The Edmond Sun


June 19, 2013

Broncho wrestling program signs 7

Edmond Memorial’s Warren, Edmond North’s Breece will grapple at Central Oklahoma

EDMOND — Perennial national wrestling power Central Oklahoma has added five Oklahoma All-Staters and a pair of junior college All-Americans to the program for 2013-14, including locals Josh Breece of Edmond North and Alec Warren of Edmond Memorial.

High school stars signing with the Bronchos were Josh Breece of Edmond North, Zac D’Amico of Southmoore, John Jacob Finn of Westmoore, Tyler Tustin of Poteau and Alec Warren of Edmond Memorial, while Jeromy Davenport and Spencer Rutherford of Labette Community College also inked letters of intent.

“I’m excited about this group of young men who have decided to join our program,” said 32nd-year head coach David James, who has led UCO to 12 of its 15 national championships. “We filled some needs we had and added guys who are used to success.”

Breece was a three-time state qualifier and placed third as a senior to help lead the Huskies to their first-ever Class 6A state title. A projected 125-pounder for the Bronchos, Breece finished with a 77-18 career record.

D’Amico placed in the state tournament three times for the SaberCats, winning one title, and piled up 126 career wins with 48 falls. Expected to compete at 125 for UCO, D’Amico was also a two-time National High School Coaches Association All-American, winning the national crown this year.

Finn was a two-time state placer for the Jaguars, finishing runner-up as a senior, and ended with a 110-25 career record that included 53 falls. Finn will compete at heavyweight for the Bronchos and becomes the fifth member of the Finn family to wrestle at UCO, joining father John (1978-80) and brothers Chris (2004-06), Patrick (2009-11) and Dustin (2007-10).

Tustin racked up a 168-8 career record at Poteau as a four-time regional champion and four-time state placer for the Pirates. A projected 141-pounder at UCO, Tustin captured a pair of state titles and was named  Outstanding Wrestler of the 4A state tournament as a junior.

Warren was a four-year starter and three-time state placer at Memorial, missing out on the state tournament as a senior after suffering a concussion at regionals. He finished with a 130-13 career record and will compete at 141 pounds for the Bronchos.

Davenport won four consecutive 4A state championships at Sallisaw High School before going to Labette. He helped the Cardinals capture back-to-back junior college national championships, finishing fifth at 149 pounds as a freshman and fifth at 157 last season, and will wrestle at 157 at UCO.

Rutherford was a state runner-up his senior season at Grove High School and then spent two years at Labette. He was a fourth-place national finisher at 149 pounds this season as the Cardinals won the national title and will compete at 149 for the Bronchos.

UCO has seven starters — including five All-Americans — back from last year’s team that went 13-1 in duals and finished fourth in the NCAA Division II national tournament.

Text Only
  • 042214 DC-mac g01.jpg SLIDESHOW: Deer Creek soccer squads take on Lawton Mac Deer Creek welcomed the Lawton MacArthur Highlanders Tuesday evening for a pair of Class 5A soccer matches.

    April 23, 2014

  • 042214 mem-nor01.jpg SLIDESHOW: Edlam baseball
    The Edmond North Huskies got an 8-5 road win against rival Edmond Memorial on Tuesday.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo 1 Slideshow

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg OPINION: Basketball stars may linger on campus a while longer

    The NBA seems serious about raising its minimum age, which could signal the end of the one-and-done era in college basketball.

    April 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • 042114 OCS-Cas01.jpg SLIDESHOW: OCS Saints travel to Casady

    The Oklahoma Christian School Saints built a 5-run lead in the first two innings at Casady Monday afternoon, and held a 5-3 advantage until the wheels fell off in the sixth inning and the Saints gave up six runs en route to a 9-5 loss.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo 1 Slideshow

  • spts-Will Kropp line up putt.jpg Edmond’s Kropp holds off Cabrera to win in Cordoba

    William Kropp, a 24-year-old rookie from Edmond, managed to hold off local favorite Ángel Cabrera to win the 83rd Abierto OSDE del Centro presented by FiberCorp Sunday.
    His victory at the Cordoba Golf Club, in Cabrera’s hometown of Villa Allende, was his first in just five career starts on the NEC Series-PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.
    “My plan for the first half of the Tour season was to get adjusted to traveling across the region and playing new courses,” said Kropp, who had finished in a tie for third only three weeks ago in Guatemala. “It’s really a great bonus to win a tournament as important as this one early in the year.”
    Kropp finished at 8-under par 276, one shot ahead of the 2007 U.S. Open and 2009 Masters champion. Cabrera was trying to win the tournament for the ninth time in his career and he was also seeking to become the first three-time champion on PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Edmond residents partake in Boston Marathon

    More than 35,000 runners participated in today’s Boston Marathon. Several were from Edmond. Their finishing times and overall place according to results posted by the Boston Athletic Association at were:

    Boyett, Ken: 3:24:21; 7,591
    Cherry, Steven: 3:10:27; 4,240
    Domina, Christie: 3:50:43; 15,473
    Gregg, Gary: 3:20:58; 6,694  
    Hendrickson, Gina: 3:10:03; 4,152
    Judd, Kevin: 3:19:40; 6,374
    Pillow, Jonathan: 2:47:53; 775   
    Rupel, Patrick: 2:59:08; 2,180  
    Tucker, Noel: 4:13:58; 20,277
    Williams, Michael: 3:41:38; 12,905

    April 21, 2014

  • spts-EN Gia Nellius race against time.jpg Edmond North perfect in district soccer standings

    The Edmond North Lady Huskies are an untarnished 4-0 in district after smothering Putnam North Thursday 5-nothing with their defense once again.
    It was Gia Nellius who broke out with four goals. Nellius was the beneficiary of a pair of assists from Abbey Bright and another from Shanna Rolfs. Nellius booted home one shot unassisted.
    Rounding out the Edmond North scoring was a Haley Felix goal.
    The Lady Huskies venture to Choctaw Tuesday for a 6 p.m. matchup with the Lady Yellowjackets.

    April 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg OPINION: Golf turns into snooze-fest without celebrities like Tiger and Phil

    The Masters lumbered on last week without two of pro golf's biggest names, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson, and fans changed the channel. The PGA needs someone with star power if it's going to lure people back to the game.

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Kaiser joins Thunder ownership group

    Tulsa businessman George B. Kaiser has been approved by the NBA Board of Governors as a new partner in The Professional Basketball Club LLC, which owns the Oklahoma City Thunder. Thunder Chairman and CEO Clayton I. Bennett made the announcement Friday. Kaiser is purchasing the ownership interest of Tom L. Ward.
    “We are honored to welcome George Kaiser as a member of the ownership group of the Oklahoma City Thunder,” Bennett said. “George is a well-respected and important Oklahoma business leader, as well as one of the state and nation’s top philanthropists. His commitment to successful business and community leadership is in true alignment with that of the Thunder.
    “I also appreciate the commitment and leadership provided by Tom Ward as a member of our ownership group from the beginning,” Bennett added.

    April 18, 2014

  • spts—UCO Kalynn Schrock smirk.jpg UCO’s Schrock earns NFCA Pitcher of Week honor

    Central Oklahoma’s Kalynn Schrock has been selected the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division II National Pitcher of the Week, it was announced Wednesday.
    The senior left-hander from Choctaw had a dominating performance in the circle last week, going 3-0 with a save and an 0.48 earned run average. She gave up just 10 hits in 29 innings while striking out 32 as opponents hit just .106.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo