Zach Aylor’s clutch victory at 174 pounds capped a four-match winning streak that put Central Oklahoma on top and the No. 5-ranked Bronchos held on to trim Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association rival Lindenwood (Mo.) 19-18 Saturday afternoon at Hamilton Field House.
Aylor edged defending NWCA national champion Luke Roth 5-3 to give UCO a 19-6 lead with three weights remaining and the Bronchos needed that cushion when the Lions picked up two wins and a fall down to stretch to make it close.
It was the 19th-straight home win for Central, which improved to 8-4 on the season and 3-1 in the league. Lindenwood dropped to 3-1 and 2-1.
The Bronchos got huge bonus-point wins from Casy Rowell and defending national champion Cory Dauphin as Rowell earned a major decision at 133 pounds and Dauphin a third-period fall at 157 to continue a lengthy winning streak.
Jordan Basks (149) and Chris Watson (165) had the other two wins for the Bronchos, with the top-ranked duo both earning hard-fought two-point victories.
“I knew it was going to be a tough dual and that bonus points would be big,” head coach David James said. “Casy did a great job getting us four points and Cory came through with a fall in a tight match.
“I was really proud of the way Zach (Aylor) wrestled, he responded in a pressure situation with a big, big win. Jordan and Chris both wrestled tough as well.”
Rowell’s 119th career win came on the strength of four takedowns, with the senior standout scoring the last of those with 14 seconds left to earn the major decision.
Central Oklahoma trailed 7-6 going into the 149-pound bout, where the top-ranked Basks edged Terrel Wilbourn 3-1 behind a third-period near-fall to put the Bronchos in front to stay.
Dauphin followed with his 39th consecutive win, pinning Derrick Weller at the 6:10 mark. The No. 1-rated senior star led just 1-0 entering the third period before hooking up a cradle and getting the fall for his 99th career victory.
Watson made it three in a row for UCO as the top-ranked junior used an escape and riding-time point for a tough 2-0 victory.
Aylor capped the four-match streak for the Bronchos with his 5-3 triumph, using first- and third-period takedowns to claim the big win that gave Central Oklahoma the big lead that was just enough.
The Bronchos wrap up a three-match league homestand Wednesday, hosting Central Missouri at 7 p.m.
UCO 19, Lindenwood 18
125 – Marco Tamayo, LU, dec. Ryan Brooks, 5-3.
133 – Casy Rowell, UCO, major dec. Matt Katusin, 11-2.
141 – Kyle Webb, LU, dec. Dustin Reed, 5-3.
149 – Jordan Basks, UCO, dec. Terrel Wilbourn, 3-1.
157 – Cory Dauphin, UCO, pinned Derrick Weller, 6:10.
165 – Chris Watson, UCO, dec. Morgan Fitzgerald, 2-0.
174 – Zach Aylor, UCO, dec. Luke Roth, 5-3.
184 – John McArdle, LU, dec. Znick Ferrell, 6-0.
197 – Kenneth Breaux, LU, dec. Garrett Henshaw, 5-3.
Hvy – Steven Butler, LU, pinned Cody Dauphin, 4:54.