The Edmond Sun


January 22, 2013

UCO rolls over Oklahoma City in wrestling

EDMOND — A dominating six-match stretch after an opening-weight loss carried Central Oklahoma to a 36-6 battering of Oklahoma City Tuesday night at Hamilton Field House.

The Bronchos won eight of the 10 matches and earned bonus points at six weights in rolling to their 12th straight home win. UCO, ranked third in NCAA Division II, improved to 7-1 while dropping the NAIA No. 7-rated Stars to 6-7.

The Bronchos overwhelmed OCU after losing the first match of the night at 125 pounds, giving up just two points in the next six bouts while racking up a fall, two technical falls, two major decisions and a 6-0 shutout.

UCO ended up getting falls from 165 Chris Watson and heavyweight Cody Dauphin, with 133 Casy Rowell and 149 Jordan Basks adding technical falls and 141 Trison Graham and 174 Kelly Henderson major decisions.

“I thought for the most part we did a good job staying aggressive and taking the attack to them,” UCO coach David James said. “We were really good on the mat and you’ve got to be happy anytime you get six bonus wins in one dual.”

Kidd Gomez’s 6-2 win at 125 gave the Stars a 3-0 lead, but it was all UCO after that.

Casy Rowell started the run of dominance with a 16-1 technical fall at 133, collecting four takedowns and three near-falls in his 16th straight win.

Trison Graham had three takedowns, a near-fall and nearly five minutes riding time in a 10-0 major decision at 141 and Jordan Basks scored four near-falls in cruising to a 17-0 technical fall at 149 for his 12th win in a row.

Cory Dauphin had a pair of slick takedowns in a 6-0 shutout of third-ranked Mark Meyer at 157 and Chris Watson turned a tight match into a fall at 165 when he drove fourth-rated Zach Skates to his back for the pin at the 5:34 mark.

Kelly Henderson capped UCO’s run with a four-takedown, 10-1 major decision at 174, giving the Bronchos a 59-2 advantage in points scored during the six-match streak.

Tanner Keck picked up UCO’s seventh consecutive win with a tough 5-3 triumph at 184, picking up takedowns in the first and second periods.

OCU’s Michael Brown used three penalty points to edge Znick Ferrell at 197 before Cody Dauphin ended the night with his third straight first-period fall.

The Bronchos return to Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association action Friday at Lindenwood.

Central Oklahoma 36, Oklahoma City 6

125 – Kidd Gomez, OCU, dec. Ryan Brooks, 6-2.

133 – Casy Rowell, UCO, tech. fall Tyler Espitia, 16-1 (5:24).

141 – Trison Graham, UCO, major dec. Trevor Sterling, 10-0.

149 – Jordan Basks, UCO, tech. fall Josh Stewart, 17-0 (7:00).

157– Cory Dauphin, UCO, dec. Mark Meyer, 6-0.

165 – Chris Watson, UCO, pinned Zach Skates, 5:34.

174 – Kelly Henderson, UCO, major dec. Teagan Franco, 10-1.

184 – Tanner Keck, UCO, dec. Mitchell Eichenauer, 5-3.

197 – Michael Brown, OCU, dec. Znick Ferrell, 7-4.

285 – Cody Dauphin, UCO, pinned Stanley Lattimore, 1:37.

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