Ky Corley was Central Oklahoma’s lone individual champion and the Bronchos had eight other top-four finishers in running away with the NCAA Division II Super Regional Two Championships title Sunday at Hamilton Field House.
UCO ended up with 127.5 points in the two-day, 11-team tournament to capture its first regional crown since 2008 and qualified nine wrestlers for the national tournament, set for March 9-10 in Pueblo, Colo.
Findlay was second in the team race with 102 points, followed by Ashland (96.5), Limestone (93) and King (91.5).
Corley took the 149-pound title with a 2-1 finals upset of third-ranked Ryan Maus of Truman State, with UCO also getting runner-up finishes from 141 Casy Rowell, 174 Kelly Henderson and 184 Tanner Keck as all three lost hard-fought finals bouts.
Cory Dauphin (157), Jarrett Edison (197) and Cody Dauphin (heavyweight) all came in third, while 133 Dustin Reed and 165 Chris Watson placed fourth by winning challenge matches to earn national tournament berths. Ryan Brooks (125) placed fifth to just miss out.
“We had to fight and scratch for everything we got today,” UCO coach David James said. “Our guys were really wanting to win this thing here and that was obviously a goal for them. You have to get to the national tournament to have a chance to do anything and we qualified nine guys, so we’re looking forward to seeing what we can do.”
Corley knocked off No. 8 Zak Vargo of Lake Erie 2-1 in the semifinals before edging Maus by the same score in the finals. The senior had the lone takedown in the second period before giving up a third period escape and holding on down the stretch.
Rowell got past Ouachita Baptist’s Josh Myers 3-1 in the semifinals, but lost a tough 3-1 overtime decision to sixth-ranked Tywan Claxton of King in the gold medal match.
The seventh-ranked Henderson used a late takedown to get past Bryce Sopko of Limestone 5-2 in the semis before also losing 3-1 in sudden-victory to No. 2 Michael Lybarger of Findlay in the finals.
Keck, ranked fourth nationally, edged No. 6 Adam Walters of Findlay on a takedown midway through the sudden victory period to get into the finals and then fell to No. 2 Dallas Smith of Ouachita Baptist 1-0.
Cory Dauphin, Edison and Cody Dauphin all rebounded from tough semifinal losses to win two matches and take third.
Reed and Watson both lost two straight matches after reaching the semifinals, but came back to take fifth and then won challenge matches for fourth to earn national tournament berths.