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Benford Lifts Expecations for Stephens, Wiens


Zach Stephens
Zach Stephens

Aaron Wiens
Aaron Wiens


         Even though Zach Stephens (St. Charles, Mo.) finished second at last weekend's Roger Denker Open at Central Missouri State University, wrestling coach Booker Benford was not overly pleased.
         "I'll say he wrestled well, but his loss in the finals was tough to handle," Benford said. "I just have higher standards for him. I think he can win a national championship, but he has to be able to win those matches."
         Aaron Wiens (Cicero) did not participate in the Roger Denker Open, but Benford said he has the same expectations for Wiens.
         "He and Zach are both under different scrutiny," Benford said. "Both need to step it up and win as we are bearing down on the NCAA Tournament."
         The wrestling team will travel to Missouri Valley College for a Wednesday dual, then will face duals against Indiana, Eastern Michigan and Indianapolis on Saturday.
                  -siue cougars-