifinal match.
|NATIONAL DUAL QUARTERFINALS|
|Newberry 24, King 6|
|Upper Iowa 27, Wisconsin-Parkside 26|
|St. Cloud State 26, Central Oklahoma 15|
|Nebraska-Kearney 21, Augustana (S.D.) 10|
The other side of the bracket features No. 2 Upper Iowa vs. No. 3 St. Cloud State.
Against Augustana, junior Raufeon Stots stunned top-ranked and two-time All-American Nate Herda, 7-5.
A transfer from Labette C.C., Stots missed most of last season due to injury but posted a 14-3 mark as an unattached wrestler. Two of his wins have come against Mitchell Means of Ft. Hays State, currently the nation's No. 2 wrestler at 149 lbs.
At 157 pounds., senior T.J. Hepburn improved to 17-3 with a 6-1 decision against sixth-ranked Marcus Edington. Also, top-ranked Dalton Jensen nipped Chism Fink, 5-3, at 141 pounds.
In the win against OBU, the Lopers got back-to-back falls by redshirt freshman Matt Lenagh and Kevin Barrett at 197 and 285 pounds, respectively.