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February 4, 2013

DHS grad, Rowell adds to standout year

The Banner Staff
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DUNCAN — Next!

Casey Rowell might as well by yelling that after each wrestling match as the Duncan High School graduate tears through the competition.

Rowell has won an astounding 21 straight matches during his junior season at the University of Central Oklahoma. On Monday, he was named the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Wrestler of the Week for the second time this season.

The 133-pound redshirt junior, who was a three-time state champion for the Demons, is currently ranked No. 3 in NCAA Division-II, boasting a record of 27-3.

Rowell — along with Marlow High School graduates Tanner Keck (17-11), Ryan Brooks (11-11) and Dylan Harmon (5-3) and Comanche grad Joseph Blaylock (2-6) — has helped lead the Bronchos to a 12-1 record in duals.

Rowell’s last loss came on Nov. 17, when he dropped a 3-2 decision. In fact all three of Rowell’s losses have been by two points or fewer. His wins, though, haven’t been so narrow.

During the 21-match winning streak, Rowell has racked up two pin falls, five technical falls (winning by at least 15 points) and eight major decisions (winning by 8-14 points). Since December, only two wrestlers have come within three points of Rowell.

It seems that dropping a weight class was the right choice for Rowell, who placed fifth in the nation last year at 141 pounds and earned All-American honors.

Rowell, who went 136-9 on the mat at Duncan, will look to keep his streak going as UCO hosts the MIAA Wrestling Championships this weekend.