Jan 06, 2003
The SIUE wrestling team will travel to Central Missouri State University Saturday to participate in the Roger Denker Open.
"This is traditionally a tough tournament," said Coach Booker Benford. "Schools from all divisions will be there and numerous All-Americans will as well.
"We basically will use this tournament as a fine-tuning for the second part of the season. It will give the guys a chance to get back into shape."
The Cougars are coming off a 13th-place finish in the Midwest Classic in Indianapolis.
Aaron Wiens (Cicero) won his semifinal match in the final seconds before losing in the finals in the heavyweight division. "Aaron wrestled really well," Benford said. "He showed a lot of heart in the semifinals by winning 2-1 in the last seconds."
Zach Stephens (St. Charles, Mo.) placed third in the 174-pound division.
In the latest NCAA Division-II rankings compiled by www.themat.com, Wiens is ranked sixth nationally at heavyweight, while Stephens is ranked seventh at 174 pounds.