Special to The Sun
WICHITA, Kan. —
Cody Dauphin pulled out a last-second win in the final match of the day to cap a perfect finals performance for Central Oklahoma and lift the injury-plagued Bronchos to a runner-up finish in the Jet Invitational in Wichita, Kan. Sunday.
UCO got championship efforts from 133-pounder Casy Rowell, 149-pounder Jordan Basks, 165-pounder Chris Watson and Dauphin at heavyweight, with Rowell and Watson winning in overtime. Garrett Henshaw took third at 197, while 125-pounder Ryan Brooks and (184) Kyle Buckley both placed fourth.
The No. 2-ranked Bronchos, who were without four injured starters, edged out No. 7 Ouachita Baptist by one point (84.5-83.5) for second place in the nine-team event. No. 20 Fort Hays State (Kan.) had nine runners-up and piled up 107.5 points to run away with the team title.
“Obviously, we were missing some guys and that made it a little tougher on us, but other people need to step up when they get an opportunity,” head coach David James said. “I was disappointed that didn’t happen as well as it should have, which is something we need to correct. Our four champions did a great job and we won some tough matches in the finals.”
Rowell picked up his second tournament title of the season with a gritty 4-2 overtime win over OBU’s Nate Rodriguez to avenge a loss in UCO’s dual win over the Tigers two weeks ago. The senior took a 2-0 lead on a takedown with nine seconds left in the first period and Rodriguez tied it up with an escape and riding time point, but Rowell got the winning takedown 35 seconds into the one-minute sudden victory period.
Basks stayed perfect (19-0) on the season and earned his fourth gold medal with a 5-1 finals victory over Fort Hays State’s Noah Killip. The second-ranked senior took a 2-0 lead on a takedown with 10 seconds left in the opening period, then added two penalty points and an escape to claim the title.
Watson needed a dramatic rally to capture his third tournament crown with an exciting 10-7 overtime triumph over FHSU’s Bradley Little. The second-ranked junior trailed 7-1 entering the third period, but got an escape and then tied it on a takedown and three-point near-fall in the final 30 seconds.
Watson barely fended off Little’s takedown try in the late stages of the one-minute sudden victory period and then took his first lead of the match with a two-point near-fall in the first 30-second tie-breaker before adding an escape in the second one for the hard-earned victory that kept him unbeaten (14-0).
Dauphin ended the day with a 3-1 win over FHSU’s Trey Page, securing the winning takedown with just three seconds remaining. The two traded escapes in the second and third periods and the match appeared headed for overtime when Dauphin came out on top in a scramble in the final seconds to avenge a 3-1 OT loss to Page in last week’s FHSU Open.
Rowell moved into the finals with a tough 4-2 win in his first match and a third-period fall. He fell behind 5-2 early in the semifinals against Symon Seaton of Fort Hays State, but bounced back with an escape and two takedowns in taking a 7-5 lead into the final stanza and then turned Seaton for the pin at the six-minute mark.
Basks advanced to the finals with a pair of first-period falls, while Watson had a pin at 2:03 and a 4-0 shutout in making it to the championship match. Watson led just 1-0 entering the final period of his semifinal bout with Jacob Andrews of Ouachita Baptist before tacking on a near-fall and riding time point.
Dauphin had no trouble in his first two matches, scoring a first-period fall and taking control with an early five-point move in a 9-2 semifinal victory.
Henshaw dropped his first match of the day, but the redshirt freshman rebounded to win three straight close decisions in the consolations to claim third.
The Bronchos don’t return to action until going to the NWCA Division II National Duals Jan. 11-12 in Des Moines, Iowa.
133 – Casy Rowell, UCO, dec. Nate Rodriguez, Ouachita Baptist, 4-2 (SV).
149 – Jordan Basks, UCO, dec. Noah Killip, Fort Hays State, 5-1.
165 – Chris Watson, UCO, dec. Bradley Little, FHSU, 10-7 (TB).
Hvy – Cody Dauphin, UCO, dec. Trey Page, FHSU, 3-1.
125 – Garrett Evans, OBU, major dec. Ryan Brooks, UCO, 13-0.
184 – Warren Austin, Neosho, dec. Kyle Buckley, UCO, 6-4.
197 – Garrett Henshaw, UCO, dec. Dillon Archer, Neosho, 3-1.
125 – Brooks, UCO, major dec. Justin Williamson, Wayland Baptist, 16-3.
133 – Rowell, UCO, dec. Tim O’Connor, NEO, 4-2.
141 – C.J. Napier, FHSU, dec. Tyler Tustin, UCO, 7-4.
149 – Basks, UCO, pinned Thomas Victor, WBU, 2:33.
157 – Mark Hobson, NEO, tech. fall LeSean Sanders, 15-0.
165 – Watson, UCO, pinned Gates Derrick, Labette, 2:03.
174 – Ty Swartz, Neosho, dec. Zach Aylor, UCO, 9-3.
184 – Jon Inman, FHSU, dec. Buckley, UCO, 12-8.
197 – Taylor Baird, Bethany, pinned Henshaw, UCO, 2:26.
Hvy – Dauphin, UCO, pinned Nate Jackson, OBU, 1:24.
125—Josh Walker, NEO, dec. Brooks, UCO, 3-1.
133 – Rowell, UCO, pinned Symon Seaton, FHSU, 6:00.
149 – Basks, UCO, pinned Bryan Dutton, NEO, 2:13.
165 – Watson, UCO, dec. Jacob Andrews, OBU, 4-0.
Hvy – Dauphin, UCO, dec. Markese Christian, WBU, 8-2.
Consolation First Round
141 – Tustin, UCO, pinned Alex Shea, Neosho, 4:23.
141 – Tustin, UCO, major dec. Wade Wyatt, Newman, 12-3.
157 – Isaac Salinas, Neosho, dec. Sanders, UCO, 6-5.
174 – Aylor, UCO, dec. Elyiah Crumpler, OBU, 5-1.
184 – Buckley, UCO, major dec. Michael Kubik, NU, 10-2.
197 – Henshaw, UCO, dec. Kenny Cleveland, NEO, 4-1.
125 – Brooks, UCO, dec. Quinton Harrison, Bethany, 8-2.
141 – Colt Rogers, Bethany, dec. Tustin, UCO, 6-4.
174 – Payne Hatter, NEO, dec. Aylor, UCO, 7-2.
184 – Buckley, UCO, pinned Nick Meck, NEO, 5:23.
197 – Henshaw, UCO, dec. Cody Lindberg, WBU, 4-2.