Nebraska-Kearney dominates RMAC
Lopers down No. 7 Grand Canyon, No. 15 Fort Hays State
KEARNEY, Neb. – No. 4 Nebraska-Kearney capped off an undefeated conference dual season by beating 15th-ranked Fort Hays State 19-12 on Wednesday.
Earlier in the day, UNK (11-3, 7-0 RMAC) beat seventh-ranked Grand Canyon 25-9. Since 2000, the Lopers now have a 72-11 mark in RMAC duals.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 4 UNK 19, No. 15 Fort Hays State 12|
|No. 4 UNK 25, No. 7 Grand Canyon 9|
|No. 5 Augustana (S.D.) 29, MSU-Mankato 10|
|No. 7 Grand Canyon 22, No. 15 Fort Hayes St. 12|
After junior Stephen Weimer started the Hays dual with a 7-3 decision at 133 pounds, top-ranked Dalton Jensen won by the same score against seventh-ranked, and Nebraska transfer, CJ Napier.
The 7-3 score in favor of the Lopers continued as third-ranked junior Raufeon Stots beat second-ranked Mitchell Means by four points at 149 pounds. Back in November, Stots defeated Means by an 11-4 score.
Of note, second-ranked Joey Wilson needed overtime, and riding time, to slip past 25-match winner Sam Thoman 4-3 at 165 pounds while senior Ross Brunkhardt saw his four-match win streak snapped by top-ranked Walker Clarke, 3-2, at 184 lbs.
Against the GCU 'Lopes, UNK won seven weight classes with five of the wins coming by decision and by a total of nine points. Jensen and senior T.J. Hepburn tallied bonus-point wins to put the Lopers up 19-0.
At 285 pounds, redshirt freshman Kevin Barrett recorded his signature win of the season thanks to a 3-1 decision against third-ranked Jordan Johnson. Johnson, a transfer from Iowa, came in with a 27-2 mark.
Stots also beat a Division I transfer as he got past eigth-ranked Bobby Ward by a 5-3 score. Ward, who began his career at North Carolina State, drops to 29-6.
Finally, Brunkhardt won 3-1 at 184 pounds against Brett Sanchez. This marked Brunkhardt's fourth consecutive win and fourth consecutive match in which he scored exactly three points.