Jan 04, 2003
INDIANAPOLIS - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Aaron Wiens (Cicero) placed second as the Cougars placed 13th at the 17-team Midwest Classic.
Wiens, a heavyweight, took runner-up honors after losing 2-0 in the championship match to Manchester's Jamie Salazar.
Wiens had advanced to the finals with a 16-10 victory over Central Missouri's Steve Berringer, a 5-4 win over Fort Hays State's Andrew Ubben and a 2-1 tiebreaker triumph over Indianapolis' Evan Love, who was the top seed in the division.
Zach Stephens (St. Charles, Mo.) placed third at 174 pounds. He defeated Aaron Johnson, of Indianapolis, 4-1. Stephens' lone slip was in the semifinals to Ashland's Tommy Bauer 3-1 in overtime.
SIUE scored 30 points in the tournament. Ashland and Adams State tied for the team title with 124 points each.