The Edmond Sun


January 16, 2013

UCO wrestling, 3rd in national polls, will host defending national champions

EDMOND — Two long-time NCAA Division II wrestling powers will square off Thursday night at Hamilton Field House when Central Oklahoma hosts Nebraska-Kearney.

Match-time is 7 p.m. between the 15-time national champion Bronchos and the defending national champion Lopers.

UCO is 4-1 on the season and 1-0 in Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics action, while UNK is 3-2 and 1-0.  The Bronchos own a 17-7 lead in the series, including a 25-6 victory last year.

“We’ve had a lot of great duals with UNK over the years and anticipate this one being the same,” said 31st-year head coach David James.  “A lot of the weights are toss ups and bonus points will play a big part in who wins the dual.”

Here’s a look at the weight-by-weight lineups, with UCO wrestler listed first:

125 – Ryan Brooks, So. (8-10) vs. Jake Gentzler, RS Fr. (1-4); 133 – Casy Rowell, Jr. (19-3) vs. Ryan Bauer, RS Fr. (6-8); 141 – Trison Graham, Sr. (15-8) or Ben Morgan, So. (1-1) vs. Andrew Reidy, Fr. (15-10); 149 – Jordan Basks, Jr. (13-3) vs. Raufeon Stots, Sr. (16-2); 157 – Cory Dauphin, Jr. (10-2) vs. Chase White, RS Fr. (16-9); 165 – Chris Watson, So. (6-1) or Zach Aylor, Jr. (8-6) vs. Chase Nelson, Sr. (14-3); 174 – Kelly Henderson, Sr. (9-3) vs. Patrick Martinez, Jr. (0-0); 184 – Tanner Keck, Sr. (15-8) vs. Mark Fiala, Jr. (15-7); 197 – Znick Ferrell, Jr. (11-9) vs. Matt Lenagh, So. (13-6); Hvy – Cody Dauphin, Jr. (10-3) vs. Zach Anderson, So. (3-3).

Highlighting the individual matches will be the 149-pound showdown between UNK’s No. 1-ranked Raufeon Stots, the defending national champion, and UCO’s No. 2 Jordan Basks.

The Bronchos follow Thursday’s dual with a trip to Arkadelphia Ark. Friday to take on Ouachita Baptist at 7p.m.


Central Oklahoma stayed No. 3 in the NCAA Division II wrestling poll that was released Wednesday by the Division II Wrestling Coaches Association.

The Bronchos went 3-1 in placing third in the NWCA Division II National Duals last weekend in Springfield, Ill. and finished with 143.5 points in balloting of head coaches from around the country.

St. Cloud State (Minn.) jumped from fourth to first in the poll after winning last weekend’s 16-team dual tournament, with Notre Dame (Ohio) vaulting from seventh to second with a runner-up finish.  UCO, Newberry (S.C.) and Wisconsin-Parkside rounded out the top five.

Defending national champion Nebraska-Kearney was No. 1 in the first three polls, but tumbled to a tie for 13th after going 1-2 in Springfield.  The Lopers come to Edmond to face UCO at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The Bronchos have six individuals ranked in the top eight at their respective weight, topped by No. 2 Jordan Basks at 149 pounds.  Casy Rowell is third at 133, while 174 Kelly Henderson and 184 Tanner Keck are both fourth, 165 Chris Watson sixth and heavyweight Cody Dauphin eighth.

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