The Edmond Sun


December 9, 2013

Basks, Watson claim individual titles for UCO

HAYS, Kan. — Jordan Basks and Chris Watson claimed individual titles in dominating fashion to lead five Central Oklahoma placers in the Fort Hays State Open Saturday.

Basks (149 pounds) and Watson (165) — both ranked second nationally and seeded first in the one-day tourney — each went a perfect 5-0 on the day for the No. 2-ranked Bronchos, who also got a runner-up finish at 174 in Colton Gallo and fourth-place efforts from 125-pounder Ryan Brooks and heavyweight Cody Dauphin.

Tyler Tustin and Kaleb Cradduck both won four matches at 141 and came within one match of making the placement round. Top-ranked Cory Dauphin and No. 5 Casy Rowell didn’t wrestle because of minor injuries.

“It was a pretty good tournament for us and we had a bunch of guys get a lot of mat time,” Broncho head coach David James said. “Obviously, our two champions did a great job and I thought Colton had a good day as well, but we lost some matches we shouldn’t have and that’s always frustrating.”

It was the third tournament crown of the season for Basks, who improved to 16-0 on the year. The senior star opened the day with a first-period fall and then won a 6-4 decision before scoring an 11-1 major decision in the quarterfinals and a second-period pin in the semifinals.

Basks got his third fall of the tourney — and ninth of the season — in the championship bout, taking a 2-0 first-period lead over Bethany’s Colby Crank before turning him early in the second stanza and ending it at the 3:16 mark.

Watson was never pushed in sailing to his second tournament title of the year and improving to 11-0, picking up five bonus-point wins while not giving up a point.

The junior standout had an opening-period fall in the first round, rolled to a 9-0 major decision in the second and then scored back-to-back falls in 1:29 and 47 seconds to make the finals. Watson had three takedowns and a near-fall in a 9-0 finals rout of Northeastern Oklahoma A&M’s Casey Powell.

Gallo, seeded fourth in the tourney, advanced to the finals with a first-round bye and consecutive wins of 6-1, 6-5 and 4-2. He was forced to default in the finals after suffering a gash over his eye in the opening minute against Nebraska’s McCoy Newberg.

Brooks went 4-2 on the day, winning in the first round before dropping a 2-1 quarterfinal decision. He rebounded with three close wins in the consolation bracket before dropping a 4-1 double-overtime decision in the third-place match.

Dauphin had two falls and a 4-1 win in making the semifinals, but fell 3-1 in overtime there.  He came back with a 4-2 win in the consolation semifinals before losing another 3-1 sudden-victory decision in the bronze medal match.

UCO returns to action Dec. 15 at the Newman Invitational in Wichita, Kan.


Championship Finals

149 – Jordan Basks, UCO, pinned Colby Crank, Bethany, 3:16.

165 – Chris Watson, UCO, major dec. Casey Powell, NEO, 9-0.

174 – McCoy Newberg, Nebraska, won by injury default over Colton Gallo, UCO, 0:25.


Consolation Finals

125 – Erick Rangel, New Mexico Highlands, dec. Ryan Brooks, UCO, 4-1 (TB2).

Hvy – Ethan Driver, Oklahoma State, dec. Cody Dauphin, UCO, 3-1 (SV).

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