Special to The Sun
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.