Bauer, Makovsky, Denney to go 'On the Mat' this week
Kent Sesker

This week's edition of "On the Mat" will feature NCAA Division II wrestling coaches Marc Bauer, Jim Makovsky and Mike Denney.

Marc Bauer led the University of Nebraska-Kearney to its first NCAA Division II team championship last season in Cedar Rapids, IA. The Lopers clinched the title in the final bout of the tournament when Tervel Dlagnev won his second consecutive title in the 285 pound division.

A perennial power in Division II, UNK has three team runner-up finishes at nationals this decade and won the NWCA National Duals in 2003 and 2007. This season is Bauer's 10th as UNK's head coach.

Jim Makovsky returns four All-Americans from last season's Minnesota State University team which won the NWCA National Duals and finished a mere one half point from winning the team national championship. MSU was 20-1-1 in dual meets last season and Makovsky was named North Central Conference Coach of the Year. Makovsky is in his 15th season as the head coach at MSU.

Mike Denney is beginning his 29th season as the head coach at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Denney's UNO Mavericks have won four NCAA Division II championships, including three in a row from 2004-2006. Among his many awards, Denney was named both ?Man of the Year' by Amateur Wrestling News and WIN Magazine's Dan Gable Coach of the Year in 2006. UNO placed third in the nation last season and return two-time NCAA champions Cody Garcia (125) and Todd Meneely (149), along with six other All-Americans.

"On the Mat" can be hard live on the internet at or locally in Northeast Iowa each Wednesday from 5:00 - 6:00 PM Central time on 1650, The Fan. Feel free to e-mail with questions or comments about the show.