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February 12, 2013

DHS grad, Rowell claims MIAA award

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DUNCAN — Success and Central Oklahoma wrestler Casey Rowell seem to just go hand in hand these days.

This past Sunday at Hamilton Field House in Edmond, the former Duncan Demon wrestler added to his already impressive college resume by winning MIAA Wrestler of the Year at the 2013 Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association wrestling championship tournament.

Rowell was one of five Broncho wrestlers to claim individual championships, as UCO finished a close second to champion Nebraska-Kearney, losing the team title by just seven points.

Central Missouri claimed third place overall with 47 points followed by Fort Hays State (42), Lindenwood (21) and Truman State with 12 points.

After claiming a first-round bye in the tournament, Rowell won his semi-final match with a 9-1 decision before outlasting UNK’s Daniel DeShazer by a score of 6-4 in the 133 pound finals match, extending his current winning streak to 23 matches in a row in the process.

The victory was anything but easy however, as the DHS alumnus had to go the distance and then some, eventually claiming the winning pinfall with 21 seconds left in the second overtime session.

Trison Graham (141 pounds), Cory Dauphin (157 pounds), Znick Ferrell (197 pounds) and Cody Dauphin in the heavyweight division were the other Bronchos to claim individual championships.

UCO wrestling coach David James also nabbed MIAA Coach of the Year honors at the end of the tournament.

Rowell and his teammates will finish the regular season on Saturday afternoon at home, with a dual against Newman University.