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UVU wrestling: Wolverines close homestand with Stanford on Friday

By James Warnick

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 30 2013 7:17 p.m. MST

OREM, Utah — The Utah Valley University wrestling team will look to win its third straight dual Friday evening when it welcomes Stanford University of the Pac-12 Conference to the PE Building.

The dual will begin at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast live locally on UVU TV. It will also feature live streaming video, as well as live results available at WolverineGreen.com. The contest will then be rebroadcast nationally on Fox College Sports Pacific on Feb. 7 at 8 p.m. MT.

"We're excited to host another Pac-12 team. Stanford has a great tradition just as Arizona State," UVU head coach Greg Williams said. "The match will be really competitive and we're looking forward to our guys going out and wrestling well and continuing the progress that they've shown over the last couple weeks."

The Wolverines (3-2, 1-1 WWC) are coming off a dominant 39-0 performance over Northern Colorado last Saturday. The win marked UVU's first Western Wrestling Conference victory of the season.

Against Northern Colorado, the Wolverines started off strong and never let up. Junior Avery Garner (141 pounds) won his match by major decision to begin the dual. Senior Josh Wilson (149) followed by getting a technical fall over Nick Alspaugh and junior Abner Cook (165) and redshirt freshman Jade Rauser (125) each pinned their opponents in the first period as the Wolverines dominated the Bears.

The overall team performance helped the Wolverines earn their first shutout over a Division I opponent in school history.

Prior to the win over Northern Colorado, UVU came from behind to top Arizona State in Orem on Jan. 18, 26-15. After six matches, the Wolverines trailed the Sun Devils 15-6 but back-to-back pins from twin brothers Jade and Val Rauser helped the Wolverines pull ahead for good.

The NCAA recently released the first of three coaches' panel rankings for the 2012-13 wrestling season. UVU's Jade Rauser and Wilson are both ranked 22nd in their respective weight classes. The final rankings will be one of the tools used as part of the selection process to determine the qualifiers for the 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.

Jade Rauser leads UVU with an 18-5 overall record and a perfect 5-0 dual mark, while Wilson and junior Monte Schmalhaus (174) are next with identical 16-7 records.

About Stanford: Stanford is 5-12 in duals this season and 1-2 in Pac-12 action. They are coming off their first Pac-12 win against Cal Poly on Jan. 27. Prior to the victory, the Cardinal had dropped 10 straight dual matches.

Stanford is led by junior Bret Baumbach (165), redshirt freshman Evan Silver (125) and junior heavyweight Dan Scherer. Baumbach owns an 18-8 record this season and last season finished second at the Pac-12 Championships. Silver has a record of 21-10 this season, while Scherer is 17-8. All three are ranked in the first NCAA coaches' poll, as Scherer is No. 26, Baumbach is No. 31 and Silver is No. 33.

This is the second all-time meeting between the two squads. Last season, the Wolverines defeated the Cardinal in Palo Alto, Calif., 25-10.

Up Next for the Wolverines: After four consecutive duals at home, the Wolverines will hit the road for the three straight away from home. UVU will open the trip by heading to the Dakotas to face WWC foes South Dakota State (Feb. 6) and North Dakota State (Feb. 8) next week.

James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit www.WolverineGreen.com.

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