Special to The Sun
Jordan Basks, Cory Dauphin and Chris Watson all advanced to the semifinals to lead Central Oklahoma on the first day of the NCAA Division II Central Super Regional Friday at Hamilton Field House.
The No. 4-ranked Bronchos have 45.5 points and are tied for fourth in the team standings with No. 3 St. Cloud State. No. 2 Nebraska-Kearney leads the rugged 17-team event with 61.5 points, followed by No. 15 Fort Hays State (53) and No. 8 Lindenwood (50).
Action resumes this morning at 9 o’clock with the semifinals and consolation quarterfinals, followed by the consolation semifinals. The first-, third- and fifth-place matches will be at 1 p.m.
The top-five placers from each of the 10 weight classes advance to the NCAA Division II Wrestling Championships, set for March 14-15 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Basks (149), Dauphin (157) and Watson (165) won two matches apiece to make the semifinals and UCO has six other wrestlers still alive in the consolation bracket — 125 Josh Breece, 133 Casy Rowell, 141 Dustin Reed, 174 Colton Gallo, 184 Znick Ferrell and heavyweight Cody Dauphin.
“We had some setbacks, but the guys who lost on the front end did a good job bouncing back,” UCO skipper David James said. and keeping themselves in the tournament,” head coach David James said. “Every match has been big and they’ll be even bigger tomorrow, so we have to be ready every time we step on the mat.”
Basks had a first-period fall in his opening-round match before knocking off Lindenwood’s Terrel Wilbourn 7-2 in the quarterfinals on a late takedown and near-fall. He’ll face top-ranked Frank Cagnina of Central Missouri in the semifinals.
Cory Dauphin stayed perfect (31-0) on the season and stretched his winning streak to a school-record 48 straight with two wins, opening with a 6-1 victory before rolling to an 8-0 major decision. He takes on Ouachita Baptist’s Bobby Williams in the semis.
Watson had a pair of major decisions to march into the semis, following a 14-1 rout with a 14-6 romp. He will go against UNK’s Brock Smith in the semis, who has handed Watson both losses in a 33-2 campaign.
Breece, Rowell, Gallo, Ferrell and Cody Dauphin all rebounded from quarterfinal losses to win second-round consolation bouts and stay in the running for a national tournament berth.
Breece and Dauphin both had first-period pins and Rowell cruised to a 17-1 technical fall while Gallo and Ferrell picked up tough wins.
Reed lost in the first round, but came back with a major decision and 55-second fall in the consolations.