The Edmond Sun


January 10, 2014

Broncho wrestling ready for National Duals

EDMOND — No. 3-ranked Central Oklahoma resumes the 2013-14 season this weekend when the Bronchos travel to Des Moines, Iowa, for the NWCA Division II National Duals.

UCO, 2-0 in duals and riding a 12-game winning streak dating back to last season, hasn’t competed since the Dec. 15 Newman Invitational and will be the No. 2 seed for the two-day, 16-team tournament at Hyvee Hall.

The Bronchos open against Findlay (Ohio) at 11 a.m. Saturday and will go again at 3 p.m. against the winner/loser of the Upper Iowa/Lake Erie match.

Another round of consolation duals are set for 5 p.m. and the double-elimination tournament continues Sunday with consolation semifinal bouts at 9 a.m., championship semifinals at 11 a.m., third-, fifth- and seventh-place matches at 1 p.m. and the championship finals at 3 p.m.

Ten of the 16 teams in the field are ranked in the top 10, including seven in the top 10.

No. 1 Notre Dame (Ohio) is the top seed, with No. 3 UCO second, No. 4 Newberry (S.C.) third and No. 5 St. Cloud State (Minn.) fourth. St. Cloud is the two-time defending champion and enters this year’s event with an NCAA Division II-record 52-match winning streak.

Other ranked teams in the tourney are No. 7 Kutztown (Pa.), No. 8 Indianapolis (Ind.), No. 10 Upper Iowa, No. 12 Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), No. 15 Maryville (Mo.) and No. 19 Lake Erie (Ohio) along with Colorado State-Pueblo, Findlay, Fort Hays State (Kan.), Minnesota State-Mankato, Truman State (Mo.) and Wisconsin-Parkside.

First-round pairings pit Notre Dame against UWP, Maryville against OBU, CSU-Pueblo against St. Cloud, Newberry against MSU-Mankato, FHSU against Indy, UIU against Lake Erie and UCO against Findlay.

This will be UCO’s 21st consecutive appearance in the Division II National Duals and the Bronchos have finished in the top six in 19 of their previous 20 trips.

UCO has won four titles (1994, ’95, ’96, ’02) and been runner-up five times (1997, ’98, ’00, ’01, ’04). The Bronchos finished third last year, dropping a 19-13 semifinal decision to Notre Dame after winning their first two matches before finishing with a 26-12 victory over Wisconsin-Parkside.

The Bronchos will take 15 wrestlers to the Division II National Duals.

125 — Ryan Brooks, Jr. (12-10) and Josh Breece, Fr. (0-0); 133 — Casy Rowell, Sr. (11-2); 141 — Dustin Reed, Jr. (2-2) and Tyler Tustin, Fr. (12-8); 149 — Jordan Basks, Sr. (19-0); 157 — Cory Dauphin, Sr. (10-0); 165 — Chris Watson, Jr. (14-0); 174 — Colton Gallo, So. (5-1); Zach Aylor, Sr. (4-6) and Kasey Wilcox, Sr. (4-8); 184 — Znick Ferrell, Sr. (0-0); 197 — Garrett Henshaw, RS Fr. (16-8); Hvy — Cody Dauphin, Sr. (8-2) and John Finn, Fr. (3-7).

Central Oklahoma is nearing the 500th dual win in school history, entering the weekend with an all-time record of 495-220-11 in its 60th year.

The Bronchos have five ranked individuals, with Jordan Basks and Cory Dauphin both No. 1. Chris Watson and Cody Dauphin are rated third, while Casy Rowell is fifth.

Basks, Dauphin and Watson are all undefeated.

Basks is 19-0 with 11 falls and he’s 50-6 with 24 pins in his two-year UCO career.

Dauphin is 10-0 and riding a 28-match winning streak. The defending national champion has an 88-21 career record with 29 falls.

Watson is 14-0 with eight bonus-point wins. He’s 64-25 for his career.

Rowell has moved into 16th place on the school’s all-time win list with a 109-29 career record that includes 57 bonus wins.

Cody Dauphin is 8-2 this season with four falls. He has a 91-39 career mark with 31 pins.

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