Stephens, a sophomore at Lindsey Wilson College in Kentucky, will wrestle in the 174-pound finals of the NAIA National Tournament tonight in Des Moines, Iowa.
Stephens has cruised in his first four matches. He won his opening bout by pinfall in 4:29 and claimed an 11-6 victory in his second-round bout. On Friday, he won in the quarterfinals with a pin in just 1:18 and claimed an 8-3 win in the semifinals to advance to Saturday night's championship where he will face Brock Gutches of Southern Oregon.
He is one of three Blue Raider wrestlers in the finals and LWC currently sits fourth in the team standings. LWC's previous best team finish was a 15th place showing last season and no Blue Raider wrestler had ever placed higher than eighth before this season.
Stephens came to LWC after winning the National Collegiate Wrestling Association (NCWA) 184-pound championship with Tennessee Temple University in the 2010-2011 season.