Northern Colorado Wrestling Ready for Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invite
THE BEAR FACTS
OTHER BEARS IN ACTION AT BOB SMITH OPEN IN HAYS
While the top wrestlers head the
HART NAMED OUTSTANDING WRESTLER AT THE OLD
BEARS PLACE FIVE IN
The Northern Colorado Takedown Club has been established to help the UNC wrestling program, and the state of
Bears to Host 6 home duals
UNC will play host to six home duals this season but all will come after the first of the year. The Bears' home-opening dual will come against
FULL DIVISION I SCHEDULE
This season marks the second year of the return to Division I wrestling for the Bears. UNC will have a full Division I schedule this season to meet the scheduling requirements of Division I wrestling.
WRESTLING, VOLLEYBALL GAIN REQUEST FOR EARLIER DIVISION i STATUS
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Membership Subcommittee has approved a request by the University of Northern Colorado Athletic Department for reclassification of UNC's women's volleyball and men's wrestling to Division I status. The effect is that student-athletes in the two sports will be eligible for the Division I championships during the 2006-07 academic year. "We have been very confident that the volleyball and wrestling programs could compete in the NCAA Division I post-season in the very near future - this reclassification accelerates that opportunity," said Jay Hinrichs, UNC's director of athletics. NCAA legislation allows a member school to have one male and one female sport, excluding football and men's and women's basketball, classified in a division other than that in which it currently is a member. The UNC Bears are in the third year of a five-year, NCAA-mandated transition process from Division II to Division I.
UNC head coaches Jack Maughan (wrestling) and Ron Alexander (volleyball) were both excited that their programs would have a chance to compete in the NCAA postseason earlier than they had planned. "We had hoped for all programs to get the transition period shortened," Maughan said. "So wrestling feels fortunate to be able to compete in championships as soon as possible. This will help the program be more competitive in Division I sooner."
Currently in his 18th year at UNC, head coach Jack Maughan will continue a new era as the Bears re-enter the Division I ranks after a more than 30-year absence. With the Bears competing as an Independent school, Maughan will hope to be instrumental in forming a new wrestling conference with neighboring rivals