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Cougars Gear Up for Regionals


February 24, 2003


       The SIUE wrestling team travels to Kirksville, Mo., on Sunday for the NCAA Midwest Regional.
       "I hope this is where all our hard work and wrestling all the tough teams will pay off," said Coach Booker Benford.
       Zach Stephens (St. Charles, Mo.) will look to defend his title in the 174-pound weight class.
       The top four finishers in each weight class will advance to the NCAA Wrestling Championships March 14-15 in West Liberty, W.V.
       "Everyone should wrestle to their potential," Benford said. "Everyone has the ability to qualify."
       Stephens currently has a 27-10 record. Aaron Wiens (Cicero) has a 16-17 record as a heavyweight.
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