Local college sports briefs

December 3, 2013 

Wrestling

Bearcats ranked No. 4 in Region II

LEBANON -- The McKendree University wrestling team was the only team in the region with an individual ranked in all 10 weight classes and earned a No. 4 ranking in the first NCAA Division II Super Region Two regional ranking of the regular season on Tuesday.

The Bearcats earned the No. 4 spot with 35 points in the ranking to edge Ashland University and University of North Carolina-Pembroke in a tie for fifth place with 31 points. Newberry College is ranked No. 1 with 65 points, followed by No. 2 University of Indianapolis with 40 points, and No. 3 Maryville University with 38 points. The ranking is voted on by coaches from all the schools in the region.

Senior Brenden Murphy is McKendree's top ranked individual at No. 2 at 133 pounds. Murphy is currently 12-3 overall with seven wins by pinfall this season.

Junior Julian Smith is ranked No. 3 at 197 pounds. Smith is currently 11-4 this season.

Junior Jose Torres and seniors DaMonte Riley and Isaiah Gonzalez are ranked No. 5 at 125 pounds, 149 pounds and 174 pounds, respectively. Torres is 11-5 with seven wins earning bonus points, while Riley is 12-4 and Gonzalez is 6-4 this season.

The Bearcats have five individuals ranked No. 6 in the ranking. Graduate student Kyle Williams (Mascoutah) is ranked at 141 pounds with a record of 12-5, junior Josh Ballard (Triad) is ranked at 157 pounds with a record of 14-6, junior Nick Haferkamp is ranked with an overall record of 9-3, junior John Vogt is ranked with a record of 10-6, and Ross Janney is ranked at heavyweight with a record of 10-6.

McKendree will head west this weekend to Great Falls, Mont., to compete at the Battle of the Rockies Duals on Friday and at the Battle of the Rockies Open on Saturday.

Cougars sign recruit to program

EDWARDSVILLE -- Southern Illinois University Edwardsville wrestling coach Jeremy Spates announced a recruit for next season.

John Muldoon (Pearl River, N.Y.) has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete for the Cougars.

Muldoon was a highly-recruited wrestler out of Pearl River High School. He expects to compete next season at 133 pounds.

"John was our first commitment, which was special," said Spates. "He is a great young man with a big work ethic."

A fourth-place finisher at last year's New York Division 1 state championships, Muldoon has won a county championship twice, a section championship, and placed second at the Eastern States. He currently holds a career record of 103-18.

"He has done well in high school but we expect bigger things from him in college," said Spates. "We are looking forward to seeing John compete for the Cougars over the next few years."

Men's hockey

LU-Belleville hires coach for program

BELLEVILLE -- Lindenwood University-Belleville has announced the hiring of Lindsay Middlebrook as the head coach of the men's ice hockey program.

Middlebrook is a former National Hockey League goaltender who has 10 years of professional playing experiences. He also has 20 years of coaching experience with the AAA, C.S.D.H.L, and high school programs in the St. Louis area.

Middlebrook was a goaltender for the New York Rangers, Winnipeg Jets, Minnesota North Stars, New Jersey Devils, and Edmonton Oilers. While with the Oilers, Middlebrook went to the 1984 Stanley Cup finals and was teammates with Wayne Gretzky, Paul Coffey, Jari Kurri, and Grant Fuhr.

Over the past 20 years of coaching youth hockey in the St. Louis area, Middlebrook's teams have won three national championships at the midget level. He has also helped numerous players earn NCAA scholarships and ultimately move on to the National Hockey League.

Middlebrook talked about the opportunity at LU-Belleville.

"I am extremely excited to be a part of the Lindenwood-Belleville family, and the challenges that lay ahead," said Middlebrook. "I look forward guiding this group of young men to success not only on the ice but more importantly helping them get on a path to a very successful business future."

Women's hockey

Lynx announce coach for program

BELLVILLE-- Lindenwood University-Belleville has announced the hiring of Craig Buntenbach as the head coach of women's ice hockey and director of hockey operations.

Buntenbach brings more than 18 years' experience coaching at different levels ranging from elite select teams to the college level. He most recently was the general manager and head coach of the Keystone Selects Girls U19 team. Buntenbach's main responsibilities included recruiting and coaching the team in the Hockey Night in Boston College Showcase.

