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Stephens Reaches National Semifinals


Zach Stephens
Zach Stephens
March 14, 2003


       Southern Illinois University Edwardsville senior Zach Stephens (St. Charles, Mo.) is halfway home to his goal.
       Stephens won his first two matches Friday at NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships in Wheeling, W.V. He moves into Saturday's semifinals against Frank Kuchera of Nebraska-Kearney.
       The Cougar 174-pounder defeated Don Ortega, of Adams State, 10-3 in the opening round of the tournament, which features the top four wrestlers from each of the nation's four regions.
       Stephens, who guaranteed at least sixth place by winning his first two matches, dispensed of Kutztown's Nick Brumbaugh 10-4 in the second round on Friday evening.
       Stephens hopes to become SIUE's 20th individual national champion in wrestling. The last to do it for the Cougars was Titus Taylor in 2000.
      
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