Colton Gallo scored a first-period fall in his return to the mat after a lengthy layoff to cap a four-match pinning spree and Central Oklahoma opened the dual season with a 46-4 shellacking of Missouri Baptist Tuesday night at Hamilton Field House.
It was the 11th straight win overall and the 16th in a row at home for the No. 3-ranked Bronchos, who earned bonus points in eight of their nine wins. The NAIA No. 17-rated Spartans picked up a major decision in the final match of the night at heavyweight for their lone victory.
UCO got consecutive falls from Jordan Basks at 149 pounds, Cory Dauphin at 157, Chris Watson at 165 and Gallo at 174, while 141-pounder Kaleb Cradduck had a technical fall. The Bronchos added major decisions by 133-pounder Casy Rowell and 197-pounder Garrett Henshaw, with (184) Kyle Buckley winning a 4-2 march and (125) Ryan Brooks picking up a forfeit.
“We got bonus points in eight of the nine matches we won and when you dominate like that it’s a positive thing,” head coach David James said. “Those four falls were pretty exciting and I like to see that. It was a good night for us.”
Gallo had two quick takedowns against Ryan Thomas in taking a 4-1 lead before ending the match at the 1:52 mark. It was the first action since Feb. 5, 2011 for the Perry sophomore, who has missed the past two and a half years with a variety of injuries.
“Colton has been snake bit with some injuries, but he was chomping at the bit to get on the mat tonight,” James said. “He was excited about getting out there, there’s no doubt about that. He’s a strong, physical guy who has worked hard to get his size up and he’s got a chance to help us.”
Basks had four takedowns and two near-falls in rolling up a 12-3 lead before getting his sixth fall of the season at 2:34 of the opening period. Dauphin’s pin with 20 seconds remaining ran his winning streak to 27 straight and Watson needed just 1:19 to end his match.
Cradduck racked up four near-falls and three takedowns in a 16-0 technical fall, Henshaw had four takedowns in a 10-2 major decision and Rowell scored three takedowns and a near-fall in a 12-3 rout.
Buckley picked up a 4-2 upset over eighth-ranked Weston Keleher, taking the lead on a takedown midway through the first period.
The Bronchos don’t return to action until hosting Ouachita Baptist Dec. 5.
UCO 46, Missouri Baptist 4
125 – Ryan Brooks, UCO, won by forfeit.
133 – Casy Rowell, UCO, major dec. Chris Padilla, 12-3.
141 – Kaleb Cradduck, UCO, tech. fall Jerry Kennedy, 16-0 (5:48).
149 – Jordan Basks, UCO, pinned Espen Conley, 2:34.
157 – Cory Dauphin, UCO, pinned Matt Behr, 6:40.
165 – Chris Watson, UCO, pinned Cameron Ream, 1:19.
174 – Colton Gallo, UCO, pinned Ryan Thomas, 1:52.
184 – Kyle Buckley, UCO, dec. Weston Keleher, 4-2.
197 – Garrett Henshaw, UCO, major dec. Lucas Keene, 10-2.
Hvy – Julius Anglickas, MBU, major dec. John Finn, 12-4.