In April of 2012, Buntenbach was assistant coach for the Girls U19 Team Central of the USA Hockey Central District. His team represented the central district at America's Showcase in Pittsburgh, Pa. Buntenbach's team would go on and win the showcase championship.

During the 2009-2010 season Buntenbach was the head coach and general manager of the men's hockey team at Marquette University and his team competed in the Mid America Collegiate Hockey Association (MACHA). Buntenbach was responsible for player recruitment, game and practice scheduling, and player skill development.

Buntenbach was also the head coach during the 2002-2003 at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, for their Silver Division team. In 2004-2005 he served as assistant general manager when the Gold team won the MACHA Gold Division Championship.

Buntenbach is a graduate of Alton High School where he played four years of ice hockey. He then went on and played for the Southern Illinois University Carbondale hockey club from 1988-1989.

"I'd like to thank Athletic Director Scott Spinner and Lindenwood University-Belleville President Bladdick for giving me this incredible opportunity," said Buntenbach. "It is truly a dream come true to have the privilege and challenge to build a college hockey program from the ground up."

Men's basketball

LU-Belleville picks up victory

MAYFIELD, Ky. -- The Lindenwood University-Belleville men's basketball team took an 11-point lead into the half and never looked back on their way to a 106-75 victory over Mid-Continent University.

For the second consecutive game, the Lynx saw themselves down 9-0 to start the game.

The Cougars extended their lead to seventeen after a 14-4 run. After trading baskets the Lynx would go on a 19-0 run to take a two point lead, this would be their first lead of the game. Chris Stevenson, Brandon Ehlinger, and Andrew Pokryzwinski each picked up four points during the run.

In the second half, the Cougars cut the deficit to six but this is as close as they would get. The Lynx went on an 11-1 run over the next two minutes to extend the lead back to 16.

Craig Anderson led the way with 25 points and three rebounds. Stevenson added a career-high 23 points off the bench and dished out four assists. Tyrin Wade and Ehlinger each added 12 points, while Jacobby Anderson finished with 10. The Lynx shot 56 percent from the field and forced 21 turnovers on the defensive end.

With the win the Lynx extend their winning streak to four. LU-Belleville moved to 7-4 on the season. With the loss the Cougars fall to 0-8.

The Lynx look to extend their home winning streak to 23 on Wednesday when they host Campbellsville University. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

Women's basketball

Lady Lynx defeated by Owls

FULTON, Mo. -- The Lindenwood University-Belleville women's basketball team dropped a 63-49 decision to William Woods University Lady Owls on Monday night.

The Lady Owls got on the board first after a jumper by Stephanie Copelin. After a jumper by Kirstie Owen the Lady Lynx picked up their first points of the game with 15:37 remaining in the first half. Just over a minute later Taylor James connected on a three pointer to give the Lady Lynx a one point lead, this would be their only lead of the game.

After being down one, the Lady Owls went on a 9-0 run to take an eight point lead. Copelin would connect on a three pointer and the Lady Owls extended their lead to 12 with 4:19 remaining in the half.

Shelby Kohrman picked up eight straight points for the Lady Lynx and the Lady Owls lead would be cut to four. After a free throw by the Lady Owls, Breana McCullough hit a layup to cut the Lady Owls lead to three. Julia Wells made one of two free throws to end the half and the Lady Owls took a 26-22 lead.

In the second half Andraquay Quinnine made a three pointer for the Lady Owls and their lead would be stretched to 10 with 15:15 remaining in the game.

After an offensive rebound by Kimberly Munoz, James connected on a three pointer to cut the Lady Owls lead to seven with 5:32 remaining. From there the Lady Owls ended the game on an 11-4 run and would take the victory 63-49.

Kohrman led the way for the Lady Lynx with 14 points and four rebounds. Owen added eight points and three rebounds. The Lady Lynx shot a season low thirty-one percent from the field and finished 8-28 from behind the three point line.

With the loss the Lady Lynx fall to 8-4 on the season. The Lady Owls improve to 5-1. LU-Belleville will host Campbellsville University on Saturday. The tip-off is set for 4 p.m.

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