EDMOND (Feb. 26) – Nate Keim got past an old nemesis to claim the 141-pound title and lead a parade of seven individual champions that carried the top-ranked Bronchos to a runaway victory in the NCAA Division II Super Regional IV Tournament Sunday at Hamilton Field House.
Keim avenged three earlier losses this season to Drury’s Peter Kuster with a 3-2 finals victory, while 125 Studd Morris, 133 Dylan Lucas, 157 Gabe Johnson, 174 Anthony DesVigne, 197 Dalton Abney and Hvy Shawn Streck joined him on the top of the podium. It’s UCO’s most regional champions since 2002.
The Bronchos also got runner-up finishes from 165 Ty Lucas and 184 Alex Kauffman and a third-place effort from 149 Brik Filippo in a dominating performance that overwhelmed the 11-team field.
UCO went 32-3 on the day with 17 bonus-point wins and held a whopping 77-6 advantage in takedowns. The Bronchos racked up 169.5 points in capturing their third straight regional crown – and 22nd overall – to finish 38.5 points ahead of No. 8 Indianapolis.
All 10 individuals advanced to the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships, which are set for March 10-11 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It’s the first time the Bronchos have qualified their entire team since 2007 — when UCO captured the last of its 15 national titles….