The Edmond Sun

February 7, 2013

No. 3-ranked UCO to host MIAA wrestling tournament Sunday


Special to The Sun

EDMOND — No. 3-ranked Central Oklahoma will host the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Wrestling Championships Sunday at Hamilton Field House.

First-round action in the six-team tournament starts at 10 a.m. at Hamilton Field House.  Championship semifinals follow at 11:30 a.m., with the consolation semifinals at 1 p.m. and the placement matches at 2:30 p.m.

All-session tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors (62+) and children (17-under) and $5 for college students with ID.

Joining UCO in the field will be No. 8 Nebraska-Kearney, No. 17 Fort Hays State, Central Missouri, Lindenwood and Truman State.

The Bronchos won the MIAA dual title with a perfect 5-0 mark.

Here’s a look at UCO’s lineup for Sunday.

125 - Ryan Brooks, So. (13-13); 133 - Casy Rowell, Jr. (27-3); 141 - Trison Graham, Sr. (17-9) or Ben Morgan, So. (5-2); 149 - Jordan Basks, Jr. (21-3); 157 - Cory Dauphin, Jr. (17-3); 165 - Chris Watson, So. (10-3); 174 - Kelly Henderson, Sr. (16-4); 184 - Tanner Keck (19-12); 197 - Znick Ferrell, Jr. (17-11); Hvy - Cody Dauphin, Jr. (17-4).

UCO is riding a nine-match winning streak since its lone loss to Notre Dame (19-13) in the semifinals of the NWCA Division II National Duals on Jan. 13.

The Bronchos have five wrestlers ranked in the top eight at their respective weight — 149 Jordan Basks (first), 133 Casy Rowell (third), 157 Cory Dauphin (third), 174 Kelly Henderson (sixth) and heavyweight Cody Dauphin (eighth).

Rowell is riding a 21-match winning streak, having earned bonus points in the last nine. He’s 27-3 with 19 bonus wins on the season and tops the team in major decisions (eight), technical falls (six) and takedowns (81).

Basks has won 17 in a row and is 21-3 with a 14 bonus-point victories, including a team-high nine falls.

Cory Dauphin and Henderson both carry seven-match winning streaks into the league tourney, while Ferrell has won six straight.

UCO has four wrestlers with 80-plus career wins — 184 Tanner Keck (95), Rowell (89), Henderson (82) and 141 Trison Graham (81). Keck needs just one win to move into the school’s all-time top-25 list.

The Bronchos end the dual and regular season next Saturday, Feb. 16, with a 2 p.m. home match against Newman.